You never know what will happen.

A few weeks ago as I opened my E-mail in-box in the early morning hours, I noticed an E-mail from an art director. I was intrigued and also a little annoyed, I had received E-mails before from people asking me to work for free. The old,”We can’t pay you now, but when the product starts making money we can pay you,” game. I considered deleting the mail before opening it, but I opened it and read it.  It was an art directer from Netflix in Ireland asking me if they could use one of my paintings as a backdrop. I was stunned and didn’t know what to say much less formulate a coherent reply to this person’s E-mail. I weight the pros and cons of letting them use it. I wouldn’t be getting paid for this was the first thought, but you don’t know where this could lead to was the next. I was certain they would be taking advantage of me, but I would get exposure (maybe). Then I heard a voice inside my head say this is what you wanted isn’t it? You’ve worked this hard all these years so people would want to used your work commercially. I then remembered a post from a renown artist, saying how he initially worked for almost nothing so he could get his foot in the door.

I decided to let them use it. So if you are watching the detective series Jack Taylor on Netflix and come across the next picture you know the back story. Maybe they won’t use it, maybe they will, I don’t know. Most likely it will only be shown for 3 seconds and thats it, if at all.

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

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Reference for the First Sword of Braavos.

 

First sword-web

I had an idea for my next painting that I wanted to paint, and if you come around here and read my blog then you know I’m reading the Games of Thrones books. I want to try my hand at illustrating a character that I really like in the first book, the water dancer and first sword of Braavos. I started by making a 3D character model in Makehuman and then imported to blender. You might even recognized the skyline as the city of Prague, but in my under-painting this has changed a little, or should we say some lucky mistakes happened that I expanded upon. I won’t copy the reference one to one but will change things or get other ideas as I go along, but genereally the mood and color scheme will stay like this.

Thanks for looking in and stay healthy,

Bill

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Raven’s Head

 

Raven Head-web

I love to paint ravens. Luckily I live in a place where they are very common. When we go for a walk I will be always watching out for these birds. It gets to the point were I will go on my families nerves, because I always take the camera along and take pictures of “those stupid birds.” This won’t be the last raven that I’ve painted. I used no black in this painting, I limited my palette to 4 colors and I’m pretty happy with it. The colors are: Prussian Blue, Crimson Red, Burnt Sienna and of course White.

I still don’t have anything to show for my next bigger painting, but I’ve finished the “Bridge” picture and will have a little extra time to finish my reference. I might even have a few 3D blender models that I can upload to Deviantart for download.

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

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Still-life, Last Figs of the Year.

 

Last Figs of the Year

I like doing these small paintings to challenge myself to see just how much realism I can achieve in a painting. I’m a big fan of the painting a day sites on the Internet and I peruse Ebay sometimes to see the paintings that are offered there. Sadly I don’t have the time for this and truth be told, the time that I do have I usually spend taking my art in a different direction. My next large painting will be a portrait, I’m gathering ideas and modeling things in Blender for the background, Maybe next time I can show something.

Thanks for stopping in,

Bill

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The Green-Hell, or how I learned how to paint grass.

Einhausen-Bridge Almost -Finished

I started this painting thinking what a cool image this is. We went for a walk in a small village close to us and I took a picture of this bridge, loving the water and all the shadows and the lovely shades of green, thinking this would be a great painting. Little did I know grass is not just green, but a combination of many shades of green and usually a yellow-green when the sun is shining on it. It took me a while to realize this and was always wondering why my grass didn’t look like the grass outside. I still have a few things to do in this painting, but I’m at the stage where I see light at the end of the tunnel and start planning my next painting.

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Bill

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A Happy Holiday season.

 

Where ever you are and what ever holiday you celebrate, I wish everyone a peaceful, happy time. If you have the chance help someone you don’t know, be nice to a stranger or just say hi to someone on the street and wish them a happy Holiday season.

See you next year,

Bill

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Sugar Skull.

Sugar Skull finished-web

 

Heres something I’m working on and I’ll be finishing this week. A colleague of mine did the makeup for this photo shoot and showed me the pictures and I asked if it would be OK to draw this. I’m a big fan of Mexican Sugar Skulls so this was a no-brainer for me if I would draw this or not, it was just a matter of making time for it.

The makeup was done by : Jennifer Seibert

The model is:  Kathy Julia Hawaii

Photograph was :  Sabine Kast Photography

When this is finished I’ll be posting this to my Deviantart and my Drawings page.

Thanks for stopping by and stay healthy,

Bill

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The difference four years make.

4 years of drawing

Sometimes I take time and go back and take a look at my old drawings and painting and compare them with what I am doing today. At the time I thought this was really good and was proud of it, now I just cringe. I think its important to stop and look at where you came from and get a perspective of what direction you are going. I usually do this at the end of the year, I guess the gray weather make me a little introspective.

Thanks for looking in and stay healthy,

Bill

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Sketchbook post “Girl with Jellyfish”

girl and jelly fish-sketch-web

Life has a funny way of sneaking in the backdoor when you least expect it. I hope me and my family’s lives cool down a bit and get back to normal (routine). I like surprises, but not the uncomfortable kind. I was able to sneak in a sketch though, the girl with jellyfish.

I hope you are all doing fine,

Bill

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Oil Painting: Pondering

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Updated picture 28.11.15, scanned it and now the colors are correct.

 

Working on skin tones with this one. I’ll upload a scan of this when it dries., I tried to do a color correction in Gimp, but I think I just made it worse. My son asked me if this wasn’t to revealing, I tried to explain to him that painting of nude people aren’t pornography and that there is nothing wrong with the human body, its nature. But I don’t think he really understood, he just looked at me as if I had lost a few marbles, oh well, maybe I have.

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Bill

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