Sunday, August 22, 2010

Dedicated to my Grandfather

My grandfather and I are very close and speak on an almost daily basis. He lives down in Florida and has since I was about nine years old or so. He has always been very supportive of my passion for art and is always constantly amazed at what I can do. Recently I've started to practice and get better at these digital paintings I've been doing. He's seen all of them and has no idea how they are done. He can't comprehend how it's possible to do something like this on the computer. I know he really would like to see the process so he can begin to understand the way I do things like this. Everything on photoshop is foreign to him, from a tablet down to color selection and brush types. 

He's a long time lover of all things airplanes and lighthouses. Because he has show such support for me I thought I'd challenge myself and try to do a lighthouse for him. This one I like to say is more of a sketch then a final tight painting. It took me about four hours time in total and I am very happy with the results. He was blown away by it so I feel like my job is done. Seeing how happy he was makes the whole thing worth it.


Friday, August 20, 2010

Fear leads to anger....

Trust me when I tell you that I've drawn my fair share of Yodas. However, I can tell you with 100% certainty that this is my favorite. With each attempt at doing an all digital painting I feel like I am learning and improving. It's just a matter of patience to be willing to work long enough to see everything come together. Hope ya'll like and remember, "Do or do not, there is no try"!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Paging Dr. Zaius

Photoshop is kind of like a double edged sword. It's exciting when you realize all the endless possibility but in the same vein it sometimes seem overwhelming. I learned there is no right or wrong, and after playing around I found my own method for digital painting. I'd like to show the process some time in the near future, but for now leave it a mystery. 

This piece was done entirely in Photoshop, from line art to full rendering. I can never get enough of those damn dirty apes, and here is my stab at Zaius. I rarely draw him for one reason or another, but the guy deserves some love. Hope you guys dig, and I'm planning on getting some more of these things done!