Wednesday, 16 March 2016


Here is a little character I drew for Illustration Friday. I hope you like it.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Adjustment Layers

I gave myself the challenge to do a painting of a night time scene. I chose to paint a moon bear sleeping under the moon.
I had planned to finish this painting in a week but now I'm well into week three and I am ready to start this painting over again!
I had a really hard time trying to get the right colors and values. I finally decided the try adjustment layers in Photoshop Elements to solve these problems and I'm pretty happy with the results.
I thought that it was important to use desaturated  colors in a night scene but I ended up with a painting that just looked like it had a white film over it. I used two adjustment layers. One for the color (which made the most dramatic changes) and another for the contrast and brightness.
The end result really gave me a much better value range but some of the colors look a bit strange and harsh so I decided that I should just use what I've learned as a guide and repaint the painting. I need to make a few compositional changes anyway.
I'm curious to know how others use adjustment layers in their digital painting . So let me know if you find adjustment layers to be a helpful tool and at what point in the process do you use them?

Monday, 30 November 2015

Completed Fox and Wombat Characters

I did a little more work on these characters and I am now going to say that they are done. It is time to move onto something else. I have something in mind that will have a couple of characters in a complex environment. I hope I'm up for the challenge.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Wombat Christmas Card

I think this painting is almost done. I may find a few things that I still need to change but I'm pretty happy with it at this point.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Disgruntled Wombat Update

Here is where I am at so far with my disgruntled wombat painting. I decided to try Chris Oatley's oil pastel brush for this painting and I quite like the look of it.
I realized partway through painting that I was a bit confused about what were shoulders and what were elbows. I liked the design and energy of the pose of my initial sketch but it really didn't make a lot of sense. Darned anatomy.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Perspective Analysis

These are for a Magic Box assignment. In this assignment we are learning about the role of perspective in story telling. The screen shot is from the movie Sabrina starring Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Fox Villain

I'm not sure if I am completely done with my fox villain yet but it is close to done and I would really like to start something new. Starting a painting is always more fun than finishing one.