Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Armed Robot Meets Armed Car

You'd think I was just jumping on the Mad Max: Fury Road bandwagon, except that I've been doing these armed vehicle paintings for quite a while.


Granted, I have already seen Fury Road twice in the theatres, and will be seeing it for a third time this Friday, but I have a long history of loving the whole Car Wars aesthetic, so doing another armed vehicle painting with Erin and Kelsie was only natural.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Iron Man Stealth Armour Pin-Up

I'm pretty sure that I've already mentioned once or twice that Iron Man is my favourite super hero ever. Well, that all started with the issue that introduced the Stealth Armour, the suit he wore to cross over into East Germany (back when that was still a thing) to do some snooping. I had seen the character before this, most likely in the Avengers and other random Marvel comics, but this was the first time the character really clicked for me. Which is kinda funny, as Tony gets his ass handed to him while wearing it, but whatever.

It mostly inspired me to start drawing the character, something I've been doing solidly for the thirty-four years since it came out. And that combination of John Romita Jr and Bob Layton artwork has influenced my own work that entire time.

This is a new stealth armour piece I finished up yesterday.


As with the Guardian piece I posted last week, this is something I was doing between classes while teaching lately, and have been really trying to push what I can do with cityscape backgrounds.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Industrial Wasteland and Robot

Playing a bit with the atmospheric glows, this time over my glass energy ideas.


Another painting with Selina, cutting a commanding presence in this piece. Initially this started as more of a floating space wreck over a ringed planet, but the more I developed the fog (to bounce the red light off of), the more it turned into an industrial setting or ship's interior. Which completely works for my purposes, so I went with it.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Guardian of Alpha Flight

Alpha Flight has been one of my favourite comic series ever. And their original leader, Guardian, a fave character of mine. Strange to say, then, that this is only the first time I've ever done a painting of him.


I very deliberately did not go with any obviously Canadian landmarks in the background, or use a rural (maple leaf-based) setting, as so often happens with illustrations of the members of Alpha Flight. I wanted to focus on a more traditional super-hero styled background, the sort of which you can actually find in many major Canadian cities, anyway. Although, I have to say, it was tempting to go with downtown Calgary - it's a gorgeous city.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Gothic Robot Angel

Definitely going back to my gothic influences for this one.


Something with Brittany, a new model. The original plan for the shoot was the sort of brighter sci-fi that I've been doing for the past year or so, but a conversation after the shoot, plus the dramatic lighting in the original photo, inspired this very dark piece. I'm thinking I'll play with this theme a little bit more for the next little while, perhaps.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Painting Process: Retro Alien Cyborg and Planet

Here's another in my series of painting process blog posts, where I discuss the basic breakdown of how I do one of my robot paintings. As with all of the paintings in this series, this one was painted in Photoshop at 12"x18", 300dpi, in RGB. I use an Acer laptop with a Bamboo tablet.


Starting with the retro-future theme I've been doing with the lovely Monique, I worked out this illustration from our first photo shoot together, playing with both the 50's-style raygun and the dome over her head, also from the same era. I had done a similarly-themed piece with Jamie quite a while ago, providing a dome life support system for the human head on a cyborg body, but I was going with a slightly different feel here.


Who doesn't love the idea of ringed planets? Also, with the dome life support system and the old raygun, I knew I had to go with a rocket design in the background from the same era.


Flat colour layers laid down on Monique. As with all of these, the colours on these layers don't reflect the final colour scheme, but are just used to differentiate the various painting layers. And I definitely planned on her face not having human skin tones.


Rocket painting layers dropped in.


Remaining background painting layers dropped in.


Sky and ground painted in. At this point, I new I wanted very cool colours on Monique's face, so every other colour in the piece had to serve to highlight that. Thus, the very warm tones in space.


Rocket painted. This may be my single favourite painting job ever, on that rocket back there.


Planet painted.


Atmospheric effects added to put more depth into the piece and make it look less like Monique is a hundred feet tall.


Hair painted. I have a thing for purple hair.


Skin tones painted. Very cool/neutral thus far on her skin. I also warmed up the ground a little bit to help spotlight the face even more.


Interior of the dome painted, capturing the way the curved glass would distort the planet visible through it.


Armour/cybernetics painted. Even though the robotics are warmer than the ground, they still serve to highlight her face colours.


Jetpack and raygun painted.


Final atmospheric effects added in as well as overall polishing and touch-ups.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wings On An Alien World

I just finished this new painting of August.


I'm a bit surprised that I haven't done more work with spacecraft clearly flying in the background of pieces. Also, the ringed planet was originally a lot more obvious in the initial breakdown of the piece, but the more I worked on it, the more the city became polluted and full of smog and there you go.

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