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,
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!