Lakai: Thanks for stopping by and having a look at my work and the kinds words, it's greatly appreciated.
I've recently finished off a mock book cover for Isaac Asimov's short story Liar! It's a great read and well worth it if you've got a spare moment.
For additional thoughts and there's a post on my blog.
Ah I'm definitely feeling the illustrations, makes me want to do some magic-esque card designs now.
@NickyBeats: Thanks for the kind words dude, I've been working with illustrator Marc Scheff over the past 3 months which has been a huge inspiration. If you get the chance to partake in a mentorship program with a reputable artist I'd fully recommend it.
@matcha: I'm in the mood to do some magic themed pieces as well at the moment. All the cool effects and over the top characters are too hard to resist! Thanks for stopping by and having a look at my work.
I recently completed a piece inspired by the excellent game Plants Vs Zombies. This was a really fun one to work on because it gave me the chance to loosen up and have some silly fun. I've got some more thoughts on the creation of the piece over on my blog.
Hi guys, I've been hard at work on some new paintings, the first of which is below. This piece was completed as part of the ArtOrder Nymph challenge. I've written a tutorial for my process for this piece on my blog http://www.davidkeenart.com/artorder-challenge-nymph/
lionheartGFX: Thanks so much for the kind words man. I'm still working on some more hard fantasy pieces at the moment so stay tuned!
MrFrenik: I'm happy to hear you like the Asimov piece! I really enjoyed reading i-robot and had to get something inspired by it onto the page. I hope you're doing well dude, thanks for stopping by again.
Another great piece, mate, and I enjoyed reading your tutorial process on your blog. Very informative stuff. Do you normally work this way? By that I mean do you work from sketch to completed line drawing to values then to color? I've been trying to find an efficient way to go about setting up a painting, and I'm so used to line drawing that it just feels the best to me at the moment.
I've been wanting to explore watercolour and gouache recently, here are some little studies.
MrFrenik: Thanks so much for the feedback, I'm glad you got something out of the tutorial. I wasn't sure if anyone was going to bother reading it at that length. That is my standard process for illustrations. I almost always do a drawing beneath any painting because like you that's still my preferred method for experimentation and allows for fast iteration and changes without getting too invested in the piece. For little studies I'll often work directly in colour but because full illustrations are so complex I like to get the basic values in B&W early and then make a move to colour. I've found though that there can be a trap in staying too long in B&W, if I start getting too detailed too early it's hard to let go of things when working in colour. I'd love to hear if you have some luck working this way dude, let me know!
I recently completed the above painting which was inspired by the fantastic short format comic “The Last Mortician” written by Tim Hall, illustrated by Dean Haspiel and published by TOR. The comic presents a poignant commentary on the humanities reaction to an infinite extension of human life while also addressing the struggles of a crafts person who’s trade becomes superfluous. At sixteen pages it’s a very quick read and well worth checking out.
Process Gif on my blog HERE
That liar piece is phenomenal!
"Observing the world around me"
Always good stuff coming out here, David, so I'm glad when I get a notification saying that you've updated it. The last piece turned out really well; it gets across the emotion that this man has been wandering around without aim forever; certainly something I wouldn't want to be apart of, ha. The only suggestion I'd have is to play with a little more contrast and saturation in your paintings. As of now they have a colored pencil quality to them and not so much that they were painted with wet, vibrant paints, if that makes sense. Just a small thing, but otherwise keep kicking ass.
Hey team. Sorry for the long absence, I've been hard at work and have some goodies to share with everyone. It occurred to me recently that although I am constantly inspired by fantasy art I don't have a huge stock of it in my portfolio. It's time to rectify this problem, below are my most recent forays into some old school fantasy. I'd love to hear people's thoughts so please critique away.
@MrFrenik: Thank you for your constant encouragement and support dude. I always appreciate your thoughts on my work and am happy knowing you're still interested in checking out my stuff. Your previous notes on drama and values hit on a point I'm trying to work on as we speak. I'm hoping to take a break from creating full illustrations for a bit and focus on some material and master studies for a while. Thanks again for looking in!
This piece was completed as part of Jon Schindehette's Dragon World ArtOrder challenge. I've written a blog post on the process of completing this piece HERE.
The above piece was just for fun and proved to be a great challenge. I wanted to use a limited palette while trying to explore a rendering style and setting I don't always use. More details on my blog HERE