Fantasy Art

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Maux Faux 2

This is nothing more than a transparent wash of dark on the shaded side and a wash of white on the lighted side. But because of the base texture you get the illusion of depth.  90% of the work was done with the random splattering of paint that we did in this post

 Same thing here.  Let the colors and textures of your base painting show through most of the work. People will be very impressed with the exquisite detail you put into these skulls when it's actually just a thin wash of paint.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Maux Faux

Did you think we were done?  Did you think there was no mo faux to go?  Oh no there's maux faux than you know.
Here's two more panels with a similar concept to the last one we did and a third one going a little bit of a different direction.  Again sketching with vine charcoal which is easily erased.

And again with the dark gray washes of paint and thin white washes on the highlights much of the painting is easily established in just a few minutes.
See This Post for more about this technique.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Paint along with Gilead Step 16

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Goblins and Goblets...
That's it.
What'd ya think?

The Messenger
Acrylic on wood panel 12 inches by 7 feet by 2 inches. Sold.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Paint along with Gilead Step 15

The trick to painting white things is to make sure that almost none of it is white.  All the shaded areas should be a grayish blue...or is it a blueish gray?  The lighted areas are presumably lit by candlelight so they should be a pale yellowish gray.  Then you place some strategic spots of pure white to make the foremost objects pop forward
Here’s the difference between murals and other kinds of art. Most artists would paint a picture of an owl, hang it on the wall, people look across the room and say “Oh what a nice picture of an owl” and that’s the desired effect. 
A muralist wants people to look across the room and say “Holy crap there’s a freakin’ owl in here!” Even when you don’t actually fool people you still want to create the feeling of actually being transported to another place.   Like when you're in a restaurant with a beach scene on the wall, you know you’re still in Mesa Arizona, but it gives you a little sense of escape. So I’m hoping these paintings give people a little taste of that. Not just a picture of a thing, but an illusion of the thing actually being there in the room with them.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Paint along with Gilead Step 14

One of the touted advantages of acrylic paint is that if you make a mistake you can just cover it in white and repaint it. This is true if you are using an opaque method of painting, but we’re using a transparent method. So you want to stay very carefully within your drawing until you are close to the finish then you will switch to more opaque colors for the final touches.
I actually sketched this owl in considerably smaller than I thought he should be to allow myself room to paint him a little larger.  If I'd gotten him to large sure I could paint him out, but then all of the stone texture and everything is painted out as well and that would be hard to recreate at this stage.
The edges of the board are about 2 inches thick so I had to incorporate them into the design.

The dark night sky out the window was very easy to do glazing over the grimy blackish brown that was already there.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Paint along with Gilead Step 13

I’m going for the look of a bookshelf in Hogwarts or somewhere like that. Not a picture or an illustration of a bookshelf, but rather a mural, the illusion that there is actually a bookshelf over there on that wall.
This is part of an idea I had many years ago.
You see I used to do a lot of murals in people's home which always felt awkward both for me and the client.  Sometimes I'd be spending the entire day in some teenage girl's bedroom.  She wouldn't be there at the time of course, but after a while she or her parents would begin to feel uncomfortable having me there and start wanting to rush me along.  In short, I didn't like it much.  Public murals and restaurants were a much more relaxed work environment which might sound counter-intuitive.

So I came up with the concept of "Murals To Go".   Rather than work in people’s houses I could just create pieces that they could take and nail to wall themselves. I get to work at home and they don’t have to deal with a stranger in their house.
It's a great idea, it's brilliant!   ...I never did it, and more or less feel that the moment has passed.

This project we're doing here is sort of a compromise with that concept. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Paint along with Gilead Step 12

Notice that the books look like books and the glassware looks like glass even though they were done with the same painting techniques the same paints, colors and brushes.  Sometimes people expect and even seem to hope for a special material or formula for painting certain things.  They want to buy metallic paints for all the metals and glass paint for all the glass and flesh-tone for all the skin.    Fortunately it doesn't work like that.  I say "fortunately" because you can use the paint you have to paint anything at all.  It's more about drawing things correctly so they look like the object depicted and then good use of light and dark.  Get those two things down and you could do this whole painting in purple and blue and it would still be convincing.

Metallics and all of that are gimmicks and gimmicks are extremely limited.  It's not that I never use them, some people say that my use of recycled material is a gimmick and that may be true, but I've accepted the limitations of what I'm doing.  The odd size means this will never work as a book cover.  Metallics and pearlescents and flourescents look amazing in person but they print as a flat color so if you're selling prints or to a publisher it won't work well.