Monday, April 28, 2014

Starting a new commissioned painting of New York City


After posting my last commissioned painting here, i've been getting requests like crazy. This is a good thing, and since my latest commission has been finally been confirmed, I will post my progress on this painting here. 

It is a busy Time Square piece that started out as a sketch above. The client fell in love with it and requested a large canvas 60" x 72". It barely fits in my small studio now, but once I move into my new studio I'll have plenty of room. However, I am trying to get it finished before the move. Obviously the drawing above is pencil and doesn't show the color of Time Square. Along with my sketching a scene, I take photos of the area to use as reference later on. 

So, let's get to it. The first thing I do is get the sketch approved. The second is to agree on the size of the canvas, and the third is to pick a color scheme, season, time of day, and include any extra final touches the client wants. The client asked me to include faces of her family members into the scene, which I thought was a very cool idea. So, I will paint her family into crowds occupying Time Square.


The ever empty blank canvas, that is soon to be not so empty.


Laying down the underpainting.


Giving it some texture as I go.


After the underpainting has time to dry, I will start blocking in color.


Laying down the first of my lines without a ruler. I always prefer to rough in the outline of everything, and later go back and straighten things out with a yardstick.


Sometimes the rough line work gives my paintings a certain look and feel that I like.


Time Square is about the people just as much as the buildings, so here I am roughing in the people walking in various directions, along with the traffic of course.


Here I am adding some more color and definition.


Here is a little more refinement, and bringing in colors throughout the piece.


Finally, some facial features and a little detail in the foreground. I've straightened out a few lines to make the perspective more accurate, but if you've ever been to Time Square, then you know everything seems like its on top of itself anyway. The painting at this point is about 80% complete in my mind. Which still seems far away from done.

I'll post future updates soon, so check back for more.







Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Prisoner of the Mind Underground


Here is another little gif I made from artwork taken from my graphic novel Prisoner of the Mind.



Monday, April 21, 2014

More weirdness in New York City


Someone's mobile home in the subway, hey at least it's colorful.


Getting ready for spring.


Mardi Gras beads exploded.







Monday, April 14, 2014

Prisoner of the Mind Gif Cole's Nightmare


I am working on a series of animated gifs from the graphic novel. I'll post them here as I finish up. Only two months to go before issue 3 is out.



Weirdness in New York


The beautiful thing about New York City is that you never know what's around the corner. I typically take pictures of the city's weirdness when I can capture it. This is just one of many photos that I have taken, I will post more here in the future.






Monday, April 7, 2014

Packing up my robot collection and moving into a new art studio


This is definitely one of the weirdest ones of my collection.



I'm finally packing up my robot collection, and moving into my new studio. It's too bad I can't program one of them to take the batteries out of his friends and wrap them in bubble wrap.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Here's a shot of something new and fantastic i'm working on


I wish I could say more, but... You'll just have to wait and see. The sword is for reference and inspiration while working on a fantasy piece. More to come...


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I just chose the next Nasa space suit design






NASA's Z-2 Suit is the newest prototype in its next-generation spacesuit platform, the Z-series. As a follow-up to the previous Z-1 suit, which was named one of Time Magazine's Best Inventions of 2012, the Z-2 takes the next step in fidelity approaching a final flight-capable design. Most exciting, the Z-2 marks several milestones for NASA:

  • First surface-specific planetary mobility suit to be tested in full vacuum
  • First use of 3D human laser scans and 3D-printed hardware for suit development and sizing
  • Most advanced use of impact resistant composite structures on a suit upper and lower torso system
  • First integration of the suit-port concept with a hard upper torso suit structure
  • Most conformal and re-sizeable hard upper torso suit built to date