Posts Tagged ‘photoshop’


My friend moved intoFullSizeRender_2 a new home with lots of blank walls –> art commission for Brooke! And what’s more, I was able to paint a beautiful European landscape with a castle for it!

She started off by showing me various photos, and I had the freedom to piece them together and create my own composition. After compiling a master photo for reference in Photoshop, I got the approval and began to paint. Like other projects, I started with a drawing then moved on to an acrylic layer. I find this step particularly important when painting on large surfaces (this was a 30×40). If you don’t have the basic colors already put down, you often have to cake oil paint on to make it opaque enough (and oil paint is more expensive than acrylic paint). This painting took me about a week and was delivered right in time for Christmas.

Fun project! Happy days!

Burg Eltz painting

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We have come to a very special time of year when people tend to be (or should be) a little kinder, a little more grateful, and also maybe a little more cheerful. You have probably already seen the two origami “12 Days of Christmas” paintings I did to help commemorate the season, but this one is special in a different way.  First of all, I did it in a completely different medium (I drew it in pencil, scanned it in, and colored it digitally), but it also was created for the purpose of reminding people of the meaning behind this season and to encourage charity. I call it “Charity from a Child.” I think there is something beautiful about the selflessness and kindness young children often show. Where do we lose that innocence? I hope we can all be a little better, myself included.

Charity from a Child

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Sometimes random freelance art jobs are extremely fun.  I love taking them on here and there for the variety.  This was a project I just finished for an album cover/logo for a song about how Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all get mashed together. I thought the idea for the song was pretty clever and realized the illustration for it would be fun, so I gladly took on the job.

For this project I first sketched it out just with a regular graphite pencil in my sketchbook. Then I scanned it in to the computer, tweaked the contrast a bit, and colored it all digitally in photoshop with my tablet. If you use “multiply” on your current layer when you color you don’t harm any black lines. It works great.


oween color finish without background

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This summer I am interning with Cliff Nielsen who works primarily with digital art. He gave me the assignment to copy a master’s oil painting but to do it only with PHOTOSHOP! So I chose this beautiful painting by Minerva Teichert. I liked how rough and obvious the paint strokes are and thought it would make as a perfect exercise to orient me with digital painting.  Here it is! (badum dum dum)

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