Wednesday, April 11, 2018

I posted a making of series a while ago, where I show the process of making an illustration of an ent from Lord of the Rings. Here's part 1, which concerns the roll that illustrations play and my struggles to figure out how to illustrate an ent as described in the original text by J. R. Tolkein .In part 2, I show the actual process of designing a complicated image which includes elvish text. This is part 3, where you can see some of the stages of painting the final result.

First off, I projected the final sketch onto a very thick very expensive sheet of watercolor paper. Here are a few photos of outlines being sketched.

And this is the result. I drew these lines lightly (hopefull...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

One foot is the universe above, the other foot is the universe below. It's hard to get a good sense of artwork on a three dimensional surface.

I know tattoo artists who have this problem. They end up having to take several photos from slightly different angles. I however, have a turn table. Unfortunately I had to limit the spectrum of colors to keep the file size down.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

We're used to seeing him in the wheelchair. Here's the professor on his wedding day. True, they divorced later, but it makes a good photo that captures that moment in time. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

It's possible that I'm working on a new project. I can neither confirm, nor deny it, not that anyone's asked, and why would they since I haven't mentioned it to anybody. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Here's a painting I did a few years ago for Coffee Bandits, a coffee shop in Merced, California.

This mural chronicles a heist. Once upon a time, the only coffee bush in Europe lived in Louis XIV’s garden. Gabriel Mathieu d'Erchigny de Clieu sneaked into the Palace of Versailles, and stole this coffee bush.

After a harrowing journey across the Atlantic, Gabriel landed in the Caribbean and introduced coffee to The New World. This mural depicts the theft of the coffee beans by bandits, including Bonny and Clyde, Billy the Kid, John Dillinger, and Pancho Villa.

Friday, February 16, 2018

I didn’t plan on getting into detail about the next step in my Ent Art, but I’ve received some encouraging feedback from a few people, so I figure more than one person besides me might find some value in this. This is a sequel to my original post about how I figured out how I wanted to interpret Tolkien's description of Treebeard. This is a post about designing the way the ent and hobbits and text fit into the overall image. I intend to make this look like an illuminated manuscript. 

First off: Research

I googled “Illuminated Manuscript” and got some ideas. The results are beautiful. You see a gallery of medieval pages out of medieval books, all hand lettered and bedazzled with p...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Here’s my recent quadruple portrait of a friend of mine and his family. I made the frame out of cherry wood with the help of my dad Karl over the holiday break. I hadn’t done oil paintings in a couple of years and it’s been gratifying to get back into the flow of oil paint. It had been so long that I’d forgotten how different it is from acrylic, not only in the obvious difference in drying time, but in the way that certain oil colors will blend with others. I learned and relearned a lot making these portraits. Thanks to the Newby Family for being my subjects!

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