On or around August 9th, James Gurney came across an advertisement for Troll Caught Tuna. He was a immediately intrigued by the concept of fishing Trolls. Most people don’t know the rich history of Trolls or of their centuries old fishing exploits. I could dedicated pages to their history, but I can sum up their fishing endeavors with one word - disguise. Think about any time period in human history and how humans would react to seeing a Troll fishing by the river, out on a boat, or bringing their catch to market? I’m sure you can draw your own conclusions as to what might happen to the Trolls. In an attempt to thwart off any knowledge of their activities Trolls would blend in through the clever use of makeup, costumes, and body morphing. I have decided to depict the disguise used during the Middle Ages - - that of the Jester Troll along with his fishing spear. Keep in mind that not all Jesters were Trolls, but all Trolls that fished were Jesters. If you are interested in learning more about the other disguises they adopted throughout time, I encourage you to do your own research. Modern day researchers need only walk to the nearest lake, river, or marina - - with your “awakened vision” you will easily pick out the Trolls amongst the humans. Or perhaps they are all Trolls.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
I had a little time last night to do some sketching. This drawing (5x5) was done on toned paper with graphite and white color pencil. Total time approx 20-25 minutes. I wasn't trying to render out the fur in a realistic manner, but rather to just capture the over all feel of this dog's face.
Monday, July 28, 2014
This painting (4x8) started off as a wet on wet watercolor which gave me a mottled underpainting of tones and colors - - this also helps to "get rid" of the white of the paper. After everything dried, I drew over the top using watercolor pencils to create the textures, cracks, etc. to complete the wooden post (middle photo). Using my camera and computer I brought the painting in to Photoshop where I started off by painting a soft background (third photo). I then proceeded to add additional plants, grass, and sticks to fill in some of the area around the post (first photo). As you can see, the original watercolor remained unchanged throughout the digital work. Combining the three different methods to create this piece proved to be very enjoyable and something that I will certainly explore again.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
I had a little time to today to mess around with Sketchbook Pro and Photoshop and so I began experimenting with creating skin tones - - first creating them from scratch and then adding them to existing art. I enjoy both traditional art and digital art and was looking for a way to combine them. This image is the result - - one that you may recognize from a previous post, but with a new "old timey" skin tone enhancement.