Thursday, February 27, 2014

Month of Love Week #4: 69 Love Songs

7" x 5" oil, acrylic, gold and silver leaf on board
The song I chose is "Long Forgotten Fairytale". The song (my interpretation, at least) is about abusive relationships and the Stockholm syndrome that often manifests in the abused towards their abuser.

That and I just love new wave. Don't judge me.

I'm glad I finished off 2014's Month of Love with a piece I'm quite happy with!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Month of Love Week #3: Fetishes

5" x 7" oil and acrylic on board
Formicophilia - having sexual interest in being bitten by and crawled upon by insects. Among other things... but that can be deduced with your imagination.

One more week to go!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Month of Love Week #2: Favorite Love Story

5" x 7" oil, acrylic, and gold leaf on board
This week's theme for Month of Love is to illustrate a favorite love story!

One of my favorite love stories is a Russian folktale called The Tsarevna Frog--The Frog Princess. The story is about a prince whose destiny is determined by firing an arrow towards whom he's to marry, a frog, who in the end turned out to be more than he could ever ask for.

The whole story can be read here: The Tsarevna Frog.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Jeff Easley Tribute

16" x 20" oil and acrylic on board
Jon Schindehette a while back had sent out a call to artists to help celebrate a tribute to a father of modern fantasy illustration:
I was never able to help Jeff get permission to create his art book when I was at Wizards of the Coast, and I would like to find a way to celebrate what he has contributed to our industry. I could only think of one way I could do that - through ArtOrder. Join me in paying homage to a man that directly influenced the fantasy illustration and gaming genre. Create an image that celebrates the man and his art.
My main influence from his work is how he can paint in one hue, but give it so much life, depth, and diversity. This piece was painted with just titanium white, mars black, and alizarin crimson.

Happy birthday, Jeff!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Month of Love is Back! Week #1: #nofilter Valentine

9" x 12" oil and acrylic on board

The first week's theme for 2014's Month of Love was #nofilter Valentine. Breakups are a an unfortunate aspect of love. It can hurt, a lot, but eventually with time the pieces are put back together... perhaps with the help of someone new!