Unfortunately I havent touched my oil paints in a while, but I've continued doing quick studies as digital paintings. I find an image I like, I copy it, and I really focus on shapes, value, and exaggerated color. I love to push the color around and try new things. Using photoshop I can work with a lot of fun brushes and textures too. I personally enjoy a loose feel in painting, where you can see a nice balance of blending and brush strokes, so I practice that in my own work. These exercises have been a great way to unwind, warm up, and really get to understand lighting and the planes of the face. I give myself about 45 minutes to an hour, any longer and I just start to noodle and things usually go downhill. Learning how to call it done and move on was a big challenge as well.
Enough technical chatter, lets just move on to the main event: the paintings! For this series I thought it would be fun to paint a subject matter that I love, beautiful people who have inspired and entertained me through my life. And lets be honest creating "fan art" is just a great way to indulge myself. Im proud to present my "Bad Ass Babes of Sci Fi & Fantasy, Series I." Personally I still love River, and she was my first attempt. I think I captured something there that was very unintentional, and now I am very intentionally trying to recreate it. Sometimes I hit the mark, sometimes I miss, but they have all been great practice. I'll definitely be working on more, thats for sure!
To see updates a little more frequently please check out my tumblr: http://zealousceles.tumblr.com/
You can also find my on deviant art: http://zealousceles.deviantart.com/
Thanks, I hope you enjoy. :}