Friday, October 17, 2008

Batman Illustration 2

A second version of the previous post, this time created by painting oil washes over a fixed acrylic/gouache base.

Thursday, October 9, 2008


I've always dreamed of being hired to do a Batman cover so I decided I would give myself that assignment as I continue my experiments with gouache/acrylic.

Here is what I came up with. It is painted with gouache/acrylic in grayscale and then colored in Photoshop. I am also going to finish it in color traditionally but wanted to scan it in and do a quick color overlay in case I destroy it as I add colors. I'll post that as well when I am done.

The grayscale painting...

And the build up... starting with a thumbnail, then a tighter sketch after taking some photo reference, and then a value and color study.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Web Site Illustrations 3

This is the third collage in a current project I am working on. The illustrations will be used as backgrounds on a web site that is scheduled to launch on November 1st-- I will post a link once everything is set to go.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Painting again...

Click on the images for a larger view.

I have been really busy with a few digital illustration projects lately (which is great) but have been able to follow through on a personal commitment to continue my painting/traditional media education that began at the Illustration Academy this summer by working on personal paintings at nights and on weekends. I think this one is finally finished-- but I always question whether there is more to do. Mainly, I think I get to a point where I can't think of anything to do that will make much of an impact-- aside from completely starting over.

I am still wrestling and struggling with the best way to work with acrylic and gouache and at times it can be very frustrating. Having not worked with much traditional media before this summer I know that I still have a ton of learning ahead of me in order to get where I want to be. But finishing a painting is by far the most rewarding feeling I have experienced in making art-- and I am very excited and determined to continue down this path.

I read this quote in "Artist to Artist" and it made me think of how I was feeling while working on this painting. I'm guessing that other artists can relate...

"Finishing a painting demands a heart of steel: everything requires a decision, and I find difficulties where I least expect them... It is at such moments that one fully realizes one's own weaknesses." -Eugene Delacroix