I’m still not satisfied with it, but I think I’m going to have to let it rest for bit. I’m not sure what’s bugging me about it right now…maybe the composition. The great thing with digital is you can take a long break if need be and make significant changes later if need be. Despite the fact I’m not quite happy with it, I learned a lot–this was my first time painting something to look like glass! A huge thanks to this amazing artist for his all of his help and feedback: http://marconelor.tumblr.com/.


“Happily Ever After” – digital painting

This is Sentiment 1 of 7: Red Ambition. I need a more consistent body of work, so I’m going to try my hand at a series of pieces. These are going to be two-hour digital paintings, focusing on staying loose and painterly.

Sentiment 1 of 7: Red Ambition

Just about done with this digital piece. Time to spread it around the internet and ask for critiques!

I’m struggling with the composition because I really wanted to convey a sense of depth and scale (and I made the file huge, so I would have no problem printing it out if I wanted to) but with this elongated vertical composition, the detail I’ve put in is lost. Hmm. I’m going to sit back and think about it.

The online JPG’s are quite pixellated, too (they’re not that way when viewed directly from my computer). I’m not sure what this is due to…hopefully, I’ll be able to figure it out.

I’ll write more about this piece later!

So, originally I conceived her to be a muse of passion, peace and poise, hence her name: “Aozora” (青空, blue sky). She stayed that way for the color pencil drawing, but for the oil painting she transformed into something else entirely. I call her the “Égérie verte” (green muse). I don’t know her true name, but I do know her meaning: she embodies jealousy, pain, ire and delirium.


Here’s the process:


I ended up taking a lot of photos of this piece because even though I spent what I thought was plenty of time laying out the composition beforehand, it still ended up lopsided, so I used my phone’s photo editing app to constantly flip the photos.

Also, new studio! Turns out my phone can take panoramas (I’m not sure why the little panorama symbol appears on the photo…it doesn’t on my computer):
So, what next? I dunno. I’m thinking of trying a new program called Art Rage–it’s supposed to feel more painterly than Photoshop. Maybe I’ll finish that darn comic I’ve been meaning to work on!

I was working on a study of this lovely model when I came across an awesome contest on James Gurney’s blog. Now, I love Mucha and I love art nouveau, so I simply could not pass this up, and thus I decided to convert my study into a finished digital painting for the contest:

“Lionfish Shampoo” – digital painting
model credit: Chamberstock

I can’t wait to see the other entries…I’m going to be in an art nouveau coma!