Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays from the 3 little pigs!

Wishing everyone a very merry christmas and exciting happy new year!
2014 you have been awesome, very busy, inspirational and one of a kind! I can not wait for 2015!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

back from CTNx & painting colours on walks

Walking at the beach and walking around my streets, I had to stop and paint the pretty colours.
Painted 5-10mins on Brushes iPhone app

Monday, November 10, 2014

Pig Brothers watching TV

As always, last minute rush to get CTNx portfolio together and I ran out of time to share everything here on the blog. I promise to upload more cool development pieces and share what an amazing year 2014 has been for my artistic growth. Let me know if you will be at the conference, would love to say hi!

one little pig waiting for his brothers return

CTNX is almost here!! 3 little pig update!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

This little pigs last match

It has been an amazing year of study for me. About a month ago I finished the CGMA course Colour & Light, lectures by Ryan Lang, and taught by Tyler Carter. This is one of my final pieces.
If you are looking to improve your colour knowledge and get a break down of how colour and light work, you'll love this course! One of my takeaways was learning how to use fill light, ambient light and bounce light properly to create form. But my biggest break through was understanding and applying local colour, and I owe a big thank you for Tyler's advice and paint-overs for this!
If your interested in the course here is a link: Tyler Carter CMGA Colour & Light

Ready to meet the 3 little pigs?

Left we have the little pick who used sticks, middle is bricks and lucky last is straw. Can not wait to share the world I have been developing for these 3 little guys, all should be posted by next Tuesday as it's crunch time for CTNX! Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sunset Boulevard Colour Script

What a year of learning! 2014 has been amazing with so many assignments and working on my fundamentals, I can not wait to share everything I have learnt!

At the start of this year I studied once again under the guidance of Chris Oatley at the Oatley Academy and kicked the year off with a bang! Focusing on learning everything I could about colour, the class was simply amazing. It opened my eyes on how much you can achieve with a limited palette, support from a mentor and amazing group of very talented students. Chris set the challenge to create a colour script for a black and white film to apply all the principles of the course. I was given the film noir classic, Sunset Boulevard. I had never seen the film before and loved it! It also started my new addiction to watching black and white classics to learn about compositions and clever use of limited values.

This colour script has evolved throughout 2014, returning to the piece again and again, to apply new knowledge and adding more colour keys from my collection of screen caps.

Hope you like my interpretation of the classic. I have included my favourite 4 colour keys. If you would like to see any of the other keys bigger please just post a comment to this post.

If you want to learn anymore info about the Oatley Academy here is a link to Chris's site 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Colour studies of my worldly travels

Went through the old travel photos and painted some colour studies for my CGMA course. Painted with 100% opacity brush and no colour picking. Was tricky and now I just want to travel the world again!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

the forever challenging foreshortening

The latest life drawing sketches, proved so challenging I put the marker down and tackled these foreshortening poses with graphite, mapping the lighting first and then finding the lines. Also this is my first post for SPRING!!!!!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

graphite and marker combos

My cool grey marker dieing half way through a drawing was a blessing in disguise. I didn't want the detail of greylead and found a chunky flat graphite pencil and observed the lighting with rough block-ins followed by black marker. It forced me to observe more precisely and be confident with the each marks I made on the paper. Think i will continue this next week.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

It's a sunny day to build a straw hut

2014 has been super busy but an amazing year so far! I am learning how to push the limitations of colour in my paintings and I am slowly finding my digital brushwork voice. Many more 3 little pig pieces in the works, and I can not wait to share them with you.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Will attending CTNX improve your art?

So yep, this CTNX post is about 6 months late, haha! I've been a little busy, but it might be perfect timing for anyone contemplating travelling to LA for CTNX this November. 2013 was my 4th year attending, sounds crazy when I say it like this, but I think my life would be very different if I didn't accidentally find this amazing conference as a backpacker, I would still be clueless to this amazing industry of artists.

Over the last couple of years I have been studying everything I can after learning about visual development, completing online courses and countless life drawing classes. But nothing compares to the direct personal feedback you can receive over the 3 days at CTNX, you just have to have the guts and self belief to show your work. 

To list all the amazing artists and friends I met at the expo, would be a blog post in it's self. But instead I thought I would share the feedback I received. I collated all the notes from many portfolio reviews on my Sleeping Beauty's kingdom piece and drew over the piece for you. All of this specific feedback was extremely helpful, and being face to face you can ask any immediate questions for clarification.
Hope this post helps anyone deciding to go to CTNX! I can say quite simply the expo has changed my life, and below it has definitely made this portfolio piece stronger. :)

Also here is a link to my CTNX 2012 review:

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

My hat is off to Sir Laurence, drawing study

Here is another Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema study I have drawn. The Painting is titled "A silent greeting." The study was drawn from observation of a colour print out, I forced myself to convert the colours into values. By doing these studies, my drawing skills are growing again, even observation skills. It's amazing how sometimes you don't realise how rusty you are. Will try to keep more of these up through out the year.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

gaining confidence in life drawing

After stretching myself with marker for most of the year I have returned to greylead for a week of lifedrawing. She was an amazing life-model who wants to join the circus and could hold some amazing poses. Here is a 20 minute pose. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Learning from the masters

In my latest course, Chris Oatley's Painting Drama 2 he gave me a challenge to do some studies of the great Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. The structure in his highly detailed paintings is extraordinary. This simple challenge has taught me so much, and challenged me. This is the first of my drawings, it is A4, and it was from straight eye observation of a coloured print out. It challenged my drawing skills, observation skills and value knowledge of how colours convert. There are flaws in this drawing and I didn't capture the magic of the original Cleopatra piece, but man did I enjoy the hours put into this drawing. More to come

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Finally seeing the classics

I have a book pile 2 metres high and a movie list even longer of all the classics I have been told to watch. Finally I am making it happen! I am watching these classics and being blown away by their powerful stories and re-watching to awe at their cinematography. One of my goals this year was to correct my values in my paintings, and watching these black and white films, I am blown away by how clever they were directed and produced. Their frames are rich with dynamic compositions and strong story, who says you need colour? Many more movies on my list to watch but please send me your recommendations, this is a new found hobby of mine which is teaching me more than I could ever of imagined.
Movies above left to right: The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Shawshank Redemption, Sunset Boulevard, It's a Wonderful Life, Schindler's List, Casablanca, Double Indemnity, On the Waterfront and Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Absorbing colour everywhere I go

My mind has been observing colour and light like never before, learning so much right now at the Oatley Academy with Chris Oatley, I keep having to stop, paint and record what I'm seeing. Here are my latest iPhone brushes paintings.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Life drawing in 2014!

Sorry I haven't posted any updates lately but that is not because I haven't been creating new art, the opposite, super busy enjoying Chris Oatley's latest class Painting Drama 2. 2014 has started off with a bang and I am practicing daily at improving my drawing skills. Here is the latest life drawing sketches, I have experienced a massive break through in my approach to observing after reading Fractal Methods books. If you can get your hands on one I highly recommend it, I was lucky to purchase it at CTN in LA last year. Here's a link to his site: 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

This little piggy built a brick house

Wow, what a start to 2014. Can not wait to start updating you guys with my new art, many exciting things happening the next couple of months. But for now, here is the 3 little pigs brick house concept designs. Next to build the world he lives in!