It’s been a while since I last updated. I have been really snowed under with paintings lately. Here are a few things I can show for now.
Currently among many other things I’m working on are a series of 5 Wizard of Oz characters. These 2 have recently reached the completed grisaille underpainting stage. I’ve already begun adding the colour, so I’ll be able to show the completed pieces shortly.
Captain Kirk to follow to make the set.
A huge thanks to Jordan, for sending me a picture of these paintings sitting proudly on the wall, all the way from Perth, Western Australia.
The underpainting is now finished on this, so I thought I’d share.
As usual this is 12″ x 12″ Oil on canvas.
My good friend Stuart Arrowsmith sent me a picture of the painting sitting on his wall.
As it turns out Puma are releasing a trainer that looks almost exactly like the design I did in this painting.
Now obviously I borrowed the colour way from the New Balance 575 White Pigeon by Staple design. So I am in no way claiming it is an original concept.
Some more in depth info and a brand new set of photos have arrive for the Staple x Puma Clyde “Pigeon” design. The Puma Clyde silhouette used for the project is of the “Made in Japan” persuasion, meaning that the sneaker will be clocking in at $200. Also inevitably driving up their desirability: there are only some 500 pairs worldwide. Check out the first in depth images of the Staple x Puma Clyde Suede “Pigeon” right after the jump and watch for these sneaks to release next Wednesday, April 17th at Reed Space in NYC. And if you can’t make it don’t fret too much, as a handful of other spots across the globe will get their pairs in on May 3rd.
Oil on Canvas,
12″ x 12″,
Some shots of my most recently completed painting.
This has been sitting in draught form for over a month. I completely forgot to post it!
Here is a video from the “I Used To Skate Once” 8 Exhibition.
If you look hard enough you may see my deck at around the 00:39 mark.
Well last night was the opening night of the HYPER REALITY DIMENSION XX group show.
Exhibition continues daily until 22 April, 12-4pm
Thanks to Sara Sweet via Twitter for the image.
I’ll be posting more from the show when I get my hands on them.
I posted a painting of Christopher Lee as Dracula at then end of last year. Thankfully the painting sold. However when an opportunity arrived for me to have some work included in a group show, I was wishing it hadn’t. So I was left with the Frankenstein, and I needed to do another 3 paintings to complete the series. That meant re-painting the Dracula one. I felt the original one had a decent likeness. However a comment made when I posted it on another site stuck in my head “I know its Lee, but I see a little Nic Cage in there too. Sadly.”
So with that in mind I had to grit my teeth and re-paint it. This second one seemed a lot more laboured and is less loose and painterly. But it took far less time. I just hope I managed to get the likeness a bit more spot on. Anyway I’ll let you decide here are the 2 versions.
My “Godzilla Attack” painting was finished this morning. I still need to oil it out, varnish, paint the edges black and get the hanging wires added. But the main work itself is done.
Alas my ability to take good photo’s of my work is still quite poor currently. But I can assure you it looks a lot better in the flesh.
It will be on show here:
HYPER REALITY DIMENSION XX
Opening night Thursday 19 April, 6-9pm
Exhibition continues daily until 22 April, 6-9pm
aMBUSH Gallery, Sydney
I am very excited to be showing my work along side so many talented artists.
This is my main piece for the Hyper Reality Dimension XX show later this month.
The underpainting was finished today, just needs a colour and refinement pass now.
On the back of the Kermit the Frog and Fozzy Bear paintings I did, I got a commission to do a painting of Pepe the King Prawn for a birthday present. This was received by the client yesterday and I can finally post it on here. Australia post took an age to get this to the client so thank you Matt for your patience, and I am glad it was well received when it finally got there.
As always here are some shots of how the art work turned out.
I am really starting to crank out paintings a lot faster these days. I will be doing a lot more non iconica stuff very soon, but until then here are some Mario character underpaintings I am working on just now. The underpainting has just been finished, and I am just about so start adding colour and will hopefully have these finished soon.
I have dialled back the impasto stuff on these ones, and am going to colour them a little bit differently than the previous ones.
This is another commission of another painting I have done in the past. It was done for a Christmas present, and is a bit larger than the previous one I had done. Here are a few images including some underpainting stages.
I learnt that this commission was received by the client yesterday. This was a belated birthday present and I hope that it was well received.
