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Creating a Pet Portrait: Thor the Mastiff

Creating a Pet Portrait: Thor the Mastiff

As some of you may know, one of my side projects is Custom Pet Portraits. I get asked a lot how exactly I do those: what goes into them, what’s the end product look like? so I wanted to take a little time today and show you what goes into this portrait right here. Now ... Read More
Badass Lighting #3: Lens Flares

Badass Lighting #3: Lens Flares

Welcome to the third installment in my Badass Lighting series where we go over the oft-overused-and-abused effect, the lens flare. In the last two posts I discussed fresnel effects and specular bloom effects. Technically a lens flare isn’t a separate entity from those two, since a real-world lens flare is caused by either intense fresnel ... Read More
Badass Lighting #1: Fresnel Effects

Badass Lighting #1: Fresnel Effects

I’m a fan of hyperrealism. My definition of hyperrealism, though, is “stuff that defies the laws of physics but looks pretty damn cool nonetheless.” In fact, good hyperrealism sells itself well enough that you might not even notice that stuff wouldn’t work that way. But in an alternate universe (especially the one in my head) ... Read More
New Piece: Declan

New Piece: Declan

I wanted to show off this latest piece, “Declan.” This is a commissioned piece of my client’s guinea pig, Declan, in a post-apocalyptic setting. She wanted some kind of sci-fi characterization of him. I knew she was into post-apocalyptic kinds of things based on her comments about some of my other work, and she’d mentioned ... Read More
The Power of a Gradient Mapped FX Stack

The Power of a Gradient Mapped FX Stack

The featured image for this post is not a photograph. That fireball was painted by hand in photoshop using a powerful tool I call the FX Stack. I use this all of the time, sometimes with several instances in a single piece. I initially learned the technique from Mike “Daarken” Lim’s book, Elysium. When I read ... Read More
The Value of Self-Reflecting and Editing

The Value of Self-Reflecting and Editing

Earlier this year, I did a piece to submit to Abney Park for their CCG/Boardgame. Capt. Robert—the lead singer, founder, band visionary, and spokesperson for the band—had put out a call asking for some steampunk art from fans to use on cards in the game. One of these was to be called “fog” and he ... Read More
A Dieselpunk Elephant (and a short tutorial)

A Dieselpunk Elephant (and a short tutorial)

I wanted to share with you one of my recently completed personal pieces: This the third in my surreal, dieselpunk-themed animal paintings. Here’s a list of my Photoshop process, from back to fore: The mesh background is a seamless background from Ron Deviney’s “Cyborg Parts” set. A few grunge brushes over the mesh gave it ... Read More