Bananas (done for real this time)

The background was bugging me, so I added a plate and redid it. So much better now, and the plate was a lot of fun to try to capture with limited time and brush strokes. ~30 mins for new plate and background. I left the naners themselves largely untouched. Work in progress steps: Bananas (wips […]

Flashlight, clothespins, shark still life (wips and done)

And another one! April has been a great month for digital still life paintings. This one is pretty heavy on the red stuff, but that’s okay -I always love working with a limited palette. I think the big clothespin up front is my favorite. The shark is a rubber toy (alas, it does not squeak, but […]

Someday you’ll see (wips + done)

… that I am such a fragile thing. (Which is a reference to the SD6 song “Everywhere”, which is awesome yet completely un-Googlable/un-YouTubeable for some reason.) This one started as a sketch that probably wouldn’t have made it to completion it if weren’t for a soft spot in my heart for these two and their […]

Chompy still life #1 (spotlight to the left)

Chompy is a plastic skull I like to bust out around Halloween and put back into storage sometime around March. Chompy makes for a good still life subject! Since January’s still life series was so awesome, I’ve started a new one. This is #1 in the series. Photoshop CS, 3 hours or so

Dice, spool, ornament still life – red and green lamps (#5)

Here’s #5 in my still life lighting series. Painting from life into Photoshop has proven a reliably interesting use of my time, so I think I’ll continue this series for at least a few more iterations. In this version there’s a lamp with a red lightbulb (and a red shade!) positioned to the left of […]

Dice, spool, ornament still life – CFL spotlight to the left (#4)

#4 in my first lighting practice series was lit using an ordinary CFL bulb (“soft white”, to be specific) in a desk lamp pointed straight at the scene from the left. I also continue to correct composition and perspective issues with each successive piece. So far my method has been to use the previous painting as a […]

Even the stars look brighter tonight (wips + done)

Nothing’s impossible. (this version by Kato Kino feat. Ayria is my favorite). Sketch: First color pass under sketch: Merge sketch into colors and paint on top of sketch on a single layer: Render render render render: Change his shirt to brown so they don’t look like they’re dressed in the same outfit lol: Complete: Airika: […]

Dice, spool, ornament still life – winter daylight (#1)

I’m 99.9% sure that I have never painted in Photoshop from life before. And I know for a fact I’ve never done a color piece from life before. That 31 year streak ends today! Photoshop CS 2 hours (first hour on a greyscale version, then another hour for a color version with improvements to perspective and […]

The first lesson in “how not to die” (wips + done)

Airika gets her first lesson in how to stick the pointy end into enemies. She soon discovers there is an important difference between watching sword fights in movies and actually swinging your own sword. But that’s okay, Vince has nothing better to do but show her some of the basics. They meet at dawn for practice. They become […]