Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Dim the lights

Yudaina - wip
Still a wip. But I just had to take some time this evening to sort out the lighting a bit. It was annoying me something awful.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

9 DAYS OF NIFTY GIFTIES - Day 3


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Monday, 7 December 2015

9 DAYS OF NIFTY GIFTIES - Day 2


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Monday, 30 November 2015

Cyber Monday sale in my Society6 shop!


Golden delicious

Yudaina - wip
Stacking up the wips. Yudaina again, this time in regal robes. As always based on Sanada-san, 'cause gosh darn it I just can't help lovin' the man.
Oh, and that's face number 21 for the 29 faces. Perhaps I'll manage 29 before Christmas ;-)

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Somebody get the compass

Yudaina - wip

The last few weeks I've been winding down in the evenings by playing the Uncharted games. Probably why I had tatty old maps on my mind tonight. So here's a wip of Yudaina consulting a map. Hopefully he doesn't have the same issues with telling left from right as I do.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Did someone say hydromatic?

Kenickie - wip
I can neither confirm nor deny that I may have a bit of a crush on Kenickie ;-) Wip.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Well, it's something...

Yudaina - wip

There is too much going on at the moment, so I'm finding it really difficult to focus on painting. But here's a wip of Yudaina, based on Sanada-san.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Sale in my Society6 shop!

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Monday, 19 October 2015

Thank you and good night!

Freyndyal - wip
Another one for he 29 faces. Very tired today, so just a rough wip of face number 18. Decided on a bit of elf therapy with Freyndyal - based as always on the lovely Colin Morgan. And now it's bed time :-)

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Hot and bothered

Deklan
I decided to revisit Deklan as I continue working my way through the 29 faces.
He's from a fantasy sci-fi story I started a looong time ago. I feel I should add here that I write purely for therapeutic reasons... should I ever actually finish one of my stories it would be by complete accident ;-)
Deklan is a hyperspace scout and a devoted older brother - yes... I have a thing about older brothers - and through a random combination of incidents, involving a Star Wars 'making-of' clip and the Sting song 'If I ever lose my Faith', he ended up looking like the charming and talented Marc Warren.
As the song goes - 'I could be lost inside their lies without a trace, but every time I close my eyes, I see your face.'
Well, that was the face :-)

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Friday, 9 October 2015

Money off and free delivery in my Society6 shop :-)

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Monday, 5 October 2015

Beautiful Villain

Kenji
September may be over and my neck may still be aching but I shall keep going until I have finished the 29 faces. More than half way now with face number 15.
When Hiroyuki Sanada played the role of badass villain Kenji in Rush Hour 3 he portrayed him as such a sympathetically tragic character that I was sitting at the final showdown shouting at the screen 'Why don't you throw Chris Tucker off the Eiffel Tower and let Kenji live? How about that, ey?'
Do I love him, my oh my. River deep, mountain high ;-)

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Pain in the neck

Twang
An ode to the horrible pain that has accompanied me for over a week now and frozen up neck and shoulder. Face number 14.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Autumn is here...

Leaves
and the leaves are ready to fall.
I have had a horrible shoulder ache for days now... So bad  I can't sit by the computer for more than a few minutes at a time, so no digital painting. Aaaagony! Instead I have been propped up watching The Mummy with a sketchbook in my lap and ice pack strapped to my back. I managed this... pencil sketch with brushpen for face number 13. I do love brushpens. Yes, I know, it's not digital, it's a messy and wet art utensil... what must I be thinking? Well, I may yet give it the digi treatment once I'm better ;-)

Friday, 25 September 2015

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Hey ho, two in a row...


Pink

Blue
Face number 11 and 12. 
The pink one is from yesterday, but I was sooooo tired yesterday, so I didn't get around to posting it. No story behind it, just wanted to paint something before I fell asleep.
The blue one is from tonight. I fancied an elf and also, I found this picture of this really cool ear pendant with a living plant in it on tumblr the other day and wanted to incorporate it into something.


Sunday, 20 September 2015

Vincent

Lt. Vincent D'Agosta
There is a gem of a creature flick called 'The Relic' which has one of my most favourite screen detectives in it - the highly superstitious, tough as nails, Lt. Vincent D'Agosta who in the midst of fighting a mutated monster also has time to lament his ex-wife getting custody of their dog. Face number 10.

Face paint

Face Paint
Another face for the 29 faces - number 9. No story behind this... except an urge to do some face paint.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Tapioca Tundra

Sanada-san
'Silhouettes and figures stay close to what he had to say, and one more time the faded dream is saddened by the news, it cannot be a part of me for now it's part of you.'

Not sure what it means but I love it... and I love him :-) face number 8 - Hiroyuki Sanada.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Who needs sleep? I do!

