Project JKF-1: Cold Black Heart Internal Illustration

Here’s the internal greyscale illustration for John Fulton‘s short story “Cold Black Heart”:

Here are some in process shots:

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Project JKF-1: Cold Black Heart Cover

I’ve just submitted the second piece for my collaboration with John Fulton.  The front cover for his story “Cold Black Heart”.

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Project JKF-1: Time For Tea Cover Submitted For Approval

I’ve completed the Time For Tea cover for John Fulton and emailed it to him for approval.  Hopefully the formatting etc … is correct.

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This piece took me a lot longer than anticipated but has allowed me to cobble together the beginnings of a workflow.

Next will be a greyscale painting for the interior of the story.

Project JKF-1: Time For Tea Cover WIP 2

Not being convinced about the composition, I’ve reworked this piece a bit by flipping it horizontally and also removing the teaspoon.

Also, the lighting is now darker and more yellow instead of orange.

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Project JKF-1: Time For Tea Cover WIP 1

I’m finally starting to get moving on the short story project with John Fulton.

Here is an in progress update on the first book cover, I’m probably 50% of the way through it.  The colour block-ins are done, next come the details.

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Muscular Male Figure Study In Clip Studio Paint

Felt compelled to do a figure study the other night as I’d been focused on other art for a while:

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Here’s the reference photo of John Cena:

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Acrylic Painting 5: Learning How To Colour Over An Underpainting

Here is my fifth acrylic painting and this time I was Learning How To Colour Over An Underpainting.

I tried using a grisaille (grey monochrome) underpainting.  I then painted my colours over the top.

This seemed to work quite well as the paints I am using were transparent enough to let the underpainting show through.

I also had a go at painting “lost edges”.  These are edges that are so blurred as to be “lost”.  I love seeing them as they lend a real painterly feel to a piece of work.

I learned a few things on the way:

  1. Underpainting really does work to provide a tonal variation underneath any subsequent application of colour.
  2. Using a grisaille underpainting didn’t affect the hue of the colour being glazed over the top.  This makes colour matching a bit easier.
  3. I probably should have planned in my lost edges earlier on i.e. at the underpainting stage instead of applying then right at the end.

Anyway, here is the final result (sorry – I forgot to take some process shots):

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Acrylic Painting 4: Learning How To Mix Paint With A Robin Red Breast

I was determined to learn how to get better at mixing paint so I found the following articles on the internet and read through them:

 

What I learned from these articles is that you need to think about the following when you’re trying to mix paint to match a specific a specific colour:

  1. Value
  2. Hue
  3. Saturation

Some people first try to match the value, then the hue and saturation.  Others try to match the hue first and then the value and then the saturation.

Having said all this I reckon the secret weapon to mixing paint is …

… patience.

There is no secret weapon – you just gotta keep working at it until you’ve got the colour you want.

So here’s my attempt at mixing paint …

This is the reference image:

And here’s my attempt:

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I’m a bit disappointed with the lack of light and shadow on this, I feel I could have done more to describe the 3D form here.

I think for the next painting I will do an underpainting to establish the light and shadow and then glaze colour over the top.  I think the acrylic paint I’m using has enough transparency for this to work well.

Loading digital art into stuff.