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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Oona is finished!

Well, I still have to complete the base and make the first place ribbon, but the big part is done. I'm really happy with the way she turned out. While I find the painting process is my least favorite part of everything, It feels really good once I'm all done and I'm happy with how the paint job turned out.

Ok, enough talk. Pictures!

Process-start to finish. Notice all the changes I made along the way to the head shape. It's a slow process sometimes, and especially when you're basing the sculpture off of a very specific drawing.


If you don't remember, I did a little "keep me sharp" exercise where I drew a picture of a sculpture, then sculpted the sculpture based off of my drawing, trying to keep it as close as possible. Very fun and very challenging!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

sculpture done!

Sculpture is finally done! Next up, Paint! yippee!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

udderly fabulous!

Hello all!

just a little update-I've been doing some stuff for my personal portfolio. I wanted to do a sculpture mock up using only photoshop. I'm thinking this would be a good skill to use to show potential clients possible options for what their sculpture could look like. I've been itching to draw a cow lately (don't ask me why), so here it is.

Beginning stages:


I have to say, I had an awesome time doing it! Next up, super sculpey!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

business card/sculpture

It's been a while, hasn't it?

new self promotion piece.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


really happy about the way this turned out!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

giraffe in progress 2

Giraffe in progress

Remember the racing giraffe?

Well, here's an in progress shot of him, as of this morning:

I decided to use the color test head that I did before, and merge it with the drawing. The model...didn't really work out so well. Kind of frustrating, but if at first you don't succeed, try something else and make it work.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Col.Killumagain Reddington!

This is Colonel Killumagain Reddington. He is a simple soldier who enjoys a good glass of port before heading off into battle.

PS: here's the sculpture I started from. I've been experimenting with how little time I have to spend on the sculpture.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

50th post!

Wow, 50 blog entries already? How the time flies...

I did a quick color test of my model-in-progress today. As I type this, the head/neck are baking in the oven. This is proving to be a very, very tricky model to build. Mostly because I'm trying to remain as close to the sketch as possible, so this means that my natural instinct of "feeling it out" as I go is somewhat hindered. It's a good feeling, though...and i'm liking what I've done so far as far as the color test.

Anyways, enough talk. Here's what I did today:

I'm pretty excited about how this came out, so...enjoy!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Sculpture head-day 1.

Well hello!

here's an in-progress picture for you all...this is the head of my giraffe. I decided his racing name is going to be "He's a horse of course!".

The basic story line is about a jockey who tries to play off a giraffe as a racing horse. The giraffe obviously has an unfair advantage because of it's long neck.

Anyways, enough talk, more pictures! Here he is!

More to come soon! Enjoy!

Monday, May 3, 2010

another project possibility!

so, here's the next project i'm thinking of doing. Since I don't have any homework anymore, it'll be important to stay busy and work on portfolio pieces. Comments/suggestions are welcome!


Hello all!

I'm officially graduated! WOOHOOO! Although, to be honest, it feels REALLY weird to not have any homework to do. I'm excited to get started on some of my own projects!

I made a new portfolio website for my grad. portfolio web class. You can view it here:

Also, for those that are interested in my graduation, my mom made a blog about it. You can see it here:

More to come soon (hopefully)!

Friday, April 16, 2010

last RMCAD self portrait!

pencil drawing/photoshop hybrid..AND it's my last RMCAD self portrait project. HALLELUJAH!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Lately, I just feel like I'm on the chopping block. Funny how that translates into my work.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Are we there yet? Are we there yet?

It's been WAY too long since I've posted any updates...apologies! Life here have been a little hectic lately, since I graduate in 2 weeks! EEKS!

Here's the last project for grad portfolio's still in progress. The head is a clay model I did, the hat is something I found at Hobby Lobby and thought would be awesome on her. The hand/chicken are purely digital, which I'm pretty happy about since I've been trying to rely less on sculpey models. There's a certain quality the sculpey gets, though. I also imported my own eyes into this piece. Basically, it's a mash up of every new technique i've tried/learned this year! :)

photo+model+old peeling garage door (meant to mimic an old barn)



Sunday, March 14, 2010


Hello all!

You may now become a fan of L.VanDeWeghe illustrations on Facebook! I appreciate all the support I've received!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

something non-sculpture related

Hello everyone! I thought you might like to see a piece I did today in Life Drawing's nice to switch it up and show something non-sculpture related. I think i'll def. want to do more of this technique in the future.

