Monday, December 21, 2009

Before and After

So I've really been working on redoing a lot of old drawings that were especially difficult for me considering my skill level then (and now). The first one I'm working on is my "Girl On A Bike" piece. Here's the original:

...Yikes. Talk about ugly. Now here's a quick color study of the new one I'm working on:

Ah, much better. I'm glad to know that I've come this far. She'll actually be riding a penny-farthing (the really old school bike with the big, big front wheel). It should be fun!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Baba Yaga

This was the last piece I did for Sterling's class. It's not great but my painting has definitely been improving. I'll continue to work over the break and post some more pieces up.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Stuart's a Slore

This is a drawing that my friend Stuart and I did together. We had a poetry class freshman year and instead of actually paying attention we just drew ourselves.

Friday, December 11, 2009


These are my portfolios created for Sterling's class. The box has really grown on me, but I need to scrap the bags. I'll make a pop top for the box and post it when I'm finished.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Comic Book

Well I finally finished my comic book. It wasn't a great success, but it was a good first try. I might do another one in a little while that's not as lengthy. But here it is, let me know what you think!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Girl And The Octopus

These are two pieces I just finished for my story titled "The Girl And The Octopus." I'm thinking about putting in some text for the spread. I actually had a good time creating these and I'm very satisfied with the outcome!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Kraken Me Up

Well, I wanted to post a nice picture of a painting that I'm working on right now, but unfortunately the digital camera I've owned for 5 years is finally on its last limb:

This is the best shot I got with my dying camera. Seriously, I'm not a bad photographer! I guess it's just time to admit that my baby is dead and get a new camera. Today is a very sad day.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Monotype #1

This is my first monotype. I'm hoping to do about ten of these tonight. Wish me luck!


This is a piece I just finished today on body modification. It needed a big ol' clean up but I'm very satisfied with the results!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Comic

I felt like this should probably be a separate post from my two paintings. This is the first page of my comic book. Theres a lot more inking and watercoloring to do, but still it's pretty damn cool! I'm going into it with some white ink. The comic will be ten pages long and I will post the final result when I finish (which will be in the next month).

The Golem And The Cockroach

So I think I should go ahead and post some of the things I'm working on right now. I'm really, really stressed out but things are coming along. Here's a quick peak on what I'm working on:

This is a painting I'm working on right now. I feel it's important to address the Western fear of robotic uprising. It's not entirely done yet, but I thought it would be worth posting to see my progression. The colors are also a little off, so I hope next time around I get a better scan.

This is another painting I'm working on right now, although it's a little more finished than the golem. My thesis is folklore in the modern era and the comparison of our present superstitions with past ones. This piece is comparing a computer virus to a cockroach, which holds interesting tyrannical and metamorphosing qualities in Russian folklore. Fun stuff.

Color Study Number Two

Wow, I just found out through my friend Caitlin how to use Flickr to blog artwork! This is amazing, I LOVE IT. The one problem I had was the colors were getting messed up and a lot of my detail was lost. Look at the difference, seriously! Flickr, how I love you. You're amazing.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Color Study

Here's a color study I did for a drawing I'm working on right now (You can see my sketch below). It's really complicated and I sort of wanted to take a break from drawing and see how I could use color and experiment a bit. This was actually kind of hard, but I did learn how to incorporate some of the underlying textures and I'm very excited to finish!

Friday, October 16, 2009

A Good Sketch

Lately I've been pondering process: how does an artist make a picture? I decided the simplest way for anyone to learn about process is to experiment, and I've been doing just that. While I haven't found an exact process that really works for me, I've learned a lot from it. That's the great thing about this whole experience, that I've learned something simply by playing around and trying new things.

Above are a couple of sketches I've done recently with watercolor, inks, and acyrlics.

Lenny Shakespeare

This was a collage I did for a faux-documentary article on Lenny Shakespeare, William's older alcoholic brother. I tried to take a more serious approach to the concept, but it probably would have been best to stick with the more comical idea. Still, I'm pretty satisfied with the outcome and I think it's worth sharing.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Listen Girl

Well I'm working on my portfolio pieces right now, so this is my first finished piece. It's definitely a little relieving to have something finite.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Beginning

Welcome to my art blog! My name is Elizabeth "Lizzy" Chamberlin, and I am a Communications Art Major at VCU. My artwork and commentary are soon to come, so please enjoy and feel free to comment.