Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Peter and the Wolf


Here's my latest illustration. Hope there's still some viewers out there, I still think Blogger is the best of the social media outlets and it saddens me how it's slowed down(from my perspective).
Anywho, here is a digital painting of the classic Peter and the Wolf tale sans orchestra. Posed my little boy again, it feels a little overworked as far as the rendering, I think my next task will probably be spending some time trying to develop a less intensive rendering style.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

little girl


Came across this beautiful little image at instagram.com/courtneyadamo.

Friday, July 03, 2015

boy


I love my little boy.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wizard


My try at the world of fantasy. I thought I might need a pointy hat to sell him as a wizard. Does feel a bit biblical without but I prefer the composition without so I gave him a sword an pipe to compensate.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Younger boy and the jungle


While my older son is out at sea, the younger is in the deep jungle. Sure it’s dangerous but he’s 2 years old and knows how to handle himself.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Young boy and the sea


My boy, out hunting giant squid.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Edge of the woods

Here's a new one. I focus down on faces and characters so much I wanted to concentrate and develop a fuller environment. Kind of a test to see if I could. Surprisingly, I think it turned out pretty well. There was a time when I couldn't do trees and those types of things because I would try to approach it too literally. The key is painting the idea of the foliage not specific leaves etc.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dr. Funke



Here's the finished painting. I'm trying to develop my style to something polished but still retaining some of the loose crosshatching of my drawings. This worked out here, if you look close you can see a lot of sketching lines.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Cover


Got the kids to model for a recent cover for the Friend magazine.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Listening in


I was looking at some beautiful digital paintings and got a hankering to really see how far I could push the rendering. This is the result. I had to include a closeup on the face because I spent so long working in up it would be sad to not be seen.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Dinner


Just finished this painting. I'm very pleased with it, probably heavily because of the subject. My favorite kids. This is nice and big and will probably hang in our dinning room.

24"x 36" Oil on Board

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mr. Ben Folds



Saw a Ben Folds concert recently. He puts on a great show. I thought I would do a digital painting of him. A little different technique here put I was pretty happy with the look. A soft painting with some hatching work over top.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Collaboration


So you've probably seen the pictures where the artist has kids do a drawing then he renders then out. After I finished this one up my 3 year old decided to do the opposite and finish up one of my drawings. I think it's great.

Friday, August 22, 2014

and Color


I've got plans to post a video of the color process I used for this.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tone painting video


A tone painting of a drawing of mine. This is about a half hour compressed down to a couple minutes. I've been trying to post a couple videos of things people want like the finish shading on a drawing and current color method for digital painting but they're still not working out so maybe this will be of interest while you continue to wait. Sorry.

I put the drawing on it's own layer set to multiply, on the base layer I use the paint bucket to apply this greenish brown tone. Then on a layer in between those two I do my painting.
Always follow the general to specific rule. I start out with broad brush strokes defining the overall values then work down to more specifics. First adding darks and when those are getting close I add some lights. Most of the painting is done with the base tone, a 70% dark value then a 30% light value. Only toward the end I will start to use the colors within this range. And at the very end, real bright and darks values to pop specific limited spots.

Hope that helps.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Dad


A little something I did for The New Era magazine.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Finally, a process video

At long last, after many requests I've finally found the initiative to post a process video. Its rough but here it is. 


This shows about 12 minutes of drawing compressed down to 90 seconds. Done in Photoshop but the principle is no different then working in my sketchbook.

The most important rule is to start out as general as possible. I start with a really rough circle just to lay out a starting shape/size. The circle becomes obsolete in no time but it served it's purpose. Then it's the big shapes, in this case the face and the hair. Next a quick center line and a nose, mouth and eye line. From there building it in with short geometric lines always following the general to specific rule. I do all this work with lighter lines and a softer touch so they are easy to remove as more solid lines are placed (particularly when working on paper).

People like my crosshatching finish work but this is the most important step to the drawing, getting the structure correct. Feeling confident with your foundation allows you to be bold with your polish work.
Hope that helps. Feel free to ask any questions and look out for more steps soon.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sketch #76

Drawing in the sketchbook again. My current mechanical pencil lead is a bit hard so I got out a regular pencil to push the darks.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Dinner- paint 5

After finishing up some other projects I'm back to this painting of the kids. It's coming along. Compare this second pass at the baby to the first pass here.
The real tricky part is getting the paint styles to match up, I am seeing a problem with each kid is painted slightly different because of their being painted on different days. I figure I'll have to just keep going at them but that could also be a problem as I want to keep the style loose with shadows that are transparent. We'll see I guess.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dinner- paint 4


My boy in the center is rendered out just like I want. My little girl is still kind of flat but I like the colors as of now. And the baby looks nice and innocent but he's still early too.

Oil on board 24" x 36"

Monday, April 14, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Dinner- paint3


The third figure it coming along.

Monday, April 07, 2014