Monday, June 1, 2009

Koreatown Sketch

I went sketching with Shiyoon last Saturday. We went to Hollywood and Koreatown. This sketch is probably the best one I did that evening. It was really fun.

I've recently been reading Egon Schiele: Poems and Letters by Elisabeth Leopold, as well as Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes, Volume 1: The Walt Stanchfield Lectures by Walt Stanchfield and Don Hahn. Both books are great and inspired me to get out there and do some real observation and sketching again.

I'm actually thinking of starting another blog where I'd like to talk about some of the books I like as well as share my thoughts on certain things. I know most people who have tried it have tended to abandon the double blog thing after a while, but I'd like to try it out and see how it goes.
Mostly because I'd like to keep this blog focused as a place to share my personal artwork, while the other one would be more about things I'm interested in or that inspire me, and maybe even my opinions on certain things too. Even if no one reads it, I think it would be fun to do.

( Update: I actually just started my new blog
Buttermilk Skies, if anyone is interested.)

Hopefully you may have noticed some of my new links here to other artists as well. I've met a lot of great people since I moved back to L.A., so check out their work if you get the chance.

Thanks to everyone as well for the new comments on my older posts. I just discovered them recently and I appreciate it.


Neil Graf said...

Nice Drawing! Hey I just read your posts over at buttermilk skies. Definitely need to read more.. too true. But I also need to look up "edge" in drawing concepts. Never heard that one before, is that like tangents and edge tension?

Jason Scheier said...

nice drawing justin!

Justin Hunt said...

Thanks guys!

Neil-- When I was referring to edge, I was talking about lost edges and hard edges in a painting or drawing. For example, in some of John Singer Sargent paintings a shadow on a side of a person's face or neck might bleed completely into the background. Mike Mignola does it a lot in Hellboy, in a more graphic way, where the shadows on a figure's body blend completely into the background shadows, losing the "edge" of the other side of the figure. I hope that explanation make sense. I took some classes a long time ago where they talked about 4 edges: hard, firm, soft, and lost. Maybe I will do a post on that later.

Thanks for reading my other blog though. I hope it's okay, and not too preachy. I just enjoy talking "shop" when it comes to making artwork, so that blog is my outlet. It's something I thought more people would talk about on a day-to-day basis in the industry, but it hasn't happened as much I thought it would.

I still have over a hundred books I need to read too. Hopefully I can get to them all. The new blog will also be a motivation for me to get down to reading them, because now I can do a post about it.

Right now I'm reading a book on Chouinard, so maybe I'll have something to say about that soon.

Jennifer Hager said...

Hey Justin,

I just found your blogs and I'm finding them really inspiring! I'm entering downtime now, and I want to spend the time getting better at drawing. I need to check out these books and artists you are mentioning! Anyways keep up the awesome posts.

Justin Hunt said...

Thanks Jen!

B! said...

nice one.. great drawing!

Angelo Vilar said...

great job on UP, justin!

you and sean were always meant for the big leagues!

Neil Graf said...

Thanks for clearing that up, man! Dude, I love Sargent's lost edges. The thing I remember most about seeing his art in person, is this bundle of rope in one of his paintings. When you stand next to it, its completely indecipherable. When you stand back, its beyond photo-realistic. Ignoring the shape you know, drawing the shape you perceive, sometimes makes a better result. I love that kind of thing, but then Chuck Jones said in that quote that the double line is no good. Double lines are an approximation of a soft edge, it seems to me.. Oh well, rambling. =]

EKG! said...

whatup justin. i just saw "up" this week with my nephews. great job on that bro. tell shiyoon i said whats up too.

Justin Hunt said...

Thanks B!

Angelo and Wattana- Thanks for the supportive comments on the movie!

Abz said...

Your work is really great! : ) Hope you can check my blog ot and give me some pointers! Cheers bro

B! said...

hey great work on buttermilkskies..

don't know if you've seen it yet.. but.. there's a whole making of about princess mononoke on youtube... there's a couple of movies where you get to see miyazaki draw... and animate

also on his latest film "ponyo" there a small clip of the making of, for it... check it out at

sorry I would've wrote all this info on your buttermilkskies blog or emailed it to you.. but didn't have a way to contact you in any other way.

Justin Hunt said...

Abz-- Thanks. I checked out your work on your blog. It looks like you have a pretty unique and distinctive illustration style going on. I'm not sure what pointers to give you, because it all depends on what you want to do. My other blog is where I talk about some of the things that have inspired me, and some of my thoughts on drawing. Hopefully that may be of some help to you.

B!-- Thanks for the links. I have actually seen the Mononoke video before while I was in school. It's awesome.

wasim said...

great art...!

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