Sunday, December 13, 2009

Dwarf Madness!

Here's some Photoshop/Painter work. Photoshop is really becoming my main program more than ever. The very opaque hard brushes in Photoshop are really working out for me. This was a pencil drawing that I scanned from my sketchbook. I lost some of the emotion in the painting though. No refs were used this time around except for looking in a small mirror to see the forms around my snarled nose.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Zombie Vampie

Getting close to Halloween...drawing bad guys can be very fun. Mostly photoshop with a dash of Painter.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bizzaro WIP

Here's a work in progress (WIP) of Bizzaro Superman. No idea why I wanted to paint him. I received some critiques and made some changes. I've added some low chroma color and a background. I will now always start with the background before going into the characters. Corel Painter X and Photochop CS3.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Alien revisited

Here's a revisit of an alien that I sketched some time ago. Still trying to work only in photoshop...I still love painter but I'm drawn to the stability of Photoshop. I'm never afraid to have10+ layers if I choose to...tho I rarely have more than 3.

Monday, August 17, 2009


This is a painting I did in about 3 hours or so. Some experimentation especially on the palette. Started out multiplying a redish brown color over some quick values then I went down to "difference" and got that hot red under I kept it. I like how this sketch to painting came out. Started out in Photoshop but I did most of the work in Painter.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Brad Pitt study.

I found this photo shoot of Brad Pitt in high res with some nice shadows, wrinkles, and poses. In my continuing fight to become more adept with Photoshop here is a value study...there's a tad of Painter in here too. A few new brushes came out of it including a stubble hair brush, and a couple of "Dual Brushes" which I never even bothered with before.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Using Photoshop more than Painter...

Here's a dump of a few images that I painted with Photoshop. I am still working on the ins and outs of the program in order to render well with it. These are a few attempts. I am not saying that Painter is not as good as Photoshop, but I will say that there are things that I like to use in each program.

Friday, June 26, 2009


This is currently unfinished but close enough to post. No real references were used so I struggled a good bit on making the armor believable. Corel PainterX.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Armor study

Armor study from a photograph. Corel PainterX with a little bit of Photoshop.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Warcraft Logo

Another World of Warcraft logo for a friend's video. PainterX and Photoshop for the figure and Photoshop and Illustrator for the text.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Another Self Caricature

These are always fun. Corel PainterX and Photoshop CS2. My wife was freaked out a little when she saw me like this..."scary" was all she said before telling me to take out the garbage.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Environment study

Painting what I have trouble with...Environments! Though I should use reference I decided to struggle through this speed painting. I worked on this for about 20-30 minutes.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Sketch of an Elf turned into an alien along the way. Grayscale study in Corel Painter X.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Self Portrait

I was outside getting some shadow reference and I liked one of the pictures I took so I painted it. I tried to stay away from "rendering" like mad and kept it relatively loose. I even found a satisfying use for the impasto of Corel Painter...something that I normally shy away from. This took roughly 3 hours.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Noseforatoof [WIP]

Early grayscale of an image I am working on. Done mostly in Corel Painter X.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Schoolism final assignment.

I should've had this up a long time ago. This is the final assignment for Bobby Chui's digital painting class. Bobby gave us a sketch and we had to paint it using all of the knowledge from the past assignments. When I was in art school, Photoshop was literally 1.0. and wasn't thought of as a method of illustration.

I kept the image as is when Bobby critiqued it. I learned quite a bit from Bobby on "basic" photoshop techniques that I still use on everything I work on.


I realized that I suck at "vehicle" type images. So here's an attempt at some of that. Took longer that I should've but I learned a lot along the way. Made some more brushes for the "hard" edges needed for this type of object. I almost gave up on Painter for Photoshop on this one. The opacity and hard edges make Photoshop very nice for these sort of objects. Making paths then turning them to selections was a common technique for this. The design is rather a joke but the execution is what I focused on.


Great mage that I was lucky enough to have on my side. This is my favorite out of the four that I did. I will probably take this further and add a body and paint out the black lines. Looking at this makes me want to get back into the game... Corel Painter for the most part with some burn/dodge Photoshop used.


Undead without the jaw. I never had the guts to make an undead like this...scary. More Corel Painter X. Basic round modified marker and Airbrush make up the image.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

39 Troll Priest

Icon created for a buddy of mine. Character was created with Painter. Text was created using Adobe Illustrator.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Image of one of the best 39 Rogues. A buddy of mine was gonna make a video that would host some of my art...sadly the video has been scratched but the art will continue. I used a little of everything for this image. Painter for the main portrait, and Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, and Photoshop for the text.

Thursday, January 29, 2009


Here is a painting of an apple on my desk. I worked Ala Prima as much as possible. Painter's Mixer pad is really a great tool.

Saturday, January 24, 2009


This is a portrait of my one of my best friends Justin "Buddy" Calvin. I had to use multiple references for this image and pieced them together. A picture of Justin, a tuxedo on a rack, a picture of Brad Pitt, and a planar head were used to make up the shadows for his face. 100% Corel Painter X.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Skull on my desk.

Here's a monochromatic technique that I use when I paint traditionally. Trying to make it work with Corel Painter doesn't translate 100% but it's pretty close. I recently worked on blocking out the glare from my monitor. I found that Painting digitally during the day time was a lot tougher than painting at night time. So I purchased some foamcore board and cut it to the size of my windows. Now its nightime all day in my studio.