Continuing progress on 'The Good the Bad and the Ugly' painting, trying something different with videos instead of pics of my work as I go. Let me know what you think!
Thanks for checking out my work you guys! I am still getting my head around making these videos, so any rough edges in production quality are all mine, and expect steady improvement as I figure out how to use a camera :)
Darth Maul is the coolest Sith ever. (Worked on this one in between my 'Good, Bad and Ugly' character studies in the last few weeks.)
I mean, he gets killed in Phantom Menace, but somehow miraculously survives being cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi to return in the Clone Wars cartoons with a pair of robot legs (thanks to Mother Talzin) and serious anger issues. He makes Obi's life hell for two seasons, and even comes back to haunt him as an old man on Tatooine before getting a fantastic send off in Rebels.
He's had so many great appearances in the movies and especially in the cartoons, that I thought I would give him a go. I wanted to convey his relentless patience, sitting out there in the Tatooine desert night just waiting for his probe droids to get back, and went to work.
Painting in Photoshop allows me to produce work much more quickly, reserving the best projects for canvas. It's fantastic to get to put out an idea and have it be rendered in a few hours, instead of a week to two weeks. To be fair, I could spend weeks working out a Photoshop painting too, but it is far easier to fully render something quickly in Photoshop than it is to use traditional media.
Click the arrow on the right side of the image below, or any of the thumbnails below to see the slideshow:
I welcome your comments you guys!
As ever, thanks for taking a look at my work.
Finishing up my character studies for 'The Good, The Bad and the Ugly', here is Eli Wallach as Tuco, or 'The Ugly'. Tuco was pretty despicable in the movie, but you still kinda wind up rooting for him in the end just 'cause he tries so hard. Also, he gets regularly hung and then saved by Clint Eastwood, and completely beaten up from time to time, so he just comes up as more nuanced and complex than most bad guys...
This is a pencil sketch, with all values and grey-tones done in Photoshop.
And here below are all the many steps I took to take him there, starting with my main source image for the work. Click the arrow on the right side or any image below to see the slideshow:
As ever, thanks for dropping in and checking things out!
Until next time,
Continuing with my character studies for 'The Good, The Bad and the Ugly', here's Lee Van Cleef as Angel Eyes, aka, 'The Bad', for your amusement and edification :) Same as Clint last week, this is a pencil sketch with values and skin tones done in Photoshop. Below is the finished image:
And check out the stages of development below, starting with my source image:
Stay tunes next week for Eli Wallach as Tuco, or 'The Ugly', and then we start in on the painting.
As ever, thanks for stopping by.
So, I decided to watch 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' two nights ago, and it rocked my world the same way it has every time I've watched it since I was like, five years old. (This film is 52 years old, and still COMPLETELY rocks, by the way.... just saying. If you have never seen it, it is WORTH streaming, or the DVD, or however you catch your movies ;)
My Dad used to love this movie. We had the soundtrack on 8-Track, which we played in the house on this enormous Zenith 8-Track and record player, with massive sub-woofer speakers stock-built into the frame. (I don't know how many of you might remember these staggering players, but back in the 70's before cassette tapes came around, they were the big deal for your average household.)
Good God I am old. I actually remember this stuff! Long live Zenith. Well, Rest In Peace, Zenith.
Here is a pic of what these players looked like (Not ours, but similar). Hard to believe this was how people listened to music back in the day!
So,getting back to my story: I grabbed a suitable still-frame off the movie of Clint doing one of his best squinty-eyed things that he does so well.
Below is a character study towards a developing painting idea... I am thinking of giving the same treatment for Eli Wallach as Tuco and Lee Van Cleef as Angel Eyes, and then doing a long painting with the three portraits afterwards.
So here is Clint Eastwood as 'Blonde'...
Check out the slideshow below for how I developed this, starting with the movie frame:
Let me know your thoughts!
If I could get Frankenstein's Monster to sit for a classic portrait in a renaissance style, what would he look like?
I figured he'd probably need to be in chains or something, so he couldn't get up and kill me for any reason he might have.
Would he prefer his Dungeon, or a sunnier setting? I opted for sunny and classical, and even gave him a plush seat and renaissance neck ruff collar (They were all the rage in 15th and 16th centuries), and then went from there....
This one went through a few changes, click on the slideshow below to see all the places I went through to get to the final image:
Thanks for checking out my stuff! Drop me a line or an email to let me know your thoughts :)
Take care everyone,
This is Abby the dog, which was completed as a Christmas present this past December- just now catching up to posting all of this stuff on the site :)
Although I worked off of several photos, this is the main reference used to render the work below, with the finished piece next to it:
Click the slideshow below to see all the stages I went through from pencil sketch to finished work:
And as always, thank you for stopping in an checking out the work!
See you in the funny papers (From back when newspapers were a thing :)
Open Studios is a city-wide annual art show with multiple locations and hundreds of artists participating each year.
I participated in November last year and obtained a show at the Imago Dei Gallery inside of the Trinity Church, on Franklin at Bush Streets here in San Francisco.
The place is amazing. A medieval-styled castle established in 1849, made of roughly-hewn stones in the middle of a very modern, bustling city block just off of Van Ness street in SF; it is a relic to some former time and a beauty to behold.
There is an enormous pipe organ where the services are held, with the pipes built out inside the walls for maximum acoustic effect when being played. There is a hundred year old wine cellar there as well, long in disuse but still completely serviceable; dating back to a time when social conventions around alcohol and church were very different.
There I met Kay, a fantastic transgender woman and clergy member at this Episcopal Christian Church, who has become a dear friend to me. She thought highly enough of my work to offer an extended show throughout the month of December last year, which I happily accepted.
These slideshow pics are from this time around Christmas last year.
New work in progress, "Quiet Moment", Acrylic on Gallery Canvas, 30" x 15"
Still wrapping up some of the details and color, but this one is close enough to include in this weeks newsletter, and will be shown next week at Open Studios :)
And as per usual, below are the many steps taken to get to this current stage- Click on any image below to start the slideshow :)
This one will be finished and shown alongside about 20 other pieces next weekend at SF Open Studios!! (See below and in the preceding post for details.)
See you all next week!
Shameless Promotional News Bulletin!
I will be participating this year in 'San Francisco Open Studios', a city-wide event featuring hundreds of artists showing their works either in prearranged locations across town, or in their own private studios.
I will be out at 1668 Bush Street at the Imago Dei Gallery right next to and connected to the Trinity Church, on the corner of Gough Street in San Francisco. I will be joined by Richard Menendez and Leon Sun, also participating artists.
Come on out for some coffee, tea, some Ritz crackers and fantastic new art!! I will have between 15-20 works on display, including 6 to 7 new pieces and prints as well! If you are free on this weekend and can drop by, it would be great to see you.
Check out the Artspan link below for more details on the larger event:
Thanks everybody, and hope to see you there!
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!