War-walker breakdown… future painting reference..
And here is the quick thumbnail of the eventual painting…
It may come as no surprise, but the octopus is my favorite animal, and I specifically have a fondness for the blue ring octopus. It is one of the tattoos I have always wanted, on the top of my left foot, and one day I will get it! However I have been attempting to draw lots of sea creatures recently, kinda goes along with my recent return to dinosaurs, giant robots, and monsters.
I also have a few Cthulhu paintings I have in the wings, so practicing work on cephalopods is always a good idea!
I have been trying to figure out how to finish thegrav.com. I need planets, in two sizes, I know that much… after that I will need to sit back and think once again. This means I need to paint a few planets. So I set out to paint 6 planets in total. I figured this time around I would try to reach out with social media and poll some of the people that follow my art page, in order to pick which planets I was gonna use.
The six choices I have given my fan are: A Metal World, Ice World, Living World, Desert World, Volcanic World, and a Dead World. I however don’t get off easy, I still have to paint all 6 before I can really ask anyone to vote! So far I have finished three! Check em’ out!
Head on over to my Facebook Artist page! Throw me a Like, and vote for your favorite!
Sketching is the way I make sure I practice and get just a little bit better each day; at times however, like yesterday, I miss a day because I am working on a painting…
A few weeks ago I released a series of sketches I was planning to turn into paintings, all involving mice. I began with the wind mouse, mainly because this is the only painting in the set that has a tie to a season. Here is what I have so far.
As I have mentioned before the Devil really does plague the details in my work, so I have a bit more I feel I need to do in order to call this guy done… then I think it is time to move on to Fire!
A long time ago, in a childhood far far away…
I had a favorite dinosaur, Deinonychus. It was fast as a cheetah, about the size of well fed lion, and had a wicked razor sharp claw it would use to take down prey. Also based on some of the research into what they ate, some paleontologists had decided that they probably hunted in pairs or maybe even small packs.
Fast forward a dozen years and I read this book: “Jurassic Park”, and it featured my favorite childhood dino, but now he had a different name… Velociraptor. I was cool with this, loved the movies and read all the books. But then around 7th grade or so I started to do more research into what I wanted to be in life. Naturally “Space Marine” and “Alien Hunter” were two of my “if the world goes this way…” plans, but still at the top of the normal, well adjusted child, charts were “Paleontologist” and “Screenwriter”(who knew that this one would stick…).
So I set out to recapture my 4 year old vigor, and naturally turned to Deinonychus. I had to reconcile that he had been “declawed” for the sake of Hollywood. Imagine my surprise to discover that the Velociraptor was theorized to much more like a demonic hell chicken that scavenged off other dinos kills. Not only was the raptor smaller than in the books and films, but not really the ravenous “killer” type either.
I think at some point someone brought up the concept of “Utah Raptor” which was either the answer to the “deinonychus = velociraptor” rename or a Velociraptor on steroids that could take down a T-rex. Anyway long story short.. I shunned the name Velociraptor and re-embraced my childhood favorite.
Continuing the theme of “getting back to my roots”, and trying to keep up with the lofty goal of completing and then posting a sketch a day, here is attempt one at a Deinonychus, using only a few skeletons as reference.
I added the flare of head bumps/crests. I am not happy with the hind legs… but that’s the point of all this practice!
More work on dinosaurs. Another Tyrannosaurs study, close up on the head and a body silhouette.
Today’s Sketch a Day, is inspired by an article in ImagineFX about James Gurney’s Dinotopia.