Thursday, November 17, 2011

Death Mark - Dark Sun Painting

-Justin Sweet

This is a painting I did for Wizards of the Coast which was a redo (on my decision) of an earlier one that I felt wasn't what I was after. It ended up being way too late, so the former made it in. I'm still glad I re- painted it. I had to settle it. I think I painted this one 3 times.. I took some gritty photos of some of the stages. You'll notice in the early stage that I painted this on a canvas that had a drawing of The White Witch from the Chronicles of Narnia.

Final painting is 45x32.

This painting is currently on display at the Nucleus gallery. http://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/282

Original sketch

                                                                            Digital study
 
                                                                      See the Witch?
                               





Here's the photo from the gallery, a bit contrasty. Lost some air. 



Thanks for looking.

12 comments:

  1. Great painting Justin! I find it quite impressive that when you paint traditionally you get different end results and different marks from when painting digitally. Versatility is a prodigious skill. I was also wondering if you drew directly on the canvas before painting in oils (No transfer)? I've been meaning to get into this and am still wondering what process I should follow.

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  2. Thanks for sharing!
    Long live "real paint"

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  3. Stunning! Love how the hands are in different positions and how the skull's texture is so gritty and believable. Beautiful head-dress. Would love to see your paintings in real some time.

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  4. Dark Sun is one of my favorite D&D settings and this painting is so beautiful!

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  5. thanks for sharing, just awesome!

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  6. Did you do this in water soluble oils? Have your thoughts changed on them?

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  7. Great work. I love the brown tones of this. Wish I could see it in real to see the nuances and colours as they truly are..

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  8. This still reminds me of the DRAW TIPPY ads. Start with an oval...then finish.

    There's some voodoo magic steps in there I'm not seeing. :)

    Gorgeous stuff, Justin.

    =s=

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  9. Thanks for posting this nice work. I'm wondering what you mean in the last post when you write, "lost some air".

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  10. Since you were putting the underpainting on as you were painting rather than before hand...was there a particular medium (like English Distilled Turpentine) that you were using at the time that allowed the underpainting to dry so fast?

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  11. You are so gifted, it's sick insane, crazy ridiculous. I've never had this gift, but I've always admired the people who do. Amazing!

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