Saturday, January 23, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
There's a new tell-all book out called Game Change that spills all sorts of behind the scenes gossip surrounding the campaign trail for the 2008 election. One of the more controversial stories that came out of the book surrounded some racially insensitive comments Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reportedly said regarding then candidate Barack Obama. This is Photoshop, over a pencil sketch. I think it demonstrates the influence the great Mort Drucker has had on my work.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Robert B. Parker has been one of my favorite writers ever since I was a kid. I've read nearly every book he's written (and that's a lot of books). For those who don't know, his most famous creation is the fictional detective Spenser, but throughout his life he wrote many, many other novels as well, mostly in the mystery genre, but also westerns, historical fiction, love stories and even kid lit. He died today. He reportedly died at his desk while he was working on his latest novel. In honor, here's a speed painting I did of the man. About 90 minutes in Photoshop.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I made some subtle revisions to this image to correct the overall symmetry. In reality, faces are not symmetrical, but ever still, there were areas on this portrait that needed tweaking in order to improve the overall likeness. One thing you can, and should, do as a digital painter is to periodically flip your entire image horizontally every so often. This will invariably show you parts of your image that don't look right. I did so here, and realized I needed to move one of the ears up and nudge the mouth over a bit to bring it more in line with the horizontal and vertical axes. I also went in and smoothed out the suit texture and added a bit of subtle texture to the skin to give it a punch of reality.
Friday, January 15, 2010
There comes a time in every caricaturist's life when they decide to paint the President in office. Here's Barack Obama in glorious black and white. This took about four hours in Photoshop. I'll probably go back some time soon and add color, which is considerably easier to do once I have the black and white tones established, as you can see here.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
One of my favorite magazines, ImagineFX, is having a competition to get a shot at having an illustration appear on an upcoming cover. I thought I'd give it a shot. After a couple of false starts, I decided to go back to the classics and do a take on Little Red Riding Hood. Wish me luck.
Saturday, January 02, 2010
I'm a big fan of Doctor Who. I'm looking forward to watching the tenth Doctor David Tennant's last hurrah in the role tonight. In the meantime, here's a painting I did of him. About five hours in Photoshop.