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!

snape

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. 🙂