Originally posted on Sunday, April 1, 2012
Lately, I have been digitally painting, and I have developed two new characters. I love playing around with different colors to paint with and this experimentation eventually led to my inspiration to paint a Silky Terrier since they have long hair that catches light and varying hues. This painting has different shades of blue and a touch of gray along the back of the terrier:
I am also inspired by the “steampunk” aesthetic as of late since I have just finished reading a book that was inspired by sculpture artists that embrace the steampunk/industrial movement. I decided to pick out some elements from the book that I was inspired by and at the time, I had also been researching herons, so I decided to put the two references together.
With the heron I created below, I tried to give the bird a mechanical feel while still maintaining some of its natural elements like the feathers. I liked this soft contrast against the hard metal. Both surfaces are different but share a smooth luster at the same time which I thought was visually appealing.
Lastly, I’ve been fiddling around with this T-Rex dinosaur character for the past few days. I am trying to strengthen my branding skills with illustration, so I’m developing a toothpaste campaign that is marketed towards children. I’m just working on this independently to see where it goes. I’m trying to add more texture to his skin next with different brush techniques, and as of right now, I’m pleased with the texture I have got going on with his nails and mouth.