Cracky update #6 dang

Cracky painting is almost done? Think so…I ate 2 fresh-baked scones and drank two teas which fueled a good painting session today, I was bummed on this painting last week and have been doing mostly digital stuff lately although I have I think 4 oil paintings I will be finishing up soon…Cracky-Chan, Dream City #1, Priestess of Dagon, and one that I have not posted yet which is prolly called Tea and Almond Cookies 😀

Here’s wot cracky painting looks like right now, it does look better in real life I gotta say, when it’s hanging in a museum later I will let you know which one so you can go look at it:

Cracky-chan painting work in progress 08-30-08

Cracky-chan painting work in progress 08-30-08

Black-Haired Girl – digital (gasp) painting

Oh dear, is this bad? I said I was anti-digital when I started this blog only a few months ago…and now I am posting a painting I did in Photoshop. Oh well…here it is anyway, my first digital painting (is it really a painting? maybe it’s an illustration…).

I had a lot of fun with this, boy are hair highlights fun to do in Photoshop! It took maybe 10-12 hours total, I think. The background wood is partly from a photo texture. I think my favorite part is my logo signature thing etched into the wood and the shirt cuz I have not done any clothing like that before, my paintings have all had really simple clothes since I don’t really know what I am doing yet with clothing 😀

Black-Haired Girl - digital drawing by Airn LeBus

Black-Haired Girl - digital drawing by Airn LeBus

Priestess of Dagon (work in progress #1)

I took some stuff from a Bouguereau painting for this one…I had a nice large reference photo for a change and want to learn some of his awesome techniques.

Priestess of Dagon, oil on panel, 9x12 inches, work in progress 08-16-08

Priestess of Dagon, oil on panel, 9x12 inches, work in progress 08-17-08

This is the first outdoor portrait-type painting I have attempted and the first with a substantial background, but I didn’t plan anything out here so it just kind of evolved as I painted it. The Lovecraftian Dagon motif wormed it’s way in at some point…originally I was just messing around studying the Bouguereau painting as I painted over some abstract experiment.

I just started learning to represent bushes and landscapes and such so I’ve been experimenting with that as I go along. Originally I took reference photos of some Goleta, California landscapes but ended up covering up most of what I painted from those.

The pyramid is going to have a somewhat evil-looking eye on it which will also be mirrored on her brooch. I’m going for a contrast between the wholesome landscape, her flaxen fair, puffy white clouds, etc., and the soon-to-be weird and creepy structures in the background, her strange brooch, and her less than happy expression. The eye symbols will be the same stylized eye used in the movie Dagon, which was based on Lovecraft’s story The Shadow Over Innsmouth.

Lovecraft is a favorite of mine and some of his influence (and that of the author Lord Dunsany and the artist Tim Kirk who, among other works, drew some wonderful illustrations for Dunsany) is creeping into another of my paintings, Dream-City #1.

Here’s the Bouguereau painting I borrowed from, my painting doesn’t look anything like it anymore but I still feel I must disclaim since I used that painting heavily as a reference for the eyes and such:

Cracky-Chan update #5

Yet another update to the Cracky-Chan painting. I painted over the nose and made it bigger…necklace is new and near completion, so are the eyes, they are not done yet but I moved one (twice…took forever, I’m dumb) and repainted both of them. The hair and shirt-thing are pretty much done, so is the nose pretty much and the ears, the main stuff I need to do is finish the eyes, necklace, and some of the general face like forehead and eyebrows etc. If all goes as planned this will be the last update until I post the final painting.

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Here’s Corky:

Cracky WIP 08-10-08

Cracky WIP 08-10-08

Whoa lookit that frame, damn (:O) dunno if I will put it in there, pic doesn’t really do it justice though, the painting is 8×10 inches so it’s crazy to see like 6 inches of frame on either side, and whole thing is about 4 inches deep and quite heavy…

cracky work in prog in big ol frame

cracky work in prog in big ol frame

Dream-City #1 (update 4)

I made a ton of changes to this one tonight and over the past week. I started a bunch of Egyptian stuff including a giant scarab building, Eye of Horus, and a building with the head of Anubis. I altered many other parts, my painting has improved a bit since starting this in April so I’m going back over some stuff I was not happy with. I am really having fun with this one, once it’s done I plan on doing more along these lines for sure!

I really like doing the vegetation and grassy bits, I’ve been using yellow ochre/cad yellow light/viridian/raw umber/titanium white/terre verte. I’m mostly using a splayed out cheap round brush for the flora and it works great! The water is also super fun and it’s mostly phthalo blue and white, maybe with some lamp black and raw umber which I use a lot in general. I really like the way it looks to have the earth/grass sinking into and decaying into the water like on the left where the tombstones and crosses are…also the parts where you can see stone and stuff under the water like in the lower left…I dunno why but I really love that :)

Dream City as of 08-07-08

Dream City as of 08-07-08