Thursday, March 27, 2008

First Portrait Commission

I've painted a lot of quick head studies, but this is the first time I've accepted a commission for a traditional portrait painting. The subject is Jacquelynne, a person I feel very fortunate to call my friend. Painting this was like fighting a mini war. Had to stay focused for a lot longer than I usually do on a head, and take it to a higher level of finish. It also was a great field test for painting with small tiles of colour (an approach I learned primarily from Morgan Weistling).
Anyway, I'm happy to say the portrait was well received!
Oh, and this is 12x16", oil on canvas.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Corner of the Studio

My cousin accidentally snapped this misc. picture of a corner in my studio space. Things just pile up in there, including my paintings. And I don't even know what's in that white box. Gotta clean up the place. This picture does, however, show two of my 'Weird Restaurant Employees' painting trilogy.

Monday, March 17, 2008


Doing a lot of detailed matte painting at work. Needed to loosen up to give my brain a bit of a stretch. Yeah, yeah, so I was on Craig Mullins' site today.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Busy These Days...

I've got a few cool projects on the go right now (which hopefully I can share here soon). Unfortunately, they're eating up a lot of my spare time, and I haven't been able to post here as much as I'd like. So as usual, I'll buy some time by posting more head studies!
First one is from life, 2 hours, 8x10". Second one's a study after Morgan Weistling.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Tarzan Environment Sketches...and Demo!

This week's Drawergeeks is Tarzan. I felt like doing concept/visdev type sketches of environments that could exist in a Tarzan film (without copying Disney, hopefully). Also, there have been some great demos hitting blogs recently (check out Mark's, Todd's, and Ryan's, and Joe's). I didn't do a cool video like them, but I did save the painting in stages as I worked on it, and included some of my thoughts on the process. Maybe I'll do a video soon!