Chronos Keep- WIP

Pilgrim to Chronos KeepWIP-2

 

 

Hi People, I got my computer back last week and tried to finish this piece. I still have a lot to do on the city and am not sure if I’m gonna keep that thingy in the sky, but I think something should be there to even out the picture. I’ll be finishing this this week hopefully, but I won’t post this here again, I’ll just post this on my deviantart. I have some ideas for my next paint, but I still have to sketch things out and collect my ideas. If you have and thoughts about this pic, please comment, I would be interested to hear some thoughts,

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

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The Streets of Port de Soller- Oil Painting

Port de Soller-web

 

 

Please be gentle with this one, there are a lot of perspective issues here. I started this painting about a year and a half ago and laid it aside because I knew I would end up burning this in my backyard if I continued. I hoped I would be able to do this more justice at a later time. So after my PC died I decided to pick this up again and step outside of my comfortzone.

This is the one and only time you will see this. This isn’t going in my Portfolio or Deviantart or where -ever. This is goning up on my wall in my PC-Paint room. That is me on the right pushing my first son in Port de Soller Mallorca.

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

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Crisis is opportunity.

Hi people,

My computer gave up the ghost last week. I gave it to a friend of mine to see if he could fix it, but unfortunately I haven’t heard anything from him yet. Usually, no news is good news, but here I don’t think so. It’s more like no news is = no computer. Now this isn’t so bad, I picked up my brushes again and started painting a painting I had put aside due to lack of skill and decided to step outside of my comfort zone. But I wanted to finish the “Chronos Keep” picture and I don’t want to give the impression that I’m flip-flopping. I will still keep going digital, but I found out I still love to paint with brushes and paints and will get back to this eventually when I get faster. There is a happy side-effect, my productivity has shot up about 50 – 75%.

Thanks for looking and stay happy,

Bill

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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.

Thanks for looking in,

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.

Thanks for looking in,

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.

Thanks for looking in,

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.
Thanks for looking in.

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

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

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