First convention in Moncton New Brunswick and getting ready for more. Had alot of fun!!
The Fellowship of the ring Painting! 24 x 36 on craddled fiberboard. Transfered a drawing onto canvas and painted with oils. 4 weeks work:)
Painting of the Never ending story finished! I sketched the characters and drew them onto a cradled fiberboard that I cut and glued together. The sketch was transfered with a charcoal stencil sheet. the I painted it in oils. very fun 2 weeks!
This painting took a month to do. I drew the whole thing, the with a sheet of charcoal I drew it onto a stretched canvas. then I painted it in oils.
I wanted to do piece Called "DragonLord" based on a nintendo game I played as a kid called "Dragon Warrior". A game that had a big impact on me. I wanted to paint a dragon and its rider on top of this rock high above me and I wanted to make it look real or convincing. For reference, when you do set pieces with people, you can have models but what do you do when you wanna make a dragon? On google, I looked at lizards but chicken skeleton anatomy mostly. Chicken skeletons works best for dragons I personally find. I bought some putty and I build the whole thing physically. I propped some lighting that I wanted. I took pictures from different angles and chose my final shot. I painted the whole thing but embellished or exaggerated where I wanted more impact. If I wouldn't have gone through this exercise I wouldn't have been as happy with the piece and I always learn something new while doing these experiments.The process always takes longer than the actual painting.
I'm going to talk about my process for a little bit. As an artist I use google alot to get the angles or poses for scenes and narratives I'm working on at the moment. Alot of the times I don't get what I want because, what I want turns out to be too specific for google search or my findings are too generic or don't know what to name what I'm looking for. My way around that is by doing my own PHOTOGRAPHY and my own experiments. Models,friends and girlfriends have helped me achieve my pieces and making the "Previs" stage to the painting alot more enjoyable. Instead of painting something and trying to figure out "Is the right lighting?", "Did I draw it right?". This eliminates ALOT of the if's and makes things go smoother faster and more fun. This kind of planning is crucial for me.