Sunday, December 13, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Once again, I'm going back over some of my old illustrations and seeing what I can do with a little more practice under my belt. In the original black and white version of Jack and the Giant, I was trying to convey atmospheric perspective through a limited value range on the giant. This time, I'm using that idea along with fading the giant towards blue and partially erasing the line work. Also, since I just learned how to turn a photograph of a cloud into a brush, of course I over used it. No matter. It still feels good to put some work up here again. New stuff will be coming soon.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Oh well. I hope to get some more things finished for everyone to enjoy very soon.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Back on May 2nd, I went to my favorite comic book store here in Orlando, Comic Connection, for the industry event "Free Comic Book Day." To those not immersed in geek culture the idea of giving away the very things you're trying to make money on seems insane, but the marketing strategy often plays out. A free book will get even the most narrow minded fan to give it a look, and if the quality meets the fan's standard, the publisher has a new steady reader. Also, offering kid-oriented books for free encourages parents to let their children read comics. The important part is that the kids read, but if they get caught up in the art and the fun of comic books, it's a win for everybody.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Hey there. Sorry I've taken so much time to update. I've been far too busy with things of little consequence that are necessary only to pay bills, but offer little more. Worse still, so much of my time is absorbed with the "day job" that I have less to create my own art. However, I have scrounged enough time to continue my new series of "Monster Copies."
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
After work today, I was feeling very sick. Bad headache, nausea, dizziness, the whole shebang. Fortunately, after taking a five hour nap, I'm feeling a little more human. Not perfect, but human. The problem with the nap is that I'm not ready to actually sleep quite yet. So I doodled.
Every single artist that I admire recommends drawing something everyday. I don't always succeed in doing that, but Jason Seiler suggests daily sketching and at least one finished piece per month (No, he didn't tell me this personally; I got the advice from his blog). Since I've wanted to draw our president for a while, here's the perfect opportunity. I used Corel Painter X's colored pencils and digital watercolor. I'll revisit this subject later, but I wanted to post something.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Welcome to a new year, new post, and slightly new direction for at least one painting. I've been doing an ever increasing amount of digital illustration lately. However, this image is more classical in style and technique. An obvious homage to Thomas Gainsborough's (1727 - 1788) Blue Boy, I used only oil paint and Liquin on canvas. The effort only took three and a half hours, which surprised even me. I'm interested in exploring the concept of "Monster Master Copies," but I may have to think up a story that would justify publication. Probably needs something more than "pictures I made for Christmas presents." Although, my brother really did enjoy it as his Christmas present.
As you can see, my palette was a bit brighter than the original, which fits with the furry blue monster approach. Several years ago, the Henson's produced a calendar featuring photographic parodies of famous art, including Kermit the Frog as "Green Boy." While that "Kermitage Collection" was inspiring to me, I wanted to see how using the same media as the original art affected the way the art was received. I believe the response would have been different if I painted with watercolors or rendered the image in pen & ink. Any thoughts?