Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Bridging

Bridging
Got to spend more time than usual on this one.  Was toying with joining the artstation challenge beyond human in the environment category but was too late to to get the required 2 submissions ready in time. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Landscape study 14

Landscape study 14
Just a landscape study from photo.  I pushed the colour a bit further.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Playing

Playing 




I was watching on of Bjorn Hurris 30 minute warm ups on Twitch and he showed a trick he uses to draw tubing easily using the stroke effects layer.  I was playing around with it and then started overlaying the effect and thought it looks a lot like etching.  I made this little guy using it.


The image below is a study from a photo just to get some practice a subtler transitions in colour /value to indicate form. 



Amaryllis study

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Launching


Launching
I started out with the grey scale sketch and then photo bashed through the middle of this then over painted.  I think I needed the textures to move it along but I liked the mood in the sketch.  [Edited: first post I had forgot the all important exhaust].




Launching sketch

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Boxer

Boxer
Another week where I did not get the piece I am working on to a finish. Anyway here is something from the week before.  Something I call boxer.  

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Guard

Guard

This one started out as some photobashing for an environment.  I like the complicated nonsense thats in this.  

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

There be dragons

GOT screencap study
This is a study of a still from Game of Thrones - about 2 hours.  The limited offering is because I was away last week in France so only got to do some sketchbook work.   I did get a chance to take some photos, among them was this little fellow, part of a bridges guard rail.  

There be dragons 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Different Ends

Different Ends 
So I was working on the lower image and it was taking forever.  At the end of a session I sketched out over the background and it went in a completely different direction.  The lower image is still not worked to a finish but this is as far as I will go. Will take what I have learned and put it in the next piece. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Work in progress- After Peder Monsted

Work in progress After Peder Monsted 

Didn't manage to close this out this week. Still a bit to go and I am really behind because this is Spring.  Most of the work on this lies in the detailing which is yet to come. Spurring me on to go and do some plein air.  Weather has been good of late so there may be opportunities.  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sketches -Big Suit

Big Suit
Surprise
Baby Sumo
Buff Dude
Sword Dude




ugly 



Some sketch book pages.  This book I fill up during lunchtime using a biro.  I am making my way through Hogarths dynamic anatomy and these doodles are interspersed.  Lots of guys - mostly big and ugly  - probably because all the anatomy is male. I have some other sketches which I will upload later. 




Monday, May 15, 2017

Are you lost Boy?

Lost Boy?
Wanted to do something a little less demanding so had some fun with this.  

Doing some more serious studies alongside.  This is a study I did while Grigoriy Peppo  on twitch streamed  a study.  Sorry I did not write down who the original artist is but the original is exquisite.  While doing it I thought it could have been done yesterday - has a timeless feeling. 






Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Stray

Stray
I wanted to make this cinematic -staged lighting feel.  I think I kind of stumbled into it eventually.  I worked on it in greyscale first.  I was happy enough with that then wrestled with the palette a lot. I also played with Stanley Artgerm Laus method of adding colour which offers a lot of control.  Will use this approach again. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Sketches 35-Hmmph

Hmmph





This week some sketches.  Bank holiday here and a day off.  Caught Johnderekmurphy on Twitch today doing some practice work and followed along.  The first three are from that session.I got some ink so I have been doing a bit of traditional sketch work.  I have a another book where I am sketching and studying anatomy for a while now.  I find it easier to do those studies in ink.  

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Barn

Barn
Did an interior which I started as a photobash but ended up painting something completely different.  The limited pallet kept things simple.  Didn't want to render it beyond this.

This is prompted by a writing exercise from John Gardners book  “The Art of Fiction”.   It has the following brief - 

“Consider the following as a possible exercise in description.  Describe a barn as seen by a man whose son has just been killed in a war.  Do not mention the son, or war, or death.
I thought it was a good challenge for an environment. In essence it is what an environment should do - communicate the mood without the aid of the narrative.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Spring has arrived

Spring has arrived
Easter here so some themed work.  Still struggling with the practicing environments but managed to get something in this one.  Yes  I know thats a weak excuse. 
The sheep are Valais blacknose sheep.  Youtube video here. Brace yourself for cuteness. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Straw Warrior

Straw Warrior 
Supposed to be landscapes this week. I did start one but I took a break to doodle and this is what I came up with. It was much easier to work on so I kept going with it. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Trying Trees

Trying Trees 
Some trees from imagination.  
It looked better about half way through.  
Think I fussed too much over it. 
Moving along....

Monday, March 27, 2017

Landscape studies 13

Landscape studies 13






Went back to landscapes.  These were all from photos I took.  The plan was to try a few different approaches to get the structures down with the least amount of fussy brush strokes and pay attention to edges.  The aim is to get better at planning things out and moving on to more imaginative stuff.  I am also hoping to do some gouache and oil studies and imagination work.  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bigger Boat

Bigger Boat
Started out as something completely different but this is where it ended up.  If I had designed earlier I would have grouped the waves but it is what it is. 
See there are some new blogger themes maybe time for a site facelift.  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Unsung hero -Still Life

Unsung hero  -Still Life 
Its celeriac.  Bought it just to do a still life study of it.  (May make some chips from it also.)  Had not done a still life in a while and I thought yip I want to do one of this. A couple of hours of effort and a nice change of pace.   

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

On holidays

On holidays
Poke

Rebel
This week just did some studies and tried a few different approaches to rendering. Just trying to get a more finished look more efficiently.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

After Charles Leickert -Dutch village scene with figures on a frozen canal

 After Charles Leickert -Dutch village scene with figures on a frozen canal
Finally got around to finishing this copy. Working on this scale (25 cm  x 20) is hard but by the end I had a system for working the details but I could have been neater from the start.  This was an interesting palette and had to work hard to get varying hues.  Looking at the original I could have pushed the darks more.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Lunch Break



Lunch Break

Celebrating those times when you think everything is under control you decide to take a short break and everything goes to. .  .  A lot of repainting on this and still not happy but on we go. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Part of the way

Part of the way
Worked on this for one evening and for the last two weeks no progress.  I also have a digital piece that I have not yet finished.  The advantage of the digital is that it lends itself to working on it for short amounts of time over a long period which is great because I have not been able to get the extended periods of time that the oils really need. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

More mountains

More mountains
Another ink sketch.  Practicing landscapes from photos. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Big Bugs

Big Bugs 
This is a reworking of an earlier piece -thinking about a book cover.  The challenge was to push it as far as I could. So I think it is one of the more polished pieces I have completed. Having got near the end there are things I would change but for this one it is enough. Next one will be more dynamic.  

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dinosaur sketch




I had planned to post another image but have not finished it as much as I would like so some more sketchbook stuff.   The  first image is a copy from a movie poster for Valley of Gwangi by Frank McCarthy. On the reverse of it I did another dinosaur using a different approach.  Didn't mange to hold onto the balanced proportions of the first.