I been so busy with commissions and artwork for classes as of late I haven’t been able to paint much of personal projects. I sketch with a mechanical pencil, a Zebra, supposedly best mechanical pencil money could buy… and it broke in half after one month of use. It was disappointing but I didn’t go on a rampage and set the town on fire, at least not this time. I been trying to tell stories when I draw, even if it doesn’t show in the final image. I wanted to draw a dragon, and I thought “why is he angry?” Because his favorate mechanical pencil has broken in half. How is he going draw fair maidens now? About a hour and a half to make. Needs a little more clean up. I figured out a thing I need to work on after painting this. How to be playful with my paintings and not take the process so seriously. my sketches have been more imaginative since I started this.
After a little under 5 hours, I have finally finished this painting. My black and white still life project is completed. For one month I painted 12 still life paintings. I clocked in a total 22 hour painting these. I my goal was ten still life paintings in one month, I went two beyond my quota :). I felt I have jumped a substantial hurdle in my painting, and that was details and refinement. I will continue to paint a still life or two a week to keep the skills I’ve learned sharp and with hopes that I will learn even more. Let me know what you think of the final painting. Any comments and critiques are welcome. Thank you for bearing with me for the last 4 days with this painting. I have a painting to put in my portfolio.
Here is a picture of the progress I made to paint this:
I nearing completion of this painting. The dirt around the allosaurus was surprisingly fun to render, even though is a good chunk of the time for today.There are some rough spots that need to be cleaned up. This is going to one of my portfolio pieces. After this , I will return to working on my wyrm painting and my 3d model of dean. Any comments and feedback is welcome. Painted from scratch in photoshop using a graphics tablet. 3+ hours spent so far.
Probably one of my best still life paintings so far. I ditched doing a line drawing first and the painting over it. Instead I painted the shadow forms and light forms, and ‘built up’ the painting this way. I made sure to take advantage of using chiaroscuro, saving me time. The two items the dragon is guarding are of sentimental value to me, I’ve had them since I was a child. I found the dragon in a thrift store. Did I mention that I’m a geek? I collect geeky stuff.
Painted in Photoshop from scratch using a wacom tablet. Time spent: 1 hour and ten minutes
I probably will not post tomorrow, but I will be back on Thursday. Take care, everyone.
I bought this cool coffee cup a few days ago and I’ve been desiring to paint it. For humor I stuck my cheep elephant toy in the cup (just in case you wondering what that thing is, it looks as abstract in real life as it does in the cup). I had some issues with the small cast shadow coming down from the cup to the sphere. I think my next still life will feature more spheres. I painted this from scratch in Adobe Photoshop with a wacom tablet. Time spent on painting a little under 1 hour and 30 mins.
Note to self: there is a small mistake in the handle that needs to be fixed.
I have been wanting to paint Gandalf (played by Ian McKelley, who appears to have no problem showing his underwear on stage) since I watched the Hobbit last week. One of my more challenging paintings so far. Due to the fact it its a well known actor so I have to get his likeness down to near precision.And also because I had chosen a ref with BACK LIGHTING! I reworked the nose and eyebrows over and over again, I was having issues with the nose proportions.. The reference was a still in the Lord of the Rings movie “Fellowship of The Ring’ (I paused the movie when I saw a interesting pose then when looking at the tv screen, I painted it on my computer).
Update: self critique: The eyebrows are still too dark and need to be lighted up (tried to fix it). the left side of his face needs a bit more light. Any feedback is appreciated
Painted in Photoshop. Time Taken 1 hour and 30 minutes
Speaking of the Hobbit. Although the the movie in my opinion was very enjoyable, it was obviously stretched out causing the the film to slow down to a crawl in places. This Two hour and forty five minute movie could of easily been cut down to about a hour and a half. Added content like Radagast’s epic adventures, and the dwarves’ battle with the giant golmes in the misty mountains feels tacked on. Truthfully the entire book could of been done in ONE three hour movie ( I read the book, it is short and sweet at a brisk 300 pages). It’s like Peter Jackson wanted to relive his glory LOTR days. Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman’s performances alone make it worth watching.
I wanted to paint a portrait of Mr Cumberbatch when I saw him play Khan in the last Star Trek. You might know him in the BBC show “Sherlock“, the modern Sherlock Holmes adaptation. It took about 3 hours. Painting was done entirely in Photoshop with Wacom Tablet.
The photos I used for reference I found on Wikimedia (CC), I leaned more toward his Sherlock hairstyle.
After doing a mess of speed paintings, my portfolio shouted in agony “you fool, FINISH your paintings for pete’s sake”. Always listen to your portfolio.. or it might attack you when your asleep in bed.
I pre ordered Amnesia: The Michine for Pigs. It’s out now. It’s very late. I don’t know it I should start it tonight. :O
Let me know what you think of the painting.
A experiment. I’ve been using little realistic animal figurines set under a spot light for lighting studies and practice. the figurines include a leopard, crocodile, wolf, sheep and a forest dragon. I started sketching with a pencil again, which I admit at first felt rather odd. One time when I made a wrong line, for a split second I looked for the undo button before realizing I was drawing on physical paper. I kid you not.
After looking though my sketches, the forest dragon light study was the best of the bunch. So I scanned it and painted over it in Photoshop as normal. I wanted to see if I could take one of my studies and experiment with the best way take a pencil sketch and paint over it with Photoshop. Then I wanted to see if I could color it with just masks and and adjustment layers. Spent a hour just messing with adjustment tools. I then gave up and painted the color layer manually.
This painting could be pushed further if I dared. Painted in Photoshop. 30 min for the pencil sketch, 15 minutes wasting time with the smudge tool , 30 minutes for painting the sketch in Photoshop, 1 hour messing with the adjustment tools with no success , 30 minutes painting it in color manually. Total = Too much wasted time.
On the plus side I was watching “Shawn the Sheep” on Netflix while doing this charade. It’s a brilliant stop animation kids show. It’s similar to Wallace and Gromit with sheep and no vocals. Since all the jokes are visual gags, both adults and children can enjoy this show. It’s great background noise as well. Maybe I do some sketches of the characters.