Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Portraits (plus Announcement)

First one is a commissioned portrait - 10x12"
Second one is a self portrait, painted for my Mom - 11x14"
Third one is a quick head study from class - 8x10"

Announcement: I am doing a lecture thing on digital painting (using photoshop) at Sheridan College campus on Wednesday, Februrary 4th, from 12:00 - 1:30pm. I plan to cover technical, photoshop-specific stuff, as well as painting concepts in general. It's free, so if you're in the area and you want to attend, contact me and I'll tell you where we'll be.

Sunday, January 25, 2009


The thumbnails at the top were done as excersizes for shape, space, and light. For some reason, I felt the urge to take the first one and turn it into a full out matte painting. The thumbnail took about a half hour, and the matte painting took like 4 days. Have to get these out of my system every now and then.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Not Really A Sketch

This was intended to stay in the sketch phase, but it grew out of control and turned into this. At least the zoom tool got a workout (and so did my patience).

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Winter Plein Air

The challenges of painting plein air are great enough during the best of conditions, but in the winter, you gotta be a real sucker for punishment. There is one nice part don't decide when your painting is finished - the frost bite does.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Memory Sketch

I drive by a small forest every morning on my way to work. Always have been intrigued by how abstract, yet still completely "readable" it is at a quick glance. This speed sketch is an effort to recall the scene from memory today during lunch.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Thumbnail Idea-Generating

I'm working on a small side project with a friend. This was just the first round of concepts. Of course, my feeble brain went on auto-pilot and immediately began getting dangerously close to a Todd Harris Tak painting. I tried to steer away from that once I realized it was happening. That's what thumbnails are for though, I guess. No voice narration this sick of hearing my own voice.
Music: Peg by Steely Dan & Reality by Antoine Dufour