Tuesday, September 26, 2017
A gust of damp air brushed against her cheek. She stirred, slowly opening her eyes to gaze out across the dunes, and gasped. The horizon was a roiling mass of amethyst clouds, quietly smothering the sun. Stray blades of light pierced through, scattering across the broken landscape and glinting on the edges of the menhirs. Above the vista, blurred hues of orange and purple surrendered to velvet black. Hundreds of thousands of stars studded the night, a twinkling shroud to cover her world. She didn’t bother to wipe away the tears this time, letting them cascade freely down her cheeks. Which were greater, she wondered? The stars above or the grains of sand beneath? She laughed, allowing herself a precious moment of absurdity. Softly, the tears fell from where they pooled on her chin to the dust below. She blinked away more. A presence behind her, and the smile faded. It was the sorcerer. Her captor.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Painting #10 was a big accomplishment. I’m at around 1.5 years into my painting journey at this point, and I’ve made pretty decent progress when you compare them against each other. For this piece I wanted to go big or go home. In January I had the idea of making something for my brother’s birthday, which is the end of March, leaving me a solid three months to push myself. My brother was on board with the idea and requested a forest scene. Before I ramble too much more, here’s the finished piece.
Sunday, November 06, 2016
After the muted and dreary color palette of my last painting, I wanted to change it up and do something a little more colorful. I’ve been in love with works by Ivan Aivazovsky, a russian romantic painter who became famous for his prolific seascape paintings. Naturally, I painted a seascape for number nine!
Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Wrapped up my eighth painting over the holiday weekend, huzzah! This one, which I affectionately dubbed “scrubflats”, is a piece inspired by Magic: the Gathering’s Scrublands and Marsh Flats cards. Scrubflats took a while to complete as I really wanted to push myself in a few areas. Specifically, I wanted a more dramatic sky, sense of scale and depth, and to include architecture (even if it’s just ruins). I learned a lot and am pretty happy with the final result, which is surprising considering that I wanted to quit close to the end. Big shout out to my brother for talking me up to finishing it! I can’t accurately estimate how much time went into this one, but the hours certainly piled up over the last couple of months.
Monday, March 21, 2016
Painting number seven was wrapped up this past weekend, and it went by way faster than number six. After watching far too many episodes of the Joy of Painting, I was all amped to paint something and decided on “Wooded Foothills” as my subject. Ross’s method for creating foothills was pretty easily adapted to digital media; the same goes for the pine trees. Previously I had hoped to work on something with architecture, but I realized I’m not ready for an indoor scene just yet. Verdant Catacombs will have to wait a bit longer.
Friday, November 27, 2015
For my sixth painting I really wanted push myself, as well as have some fun! Instead of copying a landscape reference image, I opted to “re-envision” landscapes from Magic: the Gathering; “Bloodstained Mire” was the winner. This was my most difficult painting project to date; I must have scrapped it entirely and restarted a half-dozen times. Perspective issues, composition issues, changing light-sources - I did it all. If I only counted time spent on this final iteration I’d guess it clocked it at roughly 25 hours. There were a few things on my checklist that didn’t make it in, such as adding birds in the foreground to show scale, but overall I’m happy with it (and to be done with it). Here’s the finished piece:
Friday, November 06, 2015
Just about a year ago (September 2014) I decided that I was going to sit down and finally learn to paint. I had all the equipment I’d need with Photoshop CS6 and a Cintiq 12wx - I just needed to learn how. So I started with the master himself, Bob Ross. I watched countless videos, and started figuring out how to translate his methods from analog to digital. I also studied contemporary concept artists via tutorials on YouTube for technical application and workflows. To date I’ve done six paintings (well under my goal of 12, but it’s something at least). With each one I try and push the threshold of my abilities.