Illuxcon 2015

Howdy folks!

Thought I would share the selection of new paintings I’ll be taking to Illuxcon for this year. My paintings, Sky Burial #2 & #3, Rendezvous and Buddha Returns will be hung along with my latest work.

So without further ado, here they are.. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Breakdown . Ankaris Project . 40″ x 16″ . Oil on linen

 

Desert Wreck . Ankaris Project . 52″ x 20″ . Oil on linen

 

Kunzum La . 60″ x 23″ . Oil on linen

 

Traveler . Ankaris Project . 30″ x 12″ . Oil on linen
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New Painting For Illuxcon 2015 – Kunzum La

Howdy folks!

Long time no post.. Quite busy teaching this year among other things and have only managed two new large oil paintings for Illuxcon 2015. Two others I have abandoned for another time.

I’ll cut to the chase and let you look at some art., here is the first of my two new paintings – Kunzum La

Enjoy!

 

 

First Pencil Sketch

 

As you can see I flipped the image for the final painting.. still like the original composition!

The gouache studies were done for the benefit of my students. Studies two and three were art directed by my students. They had to describe a lighting scenario for me to paint.

 

Gouache study 01

 

Gouache study 02

 

Gouache study 03

 

And the final painting.

Kunzum La . 60″ x 23″ . Oil on linen

 

And here are some detail close ups..

 

 

 

 

Ankaris SciFi Sketches 007 – 12

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My blog seems to have suffered neglect at the expense of Twitter and Facebook these days.. To make up for it, here’s a few more sketches.

 

Enjoy!

 

Ankaris Scifi Sketch #007

 

Ankaris Scifi Sketch #008

 

Ankaris Scifi Sketch #009

 

Ankaris Scifi Sketch #010

 

Ankaris Scifi Sketch #011

 

Ankaris Scifi Sketch #012

 

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Ankaris SciFi Sketches 004 – 006

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Sketches 004 to 006 now up for your viewing pleasure.

 

ps. By the way, I have started a BigCartel site to handle all of my SciFi art sales. Everything is now in the one place which has streamlined the process. It means I can update print products quickly without having to add html code to this site and BigCartel takes care of shopping carts for multiple purchases.

You can find my artwork here: ankaris.bigcartel.com.

Anyway.. back to the sketches! 🙂

Enjoy!

 

Ankaris SciFi Sketch 004

 

Ankaris SciFi Sketch 005

 

Ankaris SciFi Sketch 006

 

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Ankaris SciFi Sketches 001 – 003

Howdy Folks!

Thought I would share some of the sketches I have been doing lately.. some of you may have seen these on my Facebook page or on Twitter.

Here are the first three in higher resolution for your viewing pleasure!

Enjoy

Ankaris, Scifi, science fiction, drawing, illustration, derelict, desert, spacecraft,
Ankaris SciFi Sketch 001

 

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Ankaris SciFi Sketch 002

 

Ankaris, Scifi, science fiction, drawing, illustration, derelict, desert, spacecraft,
Ankaris SciFi Sketch 003

 

 

 

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Interzone 257, A Murmuration

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Long time no blog.. I was a bit worn out after Illuxcon and the holiday period. I’ve also been ramping up for my second year of teaching at PAD which has involved a bit of re-engineering of the course as we strive for better delivery.

I have however been active illustrating for UK’s oldest SF magazine, Interzone. This time it was an honour to illustrate a short story by Alastair Reynolds called, A Murmuration.

This was done entirely in ink with pen and brush. I did of course use Photoshop for some clean up.

Enjoy!

 

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On The Road to Illuxcon 2014, part 1.

Howdy Folks!

Thought it was about time I posted a review of my time at Illuxcon this year. However before I get to the actual event, I thought I would go through some of the planning and logistics involved in the lead up to the show, particularly some of the costs.

Allentown Art Museum . Illuxcon 7

I had been selected to show at Illuxcon for three of the last four years prior to this year, one year I didn’t bother as my circumstances simply wouldn’t allow it. Getting to the US from Australia for such a show is no small thing and requires many elements coming into alignment just to get there. This is no doubt true for artists traveling from many other countries in the world.

My career has been on course correction since 2006. Whilst working on The Fourth Magi film project, my desire to paint SF paintings in oils resurfaced and around late 2007 I started setting up a basic studio in my second bedroom. I needed to just start, I needed to take that first step as they say and get on with it. I’d been putting it off for too long. The first few paintings I hacked together were garbage, which I knew would be the case, but slowly my painting technique started coming together. Those paintings were mostly landscapes and some re-paints of my existing digital work. In time I would start painting the SF I wanted to see. Sky Burial #1 was the first SF painting that actually came together.

Around that time I had read about this show called Illuxcon, dedicated to showcasing traditional SF/F work. Awesome! I had a plan. But first I needed to create the work and crawl back into some semblance of financial stability. Around mid to late 08′, the GFC hit and the film project I was working on died, so had almost every other film or tv job out there too and what funds I had saved were soon drained by existing financial commitments, tax, tax and more tax (mostly me avoiding them.. take heed kiddies, do your taxes!!) and I was in the red. Suffice to say it was and has been a challenge getting back to some sort of even keel.

So getting to Illuxcon has not been easy to say the least. It goes without saying of course that the artistic side of the coin must also be strong enough!

 

Here is a run down of the costs involved:

1. Cost of show admittance.

2. Extra cost for larger wall space at ILX. I had larger paintings and needed wider wall space.

3. Painting time or in other words, funds to cover myself during the months leading up to the show where I can’t take on other work. This means monthly bills etc.

4. Scanning my art, colour corrections etc for eventual printing and digital backup should the originals get damaged.

5. Framing of the artwork.

6. Shipping in both directions. Although some paintings sold at Illuxcon, enough came back to almost equal the cost in outgoing shipping.

7. Airfare to US.

8. Accommodation in the US.

9. Cost of several prints, new business cards and post cards to hand out at the show.

10. Cost of one full size repro and framing of my painting Sky Burial #2 (to replace the original which ended up at the Spectrum Show at the Society of Illustrators).

11. Any other expenses associated with traveling.

12. Ongoing bills and costs back home whilst I’m away and for the month/s afterwards should work be absent upon my return.

 

The above list was something that would financially fall into place as the year went on, or it wouldn’t. Had I missed one or two jobs this year, I wouldn’t have made it to Illuxcon. It’s a delicate balance between having enough time to paint and time to work. It’s been four years of trying to get the financial and artistic balance just right so that I could get my foot onto the next stepping stone. This year I finally managed it.

My goal has been to paint SF full time and transition out of the film industry altogether. Not because I don’t like film, it’s great.. I just love painting SF more.. way more!

And Illuxcon cemented that for me this year.

 

In Part 2, I will talk about some of the artistic choices leading up to the show, how I planned out the wall space and how that somewhat related to what I painted and the size of what I painted. I will also touch on the shipping of art. So stay tuned!

 

Most of my paintings unpacked and ready to be hung at Illuxcon 7.

 

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Maze Runner – Scorch Trials Concept Art

Howdy Gladers!

I know this image has made it’s way around the net recently but I thought I would upload the original version for those interested.

The collapsed building, gladers running in the foreground and sky changes were added by my colleague Ken Barthelmey for the released poster.

which is here..

..and here is the original concept art I painted up.

When Scorch Trials is released next year I can update with the other concept paintings… but not before! 😉

Enjoy