Murr -- Some New Stuff **11/7/12 UPDATE ON PAGE 3**
I think this might actually be my first post! I've tried to make an appearance from time to time and comment on others' work, but didn't really get the time to actually post my own stuff until now. See what you think and please critique!
"WTF! ~ Winged Teddies of Fury!", Photoshop
"T1M-MY and the Fish" , Acrylic on Illustration Board, 6x9
"Gardien #1 - Beauty of the Beast", Oil on Illustration Board, 12x18
"Gardien #2 - Path to the Pyre", Oil on Illustration Board, 12x18
"The Robin Hood", Oil on Illustration Board, 15 1/2 x 23 1/2
"Catching Fireflies", Oil on Illustration Board, 10x15
"Grey #1", Painter X
Some concept stuff:
You can see all this stuff and more at my website or blog as well! Thanks guys!
I think all your links are broken or you forgot to host them on the site correctly. My browser says "Done" and there isn't anything.
Oh jeez. Thanks for bringing that to my attention, Bullion. I apparently wasn't using the right links. Anyway, hope it's working for everyone now (I've tested it on other computers, so it should be). TAKE TWO!
I'm actually liking the oils the best.
And I'm not saying that because I'm biased toward the medium, but the pieces seem to be holding my attention longer.
I think they could use a little more refinement here and there, but nothing major.
(ie. soften some background edges, add more details to the hair, etc)
I particularly like the composition on the second 'Gardien'. Really nice!
Thanks Dan! I look to your website pretty frequently for inspiration, so I really appreciate your comments. Seeing your stuff at IlluXCon this year was very cool, too. Yeah, oils have definitely become my medium of choice over past year, though I think I'm still struggling a little bit with how to properly use them.
Could I ask which pieces in particular you think the backgrounds could use some softening on?
yea man. great stuff. i agree with dan about the minor refinement but i think the digital pieces are really strong. especially the teddy bear one. the pieces towards the bottm of the post dont seem to be as strong as the ones near the top.
Thanks guys. I'm in agreement with everyone in that I think the oil paintings are the strongest too - I think probably because I spent much more time in the planning stages for them. I'll have to do some touch-ups and update some time in the near future! Thanks again for commenting everyone!
Just finished this piece to submit for Exposé 8. Not sure what its chances are of getting in, but it was fun to do anyway. It was based on one of the previous EOWs here, but there was no way I was going to finish it in time for the closing of that thread. But ya gotta love all the fun ideas that come out of this place!
"The Paranormal Investigations Bureau", Photoshop and Painter X
Last edited by Murr; February 15th, 2010 at 11:11 PM.
Thanks for sharing. I especially like the piece with the carriage going through the forest. Lots of energy with great coloring and texturing. I think many of your other pieces would benefit by some roughing up as well. Even subtle texturing can help to get rid of that overly smooth and plastic look. At the very least it can help to add a bit of noise with the "add noise" filter in PS after you finish the painting.
@ Trevor: Hey thanks, man. I appreciate it. I checked out your portfolio link and left a comment, but wasn't sure if comments were appropriate in that section of the forum, so I quickly deleted it. But long story short, your work is looking nice!
Thanks David and Katzx. Oddly enough, the biggest inspiration for the care bears piece came from the model who posed for it. It just seemed to me to be the most accurate way to describe his personality.
And now, some new concept stuff I've been doodling. I've been trying to find a method of working in Photoshop again that doesn't involve me hating life. Feeling better about it though:
Great looking stuff. I must say I rather enjoy the interior cowboy bar. The two armed gorillas remind me of a similar piece I did a few years back but instead of the second set being another pair of arms they were a pair of spiked mallet type things. Anyways cool stuff do more!