Saturday, November 29, 2014

Minstrel Sketches



"Play for me, minstrel, play
And take away our sorrows
Play for me, minstrel, play
And we'll follow.

Here, listen, can you hear
The haunting melody surrounding you,
Weaving a magic spell
All around you?"

- from the Blackmore's Night song "Play Minstrel Play"

Minstrels are one of my favorite aspects of medieval culture.  I love the idea of wandering musicians bringing tales and songs to all who would sit to listen.  

Friday, November 28, 2014

Cloud Studies




Some digital warmups from this morning.  Testing out different brushes and clouds.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Late Night Inking


Just finished inking some new ACEOs that'll be up in my shop once I color them.  Here's a preview of one of them!  

Monday, November 24, 2014

Scavenger Creature Vis Dev


The scavenger creature makes his second appearance on the blog today!  These are some of my quick, very scribbly sketches exploring his movement and personality.



I'm planning to do a finished concept painting with this guy, so I started thinking about what kind of environments he could live in to account for his looks.

Why does he have scruffy hanging hair?  Why does he need stripes?  Why is he bluish-tealish-orangeish in color?  Why the bird feet?

At first I kept thinking of very open, grass-covered landscapes, probably since I was thinking of him as a kind of hyena.  But when I Google-searched 'savannah' I got a surprise: trees covered in hanging Spanish moss in Savannah, Georgia.

Bam!  Just like that I knew where this guy belongs.

Here are some of my sketches exploring a humid forest environment with lots of hanging plants, pools of water, and sunlight filtering through tall trees to create shadows for my creature to lurk about in.



I'm going to be doing some color and texture studies soon, so stay tuned for those.  Until next time!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Weekend Travels


Hi everyone!  No art for today as I was away on a weekend road trip visiting the SF Bay area.  It was good to be back in the woods again even if just for a little bit.  Redwoods are the best!

Here's some more pictures from my travels:


There was this awesome little gorge with a waterfall and stream.  Here's me standing at the bottom ogling trees.




Ah afternoon light!  A painter's dream!


The beginning of the waterfall.


My college mascot tee-hee!


Climbing rocks is good exercise for lazy artists.


We took Highway 1 for the first part of our journey back instead of our usual route on the 101 or 5 freeways.  It takes forever, but the gorgeous ocean and forest-covered coastal mountains are worth it!


This was a beautiful beach in Carmel.  Families of seals were swimming by, and there were tons of birds eating lunch in the water.


Also saw a whole beach full of elephant seals on the way back!  They were really something!

When left to my own devices I'm often a horrible workaholic, but road trips are one of my favorite ways to relax and recharge.  It always feels good to step away from my work for a while and get some new perspective on things.

When I'm wrapped up in an involved project I tend to forget that going outside and feeling the world around me is as much a part of being an artist as the actual painting bit.  

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Owl-Dragon


The owl-dragon walks through the woods at night.  Few have seen this mystical creature.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Magpie Color Test


Thought it would be fun to color some of my Inktober drawings, starting with Magpie here.  I really love the watercolor brushes I recently purchased from Kyle Webster's Gumroad shop, they're great for getting soft background elements and textures.  I'm gonna be doing a lot more experimentation with them and coloring line art, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

V For Vendetta


"Remember, remember
The fifth of November"

Couldn't resist some V for Vendetta fan art seeing as its November 5th!  Great book, and V's one of my favorite graphic novel characters.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Scavenger Creature Design in Progress


A strange avian-hyena scavenger creature in progress.  

Now that Inktober is over, one of the next things I'm going to tackle is getting caught up with my Oatley Academy homework!  To quote Rafiki, "it is time!"