Friday, July 31, 2009

Speedpaint 18 and 19 - Sea Lion and Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret found wandering around at Sea World.

Photoshop CS3, 35 minutes.
Soundtrack: FINAL FANTASY SONG BOOK mahoroba

California Sea Lion at NY Central Park Zoo.

Photoshop CS3, 35 minutes.
Soundtrack: Seiken Densetsu 2 OST (sorry about the constant clicking noise - livestream kept refreshing a banner for some reason)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Speedpaint 16 and 17 - Monkey and 4th of July

This is a Snow monkey aka Japanese Macaque from the Central Park Zoo in NYC.

Photoshop CS3, 46 minutes.
Soundtrack: Donkey Kong Country 1 OST

This speed paint is incomplete. The scene I was working on was filled with wall-to-wall people (it was taken at Crane's Roost this year on the Fourth of July). My meticulous approach to the human figures, and all the color variation in clothing slowed me down immensely. After an hour, I still had a great deal of the scene left to do, and I had lots of work to do that day, so I called it quits.

Photoshop CS3, 53 minutes.
Soundtrack: Chrono Cross OST

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Treasure - Complete

Pencil + b/w shading in Photoshop CS3.

Recognize a couple background objects from my recent Still Life speedpaint? :)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Speedpaint 15 - Tiki

This is my parent's cat, Tiki. I wasn't quite able to capture her likeness or the blanket texture, but given the time limit, I think it's a satisfactory first attempt. Tiki, by the way, is not a particularly cuddly cat. Don't be fooled by her cute sleeping pose. :)

Photoshop CS3, 57 minutes.
Soundtrack: ANNA TSUCHIYA inspi' NANA and OLIVIA inspi' REIRA (from Nana)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Speedpaint 14 - Goat

I love goats! :)

Photoshop CS3, 1 hour, 9 minutes.
Soundtrack: Music from Earthbound (Mother 2)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Speedpaint 13 - Still Life

This one was loaded with details, so I broke it up into two sessions. Yesterday morning, I painted the background using a soft round brush to give everything a soft focus, and today I came back to finish the foreground details using my standard detailer brush (hardness at 100% and a hint of noise texture) and a bit of the airbrush.

Part 1:
Photoshop CS3, 48 minutes.

Soundtrack: Brazil Classics, Vol. 1: Beleza Tropical (a favorite from my childhood)

Part 2:
Photoshop CS3, 47 minutes.
Soundtrack: Juuni Kokki OST

Friday, July 10, 2009

Treasure - WIP

Here's the next piece I am working on for my portfolio. This one will be getting a black and white treatment rather than color.

By the way, for any artists who want to take part in the daily speedpainting exercises I've been doing, here's the photos so far. Aside from the photo of the dog (speedpaint 10, which was taken by its owner), they are all my photos. I've been selecting them based on various challenges (fur, foliage, water, reflections, interiors, lighting, etc). If you decide to participate, I recommend focusing in on a portion of the photo rather then trying to paint the whole thing. Have fun! :)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Speedpaint 12 - Hotel

Photoshop CS3, 1 hour, 13 minutes.
Soundtrack: EVO- Symphony (Arranged Synth)

This speedpaint has the longest running time yet. I'm not sure if it's because I'm unconsciously getting more meticulous in my buildup, or if it's because of all sharp angles and details found in manmade structures. In any case, it took awhile, and that's with me rushing through the second column to finish it. Something interesting to note on this one is that I decided to do a line drawing at the beginning rather than jumping right into colors. I found I was making a lot mistakes with proportions on some of the previous speedpaints. Doing a drawing first helped reduce errors, because it allowed me to get a feel for the entire picture and quickly make adjustments to the spacing of objects.

Regarding the soundtrack, it comes from a little known SNES game called E.V.O.: Search for Eden. You start off as a humble fish, and as you eat and fight your way through stages, your character evolves. It's really a wonderful simulation of evolution in a platforming game. And if the music sounds reminiscent of Dragon Quest, it's because it's by Dragon Quest composer, Koichi Sugiyama. :)

Here's the painting demo video:

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Summer Gator Postcard

New promo postcard design. Opinions? :)

Speedpaint 9 and 10 - Stairway and Dog

Speedpaint 10 - Dog
Photoshop CS3, 53 minutes.
Soundtrack: Square Enix Battle Tracks Vol.1

A friend's dog. I believe he's a Shiba inu, very handsome dog. Painting the short hair texture was a new challenge.

Speedpaint 9 - Stairway
Photoshop CS3, 34 minutes.
Soundtrack: drammatica -The Very Best of Yoko Shimomura-

A stairway at the UCF arena.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Boy and His Gator 3 - Complete

It's done! Here is the final Boy And His Gator picture for my portfolio. It's a sad parting, but a bathtub (even a clawfoot bathtub) is just not a proper place for a growing alligator. However, as you may recall in the bonus image, the boy can still always visit his little friend. :)

This picture took me forever to do. Many, many little details in the trees and undergrowth. I've been working on the coloring portion of it since the 29th of June. (The drawing part of it was about a half day on top of that.)

Incidentally, I've been playing around with Livestream, and recorded some of the coloring process for this picture with it. You can check out those videos here. (click the on-demand tab to access them).

Speedpaint 7 and 8 - Heron and Swan

Speedpaint 7 - Great Blue Heron
Photoshop CS3, 36 minutes.
Soundtrack: Seiken Densetsu 2 - Secret Of Mana +

Speedpaint 8 - Black Swan
Photoshop CS3, 40 minutes.
Soundtrack: CREID Xenogears Arranged

Friday, July 3, 2009

Thursday, July 2, 2009

More Nature Speedpaints

Speedpaint 4
Photoshop CS3, 1 hour.
Soundtrack: None

Speedpaint 5
Photoshop CS3, 35 minutes.
Soundtrack: Assorted Michael Jackson