Cloud cover

Plugging ahead and working on the next Magic Box assignement.. Epic Skies..   This little scibble…   is gradually turning into this:   I’ve been attempting to get up extra early and get an hour or two of painting time in before work, and it has been….mixed results.  Some days things have been great and some days, the lil 5yold seems to have adjusted his schedule as well…  

Ah that post painting funk

Ok after a little breather It’s time to get back to working on things that are fun.  Finishing a painting is both exhilarating and exhausting and I find myself having to take a couple days and recoup my creative energy or I’ll find the need to go back and fix, and tweak and tweak irrisistable.  But taking a bit of time away lets me just be proud of what I’ve done and let it be. After a couple days I … MORE

Missed a few

Ok missed a few updates like updates 24-32.. they’re there, just not gotten around to posting them However on sketch 32 this little guy popped out. and then I decided he needed a chance to get a world to live in. And by 37 it was looking like this:       Then pulled in some rough textures and and blocked things in a bit more. By update 40 the trees were looking flat and the overall color was beginning … MORE

More Make-a-thing days end of m1

OK so i lost a few days to kids, illness and a mini-vacation to PAX South (which was awesome!) But none the less, scribbles were made, but i’m having a hard time ‘finishing’ even these things. So I’ve been making myself to more and more thumbnails to just start being able to see the composition before starting on the actual drawing. And i feel that it’s been improving my sense of wholeness of each thing, if that makes any sense. … MORE

More thing a day, week 2.

More art and stuff playing around. Trying to make a conscious effort to design shapes that works as a whole instead of just pieces that fit together.

Start a new Year with a thing-a-day

  Start of a new year. But it’s time to get some practice, so in an attempt to do a ‘thing a day’ here’s the first 8 days worth of things,  Even the ugly stuff, even the unfinished stuff.  Lots of it is just technique practice or late nite scribbles (or both).

Perspective forever

    Took another pass at this, and made a binch of thums and eventually came up with perspective I liked. Then I tossed into the perspective view maker http://drakkheim.com/perspective/grid.php?image=2a811acb319a27b462e6185e36aa491d.png&save=2 and saved out some guides.   Then a little bit of time blocking out some of the shapes and it’s something I’m beginning to think works.   But now it’s time for some holiday cheer so perhaps things will be a bit slow for a while.  

Perspective Homework Beginnings

So the next homework assignment in the Magic Box is 3 point perspective and basic environment drawing. Start off with a sketch.   And then go back and really nail down the perspective. Which I’m in the process of doing … Still have a long way to go.

Flying Golden Turtle Final

  I think this is going to be it!  Gonna sleep on it but I think this is where this journey ends for this piece. At least for tonight. Barring any last changes I’m looking to get this to a printer this week.       And here’s some details of some of my favorite parts of the painting. The little path into the forest The little church and houses on the hill The turtle.. shell and belt buckle just … MORE

Almost there!!!

Getting really close to getting this beast under control. Need one more pass on the mid ground trees and then maybe some more balance adjustments but I’ve stared at this for over a month now and it’s almost time to get it sent off to the presses.

A Rendering we go

Foreground just about done. Mid ground mostly done maybe needs another pass. Castle almost getting there.

Digging in to the final painting

Okay.. heeere we go.  Picked a color comp.  Scaled everything to final print size. Masked individual components of the piece. Lets see if it all goes to crap 🙂 First up the background mountains   Ok that wasn’t too bad.  next up. Getting started on the background hillside, forest and lake.. Still not hating it.. so that’s a bonus. It’s amazing how much easier it is if you do a truckload of prepwork.  It’s all playing with shapes and colors since … MORE