Posts Tagged ‘art’

Oh mann! (my last name is Mann, get it?) I’ve been neglecting my posting too long and have much catching up to do. I will do it. Foremost thing I must announce is this (seeing that there’s a time limit) – the online show going on! It lasts only until November 21, so be quick! The theme was “All Things Good Report and Praiseworthy,” which is plenty obscure enough that you can basically see art of any kind in the show. Lots of amazing artists were chosen to participate, and there are beautiful landscapes, abstract works, LDS subjects, still lifes, etc. And of course, I have a few things in the show too. These are the ones I entered.

Another Testament (boston show) On Top Hill Cumorah (boston show) Rocks in the Grove (small)

Part of the funds received will go towards scholarships for student artists and other aspiring artists. So it’s for a good cause too! Here’s the link.


Sidenote: The newest one among these is my painting entitled “Another Testament.” It shows a peaceful scene of the future Book of Mormon in it’s place on the Hill Cumorah, before Joseph Smith took them. I walked around this sacred hill many a times during my mission in Palmyra and used personal photo reference and memories to capture this fall landscape.

*If by any chance you miss the online show that ends November 21, please contact me if you are interested in purchasing these or any other paintings.

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Art Sale!

This summer while I was living in Wyoming, one of my biggest accomplishments was organizing and holding an art show.  I did it in conjunction with Cowley’s Days/the Pioneer Festival in Cowley, WY.  I would say that it was a grand success! At least, they now want to make it a tradition and have an art show annually.  We will have to see if the wind takes me back there this next summer.

In the meantime, here are some of the leftover paintings I completed for the show. If you feel like you can do so while staying true to your own art self, I think it is important to cater to your audience. Since I love painting pretty much anything (like really), I tried to focus on Wyoming landscapes, still lives, and lds art for the good Wyoming folk. There are also come Utah landscapes squeezed in there though. If you are interested in a piece, leave a comment or email me at brookemweber@gmail.com. Don’t be scared! Most are on sale right now.

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We have come to a very special time of year when people tend to be (or should be) a little kinder, a little more grateful, and also maybe a little more cheerful. You have probably already seen the two origami “12 Days of Christmas” paintings I did to help commemorate the season, but this one is special in a different way.  First of all, I did it in a completely different medium (I drew it in pencil, scanned it in, and colored it digitally), but it also was created for the purpose of reminding people of the meaning behind this season and to encourage charity. I call it “Charity from a Child.” I think there is something beautiful about the selflessness and kindness young children often show. Where do we lose that innocence? I hope we can all be a little better, myself included.

Charity from a Child

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This is the couple of my previous “Partridge in a Pear Tree” origami piece. Maybe a little more unrecognizable, but that’s where the title comes in to clarify . It’s called “Two Turtle Doves”! Now there you go. Both are oil on panel.

I decided to photograph some of the main steps as I did this one…

1. I always start off any serious project with sketches for composition and sketches for color. If I have a good color comp, it makes the painting go  so easy. I’m not fiddling around with color anymore because I already know what I want. In this case, I really wanted an overall blueish painting, as my partridge was overall yellow.

2. Then I follow my sketchbook sketches and sketch out my painting on the surface I chose (this one is a gessoed wood panel)

3. I did a blue acrylic wash to encourage color harmony before I started painting.

4.Next is some rough acrylic painting. I know I don’t have to get all the details in perfectly because I am going to go over it with oils. It’s a lot easier to get those smooth blends in oil painting than acrylic anyway. So I am just getting the main colors in – that way if I don’t paint all my oil layer completely opaque, the color showing through works.

5. Oil time! I started off similarly to my acrylic layer by doing a blueish/whiteish glaze over the whole thing, just to make it wet (I used Liquin, which dries kinda fast). I prefer starting with painting wet into wet to make easier blending. I started building layers upon layers with different glazes and smaller and smaller brushes…

6. Then I finished off the smallest details with the most opaque of oils and painting wet on dry. Voila! (you may have to wait a day before you can paint on dry surface) It is finished!

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Patridge (small)

I am working on a few Christmas art pieces and was struggling to think of a piece that is considered Christmas-y, but also can be enjoyed all year round. THIS is one of the results! Japanese style 12 days of Christmas! I quite like my Japanese heritage, and I know others enjoy Japanese things too. Who doesn’t love origami? …Right? 🙂

It’s a 10×10 oil on board in case you were interested.


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I guess I’ve been on a little nature kick recently since going to the local greenhouse.  Purely because it seemed fun and I wanted to, I painted these little oil studies. Also, I had a great time sketching outdoors on the “Y” mountain.  I did a panoramic sketch of the Utah Valley below.  I do believe it is NOT a waste of time to paint things or draw things just for fun.  In fact, please do!  A LOT!  So that the art you love doesn’t become only a career.  It’s better when it’s a hobby you love too.

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During my time in the Illustration department at Brigham Young University it was beat into my head to practice figure drawing, practice figure drawing, practice PRACTICE! – just like that. Figure drawing helps your overall skills as a sketching artist. It also helps you draw more convincingly as an illustrator (whether you stylize your characters or not). So . . . I haven’t been as good as I should since graduating at keeping up figure drawing, but I am determined to try and do some figure drawing every week from now on.  There are figure drawing sessions open to anyone at BYU where models come in, and I was recently able to do some of these there.  If anything, it is a wonderful fun time!

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As an illustrator who loves monsters and other fantastical things, naturally, I have been working on multiple children’s books with monsters as characters.  If you saw some of my other posts, you would have noticed my big Monster Safari project I did which is going to end up as a 32 page picture book.  This is another one I’ve been working on called Bill and Sue (title could still change though).  It is about these two monster kids that love to go on imaginary adventures and particularly love to pretend to be humans.  It’s good fun and should be a pretty funny book!  The dummy version of the book is done (which is the rough draft version that is shown to publishers), and I also worked on a couple finished pieces.  Now I just need to submit it!  As well as my other stories.  Be on the lookout for them because one day they WILL be in bookstores.

bill and sue 9 bill and sue finished exThe top is a pencil sketch.  The bottom is black ink and acrylic on masonite board.


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Sometimes random freelance art jobs are extremely fun.  I love taking them on here and there for the variety.  This was a project I just finished for an album cover/logo for a song about how Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all get mashed together. I thought the idea for the song was pretty clever and realized the illustration for it would be fun, so I gladly took on the job.

For this project I first sketched it out just with a regular graphite pencil in my sketchbook. Then I scanned it in to the computer, tweaked the contrast a bit, and colored it all digitally in photoshop with my tablet. If you use “multiply” on your current layer when you color you don’t harm any black lines. It works great.


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I have three more slots available in my Monster Safari future book. So in my upcoming show in Salt Lake City, I am letting people vote for their three favorites out of these six monsters. Mind you, they are supposed to be for kids.

Just a side note – These were ink and colored pencil sketches done on brown toned paper (much like a paper bag). I love working on paper like this because it really makes the colors pop. If you’re an artist, try carrying around some toned paper and just a few colored pencils, like a white and black.

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