I was excited to experiment with different subjects and media. I used a combination of gouache and digital techniques to do the paintings. I explained a lot of the process in my previous sneak peek blog post. I’m really pleased with the results!
This is a new painting I just finished. It is part of a series that I am currently working on. I wanted to try a painting experiment that merges both digital and traditional painting. It has been a big learning process, but fun too.
I really like to paint with gouache and do a lot of landscapes and sketches for fun. However, I’m more comfortable working digitally for more complex illustration work. So, I’m trying to merge the two processes together and create something painterly and colorful. The way I’ve decided to do this is to paint the backgrounds traditionally with gouache, just like my typical landscape paintings. Then, I adjust the painting and draw the characters on top with Photoshop.
Here’s some of the process…
This is the rough sketch and the color comp, drawn in Photoshop:
Then I painted the background with gouache:
And here’s the resulting scan of the background:
This is a work-in-progress shot with the characters drawn on top:
I think I have a lot more things to adjust to with this process, but I’m liking it so far. I have a few more paintings planned for this series of illustrations and am excited to share them with you when they’re done!
As a bit of fun, I decided to enter a contest over at We Love Fine to design a Star Trek t-shirt. You win the contest by getting lots of good ratings, so if you’re a Trek fan and want to see my art on some geeky t-shirts, head on over to welovefine.com and rate my designs! Rating is open from 8/20 to 9/17.
As you may or may not know (I personally didn’t, until this video), the gold ribbon represents childhood cancer, just as the more popular pink ribbon represents breast cancer. The goal of this campaign is to further promote the awareness of the gold ribbon and what it represents. More awareness = more attention, more research, and more funding which will help the many children fighting this awful disease. I am very much in favor of beating cancer to a pulp, especially where kids are involved.
So I am fighting my little fight by drawing this pirate. Who loves gold more than pirates? No one. Except maybe dragons. But I wanted to draw a pirate, so you get a pirate video today.
Please like, favorite, and share the video to help the Goin’ Gold cause. They’ve set up a whole YouTube channel of videos from a variety of sources. Check them all out if you have a moment!
I made these illustrations for a company called LDS Mobile Apps for an app called LDS Coloring Book. It is a digital coloring book for the iPad and iPhone. These images are part of an extra set that they are selling for Christmastime.
They Draw and Cook is a wonderful blog that features illustrated recipes by many different artists. Anyone is free to submit a recipe. These are a couple of my own illustrations that I submitted recently. It is tons of fun. Go over to the site and check out all of the other awesome artwork. Be careful though – it will make you hungry!
Update: Here are the links to the recipes on the They Draw and Cook site.
Here are a few images that were recently published in the Friend, a religious magazine for children. They were featured in the January and February issues. I also have illos coming up in April and May so if you happen to subscribe, look out for them!
I’m always happy to work for the Friend. They were my first paying client I ever had, and I’m always humbled and grateful that they keep coming back again and again.