Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Life of Pi

Life of Pi is a beautiful movie.  Its visuals, its story, and its wonderful actors made me light up.  As soon as I saw it, I wanted to go home and draw beautiful, dangerous, weird, amazing creatures that inhabit this planet.  So I did, and here's what I came up with.
I wanted to capture the magic of the movie and the book, so I thought I'd depict the battle of the wills of the creatures.  I hope I did.
I really like how the final digital turned out.  I usually mess up with this kind of stuff, but this time, it turned out how I imagined.  I'm so happy!  Merry late-Christmas everybody!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Hobbit

I saw The Hobbit on Tuesday.  And I have to say... I really liked it!

  I didn't have high hopes, of course, due to the reviews, but when I walked out of the theater I was so happy.  It was three hours long, but I think I stayed awake because of the awesome characters and the humor. The Lord of the Rings was more of a denser, darker book, but The Hobbit... well it's more of a fairy tale.  I think Peter Jackson captured that really well.  It was funny and cartoonish, which I had hoped for this movie.  That is the only reason it really worked for me.  I also thought the orcs looked a lot better in this as well.

I have one more thing to say.  "Gandalf!  Boooooooooom!"

Orc, Dwarf, and Troll.  I really liked the trolls in the movie.
Goblin king, warg.
Ol' Smaug.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Arthur Part. II

So here it is.  The final digital.  It's not quite perfect to me yet, but it still turned out better than other digital stuff I've done.  Aha!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

And Arthur beheld his Foe.

I am pretty happy with this piece.  I have lately been working on my watercolor skills and this one turned out nice.  The composition isn't great and I didn't really do any studies of the guy so it's not perfect.  It's a work in progress though.  I'm also experimenting with digital stuff too.  I'll post the digital soon.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Gollum's cousin?
His name is Robert.
Here is the finish watercolor for this piece.  I am pleased how it turned out.  I was afraid it was going to be a disaster, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The old lady who lives down the lane, or Ode to Cheesecake.

I felt like doing something fresh and random.  I had some inspiration from the picture below.  I want to meet this lady someday.
She is awesome.
I think I'll post some sketches of her later. But right now... behold! The finished product.
I like how it turned out.  I now need some help deciding what to do next.  Should I proceed with watercolors, or just do it digitally.  I do not know.  Opinions?  Also, after finishing it up, I would like to make some prints of it and do some of that stuff if anybody is interested...


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Gingerbread Man

Run, run as fast as you can.  You can't catch me I'm the... Gingerbread Man?


  There are a lot of weird animals in the world.  But I think that rodents are the weirdest.  You might think, "well... I like rodents, those cute little mice are so cute, and cuddly, and cute.  Why would you think they're weird?"  Have you looked up: rodent?  You will see some strange things, I promise you.  There is actually a SPINY RAT! 
Okay.  So I'll show you what I'm talking about...  BEHOLD!  THE NAKED MOLE RAT!!
I would strongly dissuade you to not look this creature up, for fear of you dying of being exposed to pure ugliness.  It is terrifying to behold.  One tried to attack me with a Nerf sword once...
I think they live on the horn of Africa.  They live in packs from 30 to 130.  I'm going to vomit right now.
   So do you believe me now?  Rodents are pretty weird.  Here are some more.
One of my favorite rodents is the Capybara, though I don't know why.  They just seem so laid back.  Either that, or their planning to take over the world. 
   Now don't get me wrong, I know that some rodents are cuddly, like these:
 The cute ones don't live very long.  The voles average lifespan is 4 to 6 months.  They usually get eaten by stuff like this:

The Marvelous Magnus!

  Here is the first illustration in a project I'm doing.  A friend wrote a short story on behalf of a very famous troll who was head-butted into a river by a big goat.  He asked my friend to publish a story portraying what happened after he so ungracefully fell into that river.  This is the first illustration I've done.
It is brown and white colored pencils on toned tan paper.  I don't know whether I like it just like this, or color corrected black and white, like this:
I like them both.  But I dunno.

