This post is for you all you Maze fans who may like to see the concept art which @wesball posted on Twitter this week. Here are the two images I created with some small pencil roughs that I did to explore the compositions. I have also re posted the original pencil sketch I did for the poster idea.
A new painting from my Ankaris Project to share, fresh from scanning and the latest ready to be framed and shipped off to Illuxcon.
There will be limited edition prints of this painting available soon on both paper and canvas so stay tuned.
For those interested, I get my paintings scanned by the guys at Cie-Elle Digital Imaging who use a Cruse Scanner. Their scanning and printing quality is fantastic so check them out if you live in Sydney.
Detail 2 gives you a good idea of how awesome the scan is!
I was invited to paint the box artwork by Taschen based on the layout design by M/M Design of Paris. The idea was to capture some of the traditional look of illustration yet also have a clean simple design.
The image was painted in oils and scanned by the chaps at Cie-Elle Digital Imaging. I made all other adjustments digitally.
The black areas were easily cleaned up by re-painting them digitally. Stars were added on a separate layer digitally rather than me painting them in by flicking oil paint around with a tooth brush! We had some placement adjustments to make and a format change right at the end which necessitated some major digital work to the final image but all in all it came out pretty much as per the layout.
Before I got to the final large format painting, I did knock out a study of HAL’s red eye. I was hoping to go looser with the painting as can be seen with the study but the final version works as a clean design.
Many thanks to Taschen Books and M/M Paris for the opportunity to contribute to such a wonderful project.
Two illustrations for IZ magazine to share this time, the cover and one interior painting.
The interior painting is for a wonderful story titled, Diving into the Wreck by Val Nolan. The design of the ship is a direct homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey. I was painting the box art for Taschen’s upcoming box set of the Making of 2001, (more about that next post), so it was foremost on my mind and seemed to fit perfectly to this story. Incidentally, the artwork on the Taschen 2001 box as shown on their website is not the final artwork, they seem to be using an early digital mock up for the time being.
The cover painting for IZ #252 was serving double duty in that it had to work as a cover painting and work as a study for an upcoming large format Ankaris project painting that I will show at Illuxcon later this year. I did the same with IZ #251 cover as well.