Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Film Noir Robot and Hovercar

I honestly did not intend this painting to come out right after a painting process blog post about painting a different film noir-themed robot painting. It just worked out that way.

All of the shoot done with Nikki was built around the idea of film noir, so more of these will be coming in the next few months. It is a style I am a big fan of, so I'm looking forward to working on more pieces like this.

Prints of this piece can be purchased at this link. Also, be sure to check out my Facebook page for more of my work.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Painting Process: Film Noir Robot

Another in my series of painting process posts, showing the basic structure of how I do one of my robot (and other style) paintings. As with all the other paintings, this one is 12"x18", 300dpi, painted in Photoshop in RGB.

This one was created around the idea of using a film noir style with my robot designs. I started with a photo of Guido (from a shoot mostly based around the idea of noir) leaning on the balcony of her apartment, smoking a cigar. Here, I've drawn out the robot pattern on her, incorporating the robe she was wearing.

Adding in a very noir-themed hat, I built up a larger balcony design based on her actual balcony.

Finally, I've drawn in a cityscape based on the skyline of Winnipeg that appeared in the original photograph, just carried a bit further.

Flat colour layers laid down. Each colour here represents a different colour layer to be painted. As with all of these pieces, the colours used here won't necessarily represent the final painting choices later.

Background colour layers dropped in.

Cityscape painted. My main deviation (aside from using a robot) from traditional film noir is using a colour scheme at all, rather than just leaving it completely monochromatic. Not that there aren't colour noir films, but it is best known for being black and white. However, I am using a very restricted colour palette here, so it still pays homage to that.

Balcony painted. The colour shift from warm background to cool foreground already appears here.

Hat and robe painted. Very limited painting style with both, leaving all the modelling for the figure herself.

Metal painting done and cigar lit up. The warm background is strongly framing the balcony and robot here.

Final metal polishing and metal effects added in.

The final version can be seen, and prints purchased of it, at this link.

Also, I'll be appearing at the Calgary Expo, April 16-19 2015, as part of the Winnipeg is Nerdy booth with my friend Jamie Isfeld. I'll have lots of prints and original artwork for sale, as well as copies of my book Like Tears In The Rain. I'll be discussing this appearance more in the coming weeks, but come and check it out if you are in the Calgary area at that time!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Robot And Motorcycle - IN SPACE!

Well, space features prominently in this one, at any rate.

The loose concept for this one had been Emily as a James Bond villain in space, but then it just kept morphing. And that is a very bold contrast of colours going on.

Prints of this piece are available at this link for purchase. Also, be sure to check out my Facebook page - I'm almost at thirteen hundred 'likes', so let's see if we can push that over the top!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Robot Angel and Flying Car

I don't put red hair on robots nearly often enough.

Something new with Ember. She has close to a super hero physique in the original photo, and I'm glad that it carries over into the finished painting!

Prints of this piece are available for purchase at this link. I've noticed that RedBubble has added leggings to the variety of products carrying this image, so go take a look. Also, make sure to check out my Facebook page for more of my work.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Painting Process: Steampunk Robot and Clock

Here's another in my Painting Process posts. As with all of these paintings, this was done in Photoshop at 12"x18", 300dpi, in RGB.

I tend to take a softer approach to Steampunk, not putting in quite so much in the way of overly elaborate decorations that you might see in some work, but rather going with an overall Victorian feel, combined with futuristic and Cyberpunk elements. I think this piece with Emily definitely shows that difference in approach.

I started with a photograph of Emily and drew out the basic robot pattern. There is a little bit more in the way of curving and pointed designs here than in my other robot pieces, but not a lot more. Mostly just a few curved plates and the goggle-style eyes to make it a bit more Steampunk.

In the room that we did the photo shoot in, there was an interesting-looking clock that I ended up incorporating into this design. Drawing in Victorian buildings and multiple bridges adds more to the Steampunk look of the piece.

Laying down flat colour layers for painting. As with all of these pieces, the various colours only distinguish the difference between the painting layers, and don't really reflect the colour scheme of the final painting.

Background flat painting layers dropped in.

Sky background painted. All of these textures are hand-painted, using a variety of custom brushes I have built myself from a variety of sources.

Background painting and initial fog effects done. At this point, I'm going for a warm background, meaning that Emily will have a cool colour scheme.

Bridges painted and more fog effects added in, really getting a London feel to the piece.

Clock and foreground lights painted.

Fence painted.

First pass on painting the robot design. This piece really marked a transition to going back to more photographic elements in the painting, resulting in softer modelling than in some previous paintings, and definitely takes advantage of the tone, structure, and definition in Emily herself, even where it is entirely replaces with small machine pieces.

Final metal polishing and lighting effects added in.

To view the final piece, and purchase prints of it, take a look at the image on my RedBubble gallery.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

CD Cover Painting

This was definitely a fun commission!

This is the cover to an upcoming CD - the CD title is untitled thus far, and I don't know the name that the performer will be using, but once I know all that, and the CD is available for purchase, I'll be posting all that information.

I used a photo of my lovely assistant, Kelsie, for the base of the robot here as well.

I had been asked to have the characters with a future version of Miami in the background. I like to think that some sort of cyberpunk version of Miami Vice is going on in the city.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Robot And Cityscape

This painting really reminds me of the track 'Only The Rain' from the Escape Club, off their Wild Wild West album.

This is my first painting with Stephanie, a new model, and I love how it turned out. The first shoot with Stephanie went extremely well, and there will be a lot of material with her in the coming weeks posted here.

Prints of this piece are available for purchase at this link. Also, go take a look at my Facebook page for more of my work.