A similar deal to the big ol’ hole in the ground, this painting is a mixture of painting over a bunch of smooshed together pieces cut out from photographs and some painting from scratch. You’ll probably see a few more of these pop out close together since it’s a method I really want to get a handle on.
It’s also really nice to be able to let go of the feeling that I should be noodling in details on everything I do.
So I know I have a tendency to get too caught up in details too quickly. I also know that even though I have an interest in the concept art portion of the art spectrum that I am often quick to dismiss techniques that can speed up my workflow and still result in a painting that does what it needs to.
The below painting is about 3 or 4 hours investment of time, a combination photo-montage, paint-overs and hand painting. If I could change things I (of course) would, but I’m happy with the colours I used and I’m happy with the fact that in one evening I churned out a painting that depicts the scene and tone I wanted it to.
Environment painting, this is actually the image that made me rethink emulating photography and painting in over-exposed areas (despite the fact I actually mention that in this painting).
The look that I was going for wasn’t quite achieved, although it started to come together on the right side of the painting. Occasionally it is a struggle for me to bring the level of detail and texture into an environment painting that I’d usually apply to my character paintings.
So I never fully decided what class this person was playing. Lute and a flute, so maybe a bard. The club and robes feel a little more druidic? But then maybe she’s a monk.
This is a cropped detail from the Bloody Quest painting, very descriptively titled Troll Fight.
Quick little doodle. From memory like, 45 minutes to an hour. Close enough to her that a few people picked up on it without having to be told. Minor victory!
Quick painting based very loosely on reference photo. Sometimes I try to get away from the purely fantastical! I do seem to have a thing for overcast skies though.
A quick, dirty little painting of an elf in light, breezy robes. Perfect for summer.