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The Art Geek

Thoughts on technique, experiments with new ways of working, works in progress, or general ramblings. Much of the material posted here relates to SketchUp, to painting in various media, and to drawing. Your mileage may vary. Enjoy!

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Volcanic Surfaces of Revolution

Monday, March 8 2010 12:45 a.m. UTC

Flags and Bubbles

Sunday, March 7 2010 4:37 a.m. UTC

Another Structure with curved edges, figures, and flags

While the paint dried on several paintings today I spent some more time playing with structures in SketchUp for future paintings. Here are a few tricks used in this one:

  • Soap bubble plugin for the hanging fabrics
  • Using the rotate tool with option held down to clone, then typing, e.g., “15x” to create the prayer flags along an arc
  • Making curved flat shapes and then extruding them using the Follow Me tool for curved surfaces
  • Extruding shapes and “intersect with model” to cut doorways through curved faces
  • View->Hidden Geometry and using the Move tool on vertices to carefully suture pieces together when an imperfect match between adjacent surfaces occurs.

As the stuff becomes second nature, you find yourself limited by imagination more than by the tool… the sign of a good tool.

The Poetry of Small Things

Sunday, Feb. 21 2010 3:25 p.m. UTC

Work continues on the study for the next painting.

Ideally the painting would be large enough for the figures on the far left to be clearly resolved. Something like 40” wide, 20” high or even larger.

Transfer options:

  1. Export from SketchUp as 'hybrid’ PDF. Bring it to Kinko’s and have them make a large print. Transfer as usual.
  2. Buy a digital projector and project onto canvas like the old-school photorealists. I’ve never tried that but have been curious to.

More Invisible Cities

Wednesday, Feb. 17 2010 2:30 a.m. UTC

3D sketches for a putative future painting.


  1. Fractal design elements
    1. S P A C E
    2. intersection/union/XOR
    3. greebling of plausible architectural forms
    4. people/cars/trees/pets
  2. Transfer to painting
  3. Drawn, weathered surface, like the trailer painting [a long-standing work-in-progress], like weathered/varnished prints on paper/d├ęcoupage.

The title 'Invisible Cities’ is from an amazing book by Italo Calvino.

Last Year

Friday, Feb. 12 2010 2:24 p.m. UTC

Another HPAC figure study from last year — my last?

Reading Python Mindfully, Oil on Wood, 5“x7”, 2009

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