Saturday 30 July 2011

Guild Ward sand dunes started

I was too tired when I returned home from Indie Tracks to start painting, so I've made up for it today - I've made a start on the sand dunes.

I've also fixed the sky - part of the sky was too dark and another too bright, so I've toned them down somewhat.

Here's what I've done so far:

And here's it closer left:

and closer right:

I'm looking forward to painting the dragon - I like dragons.

Thursday 28 July 2011

Guild Wars sky done

I love painting skies. Even when they're not all blue, there's just something wonderful about them, the way in which clouds change, how the sun affects them, and the wind, too. I've never seen a real life tornado, thankfully, but I bet it would be exciting! I've camped in a hurricane, but that's a different story all together.

Anyway, I've painted the sky of the Guild Wars painting, so here it is:

Close-up left:

Close-up right:

I may well go over it a little after I've painted the sand dunes, I'll decide then.

Saturday 23 July 2011

New Oxfam painting list

Here is the list of people I'm painting for next to raise money for Oxfam. I've already started the first, I'll add to the list if anyone else emails me and i like the picture they want me to paint!

MegaMan001: FF VII

Andrew JD: Sonic

Malkor: Darkwing Duck

Willeth: Don't know yet

Jessie B: Guitaroo Man

PABosher: Don't know yet

SkidZilla: front cover of "Vice" magazine

Nova_C: Prince of Persia

Nathan C: Portal 2/Half Life 2

Nic R: my choice of 3

Kyler V: Zelda

Sirialis: okami or Zelda, not yet decided 

Junpei: don't know yet

Radiation: Link or My Little Pony (for his daughter)

Commission for Thayer - Guild Wars

I've just started this commission - its of Kitten and Snake in Guild Wars.

Here's the source image:

Here's the pencil outline:



I'll be carrying on with this one as soon as I've heard that Thayer is happy with it so far.

Friday 22 July 2011

Final Fantasy VII sky done

I've finally started painting this one - its the first off my new list, and is for MegaMan001, in Boston, Mass. 

I started the sky - I painted the whole sky blue/blue-green, getting paler towards the bottom, then I added in the clouds. I then thought I'd get a head start on myself, and took photos of the painting with just the sky done, then did the fields, trees and shrubs. 

Then I realised I'd not put the SD card back in my camera (again!) and so hadn't got pictures of just the sky done. Grrrrr!!!

So, I've taken a couple of shots of where I'm up to now:

And a close-up of the left:

And the right:

I'm quite pleased with the sky on this one, but then, it is blue, so I'm bound to like it!

Thursday 21 July 2011

Turkish Door finished!

At last, I've finished the Turkish Door painting! I've been busy this week, visiting the Queen at Buckingham Palace, but I'm back home now, recovered from the effort, and I've painted all morning, so Turkish Door is finished:

Close-up of the door:

And the window:

The wrought iron was interesting - I wanted to do it free-hand - I had started a pencil outline first, but decided to do without. It was a challenge, but I enjoyed getting the differing tones of blue right.

Anyway, it's done now, so I'll be starting the first painting on my new list next. There are a couple of slots left if anyone would like a painting. If so, email me.

Friday 15 July 2011

More Turkish Doors done

I had to wait in for a delivery this morning, so i painted. I'm still waiting for the delivery, not impressed!

Anyway, here's what I've done so far:

Close-up of the window:

I've still to do the wrought iron grille-work on the window.

The whole thing:

This is the first non-game related painting I've done in quite a while, I've really enjoyed it, but that's also probably because of the blue!

Sunday 10 July 2011

Turkish doors window and door started

I woke up ridiculously early this morning, so decided to make a start on the base colours of the window and door. 

In the image I'm painting from, the paint has badly peeled off, and reveals a much paler blue on the doors. Having spent a week in Kalkan, I've seen first hand the vivid blue they paint their doors, I also saw lots of evil eye warding off totems - in jewellery, embedded in the concrete pavement and in doorways. Its a shame this doorway doesn't have one, I might add one in, I'll have to see.

I spent this afternoon trying to buy an outfit for the Queen's garden party I'm going to next week - sadly, unsuccessfully, so I'll have to try again later this week.

Anyway, here's what I've done so far:

Saturday 9 July 2011

Turkish doors background complete

Here's a little more done - I think I've finished the background now, but I'll wait until I have the doors done before I completely decide that.

I've started the inside of the room as well - you can only get a glimpse of what's behind the wrought iron of the window frame, so far I've just done the colour blocking.

I'll probably start on the window tomorrow afternoon.

Friday 8 July 2011

Turkish doors background started

I took the canvas on holiday with me, and painted some of the walls. Its still not white enough, so I'll be overpainting it this afternoon for a while.

I still have a couple of slots left on my Oxfam list, if anyone is interested, email me here.