So this beast has been like 8 months in the making and not because its crazy in detail Ive just been so damn busy and its also not quite done. It is the largest piece Ive ever done at 6'x3'. I took this pic after 2 of my talented buddies art show, Jaxon Nothon and Ahren Hertel. Its of some friends of mine left to right, Ryan Sanders, Tony Benna, Ryan Gold, Bryan Lashelle and Jaxon Northon. I love dark room images and really wanted do something where the light was subtle and only barely raking the figures. Anywho enjoy.
Ive been plying with the iPad the last few months using a few programs and a Jot Touch stylus. I have come away with the feeling that Procreate is just head and shoulders above ther rest its just a fasntastic app. Here are some paintings that I have done using the setip of iPad, Jot Touch and Procreate. These were done for a daily painting group where you get 30 minutes to bust these out on sepcific topics.
So I recently joined a facebook group called 30 min daily spitpaint. The concept is they post a few brief titles and you are to illustrate what ever they inspire but keep it strictly to 30 minutes of work. There is some truley inspired work going on in 30 minutes and im daily impressed. Here are a few og my pieces. These are all digital and created in 30 minutes. I did most on my iMac but a couple I did on the iPad using procreate and a stylus.
Heres new digitla painting inspired by living in nothern California. The caost drives are some of my favorite. I love the huge granite rocks the seem to just birth themselves from the rolling hills. This was also a subject on this months Travisty's Beard blog.
Heres a little piece I did last night for the dreamworks artsit's blog Travisty's Beard. I know I dont work there anymore but since the damn thing is named in honor of my face folicles they make an exception for me.
Ive been having fun with these quick-ish digital sketch type paintings. I think Eyvind Earle has been playing through my mind with a lot of them. Its interesting being a digital and traditional painter combined with backgrounds in fine art and illustration. Theres a interesting balance between design and layout then application for each. Anyway its fun to play.
Heres some of my traditional media sketches. These are all from my latest moleskin and have been drawn of the past year or so. I use tons of different pens but some include brush pens, ball points and sharpies.
Heres a couple sketches Ive done the last couple days. The first was inspired by watching and listening to the Lord of the Rings. This was just a sketch from a idea composition I had and in then turned into rivendale just like that.
The second is inspired by the country around where my mom lives up in northern CA in the redding, chico area. There are some beautiful landscapes up there.
Both are digital photoshop paintings. 1st about 3 hours the 2nd about 2.
So heres a new painting I started a couple months ago from just throwing some random paint down. It's funny how you can start something and let it sit for so long then bust it out when you have to. So this sat at my easel until I got a little inspiration.
Heres a little digital piece I did today. I went out with a couple friends on the solstice a couple weeks ago and we had a nice jaunt about Golden Gate Park. It was a gorgeous day and I painted a lot of pictures in my head but this spot and time of day and glow stayed with me. If you know GGPark you probably know this spot.
So another post and so quickly. What can I say Im finally making moves again. This is another live painting from one of my art collectives fundraisers, this one called Big Bottom. I used to do this more but it trailed off over the last couple years but it looks like I could start doing it again monthly, which I might just do. This one was done at Double Dutch at bar(slash)nightclub in the mission district of SF. This took about 4 hours with a few touch ups at home. This is acrylic on gessoboard 9"x18". I love these things, if you havnt used them I suggest it highly. Im using the Ampersand brand and the the pro's are amazing, quick drying action, amazing texture build up, silky smooth paint application, I could go on. Try them! Enjoy
Not sure how many of you check here that often but its been a little while since my last post. But I have a few new things to add. First off go check out my new online portfolio. This is my "professional website" stuff so its a mix of some stuff youve seen on here plus a bunch of new work from Dreamworks and from my own personal stuff. Take a look. Thanks.
So some buddies of mine own a bar in Reno called the Lincoln Lounge, you can check it here http://www.thelincolnlounge.com/ swing by if you're ever in Reno. There is a pretty good brood of artists who know these guys and they have several Lincoln painting throughout. I am honored to now have this piece hanging in the joint (soon).
So my cousin courtney who I haven't seen in probably 15 years posted this pic on face book that I loved so Im surprising her with this little painting soon. This is acrylic on a masonite backed wood frame. 12"x16" I kind of like the way this one turned out.
Heres a new one. Tis is a painting of my buddy and fellow slapper of paint Jaxon Northon. Check out his sweet work here Jax. This is just the start, I think but its been a 5 hour painting to point. We shall see where it goes.
Heres a new piece I recently completed. This is a 48"x30" acrylic painting done in roughly 35 hours. This was a complicated piece for me having never attempted such a large acrylic painting with such huge gradients, namely the sky. I had to use a water sprayer for the first time and the cheap one I picked up from the local hardware store made it a bit more of a challenge. This is loosely based on a previous cityscape I did, which you can check out earlier in this blog. Im happy with the final piece. Enjoy.