Friday, 10 January 2014

Who's that Poke'fusion?!

Hey all!

Recently I have been introduced to the crazy world of combining well known Pokemon characters, mashing them together and creating a new one!

As daft as this my sound it has proved an excellent method of practice and brilliant for my imagination and furthermore I feel as though my inspiration to draw and create is coming back! HOOORAH!

Below are a few steps showing the line drawing to final colouring! I also referred to images of crocodiles, bats, rhino's and relevant dinosaurs such as the Pterodactyl.

So here is my first "Poke'fusion" Nidodactyl hope you like him!

Friday, 3 January 2014

"King Scorpion" and friends?

Hey so here is two versions of the King Scorpion topic as promised with the addition of the 'King' :D
Not sure which i prefer... possibly the last all dark cave'y one!

Also heres Greymon from Digimon I've been messing with...

2014... The Resolution!

Ok guys,

It has been so long it is a joke!
2013 wasn't the best, however its a new year and this is where i start again!

So I've been messing around really just warming up again, much to learn much to process so here is some experimentation for you!

I follow "Daily Spitpaint" on Facebook (something i am yet to post in) so taking one of todays topics 'King Scorpion' i used this as inspiration to create the following. I will be using these topics as a method to get my creative juices flowing as i have struggled for inspiration lately.

Below are my stages of process from rough concept to value mapping then adding colour with an overlay. However before taking this into photoshop i generated a few thumbnails in my sketchbook. I am going to work a little further into this and add the 'King'.

I WILL update you when its complete hopefully in the next few hours :)

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

The Sky Protector - step by step design process so far...

I have always found it interesting drawing creatures from random shapes and forms especially looking at clouds or water droplet formations, i tend to spot interesting shapes and before i know it ill have a crazy idea in mind! Taking this into account i started messing around with shapes in Alchemy and seeing what i could discover, i have also found that listening to a good selection of music can also greatly influence your thought processes and inspire you in ways you hadn't thought before - I'm currently listening to the Skyrim Elder Scrolls sound track while i work as i find the tracks help me envision whats actually happening in the piece...

After a few attempts in Alchemy i found a shape i was interested in developing further, i exported it to Photoshop so i could then begin experimenting with the form...

Original Alchemy Design.

I had the shapes appear randomly as a drew, forming the obscure shapes however i could see the foundations for a type of serpent creature. Once exported i then selected a colour palette of complementary soft blues and yellows. Below i have faded the creature slightly so you can see the original inspirational shapes below... 

Developing form.

Looking to the sun (not finished).

I then began to rough out an idea for the back drop, as the creature developed i started to imagine a legendary creature of the heavens that has only been talked of in stories and the ancient bibles - a protector of the skies... Anyway this is why i have kept similar soft colour tones in the skies.

I plan to make the wings appear more in the form of a bats wings with a transparent appearance - which i haven't tried before so it'l be a learning curve (will discuss with you later). I also intend to add suggestions of other creatures like this one in the distance creating the image of a small group of these creatures watching over the skies.

This piece isnt yet complete however i havent updated you with digital work for a few days now and thought you'd like to see what I've been doing with myself! I will update more stages and talk through them as it nears completion.

Thanks for reading and ill keep you updated!

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Surprise Birthday Portrait

This portrait is of a beloved pet that recently passed away, my client planned this as a surprise Birthday gift for her Mum (the dog owner).

I have recently been told she was over the moon and personally thanked me for such a lovely reminder of her late beloved pet.

Monday, 29 April 2013


Completed Concept

Today I have been working from a reference picture to recreate a picture of Ironman I liked but in my own art style. 

As you can see from the image below I work with an original picture as reference but I do not believe in drawing over the picture (that would be cheating!) my artwork is all free hand. Making mine slightly different to the original picture making it unique to me, learning more about form and composition as I go. 

I also learnt a lot from this exercise regarding colour range and tone to achieve metallic effects of metal.

My next steps are to learn more about the human form and eventually be able to recreate artwork like this from memory.

I've also had some excellent advice today regarding form and anatomy and that is to look at the Hulk - as his muscles are exaggerated this can help again a greater understanding of the subject. (Thanks Stu!).

Development early stages and reference image

Sunday, 28 April 2013

'On the Prowl'

I've really been focusing on loosening my art style recently, trying to work much quicker mapping out key areas of form using quick rough looking strokes up close but from a distance the image looks well formed.

This particular painting took me between 2-4 hours but i did spend more time on this one ensuring I was happy with the level of detail on the face whereas the body, limbs and background are not as detailed as i aim to draw peoples eyes to the 'eyes of the Tiger' as this i believe is the main focal point of the image, the rest is only suggested...

Really enjoying this style and will continue to produce more possibly looking into environments and landscapes next!

I'll keep you updated!

Saturday, 27 April 2013

'Bunny on a Tundra'

Continually trying to speed up with the Digi-painting, and its working!

Practice Practice Practice!!!

Using photographic reference imagery i can get the colour and lighting right as well as discovering new brush effects.


(Also trying to make my Blog 'Followable' stay tuned).

Monday, 22 April 2013

Tiger Shake Down

Not updated for a while guys I do apologise! Above we have a Tiger having a Shake Down which i LOVE and I am contemplating getting in printed for my Wall!

Below is still a learning curve for me, not done much environment based artwork so more practice is needed.