Friday, 29 April 2011
Title - Pandora's Box
Client - Portfolio Work
Media - Acrylic on Bristol Board
Original Artwork for Sale - Currently Unavailable
I've been playing around with a slightly more watercolouresque approach to my acrylic painting of late. I love the vibrancy, delicacy, and immediacy of watercolour painting, and would really like to assimilate some of these fine qualities into my work.
I'm pretty pleased with how this endeavour is working out so far and I definitely think I will continue to begin my future pieces in a watercolour like way - Using gradated build ups of thin washes in the wet. I'm finding that this method is not something that will be limiting or will come at the cost of losing some other capacity, as it will combine with thicker opaque uses of paint too, and I can still easily opaquely paint over any element any time I feel it necessary, the watercolour style build up just lets me sort of 'feel out' and develop the image in a steady (and surprisingly rapid) but subtle way during the early stages.
I did this particular piece by initially penciling the image in first on stretched bristol board, I then went on to block in all the key shadows (in the appropriate values) and began building up washes of colour(in the wet) over this foundation. When I was happy with the colour, I proceeded to build up detail over various areas more opaquely and subsequently went on to add any necessary glazes and tints to adjust areas of shadow and light where it seemed appropriate.
"One who fears failure limits his activities.
Failure is only the opportunity to more
intelligently begin again."
- Henry Ford, American Industrialist (1863 – 1947)
Friday, 1 April 2011
I had the privilege of illustrating some interior artwork for Redbrick's recently released Earthdawn publications - Cathay the Five Kingdoms Gamesmaster's and Player's guide books last year. It was great to be involved with the Cathay project, and creating artwork for the rich and vivid Earthdawn game world is always a real joy. The books are now both available in PDF Here, or Hardback Here, and for more information about all things Earthdawn check out the Redbrick website at Link.
Here are a few of my interior B+W pieces from the books...