A nice story behind this is that this commission came about as the clients mother in law owns the “Pollen Catcher” hummingbird painting I did. Sadly the original version of the Lego Spaceman I did had already sold, and it was felt best if I could re-do this one as close as possible to the previous one on my blog.
I have recently moved home, and things have been a little chaotic. But I am back up and running again. These 2 paintings have just been varnished and are now fully finished.
I have a lot of different paintings on the go currently. My painting process these days involves doing a grisaille underpainting first. For some reason painting in an indirect fashion like this works so much better than alla prima/ wet in wet painting, well for me anyway
As is the norm at the moment I am learning lots of valuable lessons in the art of oil painting and my mediums and the certain paints I am using are really starting to speed up my work flow. I feel my work is slowly getting better and hopefully this can only lead to more painting confidence in the future.
Here are a few WIP paintings of Kermit and Fozzie Bear from the Muppets. These are both 12″x12″ Oil on Canvas.
My first proper post of 2012 is this commission for Defiant Development, an indie game developer here in Brisbane.
This is 36″x30″ Oil on canvas, and probably the largest painting I have done in a very long time. It is my interpritation of the Defiant Logo, created by the very talented Pete Yong. I’m also including my photoshop colour rough I did to give the Defiant guys a bit of an impression of how the final paiting may look.
It is still WIP and the underpainting is very nearly finished. Then as per usual it will require a colour pass and then the final adjustment phase. I am looking to have this all done and dusted and delivered to them by the 13th January, when they will have finally moved into their new office space. More images to follow as this nears completion.
Way, way back in March, I posted 12 of the 21 Mario characters in this series.
I am ashamed to say that it has taken me up ’til now to complete these. But in my defence I have been doing other art work and these have not been high priority. But they are finished now and now I can show the whole series together.
Amazingly these have proven extremely popular, and I don’t want to be know as the guy who paints Mario characters!!!! But I can’t rule out doing more of these in the future.
This triptych is the last 3 paintings in a (far too) long running series of Mario Characters I have been doing.
These have finally been finished, and are just about to be sent off to a collector in New York.
As with all paintings in this series, each one is 8″ x 8″, Oil on Canvas.
This was varnished last night and photographed early this morning.
Once again, I have learnt a lot doing this painting. Made some mistakes that I will carry over into my next painting. Hopefully not repeating them again.
But rather than just worrying about the mistakes like I may have done in the past. I called it finished and it is time to move on to the next painting and hopefully I will continue to improve.
I am just going to continue doing this sort for work for a while longer and slowly work on my concepts and ideas for my personal work.
The finishing touches were done to this piece this morning.
I just need to get the Frankenstein painting completed as soon as possible now.
As far as this painting goes I know it is far from perfect and I have a long way to go as an artist, but I have made some great strides and had a few epiphany’s along the way. I feel my mark making has started to improve, and that the artistic process I have developed is really starting to come together. I have a couple of little steps I do at the beginning of each piece, that I really feel are starting to pay dividends and give my work a style of it’s own.
I have also started to experiment with using other items and not just paint brushes to make my marks. From what has been a very slow and daunting experience of getting back into painting after a 12 or so year break. I am starting to feel like the pieces are beginning to fall into place.
The main goal for me is to just keep painting and drawing and finishing work, and to hopefully keep moving forward hopefully in the right direction.
12″x12″, Oil on Canvas.
This is what happens when you don’t blog for a long time and do a bulk update in a rush.
This post was sitting in draft form and was meant to appear before it now does.
Lesson learnt I hope!
Here is a Lego Spaceman completed in the last 3 months.
Back to more iconic:a related matters.
I am now in a bit of a rush to get as many pieces done in time for Christmas, and hope that some of
these catch someone’s eye as a Christmas gift!!! :S
Here are two pieces I am currently working on, both again are 12″ x12″, Oil on Canvas. Both shots are very much WIP.
The Christopher Lee as Dracula piece has just been finished, oiled out and given two coats of varnish. More images to follow.
The other painting is Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster, if that wasn’t already obvious
My painting technique these days is very much done using the Flemish Method, and I pretty much always start with a Ebauche/Monochromatic underainting. I had planned to add colour to these, but my wife felt they would have more impact being left monochromatic and I agree.