The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

September 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Haven’t had time to work on many personal projects lately. I’ve been busy working on posters for  a few local arts groups. This one’s for an amateur theatre company for their upcoming show. I broke out the acrylics again for this for the first time in quite a while. I definitely seem to have learned a lot in the meantime – this was a lot less frustrating than my previous attempts at working with acrylic.


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Oil Painting – Statuesque – part 1

Slow progress on the personal projects right now as I’ve got a few pro-bono pieces I’m working on for other groups. I have managed to squeeze in some time to work on this, based on a photo of a statue I took at my last trip to the ROM. They had it lit so gorgeously I couldn’t resist trying to paint it.  I’m still fairly new to painting with real media, so I’m using this mainly as a practice piece, since it lends itself well to a limited palette. The left side isn’t quite that light in person – I don’t have access to a tripod so I had to use the flash.

4th Doctor – Hairstyling

Been a while since I worked on this, but I’m getting kind of tired of working on this. I’ve learned a lot, but I’m eager to get this to a point where I can call it ‘done’ and move it on to the next one.

Mostly worked around the hair and face, but I’ve added some reflected light on the jacket and scarf. I’ll need to do another pass of this once I’ve got the head done.


Saiyuki – Hakkai/Gojyo poster

Got a bit tired of working on the 4th Doctor, so I’ve taken a break to work on this:  a little poster of Hakkai and Gojyo from Saiyuki. I’ll eventually add in a ki-ball and Gojyo’s shakujou, but right now I’m just working on adding the base colour.

I originally started this over a year ago, but I got frustrated that I couldn’t get the anatomy right, and quit. Over the past year, I’ve been working on some head-to-toe anatomy studies on ConceptArt, and that’s really helped. I’m also getting back in to Saiyuki, so I’ve decided to get back to this one.


4th Doctor – face lift

March 27, 2012 Leave a comment

A few touch-ups here and there on the scarf, but this time I’ve mostly focused on the face.  Hair is next. I think I’ll also have to adjust the colours on the scarf. They don’t seem quite right yet.

4th Doctor – Once more, from the top

March 14, 2012 Leave a comment

So, another critique, another repaint. Got another critique, a really harsh one this time, but just what I needed. I finally feel like I’m off on a good direction with this one, rather than just plodding along because it’s all I can do.


Arsenic and Old Lace

March 10, 2012 Leave a comment

My theatre group will be presenting Arsenic and Old Lace this spring, and I’ve been asked to paint a portrait of grandfather Brewster for the set. It needs to be fine by the end of the month, so my Doctor Who project is on the back burner until then.

Here’s what I’ve got so far. It’s based on a work I found on wikipaintings.  Acrylic on masonite, with oil to be added later.


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