A pair of recent Doctor Who paintings. The image of the 10th Doctor comes from the episode 42. The one of 11 looks like it might be from The Pandorica Opens, but I’m not 100% sure on that one.
Been busy with paintings and games and stuff. I will have a few more posts coming over the weekend… I want to spread them out some.
This is a 3-piece series of A New Hope heroes. I wanted to combine elements of medieval “icon” paintings from like the 13th – 14th century with more modern techniques, and to present these hero characters as holy, iconic figures. I decided against the strange architectural elements from the medieval works in favor of simpler backgrounds, making the figure more prominent. Each of them bear the symbols of their station or their deeds, and each wears an expression that I wanted to capture as closely as possible because it evoked the spirit of that character for me.
The meaning of a work of art – that is, the meaning intended by the artist, not the meaning assigned to it by the audience – is often a matter of context. Not just art, but human expression in general. It all boils down to context.
Another dragon painting, this one set against a forested mountain valley.
I discovered a cheap alternative to using expensive and potentially toxic solvents for cleaning brushes. Read on for the exciting details! Continue reading
Apparently, you can catch more flies with honey than you can with Sith lords. Read on after the break, this one goes deep.
Harkening back to this past summer… this is one of my first oil paintings. Like… probably the third or fourth one. Before I started doing these in summer 2012, I hadn’t tried painting with oils since high school in the very early 90s, and I hadn’t painted much at all since college in the mid-90s. Relearning the process of painting was something I very much enjoyed, and this painting taught me a lot about what works and what doesn’t. Vivid contrasting lines following the surface contours of the bedsheets, for example, works very well. The green aurora over the yellow radiating contours over the figure, on a brown background – not so much. The effect is interesting, but not at all what I had envisioned when I started it.
The original photo is of a college friend who wanted something special to give to her boyfriend.
Since I still have lots of those cheap, nasty acrylics left, I thought I’d try another portait-type painting.