I am continuing my latest digital painting project and I went ahead and focused on the background (sky). I decided to create a few of my own brushes for this and play with some of the features of the brush preset to try my best in making clouds in the background.

I wanted to make the sky in this piece just as important as the actual face, I want it to be colorful but also credible. Just remember all that the sky isn’t always blue and clouds are not white, they are yellow, grey, pink, blue anything and everything else but not pure white.

Here is what I have come up with, let me know your thoughts and what you all think.

Hello again – I hope everyone is doing well. I know I have been lacking in updates lately but it is for a good reason. I swear! Instead of having a lot of doodles and scribbles – which I know people love – I am trying to expand my illustration portfolio with some digital artwork. I am currently working on another digital painting piece but this time I am going to work a little more with textures and brushes.

I received some good advice from some people on Forrst, an online community of designers and developers to share ideas and help each other and ask for advice, I recently posted my previous digital painting of January Jones after I touched it up to get some feedback. I am taking the advice and expanding my techniques.

I am working on my next piece called “Sleeping Beauty”. Here are the first few steps as I just started this today. Enjoy and comments are welcome!

Always start with a sketch to get down the composition of the piece – I am working on a 5×7 canvas for this piece (reason to my madness-will explain later):

Once I get the sketch or rough down, I proceed to do a rough grayscale of shadow and tone. On this next step I went a little ahead of myself and started to add color. I am sure I will end up going backwards later to fix the tone of the hair

Now that I blocked out some shadow and tone I go ahead and block out the colors for the skin tone.

This is what I have done so far. I will have more as I progress through this piece. I am excited to see where it takes me, I am kind of going with the flow on this – I do have some thoughts on textures but I want to see where the brush takes me.

Talk to everyone soon!

It has been a while since I have posted anything. I have been writing more than I have been drawing. I recently picked up a few magazines and am getting excited to get back into doing some digital painting again. I pulled up a piece I worked on a few months ago of January Jones and decided to touch it up so that it looks less blurry and a little more crisp. Here is the results:

Here is the new image made crisper:

Here is the original piece and the step-by-step process:

I have been writing a lot lately (instead of sketching), bringing back my original children’s book world and really focusing on the smaller shorter stories I wanted to do. The tales of Gaveldor, which are a series of books that are shorter and delve deeper into the world of Gaveldor on a more personal level rather than a grand scale, more about the people and the places in the world.

For those of you that do not know about Gaveldor here is a little taste of the world:

What is Gaveldor?

Gaveldor (gavel-door) is a fictitious fantasy world, intitially created and concieved by me to serve as his home for all his children book settings.

What I am doing is setting the stage for kids and adults to enjoy a fantasy world that can become timeless.

Gaveldor is a place of wonder and utter goodness, a land of magic, mystery and faeries of all kind. This is the land of Gaveldor, a world of heart-stopping beauty and rich history.

Tonight I continue my speed painting technique. Playing with color, I worked a little on adding color last night after my last post and tonight I got the portrait to where I feel happy with the results.

Step Three: Here is my first attempt of taking the color and overlaying it on top of the shading where I left off yesterday.

After stepping back I realized it looked to dark for my taste, but this was my initial attempt. I was not too fond with the skin tone color, so I adjusted the Curves and added a few other layers of color to help bring out some of the highlights.

Now she started to look like a vampire. The tones were a still a little blotchy for me, but I was getting used to the fact that she won’t be perfect until later. So I had to free myself of trying to perfect this stage of the process and let loose.

I started to really get into it at this point and really bring the flesh to life. You can see more of the details in the face below. The eyes took me a while. I was having trouble getting them proportionately right and trying not to make one larger than the other and not overdoing it with the shading around them. I didn’t want her to look like she had two black eyes or a raccoon mask.

Here is the final result, so far, after countless touch ups and playing with skin tone and highlights.

I learned a lof from this technique and I am excited to work on another project and hope to really refine this new skill set. If anyone has any requests for my next project feel free to comment. Enjoy and happy drawing!

I started really getting into concept art and while researching I kept hearing artist talk about a technique called Speed Painting. So I dug a little deeper and this technique interested me so I figured I try it out. I do not want to say I am an expert at the technique and what I am about to show you is not quick. I am still getting used to the idea and will continue to post progress on the piece below.

I wandered the web to find a model and who better than January Jones.

Step One: I setup my canvas and had the image next to it and I started to outline the image as if I was doing a figure drawing class. Believe it or not this I felt was the hardest part as I tried to make sure I blocked out the image properly and proportionately.

Step Two: As soon as I finished outlining January Jones I started adding depth to the outline through shading. Lines can only give you so much depth and shading can help pop the image off the page.

That is how far I got tonight. I plan to continue with this new technique and try to refine it. It is certainly helping me get more comfortable with the tablet and I am getting more comfortable with the quick keys on the pen and the keyboard again. Just need to really get my brushes in Photoshop more customized to the work I want to be doing.

Please visit again to see more progress throughout the week. Enjoy and talk to everyone soon, as always comments are welcome!

To help get used to the tablet and doing digital art I started an exercise this morning that I am calling speed doodling. Take 5-10 minutes and just take a concept and doodle with different pen tools and work with Sketchbook Pro.

Dusted off the tablet, it has been a long time. Started to play with the tablet again, was inspired the other day and figured I finally lock myself in my room and try to come up with a new project to keep me from losing skill in drawing and doodling. Here is a start, playing around with some marker techniques in Sketchbook Pro. Self Portrait….not a fan of doing them but had no ideas. If you would like to see me doodle or sketch something please comment and maybe something will help spark some creativity back into my tablet. Talk to everyone soon!