Tuesday, December 23, 2008


I decided to give color a shot. Skin tones were always a huge problem for me with real paint, and so they were again in Photoshop. Thankfully Joe Quinones gave me a few pointers which helped tremedously.

After finishing, I realized I could easily make this a caricature of two other people, so I made a triptych.

Jon Waters, Don Knotts, and Steve Buscemi.

Monday, December 22, 2008

My Second Digital Painting

Slowly edging towards color, I go sepia toned.

And some in-progress shots.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

My First Digital Painting

I've never been much of a painter, so I've always shied away from trying to paint in Photoshop. Last week, though, I watched Joe Bluhm's latest digital painting podcast, and he talked a bit about about being fearless in your painting, which inspired me to give it a shot.

I wasn't going for a good likeness here, I just wanted to try playing with Photoshop, and to ease me into it, I went monochromatic.

And because I save lots of versions as I work, I can even show some in process versions.

One problem I've noticed with my Cintiq is that the image is usually way too dark. What appears to be a deep black on a Cintiq is barely darker than a middle grey on my other monitor. My solution was to do the painting on the Cintiq, check the values on my other monitor, darken the image using the Curves editor, and then go back in and paint more. Anyone have a better solution?

Friday, December 19, 2008

Hey You! I'm a Chicken!!

I made a new video.

This is what happens when I can't find freelance.

A big thanks to Mike for voicing the chicken.