Saturday, April 28, 2012

Orc Cook

Orc Cook
Hey everybody! I know I don't really do monsters as of late, but I've been a fan of D&D since I was 9 years old (25 years ^_^), and my friend Caanan White told me about an art test they are promoting right now. Of course I went to work and submitted to them this piece. I like painting the more off-beat things like a cook versus a shaman, but I could do both. I just like doing what is different, or what isn't commonly seen. It helps to stand you out of a crowd I think.
So anyway using photoshopCS2, I started again in gray values and added some color to see where it was going value-wise (which I think works best) and then made the changes until it seemed to be in a 3D space. I continued to play with colors until I thought it was balanced and led the eye around well. Of course I went in and added bits of detail last to help it pop.
If I could change anything it would be the fire place. I see the fire and lighting isn't as accurate as it should be, and let me tell you to practice painting fire around coals, wood, rocks, etc. I know I need more practice. It is difficult to make it believable.

I hope you all enjoy, Cheers!

Also, here's a link to Caanan's mighty pencils and paintings too!

Keep painting as much as the day allows!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Castlevania -Symphony of the Night

Richter Belmont
Hey everybody! I did a painting of Castlevania's Symphony of the Night for a friend Marek Wittner, aka Excelsior EX, who is working for Konami composing music. The layout was pretty much already decided by Marek, so I mocked up a painting using Photoshop through his verbal direction, actually IM via FaceBook. He was very happy with what I wanted to do and I started finishing the paints. I did it all in shades of gray first like usual and then added color using a 'color' mode layer. Of course that way can be tricky, so I created another layer under the color and began adding more shades of gray darkening and lightening as needed. The moon had to have a specific look for me so I added a Hard Mix layer over it to get that harvest moon spookiness. Once done I tweeked the details and added an overall color filter to create a limited color palette feel. I'm very happy with it. I definitely feel as though my paints are loosening up and are becoming more confident. Enjoy and Cheers!
Btw, I just bought Corel's Painter 12 which should help me push my painterly direction I'm trying to pursue.