Wednesday, 15 December 2010

random speedy

Just playing with random marks and seeing what came from them...

Thursday, 28 October 2010

fun with type

Iv been a bit inspired to play with type again so I thought I would bring some into a painting inspired by some shoot photos I found of Angalina Jolie in 1920's getup. :)

Monday, 11 October 2010

DS Paintings

Here are some Paintings I did on my nintendo DS in the new and old versions of colors...

A forest stream nearby where I am staying.

A plant in a window of the cafe I had brakfast in yesterday

Another part of that same forest walk

A DS painting I did from memory of the lake... the oil is further down in a previous post.

and finally, a study from a photo I took in the galapagos.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Sketch doodle

I have been trying to work on big simple shape compositions... here is something that came out of explaining an idea I had.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Plein Air

Here is a plein air oil painting I did on a recent holiday... It was fun! I think I paint a bit thin though, but time will improve it all. Such a peaceful place.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Some studies

I have been painting like a nutter at work, so here are some of my morning warmups to get into the good-painting-zone. I have found these studies really reduce the amount of 'erase, start again' that always happen when you try paint without being in the right mindset.

This is a study of a Zhaoming Wu Painting... so inspiring!

A quick still life... honing those painting skillz. I am amazed by how much you can learn by trying to paint a tissue.

And whilst showin a workmate some painting techniques... and being asked to put eyes on it, this happened....

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Bad Hotel...

This is the by-product of a study I did for something at work. I imagined arriving at this place bag in hand expecting a nice hotel... lets hope it never happens!

Thursday, 3 June 2010

A new one... somewhat different direction... more character based. Bit clishe, but fun none the less! Im drawing lots still, just not scanning much. This one all PS.

Friday, 14 May 2010


Something evil this time...
a quick speedy

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

dance study

I liked the dynamic dancing pose... form some dance off show. Thought I would do a quick study.

Friday, 30 April 2010

My Gnomon 2d competition entry for the theme 'esgeroth'

Friday, 23 April 2010

orc romance

This image of an orc trying to seduce someone came into my head... I had to get it out of there quick... here is the result!

Wednesday, 21 April 2010


This is a portrait of a boy I saw in someones holiday photos... I think from morocco someplace. I liked his expression :)


I made this out of a frame of an advert I am working on.... just a bit of silly fun.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

tai chi forest

Where id love to be... :)

Got to work on my composition.... quite lacking. :P

Monday, 19 April 2010

jack sparrow study

Another portrait study from a photo... Think im going to start studying from life more... feels like im not thinking in faces/planes enough.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Another forest...

Injured in a forest, sheltering by some rocks...

Friday, 16 April 2010

more studies...

I have another few paintings but I havent quite finished them so I will wait till I have.

Friday, 9 April 2010


A quick speedy trying to bring together some of the value key and texture brush learning iv been doing...

Value Keys

I have been trying to get my head around High/mid/low key value ranges and how a photo/reference can be interpreted and simplified into one of these three ranges... its so powerful as without them its hard to contrll all the incredible range of values in a landscape. Too many values can be messy if they dont live in the right heirarchy and this really helps set that up at the start of a painting!

Thursday, 8 April 2010

BW Landscape

I have been wanting to get textures into my painting for a very long time, but I always ended up just painting with a simple brush. That has allowed me to get better at just painting, but now, after being very much inspired by this guy: am starting to get back into textures... I even re-made a large portion of my brushes.

Anyway, here is my first BW painting using this more textural approach... I feel like its a bit of a turning point/breakthrough towards where I want to be.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Anders Zorn Study

Here is a study I did of an Anders Zorn Painting... I love his brushstrokes... so good.

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Phillipe Faraut Study

This is a study from a web image of a Phillipe Faraut Sculpture. Its not as good practice as a cast study its true, as I am not measuring proportions in 3 dimensions, but its alright for a work practice.... still feel like I learned a lot from it. I will aim to get proportions better in the forst drawing next time... its amazing how far out you can be and not notice. Neck is still out, but im sick of it now :P

Tuesday, 30 March 2010


A quick character idea I did... a bit odd, but its something I can show at least, unlike a lot of the work iv done recently!

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Dante's Inferno

For a Gnomon Competition again... Theme was dantes inferno... I had a clever concept but has so much fun on the landscape that took over :)

Friday, 22 January 2010

Zhaoming Wu Study

A Quick study inspired by seeing a workmate looking at Zhaoming Wus work :