Friday, 24 December 2010

Half life 2, Episode 2 completed

As promised, here's the painting of Half Life 2: Episode 2 I did for my secret santee. It now resides near Edmonton, Canadia.

Here it is slightly closer, showing the left hand side:

And the showing the right hand side of the picture:

I really enjoyed painting this; I love the changes in the sky, the different light effects and the swirly-ness of the portal storm.

I'm going to have a short break from painting for Christmas, as I'm going to be very busy with family stuff for the next two days.

Have a peaceful Christmas.

More Half Life 2: Episode 2

As promised, here's a bit more of the Half life painting done:

This painting "grew" incredibly quickly. Some do, possibly because I find the style easier to paint, or because I enjoy them more, maybe thats the same thing, I don't know. Paintings take me on average about 20 hours to complete, from blank canvas to signed picture. This one took about 11 hours.

A close-up of the left of the picture, but with no detail of the buildings in the mid-ground yet.

A close-up of the right hand side of the painting. The sky still needs some work on it, I'm not quite happy with it yet.

More Final Fantasy XI

I've done a little more - I've started the foreground on the left, painting in the pavement. I'll be doing the grass next, I think.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Half life 2, Episode 2: the sky started.

Here's the start of the sky:

To the left:

And to the right:

It took a while to get the swirly bits of the portal right, and the clouds on the right, as well, but this was fun to paint!

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Half life 2, Episode 2

I painted this for my Secret Santee, but couldn't post it, in case he saw - it was for someone in Edmonton, and I wasn't sure if he checked here. At first, I thought I'd just post the finished image, but have decided to do a step-by-step, and unveil the finished image on Christmas Eve.

This is the source image.

Here's my pencil outline - the whole thing, then left and right sides of the canvas. I managed to buy a canvas the right dimensions - often, that's really difficult, and I end up having to either crop the source image (which I hate to do) or extend it and imagine extra bits at either the top and bottom, or on the sides.

Check in tomorrow for the start of the sky.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Final Fantasy XI skyline almost complete

I painted for a while this morning, about an hour and a half - this is what I've got done:


I need to complete the middle section, then the background is done. I'll do some more of the centre ground tomorrow - I've had a busy day today, and am quite tired.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Final Fantasy buildings started

I've had to leave this alone for a week - I've been busy painting 2 pictures for Child's Play - one for a small, on-line auction - I did an A4 sized screenshot from Limbo for $130, and a 40x50 cm one for the charity dinner auction in Seattle next week. I've also been painting my Secret Santee's picture, which I'll post when he's received it, in case he checks here and sees it before it arrives.

I'm back on this painting now, and here's the buildings started:

I'll be doing some more over the weekend, aiming to be ready to paint the foreground next week.