Fantasy Art

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Desert Scene 4

So now we go ahead and splatter and sponge the panel pretty much the same way we did Here.
The reason I did this backwards was simply because I hadn't made the decision to do the splattering at all until this point.  There's going to be a lot of rocks and other landscape features and I thought it would be a quick and easy way to get the look and feel of stone.
In the photograph you can barely see my drawing anymore, but in person it was a little more clear.

Just about to begin painting a subject that I don't have lots of experience with so I taped a bunch of magazine pages with desert photos and paintings to my board.  We're not by any means copying a picture, just getting the idea of color choices, shading etc.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Desert Scene 3

With a splash of Brown, Red and Orange paints I take a wet rag and mop the colors around being careful not to scrub out the drawing.  Some artists hate that the charcoal mixes with the paint at this stage, but I like it, it contributes to the tone of the under-painting.

Now that the entire surface is covered in color I'm free to make lose expressive brushstrokes without fear that I'll "miss a spot" and there will be little white spaces showing through.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Desert Scene 2

This is about a 3' X 6" board salvaged from the college theater department.  They'd made a bunch of backdrop pieces that they then cut up and threw in the dumpster.  As you readily see this time I'm doing it backwards from my usual method.  This time I'm sketching my  design on the board first and then I'll do the faux finish on top of that.  The danger of course is that your drawing could completely disappear and you'll have to do it over.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Desert Scene

There's been some delay in finishing my set of monster paintings that I showed you earlier.  So rather than suspend the blog until they're done I thought we'd go back to the"Maux Faux" series.

A friend of mine had just moved into a big house and wanted a big desert scene painting with bright colors.  He sent me a couple very different looking examples that he'd found on the web just to get a range of ideas and styles.  So I painted this on a small sheet of cardboard to make sure we were both thinking on the same track.  Sometimes you can think you know what a client wants and you're way off, but this time he loved it and gave the go ahead.
18" X 24" house-paint on cardboard.

Friday, November 3, 2017

How to Paint a Werewolf

I'm not currently on any sort of timeline or schedule.  I'm not working for anyone, don't have any assignments or deadlines which means I get a lot more work done.  For many people it would have the opposite effect, they get serious about production when the pressure is on.  For some reason I've turned into a guy who pushes back against pressure.  I work at my greatest efficiency when there's nothing to do.
So as Halloween was approaching I was struck by the mood to do some more classic movie monster art like those in the previous post.  This idea occurred far to late to capitalize on the season.  I couldn't finish them and sell them for Halloween, but I didn't care because that really isn't the idea.  Halloween simply put me in the mood.
So the project I'm working on currently (There's more faux finish stories to tell later) is my "How to Paint a Werewolf" video series which I'm showing on Facebook Live.
Here's Video #1
Here's Video #2
Bear in mind that these are currently terrible videos because I have no equipment or skills in that area, but I'm learning fairly quickly.

Here are a few sketches in charcoal on some old boards which were pre-painted with house-paint.

Next make a sloppy mess with brown house-paint over the whole drawing.

Before that gets much of a chance to dry wipe it off with a paper towel.

Now paint the background black including the edges of the wood. 

I use a lot of black on these to give the effect of the creature emerging out of the darkness, so most of him wants to be in total shadow. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

In honor of Halloween I thought I'd share some monster art I did last year or the year before...or 3 years ago?  It's all a blur.
Acrylics on recycled wooden planks.  All sold.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Steampunk Octopus part 8

Somewhere in between the previous two sketches and the previous three paintings was Phoenix Comic Con.  While we were there I had my big sketchpad and a wonderful lady named Dee Astell asked me to draw a picture of an octopus and a penguin wearing fez's and having a beer.  Dee and her husband Hal Astell are very active, hard working, selfless contributors to the local science fiction and fantasy scene so I was happy to make this for them.  I think they intended to pay me for it, but there's no way I could let them do that.

Here's me talking to Hal at the end of Comic Con.  I don't know if I was saying something amusing, but I look amusing saying it.  That's Paul Tanton in the back and my wife Stellar to the right.

Years ago I painted in-house advertising for the grocery store business.  We called it POS which stands for Point of Sale, except when it stood for the other thing.  I started as a sign painter for Albertson's but soon became the go to guy for point of sale advertising art for all the grocery chains in the Southwest division which was mostly Arizona and adjacent parts of New Mexico, California and Nevada.  It was an odd sort of business, but it was kind of fun.
Every year in March I painted hundreds of penguins for National Frozen Food Month.  They had an annual awards ceremony where they awarded the Golden Penguin Awards for the best Frozen food displays.  My artwork was in more winning displays than anyone else in history. 
Sound silly?  It was.  It was also a very big deal.  The grocery store business could buy Hollywood and the global gaming market out of petty cash.  Multi-million dollar agreements happened largely on the strength of a company's commitment to projects like these displays.   I got paid diddly, but it was fun.

Anyways I told you all of that to tell you this: Painting penguins has been a major element of my life, painting octopuses has also been a major element of my life, and painting signs on windows, particularly pizza shop windows, has been a major element of my life.  So I decided to put them all together in one painting of a penguin and an octopus having pizza inside a shop with one of my signs painted on the window. 
The painting was done on an old white-board.  I sanded it down to the raw Masonite, primered it and painted the frame and background black.  The rest of it was very much like painting a window splash.

"The Best Things In Life"
36" X 24"
Oil paint on board