The Return II

Just completed a 'finished' version of my Return sketch from earlier this year. This is one of those painting's where all the boxes were ticked as far as my picture making is concerned. I've also had a lot of positive feedback on the sketch so I decided to take the painting to the next level and here's the result.

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Fantasy Art Card Illustration - Enchantment

I finished this painting, my first ever fantasy art card illustration, about a year ago now for Arcane Wonders and I'm finally able to share it. This painting also marks the time when my art changed from me mainly creating folio pieces to actually working for clients on a regular basis. Been an interesting year and I've learned a lot about both picture making and the business side of things. It took a long time to get here, a lot of trial and error but I think I'm finally on the right path with my art.

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Today's Random Sketch

I'm in between commissions at the moment so I thought I'd try out some new brushes and do a landscape sketch - something I don't do nearly enough of. It was a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be so think I'll crank out a few more in the next little while.

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SOLDIER OF EMPIRES - RUM DROP

Here's another illustration that I created for the 'Soldiers of Empires' project. During the Battle of Imphal, the British were getting air support which mainly consisted of rations, weapons, ammunition etc. But the cannisters were also carrying bottles of rum in them as well. The Japanese managed to to grab some of the stray canisters and were very surprised when they discovered the rum. Here’s a link in case anyone’s interested in reading about it further:
www.imphal.co.uk

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Soldier of Empires - General Bill Slim

I was commissioned late in 2016 to create an illustration of General Bill Slim in support of a much larger project entitled “Soldiers of Empires”. In this illustration I was asked to portray General Slim creating parachutes out of cheap jute sacks as an affordable alternative to the more costly and less available silk parachutes of the time. The project is primarily focused on the WW2 Burma Campaign and more specifically, The Battle of Imphal. This is the first of a number of sketches and finished illustrations that I’ll producing for this project. Here’s a link in case anyone’s interested in reading about it further:
www.imphal.co.uk

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Fanzine Interview

I was recently contacted by a French fanzine, called 'Presences D'Esprits' who were running an Edgar Rice Burroughs special edition. They asked to use one of my paintings for the cover as well as an interview about my art, journey and process. At first I was a bit surprised, but after checking out the magazines' website I realized what an honour it was to be included with a whole host of other great artists that I admire.

Today's Master Study

Getting back into the swing of thing's after the holidays so I thought I'd do a quick master study.

Final Demon Born: Ascent Painting

So I totally forgot to put this finished painting on my blog from early November, oops! Oh well, it's here now and I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. During the course of completing this painting, I had to make a number of design choices that weren't on the sketch so it took a little longer than it normally would but at least these thing's are now setup ready for the next painting!

Demon Born Sketch #3

Here’s the third painting idea for my Demon Born character - Ascent. Think I might take this one to a more finished stage.

Demon Born - Sketch #2

Here’s the second painting idea for my Demon Born character - Meeting with the boss...

Tonight's Sketch - Demon Born

Been playing around with a new character which I've called 'Demon Born' for now... The character resides in one of the nine rings of hell, well until the devil grants him leave to walk the Earth on some sort of quest which I'm still figuring out lol. Anyway, enough rambling, here's my first painting idea for this character:)