Thursday, 26 May 2016

Kid Character Sketches

Here are a few simple sketches of kid characters. I'm trying to get a variety of shapes and personalities.

Monday, 23 May 2016

New Drawing

Here is a new drawing that I'm working on. I'm practicing drawing more kid characters.

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.