Saturday, 27 January 2007

I Don't Wanna Be a Garden Gnome


here's promised, something 'different' at least :D

featuring: me, and my friend Daniel the Welsh. He's agreed to be a cast member of my comic XD

This is my first time doing a full colour comic page, so crits/suggestions very welcome!

Photoshop 7. painting+photomanip+brushes

brushes credits: *asunder, ~midnightstouch, ~wyckedBrush

Monday, 22 January 2007


If you are asking why I am spinning out works at an outrageous speed, it is because I have just come out of a 1 1/2 years art block, where I hardly did any art at all. I am having a burst of inspiration and want to paint everything before the feeling goes away. I now spend most of my free time painting, even eating and sleeping at odd hours because of that.

First of all, this is not Louis and Claudia from Interview with the Vampire, so none of that, please ;)

I've had this idea(not exactly this, but along the same motif) in my mind for many years now, but until now never quite had the confidence to pull this off. The original idea was much more grandiose and on a much larger scale. The reason I scaled this down and incorporated less detail is because I want the focus to be on the two central figures and, and the smaller scale creates a sense of intimacy.

The superficial storyline is about a little rich girl who is in love with her piano teacher. But what I really want to portray is the unfulfilled desire of two people who can never see each other as equals/peers(in this case, because of age and social status). I am also, in a way, challenging the notion of how children are seen as unable/not supposed to have 'adult' emotions. I wish I could have articulated this better, but here's the closeup


and yes, the painting behind the piano is there for a reason.

Would love to hear your thoughts,


EDIT: changed a few things as Oz said

Saturday, 13 January 2007


a quickie(relatively, as my computer is sooooooooo slow!)

just an experiment in colour, really.

Photoshop 7, and a bit of Painter CLassic(for blending and signature)

custom brushes used in the lace and borders(obviously), but I can't remember who it is from, and the brush set doesn't say...sorry :blushes:, if anyone recognizes please inform me so I can credit.

Thursday, 11 January 2007

Deeper Down

Title is from a My Dying Bride(surprise, surprise) song from their latest album "A Line of Deathless Kings", although I have had this image in my mind before it was released.
I made an earlier version of this(the link is below), but neither matches exactly the picture I have in my head, but I prefer this version the best ;).

Influence: I am deeply fascinated by the Sublime painters/art movement, so I looked at quite a lot of Sublime genre paintings to get an idea for this picture.

A lot of these are new for me, for example I've never really paint any landscape to this scale, movement or dynamism before. So yeah, I am trying out new things.

The story behind this picture is that the figure in front is a sorceress wreaking havoc and destruction upon a ship. haha, nothing much here..or yes?

Painted in Photoshop 7

Tuesday, 9 January 2007

L'amour Detruit

"I paw at your
golden flesh
golden breasts

I sail on your
on your sea
of ecstasy"

"I Cannot Be Loved", My Dying Bride

a MDB inspired image, obviously. (I'm hopelessly addicted to MDB :/)

many, many hours of painting in Photoshop. I'll post the WIP someday...well, if someone wants to see it enough. Meanwhile closeups is here [link]

Monday, 8 January 2007