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Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Finished Watercolor Painting - Where Brownies Tread

Yesterday I followed a tutorial by Maria Ginzburg on how to paint a monochromatic landscape in watercolor. Ended up with this piece:

Where Brownies Tread (2009)

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

WiP of the day - Seascape

Returning to an old drawing, editing and starting to color it, here is the latest WiP (ArtRage):

Monday, 28 September 2009

Sketch Of The Day - Johnny Depp

New week and I'll start with another celebrity sketch for the Sketchstorm thread. Johnny Depp, from a scene in "Sleepy Hollow" (pencil, HB):

Johnny Depp Sketch (2009)

Friday, 25 September 2009

Sketch Of The Day - Catherine Zeta-Jones?

A pen sketch that was supposed to look like Catherine Zeta-Jones (from a scene in "Traffic") but that I managed to mess up along the way. Anyway, it was a fun challenge.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

WiP of the day - Millais master study

As an exercise suggested in a workshop in the ImagineFX forum, I'm doing a master study of Millais beautiful painting "Sound of many waters". Millais was one of the artists belonging to the Pre-Raphaelite school of painting. The exercise is to try and reproduce a Pre-Raphaelite master work as well as you can, in order to gain a more thorough understanding of its composition, color palette used etc.

Here is the original:

And here is a WiP of my digital chalk (ArtRage) version of the painting. So far I've been using chalk sizes from 100-10% to establish the big overall shapes and color patterns before moving into more and more detail.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Infinite Waves - My First Finished Acrylics Painting!

Today I had the urge to do another totally improvised painting - this time using acrylics instead of the computer.
Here is the final result:


Infinite Waves (2009)
Size: 25x37 centimeters

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Sketch Of The Day - Sahara desert

Just another quick ballpoint sketch of a desert environment for the Sketchstorm thread over at the ImagineFX forum.

Monday, 21 September 2009

Sketch Of The Day - Geoff Taylor Castle Study

Starting off the new week with a ballpoint sketch from a marvellous Geoff Taylor book cover. I have seen and admired his art for a long time now, but not until today I found out who was the artist behind it. Can definitely recommend a visit to his website if you like jawdropping epic fantasy art - or wolves (not just the hunting ones, one of his paintings is actually of two cute, sleeping wolf cubs), another of Geoff's specialties. Equally impressive of course.

Anyway here's a study of a detail from one of his paintings:

Friday, 18 September 2009

Sketch Of The Day - An eagle

A ballpoint pen sketch of an eagle that I did for a sketch thread at ImagineFX:

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Sketch Of The Day - Apple Study

A quick still life study of an apple from three different viewpoints (ballpoint):

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Finished Work - A Paltry Excuse

Yesterday I finished painting the entry I've been working on for the September challenge at the ImagineFX site.

The theme was "The City" and here is one of its less prolific citizens:

(Done in ArtRage and Photoshop)

A Paltry Excuse (2009)

Monday, 14 September 2009

Fragonard Master Study

Have done another master study - this time from a painting by Fragonard:

Fragonard study (2009)

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Sketch Of The Day - Evil Tree

I have been asked to do some images for cards that will be used in a fantasy board game. The first concept I'm working on is an evil tree. Here is my first version of it:

Finished Digital Painting - Relationship

Today I felt like painting a wholly improvised piece in ArtRage 2,5. Here is what it ended up looking like:

(Click for full view)

Relationship (2009)

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Sketch Of The Day - Drummer Mike Portnoy

Today's assignment in a sketch thread over at the ImagineFX forum was to draw "your favorite musician". I picked the drummer from Dream Theater, one of my favorite bands: Mike Portnoy

(ArtRage 2,5)

Monday, 7 September 2009

WiP of the day - Next IFX Monthly: The City

New month means new monthly challenge at the ImagineFX site. The theme this month is "The city". At first I thought about painting another environmental piece, with a huge city built upon the slopes of a huge mountain.

But then I decided to go in the opposite direction and portray one of the cities inhabitants. One of the unfortunate ones that we tend to rush by and look as little as possible at: A beggar. The latest WiP of my old, begging woman looks like this. After making a rough sketch I have blocked in the colors and begun rendering the face (ArtRage 2,5):

(Click for full view)

Friday, 4 September 2009

Great Tutorial on Color Theory

Found a really good, basic color theory tutorial the other day. It may be useful for anyone struggling with painting:

A practical guide to colors for artists

The site where I found it is one of my new favorites:

Fantasy Art at

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Finished drawing - Female martial artist

Last night I finished another drawing for an online study thread at The was to draw an athlete and I chose to do a female martial artist:

Female martial artist (2009)

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

WiP of the day - Male figure (Nudity alert!)

Latest WiP of a figure drawing I'm doing from a Marconi photo reference (pencil, HB):

(Click for full view)

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Sketch Of The Day - Old barn

After about an hours digital painting from a photo reference this was the result. Sketch of an old barn for the newly started "Sketchstorm" thread over at the ImagineFX forum.

(ArtRage 2,5)

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