Sunday, May 9, 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010

Death Merchant - the beginning!

So I've been hired to do the album cover for a metal band called "Death Merchant". This includes doing a logo as well. So I worked up a quick (very rough) concept sketch of two corpses sharing one set of intestines. I'm trying to work pain, agony, and despair in equal parts into this piece. Also, I've worked up my first finalized version of the logo (notice the little jaw bone coming off the "D", my favorite part). Tomorrow morning I'm going to get some supplies for the painting, then the bass player is coming over to check out the logo and the sketch. If he likes the concept and gives the go ahead then I'll start the painting right away! Give me your thoughts and opinions!


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Harley commission finished!

It's official, I've finished the massive commission piece. For those who didn't read the earlier post, this painting is of a collage of photos that were given to me showing places he visited on his motorcycle. His arms gesture outward to show that the world is all his. You may recognize some famous landmarks. This piece provided many challenges, a big one being the composition. How do I create a composition from so many different places being included? I wanted the variety of backgrounds to have some sort of flow. After much trial and error I think I came to a decent conclusion.
There's a lot of fun little ideas I put into this painting as well. As you'll see there's a picture of him on the beach, his feet just on the edge of the water. This is to represent that he put his feet in all of the great lakes. I used real sand on the beach to give a sense of realism and texture, as well as a bit of gloss to make it look wet. The mountain range representing the badlands is a super thick texture paint made for interior wall decorations. I build it up and sculpted it to make it appear rocky. This turned out to be a bigger challenge to paint on top of then I expected, but through several layers of wet and dry brushing it turned out decent.
I hope he likes it! Tomorrow I go hunting for a frame for it. Wish me luck that I find something that complements it well and isn't too expensive!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Band work

Hi everyone!
I'm going to be doing some artwork for a couple bands soon. Be sure to come check back, I'll be posting pictures.
Almost finished with the Harley piece as well, I'll post the final pics this week.

- J