Latest painting! "Lion With Fireflies", Acrylic on Gallery Canvas, 15" x 30"
I woke up one morning recently thinking to myself, " It's come to this. I really need to paint a lion today." So, that's how this whole thing happened... what else could I do? Some days, ya really just have to paint a lion, by golly by gum.
I started out with a photo reference, and then let the work evolve from there, with the fireflies and the night time scene happening sort of intuitively. The fireflies just happened by chance, when I found a firefly image online while looking for forest and tree photo references. When the fireflies came on, other issues like whether to make it day or night, and whether or not to include a sky became more clear. They solved everything! Fireflies are great, I tell you.
...And below are all the steps it took to get to the finish:
This painting will be shown with a collection of my other work at Open Studios on October 13-14, at the Imago Dei Art Gallery at 1668 Bush Street in SF! Save the date and more info as it comes closer :)
Thanks for looking, you guys!
Have a great day,
New Star Wars Painting!!! Super excited about how this came out. Check out "Leia and Artoo" below:
This painting was sketched freehand from a still frame reference off of the original Star Wars film. Here is the original reference below:
And below, these are the steps I took to get to the finished piece:
Most of the work was done in black, white and grey-tones only, with color being added only at the very end, using matte mediums to make layered transparent washes and color passes. Let me know what you think!
Bye for now,
New Piece: Desert Night Walk, Acrylic on Gallery Canvas, 15" x 30"
Just finished this new piece! -I have no idea where it came from or what it means, therefore it must be a metaphoric representation of some deep-seated subconscious issue or idea within me.... or maybe I just thought it was a cool scene to paint. Maybe it is both, or neither. Couldn't tell you for sure because I'm not sure myself, ha!
I will be participating in Open Studios here in San Francisco this year, and this piece will be on display along with about 15 other pieces for that weekend. Keep you posted as more details emerge :)
Here are some step by step pics of the work as I went along below:
As ever, thanks so much for taking a look :)
'Two Cats: Troy and Tab Hunter', Acrylic on Canvas, 12" x 24"
This is a new pet commission for Jan, featuring Troy and Tab Hunter, her favorite cats!
Started out with a solid pencil sketch and then built up all of the values in black and white first, afterwards adding colors using matte mediums for transparent color layers and finally highlights with pure color.
Fun fact for this particular painting: After selecting my main source and sending Jan a pic of the pencil sketch on the canvas, she pointed out out that in this particular shot, Troy in the back was holding Tab down, and Tab was getting ready to bolt. Since normally they are best buds, I used secondary references of a happier Tab, and widened his eyes as I progressed with the painting.
Your can see the gradual changes in Tab's eyes from pic #4-8, after the 3 photo references.
Check out my main source images, as well as the step by step process I took below:
Thanks for checking my work out, you guys! Please feel free to share your thoughts below.
Next, I took the image into Photoshop and made a stencil out of 8 separate pieces of 8 1/2 " x 11" papers, taping them together as seen below. The stencil had a lot of subtle 'noise' on it, because the original smaller file was blown up to match the size of the canvas I was preparing to work on. (Normally not the best scenario, but for my purpose it worked perfectly.) I guess the best way to describe it is that the stencil was a rough approximation of the original, much smaller image. Then I mixed a LOT of blue. The back color coats had to be done in one session because I wouldn't be able to match the blue exactly again if my supply dried out before the canvas was done. (Had to be a flat color, no deviations.)
The actual canvas I am working on is 24" x 30" (See below) :
Here you can see the composite stencil, before I taped it together, next to the canvas:
After this step, I put charcoal all over the backside of the stencil, and traced the message onto the canvas with a pencil:
And then finally, I filled in the letters by hand below:
The challenge here was to NOT make a SINGLE mistake on any letter, at any time. I had no more blue, and any attempt to match the back color to correct a lettering error would not have been a perfect match, and would be plainly visible to the eye. So, I had to make each letter right, the first time every time. This canvas required that I go over the letters three times, with three coats. So it really didn't let up until it was done. (Whew!)
This effort was made as a present, btw :)
As ever, thanks for looking you guys!
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 :)
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!