Kenneth Marc
Kenneth Marc
Albany, NY
Artist and former web design teacher trying to get away from a full-time job in government IT and make a living on my art.
Kenneth Marc
Also, there's a great Vitual Plein Air group on facebook for those who are interested. They paint from MapCrunch and Google street views! https://www.facebook.com/groups/290155717818479
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Kenneth Marc
I feel like I've been held back from really exploring plein air by the equipment. Doesn't hold things at the right height or angle, not enough space to efficiently carry my tools. Do you have any advice or recommendations to address this? Or, should I take the James Gurney route and make my own modifications to my setup?
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Kenneth Marc
Thank you, @Karla Ortiz for taking the time to look through our posters/ I'm amazed at all the great ideas and visual narratives that came out of this. Very inspiring!
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Kenneth Marc
I'm picking up a low cost one-handed keyboard for digital painting. Excited to test it out with my setup and free up some desk space.
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Charlene
OK this is it I'm done now :P This is inspired by the movie posters for 'Loving Vincent', Studio Ghibli films and a bit of Alice in Wonderland. Influenced a bit by the watercolour artist Thomas Schaller. Aiming for a kind of whimsical vibe. I would say I spend most of my time in my imagination than anything else - and trying to paint clouds because they are hard :P Painted with watercolour paint. Please feel free to critique it!
A World of my own lo res
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Kenneth Marc
The dreamy quality of your pallet is so nice! The cool and warm colors work nicely together. I'm tempted to try and chase the rabbit across those clouds. Will they hold my weight? I'm heavier than a rabbit. I guess I won't know until I try!
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Oliziette
STICKY GIFT (2021) When moving sticky notes guides this young woman who strives for being an artist along with her swan helps her remind herself of who she is by going to the past, solving out mysteries before her birthday, 14th of June. Hello! I'm Oliziette and this is my movie poster for a movie that will tell my story on how I become who I am. It's an adventure, fantasy, action, a little bit comedy here and there, and mystery type of movie. Why it's called Sticky Gift, like what's so special about the Stick Notes? Well, I use it a lot and it has saved me so much in my workplace and myself, not only as an artist, but MAINLY in my personal life. I'm quite forgetful person, and i have to remind myself all the time. Now, there was one time I made like a past > present > future thing. Being an artist has changed my views in life, but even so, I had to remind again to myself that it's okay to fail and to take a breath whenever I know I start to panic over mistakes, failures, and judgements. It helped me so much to get through all of the stories again that I had in the past and get me back to the present to change the future. Also, Sticky Notes has become my friend at some point hehe. The "Gift" one? Well, I'll leave the theories on you guya for the mysteries hehe~ (Actually.. it's kind of obvious though ahaha). So enjoy this poster I made that shares about the journeys on how I got here, along with my two little companions: a swan, and my little Sticky Notes. I had fun while making this, so I hope all of you had fun and are having fun making yours! Goodluck 😊
Polish 20210611 093933928
sticky gift without watermark with title
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Kenneth Marc
Love your color pallet and the soft glowing/star dust effect you've achieved. The Sticky Notes hovering and circling above your head is a great visual. I too have a bit of a forgetful streak and need the help of "paper memory." I don't use sticky notes but, I have a bunch of small scraps of paper about the same size I use for reminders. It's always fun to go back through them to read the notes and the small drawings I did.
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Kenneth Marc
I've spent a large portion of my life in the woods and have always enjoyed nature. Growing up my parents house was heated with wood in the winter. We would cut and split all our firewood. I'm comfortable around trees both standing and fallen. In the past two years I've had a slew of back issues and pain. Mostly from spending too much time in front of a computer screen with poor posture. It's getting better though. I've started walking through the woods that I now own and care for. It clears my head and is healing my back slowly. I'm not out of the woods yet (metaphorically). But, I'll always be in the woods (literally) because I like it in there.
20210614 Self Portrait Movie Poster 150ppi 2
20210614 Self Portrait Movie Poster 150ppi
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Kenneth Marc
Hi Cornelia, Aside from practice and observation, what was the biggest influence on your ability to render light? Was there a particular artist or instructor or book?
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Kenneth Marc
Hi David, in many cases everything is bigger or overly emphasized with super heroes in regards to their anatomy to convey power, nobility, good/evil, etc. What aspect(s) of the human anatomy do you try to keep grounded in reality when drawing these idealized super-humans?
