Happy Birthday Papa Gnome

Happy Birthday Papa Gnome

Birthday present for my dad. We all recently went away to Totnes in Devon and had a great time walking over the hills and visited the amazing Wistman’s Woods. But the best part was when we visited Pixie Land, a tiny little cafe / gnome garden where they had a box of gnome hats and waist coats for visitors. So obviously we spent the next half an hour taking pictures and making videos of ourselves dressed up as gnomes.

(Hover over the video to click the sound on)

Lilian’s tavels – Passer by

Quick painting from reference I did this morning. My girlfriend and I recently went down to Totnes in Devon with my family where I took a heck load of photos for references, so today I finally used one. I’m going to do some more but next time I’m going to use the photo as a loose ref and do something a bit more fantastical.Lilian - Passer by
Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 13.10.42

Deathly Abduction

I’ve recently gotten into some of the old grandfathers of science fiction and fantasy art, specifically Frank Frazetta and Richard Corben. I never really got Frazetta or any of the other stuff like it, I always just saw it as old art from the seventies. But now I realise why Frazetta is always spoken to highly of, even today. I finally get it. His work is amazing. His composition, his anatomy, his creature design, his loseness and energy. So from my new found love of old school fantasy and sci fi art I’ve done a quick painting studying one of Frazetta’s pieces, using a similar composition and colour pallet.

What really motivated me to start looking at this type of stuff was Ash Thorps ‘The Collective Podcast’ during the Brad Rigney episode (both of which are also seriously amazing artists, so check them the flip out). Thorp and Rigney talk a lot about Frazette and Corben and Heavy Metal magazine, which got me super inspired and interested in that era of science fiction and fantasy. So yeah.
Next up Richard Corben.

Kidnapping

FREE Flyer pack

Going through my hard drive and organising the mess that is my unfinished work. Lots and lots and lots of it. I’ve piled it all into one daunting folder on my desktop now.
But it seems, for me any way, that the longer you put off a painting the more difficult it becomes to finish it. Especially when its on your desktop, every day. Staring at you. Mocking you. Pointing at you and calling you names, and getting all the other cool PSD’s to join in and throw things at you.

Any way.

This was for a flyer pack for a night in Bristol last year. It didn’t get used in the end, but I liked it a lot, so here it is!

DONT PANIC FREE Front RGB copy

Fantasy Warrior Lady

Decided to a character concept from a reference photo for practice. Searched through DeviantArt for a stock / ref photo and found the pose I wanted. Originally this was going to be 2D comic art style, but I decided to flesh it out into a full painting in the end. I got the stock photo from here, lots of good poses and props.

I painted this using things I learnt both from Dan Luvisi and Charlie Bowater‘s tutorials. Bowater’s is on Skillshare (which everyone should check out) and Luvisi recently released his tutorial on Gumroad. Luvisi’s tutorial is extremely inspiring as he goes into depth about bringing his own IP to life (Last Man Standing), creating his book, working on rubbish job’s and getting a movie made out of his own characters and story. Seriously worth a watch, or just a listen. Never stop learning!

I might give this piece a background at some point, give it a bit of story maybe. Maybe…
I’ve included some process steps and details below too.

Ta ta.

Warrior-LadyWarrior Lady sword detailWarrior Lady hooded detailWarrior Lady hand detailWarrior Lady face detailScreen Shot 2014-09-09 at 12.50.30Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 17.20.12Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 17.20.24Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 17.58.48Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 12.49.56

Ghost Hunters – Ivy

Ghost Hunters - Ivy WEBThis is the second piece from a series of four paintings that I’m doing for my portfolio. After seeing some of my Lilian stuff a client that my agent was in talks with asked if I could give them some more examples of teenage girls and dark themes. I sent off an image of three girls and my agent suggested one piece each for the characters on their own and then one of all three characters interacting. So I came up with the idea that the three friends go out hunting ghosts in old haunted houses and abandoned places.

I’ve also included the process steps. I used techniques that I learnt from Charlie Bowater’s tutorial on Skillshare which was fantastic and I thoroughly recommend. Also if you’re not already signed up to Skillshare get on that too, seriously good stuff.

This is Ivy, she takes photos of the ghost and other supernatural occurrences that they may find. Ivy’s got much more attitude than Sam and is a bit more alternative and quirky.

More pieces from this idea to come in the future.

Teen Girl silhouetteTeen Girl silhouettes 2Teen Girls - Ghost hunters

Ghost Hunters – Sam

Ghost Hunters - Sam WEBThis is a piece from a series of four paintings that I’m doing for my portfolio. After seeing some of my Lilian stuff a client that my agent was in talks with asked if I could give them some more examples of teenage girls and dark themes. I sent off an image of three girls and my agent suggested one piece each for the characters on their own and then one of all three characters interacting. So I came up with the idea that the three friends go out hunting ghosts in old haunted houses and abandoned places.

I’ve also included the process steps. I used techniques that I learnt from Charlie Bowater’s tutorial on Skillshare which was fantastic and I thoroughly recommend. Also if you’re not already signed up to Skillshare get on that too, seriously good stuff.

This is the first one I did for the character I called Sam, she’s the leader of the gang.

More pieces from this idea to come in the future.


Teen Girl silhouette
Teen Girl silhouettes 2Teen Girls - Ghost hunters

Shortcuts illustration for COSMOS Magazine

This is a recent commission for COSMOS magazine who I previously did a commission for earlier in the year. They need an another illustration for their short story section of the magazine. This time the story was Shortcuts by Brian Trent. The story involves wormholes that people use to travel all over the world instantly. Here we’re looking through the eyes of the protagonist as someone comes barging out of the wormhole gate towards her.

I’ve included my thumbnails and draft sketches too just to show my process. I send a few different angles to the client so that they can choose then go to work on that.

I’ve also included a the layers separated that COSMOS like to use dotted throughout the pages of the story. I decided to illustrate the rest of the protagonist too. Thought that might work nicely as a whole image.

Cheers!

 

ShortcutsShortcuts detail 1Shortcut thumbnailsShortcuts thumbnail 01 Shortcuts thumbnail 02 Shortcuts thumbnail 03Shortcuts layers