Friday, February 20, 2009

Fire Brothers Final

Here is the final version of the Fire Brothers piece, originally titled, "The Conflagration." Wow. It took a while to get this thing done! I think this piece was particularly tricky for me because there isn't any real substance to these characters to work with, just whipping flames. It was a delicate balance of trying to make them feel like they were made of fire while not staying locked into how actual fire works or even light for that matter. I think digital was the appropriate medium to finish with because when you are painting in photoshop or painter, you are literally painting with light. There are some snazzy light-mixing techniques that might have eluded me in traditional media. I think the fire brothers emerged with their personalities intact - luminous, intense, and mischievous.

Now that they are safely trapped in their frame, I can pursue the other interests I have been developing!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Fire Brothers Photoshop Layin

Yes, I'm ashamed to admit it, but I took this piece into photoshop after it mocked me from the closet for months. I wanted to do it in oil, but, let's be honest, it wasn't going to happen. There are other oil pieces that WILL happen, but not this one. The next step is to take it into Painter and do some refining and rendering. If all goes according to my master plan, it will be finished soon.

Once this guy is in the bag, I am going back to my Space Captain and his story. I was looking back on some old posts, and it seems I used to post a lot more story based work. That is what I gravitate towards instead of one-offs, but for some reason my recent posts have mostly been studies and random sketches. I want to get back to developing projects--that's the goal for '09.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Kristel, 150cc

This is a quick painting of Kristel while she's playing Mariokart on the DS.