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Kenneth Marc
That's a great response! So, it sounds like a matter of finding the balance between reality and idealization in service of the character and the story being told. Using your artistic ability and knowledge to take some liberties to convey something about the character. Thanks, David!
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Kenneth Marc
I tried to keep this to 3 hours. I ended up having to break that into 2 sessions due to other obligations. You can see the rush in my rendering and placement of the eye closest to us. A trick I like is to overlay the reference with my own drawing to see the differences. Some self-critique: 1 - My own viewing perspective distorted what I was putting down on the surface. The top half of the head widens due to the top half of the paper being further away from my eyes. I need to use a drawing board angled to place the surface perpendicular to my line of sight. 2 - Measure more. 3 - Look through/past things like the nose and other overlapping items when establishing the overall shape of the head. 4 - Less picky when getting the first shapes down. Then begin to refine. 5 - Measure more.
2021 05 18 Demo drawing
2021 05 18 Demo drawing comparison
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Kenneth Marc
Adobe Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Fresco is pretty useful as well. I also utilize Corel Painter and sometimes AutoDesk Sketchbook Pro.
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Kenneth Marc
I dedicated an entire class to copyright for my undergraduate students. In ranges from differences in leasing and selling work all the way to piracy and copyright infringement. Here's the summary info I supply them with. It’s a good idea to have an understanding of copyright law as an artist. Be you a painter, illustrator, photographer, designer or, art student. Knowing your rights and how you can or can not use other’s images in your work is essential knowledge for working artists. Basic Copyright For Work You Create The minute you create any work for your own use (whatever that use may be), you own the copyright. You have the right to reproduce the artwork, copy it, display it and use it for financial gain. You also have the right to stop someone who copied your image from using it. If you create a painting and sell it, the buyer owns the painting and you own the copyright.* If you create a painting for an employer/client who is paying you to create it, The painting and copyright belongs to the employer/client.* If you create a painting on commission for a client the painting and copyright belong to the client* If you allow a company to publish your work/s (e.g. in a magazine, calendar, etc.), you are licensing the work to them. The original work and copyright usually still belong to you but, this depends on the agreement you signed with the publisher. In the EU and the USA the duration of copyright is 70 years beyond the life of the creator. This can vary in different circumstances and from country to country. *Unless stated otherwise in an agreement. Usually a signed legal document. Common Questions Q: Can I use someone elses image in my painting (or, for reference)? A: No. Mostly. If you take an image and use that image to make one that looks like it, you have infringes on the owner/creator’s copyright. However, if you use that image as a source of inspiration for your own work and, the result is your own unique image, you are not infringing on the owner’s rights. The safest option is to use your own images or, public domain images. Q: Can I make copies of images for my own personal studies? A: Yes. Even though you are making a copy of a copyright image, because it is for your own personal use, there is no copyright infringement. This falls under the “fair dealing” and “fair use” exceptions. You can not sell these works for profit. I recommend not including these in portfolios. Q: Do I need to use the © symbol on my artwork? A: No. But, it can be useful in preventing what is called “innocent infringement.” A situation where someone who is unfamiliar with copyright law require legal defense for unknowingly infringing upon the owner’s copyright. Q: How do I use the © symbol? A: © 2014 Jane Doe. All rights reserved. Something to think about Let’s say you are an artist who makes their living from the art you create. You spend the better part of a month working on on a piece of art. You then add images to your online portfolio and put it up for sale at a commensurate amount for the time and experience that went into it’s creation. One week later you stumble across an online store selling hundreds of copies at an affordable price. How does this affect you? How does this make you feel? How do you imagine musicians, game developers and, other creatives feel about piracy? Myths About Copyright Mailing a copy of your work to yourself. The US Government Copyright Office states that: "The practice of sending a copy of your own work to yourself is sometimes called a “poor man’s copyright.” There is no provision in the copyright law regarding any such type of protection, and it is not a substitute for registration" 1. References 1. http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-general.html Research and Information Sites http://www.copyright.gov/ http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ40.pdf - Copyright Registration for the Visual Arts http://www.visualartcopyright.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Substantial_similarity
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Elvis Murray
Are you using waterproof ink for your fountain pens? There are many fountain pens that really do not like waterproof/archival ink. But there are also fountain pens out there that have archival ink especially formulated for the pen. i would look into those if possible. I use Pigma Micron PN's but i'm really interested in getting into Fountain Pens for drawing soon. Jetpens i believe has a good guide for ink and fountain pens and i think they have a section on archival quality. hope that helps.
