Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sk-Elf Progress

A couple of nights ago I decided to lighten up the background a bit and made the "spirits" pop out more.  Last night, I started to build my values with detail sepia to bring the Sk-Elf alive.  I will continue to build the lights and darks of the character and then later I will add color.  I still need to work on the skull ornaments.  I don't think I mentioned before, I am using an Iwata Eclipse Brush with Wicked Paint on a sheet of 90 lb white Canson multi-media art paper.  The project is 17 x 24 inches.
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Friday, December 7, 2012

Sk-Elf Progress

Okay, so I have worked on the background and painted in some spirit skulls into the boughs of the Christmas tree.  As you can see, I blocked out the sk-elf with a cut out of the figure to preserve the white canvass for when I paint him along with the skull ornaments. 

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Sk-Elf - Progress

I have finished cutting out the skelf with my exacto knife and tacked it in place on the surface.  This will block out the character so that I can paint in the background which will be a Christmas tree with some twisted skulls in the tree's boughs.  I have also blocked out the skull ornaments on the tree, in the skelf's hand and on the ground.  The background is not the focus of the painting and will be quite dark.  This process will preserve the white surface to keep the character and the ornaments bright and crisp.

I will proceed with sketching out the skulls in the tree and the ground with the air brush going slow and building layers.  This is quite a challenge for me as a beginner air brusher.  Just gotta jump in and learn as I go.  Here we go..

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sk-Elf - December Christmas Airbrush Competition

Yesterday, I finished my sketch for the twisted Christmas themed airbrush competition on the airbrush forum for December.  The background will be changed up a bit as I have a thought in mind on what to do with that.  We shall see if I can pull it off with the airbrush. 
This should be a fun try at it.  Going to push my abilities with the brush.  We will see.
Copyright 2012, C. LeFever.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Featured Works of Airbrush Asylum

I came across the artwork of Carsten Zehmisch - Airbrush Asylum.  Carsten is from Melbourne, Australia.  This video features some of his art work.  Some portions of Carsten's video are dark in nature, but you have to appreciate all the detail he puts into his paintings.  He is the next artist that inspires me.  I can only hope to be that good one day. 
I have been watching his videos and hope that some of his technique can be absorbed into my subconcious and somehow land on my canvas through my own airbrush.  Many thanks for taking the time to put them up for people to watch how you progress in a painting.  Great work!!
Here is his website www.airbrushasylum.com.au/

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Indian Boy - Airbrush Art No. 5

Artwork/Photograph Copyright 2012 C. LeFever
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Well, this is the fifth painting I did with my Iwata Eclipse air brush.  I did this one in about four hours from start to finish.  Controlling the air brush is getting a little easier but I know my work still needs improvement.  After all, Rome wasn't built in a day and artists like Colin McKay have been painting for many years.  It will take a long time to get as good as he is. 
Anyway, I drew out the picture using a photograph of the indian boy but did not paint him using the reference.  I used my own light source and painted him freely.  This is just another practice piece on bristol paper.  I will give it to my daughter for her frame for Thanksgiving. 
I will search for the next artist that inspires me.  Who will it be...?

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Artwork of Colin McKay

Surfing the web, I found the wonderful artwork of Colin McKay who lives in the village of Ashurst in the New Forest, Hampshire (which I believe is southern England).  I just love his work, check out this vampire girl which is done on a motorcycle tank.  Click on the picture for a better look.
For more of his work check out his website gallery.  http://www.airbrushartwork.co.uk/gallery/gallery.php
Copyrights belong to the artist. 

Iwata Eclipse Air Brush - Art Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 4

About 2 months ago, I bought my first Iwata Airbrush.  I practiced some brush strokes on newspaper print and did a couple of fast doodles before I tried painting anything serious. 
Two weeks before Halloween, I wanted to get into the spirit of the holiday.
For my very first painting, I did a black and white painting of Bride of Frankenstein and Frankenstein.  I used photographs of them for a reference and I painted the roses freehand.
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This is my second painting done in black and white on bristol paper.  I downloaded a photograph of Lucille Ball and worked using that as a reference.  Keeping in mind that I have never had any formal art training, I think it came out okay.
I have been practicing each week, painting other things just to get better with the brush. 
This is my third painting and I tried a little color this time. I did a pencil drawing first and used that as a reference to create the painting. I particularly like the effect that I got with the rays of light.   I call it Copperhead. 
Halloween was a couple of days away and I did painting number four, framed it and gave it to my daughter for her home.  She now wants me to paint something for each holiday so she can change them out during the year.  This one is called Witches Brew!
Because I like to paint fine lines, I think I need to buy an Iwata Micron brush.  It looks like thats what I'll be doing with my Christmas bonus this year!  In the meantime, I am waiting to receive an order for more Wicked colors. 

I will keep practicing and there will be more to come.  Follow me as I try more attempts at air brushing!
All Artwork/Photographs Copyright 2012, C. LeFever