Monday, December 28, 2009

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Did some quickie color on this for fun today. Zombie lass.

And this one is a sketch I am working on for a collaborative piece between me and my twin (also named Heather Renee..!) Heather Steele - she is pretty much a digital painting badass. Anyway this is just a fun little piece based on our female gamer opinion about the lack of heroic female character design. So this is just our reversal to the current dynamic seen in the majority of games out there, even though it feels like it's our little inside joke and we're the only ones laughing...but I am not going to settle for Arkham Asylum sexing up Harley-Quinn! Bring me back Batman the Animated Series!

Still has a ways to go, I know that dude on the right is looking pretty lame but he is going to be a hot jungle man by the time I am done(those are going to be some sexy throwing knives tied to his leg). Might be some time before we finish this (we both are doing the Art in Hand Portland Project as well) with other obligations but it will find it's way to awesomeness I promise.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Remember: rabies = zombie apocalypse

I should have been doing work instead of nitpicking at this drawing but I decided I needed some fun drawing time anyway. This is just a little random drawing I did of a zombie girl, it kind of makes me think cheesy 70s horror in a good way of course(can this really be a bad thing?). When I steal away some time from current work projects and other looming deadlines I am hoping to color her up.

I thought I would post a work in progress of my painting. It is 5 ft by 3 ft and quite daunting for me as I don't normally paint so large. My Aunt had wanted this piece specifically to match the colors of her living room and I can't wait for her to see it. I still have some work to finish on it and will re-post the final. Also acrylic paint and I are on the outs because of this one...blasted giant painting dries too fast!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Just going to link to my contribution for the Hallway Show this week, it was George Costanza/Jason Alexander this time. Ahhh, love Seinfeld. I have been working on a giant painting I am doing for my Aunt for Christmas so I will take a photo to post it within the next week when I finish it up.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Finished this one up today and it is available on my Etsy also! I think I did this drawing wanting to have some crazy organic pile of stuff on her back and it just came out like this. All in all I'm pretty happy with the color and I didn't have to spend an excessive amount of time getting it to this point so I feel like I'm making progress on refining a style.

As a side note, it is extremely cold and windy in Portland! I don't want to go outside!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Steve Buscemi and Billy Dee Williams drawlings (yes drawlings) for the Hallway Show blog! Fun times.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Here is my 10 of spades prelim sketch and color rough. I am still trying to decide whether I should work on it in oils (for the good of the auction cause an actual painting will sell better than a digital print I think) or do digital cause damnit, it's easier. I may just paint it and then play with the digital version later on. A little nervous to paint, it's been a while and my oil experience is very limited as I hate all the ventilation hooplah. So wish me luck! Feedback and insults welcome :D jk insults not possible.

On another note, I recently started an etsy store to sell some prints and shall be adding more stuff(including the new pieces I am finishing below) within the next few weeks.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Here are a couple pieces I am working on right now. The actual sketches are both pretty small but color makes everything more special! Really just trying to practice and work on making better color choices even though I know I like crazy colors that are wrong sometimes. Feel free to leave some thoughts, would appreciate the input. :)

and no I have no idea what I'm doing with these silly labels. one day I'll have enough entries for it to count?

Monday, November 23, 2009

This is just a little sketch I have lying around. I think soon I am going to throw this into photoshop and do some color practice with it. Will post progress soon!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I posted these fun little sketches on SYDFO a while back but wanted to add them here as well. This was from the local craft night event I went to with Heather. I used my good old water brush pen and some ink and pencil. Really just playing around with no pressure for it to be awesome!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Alright I guess I had better get back to posting on here. Moving was total craziness and soon I will be posting some illustration I did for a book along with some other random fun along the way. I think one weekly posting is a good policy but I might have a lot to post in the next few weeks!

For now I just joined the Hallway Show blog, it was a sweet thing some of my fellow classmates started at CCS and I never participated for some dumb reason (probably because I was too absorbed in homework and stressing unnecessarily). BUT NOW, I wanted to get in on the fun and comradery so here's my first contribution for the Fonz.

More posts coming soon! I live in Portland, OR now and I can't wait to have a good meal and some good local brews when I get paid!

Monday, May 25, 2009

This blog is the best thing I ever saw.

Also posting the work I did for the Somerset Collection bag design competition and the Detroit Zoo Contest. Didn't win or place in them but I had fun coming up with something that fit the bill and was still me.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Now that graduation and everything is over I'm just going to take my time and do more work on my portfolio. For my reviews one big suggestion I got was to try working with media to really refine my form turning. I know that I love ink work so I will continue to use that but I am going to do some playing with oils a lot this summer as well as trying out some new digital approaches. Drawing is where I'm most comfortable and I'm excited to work with oils and see what I get out of it; plus at least its summer and ventilation won't involve sitting by a cold window like last winter hah.

Anyhow here's another work from senior studio this last semester on an article about female metalheads. I don't know if I'm cool enough to call myself a metalhead but I do listen to a few choice awesome metal bands and you bet I listened the hell out of them while I worked on this. I think this is a good example of a media issue and I am going to probably transfer this drawing and try to tackle it with oils this time.

Friday, May 8, 2009

oh my god! so happy I found this again. Hell yeah Diamanda Galas.

