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!
A painting that started out with more green bushes that i later stripped away. Still i kept some of the green just for the variation in the final image. Added the flying crafts as a last touch to give it some mystery and story.
This time we have gone back to a fully WordPress hosted site that incorporates almost everything related to Gurkoz Productions. Previously we separated almost all sections into independent parts. Turns out, this adds up to a lot of maintenance when dealing with multiple websites. The general plan now is to focus on content and try to keep everything consolidated here. New separate sites will only be created when there is a need for a different architecture. You can read all about the version history and the reasons to this change in the About section. What this mean for you as a visitor is more content and the ease of finding everything in one place.
New for this edition is a complete Gallery containing more or less everything we have ever produced during the years. Aside from things that where lost, scrapped, unremarkable or otherwise unable to share with the public for various reasons. There is still a comprehensive amount of stuff available to browse and we plan to add more as things progress.
Also new this time around is a fully integrated Store that features everything you would expect from a e-commerce website of today. There is of course room for improvements, such as added payment gateways and expanded regions of delivery. But this will have to wait for now until we are up and running and generating enough revenue to cover those costs. As for products, we will initially launch with all paintings from Gurkoz Canvas ready to be ordered and delivered to your doorstep! Time will tell if additional types of products will turn up.
That’s it for now. This will hopefully leave us some room to again focus on some new exciting content. Naturally there will always be a need for fixes and maintenance when managing a website so expect that to continue. The difference is, previously it’s all been about the website where content was almost secondary. That is about to change!
Looking out from a cold damp cavern on a ship going by.
“En ny Canvas uppe igen. Försöker med ett nytt upplägg här att inte länka vidare till Flickr filen utan att lägga bilderna lokalt på bloggen här. Får se om det känns mera rätt. Då slipper jag i alla fall länka om något när jag uppdaterar bilderna ibland. Börjar bli ett par nu då jag med denna är uppe i nummer 42. Varje gång jag ändrar något i upplägget så måste jag uppdatera alla bilder och på alla platser (GurkozCanvas, Flicker, Facebook, DeviantArt, TalentHouse och diverse andra ställen) vilket så klart är sjukt tidskrävande. Känns ändå nu som jag börjar få koll på saker och ting.
Gjorde för övrigt också en ändring till där jag nu längre inte kommer skriva in någon “beskrivning” på mina tavlor. Det hela har alltid känts lite fel då jag faktiskt inte vill riktigt förklara en bild utan låta åskådaren själv avgöra vad det föreställer. Att hitta på en titel räcker för att subtilt försöka säga något om motivet, resten får fantasin stå för.”