Sunday, December 19, 2010

Merry Christmas!
A portrait of the kids for the relatives -
Click for big'uns.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Two pieces finished up today! I think this is probably my final take for the ArtOrder contest that finishes up on Tuesday.  I sat on this one for a while before wrapping it up.  As always, click for a big version.

Here's my CHOW 225 ( Viking Berserker ) entry for tomorrow. Click for a biggie!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Finished the next poster!  This one was a lot more ambitious and took a lot more time - probably 10 hours all told. Click it for a big one!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

I decided to do a Struzan inspired movie poster for my daughter - here it is. 5 year old kids are REALLY HARD to pose for reference shots. Click for a bigger version.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Here's an Orc portrait I did for someone on ConceptArt. About 1.5 hours. I was looking at a lot of Drew Struzan posters before doing this.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A 2 hour Christina Hendricks photo study for tonight's practice. Yay Mad Men!
Just a really quick 40 minute random thing today to stay on top of practice. I just blobbed on some color and dug something out of it.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tonight's four-hour project. I think this is the most successful I've ever been in painting what I intended and saw in my head to begin with. Photo studies are really helping out!
As always, click the pic for a bigun.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A 2 hour photo study for tonight's practice - this one went smoother than the previous ones, I think I'm getting the hang of these. Click the pic for a bigger version.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Today's project was a 4 hour Tiefling - Here's the pic and process. As always, hit the pic for a bigger one-

Monday, November 8, 2010

Another photo study today sticking to the space swashbuckling thing. Malcom Reynolds.
This one took a little longer - the clothes were fiddly and I'm not really happy with them. Need to figure out a better way to paint this sort of textured, lined cloth.
Anyway! Click for a bigger, nicer version.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Let's follow up the scoundrel with a farm-boy - this one's about two and a half hours too.
These are a lot more fun to do photo-studies from than boring old normal people.

Final and process anim, as usual. Click the biggie for a larger version.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Han Solo photo study today.
Scruffy Lookin'!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I think I'm pretty much done for CHOW this week on CA-
here's my 'classic fantasy pinup' - heavily Elvgren influenced as a retro beer ad.
Something's gotta hang behind the tavern bartop!

Click the pic for a nice big-sized version.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Here's a quick painting of my eldest daughter in her Mummy getup for today-

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A quick portrait of my youngest daughter from today - I kind of like the pastel-chalk look.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Just a quick evening portrait tonight - this is the Amazon from Matt Dixon's book.

I used Melanie Delon's smooth2 brush for this - I like it a lot.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Another little project - I decided to do some of John Schindinette's artorders -

I'm doing #2 of the class illustration set that he posted.

The order is as follows -
#1 MALE HALF-ELF SORCERER, in an active pose, facing the viewer. This CLASS ILLUSTRATION should use a format similar to those in the 4e PH.

Male half-elf sorcerer
Features: tanned skin, dark green-black hair.
Armor: Cloth armor, no shield.
Weapon: Holds an ornate brass orb.
Action: Active pose, facing viewer. The sorcerer should look like he’s in the center of a storm of swirling fire, elemental power that originates from him but is almost beyond his control. But very powerful and self-assured.

I kind of dig the way this one turned out. I got pretty discouraged halfway through but it came together reasonably OK.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Not-Terribly-Good portrait of another of my wife's WoW characters. Evening's work, not that happy with it. I'll probably take a crack at it again later and see if I can come up with something better.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Demon Portrait!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Photo-study tonight, trying out some other painting techniques. Meh.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Working on this week's CHOW for CA - here's my second WIP for this week's topic, 'The Lady of the Lake'.
I went the route of using the Morgan LeFay-leaning version.
Trying some new techniques this time out - did a paper sketch and then a paintover, and I'm playing around with different brush usage JUST a little bit to try and remove some of the 'digital' smoothness and edges. Also for foliage, which, BTW, sucks to paint. Need to get a small, organic brush set sussed out.

Friday, October 8, 2010

A 4 hour piece from today -
Middle School Necromancer! For this week's Sketchclub.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Here's where I'm at so far with my CHOW entry for this week - not sure if I'll make it any farther but I'm reasonably happy with it. Ferret with a fork!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Did an exercise to work on improving my stroke economy tonight. Here it is - kinda just ok. Based on one of the characters in Matt Dixon's nice book.

Monday, October 4, 2010

I decided to do a photo-study tonight for fun. Here goes!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

For fun, I decided to solicit WoW character portraits. This is my take on Jonathan C's (from CA) character.
Learned a lot, but mostly learned to just let go of artistic fidelity to the source material and do what captures the gist - this one is too fiddly on the armor bits and I think it brings it down, as slavishly trying to reproduce them saps some of the life out of things.

Hopefully I'll be doing another one next - it was a fun thing to attempt.