Rants and Ramblings by Stan Levine

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November 2012

November 25, 2012
The past several months have been slow for business. I started going to a painting class at Marcy Wheeler's studio
Here is a portrait painting I finished with the help of Marcy and other students.  Every week we meet and paint for about 2 hours.  Then there is a class critique where students help each other to improve in their painting skills.

I am very pleased with the way this turned out.  It would be great to continue to study portrait painting and really hone this skill with the intention of gaining a more intimate understanding of the art of painting.
For fun (outside the class or work environment) I recently finished a water color portrait painting.

This painting got some good feedback from my fans on Facebook.
I've also been playing around with an app for Ipad and Iphone called Sketchbook by Autodesk; the same company that sells Maya ( a 3D animation modeling program).  You can see some samples of that on my Facebook page.
A recent business development in my work as a caricature artist has been collaborating with Mike Kuehl, multi-media specialist at Digital Bionic  I was recently commissioned by this company to be recorded on high definition video cameras drawing cartoon illustration on a dry erase board as part of a presentation that will be broadcasted to the internet soon.
My collaborative illustration work with writer David Moses has made lots of progress too. I finished the final drafts of all the storytelling drawing for the comic book "Who is it Doomsday!" A graphic novel about a psychopathic killer hunting down all of the people he feels responsible for the death of his father. I started to add layers of digital color to all of the initial black and white, ink brushed drawings when Dave and I decided to add an additional scene.  There has been a lot of creativity and thought being focused on the art of the storytelling as well as the details to each image with the goal of creating something that looks convincingly real and beautiful to look at.  There is no expected time frame for when this project will be finished, because it is in development, and it can't be ready for everyone to see until it's finished.
Creating a caricature at a party is fast and fun, and there is a sense of delight from the results of the work put in, but true satisfaction comes from many hours of focusing on one project for as long as it takes to get the job done right.


March 2012

March 5, 2012
Last month I joined the Lamorinda Arts Alliance.  I am looking forward to painting with there plein air painting group this week.  It turns out that my instructor Mira White is a member of the LAA too.  I am looking forward to making new creative and artistic friends.  Here is one of my recent drawings that I drew as part of a study in the class I am taking with Mira White:

You can see more of my illustration work by clicking on the illustration link from this website. 
Another new thing that ...
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2012 Resolution

January 24, 2012
In January I started taking a drawing with color pencils class at the local Civic Arts Recreation Center here in Walnut Creek California taught by Mira White.  In this class I have been discovering different ways to use color in my drawings.  Here is a sample of a homework assignment I completed for this week:

A Fugi Apple.

Blue and green over red create the shadow areas.  As the apple turns toward the light source we see a graduation from green to yellow.  I think this class will help me to pr...
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Origami By Stan Levine

August 2, 2011
In January 2011 I started learning origami from various instructional videos on the internet.

This dragon was folded out of $1 dollar bill.

This is a bear I folded, but it was originally designed by John Montroll.

This lizard is made up of separate pieces.  The arms and body can move independently.

This dinosaur is another John Montroll design I folded by following along with a video on YouTube.

I folded this frog from a video too, but I used special paper that I got from a craft store. 

A Dragon...
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September 2010 Update Continuted...

September 29, 2010
Where do cows go to have fun?


This drawing took me all day to complete.  I began with an 2H pencil to plan out the perspective and shapes of the movie theater.  Then I used a 4B to sketch in the different cows posing in the theater.  I went over all my marks with a Sharpie Ultra Fine Point  Permanent Marker, and erased all my pencil marks using a kneaded eraser.  That's almost half the day right there!  In a drawing like this, it's important to plan.  In a painting...
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What I've Been Working On- September 2010

September 27, 2010
Hello Stanimation Fans!

It has been a few months since I've blogged.
Most of my progress can be viewed by checking out my work on this website.  I have completed a few more paintings.
I recently enrolled in a life drawing class.  I'll have some work to show you in the not too distant future from that class.
I am excited and looking forward with great anticipation to my art show at the Jewish Community Center in Walnut Creek from October 7- December 31.  I will be exhibiting 12 acrylic landscape p...
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Friday June 4, 2010 What I've Been Working On

June 4, 2010
Last week I got sick.  I think it was some kind of flew, but I'm better now. 
I've been working on promoting my photo realistic portrait charcoal drawings.  Here are a few ads I designed with Flash:

These are some high resolution images, so they'll probably take some time to load on your computer screen.  How much time depends on your connection speed.  If you have a slow connection speed, now is a great time to stand up, stretch, use the bathroom, maybe get some more coffee or tea.  It will p...

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May 26, 2010

24" X 30"
Acrylic on Canvas
by Stan Levine

When I paint on a canvas as big as this, I have to have a reason; I have to be inspired.  I have an archive of photos my wife takes from her Nikon that I go through when I need a reason to paint where I found a fantastic landscape of Mendocino's coast.  I like how the light travels through the painting along with the water.  There's something about it that makes me think of breathing in a meditative state. 
Before I painted "Breath," I began wit...

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May 26 2010 What I've Been Working On

May 26, 2010
It seems that I just can't make up my mind about what I want to specialize in.  I am so talented at so many things, that when I try to commit to just one discipline of the arts I feel trapped; like my fate has been sealed and there's no time anymore for self discovery.  Then every day is like a repeat of the last one, and that is just not good, so I had to jump out of painting for a little while and learn somethings about Flash Actionscript programming, and Javascript.  I've been learning abo...
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May 17 What I've Been Working On

May 18, 2010
This week I needed a break from painting.  I decided to look for ways to fulfill a long neglected dream of being a game developer.  I found this great webiste, http://www.protorpg.com that has a download of a role playing game engine written in Javascript by Pierre Chassaing.  I have very little programming knowledge of Javascript.  I was purely driven by my passion to create an online role playing game to study the Javascript files in the "Games," file that comes with the "Demo," Download.  ...
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