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Kenneth Marc
I'll second taking a look at the ink you are using. Waterproof ink will gum up fountain pens pretty quickly.
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Kenneth Marc
Books are without a doubt one of the top resources for any artist or art student. There are a few problems with books though. They can be expensive, out of print or, hard to find due to limited run printing or age. There is also a consideration for other aspects such as the environmental impact of the new book market, financial support of authors versus publishers, and many others which we will not cover here. In this post, we will be looking at the problem of finding affordable books.  You may have guessed by now where this is going. I know there is nothing quite like a brand new book. This is desirable sometimes. No doubt about it, I too treasure some of my pristine tomes displayed prominently on my studio shelf. The reality is, if you're on a budget, new books are a luxury item. Here's a recent personal example.  A large hardcover book on Alphonse Maria Mucha by his son, Jiří Mucha. I've seen this book listed as new or like new for over $150.00. It's not an overly hard book to find but, it's a bit expensive. At the time of writing this, it appears on Amazon as a single copy for $100.00 as new or $74.75 as the lowest-priced used copy. Now to the point. If you are looking to study and gain insight and knowledge why not get a used book? Now, Amazon has this listed as $74.75 in used condition plus $3.99 for shipping. That's a total of $78.74 rather than the price for a new copy at $103.99. You save $25.25 by buying a used book in this scenario. What if you could save a bit more? I was able to find a used copy in good enough condition for the purpose of study for $59.99 (free shipping) on AbeBooks.com. That's $44.00 less than the one new copy listed on Amazon. That's a big deal if you're on a budget. I was able to find a copy last month for $54.99 including shipping.   Your local used bookstore is another great option. Owners are usually very helpful and appreciative of their customers. Once you establish a relationship with them, they may even be willing to keep an eye out for specific books of interest to you.  Another great option is to check out your local library. The copy I bought was actually from a library in Missouri that had a collection of books it was cycling out listed on AbeBooks. Great! I'm supporting a library and saving money. That's a win-win in my opinion. Many libraries have a large print or oversized collection that includes art and tabletop books. I've checked books out of my local library for study and even renewed my loan duration on them a few times. It's free and only costs the time it takes to get a library card and travel to get and return the books. While I have not seen many art books as e-books sure to check out digital lending options. I was able to find Guptil's, Drawing in Pen and Ink as a digital loan through NYPL. Free for me to borrow as a resident of NY State.  I'd also like to note that local libraries sometimes have thrift sales to clear out low-use books to make room for new. Every year the small library in my village has a book sale in September. Prices are often low, by donation, or even offer book exchanges.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind when looking for books:  - Read the description and know what to expect before buying. Things sometimes sound worse than they are.  - Things like dust jacket (DJ) marks, scuffs, and stains are often limited to just the dust jacket. I've bought books where the dust jacket is horrible but, the hardcover underneath is pristine.  - Don't be deterred by watermarks, dogear, wrinkles, or notes in the margins or page edges. As long as the images and text are clear the book is usable. I actually appreciate reading someone else's margin notes in a book. They can be helpful and offer different perspectives on the subject.  - Any books with dust or grime on the covers can be wiped down with a damp cleaning wipe and left to dry. A lot of library books have a clear plastic sleeve over the dust jacket that can easily be cleaned.  - If there is dust or dirt in the pages, hold the book face down by the spine over a garbage can or outdoors and leaf through the pages a few times to allow dust to fall out. You can also take a dry cloth or old paintbrush and dust out any stubborn debris.  - Pay attention to shipping costs. Shipping can sometimes be pricy and negate the benefit of buying used online.    I hope this post is useful and encouraging to folks. Let me know your thoughts, experiences, or any additional resources you think would be good to add.    Resources:  https://www.abebooks.com/  https://www.biblio.com/  https://www.thriftbooks.com/  https://www.powells.com/used  Borrow/loan from a local library or online libraries  Your local library thrift sale  Local used bookstores 
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