Silver cup and spoon still life (wips and done)

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A new still life appears! This one was a long slog to get through all that little detail in the snowflakes, but it was fun. I tried something new with blurring to try to get a sense of depth, but I don’t know how I feel about it. An unblurred finished version is at the end.silver_spoon_silver_cup_snowflakes_wip01 silver_spoon_silver_cup_snowflakes_wip02 silver_spoon_silver_cup_snowflakes_wip03 silver_spoon_silver_cup_snowflakes_wip04silver_spoon_silver_cup_snowflakes_done_not_blurredIt’s been a little quiet around here thanks to a sudden renewed interest in gaming. 🙂

 

Bananas (done for real this time)

4_25_2015_banana_doneThe background was bugging me, so I added a plate and redid it. So much better now, and the plate was a lot of fun to try to capture with limited time and brush strokes.

~30 mins for new plate and background. I left the naners themselves largely untouched.

Work in progress steps: Bananas (wips and done)

 

Bananas still life (wips and done)

4_25_2015_banana_doneBananas! These bananas had no idea they would be immortalized in a still life when I picked them up off the stand at Safeway. To be honest, I had no idea either. 😛 They just looked like they’d be fun to paint so I moved them off my kitchen counter and onto my still life platform and bam! – banana painting.

~90 minutes in Photoshop

I only saved a couple progress steps:

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Flashlight, clothespins, shark still life (wips and done)

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And another one! April has been a great month for digital still life paintings.

This one is pretty heavy on the red stuff, but that’s okay -I always love working with a limited palette. I think the big clothespin up front is my favorite. The shark is a rubber toy (alas, it does not squeak, but I always thought it should squeak) that used to sit on the wall separating my cube from the cube of one of my favorite co-workers. (Look, I still have your shark, Sean! He is well cared for. Haha :))

Anyway, here are some WIPs revealing just how sloppily this thing got started. I’m not a big sketcher, I just like to start putting in forms and adjust from there.april_still_life_flashlight_shark_clothespins_red_wip01

I try to block in everything before going too far on any particular part.april_still_life_flashlight_shark_clothespins_red_wip02

Bam, a shark appears! (I wish I had more opportunities to say that in real life.)april_still_life_flashlight_shark_clothespins_red_wip03

And the narrow slots between my oversized blinds! Isn’t this a tiny flashlight? I think it came free with a pack of batteries or something. april_still_life_flashlight_shark_clothespins_red_wip04 april_still_life_flashlight_shark_clothespins_red_wip05 april_still_life_flashlight_shark_clothespins_red_wip06

I know the airbrush is considered uncouth by some, but I think it’s handy for making foam balls look as smooth in the painting as they do in real life. It’s also nice for fabric highlights.

april_still_life_flashlight_shark_clothespins_red_doneYup, that clothespin up front is definitely my favorite part of this scene.

It’s just a practice still life so I don’t worry a lot about composition as I set these up, but as a finished piece it’s pretty chaotic. A better still life would probably feature a variety of object sizes, fewer objects, or both. 😛 I tend to choose just small objects for my still lifes since the platform I put them on is so small (it’s maybe 10″ x 10″).

Anyway, this is like… still life #4 or so for April, so I think I’m done eating my veggies for at least a few weeks. BACK TO INDULGENT FANTASY STUFF!

 

Metal cup and rattle still life, daylight (done)

april_still_life_baby_toys_daylight_donePositions unchanged since last time, but this one was painted in early morning daylight coming in from the window behind the scene.

I used the previous nighttime version as a base, but corrected a lot of little perspective things (and could probably keep going – ARGH, CIRCLES lol). Painting in daylight means working fast and taking few, if any, breaks, lest the light change too much. The light changed quite a bit in just the 90 or so minutes I spent on this one, but I’m satisfied with how it turned out!

Nearly every artist I admire paints a crap load of stuff from life for practice, so I’m just gonna keep going…

Previously:

 

 

April still life #1: little plushies! (wips and done)

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New month, new still life practice! This one was all about soft little plush things!

Honestly, I think this one’s is a little boring – they all had similarly soft textures (the Mantyke ball on right is kind of fuzzy, but the rest were smooth) and all of them were all about the same size, so it was hard to come up with an interesting composition. There’s also no perspective or shiny stuff to have fun with, so as cute as I think this one turned out, my next still life will have to feature some more challenging objects!

Here are some wips, starting with a sketch:april_still_life_plushies_wip02

This time, I tried just painting over the sketch. april_still_life_plushies_wip03 april_still_life_plushies_wip04

Most of the time was spent on the detailed rendering (as always) and small accuracy adjustments.
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april_still_life_plushies_doneHope you enjoyed!

Chompy still life #2 (blue and red lights)

chompy_still_life_red_blue_lightsChompy #2 is done! This one has a blue spotlight to the left and a red lamp to the right in an otherwise darkened room (well, plus monitor light). Future Chompys will be from new angles, because why not? Having an articulated plastic skull pretty much requires mixing it up. I only wish the teeth were more accurate.

This colored lightbulb version was challenging because of what I believe is a limitation of my monitor. The brightest spots on the skull looked so much bluer in real life, like a much higher saturation blue that I couldn’t achieve in Photoshop / on my monitor. I got as close as I could.

Previously in the Chompy series:

 

Dice, spool, ornament still life – blue lightbulb (#6)

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Phew! Finished just in time for my desk to get packed up. Compilation canvas and some final words coming soon…

Previously:
#5 – Red and green lamps
#4 – CFL spotlight to the left
#3 – Pink Christmas lights to the left
#2 – Interior floor lamps
#1 – Early winter afternoon daylight

Dice, spool, ornament still life – pink Christmas lights (#3)

Round 3! Here’s the same scene again, this time illuminated by an enormous wad of pink Christmas lights and a smaller wad of rainbow Christmas lights off to the left and below. They gave everything a pinkish cast.

dice-spoon-ornament_christmas_lights_daylightI’m really enjoying this series and am becoming a little obsessed with finding unique light bulbs and lighting arrangements to point at it.

Previously:

Dice, spool, ornament in daylight (#1)

Dice, spool, ornament in interior warm lights (#2)