Thursday, June 28, 2007

Jenny - looks like I need more practice

So, this is my attempt at painting my sister, Jenny. Or, at least it is *supposed* to be my sister... I guess this just means that I still need more practice. While it is possible to identify who it is, the likeness is not quite as close as I would have liked.

There are just so many things that are wrong with this painting, that I have identified. I will need to work on improving those things in future paintings. But it is progress.

Other than the likeness not being quite right, I do like the painting as it relates to my progress in digital painting. While there are many things I dislike, there are also many things that I do like.

This was simply good practice.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007


This is a painting of my niece, Ashly. She is my brother's daughter.

Overall I am very pleased with this one. Although, I may have to go back and do some additional clean up on the hair because parts of it still bother me. I was very happy with the skin tones, and I think the eyes work pretty good.

I am still working on improving my abilities with a Wacom Tablet, but I also think that I am getting a lot better. I must say that I really like to work digitally because it is so forgiving and much, much easier to make correction and fix stuff that is not quite the way I want it.

My next goal is to start working on backgrounds and sceanery. I have been looking through old photographs that I have and trying to decide what would make a good painting. So, I am hoping to have some landscape or, as I am thinking of them, "background" type paintings in the near future.

Larissa Rasputin

Another City of Heroes character. This character belongs to person from the game forums that has been very supportive of my artwork and so this piece was made as a thank you. This was actually a pretty fast sketch, with that in mind, I am pretty happy with the smothness of the skin and the overall feel.

Sir Bronco

This is another City of Heroes character. This character belongs to a friend of mine.

The character's name is Sir Bronco because my friend is a huge Denver Bronco's fan. The pose was inspired by a picture of John Elway throwing a football, and since this character's special powers in the game is throwing fireballs it worked out very well.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Girl with Red Hair

This is a digital painting of a picture I found over on the DeviantArt web site. The original photo can be found Here.

This painting was done using PhotoShop CS2 and an Intuos3 Wacom tablet. Around 7 hours of work.

I have two monitors on my computer, and when I paint digitally I load PhotoShop up on one monitor and use the other monitor to display my reference picture. This painting was done while looking at the picture. There was no tracing or grids used, and if you look at the original picture you will see that there are a lot of little things that are off. I may go back and rework some of the parts because I am not completely happy with everything. But for all intents and purposes I am very happy with the way this piece turned out.

I am really liking digital painting.

Monday, June 11, 2007

City of Heroes and Digital Painting

This painting is of a City of Heroes character. Her name is Absinthium. This piece was done as a Birthday gift for graver13. Graver13 is a great artist, you can find his stuff here: graver13's DeviantART page

This piece was actually done before my All Hollows Eve painting. It took about 6.5 hours using only PhotoShop and a Wacom tablet.

For those of you that don't know, City of Heroes if a MMO game like World of Warcraft. MMO means Massively Multiplayer Online. It is a game that is played entirely online with other people from around the world. You can team up and play together or just solo. City of Heroes is a very fun game where you get to play a super powered hero fighting the forces of evil in Parogon City.

And since CoH is based in comic book lore it is only natural that people would want comic book type images of their characters, and while I do not offer much in the way of pure comic book style people still enjoy seeing a painting or drawing of them. I have been trying to practice up on my digital painting skills because I would really like to do this for comissions.

...Painting for money, who would have thought?!?

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Digital Painting is fun!

Well, I am back again. Nothing too exciting has been going on other than I have been enjoying my summer break so far. As of today I have not done any traditional painting, but I have been doing quite a bit of digital painting.

The piece you see above is one that I did just recently. The painting of of a character from the video game City of Heroes. His name is All Hollows Eve. I felt that he fit the mood perfectly that I was trying to capture and so I used him. I think that the final piece turned out pretty well considering I am still trying to learn the ins-and-out of using a Wacom Tablet.