I'm not dead! just been busy, I'll show that stuff when I can, till then here's some sketches.
Live long and prosper....
Dan!! stop paitning me in that ballerina outfit!! its not flattering!!
oh, and welcome back sweet child o mine. love that last pencil study! skull guy rocks too!
Thanks peeps, and Marian the old man was from a photo unfortunately; I don;t know anyone with that awesome a beard.
Few more scraps in the few hours downtime I've had waiting for client feedback etc. the job is almost done now, working on the last image, then I'll have lots of time to actually improve and study again.
Got a failed piece with a boat, it's a concept I've tried to paint before but I once again failed miserably. One day I will paint a successful image with a woman who's blowing hair becomes the rough waves of a ship. The composition was all wrong, just wrong!
Next some quick film poster I did four a friend, he had a very specific idea in his head of what he wanted, here's the 2 sketches I did and the final.
Also an image I've been noodling on on and off for a few months now, based on the 'Electric Lady' for which my brothers tattoo shop was named. It's so incredibly cliched and follows every stereotype of the fantasy genre...and I love it! Pretty happy with how bits are shaping up, it's my guilty pleasure painting when I'm sick of work.
That's all for now,
Hey Dan that's a great idea of the women's hair making the waves for a ship. Have you thought of making the ship smaller and and maybe making the women's face in colour changing to monotone in blues for the hair and then the ship in blues aswell like it is lit by moonlight?
Also like the film poster, I prefer the second one as the little girl makes a strong silhouette. I'm just not sure the moon works in it as it so well. Had you thought of putting in the meteor as in the first one and using the burn round it to draw the eye to the film title. Posistioning as in the first one? Just some thoughts, please choose to ignore.
As for the poster I preferred the 2nd sketch as well, again I think you're right on the money with the changes. Alas the client/friend preferred the first one, so that one got finished.
Hey Dan I do feel at the moment that the direction of the ship and the face are clashing and also that the proportions of the face hair and canvas all seem to be the same giving the effect of it being split in half horizontally. I think you need to decide what you want the focal point to be, either the ship, the face of the hair? At the moment I feel the ship should be a lot smaller. I think a balance of two thirds for the bottom (face and hair), one third for the ship and a bigger sky.
You have drawn me right in with the concept of this so I shall keep mulling it over if you don't mind and come back if I get any good ideas. I am imagining a mermaid rising from the sea to claim the ship and drag it down to a watery death. Her hair becomes a turbulent sea of waves with the ship being thrown up on the crest of a wave, full sails blowing in the wind...will the survive...or all face the beauty of their death.
Last edited by Marian Rowling; April 22nd, 2012 at 05:36 PM.
Thanks again for taking the time Marian, it's on the back burner for now but one of these days I'm going to make it work! It's fast becoming my white whale, which reminds me I must do a Moby Dick illustration at some point, probably should read the book as well......
Anyway, my big super awesome job is done so I have been able to do my own stuff the last few weeks. It's been fun but my goodness do I need to study. On the bright side I can now show some of the stuff I've been working on for the Olympics. I'll feed them in as I get sign off and the relevant credits.
The job was creating the illustrations for 35+ posters for the Get Ahead of the Games Olympic campaign, aiming to raise awareness and provide solutions to the inevitable chaos the London Olympics will have on transport across the city and the UK. There were numerous awesome artists working on the project, often several of us on each poster due to the sheer number of them. As soon as I get the names of who did what on what poster I'll post more of them but until then you get the ones that are all my handy work (and have been released).
First up are a few character concepts for one of the posters, and then the sketch and final paint of one of the characters used in the online campaign. More to come!
Then we got some studies and some of the stuff I've been working on, I'd love some feedback on the latter two. Got an Ender's Game cover and the same cover with my diabolical typography skills, then an in progress painting for Northern Lights. Oh and some random character sketches for a failed James and Giant Peach cover.
wow Dan! your really kicking ass lately man! progressively moving up and up!! really love all the updates, the alien concepts, and that agent dude rocks haha, but i reaaally love that Enders Game cover!! i love that book, i was dying to read it again recently actually ha. but really nice updates dude. aways a pleasure droppig by here!
Looking splendid Dan. That business man in shorts is killer. I like some of the fantasy work your doing as well. It would be cool to see that finalized, my only crit for her is the raised hand gets a bit lost in the values of the background. The alien concepts are cool too. Try adding some variation to the specularity on the skin. Places where it might be more wet or dry.