Thursday, December 29, 2011


My British blue - painted in photoshop; still cannot get Painter12 to work - thanks Corel ! 
This took hours and hours and hours, I never want to see fur again. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Having a dabble at design. yeah.. well, I think i'll give that a miss; still though fun having a bash at technical design stuff. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Practice concept art  , followed a tutorial on perspective 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Robins are cool up North, here's one I found in the garden, bottle of vodka, AK47, joint and a helmet.
Messing about with the previous painting..I  photoshopped the extras into the painting for a festive bit of fun... merry christmas...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Merry Baby Robin

 A painting of Nath High's robin. Nathan is a photographer and son of my dear friend........ here's his link to Nathans beautiful photography.
Robin painted  in PS, using custom brush which i made, but it didnt help, ended up painting over it ... I never want to see a feather again!   Nathans Photography here -----> I quite pleased with the snow and horrified to find out that robins are not red!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sketches Loomis style

Practising sketches Loomis style .... yawn, has to be done.

Saturday, December 3, 2011


Painting created on Wacom Intuos tablet using photoshop for my pallette; took about 16 hours. This painting is precious to me, its my mother and the lady next door chatting over the back wall.. bloomers hanging on the line, my mums bike, their yard tidy ours full of 4 children's stuff and mess :) A tricky painting to pull off ... perspective angles .. oh my.. A labour of love 

Sunday, November 20, 2011


The Intuos4 is now my best mate, I love it. I feel that I have made improvements to my painting. Meanwhile the Cintiq looks at me with sad eyes. Painted using PS CS4, the wonderful non cross platform compatible, non 64 bit software..Adobe, sort your shit out, for the money you charge you need to try harder!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Le Fin

And lastly , finished .... intuos4  and many, many hours later..... PS painting using Intuous, a shot of the lovely Rachel lovingly painted by moi......... many hours of sweat and tears.. i hate art!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rachel I

Work in progress... Its coming along, getting the hang of the Intuos now, i hope. Will see what it looks like tomorrow in the light of day. 


Tried the Intuos in the day light, bit better. Still got that dirty colour thing going on, bad mixing. Still though must try harder, learning more every day. 

Monday, November 14, 2011


Lou third attempt using Intuos4

Sex, Lies and Intuos

Trying out my Intuos 4 - It's very, very difficult to get used to compared with a Cintiq. Re visited Mr Spader and um.......... OMG 

Lou II

Further refining and that's one dirty face, too much green on there and too much shadow on the eye! Blending does my head in and I will not colour pick a photo. Therefore my colours are often wrong, but if i start using the colour picker i'll never learn to see colours. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011


Photoshop painting in progress - photograph of the painting shot with hipstamatic 

Monday, October 17, 2011

More photoshop painting

 The note. Original sketch scanned then painted in photoshop. Used multiply layers underneath the sketch. Also normal layers too. Duplicate the sketch layer and set to multiply, helps you to see your original guide lines. 

Pearl Necklace- fnar fnar. Photoshop painting, with text background. Airbrushed the legs, but blended the body using texture brushes like the "chalk" brush. Tried to get that perfect smooth look, but failed, also not sure i like smooth, i like to see brush work.

Grey Scale study - incomplete.
One of my first attempts using the Wacom Cintiq, simple greyscale study for values and shape. 

Coming Home - Painted from imagination -  study. Had fun messing about with this and playing with different layer effects, colour burn, multiply, screen, etc. Then someone suggested i added rain. Simply apply dots and then put the motion blur filter on and play about with the settings. I love this about digital painting, no rubbing off just play about with different ideas. No running out of paint and canvasses. 

Crap Robot

Crap robot, another attempt to imagine and paint. Photoshop, rough sketch first, need to learn perspective. Oh dear and moving on quickly .. the clouds are not too bad though? huh ? 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

TV robot

Tried to paint from imagination, using photoshop CS4 + Wacom cintiq. It turned out pretty  crap. More studying of light and shade required. 
I found a great site with lots of free digital painting tutorials, it can be found here Feng Zhu, pretty amazing stuff from a talented concept artist. 

