What I have been up to.

If I were to write everything I’ve been up to lately then it’d be a very long post. I took an online class in digital sculpting with Zbrush, it was 10 intense weeks of hard work. I didn’t think it would be so hard to work full time and study full time, but with overtime at work I can tell you this: too much coffee and sugar and way too little sleep combined with a will of steel ended up in this edited render.


Even though this class was really hard, and I am only just now starting to get back into a daily rhythm I do hope there will be a second class (we all got to put ourselves on a mailing list if we would be interested and of course I did just so).

The sculpt was supposed to look like an old role-playing character of mine, but ended up a lot more different, still I am happy with the result and I learned a ton taking this class so I am happy I managed to pull through.


Christmas commisions

This year I was asked to create five gifts for three of my work colleagues. First was a portrait of an Alaskan Malamute named Ironwill, sadly I couldn’t get any decent shots at it because I had to finish it so fast. The few photos that exist of that piece can be found on my Instagram. And of course the Anakin I showed in an earlier post, but then there has been these three portraits I’ve wanted to show but I decided to wait cause I didn’t want to risk ruining the surprise since it was to be Christmas gifts for my work colleagues kids. I got commissioned to paint her grandkids and I was supplied some photographs to use as reference. My goal was to create a somewhat realistic oil paint feel to these portraits using vibrant colors.

This portrait was pretty straight forward and I pretty much just followed the reference photo I felt showed most of this little girls personality. Personally I like how the nose and hair turned out in this piece.

Next one up was this sibling piece. It was a bit tricky since they didn’t have any portrait where both of them was in the same picture, so I had to pick the references I felt would fit best together. Working on the boy was as the portrait above pretty straight forward but in all the reference photos I received of the girl she wasn’t wearing anything on her upper body. Well she did in one of them and then she was dressed in winter clothes on top of it so I took what information I could from that photograph in order to dress her up. Here I liked how vibrant the colors of the background and skin colors turned out.

Here I had the same problem as the upper one, no photos in where they both existed so I had to take on the same approach by choosing the ones I felt would fit best together. In this piece I like how the hair, eyes and wrinkles on the clothes turned out.

These portraits were all really challenging and took a lot longer time to make than I thought they would. But I am happy with the result and so was my client.


Project 1001 #177/#178 and Butterfly

So the reason why you haven’t sen any updates from me lately is because I had to study hard in order to take my drivers license. And I passed the 12th sept, after that I’ve been having flus and felt sick in combination with not feeling any urge for creativity at all.

#177. A silly I made the day after I’ve taken my license.

#178. 30 min study from photo ref made today.

Butterfly. A small doodle that I decided to finish off earlier today.


Davids Ever After

So after receiving an e-mail from David saying that he and his bride were very happy about the portrait I got the okay to show the original reference used.
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Original photo of David and his bride.

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Since I wanted to make a portrait of David and focus on the couple I decided to crop part of the photo away making it more about them. I also tweaked around with some color balancing since the original photo were tinted by an orange sunlight.

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For you who haven’t seen the final version of Davids Ever After. A .gif animation showing the process making it can be viewed in this blogpost.

Yesterday/early morning I wasn’t in the mood of starting the project 1001 again (will do tomorrow) so I decided to finish an old sketch lying around:20130801_BJD_Sketch_H_by_Mary-Q
BJD sketch. I used a photo of a BJD (Ball jointed doll) as reference for this sketch.

A .gif animation showing my work process on this sketch (you may have to press the image above in order to see the animation)


Davids Ever After

One of my work colleagues got married this summer. Since he is such a nice person I wanted to paint a wedding related portrait for him. Having wanted to dip into digital plein air for a while (still am) I had purchased this Digital Painting issue by Imagine FX in order to read the reviews of various tablets a while back. Flipping through the pages I immediately got hooked on the cover made by Jane Radstrom and thought that a painterly and loose style like that would fit really well for Davids wedding picture.

The wedding day arrived and passed, when I told some of my other colleagues about this idea of making a portrait for David they got excited and helped me get a hand on some photos from the couple taken during their wedding day.

I’ve been working on this piece for quite a while. Plan was to put the portrait as background on his desktop at work in order to surprise him when he got back from his vacation. That said and done, I waited, hoping to hear a word from him and that he’d liked it. But 1 hour passed then 2. Later I got the sad news that he is off sick for at least a week. As I am writing this blog post I’m composing an e-mail wishing him well and sending the low res image to him, the high res is so big that he can actually make an A3 print out of it if he wanted to. I wanted to post the photo I used as a reference but without his consent I wont.

If I were to redo it again I’d use brushes with more texture and also keep it looser. I have the nasty habit of wanting to render images for decades. And also have kept the portrait made by Jane Radstrom up all the time so that I’d carry that inspiration with me while working on this piece.
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Davids Ever After

A .gif animation showing my work process on Davids Ever After (you may have to press the image above in order to see the animation)


Project 1001 #146-147

#146 Attempting to paint a self portrait of what I’d look like if I were one of the characters in the How to train your dragon movie.
#147 Post apocalypse theme in the 1001 portrait group. I tried to depict myself as a kind of zombie.
.gif animation showing my work process on #147 (you may have to press the image above in order to see the animation)