Big hefty Photoshop painting – I wanted to push myself while still having a lot of fun with the subject matter. Yes, messy and gory! Other than a really rough pencil thumbnail in my sketchbook, of which I snapped a photo of on my phone and blew it up in Photoshop, this was entirely digitally painted. All those knobbly bone protrusions, so shiny and reflective… That took a while.
I’m quite proud of this!
Huge thanks to one of my artistic inspirations, the late H.R. Giger, and copyright belongs with Fox/Fox Interactive.
Working through some difficulties lately, and tonight I managed to get a sketch out of it. I’m allowed to indulge in some morbid melodramatic imagery once in a while…
Procreate on the iPad 3 is really nice to sketch & paint in. Getting a better hang of it!
This is the awesome video that resulted from last week’s Freaks ‘n’ Geeks artshow; just about every artist plus bystanders had put the brush to this canvas. Thanks to Kris Fortune and Noah Stacey for putting this together!
As I promised, here’s the third painting I completed with time to spare! The Freaks & Geeks art show is taking place at The Fall Tattoo & Art Gallery, with doors opening at 8:30, April 9th. All the art of everyone at the show will be up for a couple weeks at least before they make room for the next event, so even if you miss the opening night there’ll still be a chance to see it.
And the finished work in a front-loading frame. (You have to make a nice presentation of your stuff!)
As you may know from a previous upload, I’m working on a third painting for a “freaks” themed art show, and I decided to not be subtle and just go hit the viewer in the face with a brick. Freaky eyes are the goal here! I feel much stronger about this idea/image, and that it’s within my still-shaky painting skill. One of these days I’ll push for more epic paintings, but not on a deadline!
Yes, I like the color red. Now we proceed to phase two – non-photo blue pencil lines on the canvas and PAINT PAINT PAINT. Good thing this is a short week!
I was planning on doing something along these lines (goat eyes, hybrid animal nose, etc) to make a subtle “freak” for an upcoming artshow. I’m rejecting it as it’s just not ‘clicking’ despite the different ways I try it…. Probably will come back to this as a purely digital painting – this sketch was for an acrylic painting.
I’m going to go see Alice in Wonderland for the visuals and hopefully I’ll get inspired in a different way. If not, I fear I may have to fall back on my more ‘conventional’ imagery style, which I dread isn’t “Freaks and Geeks” enough to go with the theme of the art show.
As you can plainly see I’ve finished the twin set of paintings I was working on for the past while. I’m glad I’ve invested in the frames as they are definitely more striking with a proper presentation! Done with acrylic paints (which are quite fun, as I’m getting a better nuance with the stuff)
I completely freehanded “Polydact” (the 6 fingered one, if the title wasn’t painfully obvious) and you’ll have to excuse that pun. It turned out to be about the same size of my own hand, so that helped with the porportions. On “Cephaloth” (short for cephalothoracopagus conjoined twins) I started out the same way, but chickened out and resorted to using very few 4H pencil marks to help keep the alien symmetry working. I’m still looking for a better alternative to pencil lines for drafting acrylics, as the stuff just smudges far too easily on the canvas. Ultimately one could get confident enough to completely freehand an entire painting. But I’m still a ways off from that.
Now I’m planning the third larger painting, and the idea for that one is still nascent at the moment. Thumbnails will be posted soon! (And thank you for reading & following thus far!)