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Fancied creating a rabbit, originally designed in Illustrator - painted in PS CS4 - an exercise to see if i could produce a creature of my own, given that there are a thousand "bunnehs" out there already. I think I preferred it without lipstick. Is the Wacom Cintiq nice to use? I am wondering about the Cintiq, i've had it for over a year now. I am starting to wish i'd bought an Intous instead because I've tried a Bamboo tablet and I liked sitting back and creating, rather than being on top of my drawing with all that glaring back light. My eyes are minced! I've tried the Intuous 3 very nice, but slippy and apparently the Intuous 4 goes through nibs at a rate of knots. Still undecided. 


Painted from a photo of my friends beautiful brown eyes. Got bored, never completed, its crap. Used Wacom Cintiq.

Lakones revisited

Lakones Corfu  - PS painting .......... grrrrrrrrrrr. Its very wishy washy, not sure if that's my eyes or the monitor, or just my amateur colour picking. I think i am using the pen settings in a baaaaaad way, too much opacity is leading to washy colours!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Further fiddling on Spader

I returned to Spader and added more details, blending. Not sure if i like perfectly blended paintings, i like to see brush strokes and splodges of colour. Had real difficulties with the mouth area. Ended up giving his moustache a green hue, but now not sure if I was best to leave it as it was. Also refined the mouth, but i still havent got Spaders lips right! No doubt I will come back to it and fiddle some more.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Secretary

James Spader, 12.15am, I just had to paint him, 3.45am...... finished. Woke up looked at it, fiddled some more.
Painted in photoshop , look at that washed out background, I cant see this when I am painting in artificial light, which is a bit of a pain, because I always paint at night after work. This image looks totally different on the Cintiq screen, and one day i'll figure out monitor colour settings ... but oh dear that background. I should go back and sort it out.. but once finished... Meh, on to the next one. 

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Steve, painted in PS, more practice.

Traditional - Digital

Scanned Water colour painting of Victorian balloons, copied and pasted together into photoshop.

 Fear & matte painting - two photographs, blend together, paint elements on final layer using photoshop and painterX. With hindsight I can see where I've gone wrong. The background is simply too crisp, the mountains, floor and sky needed some blurring ( those were the photos) My painting on top still looks reasonable,but perhaps the back building needed to be less sharp too.
Photoshop painting hands were tricky, still not happy with them but what can you do? Practice practice :) 

Love them



Tried Zbrush, 3D modelling software - gorgeous software, so compicated to use, great I guess if you're used to CAD, I am not, but i've given it a shot ....... but oh so many things to try......So much software to learn.. I wish I was retired and had the time to paint all day every day and night and on and on and on. 


Took four hours, tried to get a painterly feel to this one, quite liked it when i finished it, but one day later... bleugh! Photoshop painting, using Cintiq.


Pencil sketch on cartridge paper

More sketching

and more........

Walking in Corfu

Painting took about 7 hours, sketched then scanned into PS. I used some great brushes from Daarken, though I think I've gone overboard with them in on the background. I enjoyed doing this, great fun, but the frustration still remains with my efforts. I've a long way to go!


Love Charlton! Makes me laugh. Photoshop and painter painting.

More painting

Belgrade, first attempt to paint buildings, photo reference used. Digitally painted using a cintiq and photoshop and a bit of painterX. I still have no idea how I created some of those textures.


Krakow Poland painted from a photo taken whilst visiting.Painted in photoshop from a scanned sketch, using photo for reference.

Corfu Lakones

Buildings, hell why not? Corfu painted straight in to photoshop, hell of a time with straight lines and colour.
I keep looking at Craig Mullins for inspiration, but it's not working, if anything is scaring me. So much to learn.