Wednesday, February 25, 2009

4-Colour Study Redux

This was another 4-colour study for homework. This time I picked red, green, blue and orange to be my complementary pairs.

I think I kinda half-assed this one. I can't remember why. I think it was really cold in the sunroom that day. The oranges turned out much better than last time, though, so maybe there's hope yet!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Female Sith

Female Sith design for CHOW (Character of the Week on

On the one hand, too bad I didn't get a chance to do some proper work on this. On the other hand, they had a ton of entries and mine probably would have been cut.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

4-Colour Study

In-class still life study. We had to pick two pairs of complemetary colours (I picked red, green, yellow and violet) and paint the still life we'd assembled.

Those purple things flopping about are my purple driving gloves.

I'm not sure what I think about this. Way more brightly coloured than I'd like, perhaps? But I don't dislike it.

Friday, February 13, 2009


We were supposed to do a balanced grid abstract based on the rough Master Study (mine was Cha-u-Kao, posted a few days ago).

Yeah, not really my thing either. I thought we were going to finish the abstract in class, so I just made a bunch of rectangles and then had to occupy myself for 2 hours. Not that I don't like Mondrian, because I do, but I think I'd have to practice a lot more to make something that someone might hang on their wall.

And speaking of Mondrian, I must get one of these!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Unibrow Brewery

Unibroue makes my favourite beer, but if I had a brewery it would be Unibrow!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


We were supposed to do a (very, very simple) master's study for homework. I ended up picking Cha-u-Kao by Henry Toulouse-Lautrec, partly because it's appealing, and partly because we weren't supposed to use the Internet for reference and all I had was a book on Post-Impressionism.

So here's my "copy":

And here's a scan of the original:

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Baba Yaga

This week's CHOW was Baba Yaga. Once again, no time to finish.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Sunday, February 08, 2009


Still managing to do some drawing every day! I can't scan or photograph my paintings every day, though, so I'm keeping a list and backdating everything. I'm doing a better job of it this year than last year, even if just barely.


Honestly, this one's not worth seeing yet. Needs a serious dose of photoreference.

It's half-inspired by the Titania pics, and half-inspired by the Dresden Files books.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Friday, February 06, 2009

Titania Concepts

This week's CHOW was Queen Titania. Had no time to do the finished picture, but I did come up with a few designs (click for bigger):

I've got a partial watercolour of that last one, I ought to finish it one of these days.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Primary Colours

In-class exercise, painting using the three primary colours:

I think this was one of my failures. It was actually pretty nice to begin with, but I got caught up in trying to capture the fact that the flower and red leaves were backlit and seemed to be glowing. Gorgeous effect! But so difficult to paint. I decided it needed more contrast and blobbed on a dark gray background. I spent too much time messing with the background and didn't get around to refining the vase and the cloth.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Complementary Colours

This was what I was supposed to be doing instead of that 3-colour study! Homework, two complementary colours (yellow and violet). The white is just the underlying gesso. I love how that jug turned out! The oranges... not so much.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Chaosine Characters

I'm trying to work up a plot for a Planescape-esque comic about a bunch of adventurers/staff at a magical university. In a place where the students accidentally call up Elder Gods on a regular basis, there has to be a team in place to clean up the mess. A team with union backing and really, really good health benefits.

We've got Opium (the one with the rat tail) who's a warrior and occasional helpdesk jockey, Enne (the grinning one with horns) who's a priestess of Chaos, Hedera (the medusa) who's their long-suffering supervisor, the guy with the sword is on a rival staff team and everyone else is faculty.

If I could only get more than a couple scenes written up I'd be set.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Panel of the Week

All I ever do on Mondays and Tuesdays is comics.