Sunday, December 26, 2010

John Lennon Paint Sketch

If you watched the Friday Night Sketch Challenge video from this past weekend, then you might recognize this image. After I finished laying the inks down for the video, I decided to add a few more things.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday Night Sketch Challenge: John Lennon

This weeks Friday Night Sketch Challenge: Could I create an ink sketch of John Lennon under the time of THREE Beatles songs.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Gene Simmons Final sketch

If you check the blog entry below, you can see me actually sketching this image of Gene Simmons. I decided not to color it in the same manner as the Slash piece. I liked the simplicity of the black, white and red, so I kept it that way for the most part. The only extra tone I added was the dark gray in the eye make-up area.

Friday NIght Sketch Challenge - KISS

This weeks sketch challenge - Could I sketch Gene Simmons under the time of THREE KISS songs?

Friday, December 17, 2010

Napoleon Bonaparte Paint Sketch

This is a paint sketch of a young Napoleon Bonaparte created with acrylic paint on Canson sketch book paper. Total time: about two hours.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Slash ink sketch colored

If you wanted to see a close up of the ink sketch from the FRIDAY NIGHT SKETCH CHALLENGE video, here ya go.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Quick Slash ink sketch

This past Friday, I gave myself the challenge of trying to do an ink sketch of the guitar player Slash under the time span of two Guns N' Roses songs. Here's the video:

Friday, December 10, 2010

Self Portrait Step by Step

Recently, I created a self-portrait for promotional purposes. I've had a few people ask me how this piece was executed, so here is a step-by-step guide.
Step 1. Sketch Phase. As with every piece of art I create, I always start off in my sketch book, regardless if it is a piece that will be finished digitally or traditionally. For this phase in the process I was not too concerned with the typography in my beard or the way I was going to handle my hair. I was more concerned with getting my likeness down as well as things like proportions.

Step 2. Typography Sketching. After I finished the initial sketches I worked on ideas for the typography. The initial concept was to have my full name juxtaposed into my hair, but I thought the way "Jack" and "Gregory" were drawn lacked a cohesive look. As a result, I dropped the text in my hair and just stuck with the text in my beard.

Step 3. Final Rough Sketch. This is the final rough sketch. It gives me a loose idea of where everything is going to go, which leads to....
Step 4. Final Drawing. Now the drawing and the composition for the most part are finalized. At this point I feel fairly comfortable with the placement of everything and feel confident enough to get to the actual painting process.
Step 5. Preparing the Surface. For this painting, I used 2-ply cold press illustration board. The first step in my painting process is sealing the board with an even wash of light gray acrylic paint. Once the paint is dry, I go on to the next step.Step 6. Transferring the drawing onto the board. The title of this step pretty much says it all. I apply the final drawing onto the surface of the board and then spray fix it lightly with Workable Fixatif.
Step 7. Acrylic value study. After the drawing has been transferred and spray fixed, I use washes of black acrylic paint to create a loose value study. I'm not going for detail at this point. Just trying to get a sense of how the lighting and things like that will be handled. After the acrylic value study is finished, I lightly spray fix the surface again.Step 8. Oil Wash. For this step, I mixed Crimson and Navy Blue oil paints with GAMSOL mineral spirits to get a nice purple tone. I then applied the oil wash evenly over my painted surface. This part is pretty tricky. You want to use just the right amount of mineral spirits in the hopes that the oil paint surface dries into the board pretty quickly. If you use too much or too little mineral spirits, you may get results you're not looking for. The quicker the oil wash surface dries, the easier the next step will be.Step 9. Erasing. To the surprise of many, you can erase away oil paints with a kneaded eraser, which is how this step is done. Basically, I erase away paint from the areas that I want highlighted. This is why the cold press illustration board is so important. You get a texture left behind that you wouldn't get if you used hot press illustration board. Also, this is why the initial acrylic wash value study is important. It can be used as a guide to help during this phase of creating your values. I actually have video here of me working on this phase of the painting:

Step 10. Final details. After the oil wash /erase step, I lightly spray fix the board and add the final details. For this step I use black and white Prismacolor colored pencils along with white acrylic and gouache paint. I usually start off first with the colored pencils. There is a great texture that comes about as a result of using the colored pencils on the cold press illustration board. For extra highlights, I will go back over some of the areas with white acrylic paint washes and for areas that I really want to pop, I use the white gouache paint. I also liked using the gouache paint for the highlights in the hair and beard. When all the whites were applied, I used the black colored pencil for little details, like some of the stray hairs on my head, or the hair in my eyebrows or eyelashes. I also darkened the area between my lips with a black colored pencil.

So that, in a sense, is how it's all done.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Meet Chopper

Megadeth has Vic Rattlehead. Iron Maiden has Eddie the Head. Motorhead has The Snaggletooth. The list could go on and on with the mascots associated with hard rock bands.

I decided to roll with this concept in an effort to better brand myself. So here he is. My guy, "Chopper." If you check out the previous blog post, you can see that Chopper almost made his first appearance on the back of that tough gal's jacket.

Friday, December 3, 2010

scrapping this

I am scrapping this illustration. It's still just in the black and white phase, but there is a lot I really dislike about it. Particularly, the mo-hawk gal's pose. Everything from the waste up looks real stiff, and this is something I should of caught during the sketch phase. Not scrapping the idea, just scrapping this version.