Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Vampire's Glare (Updated)

 I recently had a chance to rework this painting.  I revised the face heavily, giving it much more depth, and detailing the features significantly.  Incorporated a lot of texture work as well to enrich the image as a whole.  Overall I'm quite pleased with this image.


This image was illustrated for Dusk: A Vampire's Tale (coming this Winter on Facebook). I wanted to do a different take on a Vampire, something a bit more exotique looking so I chose a golden theme for the image. The skin tones we're a lot of fun to work on as well, as they came out pretty much exactly how I envisioned them. I wanted to preserve the golden color theme, so I made sure not to keep the skin to light or desaturated, which I feel makes for a richer painting.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Jake Gyllenhaal Caricature

Caricature of actor Jake Gyllenhaal done for a contest.  I really enjoy doing caricature work, and haven't painted one in ages, so this was a lot of fun to tackle. I'm planning on doing plenty more caricatures in the future as well, would really like to expand my portfolio in that regard.  It also gives me a chance to show my sense of humor as well, which is always a plus.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Self Portrait

I recently had a chance to rework my Self Portrait, just to see how much I can improve it, and I'm quite pleased with the results.  Among the changes I made were better color harmony, stronger values, and more detail and definition in general.   The Master Copy Studies I've done definitely helped me out with this image, especially in regards to skin tones (learned a great deal from Bouguereau in that regard). 

Thursday, May 16, 2013


This is a Board Game cover art Illustration I recently completed.  The subject matter was a bit different than my usual work (I generally paint Fantasy), so this was a welcome challenge.  This image was ridiculously time consuming as well, but it was well worth it as I feel I obtained a rich, crisp feel to the painting to really help it bring it to life.  I also played up the cool/warm tones quite a bit to give it a more lively look as well as to obtain more contrast as a whole.  The buildings we're a lot of fun to work on as well, had a blast detailing them and adding various levels of destruction.  Overall I'm quite pleased with how the image turned out.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

This is a portrait I created for my mother who I love very much.  I wanted to do this portrait for a few years now, but haven't had the chance to until recently.  Luckily I think this actually benefited me, as I was able to achieve a quality with this image that wouldn't have been possible a couple of years ago.  My artistic side definitely comes from my mother as well, who is an artist herself, so it's only right that I show my appreciation for that talent by painting this portrait. Overall I'm very satisfied with the image, especially in regards to the color and use of light, and it came out pretty much how I envisioned it from the very beginning, which is always a plus in my book!  Happy Mother's Day to everyone as well!

Speedpaints and Studies

I had a very productive week and managed to do several studies.  I learned a ton with these, focusing more on drawing and painting faces and angles that I find a bit more challenging, as well as doing general anatomy studies.  I'm going to try to keep this going as I find doing these studies are quite beneficial for me, as I always learn a ton by doing them.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Portrait of Medusa. I really wanted to go all out on this one and give it 100%, playing up the details as much as possible.  I also put a lot of effort into the environment, trying to achieve as much of a rich and luxurious feel as possible.  The eyes were the most difficult element to paint, as I wanted them to really pop out and have a very unique feel;  I ended up repainting them several times before I was finally satisfied with the results.  Overall I'm quite pleased with this image, and I plan to Illustrate many more paintings with the theme of Greek Mythology, which appeals to me greatly.  The pose and design of the snake we're referenced as well.