Monday, July 30, 2012

Garden oil painting-Final

Garden Oil Painting
This is an oil painting I did of a garden. Despite the miserable summer weather things are still growing. Had not done any painting in a while and it was good to get back to doing this.    The painting is done on MDF with gesso.  It is large, maybe 20" x 15"Took about 9 hours. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Creature 2 - bobob

creature - bobob
I doodled this and thought it would be fun to complete so I kept working on it.  It is a bobob. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hand Study

Hand study

Yip I am still trying to keep some studies going.  I have kept sketching with pencil and paper.  The majority of this kind of work I get done at lunchtime.  Here are some hand studies.  I plan to make my way through Loomis for the remainder of the Summer. 

Monday, July 23, 2012



This began as a bit of doodle and grew and grew.  I knew i wanted to do something with a lighter palate and this was as good a subject as any. 

I had all the basic stuff down reasonably quickly but the rendering and detailing well that took way longer.  Things definitely got more static as I rendered it further.  It is still a shock how long it is taking me to get to a point where a piece looks finished.  I think if I focus more and have a clearer idea of what I need to get too it would go faster.  On the other hand I am trying to learn as i go so lots of mistakes. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Armoured soldier

Some stuff seems to reasonably easy ans fast and some stuff well, it is just hard.  Here is an image I have been tossing and turning for over a month now.  It has gone thought alot of iterations.  What I thought was going to be something relatively simple has become an epic. It was supposed to be a study application, just all those machine studies applied in some way.  So  a mech of some type scaling a hill, no an armoured soldier, a hill well maybe not ....

Played with some armour.

 Abandoned that then thought about 
environment a bit more

And then decided no not happy with it >>>

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Soap bottle study

Soapbottle study
This is a study of a soap bottle I did on my lunch break. About 40 minutes effort.  Last still life was the parachute guy back at the start of June. I wanted to bring some of the work I am doing to a higher level of finish.  That has proven to take a lot of time and unfortunetly I have a liited amount of time available for this so in the past month studies have taken a back seat.   

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Portrait practice 4

Portrait Practice 4

Changed up my process on this one.  I used just a hard round brush and went to town.  Even though I kept the brush small I finished this in about 3 hours or so. Probably a shorter time than if I went to complete using some of the other approaches I have used.  The reference is from National Geographic a great resource. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Beast 1

Beast 1
I wanted to follow up the horse study with an application.  I had already done a character so I wanted to design a creature that would be in that world too. No fur so I model the muscle. I started off with the muscle study then put some flesh on it.   I suppose I concentrated a lot on the body.  I was going to go with a more canine face but ended up with a large cat type affair. 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Écorché of horse

Écorché of a horse

Écorché de cheval
This is a copy of a muscle study of a  horse.  The study I found here.  I am going to take this and put it in a study to follow.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Orc - Game On!

orc character concept play

This just popped out of nowhere.  To be honest I had some time off and decided to do a piece and finish to as polished a level as I could achieve with an eye towards building a portfolio. I worked on the first piece for about a day.  At the end of that I just took a break to doodle.   If was a value piece.   

The next day I continued working on it and got it finished in a surprising short time. It was a real texture fest.  This is a real step up for me, which is great but now the bar is higher...............

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Hands study

Hands Study
Followed on an Awesome Horse demo on hands.  Always a tricky subject so the practice was useful. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Tank engine study

Tank engine study

Still working on mechanics.  This was a study I did mostly as an exercise in patience.  It was just about observation and modelling.  I could have continued to refine but i think I got what I needed from it.  This is a photo of a tank engine.  Massive.