Monday, February 27, 2017

Painting Process: Robot And Planet

Here's another in my series of painting process posts, in which I discuss my procedure for one of my robot paintings. Like with all the paintings in this series, this one was done in Photoshop, at 12"x18", 300dpi, in RGB.

I started with the basic robot illustration from a photo I had taken of Emily, one that we had done with the notion that she was holding some sort of holographic representation of a planet between her hands. 

Going with the basic theme of the planet, I then designed these circular scaffolds both in front of her and behind her to add depth. I had the idea that she was on the deck of some sort of space station or something, so there would be a space background behind her to complete the overall theme.

Flat colour layers laid down on the robot. As always, the colours used here won't reflect the colours used when painting, but instead just serve to visually separate the various painting layers from each other.

Flat colour layers for the background and foreground laid down.

Space background added in. I had created a basic space pattern for a project several years ago, and tend to go back to it as a starting point when I require shots of stars. It was a huge background I had designed, one that can easily be adapted and repainted. Here, I've added in a lot of stars that radiate away from the centre of the image, continuing to pull the eye toward the planet.

Basic metal painting on most of the figure behind the planet.

Basic metal painting on the arms. Due to all the warm colours in the background, it was clear that I wanted to go with a cool colour palette for the glowing planet, which would then get reflected into Emily. Thus, I brought in lighting from that background to wash over her shoulders and sides for contrast.

Planet painted and first pass at the glow from it and other effects dropped in.

Foreground painted. The painting here is very simple to keep the focus on Emily and the planet.

Final painting and effects dropped in.

The final image can be seen and purchased at my RedBubble Gallery.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Painting Process: Robot With Jetpack

As with all of these paintings, this was painted in Photoshop, 12"x18", 300dpi in RGB.

I drew out the basic design based on a photo of Ember. I was going for a much more Alien-esque look to the background, but still rooted in my own mechanical style.

Flat colour layers laid down on the robot. As always, the colours used here just visually separate the various painting layers from each other, and don't bear any relation to the final colour scheme used when painting.

Final background layers dropped in.

Background painted. Definitely a bit of a biomechanical style going on here.

Foreground platform painted, and a bit of fog added behind it for depth, really required with such an abstract pattern in the background.

Basic metal painting on the robot done.

Basic painting of the internal light sources painted in.

Colour separation increased between the central figure and the background, as well as lighting effects painted in.

The final piece can be seen, and prints purchased of it, at my RedBubble Gallery.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Angels Of Death

Another in this very gothic series.

Prints of this piece can be found at my RedBubble Gallery.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Painting Process: Robot With Sword

Another of my procedural posts. As with all of the paintings in this series, this one was painted in Photoshop, 12"x18", RGB, at 300dpi.

I started with a basic robot illustration of Erin, going with a very simple sword design. I wanted the expression on her face and the energy in her arms to be the primary focus of this piece, rather than a lot of embellishment with accessories or wings.

From that pose, I built up the design of the cityscape behind her, including the small flying craft above for movement.

Starting to lay down the flat colour layers for painting. As always, the colours used here serve only to visually separate the various painting layers from each other, and have no bearing on the final colour choices when painting.

Flat colour layers for the background laid down.

Basic painting of the background done. I went with a cool colour scheme, which would necessitate my going with a warmer palette on the figure for separation.

Sword painted and the energy blade lit up.

Basic metal painting done on the figure. Quite often I will paint in shades of grey and then play with colour after that is completed, depending on what my ideas are. If I know that I want the figure to be entirely one colour scheme, I'll quite often just paint it with that colour scheme initially, but if I'm thinking that there will be more colour variation, I'll go with grey and adjusting later.

Colours in the main figure added, additional lighting added in, as well as a figure that would be behind the viewer is painted as a reflection into the figure.

The final version can be seen (and prints of it purchased) at my RedBubble gallery.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Gothic Triptych 01

This is a surprisingly complex piece.

As part of my run of more gothic-themed pieces, I decide to incorporate my recent shoot with Anna where she was dancing into this very dark concept. The complexity comes from not only the number of dancing figures but also the sheer size of the entire piece - it measures in at 36"x18", three times the size of my regular pieces. In fact, due to it essentially being designed as a triptych, it can be purchased as a print at this full size at this link, it can also be purchased as three separate pieces for easier display.

This first part is available for purchase here.

This second part is available for purchase here.

Finally, the third part is available for purchase here.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Painting Process: Reflected Robot

This is another in my series of posts detailing the rough process whereby I put together one of my paintings. As with all of these, this one was done at 12"x18", 300dpi, painted in Photoshop, in RGB.

Starting with the basic layout from two photos of Erika, I put together the idea for this piece. I love playing with reflections, and I had several opportunities to do that here. The primary one, of course, is the main reflection of Erika in the mirror to the right. There is also the reflection on the floor of the two images. And, finally, once I'm into the painting process, there will be a bit of a reflection in the window behind her of her arm.

The basic robot design is laid out on the main figure.

The reflection and rear figure have robot designs laid out as well. The reflection, naturally, had to have an identical pattern, but the one in the background has a slight variation, with emphasis on the articulation in the hip.

Laying down the flat colour layers for the main colour. As with all of these, the colours chosen for these layers won't necessarily reflect the final colours used when painting, but just serve to visually separate the various layers from each other.

Flat colour layers created for the primary room.

Flat colour layers created for the robot reflection and the reflection of the primary room.

Finally, flat colour layers created for the robot in the background as well as the room she is in. As the deep background is very far in the distance, and will mostly serve as a light source, no additional detail is required for flat colour layers.

Deep background painted. I went with a somewhat spooky green palette to both function as a cool (colour-wise) colour layer as well as to add a bit more of a creepy/gothic feel to the piece. This will also serve to inform me that I'll be going with warmer colours as I move toward the viewer. I also painted in the suggestion of a further reflection in the rear window of that secondary robot.

Primary metal painting on the rear robot completed.

Interior space of the primary room painted, as well as how it reflected into the mirror. Still going with a very cool colour palette to let the robot stand out when warmer colours are used on her.

Primary robot reflection painted.

Primary robot painted. I used the blonde hair of the model for inspiration to keep her hair light to allow the prominent lighting on her to still remain somewhat ethereal.

Robot lighting effects painted in, polishing and touch-ups completed, and the central figure made warmer to further stand out from the rest of the background. I've also added a bit of grit to the mirror and the window to further make them stand out as reflective surfaces.

Prints and other products featuring this image can be purchased at my RedBubble gallery.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

January 2017 Paintings

Well, on top of my regular commission work, the first month of 2017 managed to be very productive for me. I managed to get a series of new paintings done, all of which I really like, as well as starting to develop a new project that should end up being the centerpiece of my new book of painting. But more on that in the coming months.

All these, and plenty others, can be seen on my RedBubble Gallery, where they can be purchased as prints, clocks, t-shirts, and other products!