View Full Version : A place to put my more finsihed pieces (New: "Orange" - it is, quite)

12-16-2013, 05:01 PM
I've had a speedpainting (http://forums.artrage.com/showthread.php?31775-I-ve-been-trying-my-hand-at-Speed-Painting) thread up for a while, and it's got quite a lot in it, and I like how easy it is to look through, so I'll do the same for my other work from now on I think, at least the Art Rage related stuff. I don't do finished pieces as often as I might like (or should), so there will likely be quite a gap in submissions here.

To recap, I have other threads for older stuff; I may as well correlate those here before adding the new stuff in the next post. In order:

Captain America (http://forums.artrage.com/showthread.php?31874-World-War-II-Propaganda-(Captain-America))
Why so Blue? (http://forums.artrage.com/showthread.php?33066-My-son-quot-Why-so-Blue-quot)
Cards: His and Hers (http://forums.artrage.com/showthread.php?33070-His-and-hers-cards-for-new-parents)
The Impossible Amy Pond (http://forums.artrage.com/showthread.php?35484-The-Impossible-Amy-Pond)
Greek Hats? (http://forums.artrage.com/showthread.php?38366-It-s-been-a-while-Greek-Hats)
Facebook Profile Portraits (http://forums.artrage.com/showthread.php?34448-Facebook-Profile-Portraits)
Wuff! (http://forums.artrage.com/showthread.php?39385-Wuff!)
One Little Pony (http://forums.artrage.com/showthread.php?40502-One-Little-Pony)
The Boys (http://forums.artrage.com/showthread.php?40923-The-Boys-(Another-Comission))

12-16-2013, 05:04 PM

This one is a commission for a friend. He and his wife do a Yard Haunt every year at Halloween (they turn their garden into a monster museum) and he asked me to paint a scene with their zombies in the style of a 50's painted comic cover for his Wife's birthday.

12-16-2013, 05:10 PM

This was a commission for a Doctor Who fanzine, based on publicity photography (http://www.radiotimes.com/blog/2010-01-14/the-three-doctors) for the 1972 Radio Times feature on The Three Doctors (The original three, as opposed to the new three seen here).

12-16-2013, 05:14 PM

A personal piece based on the stock photograph (http://dingelientje-stock.deviantart.com/art/Stock-154-292950603) by Dingelientje-stock.

12-16-2013, 05:53 PM
Great job on all of your 'Finished Pieces' in this new thread! I'm still getting over the 'WOW' factor from
the 'LightSpeed' thread!
Like them all!
'A Pirates Life'...is outrageously perfect!

Take Care and enjoy your Holidays!

P.S. Enjoyed your Blog!... And anyone that can drop a quote from BR that quick, is certainly a friend of mine! 'Damn', I love that movie!

Working on 'Rach': http://forums.artrage.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=78390&d=1387083368

12-16-2013, 11:40 PM
I had to raise my jaw with my hand before I could start my comment, dear mate. :eek::cool: Your finished paintings are amazing, excellent, super-professionally finished. Congrats once more!

12-17-2013, 01:54 AM
Good to see you back and with such amazing paintings. They are jaw droppingly beautiful:)

12-17-2013, 07:49 AM
Just superb paintings! :cool:

12-17-2013, 07:40 PM
Thank you kindly (I do hope you didn't hurt your jaws too badly - this was certainly not my intention). I have some more, but I think they can wait until after Christmas to share :)

Thanks again, and have a very happy holiday

D Akey
12-19-2013, 10:42 AM
Wow. That one Pirate's Life is super. Love the garment especially how you handled the white. The head is really nice as well. I think the color choice is good. The red hair pulls me in. Has a really distinct flavor overall. Can almost tell her mannerisms from the 'clues' to her personality you placed. Nice background color for her as well. Almost feels unreal in a real way as if looking at a model of a particular type as if I were getting ready to populate a story.

Oh, and I just started on the second season of the new Dr Who so I can appreciate that combination. I assume the one on the right follows the one in the middle. I've not gotten there yet.

The Halloween one is less threatening. More along the level of Beetlejuice style characters. Not entirely threatening, but quirky as heck.

12-19-2013, 11:57 AM
Wonderful paintings

02-15-2014, 02:06 PM
Oh, I feel terrible, I only just noticed this had more comments now I'm here to add to it.

D Akey: Yes, the Halloween one was supposed to be a little light hearted, despite it's subject matter. The couple it was for take it very seriously, but still have a good humour about it all - it's PG-13 horror in their yard on the day :) I'm glad you likes the Pirate girl too. She's quirky, but I like that.

