Sunday, May 18, 2014

Young Witch Reading

Just finished this illustration today of a young witch reading an ancient sorcery book.  Candles are always fun to paint -- as are musty tomes and gauzy curtains.  

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Mask Maker

The mask maker paused in his work, looking pensively at the world beyond his shop window.

Way back in June last year, I showed you the color comps for this guy.  I've worked on him on and off for the longest time -- I know, I know, way too long -- but now he's finished!  

Strangely enough I'm actually glad I took my time with this piece.  I was using it as a sort of playground to try out new digital painting techniques I've been learning throughout the year.  It took me through more "aha" moments then I can count, and I think it's better finished for it.

The mask maker character is actually the male lead for my Magpie personal project.  With this piece complete (and after I finish up some more old pieces), I plan to start working on the Magpie project more regularly again.  Exciting!  

Monday, May 5, 2014

At the Fairy Queen's Court

The Fairy Queen and her Consort greet their guests at court.

A traditional acrylic painting for a change!  I've been doing so much digitally lately, it was nice to get back to acrylic and wood.  

I wouldn't say I prefer one medium over the other as both have so much to offer.  But there is something special about the physicality of pushing wet paint about with a brush.  It really wakes up all your senses, and in the end you have a unique object that you can hold in your hands, turning this way and that to catch the play of light on the very real texture of the paint.  A print or screen will never quite have the same feeling.

Finishing this painting kicks off what I've playfully called "Art Rehab Month".  I have a lot of unfinished work lying around both on my easel and in my computer files.  Many of these pieces are really close to being done, but I just never made the final jump to finishing them.  My goal?  To finish most if not all of them by the end of May!  

I'm looking forward to sharing the process with you both here and on Instagram, where I'll be posting frequent work in progress updates.

Until next time, here's some details of this painting: