Thursday, October 30, 2008

Paint Pots

Photo speedpaint. From our hike to the Paint Pots near Banff. Photoshop, about an hour.

I think I might have to take a real painting class in the new year.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


I think I'm getting better.

From a photo Neil took some years ago.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ragin' Orchids

Sorry that this one looks a bit crappy, but Photoshop ate my speedpainting yesterday so I'm experimenting with ArtRage.

Simulated oil brushes are weird.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Stilgar Final

Okay, I think this one is done:

The pose is still kinda stiff (I stayed up waaay too late last night trying to fix the bent leg), the silhouette is uninteresting and he still looks kinda like Gordon Freeman sans glasses, but I think I'm definitely improving. I think I've got a reasonable range of values, and I'm really pleased with the lighting.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Stilgar WIP

This week's CHOW. What do you guys think -- more Gordon Freeman than Fremen?

I based the stillsuit design on what I'd like to have in the desert: a bunch of Camelbaks.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Garden Rock

Another speed painting from my Devonian Garden photos.

I was trying to not stick to the colours in the photo as closely this time around.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Structural Engineering

Speed painting of the day:

I think this is the structural engineering lab on campus. From a photo I took back in 2002, when I first got my film camera. This was about an hour and a half, and I screwed up the perspective and details a bit. I'm not so hot at man-made objects.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Japanese Garden

One-hour speed painting of a photo I took of the Japanese Garden at the Devonian Gardens near Devon, Alberta.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Dr. Watson

To go with Holmes.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Desert Bloom

The wife from the short comic I'm working on. A retired gardening enthusiast living in the desert.

Monday, October 06, 2008

221B Baker Street

Well, it took all bloody weekend but it's finally done!

Of course I alternate between thinking "this fucking rocks!" and "holy crap, I need to stop over-rendering things."

Also, I now have a craving to do a picture of Hercule Poirot. Perhaps him talking to "Nick" Buckley on the terrace of the Majestic Hotel at the beginning of Peril at End House. Actually, that would be the second scene from "Peril" that I wanted to illustrate, and it's not even one of my favourite Christie books.

Friday, October 03, 2008

It's Elementary

This week's CHOW is Sherlock Holmes, and it just so happens that I am married to a tall, skinny, chisel-faced man with a largeish nose. I added some hair, took away the glasses, stuffed him into a Victorian waistcoat and viola! We've got Sherlock.

Man, Holmes is totally hot. Is there an SCA for the late 1800s/early 1900s?

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Aztec Sacrifice, Coloured

Eventually I got around to putting some colour on this. Not too bad, although still a little flat.

I removed the eye paint in the end. I thought it made her look too much like a ninja turtle.

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