Little Brother

The title of this painting is appropriately "Little Brother" for Tucker, the brother I didn't know I had until two years ago next month. You can read that story in the original format.

This was painted in just under ten hours using Corel Painter 12 and a Cintiq 12wx working from black and white reference(s). If you haven't worked off of black and white references, I highly recommend it. What I like about it is I don't get hung up on trying to replicate color verbatim. I like to be a freer with my color application and use a little imagination. This is another reason I use a limited palate when painting.

The only problem I had this time around is that the eye color was wrong by a few shades (hazel vs. brown). My Sister, Brother and I all have eye colors that change color. My sister and I have hazel shifting to green and Tucker has brown shifting to hazel. A simple mistake and one that was corrected within 30 seconds this morning. Icon

Donald Stufft, the man be hind crate @dstufft contacted me a few weeks back and asked if I would be up for the challenge of creating the logo icon for the website. Having a background in Django and Python I jumped at the opportunity. is a Python Package Index with a heavy focus on making it easy to find the packages you want, and reliably hosting them for easy installation.

I did some preliminary sketches in Sketchbook Pro which Donald quickly approved and we ran them past the Python Software Foundation to get approval on the logo. Understandably, they didn't want the logo on the front of the crate, split by the supports, like I had in my sketch so we did some tweaking and everyone was happy. Fast forward a few weeks and now we have the final painting finished. I painted this in Painter12 (my work-horse these days).

Rat Rod

Monday morning I did a one hour speed sketch of a rat rod for the Mudbrick guys (@pixelfader on twitter) and since I love anything vintage (and ratrods are cool) I decided to add a few more hours of studio time and take it one step further and paint a more detailed version of the car.

What is a rat rod? it's basically an unfinished exaggeration of the hot rods of the 40's and 50's with just bare essentials to get from point A to point B. I've seen a few nicely done with immaculate interiors and new engines/drive trains. I especially like the rustic, vintage look of the untouched rusted bodies of them.

Harley Davidson Vintage Series - 1946 EL Knucklehead

I've always had motorcycles in my blood and it's a natural fit for me to combine a passion with my art. I started the first bike off with some exploratory sketches for value and anatomy of the components which were proofed by my good friend Dino in Dauphin, PA for accuracy (if you live in PA, pay him a visit). I know not all components are 100% period correct which is fine for the goal of this project. I imagined how I would like to have a 46 if I could get my hands on one.

Vintage 1946 Harley Davidson EL Sketch for the painting

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 it with a red (more period correct) and also a black paint.

1946 Harley Davidson EL Knucklehead Painting

1946 Harley Davidson EL Knucklehead Painting

1946 Harley Davidson EL Knucklehead Painting

I'm working on coffee mugs and other avenues for the artwork that will hopefully be released before April.

Number two in the series is already on the drawing board. Follow the facebook page, subscribe to the rss feed or newsletter, or follow on twitter for more information about new releases.

Juvenile in Flight

This is a painting done in Painter 12 and Photoshop as a personal project that I worked on over the Thanksgiving holiday. I drug my feet on this for ages until my friend Rogie gave me a virtual kick in the ass to get it finished. It was a blast to paint but also drove me a little bit insane for obvious reasons (the feathers). I think the overall time was roughly thirty hours in this piece.

This painting is in the shop for those interested in owning a signed print. You can buy the print here.

I have also put together a time-lapse of the painting. It's not fancy. I used my dropbox revisions to grab screen captures. Enjoy!

Time Lapse Painting Demo from Greg Newman on Vimeo.

Abby's Song

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. I typically use Pentel Kerry Mechanical Pencils. One of the ones I currently use, I've had since I was in high school. I do take care of my tools but it also shows how great these pencils really are. Comfortable to hold and reliable. For larger fills I will use the Staedtler Mars 2mm Lead Holders.

I do take on commissions when I have the time. I'll be putting up a dedicated commission page on the site to explain how it works and the range of prices. In the meantime, you can drop me a line using the contact form

Self Portrait Caricature Painting

Self Portrait Caricature Painting

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. Back around Christmas 2010 I decided to poke around online and see what was available and something I could do from the comforts of my home studio. I signed up for the course Paul Moyse offers and gave it a go.

I've done a lot of portraits over the years and used to do wildlife art but I really never thought about caricature before. I found this a perfect fit for leaving this comfort zone of mine. One of the assignments from Paul was to do a self-portrait caricature. Once I got started sketching I asked my self why I wanted to do this again? This was really a grueling assignment. After literally about two dozen sketches I finally landed on a likeness I was happy with and started painting. This piece was painted in Photoshop using standard brushes and took about 25 hours. Probably more due to the fact that I was overly critical painting myself for a change.

Above is the finished piece which I'm now using as my profile pic on twitter these days. If you're an artist and want to jump to a new level, I recommend Paul's course.

I put together a time-lapse of the painting process on dribbble a few weeks ago that you can see over here Unfortunately I neglected to loop the animation and dribbble doesn't have a replace image feature so you'll have to refresh to watch it again. Sorry!

Python Illustration

Python Illustration

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!

Click the image above to see it larger on flickr or View on Black

Chimp Study

Chimp Study

I'm planning out a painting for my son of a chimpanzee. He's fascinated by monkeys. This is one of the studies from the sketchbook.

Ram Sketch

Ram Sketch
Ram Ketch Blocking Color

This is just a quick doodle I was working on in my Moleskine last weekend. I blocked in the color for the horns with colored pencil and then abandoned it. I probably won't take this much further but may do as a finished piece in gouache/watercolor at a later date.