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Dark Side Calling

Dark Side Calling (00051)
Dark Side Calling (00051)

Time for another painting that this time depicts something special to me and close to heart. Star Wars. Usually i try and stick to my own imagination but the world of Star Wars is constantly affecting me (Nerd alarm). As often with my paintings it’s just a spur of the moment that gives me inspiration to something special. This time it all started with a action figure of Darth Vader i recently bought.

darth_figureI’ve always wanted to do Star Wars related paintings but of course i needed something to make it unique in some way or another. So when i got this fairly accurate figure of Darth Vader the idea came to me to pose it and take a photo for reference. I then used this photo as a backdrop when painting my own interpretation of this figure. (The attached picture to the right is the figure)

In a way, the process is just like tracing any other photo and almost anyone can do that. I still do feel there are room for an artistic side to these things. I only used the photo for loose reference and once i got the outlines done i try to go all free hand to give it a semi realistic look and feel. Since i am not really that talented yet to just conjure up a pose the photo is there to keep me within bounds. It’s a trick that as of now, lets me reach a goal that i am shooing for and the end result really is the most important part of all this. If you are interested in the process, please check out my “Speed painting” clip on YouTube.

In the end it all turned out as an new unique picture of Darth Vader and really something that i can be proud of.

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Black Imp

Black Imp (00050)
Black Imp (00050)

As a small milestone in my Canvas-venture this is painting number 50! At the same time i am amazed at how much i have accomplished i also think i could have managed to create a few more. Still these things takes time and it’s not just about painting a picture but also all the steps needed to publish something. Then again, i am not really in a rush and i feel more or less as i have a good thing going now.

Anyhow, this one is an old drawing (20 years now) that i made back in the day. I always liked something about it and been thinking about creating a remake of some sorts for some time now.

I remember i always had a hard time with those hands and fingers. Felt wrong to replace them so i kept those awful looking things even now. The original drawing had some kind of “Swamp” theme going on but here i instead went with fire and smoke kind of deal.

Turned out pretty good i think and in the same spirit of the original artwork. I could have spent more time on the details and i am not so sure if it stands up to close inspection. Debated with myself if i should keep the outline glow or toss it out. In a way it serves as a back lit effect so i kept it in there.

(You can see the original old drawing just here below)

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Dead Stare

Dead Stare (00049)
Dead Stare (00049)

This painting started out with just and idea of a basic skull. To make it more interesting i added some jagged teeth and removed the nose. Kept the horns on both sides up until the very end. Cropped the image and added some blur to focus more on the actual face.

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Cluster design

A while back i got the opportunity to design a prototype for a dashboard cluster. With no real guidelines or limitations i just went for it with a open mind. I really don’t have any previous experience with the automobile industry but i think it turned out ok. Although creating user interfaces is something i have been doing for some time and i quite enjoy it.

It was created primarily in Adobe Photoshop with a few exceptions as for the vector graphics created using Adobe Illustrator. Time will tell if this will lead to something more but nonetheless it was a fun project to do.

Cluster design
Cluster design
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Elvis Comeback

Elvis Comeback (00048)
Elvis Comeback (00048)

A painting i did for my father as a Christmas present. Needless to say he is an avid Elvis fan and i must admit i am too. That made this project extra interesting and i really put some extra effort into it.

Like the previous painting i did for my mother where i “traced” a photograph of a flower, i again used a similar method. By pausing a video at a particular frame i then used that as a base for my painting. There are millions of photos, stills and paintings out there already depicting this great man. But perhaps no one else has paused just at this particular frame until now. One would hope this would make this painting unique in some way or another.

And it is still a artistic interpretation of that frame as i did not just “convert” it but rather filled in the gaps. By watching the Speed Painting you can see how i go back and forth to get a feeling where things are going. The Important thing really is the colors extracted from the base image and getting a rough idea of the shapes. Also added a few details as the guitar and the microphone to set the scene.

It is debatable what is considered art and how to accurately produce it but i don’t care too much about that. There are a number of techniques available for an artist to create but all that really matters to me (and hopefully the viewer) is the end result.

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Rose Focus

Rose Focus (00047)
Rose Focus (00047)

This was a painting i did for my mother as a present for Christmas. It is based on a photo taken in her garden. Tested out a new process where i sampled colors from the underlying photo and painted as an overlay. In some ways it is like tracing an image but i try not to focus too much on the details. The colors was the important part and i created details as i went along filling in the gaps.

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Second exhibition

We have finally finished setting up our second exhibition! It is now live for everyone to experience free of charge until the 6th of November.

The exhibition is now over.

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Empyrean Heavens

Empyrean Heavens (00046)
Empyrean Heavens (00046)

A rather fast painting where i generally had no idea about what to create. Turned out to be some clouds and a sun. Of course i had to add something extra so had a bit of fun with the colors.

Also it’s the first Speed Painting that contains the full start to finish process.

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Heretic Purge

Heretic Purge (00045)
Heretic Purge (00045)

Here is a painting that i feel i spent more time on than previous ones. That of course resulted in more details, something i love doing. Just little things here and there that tells the eye something is going on. It doesn’t necessary need to be all accurate things as the eye is smart / dumb enough to translate that into features. Went for some kind of two-direction light that turned out pretty good although i know very little about that technique (yet). Added some reflections in his eye to try and convey evil things going on. Still not too sure about the background but at least it’s a good thing it’s not too busy and distracts the viewer.

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Tropical Gate

Tropical Gate (00044)
Tropical Gate (00044)

A painting that started out in black and white but i decided to add some color to it. As i always do i think i am finished and then take a good look at the image only to then add something more. In this case a teleportation gate of some sort in the middle of the water. The mountains in the back turned out pretty good although i didn’t have a reference or something to look at.

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