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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After a long time coming i can finally reveal my ongoing project of further documenting my creative process, now on YouTube. A while back i started to record while painting and i can now actually compose those recordings into something usable. Combining those files and adding a time-lapse to speed up the process results in a “speed painting”. The idea is to give people some insight into the creation of my paintings. Perhaps just to entertain a few but hopefully also to inspire other artists as myself. As i am always struggling and still learning every day i invite you to come along for the ride.
This time i am also trying something new with monetization to actually be able to earn a revenue of the things i create. This of course means that commercial ads will be shown in relation to my creations. No one likes annoying ads but it’s a crucial component for a struggling artist as myself. Time will tell if it’s a worthwhile endeavor or a waste of time. I have no big expectations but you really need to start somewhere, and this is it. If you would like to support my cause, please disable AdBlock for my site and videos and perhaps click a link or two. I appreciate all support!
First out is a video of painting number 39 called Cold Blaze. I would have liked to had this ready from the start with the first painting, but there was just too many things to work out before it was all up and running. I spent a great deal of time on researching tools and ways to compose all these elements into a complete video. I feel i now have a good setup and workflow to start producing these videos at a faster pace.
With this project i also got the opportunity to create some intros for both Gurkoz Productions and Gurkoz Canvas that turned out pretty good. They are ten seconds each and hopefully not too intrusive for people watching the videos. For these intros i actually managed to record some basic sounds / music to go along. I was planning to create fully featured tracks of music to use during the main video but that turned out to be harder than i imagined. The truth of it is that i am no musician and it would take considerable time to be able to produce anything usable. A placeholder for now are the royalty-free tracks from YouTube and time will tell if i will compose anything of my own in the future. Had some other ideas with adding a commentary to each video but that will have to wait also.
Sadly, these first videos are not complete and only shows the mid to finish part of the painting. From this going forward though, i will always record the entire process start to finish. There still is a few things left to iron out so bear with me during this time.
Stay tuned for more videos on previous paintings until i catch up with the current last posted one.
I have now added more videos and created a playlist!