Here's a piece from junior year and some recent sketchlings. The painting was about skuld and her sisters the norns of fate. It was really fun and it makes me want to do a whole new version now...perhaps now that I have some time to work on stuff without the stress of fast deadlines.

Friday, May 1, 2009

So here's some oldies I just wanted to post. Newer stuff is on the way but I just started a move and didn't bring my new archive drive. Did these for fall semester in Object Drawing. It was my way to say wow this assignment of drawing an illuminated object sounds boring...I'm going to make it into something I love instead. They were definitely a nice experience as far as working with digital techniques (used the sketch and photoshop for them) and I think having the drawing figured out well made it easier.

Also it was pretty cool that I was simultaneously taking Diane Voss's class on optics and light reading up on the history of light and scientific theory. And that's where I figured out the titles! Lux and Illumines.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I still need to learn how to size pictures the way I want...and post youtube video but oh well for now. Here's a nerd post of my World of Warcraft mage, made her 4+ years ago: 80 Troll Mage named Shatner and I totally stole this proto-drake from a 79 alliance druid and it was gold. I may be quitting this game soon just gets monotonous after a while and a bit life-draining. Plus I have to pick up the new sims soon to try out. I must say the graphics in this game have really gotten amazing over the years, they do know how to keep their monster going...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Here's some more recent work done for sci-fi and fantasy painting with Keith Newton. I just wanted to do my own interpretation of a Poison Ivy-esque botanist alien-humanoid...thing. Painted in acrylic on illustration board. It was a really fun project and I think it was one of my better received pieces.

I still have a lot of other finished work hanging around here to post but with all that's going on with two weeks until graduation it will just have to be slowly posted up here. Oh god I just can't wait until the Friday after this cause I'm going to have a great nerd date with my boyfriend Kyle: dinner and X-Mennnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

Friday, April 10, 2009

This was an assignment last semester I did for senior studio with Don Kilpatrick. More stuff on the theme of game concept and my idea was for a mythology based villain. I really like the story of Echo especially the tidbit on it in the book House of Leaves because it really comes off so much more creepy. So this is her as the giant monster she became while pining away in her cave- and Don gave me the idea to make tiny people for a sense of scale. It did happen to be at the time he did this piece of Bambi and I think it's really fun to see these little whispers of influence from our instructors.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sixteen Horsepower

This band is one of my favorites and I kind of found them by accident. They're classified as alt-country but that's such a broad genre. I had the chance to see them live in Ohio in a tiny bar and it was such a haunting show.

I know they have this religious theme going on pretty seriously and I don't understand why people let that be a barrier with music. Why does listening to klezmer music means you have to be Jewish? My boyfriend's friend sent him a text the other day about how he found this cool new band and then an hour later he texted him to say "oh gross they're christian rock! I can't believe I liked it!" if he literally had to run away and wash himself. Hilarious.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Here's another piece that kind of went with the previous post. Done for senior studio, was another part of the hunting game concept. Could still use some work and finessing but I'm leaving it alone for the time being.

I used photoshop with a scanned pencil drawing. I did get a comment about the anatomy but I had spent so much time on the drawing before that I was just not about to go back and fix it haha.

This piece and the previous one were really a part of my idea for creating interesting female characters for games that weren't wearing bikini armor/ass-less pants/and the like. I could start a big rant about this but I'm just going to link a really good article on the subject that I agree with on quite a few points. An interview with Sheri Graner Ray

Sunday, March 29, 2009

I guess since I have so much to catch up on and post of previous work + ongoing new work that I'll just throw things in at random.

For this one I used a pencil sketch, made some proportion alterations in photoshop and printed it on the Epson on some nice thicker paper. The line is Dr. PH Martins Concentrated Watercolor and the color is acrylic.

It was submitted to Creative Quarterly and got a merit award in the student Illustration portion. So it's featured in the 14th issue and that's really exciting!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ok if I'm showing some old work I guess I should also show all the little hand drawings I did. It was kind of my nerdy thing I did and people would have me draw on them and such. I don't know why I just really liked just carrying around my doodle on me and the way certain pens would do a weird bleed with my skin texture. It's kind of funny that I didn't end up tattoo crazy...

Yep. Well damn I sure wouldn't be cool doing this at 23 so I'm glad I chose to have the hand-drawing phase at the right was also the moment to have green hair and a mohawk. It was worth it.

So this will be my first blog post ever. I feel a little silly about it, I used to have a livejournal ages ago and it was just horrible because I would write things and then regret what I wrote and delete it, so this time will be different....I will at least post something!

I'm going to type my name Heather Paske here because it makes my blog appear in a google search...well shit isn't that the point of this?

To go the simple route I will start this off by posting my old work from high school! I think it's just a part of my personal history and maybe gives a little insight as to where i started and how my work has evolved.

I basically just did a lot of drawings with ballpoint and pencil. In my art classes my teacher really pushed me to try all kinds of new things, I got a little crazy with the watercolors clearly. Oh man that reminds me that when I took this summer class at the Mt. Clemens Art Center we had to enter work to this contest thing for the show we put on and I won an honorable mention or something for a watercolor I did. There's all these little kids and parents and they announce that it goes to "Head Wound" hahahaha, oh my god it was hilarious. Shit I thought it was a good Oh emo days.