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My Etsy Shop was Featured!

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I recently decided to open up an Etsy shop to hopefully sell some prints of my digital work. Recently, as in, just a few weeks ago. So when I got a message from Etsy telling me that my shop was being featured, I was quite surprised! The blog that is featuring me, along with a few other artists, is called TotusMel’s Wunderkammer. Taken from the site, it’s “A collection of curiosities discovered in the dark and wondrous corners of Etsy.” Pretty pumped, and it’s a very cool site to check out.

You should probably check out this awesome Etsy shop too. Its got some high quality prints from my most recent Heroes and Villains show!

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Galileo Galilei

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I just started a series of digital paintings based on the most influential scientists in history. I wanted to create a more rough overall feel to the painting by keeping the sketchy under drawing and initial brush strokes. Here’s Galileo!

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Full Moon Digital Painting Progress

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Here’s another concept scene i’m currently working on for practice. I’ve got the sky and overall color scheme finished, so now it’s just time to do the rest of it! Details.. details..

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Digital Concept Practice

Been doing some more concept scene studies based off of other works for practice. This particular scene is of a sunset in a Grecian forest.

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I’m a Little Robot, Short and Stout..

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When I first heard of the term “Steampunk,” I thought it was something having to do with loud, obnoxious techno music that contained frequent audio clips taken from B-list sci-fi movies. Since this particular genre of music is not my cup o’ tea, I eventually forgot about the whole steampunk thing. That is, until we moved to Portland a year ago.

I’m pretty sure that anyone who has some idea of the unique cultures throughout the states has heard of Portland, Oregon. Home of hipsters, hippies, bumper stickers and excessive self-expression. And putting birds on things… On the topic of self-expression, there are (too) many daily events for people to gather in town and partake in goofy things. One of the most popular events was a Steampunk themed masquerade ball. Upon seeing fliers for this ball on every light post from the grocery store to my apartment, I decided to find out once and for all what Steampunk really was.

I was surprised to discover that Steampunk is actually a genre of science fiction that is typically reflected in the lifestyles of hardcore fans. No wonder it’s so popular in Portland. The part that I came to appreciate most about Steampunk is the creativity and unique artistic style involved in the creation of costumes and paintings. I even made a guide on how to make something “Steampunk.”

Step 1: Use warm colors (orange, yellow, brown)

Step 2: Take a normal, everyday object, and add gears, machine parts, pipes, valves, wires, etc. to make it look futuristic

Step 3: Add more gears, machine parts, pipes, valves, wires, etc. to make it look even more futuristic

As you can see from the digital painting, I did hold back on the excessive use of machine parts, but I did want make something that had a futuristic, yet old-fashioned feel to it. The result was a little robot made of copper standing in a workshop. 

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Someday, buddy, things are gonna change…

 

Time for a little hiatus from the daily Fiverr routine. Don’t get me wrong, it’s tons of fun to make cute critters, but the time has come to work on some more visually gratifying subjects. I’ve been doodling around on a number of digital paintings to get some more pieces in the ol’ portfolio. Just finished up this one, and I’m pretty pleased with it.

This illustration is very much influenced by the stories of both Aladdin and Oliver Twist. A young orphan street rat and his little companion dream of a better life.