faraway structures with moody colors - the experience.

some doodles.

Master studies; after Isaac Levitan, Edgar Payne, and Carlos de Haes. A bit more finished than I typically do, and I might take the Levitan one even further.

Also, newer doodles soon.

A master study after Van Dyke, the portrait of Cornelis Van Der Geest. Probably the most difficult master study I’ve done so far.
There were a whole bunch of aspects to the painting technique, the colors and process that I hadn’t considered or planned for that I ran into half-way through the painting, so I’ll have to try to revisit this sometime soon and try again. Still learned a bunch, but I can do better I think.

A master study after Van Dyke, the portrait of Cornelis Van Der Geest. Probably the most difficult master study I’ve done so far.

There were a whole bunch of aspects to the painting technique, the colors and process that I hadn’t considered or planned for that I ran into half-way through the painting, so I’ll have to try to revisit this sometime soon and try again. Still learned a bunch, but I can do better I think.

Anonymous said: You are amazing and awesome, seriously

D: !

2 hour pose and a still life. The key light on the model was harsh so I figured I may as well make her evil-lookin’.

Not dead, just busy. Have some fruit and things.

edit: oh hey right, life update:

so I saved up a bit and moved to Pasadena to take classes at Concept Design Academy, and also to continue freelancing some small jobs. Which means I’m in California. So, if anyone wants to go out to coffee/beer/murder me in an alleyway, then let me know.

More sketches and studies;

First is after Philippe Faraut’s Bedouin sculpture; a study in edges, layering, and drawing, though I’m not entirely happy with how I approached it. It could’ve easily been done with two values, which would’ve given me more room to have more fun with the shadow areas. I might go for it again with a different angle.

The next 3 are studies after photos, where I look only intermittently at the photo and see how much I can paint from memory/imagination. A few issues here and there with them, but I’m more likely to jot them down and move on.

The rest are sketches from life; which pretty much involves me going to cafes and doodling people who don’t seem like they’ll notice. Chairs are somewhat incapable of noticing me, so they make the perfect prey for a color piece. 

:> also one more sketchy, from tonight.

:> also one more sketchy, from tonight.

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Anonymous said: What brushes do you use in photoshop? What Ps version do you use? Do you use perspective often? Why dont you stream? What tablet do you have?

hahaha oh my, dearest anon, that’s quite a series of questions. alright alright, let’s see:

I started out with Photoshop’s default brushes and Kekai’s set. They aren’t suited for flashy techniques, so you’re forced to just paint, which is a wonderful thing. I still use them for practice. However, if you’re a touch more experienced, I use an abomination conglomerate set of Jaime Jones’, Kekai’s, Thomas Scholes’, Min Yum’s, and some of my own brushes. Really it’s all about creating, specializing, and learning how to use your tools.

I use Photoshop CS6.

Everything you ever draw and see is in perspective, so yes. It’s a very important foundation to sharpen and hone.

I don’t stream because I’m lazy, but it’s been requested a few times. I’ll begin to consider it heavily when I start putting my new computer together over the next month or two.

When I decided I wanted to be a painter I saved up everything I had and bought myself a Cintiq, which I still use. I’ve also used an Intuos tablet, and found that the differences in using either are almost entirely negligible after acclimation.

:] I do hope that helps, feel free to ask for clarification or explanation if any of it doesn’t make sense.

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also more sketch doodles. because i can.

Some studies. these aren’t master copies by any stretch, just small analytical doodles I do every so often. I try to focus on whichever aspect of the painting grabs my attention and somewhat disregard the rest. It’s a rather effective way to study as long as you know what you’re looking for and can stand to push aside the rest.

For example, the painting on the very bottom, by Alberto Pasini, is one of my absolute favorites, but I don’t think I have it in me to do a full mastercopy of it. So, I focused on the shapes and color harmonies of it and, later today, I’m probably going to doodle some of the people in it since I like how he he has his own sort of economy in rendering them.

Oh also, from top to bottom:

Oswald Achenbach, Eugen Bracht, Serov, Frank Brangwyn, Isaak Levitan, Homer, Frank Brangwyn x 2, and Alberto Pasini.

Three doodles from imagination, done over two days amid other fun stuff.

so i did a self portrait study of the Belvedere Torso, I was mainly focusing on separation of light and shadow along with edge control.

so i did a self portrait study of the Belvedere Torso, I was mainly focusing on separation of light and shadow along with edge control.

small doodle.

small doodle.

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:> I did this a week ago when I found out that Brandon Sanderson was doing a book signing around where I live, and since I owe him quite a bit for the inspiration I figured it was the least I could do in return. It doubled as bribery, too, since I had about 4 books to sign.
I started it the day before, since I’d only just found out about it, and thanks to a hurricane of coffee along with the lovely opinions of friends I managed to get it done on time and out to the printers.
Still fun stuff though. I have an idea for a finished, planned piece which will hopefully come later.

:> I did this a week ago when I found out that Brandon Sanderson was doing a book signing around where I live, and since I owe him quite a bit for the inspiration I figured it was the least I could do in return. It doubled as bribery, too, since I had about 4 books to sign.

I started it the day before, since I’d only just found out about it, and thanks to a hurricane of coffee along with the lovely opinions of friends I managed to get it done on time and out to the printers.

Still fun stuff though. I have an idea for a finished, planned piece which will hopefully come later.