Thursday, August 14, 2008

You should have seen it

I was driving back to work after picking up my wedding dress from David's Bridal, and saw the most amazing sunset taking place... I knew I had to go watch it. I wanted my camera so badly right then, it was spectacular - misty pinks and purples in the mountains, a bright orange glow where the sun was sinking behind them, brilliant yellows and whites in the clouds, and the clouds, my God, no words to describe how awesome they were. Why did I leave my camera at home?!

As soon as I got to the parking lot I scrambled out of the car, grabbed my DS and ran out of the garage - luckily EA is positioned right near the coast, so when I stood overlooking Lincoln Blvd I had a great view!

It's times like this when I realize just how very mortal and inadequate we are; as I stood there trying to capture the sunset on that tiny touchscreen I knew I had no hope of really portraying what I saw. Honestly I don't know how some people manage to paint sunsets so well, the light is constantly changing, the colors blend together and the clouds metamorphose into different shapes. How can you freeze one moment in time when the moments are so fleeting?

After a few frustrating minutes I decided that while I couldn't immortalize the sunset through my limited means, at least I could experience it. If I couldn't share it with others, at least I could share a moment between me, the sky and the creator. There was something neat about "painting" on my DS while the sky was painting itself with its own palette of brilliant hues. I felt as though I was watching a true master at work, and I was but a lowly apprentice just starting my journey.

Oh the wonders of the internet! I managed to find a couple people who took some snaps of last night's sunset on Flickr. This guys was in Venice Beach, however, so his view was marred by all the palm trees. Too bad for him :P Still, you can kind of see the range of colors and the cloud formations:

This guy got more of the pinks and purples:

Thursday, August 07, 2008

More Colors! stuff

Still doodling around on my DS, I like that I can pick it up whenever I want to; it's helped me get back into sketching, even if it's not my best work.

This one was done from imagination... yeah. I guess I need to work on being more imaginative. :)

The smog in LA makes for some interesting colors at sunset. Drew this while Tommy was driving us to a friend's house up in the hills to the north. Didn't really have time to get any detail on the hills though.

Crappy sketch of palm trees on the bus ride home.

Some fanart from the French series "Wakfu," which a classmate of mine is working on. Figured I'd see how the DS handles more cartoony work. This was one of the times I really really wanted an undo button; inking the black lines on that tiny screen is hard!