So there you go.  I will post more of these as I work on them, and I will probably post the story as well, if it is okay with the author.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is a classic.  But, being a boy, I'd never thought I'd watch the movie, read the book, or associate myself with it at all.  I certainly didn't think that I'd be in a play of it.  But I am.  How in the world that happened I do not know, but once I got to listen to the story, I was pleasantly surprised.  I actually really liked it, and am so glad I tried out for the play my school is doing.  My character is Mr. William Collins, for those who've read the book or seen the movie.  For those who don't know, I am basically just the creepy, socially awkward cousin who comes to take the family's estate.  So with that in mind, here are some sketches I thought I'd do of him in order to develop his character for me.
I took this opportunity to do some sketches of clothing from this time period.
       Very preliminary sketches of his face.
   My first attempt at drawing Mr. Collins...  It didn't turn out like I expected it to...But...  Okay, wait, pause I must say that there is something I do not like about this sketch.  Somethings wrong with the old man.  I just don't know what.
Then after that old-man-in-tree-failure-bad I decided to try a more warrior-like, dramatic aspect to it.  That didn't work out either.  Snap.
Then it came to me.  Ah-HA! I've done it!  Some body bring the fudge pie! To add to the effect, let me add a quote from the play, said by him.
"Novels?!  Why, I never read such works! But... I have with me an excellent volume of Fordyce's sermons."

Saturday, October 13, 2012

I apologize. Can I make it up to you?

   I apologize.  I have been extremely inconsistent with my posts lately.  I have still been doing a lot of drawings and paintings, I assure you.  But it always seems such a burden to post them.  So, here's what I am going to do.  I am to make a promise.  I will promise to post every week, usually Wednesday, as long there isn't a cow revolution... There, I said it.  And now I must make it happen.
So on that note, here are some sketches:
Hawk study
Anatomy study

Awesome Dragon

This is Marcus.  He's cool.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Werewolf, and other drawings-A post by Aedan Peterson

The werewolf
   Around this time, last year,  I drew a werewolf in celebration of Autumn.  I have done it again this year with greater wolfishness and prowess.  This wolf is named Harold.  I saw him on a street corner, and asked if he could pose for me.  He didn't want to, so I had to sketch him from inside a bush.  Here is the link to the old post of the werewolf.  And the final version.
Here are the other sketches I did today:
A fang and a grumpy old gas station clerk.

British dog?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Calvin the Troll

Ink and Digital

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


I've never really done pastels before, or none that I liked at least. They never really worked for me. But recently I got  the Art of Pixar book that was full of concept art of a lot of Pixar movies.  They were beautiful pieces, and a lot of them were pastel!  I had never really liked pastel pieces until I saw these.  It got me thinking about trying it.  Then I also saw some pieces by Degas.  The ballerina ones, those were also pastel.  So I tried it.  And I very pleased with it, though I did it pretty quick. I think I'm going to do more.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Post Regarding Two Great Cartoonists

At my library, there is a fine arts section.  It is a room full of huge volumes of masterpieces.  Rembrandt to the art of Disney.  I went up unprepared.  One of the things I was unprepared for was the huge collection of Peanuts that was sitting on the shelf.  I've read about six volumes already.  This strip fascinates me.   I love Peanuts, but I love Calvin and Hobbes even more.  This is the comic strip that makes me laugh out loud; it's funny and... it's amazing art.  In Peanuts he just uses the images to support the joke, they're just scribbles.  Bill Watterson cares about the image, that's a lot of what I love about Calvin and Hobbes.  I've read the whole collection several times.  I have never gotten tired of it.
   Both strips are works of art.  And I admire Bill Watterson and Charles Schulz greatly.

Another Movie

I hope these movies don't bore you, because they are entertaining to us.  They are super fun to make, and it's fun to watch other people watch it.  Were planning to do more maybe less random and goofy.  Thanks.

Another thing.  It's not quite finished yet. There's one little thing we need to do; so I'll probably update it later.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Jolly Barber's song (of New Guinea)

This is what happens when you mix four kids and a camera.
That's all I have to say.

P.S. I am the Jolly Barber.

P.P.S. You probably have to click on the actual post in order to watch the video.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Finally! A post-Aedan

I have now posted... after a month or so.  I know bloggers aren't supposed to do that, but I did.  So, anyway, here are some pictures. The picture above is in progress.  I like how it is turning out so far.

This is a sketch of Leonardo Da Vinci's "Grotesque Heads."  I got a book on him from the library.  He really is amazing.
And lastly here is a cool warrior dude.  He's contemplating how he's going to tackle that ten ton dragon.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Paradise Lost-Aedan

I have been reading Paradise lost... a lot.  I have been hooked, it is just amazing.  My dad got me an awesome edition with illustrations by Gustave Dore, who is amazing.  So I've been sketching some of the engravings in the book.  I've spent hours trying to imitate his works.  Here they are...
 Random sketches of angels and demons
A quick sketch of something.

                                                         More angels and demons.
                                                           And a random Roman guy.