Sunday, February 15, 2009

View of an Extrasolar Planet

This is a painting I was commissioned to do for a planetarium audio-visual show entitled "Distant Worlds". It was painted in oils at 15" x 20".

Friday, February 6, 2009

Back to Plan A

knight and castle sketch
Upon looking at this knight and castle sketch again, I decided I liked the original dimensions better, so I lopped off the top and bottom sections. One of the reasons why I tried to alter the composition in the first place was so that it would fit this 16" x 20" piece of masonite that I planned to use for the painting. That's often not a good idea. It's best to match the board or canvas to the original composition, not the other way around. I knew better, but thought I would try it anyway.

khalan color rough
Another painting that I'm going to start is of Khalan, a main character in the Sword of Truth books, which has just been turned into a tv series- Legend of the Seeker. I'm basing this painting on reference of the tv show character. She's in the woods, with an ancient oak tree in the middle ground, to the right of her. It turns out that this composition fits the masonite almost perfectly, so I'll use it for this painting.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Castle and Knight Progress: More Sketches

knight and castle sketch

knight and castle color rough
This is a follow up post to the initial sketch I posted the other day.

I decided to change the dimensions on this painting, so I added sections to the top and bottom of the sketch. I sketched that digitally in Photoshop.

Below that is a color rough that suggests a possible color scheme. I also thought about setting the scene in autumn.

Again, although I'm painting the color roughs digitally, I'll be painting the actual painting in oil.