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Get pumped, guys. Epic things are afoot…

 

New Digital Portraits (Photoshop Layers as a Metaphor For Life)

Recently I’ve been experimenting with some new painting techniques in Photoshop. Well, new to me anyway. Historically, I’ve been more of an artistic compositor and collage-maker when it comes to Photoshop, so this kind of painterly portraiture is pretty new for me. I have to admit though, I am totally hooked.

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Well, Hello 2016!

After a much-needed web break, I’m back! I’ve been spending a lot of time working on designs since my little holiday hiatus and have been slacking a little in the resource and tutorial department. I’m itching to learn something new myself, so I should have something new for you soon, once I clear my schedule of commissions.

In the meantime, I wanted to share the series I’ve been working on lately. They’re a hybrid of the two things I love most: watercolor and digital design. I shared a few pieces in anticipation of the Star Wars-themed show in December, but the collection has expanded quite a bit… Massively in fact.  I’ve created over 20 designs in this style now. o_O

I have several designs available at my RedBubble store and all 20+ print designs are available at The Sci-Fi Center here in Las Vegas or directly through me, with more being added all the time. Designs include the 10th Doctor, Princess Bride, Star Wars: The Force Awakens (as well as original trilogy), Neverending Story, Supernatural and more.

I am also currently working on a Harry Potter series in the same vein, but full-body poses. Currently only Professor Snape is available (click below), but many more will be released soon!

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What can I say? Even though these take me on average 5-6 hours  to complete (thank you, nitpicky brain), I absolutely love doing them. I start by creating the silhouette in Illustrator using the pen tool. I then import it into Photoshop and hand “paint” them using various watercolor, paint and splatter brushes. Plus a million-squillion layers and blend modes. Seriously. So, so many…

I enjoy the way that creating these has been challenging me to explore color, as well as light/dark. I also love that it’s kind of controlled chaos, which sums me up pretty much perfectly I suppose.

That’s all for now! Stay tuned for information on next month’s First Friday!

Minimalist Star Wars Art Sneek Peek!

This year has gone by in a snap it seems. The group Ben Folds Five comes to mind : “When seconds pass slowly / and years go flying by”.  Amirite? Well, one of the things that has crept up on me is next’s week’s Star Wars opens. In fact, this weekend at Bona Fide Art Studio & Gallery I’ll be slangin’ art, exclusive and limited edition prints, kitschy prayer candles and Crass-Stitch by Jess Price will be on hand with gloriously nerdy Star Wars themed cross-stitch!

Bona Fide Art Studio & Gallery @ Union House

To get you pumped, I thought I’d share a little sneak-peek at some of prints I have in the works for this weekend. Collect the whole set (6 total, Rebel and Empire) this Friday! Come see me. 🙂

2015 Holiday Cards NOW AVAILABLE

They’re HEEEEEERE! Holiday cards are now available for ordering! There are currently 8 designs available for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus and other Llamadays… This batch features Firefly/Serenity, Harry Potter and more! Each design is hand-painted watercolor artwork by yours truly, professionally printed on super-gorgeous linen stock and shipped right to your door. Original hand-painted artworks,  5″ x 7″ tented cards painted on 140lb watercolor stock, are also available Get them all here.

A few samples to whet your geeky appetite…

 

Order today to get them in time for Christmahanukwanzayule!

Wallpaper Wednesday! Firefly, comrade? Da! Shi!

I woke up feeling in a very Soviet mood today. Not Communist, exactly… More cold and bleary and cursing my crappy cup of coffee. (That last part’s a lie. My coffee was delicious. Keurig FTW.) Anyways, I started thinking about Firefly/Serenity and, for some reason, The Hands of Blue came to mind. In my mind, an Alliance propaganda poster would likely be Russian Constructivist style. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at this style of design, and today was the perfect opportunity. Enjoy your free Firefly wallpaper!

Firefly Constructivist poster

Right-click > Save As to download full 1920 x 1080 resolution JPEG

Maker Monday: Stock Photos That Don’t Suck

Confession: For the longest time, I couldn’t have cared less about using royalty-free photos. I grabbed the first internet photo that served my purpose and didn’t think twice about it. Now that I’m a little further into my life as a designer, I understand the importance of using royalty or copyright-free images in my work when I’m not supplying my own. (Well, like 90% of the time.*) It’s not just a legal issue, but a moral one because you’re basically using someone’s property without their permission.

"We're Coming to Get You, Barbara", (2013) Aerosol on canvas, 12x24

I painted this a few years ago from an iconic photo from the classic Night of the Living Dead… Do as I say, not as I do.

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Bona Fide Art Studio & Gallery @ Union House

Star Wars fans are frothing at the mouth in anticipation of the new installation, The Force Awakens, which opens December 17th here in the US. Bona Fide Art Studio and Gallery (inside the violently indigo-colored Union House, DTLV) will be hailing its triumphant return with an art show celebrating the launch and legacy of the franchise.

I’ll be on hand with new designs, new Nerdy Birdies and more! Roll by and check it out. It will be open all weekend!

“Local Artists Awaken” exhibit at Union House, December 11th-13th, 2015. Admission is free and open to the public!

Star Wars Art Event at Bona Fide Art Studio and Gallery!

Devil’s Night Freebie Friday! Dean Winchester Pumpkin Carving Template

Happy Devil’s Night everyone! Hope you don’t get into too much mischief tonight… In fact, maybe you should probably stymie those mischievous urges by staying inside with some hot spiked cider and carving pumpkins for Halloween tomorrow. In fact, you should challenge yourself a a little. Get fancy this year.

And o hai… would you look at that. I even have a free carving template for you…

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Click to download free printable template

Carving pumpkins like this is easier than it first looks, though there may be times you’ll need toothpicks or paper clips to stabilize small bits. If this is your first time tackling a carving like this (or if, for whatever reason, you’re not a Supernatural fan…), I high recommend visiting ZombiePumpkins.com for their outstanding tutorials and plethora of patterns.

See you guys next week!