New Painting: Toying With Evil

Toying With EvilInspired by the 1981 Terry Gilliam film, ‘Time Bandits.’ Kevin and a thieving band of dwarves face off against Evil and his henchmen at the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness for control over the map of all creation.

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Drawing-A-Day 2014

October is here and the way I like to contribute to the Halloween spirit is drawing a horror character a day for the entire month… that and watch scary movies and eat lots of candy.

I’ll be posting them all over on the Patreon site. All the even days (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.) are Patreon supporter exclusive content. To see those sketches, you’ll have subscribe. $1. Seriously, for a minimum of $1 all 31 days of sketches can be viewed. You can then either remain a patron, increase your support, or cancel your subscription at the end of the month.

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Process: Kolchak Paranormal Passages

Kolchak: Paranormal PassagesThis assignment was a result in patience. ¬†As you well enough know, I do a few conventions a year. ¬†On some of those adventures I get to meet the decision makers and show them my work. ¬†And with many of all those attempts I go home feeling defeated and unworthy as an artist. ¬†However, I plow through that negativity and push forth with new paintings letting them know that I’m not one to dwell and give up. ¬†If I remain calm and positive, eventually, those early introductions may blossom into friendships and possible job opportunities. ¬†And so here I am. ¬†After meeting the Art Director over at Moonstone Books¬†several years ago, they got to see me grow professionally and artistically. ¬†I guess it didn’t hurt that a few of my convention pals were also putting in a good word for me since they themselves had done a few pieces with the publisher.

The assignment, a Kolchak: The Night Stalker cover to an anthology of prose stories. Kolchak is now licensed to Moonstone for comics, books, and such. This is exactly what I wanted to do for a while now. I’m glad they finally sought me out.

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Process: Creature Feature

Creature FeatureI was idle there for a moment. A client put our project on hold and I was left with literally nothing to do. With this client, I was booked for a half a year, 3-5 pieces and I needed to be focused. I normally think about the next project(s) while I’m working on the current piece. I couldn’t take on any new assignments nor think about other projects. I had just began the finished pencils to the first piece when it all came to a¬†screeching¬†halt. Damn.

This pause didn’t last for very long, thankfully. I spent a couple days mentally resetting, spinning in circles, and then plotted my creative course. I wanted to do some horror related paintings. I had several ideas, but I needed to wait for models and props to become available. However, I knew I always wanted to do a super-horror-fan type of painting and I didn’t need props and models to do it. So that’s what I did.

A theater full of horror film icons.

 

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Process: Armed For War

Here’s a detailed step-by-step account of how I created this painting; from beginning to end.

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This is where it all begins… laying out a good composition. I did these three variations to give the client options. The first one was a direct interpretation of their request. Not content, I worked up a couple other ideas for a stronger visual. My vote was for the middle one.
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