Monday, September 17, 2012

Tiger Style: Part II

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These are some color studies for the next painting in my Chinese Zodiac series. I like to have a couple of different moods and color schemes to choose from. Hopefully I've also minimized the risk of unexpected difficulties in the next phase, now that I know this scene by heart. Moreover, doing these little color keys is a great way to warm up and get confident before attacking that big canvas. The only question now is, which one shall I pick?

Friday, September 14, 2012


My apologies for the lack of updates recently. I've been busy moving to a new place, and I had to adjust to being single again. But I'm all settled in now, and the time has come to pick up the brushes, finally!

But first I'd like to announce that my piece "Chimpanzee Jester" has been included in the prestigious publication EXPOSÉ 10. The EXPOSÉ series features work of the best digital artists in the world. So it's a great honour and definitely a huge motivation to keep making great art. For more information please visit the Ballistic Publishing website.

exposé 10

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tiger Style: Part I

tiger,chinese zodiac

Here's a sneak peek at my latest project. I'm working on the second painting of the Chinese Zodiac series. Stay tuned for part II for a look at some color thumbnails.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Dragon's Delight

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I am happy to present this recently finished painting of a Chinese Dragon. It's of course the year of the Dragon, and it also happens to be my Chinese Zodiac sign. But hey, who needs an excuse to paint a dragon anyway? They're awesome, period.

Instead of painting your average cool and ferocious dragon, I chose a different approach. Made him look like a harmless puppy, enthusiastically wagging his tail in anticipation of his favourite snack.
Someone asked me where he got those marshmallows. I reckon the local village people give this to him as an offering, to keep him happy and secure their safety...or something:-)

Acrylic on paper: 30 x 40 cm. (11,8 x 15,7 inches)

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Showgirls Part II: Tight Drawing

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It's been a while since my last post, here's why. I was in the early stages of painting an Ostrich Showgirl when I realized I wasn't completely happy with it. "When the wine is sour, throw it out", I told myself and thus applied this principle to my inadequate designs.
The new and improved bird shown above is the one I will paint digitally.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Showgirls Part I: Ostrich Studies

ostrich sketch

ostrich sketch

ostrich sketch

ostrich sketch

ostrich sketch

ostrich sketch

Next up in my series of animal paintings: Ostrich Showgirls.
The hardest part about designing them was to strike the right balance between bird and human. I allowed myself great anatomical freedom, but at the same time I did not want to lose their typical ostrich features.

One thing I decided to change about them from the get go, were their legs. Ostrich legs are not sexy, nor very poseable so they had to be "humanized". This meant changing their bone structure entirely.
Arms and hands were also necessary, as well as some cleavage.
You can see how they evolved from being way too human-like in the first couple of sketches, to a more appealing bird-like character in the end.

Still a work in progress though, some type of headdress is needed and I haven't even begun to think about colors yet...