Monkey on the brain

After I painted Isabella's growth chart last year (in December) I took a break from painting on canvases and concentrated more on digital painting and praying for animation work. In early June I decided to get back to the analog painting by slowing in with some smaller canvases. I did a few of these smaller 'sketch' paintings where I took a doodle and transcribed it onto a small art board canvas. These canvases are 8"x 10" and are quite easy to paint in layers and short sprints.

This particular image was not inspired by anything specific, just a fun little image of a monkey (with headphones?) rummaging around in some dude's head. These days I seem to have a bit of a love affair with green monkeys (www.4thmm.com) so there may have been some osmosis happening from my right brain to my left as I painted this, if so it was unintentional.

I was hoping this small piece would inspire me to produce more paintings and I did a few small ones in a row after this... but then I stopped again. I have a 5' X 3' canvas in the works, and hope that I can take a chunk out of it over Christmas.


Final Omarr image.

One more Omarr image, roughed by Derek Jessome and cleaned and painted by me. I love the fact that the three wise men look like such jerks. How wise can they be? They are not even wearing shoes!



I don't have much to say about this, it took a while as I was experimenting with texture brushes a bit. It's washed out with a lot of green, but I was trying for a slightly more realistic feel than my usual stuff. It was fun! 'Awesome Stuart Dunphy' did the initial rough, what a sweetheart.


Finally new stuff! With JESUS!

Sorry again for my delay in posting (ha ha I actually sound like I think people are anxiously waiting for me to post new stuff), I've been pretty busy and largely uninspired to paint. I have a few canvases on the go, but it's been a while since I put a brush to them.

I have been digital painting, and I recently completed three development images for a feature length production from the U.S. from a company called Snowfall Films. The project is entitled 'Omarr The Camel'. http://www.snowfallfilms.com/

My frequent co-conspirator Derek Jessome did the initial rough and the art was cleaned in Flash and painted in Photoshop. I've been attempting to get more painterly and show brush strokes and even add a bit of watercolor paper texture to the work in Photoshop to try to get it to look more convincingly hand painted. I feel it's coming along and with each new piece I get to try a few new techniques and approaches.This first image is my favorite, it's adventurous, dangerous and mysterious... just like me!
The second image is cool too, very sunny and reminds me of teasing Patricia for her love of 'Egyptotology'.
The third image is what you would expect for a Christmas movie. It was hard for me not to put a Street Fighter style Fireball in baby Jesus' outstretched hands.

These paintings each took about 18-22 hours to paint, let alone the couple of hours they took to clean and prep out of Flash. I'm not used to being a slowpoke, but I certainly am when it comes to these types of set-ups.


Liberty Screen Shot

I've been too busy to paint with my acrylics lately, but I was given an opportunity to collaborate with my partners on a service gig for Loogaroo. We were asked to do a screen capture for a potential web series, and we went with a very dynamic action shot on the statue of liberty. Derek Jessome set the shot up and designed the characters, and Chad Boutilier inked and colored them. Stuart Dunphy drew the background, and I had the pleasure of painting it. Ron Doucet did all the sexy electricity. This piece was painted in photoshop, and it took about 6 hours.

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