Saturday, December 31, 2011

The last piece of 2011

Seeing the end of 2011 , or any year, can be a deeply personal thing. Some people say goodbye to the old year in a meaningful, ritualistic way, and some people just see it as another day.

I am always interested in seeing what the last piece is that I squeeze out before the year end!

This time it is an atmospheric piece-- of of my favorite things to paint, done on commission for Chelsea Howe of one of her fantasy critters. The scene and colors were pulled out of my head, while I referenced character sheets to try and make sure her character was painted true to its nature. It has the features of a winged polar bear / dragon and has horns like a ram.

"Mountainrise" - Digitally painted using Corel Painter
(Oil pastel, real bristle, and pastel tools used)

Here's a detail of the beastie:

And a Work In Progress from a few days ago. You can see where I have the clouds well built, and was just starting to block in the mountain:

Happy New Year, everyone!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Time Flies!! A boatload of new art.

My goodness, sometimes time really gets away from me. This year has flown by, and I feel like I've been left in its wake. What happened!

Here are some of the more recent pieces I've been working on.

Some wildlife....

 Mockingbird and Dogwood - 8" x 10" Ink and Watercolor

Rubythroat at Rest - Male Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, 4" x 6" Ink and Watercolor

 Keen on Fish - Bald Eagle-  8" x 10" Ink and Watercolor

The Fair Lady Coho of Avalon -- one of my Salmon Faverolles chickens! 8" x 10" Ink and Watercolor

Oviraptor - Illustration for a whimsical short story where an oviraptor is brought to modern day! Digital painting.

And a few fantasy critters!

Peaaria K'eidolen Al'ruaten - Golden Dragon - 10" x 15" Ink and Watercolor

Verdigris and Plum - Gryphon - 10" x 15" Ink and Watercolor

Tall Skies - Gryphon - 9" x 6" Ink and Watercolor

Whew! Now that I'm caught up, I will try to get some more interesting posts together with some looks at my process and such. I hope you all have a great new year!!