A blog about Gilead's fantasy art. Exploring the secret fantasy world that may or may not all be inside the artist's head. Gilead shares his ideas and inspirations from the life drawing sketch all the way to the final painting. Step by steps, techniques and thoughts about models materials, pricing illustration, sign painting commercial art, galleries or just you know...life.
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Thursday, July 28, 2016
If you look at the art of Roy Krenkel, Frank Frazetta, and other science fiction and fantasy illustrators of the 1970s you'll see lots of wild and impractical looking metal headdresses. One evening I decided to design one of my own, and this is the sketch that I came up with.
I have a latent interest in metallurgy and jewelry design. I took some jewelrysmithing, blacksmithing and welding classes long ago and got to make a few pieces of jewelry, some wrought iron, a coat of chainmail and a few crude swords and other medieval weapons.
So in keeping with the sign-inspired art phase I was going through I created this framed-in piece with spirally hair and whatnot. It's kind of like classic fantasy illustration run through a sign painter's filter to create a piece of abstract art.
Like always she is painted it on a recycled board from the sign shop.
14 inches X 48 inches, Oil paint on wooden panel