Working title “Chronos Keep” WIP

Pilgrim to Chronos KeepWIP

Hey everyone, many greeting from the land of Hansel and Gretel. ;-)  Heres what I’ve been working on the last couple of weeks. I still have a way to go on this, I’m still not happy with the mountains or the woman . I haven’t even started the cycle or the city yet either, but I see this slowly coming together.

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Bill

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Still life Oil painting- Vase and Fossil.

Still Life Vase and Fossil-web

Aside from going digital, I still paint with oils, just to get better at painting. I finished this one relative quickly, just about 5-7 hours but spaced out over a couple of weeks. When I couldn’t get on the PC (kids had summer vacation) I would paint with real paints and brushes. Now back to work on Chronos Keep.

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Bill

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Chronos Keep

I mentioned last week that I had some ideas about a concept for a new project of mine, something that would be a cross between Star Wars and Max Parish.  First off I have to say that I have been reading a book called Hyperion. The Chronos Keep is a place on this planet, and as you could guess from the name, it has a little to do with time and John Keats. So I sketched my vision of what this keep would look like and imaged a Pilgrim or visitor looking at it from a mountain. So I took this idea into Blender and began modeling.

 

Sketch-Chronos Keep

 

Now after thinking about the concept I wanted to draw more attention to the visitor or the Pilgrim, so made her bigger and the keep more in the background. Here is the blender model I made for defining of the shadows and values.

The Pilgrin renderblack and white

Next I’ll be taking this into Artrage and painting this. She won’t stay nude, I’ve all ready have an idea for her uniform.

Thanks for  looking in,

Bill

 

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Games Con 2014 Cologne Germany.

My kids and I went to the Games Con this week. We had a great time, saw a lot of new games, didn’t play very many (long waiting times) and we walked and walked quite a bit. Here are a few pictures, just to get an impression.

Entering the Con Halls

Entering the Con Halls

It didn’t take long and we saw our first cool Cosplay (Sorry bad pic).

First Cool Cosplay

First Cool Cosplay

And more people:

more people

more people

Incredible life sized orcs:

The sword was real.

The sword was real.

The main reason people were here: Gaming,gaming, gaming.

Gaming gaming gaming. waiting time of at least 1 hour to play.

Gaming gaming gaming. waiting time of at least 1 hour to play.

More Cosplay:

More Cosplay

More Cosplay

Awesome Atmosphere and cool Cinematics:

07-Awesome Atmosphere08-CinematicsSome Geek at the Blizzard stand:

Me at Blizzard

Me at Blizzard

Last Cosplay:

last Cosplay

last Cosplay

 

At to top it all off we went to the Cologne Cathedral, which wasn’t to far from the train station.

12-Cologne Cathedral 13-Cologne Cathedral 14-Cologne Cathedral

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been sketching out ideas for my next painting. I’m thinking about something like a cross between Star Wars and Max Parish.

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Bill

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The Temple Ruins- Digital Paint using Artrage.

Temple ruins-painting-web

 

A lonely fisher village with a problem. A strange light appears in the ruins up on the hill on full moon nights. Who’s brave enough to investigate?
Finally finished!!!  Painted with Artrage.
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Bill

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Sketchbook post

Master ortis-web

 

Meet Jedi Master Ortis. Something from my sketchbook. My son asked if this was from Star Wars and then I noticed, he did sort of look like a jedi. Pastel and a graphite on Pastel paper.

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Bill

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Using “Make Human” for drawing reference.

I wanted to share something that I’ve known for quite a while now but only lately have come to appreciate. I “discovered” the software Make Human quite a while back. You probably have not heard of it, but this program enables you to make detailed 3D characters. Characters that you can equip with a skeleton for animating for example in Blender. You can adjust the gender, age, muscle, weight and height among others and go into detail with the face, head and torso creating a unique character.  Below are a few screen shots.

 

Make Human

 

Make Human-2
Below are a couple of screen captures of how used the character in Blender to create a scene to use as a drawing reference. All the other “stuff” in the model I had modeled a while ago. Make Human is really easy to use and you can get great results with a half hour. Blender on the other hand takes a while to get used to, the documentation has gotten a lot better and there are even sites dedicated to teaching Blender, it still takes a while to get the “hang” of it, but its worth it.

 

Temple Ruins -Blender-1

In Blender you can control the light so you can get real shadows. I used these for my drawing reference for the project I am currently working on.
Temple Ruins -Blender-2

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Bill

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“Temple ruins” digital update.

Temple ruins-13-06-14

 

Heres an update for what I’m working on. This is coming together slowly here. Now that the World soccer Championship over is I can get down to some serious painting. Oh yeah: YES… GERMANY IS WORLD CHAMPION….YES!!!!! Ok now I’ve got that out of my system. The colors are coming together and I’ve a few ideas for the background. I’ll be finishing the painting and then I’ll work on the shadows, this needs to be way dark then what is is.

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Bill

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A little bit art neavou

Draped Woman-web

 

Heres something I did on the weekend. I guess I was waxing a little Art-neavouish, but since I am a fan of Mucha I don’t really mind. The only thing that bothers me is that I scanned the picture and it looks real grainy. I didn’t realize this until I had posted it on deviantart and was a little embarrassed, but what the hay, problems are there to be solved. When I look at the picture it doesn’t look like this. I’m going to take a picture with my camera and see if I can get a better picture of it.

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Bill

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Kunsthalle Mannheim

Die Rue de la Bavolle in Honfleur Claude Monet-1864

Die Rue de la Bavolle in Honfleur Claude Monet-1864

Tuerkischer Frauenraub-EugeneDelacroix-1852

Tuerkischer Frauenraub-EugeneDelacroix-1852

Market scene Hans Thoma-1889

Market scene Hans Thoma-1889

The fox hunt Gustave Courbet- 1863

The fox hunt Gustave Courbet- 1863

Roses and Sunflowers Vincent Van Gogh-1886

Roses and Sunflowers Vincent Van Gogh-1886

I have to admit, the soccer world championship is cutting hole in my productivity, but I’m lucky because I have two teams to root for, Germany and USA. Here are just few of the great paintings that I saw at the Kunsthalle in Mannheim. I spent a good hour and a half looking at the paintings and was able to take pictures of them. After I got home I noticed one of my children had “adjusted” the camera, so the pictures are not very good quality, sorry. Next time I have to check this before I start.

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Bill

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