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- Digital portrait painting: blocking and detailing
- Digital portrait painting: hair
I've been super busy in the studio for the past week working on a portrait painting of Si Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame. I'm a fan of the program and I think his character makes the show. And that's a fact Jack! In addition to his character, I just had to paint that beard!Continue Reading
I had the honor of working on a spot illustration painting for ESPN The Magazine this week for an article. This was painted on one day using Painter 12.x. after submitting a hand full of sketches for the Art Director to choose from. Thanks for the opportunity guys! I had a blast.
Jared commissioned a monotone piece. Originally I planned on painting it monotone but thought I'd have some fun with an old-school color theme first then drop it back to monotone for him. I've provided both to him so he can choose which one he wants to use in whatever his final application will be.Continue Reading
Tablets are a frustrating but necessary tool for artists. Most, including myself, think that Wacom is the only player in this arena. My friend Ray Frenden had been raving about this cheap tablet sold by Monoprice. Yeah, that's right. Monoprice! The cable company. Ok, so maybe Wacom isn't the only player.Continue Reading
I get a lot of questions about how I handle backups on my Mac(s) as an illustrator. I'm going to explain the best I can how I've come to trust my current system. I will say that I've lost a lot of files over the years and pulled a lot of hairs out. Maybe that's why I'm bald? I've crafted a backup plan that works for me and doesn't cost me much money.Continue Reading
I’ve spent the better part of the last two months working on the first painting for a series of vintage Harley Davidson motorcycles. The ’46 EL is the first out of the studio. I did the original painting in the two-tone blue and cream vintage style and then repurposed…
Trying to catch up on posts. Never have the time to devote to it.
“Abby’s Song”, as I have dubbed this drawing was a commission for a friend and his wife. This piece was done in graphite on bristol board using mostly 0.05 mechanical pencils with varying leads from 4B to 4H.
Maurice Jones Drew of the Jaguars is number three in this series. I’m way into number four and delayed showing this one because I was working on the screencast that a bunch of people have requested I do. Special thanks to my brother, Tucker, for his help in editing the screencast.Continue Reading
I already mentioned about the Faces of the NFL project and the secrecy associated with it.
This is painting number two in the series (of ten). Drew Brees. It’s been a challenge to try and keep the paintings a loose as possible while still staying within my style. (A client request)
I’m working on a client project and can’t say too much about it for obvious reasons. I can however show some progress as I go along. This is number one in the series; Tom Brady. It’s been a challenge to try and keep the paintings a loose as possible while still staying within my style. (A client request)Continue Reading
Most people know me as a “Devigner” (developer + designer) or “Hybrid” doing design and development with Django. One of the things I wanted to do this year was exit my comfort zone and push my personal limits. I haven’t really done any digital painting before and was never really comfortable with my Wacom Intuos4.Continue Reading
This is a fun illustration I’ve been working on since Friday night. I saw Zed Shaw was looking for some art for the cover of his book “Learning Python the Hard Way” and thought I’d give it a shot. Special thanks to Idan Gazit and Bryan Veloso for keeping me in check during the early sketch phases. You guys rock!Continue Reading
Friday (June 11th), I made a public announcement on Twitter
and Facebook about some news that has dramatically changed my life for the better and a lot of friends immediately asked me for more context. I started to write this narrative in great detail and then decided to just keep it a little more simple. Sorry if it’s still too long of a read!
If memory serves me well, around age eight or nine I was told by my parents that I had been adopted at birth. My childhood was good. I cannot complain in that department but there has always been something missing. I think there’s a blood bond that needs to be reconnected. As far back as I can remember, I wondered about my birth mother. Things like, where I got my artistic abilities and more importantly, did she think about me. Was she that nice woman running the register in the checkout line?Continue Reading
Since relocating my family to Charlotte, North Carolina, in August of ’09 I haven’t had much time (or desire) to go out and shoot. There has been too much going on and workload has blocked the enthusiasm for photography. Yesterday morning the bug to shoot got the best of me and I immediately grabbed my tripod and camera and jumped in the Jeep. Oddly, I did not go straight to this property which is only three miles from my home. Instead, I drove a 25 mile loop only to end up here.Continue Reading
Since posting this picture of my son Brodey on Flickr many months ago, I have received a lot of emails asking how I did the post work. Many people think it’s HDR, some say it’s got the Dave Hill feel to it.
I will go through my recipe in detail. It’s not a hard process. It’s something I’ve refined to work for me and over time, it’s become second nature. I have even used it on landscapes with great success. A lot of this works better with higher contrast images and good lighting (not that I’m great at lighting).Continue Reading