NEW ART PRINTS AVAILABLE (The Lady and the Dragon)

Now available for purchase are some new art prints of the new painting “The Lady and the Dragon”! Check it out here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PeytonsArtShop

Here are some sample pics from the shop:

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CONCEPT ART: Ninja Character Design

What’s up guys, so, I have just finished creating my very first character design “turnaround”. I was inspired to create my own original ninja styled character from watching Naruto. I loved Naruto’s take on the concept of ninja’s, and that led me to start googling different designs, as well as authentic ninja gear, clothes, etc.

I imported some images that inspired me into Photoshop for a reference library to give me an idea on how to create a believable character design. Granted, I’ve never done this before, so I probably made a few mistakes, but hey, I had a lot of fun, and in the end the result I got was, in my opinion, pretty cool.

My ninja character is far from finished, and there are many things that I wish to change, add on, and overall, to give the designs a fully rendered appearance. One thing that I’d love to do with this new character is to try and create a full fledged illustration of him and see how well he looks. Maybe I’ll even come up with a backstory, which will lead to other designs in the future for more characters. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope that you guys like how this ninja character turned out, and please let me know what you think in the comments section, I’d love to hear what you like, or even dislike about the character, and possible ways I could improve as a character artist.

And, as always, thank you guys so much for checking out my work, I really appreciate it, and I hope all of you have a great day!!

Ninja Concept art, character design turnaround.

DOBERMAN – Digital Painting

Hey guys, so I decided to try something a little different in this quick painting, and that is to keep everything as rough as I can. I wanted to try my hand at creating a fairly “minimalist” styled art piece.

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For a first time try at this, I don’t think it turned out that bad, and I had quite a bit of fun painting this. Keeping things simplistic has never been one of my strong suites, so, it was pretty difficult not to try and make this into a completely rendered painting with lots of detail.

I actually started this painting just as a warm up/study piece, but then had the idea of seeing how rough I could make it while at the same time making the image read clearly to the viewer.

Hopefully I accomplished that task, and I hope that you guys like how this piece turned out! Please feel free to leave a comment down below letting me know what you think of my attempt at creating a Doberman minimalist styled painting. And, as always, thank you so much for checking out my art, I really appreciate it! ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!! ๐Ÿ˜€

NARUTO: Kakashi Painting

Woohoo, I’m finally finished with my Kakashi painting!!

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This took me a very long time to create, but in my opinion, it was well worth it! I definitely learned a lot while working on this, and I think I have some even better ideas as to how I’ll be working on future character paintings.

In this piece, I tried to experiment with some photo manipulation techniques, such as applying textures to Kakashi’s mask, head band, and his jacket. If you notice, though, the photo textures I’m using on Kakashi are simply pushing what has already been painted underneath. I actually didn’t apply those textures till I was nearing the end of the rendering process. However, the background, I did something I’ve never actually done before, and is something that I don’t intend to do very much, and that is to use only photos…. granted, it was not my original idea to only use photographs, but when I started to play with arranging the photos to create a forest/woods styled background, and adjusting the lighting of the photos, I really liked how Kakashi seemed to fit nicely with the overall scene. I did try to do some painting work, and adjusting the colors of the background, but in the end, I simply decided to just paint in the overall lighting for the scene, and to mute the colors of the bg quite a bit. In the end, I got, in my opinion, a fairly interesting picture.

In all, I believe that this painting took me about 8-10 hours to create.

I hope that you guys like how this piece turned out, and thank you so much for checking out my work! ^^

 

Naruto|Kakashi Painting

Hey guys, sorry for the inactivity the last couple of days, been a bit busy lately. Iโ€™m good now, and I have a new painting that Iโ€™ve been working on! Not sure how many of you have ever watched Naruto before, and I admit, Iโ€™m not a huge anime fan, but Naruto is by far my most favorite anime of all time! ๐Ÿ˜€

Since Iโ€™ve been focusing lately on drawing human anatomy, and so far Iโ€™ve only covered how to draw the face, I thought that it would be fun to take one of my favorite characters from Naruto, Kakashi, and try to draw and paint him as realistically as I can.

Now, this piece isnโ€™t finished yet, but I thought that this would be a good point to stop and show you all what Iโ€™ve been working on. Iโ€™ve had a lot of fun with this piece so far, and Iโ€™m very excited to see how the end result will turn out when everything is all finished! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I hope that you guys like how this piece is looking so far, and as always, thanks so much for checking out my work. And remember, if you like what you see, definitely be sure to subscribe to my website, and to follow me on social media where you will be updated on all of my new art projects and finished pieces! Thanks again, and I hope you all have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

Back to the Basics | Lips Study

Hey guys, so I took a break yesterday from my studies, and have returned today to finish the last portion of learning the anatomy of the human head, which are the lips!

