New work! This was an exploration in the color red, and just kinda grew from there, with the sky and mountains evolving from the colors. After a while, I saw that I could not tell whether it was day or night, and it hit me that I have explored that concept in other painting in the past, so I pushed it further with that in mind. I started filling the sky with stars, and then thought it would be cool to highlight the constellation of Gemini (the twins) in the mix. Let me know your thoughts!
And here below are a few stages I captured along the way:
As ever, thanks so much for taking a look, and let me know your thoughts on this one!
Just starting out a new piece this week!
For now my working title is 'Two Cats' and features these two guys below, Troy and Tab (named after Troy Hunter and Tab Hunter from various surf movies from the 50's: ) .
This is my main reference below, with secondary pics for different angles as well. It's been a while since I have done a pet portrait, and I'm excited for the opportunity. Let me know your thoughts on the process as it progresses!
Here are some fun images for this week; A series of Monster Cards!!
These cards were all done by hand on an official card stock sent to me by the Classic Movie Poster Company, and subsequently sold at a San Diego Comicon a few years ago in a set, along with other artist representations of different films. They were all done in pen and ink, and colored with color pencil directly on the card stock. Each image was taken from an actual movie poster of the time for each individual film. See the gallery below!
New Commission work! This one is lovingly entitled, "Clockwork Robbie"! -A tribute not only to the ubiquitous Robbie the Robot, but also to the film classic, 'A Clockwork Orange'.
This is the third outing for Robbie in the Food Service Industry, the first one has him serve Ultraman coffee in "Coffee Break on Mars," with the second, a portrait of Robbie as Bartender ("Robbie At The Bar") serving various sci-fi characters, and modeled after Edward Manet's 'A Bar at the Folies-Bergere'.
I was going for a feel that was both light and a little edgy; very tongue- in-cheek. Hopefully it will put a smile on your face as you see and recognize the various characters! Below are many of the various stages of development it went through:
As ever, thanks so much for taking a look :)
New Work This week! "Hunter Gorn"
I recently got a new sketchbook and then later on caught "Arena", one of my favorite classic Star Trek Episodes featuring the amazing Gorn hunting Captain Kirk. I decided to start filling up my new sketchbook immediately, and started with my own Gorn. This started out as a simple pencil sketch, and then I decided to take it further and colorized the work in Photoshop.
Check out various stages below:
More stuff coming soon, and as ever, thanks for taking a look :)
New Lord of the Rings Work, going out to Chris N. out at Local!!
Titled, "Bilbo and Gandalf in Repose With Longbottom Leaf," Acrylic on Canvas, 8" x 16".
This is my take on Bilbo and Gandalf out in front of Bag End, relaxing with a few bowls of their much-cherished Longbottom Leaf. I'm a huge the Lord of the Rings fan, regularly returning to the books and film adaptations every few years. (To everyone reading, I am here to tell you that it is way important to take time out of your busy lives to revisit the Shire every once in a while. Just saying. :)
I hope to grow up to be a Hobbit one day. The idea of a small, unassuming little Hobbit holding this unimaginable Power embodied in a Ring, saving all of Middle Earth by being strong enough to let it go is deeply profound and moving to me somehow. It touches on the idea of absolute power corrupting absolutely, and the mindset and temperament needed to retain your character in the face of it; to not be corrupted by it. Powerful stuff.
So I set out to capture an image that had a little bit of both light and dark; something that was both light and whimsical, and also has an element of mystery to it. Hopefully this idea comes across, with Bilbo's pleasant amusement and Gandalf's smoky aire... Let me know what you think below!
And, here below are the steps I took to get there:
As ever, thanks for looking, and drop me a line with your thoughts!
New Completed Commission goes out to Will! This took a lot longer than anticipated, but I found it well worth the extra time and effort to put in. Deciding which scenes to convey on the canvas, and also how to give the painting a sense of flow or design from the top to bottom provided many challenges to overcome. Let me know your thoughts! Here is the final effort below:
And here are most of the many steps I took in the process:
As ever, thanks for looking you guys! Next project n the works are a new Lord of The Rings and the Robbie Clockwork Orange- stay tuned!!!
Recent Commission completed earlier this month to show, this one goes out to Anderson at Local Kitchen! This work was done from a photo reference, with the addition of the shooting star added by request :)
And here below are the steps it took to get to the finished piece:
More work to show during this week, been hard at work on a number of holiday commissions all coming up. As always, thanks for looking !
Here is a new one I have been working on for about a month: Empire Strikes Back!
There are still a lot of details to put in place, there will be a Star Destroyer and some Tie Fighters to the left and right of Vader's head, the Millennium Falcon will be making its way to Cloud City (which still needs a tan lol), escorted by two Cloud City ships, more highlights on Vader and lots of detail work on Leia and Han, the Hoth and Dagobah scenes as well... oh yeah, and the logo too :)
Hoping to finish this one up soon, and will post progress in the coming week.
Thanks for looking!
And to see more of the process, below are some of the steps I have gone through to get to this stage:
Three projects going on right now at the Studio! Please check them out below:
First up, finally finished Thor today!! -Here he is in all of his Ham Fisted classic comic-style glory:
This is a tribute to Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and all of the other creative geniuses who worked with Thor during the 60's. 70's, 80's and beyond. Although this is a 12" x 16" Acrylic painting on a Gallery canvas, it is meant to be look like what a Thor comic from those times might have looked like. (You will have to be the judge on that one :)
And below are a few step by steps, with more about Thor in the preceding blog post:
2nd Project going: This one is the beginning of a new project, going out to Adriann- Robbie the Robot Meets the Clockwork Orange Droogs:
This will be the third Robbie painting in a series featuring Robbie employed in the service industry, engaged with various sci-fi and fantasy characters; the first has him with Ultraman, the second has him at the bar serving a Cylon Centurian with other sci-fi references, and now we have Robbie with Alex and friends at the Moloko Bar before they go for a night of Ultraviolence. Below is the original source image from the film and a Robbie Reference, in case you hav e not heard of him:
And 3rd up, is a new Star Wars for Will! This time we are doing an Empire Strikes Back treatment - below is some concept art for what will go on the canvas, worked on paper and colorized with a little color pencil and some Photoshop coloring:
Thanks for looking, and please reach out if you have an idea for a painting you would like to see :)
Andrew Carson is a local Bay Area artist with a focus on Science Fiction and Fantasy artwork, as well as landscapes, animal and pet portraits!