Saturday, 28 July 2012

Rendered up this chap, learned a bit more about certain layer effects, the weapon is supposed to be a repeating crossbow with a miniature cannon mounted at the fore, akin to how a modern soldier would use an underslung grenade launcher on an assault rifle:

Thursday, 26 July 2012

At last some decent summer weather today, that meant a longer still-life study. Just about starting to crack some things now with regards to colour. Also, here's a quick couple of sketches from last night, trying to reverse engineer the modern soldier to medieval, I'll probably model that gun before progressing:



Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Very quick and dirty sketch attempting a Rapoza-esque back-lit character, and some quick studies (gotta start doing longer stuff):




Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Been slacking recently. Getting back into things with a Mullins study and a very quick sketch:


Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Took advantage of the beautiful weather this morning to sit inside and paint a still life:

Monday, 16 July 2012

Here's another Game of Thrones study and some sketchy characters from today:

Just been preparing some images of my architecture work to submit to the college archive. Thought I'd upload here aswell if anyone was interested to see what I got up to in UCC / CIT School of Architecture CCAE:






Saturday, 14 July 2012

Trying to get back into longer studies (well 2hrs min.), I feel I've slipped out of the habit for a bit so it's time to get back. So here's a portrait study and an attempt to apply what I've learned:


Friday, 13 July 2012

"There were wars to fight, women to marry..."

Update on the GoT screencap study:

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Been working hard on rendering faces today, working on 10min pencil portraits mostly so I won't bother uploading those until I build up a bunch. Though I've also been doing some digital drills inspired by conté on the CA forums, working with a wireframe drawn from a reference, then simplifying the rendering once from the reference, and then relighting the construction from imagination in several iterations.

Learned a valuable lesson in photoshop today, the hard way. PS crahsed on me just as I was finishing a sketch idea I had but hadn't saved. Ah well, cant do much about it. In the meantime I've decided to call it done on the mounted knight piece. Also a quick sketch loosely riffing off so many artists...


Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Attended a life drawing workshop today, challenged myself to attempt to do a portrait of the model from memory afterwards. The likeness is close enough to the image in my head, but at the same time there was sufficient floundering about required to get there to mean that some serious study is in order to get better at imaginative portraits:

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Update on the mounted knight, still have quite a way to go with it, for example that mane and the half-timbered architecture are still screaming at me, which means studies are needed!:

Friday, 6 July 2012

Wanted to sketch today but it appears someone is borrowing my pencil... still life based on a Sackboy figure, with the pose and button eyes modified somewhat. Also, an armour study to help some pieces I'm currently working on, a quick alchemy sketch that may become an enviro painting sometime in the near future, and a quick capture of one of my iTunes playlists, people needed to see that!




Update on the last knight, still have a bit to go. Just wanted to put it here:

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Some more studies, just looking at what I felt was of immediate importance for my COW challenge entry, notably simplifying silhouettes of background characters (the Baratheon / Lannister troops in the back of the GoT screenshot study - I'll actually continue working on this one as I'm enjoying it but also using it to investigate representing different materials) and the general palette and lighting of the elephant photo. Lastly a quick block-in over a sketch that I pulled together with a quick cheat from SketchUp to set up the camera angle and perspective (not that it's a demanding scene, just wanted to give it a try):



Monday, 2 July 2012

Some recent studies and stuff. The giant crab is a WIP for my entry to this weeks COW challenge over on CA.