Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I have this odd idea in my mind of a fashionista with an alien dog thingy. You know, instead of the toy poodle...ha ha get it? anyways.. So I'll be going out of town for a week and won't be posting during that time. Also, finally I'm proud to announce that my website, www.shaunkeenan.com is live! Take a look , if your so inclined. Also, Lee White, if your out there, please put up the link on the side panel with all you other uber leet artist :).. not that I'm uber or anything, I'm just glad to be here.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Final painting of my wolfman comp. Thanks Lee for the cropping advice. I pulled it back and it works way better. Also, Lee, you mentioned something about "finding a use" when you commented on the value study. What exactly did you mean by that? Do you mean what the ultimate intent of the illustration is going to be? This piece (as well as the pirate and some others) are part of a card game project that will hopefully be published. Either way its a good chance for me to expand my portfolio. So in terms of working to a spec, I'm sorta doing that with these. The dimentions are fixed and the print size will be small. Also Lee, I saw on your site you've done work for wizards of the coast (awesome by the way), so in your opinion are my images working well for that format and genre? Sorry for the wall of text :)
Friday, September 25, 2009
So this value/comp study is based on a photo I took of myself ( for lighting, and no I will not post said photo of me playing wolfman ) and a lose drawing I liked. I want the rage and intensity typically found in wolfmen to come across here. I'm liking the direction its going so far...also this is the first time I've 'sketched' in photoshop building up tone without a scanned drawing to guide me. I kinda like it, it has a free feeling to it.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Alrighty, I'm working on a more painterly style. I've got almost a month until World Fantasy Con (where a lot of publishing biz goes on in the bars and restaurants). And I think I can finish one (if not both) of these pieces in time to pop it into a new portfolio. Therefore, it's important to find out:
1. Which to put more emphasis on (in case I only have time to finish one).
2. Issues or comments. Do any of the basics not make sense? Thoughts?
Thanks for your input.
My next piece for my side project is the wolfman. I'm still pondering on what to do with the pro wrestler character, so I'm letting that stew while I move forward with this guy. These are studies for the wolfman (more human), and werewolf (more animalistic)..there is a difference lol. I'm gona do the wolfman style, and I'm already liking where the bottom pose is going, it's how I pictured this comp in my head.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Ok, so here's the revised painting. I pulled the camera back to the original comp to sell the narrative I wanted to depict better. I took away the warmer colors and added in greenish hues to add to the "being at sea" feeling(thanks Flying dutchman painting!) plus it sells the idea of peril more ( didnt want optimistic feelings, like David mentioned). I also desaturated the painting overall, since its cloudy and stormy, the color wouldnt be very vibrant. Lastly I tried to add in the subtelies of my original drawing into the pirates face (harder angles).
Monday, September 21, 2009
Here's what I've been working on for the past few days. I figured I would just post my progress stuff (and final) since I have not posted much in the last few days. The drawing above is a cleaner version of a rough sketch I did earlier in which Im positioning things and working the comp out.
This is a value study of the comp. I repositioned the sword and reworked a few other little things.
Here's my final paint thus far. I cropped in more to focus on the pirates face and added all the fun stormy elements, and dutched the camera a tad. I kept him fairly iconic looking and that was kinda the point of this project ( iconic characters of lore), anyway ,overall I'm pretty happy with it. Any of you pro illustrators feel free to critique and tear it up :)
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I used to run a Scrabble tourney here once a week. Now someone else is running it once a month. And that let me draw the wild interior at last. As with several of the previous sketches, I may add to this as time allows.
Friday, September 18, 2009
It was great watching Tony DiTerlizzi draw creatures. I was especially delighted with the underslung Dragon jaw. But where the Spiderwick books are very much based on "real" folklore, I thought I'd make something a little less straightforward...
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
These are quick comp studies for a side project I'm working on. Its for a playing card type game. Anyways, the two characters I'm working on now are..the pirate (yeah I know) and a pro wrestler maniac. The challenge for me is to avoid total cliche' yet having it be iconic and recognizable..ugh.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Not exactly sketches, but these did take up the better part of my weekend. Plus they're the final project for my landscape painting class that I decided to audit this term. I really like the oil paint! Now it's time to turn this medium toward more narrative work!
Posted by David Hohn at 3:03 PM