02-15-2014, 02:10 PM
Just a Couple


Commissioned by a friend for his wife (for Valentines Day, so I think I'm OK to post it now)

02-15-2014, 03:04 PM
Hello James,
I'm sure your friend will have a very happy wife after seeing her painting....
A gift like this beats the all hell out of flowers and chocolates anytime,
I'm quite sure he'll be thanking you again tomorrow or next time you
hear from him!
Very nicely done,

*I like his ear pin.....

02-15-2014, 04:34 PM
Splendid result. Great portraits

02-16-2014, 04:17 AM
hi James is it ?? yae I like the zoombies and the West -Highland white peeking from her shoulder ;) :D :D :D :D :D :D SLAINTE

02-16-2014, 08:27 AM
Excellent portraits! They must be very pleased. :cool:

02-16-2014, 08:59 AM
Lovely couple. Such tight and detailed paintings that still retain a clear painterly look :cool:

02-16-2014, 11:46 PM
Always good to see your work and this one is great. What a lovely couple they are:)

02-17-2014, 09:24 PM
Extraordinary portrait! You kept an amazing chromatic harmony and coherence here!

02-19-2014, 06:21 PM
Thank you all. I was very pleased with that one as it is quite a good likeness, and I liked how the flesh tones came out. :)

Now, for my next one, well, it was going to be a competition entry, but I'm not terribly keen on the result (I may enter with it anyway - better than no entry at all). That said I tried a new technique on the skin when I was nearly done, and quite like how natural it makes her skin look, so I may try that again (it was gently painting over the oils with a splattery brush to simulate small imperfections and skin pores). The diminishing detail away from the face is intentional, but probably a little heavy handed. Anyway, I'll just let you see it and you can make up your own mind :)


02-19-2014, 08:04 PM
Well, it is orange!
I like the technique used on the skin, worked out well.... added texture and depth.
Also like the soft reflection of the orange in her eyes and face, very well done, I like it!
She just doesn't look happy about her attire though!
Take care James,

02-19-2014, 09:23 PM
This last painting looks gorgeous too and the contrast between orange and green pretty good. The dress is going to be shaped/refined a little bit, I presume, also to take some of the above green hue to tone down and get a colored grey or appear in the shades and shadows of some fold, otherwise such a large orange campitura (almost uniformly colored area), would be excessive, in my modest opinion I hope You would forgive if You don't agree (after all I consider Your mastery outstanding would be just glad to learn from an AR course or tutorial by You).
Best wishes for the contest.

02-20-2014, 04:10 AM
Lovely strong colour in this one and it is very very good. I would have like a little more definition to break up the main part of her clothing but it is a great painting:)

02-20-2014, 08:19 AM
She is absolutely spectacular, and that colour mix really sings! I do agree about the orange, it quite overwhelms me and I would love to see it toned down or broken up a little.

Her face is so good, and that bow! I also love the way the orange meshes with the green. :) :)

02-20-2014, 09:29 AM
So funny. To me the bright orange is just perfect. It looks like a cosplay costume :cool:. Technically impressive.

02-21-2014, 01:50 PM
Alas the orange is there to stay. It's how I saw it in my head from the beginning. I did sketch in some details in the initial layout if I changed my mind along the way, and some of those details are gently shown in the orange, but taking it further would have spoiled the effect I was going for. That said I may tweak her in the future, but I think I'd rather just paint something else where the intention is not a large area of orange :) In fact in my head the bow didn't exist (I stumbled across stock art containing one, and decided it might work well) and her hair was solid orange as well, so this is toned down somewhat from the face in a field of orange within my mind's eye.

All that said though, Ceaser, I always write up my process on my blog shortly after posting them, but I've never gone into detail with a tutorial. I may just do that one of these days if that would help mitigate the eye searing power of orange :)

Thank you all, I'm very happy you like it despite the flaws.

02-21-2014, 01:59 PM
Oh, and I forgot to mention, this was also quite the learning experience. It was my first real finished piece in ArtRage 4, and I had challenged myself to not use the colour picker in the lower right beyond initial setup. I set up a simple palette of red, orange, blue, green etc, and then mixed those on a scrap to achieve all the colours seen here. Colours I liked I would save to the Samples for easy picking later. I also painted all on one layer, with the exception of the line art overlay. I did keep the picker open so I could see how the colours I had mixed were composed, but I was still quite pleased with the results. I can post a screen capture I made early in the process if you're interested.

02-21-2014, 02:33 PM
Orange is good and she looks great :)