I love the Oregon Coast. I painted this on our recent trip to Pacific City. 8” x 10” on watercolor paper.
Another cover mock-up. I don’t have any actual Space Monkey stories. I just have covers.
Mocking up a title header for a Space Monkey cover.
I made some scale replicas of the Moai statues from it’s a small world in Disneyland (one of my favorite attractions). I designed the papercraft template in Illustrator and printed it on card stock. As I assembled the pieces, I stuffed the inside with layers of shredded paper and wood glue. I textured the assembled models with acrylic modeling paste and then painted them with acrylics. I’m really happy with how they turned out.
We had the pleasure of taking an Alaska cruise earlier this month. Gouache 8” x 10” on watercolor paper.
Ha! This month’s Character Design Challenge theme is Space Pirates. A bit of a busman’s holiday for me.
It may be 4/20, but this isn’t what it looks like. It’s a homemade airbrush cleaning chamber. I gorilla-glued the neck of an olive oil bottle to a Trader Joe’s sauerkraut jar. Inside are pencil shavings and wadded up napkins for absorbing whatever is sprayed in. Why pay $20 for something when you can spend 100 hours making it yourself?
A vector drawing of the Black Star. The maquette I made really helped to flesh out the details.
While working on Space Pirates, I came across a challenge trying to draw the main ship, the Black Star, from different angles, so I decided to build a quick maquette of it. I sculpted it from Super Scupley and cured it in the oven. Then I scribed panel lines, drilled rivet holes, and glued on some washers for portholes. I primed and shaded it, then did the final paint and weathering. It’s very rough but I like how it turned out.
I tried a bit of a different style with this digital painting.
Color mixing can be challenging. A lot of times I make a digital color comp for a painting, print it out, and then use it as a guide for matching colors against.
My first painting using gouache. So far so good. Happy Valentine’s Day!