Thursday, March 26, 2015

Battling Robots

Something a bit more kinetic.

This came from an idea my girlfriend had during my first shoot with Stephanie. I ended up working with the idea in a second shoot with her and Kelsie, and came up with this piece. There will be another similarly-themed painting coming up in the next few weeks or months, depending on when I get to it.

Prints of this piece are available for purchase at this link. Also, be sure to check out my Facebook page for more of my work and other work-in-progress stuff.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Robots In Winnipeg

This is, I believe, my third piece where the setting was identifiably Winnipeg.

There is one building a bit out of place, but that is more-or-less the corner of Portage and Main back there. Mostly, however, this piece features Ember as the giant robot and Stephanie as the one on the cell phone tower in the rain.

Prints of this piece are available for purchase at this link. And, if you are in Calgary from the 16th to 19th of April, 2015, be sure to check out the Calgary Expo where I will be selling artwork as part of the Winnipeg Is Nerdy booth.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Giant Destroyed Robot

Definitely a high-concept piece.

Quite often in photo shoots, I'll have the models do some random things with no concrete plan as to how they will be used in a final piece. In this case, during my last shoot with Emily, I had her climbing up onto a kitchen counter in her house, playing with angles and lighting and such. Months later, when planning out a shoot with Selina, I got the idea of Selina as a giant robot that had been partially destroyed, and one of those climbing shots of Emily would really work climbing inside of her head. Kind of like how in so many post-apocalyptic or disaster movies set in New York, part of the Statue of Liberty's face is torn away and the superstructure is visible. Only in this case, I went with a futuristic Calgary for inspiration for the background.

Prints of this piece are available for purchase at this link. And don't forget to check out my Facebook page for more of my work.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Lady Death Pencil Illustration

I haven't done a Lady Death illustration in a very long time.

She is a fun character to draw, and there were several of her mini-series that were quite enjoyable, so it's good to revisit the character once in a while. There are a couple of similar characters I'll probably be doing pencil illustrations of before going to the Calgary Expo.

10"x15", selling for $150.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Steampunk Cowgirl Robot and Train

I do love blending steampunk and the Old West together, and going to the Calgary Expo in a month sure helps for this sort of inspiration.

This piece features August, another new model. I've been working with several new models in the past couple of months, looking to increase my range of robot styles before going to the Calgary Expo. There has been even more diversity in my style and content, all fitting within the gothic robot project that I've been developing, in these past few months, and I'm hoping to continue that into the future. August and I had a fantastic shoot, and there will be several more pieces from that shoot in the coming months.

Prints of this piece are available for purchase at this link. Also, if you are in the Calgary, Alberta, area from April 16th to the 19th of 2015, come to the Calgary Expo and check out my work for sale at the Winnipeg Is Nerdy booth - I'll even have copies of my book, Like Tears In The Rain, for sale, as well as a variety of prints and original pencil illustrations.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Robot Angel Over Tokyo

Tokyo is such a colourful city at night, far more so than most of the cityscapes I end up painting.

This is the first shot from my recent shoot with Selina - I'm in the middle of a big push to do new work for the Calgary Expo, and I knew I wanted to have at least one new painting with her. Hopefully, there will be one or two more (including a new pencil illustration with her) in the next few weeks.

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

Monday, March 9, 2015

Painting Process: Retro Robot and The Fyxx

Here's another in my series of Painting Process blog posts, going over the steps I use to create one of my robot paintings. As with all the other pieces, this one was created in Photoshop, 12"x18", 300dpi, in RGB.

This piece started with a photograph of Monique, a model I met during a panel we were both speaking at at Keycon last year. She got in touch with me to tell me how much she liked my work and wanted to get involved in this whole project. So, we set up a shoot based around more of a retro 40's or 50's look. The first idea I came up with was her leaning against a car inspired from designs of that particular era, but still using my regular robot design work. One huge change, however, is the hairstyle she had for the shoot, which will show up better later.

Laying out the background. Incorporating a lot of design ideas that people used in the 50's as their concept of the future, everything blended into something of a retro-future, similar to the notion of Gothic Raygun from The Gernsback Continuum.

In addition to the 50's-inspired backgrounds, I also named the diner she is standing in front of The Fyxx, which is the name of my favourite coffee shop in Winnipeg. I can quite frequently be found there painting or drawing many of these designs.

Laying out the various colour layers for Monique. As with all of these paintings, the various colours serve only to indicate that the machinery and plates are on separate layers, and won't necessarily reflect the colours used in the final painting. As I've been developing this process, I tend to use the same combination of blues to delineate the machinery. 

Dropping in colour layers for the car. This is a rather aggressive vehicle design, loosely based on the classic '57 Chevy, although there are styling hints from later designs as well.

Flat colour layers for the various background elements dropped in as well, leading to starting the actual painting process.

Very basic painting done for the deep background and the wind-tunnel-designed apartment complex as well as the pavement. It's a simple idea, but it really works to have more complex and detailed textures closer to the viewer, leaving the background with much simpler textures, adding to the sense of depth to a piece. I've already begun to establish the cool background colours and warm foreground colours as well.

Some of the elevated roadways painted and fog effects added for additional depth.

Remaining elevated roadways painted as well as the diner, with even more atmospheric effects added. Starting to turn on the background lights.

Signage painted, lighting effects in the background elaborated on.

More drama added to the background lights.

Vehicle painted. At this point, it's looking less like the 50's and more how the 80's were interpreting the 50's. Which makes sense, as I was a teenager in the 80's.

Hair design painted. Very warm colour used on the hair, going along with the warmer tones of the background and the red of the car.

Basic metal painting on Monique finished. Fairly neutral colours on her metal right now which will all be fleshed out closer to the end.

Final metal polishing and lighting effects added, as well as more colour and subtlety added to Monique.

The final version can be seen, and prints purchased of it, at this link. And don't forget, if you are in the Calgary area in mid-April, I'll be at the Calgary Expo, selling original artwork and prints like this at the Winnipeg Is Nerdy booth.