Both 14 x 18 Gouache Paints with Coloured Pencil on Watercolour Paper
I don’t do commission work often. I don’t see it as something that forwards my career goals much, but sometimes, I don’t know, the planets alighn or something, and I’ll take on a project. This time, I was in rather need of the extra income, and the requested work wasn’t a such a challenge it would keep me occupied for months - I decided to go for it. Anyway, the images are of a couple fighters from the Invicta Fighting Championships; an American professional mixed martial arts promotion for female fighters based in the United States. Each painting is of one of the two finalists Katilin Young (or the Striking Viking) and Pam ‘Bam’ Sorenson. I used photos reference, but changed their outfits. To see the images better, take a look in the “Other Stuff” gallery
... right here actually.So, my computer took a poop on me. And while most of my art is not done on the computer - scanning and managing it, IS done on the computer. And frankly, with this happening, I've learned just how much I rely on the computer in my preliminary work on paintings. But the thing that held me up the most wasn't all that as much as just dealing with the broken computer and figuring out how I was going to get it fixed. Anyway - I don't want to waste any more time talking about it. It's back... at least for now. And it's time to get back to work.First thing I did, was a quick tweak to the website logo.
18 x 24Gouache paints with coloured pencil on watercolour paper - minor PhotoShopping was done to the black boarder and the red shape to make web/print ready because the scanner picked up too much of the brush strokes.
Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the second season of the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” - a show I still consider my favorite of all time. I did a painting to celebrate the first anniversary - completing it JUST a week before the end of that year. Unfortunately I feel really far behind last year. Working on my book took precedence over this (or any other) painting. So I didn't get it done in time for the actual anniversary year. BUT, I plan to jump right into Season 3 now, so I don't encounter the same problems with that one. And hopefully get on a better track for creating art a bit more regularly now.
Totally honest planet: I liked how the 1st season painting turned out better than this one. But that was a result of the design/layout...
... my name is Keith James and this is my website. It's mostly an online portfolio of my artwork, available for all to see, be it friends or family, but especially potential employers! So take a look around, I hope you enjoy what you see.
~ See ya in the funny papers!