Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ram Horns - A Study

Title: Ram Horns - A Study
Date: June 24, 2014
Medium: Photoshop CS6

Notes: I worked a little backward this time, but this was a study for the bigger illustration below. Let's face it... horns of any variety are kind of a pain because of all the folds and ridges that are there. BUT they look awesome! 
I was trucking along with my demon lord painting and lo and behold, I realized in mid-paint that... I have no idea really how ram horns work - SO! I thought, what better time than to study some horns from a photo. I took the study of the horns and began to apply it to the demon lord painting that I'm working on. I'm still in like mid-paint for the demon lord, but this is it so far:

Demon Lord - Applied Study (WIP)

Title: Demon Lord - Applied Study (WIP)
Date: June 24 & 25, 2014
Medium: Photoshop CS6

Notes: This piece is really just a test to see how well I can use both applied studies, imagination and to really push that dramatic lighting. It still has quite a bit to go, but I thought I would share where I'm at currently. Finally breaking away from those damn studies to actually paint something that I enjoy.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

Portrait Painting Experiment

Title: Portrait Painting Experiment
Date: June 16, 2014
Medium: Photoshop CS6
Scale: Original is around 1400px x 2100px

Notes: I was trying to experiment with making digital look even more like traditional. There are so many textures that appear when you paint on a canvas that is really hard to mimic digitally. Either way, it was a fun experiment.
OH! And I was also trying to mimic John Larriva and the way he paints... but of course he's more fluid with his strokes of the paint brush.

Original ref:

Title: Friday: Anatomy - Legs
Date: April 6 & 13, 2014
Medium: Photoshop CS6

The Rogue (WIP)

Title: The Rogue (WIP)
Date: June 15, 2014
Medium: Photoshop CS6

Notes: Earlier I started to paint a character archetype - The Druid. This is the second archetype, A rogue - specifically a fencer. It's planned that the arm-piece for her offensive arm (the rapier) would billow out so that it would be somewhat confusing as to which direction the sword would be coming from. It's still just a work in progress, but this is the start.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Title: Leather-Clad
Date: June 7 - 10, 2014
Medium: Photoshop CS6
Scale: Original is around 24" x 33"

Notes: This originally just started as a painting of simply... how big can I go? I wanted to try out an extremely large painting with as much detail, plus I had it in my head to do a study with purely leather. I got a bit carried away with the rendering, but this was sooo fun to paint!

Original ref:

6-6-2014 Friday: Anatomy - Legs

Title: 6-6-2014 Friday: Anatomy - Legs
Date: April 6, 2014
Medium: Photoshop CS6

6-3-2014 Tuesday: Anatomy - Chests

Title: 6-3-2014 Tuesday: Anatomy - Chests
Date: April 3, 2014
Medium: Photoshop CS6

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Title: 6-2-2014
Date: June 2, 2014
Medium: Photoshop CS6
Scale: Original is 1366px x 2048px

Notes: Yesterday was the day of studies again. Starting with this guy... a head portrait. Sorry that I don't have a link to the reference, but it was from a guy that I found on tumblr. Tried lots of new things to really see how far I could push this guy, and I have to say, having a new monitor really helps a bunch for color accuracy.

Title: 6-1-2014
Date: June 1, 2014
Medium: Photoshop CS6
Scale: Varies.

Notes: Starting to gather more anatomy studies for the month. I'm trying to do something similar to what I was doing last month. I'll keep collecting them together

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