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Saturday, 27 August 2011

Random 'Adventure' themed sketch...

S'up y'all! Ok so currently working on my next VMPV [the last two in case you missed them, 'TERROR' & 'MORLOCKS']; but I'm also doing a few smaller projects [exercises really] in between just to keep creativity & discovery flowing... I'll make a little post & fill you in on what my next poster will be based on but for now, here's a little piece I started working on the other day. Going as planned so far, so hopefully I can carry the rest through in the same direction.

Ah, almost forgot to add I'm actually trying a different technique here to what I'm normally used to. I'm working monochromatically to begin with, then adding colour after. I'm sure many of you are very familiar with this method but I've actually never tried it... I'd come close, but then as my very impatient brain can be at times, it would all of a sudden begin calculating colour combinations & ideas; next thing you know, I've thrown a bucket of red paint over the entire thing & dabbing away at colours like an overexcited 6yr old >=D

Anyway, for those who don't know, this process is to help establish your *Tonal Values* right from the get go before jumping in with colour [which is incredibly important]... There are various ways to go about adding colour once values are established but I think this totally makes sense [as one good option].




I've seen a lot of videos & heard a lot of people encourage the use of this technique; so far for me it's definitely working. For those who are a little unsure of how to go about it, here's a little crash course I came across by the talented Dave Rapoza... Another vid that's worth checking out is this one by Marco Bucci; a slightly different approach but more or less he does mention these same principals at 02:50.

Happy painting!
Ps: & this was supposed to be a short post = O

-M-

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Random 'Western' themed sketch...

Believe it or not, there was one [very small] stage in my preadolescent life where I actually wanted to be *Fantasised* about being a great, bow-legged Cowboy... Yup!... As every kid did I'm sure, I used to watch a load of Western John wayne & Clint Eastwood movies; Rawhide too every Sunday so no wonder really. Thankfully though I wised up & realised just how melodramatic TV made the Cowboy lifestyle seem...[it wasn't for me]; although back in mid 18th- early 19th century, I'm sure it was probably no joke being one... Anyways here's my lil random 'Western' themed piece for this week. 
'Gun Ho Jack' [outlaw] ©Maxwell. A. Oginni 2011








































Ps: Keeping in the spirit of the Wild West, here's the intro to one of my 
fave SNES [Super Nintendo to you youngsters] shoot 'em up games as a pre-teen... 
***SUNSET RIDERS*** Yeeeaahh!




-M-

Thursday, 18 August 2011

'Femme Fatale' piece...

And here she is... Really enjoyed working on this piece. The concept came about just as an exercise with this fun lil 'creative group' I take part in every week [it's an open group so feel free to join]... So as I mentioned in my last post, I've always loved those old B/W photos of early 'Hollywood' movie stars; the shallow D.O.F of the cameras, the lighting, the mood etc... So this exercise was the perfect excuse to try my hand at mimicking that timeless look in a painting...

'Lust Widow' ©Maxwell. A. Oginni 2011
As with every painting/ study exercise, I'm really trying to explore & learn new things. In the past two months or so I've been studying from a few different artists; all having different techniques & philosophies but probably the one most unifying lessons I've gotten from them all is the 'value in making mistakes'...

One artist I'm currently learning a great deal from right now is American illustrator Greg Manchess. A truly amazing talent & super nice guy too. Check out this video trailer of his 2 part DVD series  "Above the Timberline", where he explains his creative process & philosophies as an artist & how to become a successful one. I think it's still available to purchase so grab yourself a copy if you can- well worth it!

Here's a direct >link<
Enjoy ; )






-M-

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Random 'Noir' themed sketch...

A little W.I.P. of a 'Noir' themed 'Femme Fatale' piece... It's pretty late/ very early morning right now [don't ask why I'm still up], so not gonna write too much about this here, but I will say I've secretly always had a thing for vintage photography such as >this<... Pure elegance...Should have the finished piece up later today... Hopefully get time to do a few more & explore this whole look at some point ; )
                                       


























































-M-

Friday, 12 August 2011

'Sea Monsters' continued...

Here's where I'm at with this concept. A lot still to add but really just using this as a study piece... Not quite sure what deal's going down here with these two characters, but feel free to interpret.






































Ps: Happy Friday y'all!!!

-M-

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

'Sea Monsters' sketch...

SketcHHousE PoWER HoUR back on... Come join in!

The main objective in this new 'term'? To develop greater imagination & creativity within conceptual art [character design, creature design, landscape, set design etc]... Here's a sketch from yesterday mornings session. We've kicked things off again with the theme 'Sea Monsters'. I quite liked the concept here so decided I'd flesh it out a little more & see what life I could bring into it. Will post it up wherever it's at tomorrow morning.






































-M-

Friday, 5 August 2011

Random 'Hero' themed sketch...

Unfinished, but just a quick piece... I'll complete it over the weekend ; )
'Everyman' ©Maxwell. A. Oginni 2011







































-M-