Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sketches 6

Some posemaniacs (60 seconds) and making my way through The Hurt Locker (a good movie).  Doing a lot of war stuff mainly because they generally give a lot of interesting poses and shots. I think these are helping even by just getting a little more confident in tackling them.  

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Merlin Part 2

Merlin Character Final
This the final of the character started and posted about earlier.  The character was mostly worked out so I wanted to just finish it as well as possible.  I took some time and tried to render as best as possible. Despite the time spent  still not a clean finish but on to the next one. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Digging For Gold

Digging For Gold science fiction illustration
Digging For Gold
Finally got this piece to some kind of finish.  Seemed to take forever.  I chipped away at it on and off for the past 5-6 weeks.  As you can see below this started off as something quite different.  I did some thumbnails went for the original composition and then got worried about it.  So I changed it all up.  I tried to borrow a lot from Caravaggio's 'The taking of Christ' for the colours and light. The mud started off smaller but then I took some licence with it . Could have kept picking at it but need to move on. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Merlin Character part 1

Merlin Sketches

I did a series of rough sketches for the Merlin character.  This was to go with the Arthur character already done for the Crimson Daggers mentoring.  I wanted to go for a wanderer.  Probably not of the culture but had absorbed some of its aspects.  I dumped the idea of the staff and wanted to work with the wilder appearing guy. 


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sketches 5

Sketches 5

Yip.  I am making my way through Band of Brothers DVD to get practice with the poses.  Try to look for dramatic poses and then get them down in a few minutes. Some or a little more successful than others. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Christmas Tree speedpaint

Christmas Tree speedpaint

Following the previous speedpaint study.This was a stock photos from midnightstouchSTOCK
and the group is run on there.  I think it was about 90 minutes.  

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sketches 4

Some more practice sketching and work from stills. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sketches 3

Some more poses and stills sketches and drawing.  Trying to keep the momentum going and get some nicer lines. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Character King Arthur

King Arthur Character
King Arthur Japanese
King Arthur - Japanese

The Crimson Daggers are currently running some mentoring sessions.  I did not apply for any as I was concerned that I would not be able to give sufficient time to the lessons.  There is no problem taking some of the homework from the sessions.  I am having a go at Character development .  It is something I have done very little of.  The series will be characters from the King Arthur myth but the twist is that the characters must be from a different area/culture.  I chose Japanese Heian period.  Not too excited how this one turned out.  Will try a different approach for the second one - Merlin.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Sketches 2

Keeping the sketches going and did this mud photo study to help with a personal piece. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

halloween - house of horror

halloween house horror
House of Horror

Did this as a matt painting exercise at Halloween.  I started out with a google maps image and dropped some textures painted then lit.  

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sketches 1

I am trying to get more practice in so have committed some time to just sketching.  These are screenshots from Game of Thrones but I am also going to work on gestures, hands and feet.  So here are the first of many I hope.  

Friday, November 2, 2012

International Self Portrait Day

self portrait
Self Portrait
International self portrait Day November 1.  Did this self portrait.  There are a whole bunch of them over on  I was really tired when I did it so I worked a bit more on it this evening.