Tirion - wip
Face number 7. Leaving it rough but not ready tonight. I'm just too tired. I got half an hour into this and I actually nodded off, woke with a start and realised I had drawn a great big line right across the face. Oh, history tab in Photoshop how I love you :-)
So, this is Tirion, one of my elves - incidentally from the same story that Tywyll is from. His face is inspired by the almost otherworldly looking Japanese Kyogen stage actor Mansai Nomura. I shall finish this later.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Forty-nine years of awesome

Spock
A few days ago on September 8th it was exactly 49 years ago that Star Trek first aired. I have loved TOS since I first came across it some ten years ago now, and in in particular, I have loved the one green-blooded, pointy-eared Vulcan. And although we lost Leonard Nimoy in February this year, I have a feeling that his most famous on-screen persona will live forever :-)
Face number 6 - Mr. Spock.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Oh, fiddle sticks!

Aichel
Another attempt at Aichel - the banjo playing sorcerer. Face number 5 for the 29 Faces. The first hour went just fine... then I thought I'd just allow myself to go a bit over and make a few adjustments... Bad idea - I started to faff again. I think I need to instigate an egg timer to assist with my self discipline.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Ready Freddie

Killer Queen

Face number 4. A belated happy birthday to my most favourite Queen, Freddie Mercury, who could have turned sixty-nine this Saturday just gone. Magnifico-oo-oo-oo!

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

In the heat of a cold

Burning up


Another Pitt Rivers inspiration for face number 3. This time from an Asian mask that had this really neat pattern on it. I've also managed to catch a horrid cold and my head feels like it's burning up so the hot reds seemed appropriate. And now I must go find my nasal spray.

Friday, 4 September 2015

It's the pitts

Robin
In Oxford there's a museum called Pitt Rivers. It's magical. It has dinosaur skeletons and crystals. A piece of a million year old meteor and all sorts of peculiar things collected from across the globe... including a collection of assorted skulls. I was thinking of Pitt Rivers tonight... so here's a skull for face no. 2... and almost within the 1 hour time frame. I shall combat the faff!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Humble beginnings

Tarkin - wip
The first face for the 29 faces. Far from finished... the idea was bigger than my time limit. That's my challenge for this time around. Only allowing myself an hour on a painting at a time. Not that it has to be finished after an hour... but I must have a break from it and work on something else for an hour. I have become terrible at faffing and once I get stuck on fiddling the strokes tighten up and the painting dies. So this is an attempt to counter act this annoying habit by stopping myself before I have time to get fiddly. I did spend over two hours on this, but it's late and I was fiddling ;-) So I got thinking... even Grand Moff Tarkin may have started out as humble storm trooper.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Teething problems


Esgym - wip
So, there is an idea behind this, but I need to go to bed now.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

The smell of burnt hair in the morning...

Tywyll O Fewn

Took some time this evening to finish Tywyll.
And on that note thank you to actor Danny Midwinter for appearing in an episode of Lewis with the most wonderfully pained expression on his lovely face and to Sean Bean for always providing the most spectacular reference for amazing wrinkles.
Ty is one of the characters from one of my many, oh so many, stories that I occasionally work on, and he is very special to me, which makes me ever so apprehensive about painting him. It feels like painting someone you know, and I catch myself thinking if he'll like my efforts. As one of my colleagues said to me - you clearly have a very rich internal life. Since the word go, my family can vouch for that ;-)

Monday, 24 August 2015

Thank you Danny...

Tywyll - wip
Soooo... between now and my last post I have started but not finished half a dozen paintings, and that's not counting the ones I outright discarded. I don't know what's wrong with me at the moment.  Anyway, I decided om a little wrinkle therapy to try and calm myself... So here is another not finished painting of Tywyll O Fewn, my possessed demon hunter.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Invincible


So there's a wonderfully talented artist lady from Poland going by the name of Kyoux that I follow on Deviant Art - check her out, she rocks! She has created a whole bunch of really cool characters that she paints and writes about and has invited anyone who's interested to have a go at making their own interpretation of her characters. Looking through her character bios I had an urge to attempt a blue-eyes, white fringed, goatee'd, drug lord of Japanese descent named Sessue.
So who do you turn to for inspiration when it comes to super-awesome Japanese fellas? Well, for me there's only one choice... one of my all time favourite actors - Hiroyuki Sanada. Because... lets's face it... he's probably one of the coolest people to walk the planet.

Or to put it in the words of OKGO

'When they finally come to destroy the earth
They'll have to deal with you first
Now, my money says they won't know about
The thousand Fahrenheit hot metal lights behind your eyes
Invincible
you're invincible
That crushing, crashing, atom-smashing, white hot thing
It's invincible'

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Offer on all-over print t-shirts on now!

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