January 30, 2012

Waiting in the Shallows

Completed this one in three hours -one hour a day. I just wanted to do a sub.

I consider paintings like this to be more like a doodle. I didn't spend any time doing thumbnails to find good a composition or color scheme. I didn't even play around with drawing different kinds of submarines to paint!

Still, doing something like this without any kind of planning (and just seeing where it takes me) is fun to do from time to time.

January 23, 2012

THIS happens . . .

Remember that speed-thumbnail exercise I did in my previous post? I took one of those little thumbs and decided to take it to a more finished piece. But . . . I wanted to give myself a little challenge.

At my previous job, I was required to work around specific color schemes for a certain publication. This was always a challenge since the subject for each cover was different and the color theme for each issue was usually something atypical I usually wouldn't think to use. I really enjoyed doing those because they challenged me to think up creative ways to incorporate that color into a composition in ways I normally wouldn't gravitate too. ( Come to think of it, I wouldn't mind doing some more of those, either!)

So behold! I found a random color generator on the web and this was the first choice which came up.

To make things even more interesting, I used Google's special image-recognition-searcher-feature-thingy to find similar images to my thumbnail and this came up. I decided to use one of these images to distort, scale, and paste multiple times to create some sort of an environment in my painting.

Voila! The finished piece!


Here's a process of how it went. Bonus points if you can figure out which image from the Google search I used to create the environment.

January 18, 2012

Quick on the Draw

I read in another blog about a sketching exercise in which I do one little thumbnail per minute. Man, that's crazy, but so refreshing. I noticed I really started looking at the big shapes, the overall design, and major values. I haven't done any quick painting like that in a while. Doing one a minute really makes the time fly by.

Although none of these are really anything to look at, the value comes in training the mind to visualize things quicker. (plus all the things I noticed in the previous paragraph.)

January 13, 2012

A Day in the Life of an Adventure Guy

I generally spend no more than maybe 15-20 minutes on each one of these. I work at 150dpi at about the scale you see here.

If I chose to take one of these and create a finished painting from it, I would take one of these single ideas and start playing around with composition, lighting, scale, contrast, etc -and do maybe 8-10 additional little sketches based off it.