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Saturday, 31 July 2010

The continuing adventures of the neverending story

Few more hours into the Neverending Story cover, still plenty to do, need to pop out some highlights and adjust the clouds/smoke.


Friday, 30 July 2010

The master, and an update

Some more work on the book cover type image, and a study from the Notorious JSS (that's John Singer Sargent for all you art squares).


Thursday, 29 July 2010

The Beginning of the Neverending Story

A new portfolio piece I'm working on, I (again) tried not to overcomplicate the image, I'm going to let the colours and the textures in the fur create some interest and a contrast to the far smoother rendered boy (Atrayu). Then use the clouds to introduce another texture and soften the values slightly where need be. Still pretty early stages atm.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Better late than never

Finished up that old wizard guy for the Character of the week challenge on I didn't finish it in time for the challenge as other things came up but it's done for now. Could spend hours more on this but for what it is I'll call it done.
Bit different to what I normally do but the dramatic lighting was fun!


Wednesday, 21 July 2010

father, my eagles

First up, some of the better animals and self-portraits from the last few days.

First, eagles!

Next up, me!
I painted this one really small and zoomed out to focus on the thumbnail and getting the values right.

Finally we have a sketch for this weeks CHOW (character of the week) over on
It's a bit to illustrative I think, but I'm not sure if that's a bad thing? I need to add some more costume details and think of something to throw into the background.


Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Father Time

First sketch for this weeks topic on 'Father Time', similar to the mother earth (Gaia) character, except he personifies time and death, not unlike the reaper.

There's still plenty to do detail wise and in terms of the costume, I'm also not sure If I like the position of the scythe. I do quite like th lighting on the hood/face area, and also the hourglass silhouette that makes up most of the image.

Tomorrow I'll be scanning some more animals and sp's


Saturday, 17 July 2010

More sketches

I've set myself the task of drawing a different animal everyday, and doing a self portrait everyday. Going to use these as an opportunity to experiment with medium and style a little bit, maybe stumble across something interesting in the process!

Yesterdays animal was rhino...

and the selfportrait was me playing around with shadow a bit, I think this worked quite well and I may try and do a similar thing but with more time and better/different materials.

About an hour on each, graphite on very cheap printer paper.


Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Carebear wallpaper

Was looking through some older sketches earlier and stumbled across this carebear image, as well as a wallpaper I made from it at someones request. The wallpaper is available to download at my website ( ) under the Process/Download section.


Monday, 12 July 2010


Another new image, I've been finding recently that I keep coming up with new things and ideas I want to paint. But this is the 4th or 5th image I've started in the last few weeks and I've yet to finish one. I definitely need to start finishing things off.

Still a work in progress but I like the direction it's going, trying to be more intuitive about colour, and worry less about what things 'should' look like, and more about what will look good.


edit, it's showing up at a lower saturation on blogger for some reason?

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Lonely Ape

Quick sketch from this evening, photoshop over a pencil sketch.
Going to try and keep this one a bit looser, as it works pretty well just blocked in quickly like it is now I think. Idea came after finding the Ape on the Moon contemporary illustration website


Friday, 9 July 2010

Some sketches and studies

A selection of sketches from my studies over the last few weeks, nothing too crazy, but the best of the bunch


Thursday, 8 July 2010

Update on the captain

Made a few compositional changes and added a few details, it really doesn't look different enough to justify the time spent on it. I need to rethink my workflow. Either way I think it's a definite step in the right direction


Captain of the Sky Pirates

Based on this weeks Character of the week topic over on
I'm taking it in more of a book cover direction as oppose to a straight character design though.

Still a work in progress (obviously)


Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Samurai update

Worked on this one some more, began blocking in the colours. I was a little silly and got sidetracked by the head before I finished blocking in everything. After all that I'm still not sure if I'm happy with the face, but the character's coming along I think.


Monday, 5 July 2010

"Timmy put down that.....sword?..."

Sketch for a new image, a kid who's constructed a Samurai costume from household objects. That's right, he's gone all Art Attack on yo' ass! Originally I sketched out just a kid wearing samurai armour, but I wanted it to have more character than that so went with the dress up idea.

There's a few perspective issues with the helmet and things I need to work out, but I like it so far.


Sunday, 4 July 2010

Wise man says...."Visit"

Just a quick sketch from yesterday, it lacks contrast and the value pattern is rubbish, but had fun with the face.
The wise man says "Visit"

So get to it!!!