When I first started this course, I honestly thought that I’d breeze right through the lips section, because that is one area that I feel fairly confident in… until I actually got into the depths of the study, that’s when I realized I don’t know squat. lol XD

It turns out that the lips are actually a lot more difficult than I remembered, mostly because I never focused on the various angles, and complex forms that lips can make when making expressions. I will definitely be doing a lot of studies to strengthen this area of my drawings, because the lips can convey so much emotion and expression to a piece, and it’s almost criminal that I never took advantage of the opportunity to make some expressions to my characters.

Now that this portion of my studies has been concluded for now, the next assignment I’m giving myself is a personal one, and not from the course itself. One thing that Aaron Blaise doesn’t cover, is drawing and painting hair. I personally suck when it comes to creating hair, and I really want to get better at drawing it. Since Aaron doesn’t cover it in his course, I’m going to be looking online for a good tutorial, plus, I’ll be assigning myself at least 6 different styles of hair to create at various angles. Once I’ve finished that, the next thing I want to do is to create at least six fully drawn out and painted heads that cover everything that I have learned thus far. Once I’ve finally finished working on the head, I will be continuing on with my course with Aaron on the next section in his anatomy course! :)Lips Study_1

I hope that you guys have been enjoying these anatomy studies so far, and thank you kindly for checking out my work! ^^

Back to the Basics| Nose Studies

Today’s lesson was learning how to draw/paint “Noses” by Aaron Blaise. The course was about 30 minutes long, which you can see the progress I did during the course on the top of the image below. After the lesson, I gave myself some homework to continue the study by grabbing references from Google to try and reinforce everything that I had learned. The bottom six images were all made after the course, and took me a couple of hours to complete, probably 3+ hours in length.

I can already see a major improvement in my work, and I’m very excited to continue my studies and hone my skills as an artist.

I hope that you guys like how this course study of noses turned out, and thank you very much for checking out my work!!ย ๐Ÿ™‚

Noses Practice

Back to the Basics| Eye Studies

I’ve just finished working on my study on drawing/painting eyes from the anatomy course by Aaron Blaise. Granted, the lesson didn’t include how to paint skin, so, I sorta did my best on what I could with that.

The actual eye for the lesson is on the top left, all of the other eyes were done by grabbing reference images off of google and trying to implement what I learned through the course into drawing these eyes I found as my references. I believe that I learned quite a bit during this short course, and I believe that the more I practice working on this, the better I’ll get at it.

I hope that you guys like my progress that I did during my course study, and thank you very much for checking out my work! ๐Ÿ™‚

By the way, during the course, the only real eye that I worked on was the one on the top left, the reason I decided to do more is simply that, I didn’t think that it was enough to just do the lesson, but that I should give myself homework exercises to help me better understand what I just learned by putting all the info I gained into practice. Honestly, I could do more, but I figured that these would suffice for now, and as I move on through the courses, I’ll be sure to touch up on more eyes as I go. ^^

Eye Practice

First Art Commission!

So, about a week or so ago, I received my very first art commission! I was very nervous to accept it, much less, start the initial drawing.

Once I had accepted the payment for the painting, I immediately got to work on it. I was careful not to rush it, or try to speed through it in any way. I wanted to ensure that I put in all the effort I could into making it into a great painting.

The commission I was given was to create a painting from a portrait of this neat lady, Angie, and her best friend, whom she received not too long ago, Abe. I really liked this idea, and thought that it would be a fun piece to work on. Though this painting was a lot of fun to create, it was also very challenging, as I have never made a piece with an animal and a person in the same canvas. After some time trying different ideas and techniques, I believe I managed to pull it off pretty well.

I made sure to continuously show my client updates when I finished each stage, that way she knew exactly what she was getting, and if there were any aspects of the painting she wanted me to correct. I continued this process till I got to the finished product, and once I showed it to her, she said that she really liked it, which was absolute music to my ears!

Now, the next step in this commission is to finally go and get it printed!! I am very excited to see how this painting will look in a physical copy. I will definitely show you guys how the print looks in the next post, so be sure to stay tuned in for that!

So, that’s all that I have for now. I really hope that you guys like how this painting turned out, and how the print will turn out. Thank you everyone for taking the time to read this post, and if you like what you’ve read, and if you enjoy my art, which you can check out in my gallery, definitely be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already. I love to create new art for you guys to enjoy, and to hear what you think!

Till next time, I hope you all have a great and wonderful weekend!!Abe and Angie Commission Painting.jpg