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.
ImagineFX magazine have just published a new specialty magazine, or bookazine as they call them titled, Fantasy Illustrator. The mag is dedicated to traditional Fantasy/SF illustration and I was asked to contribute a short tutorial. I choose to paint a simple oil painting study outlining the basics of value control and how you can use your smart phone or tablet to shoot the painting in progress in B/W. This helps you keep track of your values without colour confusing the issue!
The painting is based on one of my sketches set within the Sky Burial series.
Here is a look at the magazine cover.
I created four small thumbnails for variations in mood, contrast and atmosphere.
Using the iPad to check relative values in B/W without being distracted by colour.
The final painting in B/W..
..and in colour.
Many thanks to Ian Dean at ImagineFX. Head out and pick up a copy as it should be out now.
By now Interzone issue 246 should be out so I thought I’d post the second interior illustration I painted for that issue. This one is for a story titled Sentry Duty by Nigel Brown. The story is a little retro in style so I tried to give the image a similar feel. It’s full of humor with a little sting in it’s moral tail!
Thanks again to Andy Cox at TTA Press.
21″ x 14.5″, Oil on Canson Paper.
The light flare coming from the ship is mostly digital as I was short on time and needed to scan a dry painting!
This one is for you! I said in an earlier post that I would start painting more genre work, specifically, sf paintings. Well here is the second such painting Desert Storm being the first even though it isn’t apparent. In context with this new painting, it starts to fit.
This is the second in a series of works that may take shape as an illustrated SF novel. That’s a ways off from here but I am painting these with an eye to such an end and certainly with a storyline I’ve had in mind for several years now.
Sky Burial #1. 40 x 15 inches, Oil on Linen.
*Note – I have removed the original images of this painting from this post as they were from my Nikon camera and were not the best reproductions of the actual painting. I had also modified the painting since those original pictures were taken. The image above represents the painting as it actually appears, or as close as possible to it! I will add detail pictures soon.