Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Here are some paintings I've been doing for the Facebook group "Daily Spitpaint". Some of them were done in Photoshop, others in Procreate on my iPad. Can you tell which? ;)

Sunday, September 1, 2013


This was done for a daily 30-min speedpainting group on Facebook. I used Procreate on the iPad and some custom brushes. The original painting was more square, I didn't like it as much and simply scaled it down vertically. I also used an app called PhotoForge to do an unsharp mask filter on the image similar to my process in Photoshop.

Here's the step-by-step painting capture (Procreate's new feature!) on my YouTube channel.


Saturday, August 31, 2013

Burned Out

Quick sketch this afternoon... Challenge theme was "Burned Out" on ~35min, Procreate on iPad

Time-lapse video on my YouTube channel.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Recent Photo Study

Seems like I'm posting my work everywhere but here...this is a recent photo study (1.5hrs). You can watch a compressed video of the whole painting on my YouTube channel.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Study from Life

A little while ago, we got the Asaro head as an art resource at work. I had the opportunity to spend a day doing a couple of studies in Photoshop, something I really enjoy doing! Any serious artist should be doing some sort of study or practice in their spare time...

I set the head up in a 3-walled box I made with black foamcore, using my desk lamp for the warm light source. The study with red had a red jacket hung on one side to bounce the light.

To cut down on time, I did the same angle with just different lighting. Next time I'll record it! :)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

And now....Live!

So I'm trying a new service called Livestream. I'm not sure how much I like it yet, but I know that I enjoy watching other artists on it and that it saves your videos for future viewing after the live session. I'm also going to post sped-up videos on Youtube.

I recorded this sketch last night and I think I need a new machine! I wasn't able to have a web browser open  and stream at the same time, even after pulling the quality down from HD to Medium....oh well, I'll figure this thing out sometime!

Here is the sketch I did for the GameArtBuddies blog I'm a part of:

Approximately 1.5hrs in PS CS5 using a Wacom Cintiq 21UX.

Here is the sped-up video:

My Livestream Channel:

I'll be posting more to both locations with future work, so stay tuned! :)

Friday, April 12, 2013

iPad sketch

Had about 40 min waiting for a pizza, so I did this sketch in the Hard Rock Hotel Lobby in Procreate on my iPad, really digging this new brush shape. It's meant to simulate a pencil on edge, hard on one side and soft on the other. I ported over the brush tip shape from Photoshop and put a light texture on it.



Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Some Process and Description

I tried to save out some process images as I worked. Truth is, I worked a bit fast on this one. Here are some descriptions from each of these images:

1. I was given this layout. Not the best, but passable. Clear direction, except they said they wanted "blocks like Stonehenge" forming a wall of ruins.

2. I guess I should've saved the quick line blockout I did initially, but I jumped into a value painting without finishing it because it was what I wanted anyway. I kept important elements on separate layers so I could continue to work with them later.

3. Using a few layers on "Color" blend mode as well as some curves and dodge layers for the lighting, I added initial color to the value painting.

4. Continued painting details, added foreground tree limbs to help the composition.

5. Refining Color

6. Final Painting before FX

7. Final Painting. I added a subtle overlay of uniform gaussian noise and an overall sharpening to unify the image. The lighting is preserved on layers above this.

Hope you enjoyed my brief description of this process!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Composition Breakdown

I did some overlays to explain some of my thought process while doing my last sketch. Becoming more proficient at implementing the Visual Language is the whole reason I do these exercises, I love this stuff!

I hope you find this beneficial or interesting, please post any questions or things you think I could do to improve in the comments section.

Illustration Practice

A quick illustration exercise with a few WIP steps.

1) Basic composition, value, silhouettes
2) Vivid underpainting - trying this out as something learned from Shaddy Safadi's vids
3) Final painting!

Please feel free to crit! Hope you enjoy this small breakdown. There really wasn't much else to show...maybe next time I'll actually record it.

A few other tips about the process:

- In Photoshop, each shape in Step 1 is on a separate layer and opaque.
- The colors I chose in Step 2 are purposely complimentary to my anticipated final local color of that shape, or also the shadow color I wanted.
- Entire painting was done with 3 or 4 brushes from Shaddy Safadi's website.