So, here it is. This is a ink drawing done with a bamboo nib and brushes (for the wash). This was a 2 hour pose. Very fun!

Monday, March 8, 2010

more progress.

not so sure about the type yet, I just put it in there to see what it would look like. I also changed the sky, refined some edges, and added a fence.

Saturday, March 6, 2010


Sorry I've been away so's been a busy couple of weeks and unfortunately I haven't had as much time to dedicate to this project as I would like. But, thankfully, it was about 60 degrees here and sunny, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to take pictures and get cracking!

I combined these two pictures together to get the composition/head angle that I wanted:

And this is what I have so far! I still have a lot of work to do, but i'm really liking how it's turning out!


Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Today I found a drawing I had done in Life Drawing 4 (first picture above) and put it into photoshop and painted over it much in the way I do my 3-D models. I like the results...the guy ended up looking kind of like my dad, but with glasses :)


Friday, February 19, 2010

quick color study

Just a quick color study...more later! I'm going to make the "setting" this weekend!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

36 hrs later...

All ready to go in the oven...

And here he is, all baked!


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ferdinand, another WIP post

Just some pictures this time, since the last post had so much text :)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Oh Ferdinand...

Have you, dear readers, ever read the wonderful story of Ferdinand the Bull? For those who have not, here is a quick synopsis of the story taken from

Ferdinand is a bull growing up in the Spanish countryside. When the other bulls run and fight with each other, he prefers to sit in the shade of a cork tree and the smell of the flowers. His mother tries to persuade him to run and play, but nothing can convince him to fight with the other bulls.

Ferdinand grows up to be a big, strong bull nonetheless, and in time the men from the city come to the countryside to pick the strongest, meanest bull for the bullfight in Madrid. Just then, Ferdinand sits on a bumblebee and the men from the city see an amazing display of furious jumping and kicking by the astonished bull. Ferdinand is taken in a wagon to the bullfight.

In the city, the people are preparing for the bullfight with a big festival of dancing and singing. Ferdinand finds himself in the center of a huge ring of people shouting and clapping with flowers strewn about everywhere. The Matador arrives, proud and severe, but try as he might, he could not get Ferdinand to fight. Ferdinand, as usual, preferred to just sit and smell the flowers.

Since I loved this story growing up, and since a few of my teachers recommended that I do an illustration from a book that's already been written (since publishers like to see that kind of thing), I decided to illustrate the cover for this book, using my clay/digital technique. I started the model tonight...and will hopefully finish it this weekend. I'm not sure if I want him sitting or standing.

Original sketches (sorry for the blurriness!)


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010


My latest project for Grad. Portfolio is going ok...honestly, I'm so confused about it. On one hand, I want to be able to carry though my original idea and see it to the end, but on the other hand, it doesn't seem to be working out the way I had originally planned. Maybe the thoughts in my head just aren't "dark" enough to make this a night scene, as originally planned. Maybe I'll change the fireflies to butterflies, but then the whole point of my story is gone. I don't know.

Here's what I have:

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

still playing around....

I like the look of this technique. It's late, and I'm pretty tired, but I had to do SOMETHING worthwhile today...I was so disappointed in the photos I took for my Grad Portfolio class...they just didn't turn out like I hoped. I'm taking more tomorrow.

Can't give up. Gotta keep chuggin' along.

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.

Monday, January 25, 2010

what I did tonight instead of homework.

Well, technically this IS homework, but just not homework that I should be doing. Oh well, it was one of those projects where I lost all track of time. i started around 6PM, and didn't look up at the clock until 11:30. I love projects that make me do that.

I decided to try a little something different today. I was inspired a lot by the short stop-motion film, Madame Tutli-Putli (link is in post further down), where they digitally placed real human eyes on the clay puppets, so I decided to try it. For my first time, I'm really happy with how it looks! I'm definitely going to use this technique in the future.

I decided for experimenting's sake, I wouldn't put a lot of time into the clay head. I just needed something to get the general form down. This is the picture I used:

Pretty simple, right? Not too many shadow shapes, etc. Next time I do this i'll be more concienctious of the light source.

Then, I took a photo of myself. PLEASE excuse the ridiculousness of this photo.

Finally, I spent the rest of the time putting in some skin tones, hair, etc, etc. The background's a bit plain right now, but you get the idea. It was mostly just an experiment.