If you are going to be in Calgary between June 6 and September 13, go and have a look at my uncle, John Brocke's paintings at the Glenbow Museum.
John was a great artist and a great guy. His artwork is stunningly beautiful. My favourite paintings of his are John, Dovey, and John and Sojourners.
To really appreciate his work you have to see his paintings in person. I once heard him say that he wanted people to enjoy his paintings both from at a distance and from just a couple of inches from their face. Many of the paintings are quite large but they are painted in a very detailed way using tiny brushstrokes.
Friday, 8 May 2015
Monday, 4 May 2015
Friday, 1 May 2015
Sunday, 19 April 2015
I decided that I needed to do something a bit simpler so I've taken a picture from Preston Blair's Advanced Animation (first edition) that I got from Animation Resources and used it for painting practice. These drawings are perfect for this because they are so simple and yet every line is informative and describes the shape and form of the character.
I practiced some of the photoshop lesson that I learned on Matt Khor's Ctrl Paint tutorials.
I traced the drawing using the paintbrush tool in black and kept that on a separate layer. Then I painted in the whole character silhouette with a bright red. I used the locked transparent pixels to roughly paint in the main colors over this. I then used clipping masks to refine my painting over this. I used the locked transparent pixels to color the line work and then just added a bit more detail and smoothed out the lines on top of that. It worked quite well and I'll probably use this approach again. I used Chris Oatley's Carlson brushes for all of the painting. His brushes are amazing!