Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Grey's Anatomy Drawing and Painting Process




Some people have asked me, both in person and online, what alien images I use to create my paintings. I look at them and ask,


"Images?"

I draw and paint my pictures. Sometimes I make my own brushes for ease of repetition, but even then, the first image I drew and then made a brush out of it. If you don't know how to do that in Photoshop, it's easy. Plenty of vids on YouTube showing you just how to do that. I make a LOT of custom brushes for sacred geometry, fractals, brush, trees, etc., for ease of painting. Mostly for use in the background of the primary subject.

I made this process photo so that you can see what I'm doing with screen shots of my art in Photoshop CS6. You can see my brushes and you can see my layers. I basically draw and shade everything with a standard Soft Round Brush. Fancy brushes do not make you a better artist. Learning how to draw and practicing for over 40 years every single day makes you a better Artist.

Here's my process on this piece and pretty much every painting I do.

1) I draw rough lines. Basically a skeleton of the figure and I adjust size and placement on the canvas as I go. I remember to keep my Rule of Thirds and also use The Golden Ratio. Never make your subject dead center of the canvas.

2) I fade back the initial rough sketch, create another layer and draw finished lines on top of the rough ones.

3 I create another layer under the finished line work and turn off the initial rough line sketch layer. I then begin to apply opaque tones under the finished lines as a base.

4) I add another layer on top of all of this, set it to Overlay and the opacity at 50%. This is my Color Layer. I apply a rough wash of color over the entire painting in a general application as a guide for where those colors go and I adjust them as I render. Just under the Color Layer, I add a Shading Layer and begin to shade in details on top of the Finished Line layer.

5) I add more color and go back to my shading layer and fill in more details and lighting. I like high contrast because it really punches out the light in the areas where I want you, the viewer, to look first. I have some tree brushes I created and I popped a nice dead tree in the background and blurred it a bit for depth. I also created a little bit of lens flare to suggest a craft perhaps and give it a more "Not from around here" feel.

6) All of the coloring and rendering of details is complete. I then flatten all the layers and adjust the color saturation and contrast. I then slide my siggy PNG on top. But before I did that, I added one more layer and set it to Overlay. I then drug in a canvas texture and lowered the opacity to 8% to give it a more painterly look. Now the piece is finished, ready to create my two sizes, one to post and one to upload to Print on Demand sites and my other Print Sites for ordering.

And that is pretty much how I do every piece you see.

Thanks for taking a look at my process,

Erik
erikstittart.blogspot.com

Monday, February 12, 2018

Visionary Art

As I said in my last post, Erik never stops challenging himself.  He recently delved into what's known as Visionary Art, something in which he has always been interested, and it seems that his fans are loving it as well.  He has been flourishing with this style, as he truly embodies what a Visionary Artist is.  With intuition, contemplation, inspiration, mysticism, and a connection with Divine Creation, (and I'm sure so much more), these pieces are created through him rather than by him.

As a side note, Erik prefers that any and all attention be on his art, not on him.  Having said that, as his manager and fiance, I find it fascinating to be able to witness his creative process.  I wish you could all see how excited he gets when an idea presents itself to him, and how focused he is when he is painting.  I've truly never seen someone so filled with the passion of their life's calling that they literally live and breathe its creation.

The Visionary Art that is created through Erik continues to be stunning and thought-provoking, and I'm sure I can speak for us all when I say that I am excited to see so much more of this beautiful style of art.

Chakra Pilot

Real Eyes Self

A Moment to Reflect

Boom Therapy

Dharma Entity

Merkabah

We are You are Us



As always, thank you all for your continued support!

~Kim

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Growth

While Erik has found a very comfortable niche in UFO-related art, one thing that will forever continue to change is his growth as an artist.  He is constantly challenging himself, never allowing his art to become stagnant or predictable.  Recently he really stretched himself with a couple of paintings done in a Baroque style, and he added the element of religion to his aliens - a bit of a different spin on an old subject.

The Ascension of Enoch



He became incredibly excited not long ago when he figured out how to add texture to his digital paintings so that they more closely resembled canvas or drawing paper.  He toyed around with some "pencil on paper" sketches before beginning The Ascension of Enoch, which he painted with the canvas texture (as shown with a closer view here).  What resulted is a beautifully rich painting that almost looks as if you can reach out and feel the cold skin on the alien, or the warmth of the blanket in which he is wrapped. 

I took a few photos of his second Baroque-style painting, Moses Receives the Tablets, as works-in-progress*.  I think that often times people don't give digital art the respect it deserves, as if the images that are rendered are somehow pulled from the depths of a computer instead of created from the hand of the artist.  Hopefully the occasional work-in-progress can dispel any doubters as to the validity of the talent and time that go into a painting.

*The first three photos were taken with my cell phone, and the last one was saved straight from Erik's computer, so the coloring between them might be a little inconsistent.




Moses Receives the Tablets


As always, thank you for reading, and for your continued support!  Hopefully soon we'll have a schedule of local cons to post for anyone who is in the area that would like to stop by and say hello.

~Kim


Monday, December 18, 2017

Starting Local


With the success of Erik's UFO/alien paintings, we've decided to get our feet wet locally so that when Contact in the Desert happens in June, it should feel more like second nature and less like a couple of bumbling idiots who don't know what they're doing.

As soon as the holidays wind down within the next couple weeks, I'm going to scout opportunities within the greater Denver area looking for art shows, craft shows, or any other kinds of venues that will allow us to set up a little booth and sell images of Erik's hard work.  For the smaller local shows we're hoping to include things like mugs, calendars, key chains, etc. in addition to prints.  Contact in the Desert will be strictly prints, as we simply won't have the room at the booth nor will we have the means to ship a bunch of items to California for the week.  

I'll make sure to post when and where we end up opening up shop, so if you find yourself in Denver during one of the shows, please stop by and say hi!

~Kim

Friday, November 10, 2017

Aliens

Well, Erik's certainly found his niche!  He's finally beginning to have some success with a series of alien posters he's rendering for when he heads to Contact in the Desert in June.  There will be plenty more to come, and one of these days I hope to capture some work-in-progress pictures.  Watching his process is always fascinating!  Until then, enjoy...

As always, thank you for your support!

~Kim





Thursday, November 2, 2017

See No Evil



Sorry for the gap in posting, we are still recovering from a move (it was just a few blocks away, but GEEZ it felt like it was across the globe).  Erik had his studio up and running, walls full of artwork and everything, within minutes of us moving in, and he wasted no time in getting to work on his first painting in the new place.  He certainly did not disappoint!  True to form, I'd go downstairs and see his progress, which was,  in this case, a simple drawing of three aliens depicting the "Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" motif.  An hour or so later, I'd go back downstairs to connect for just a minute, and BOOM, he'd be halfway done.  

I kid you not.


The man is a genius with a stylus.  This entire scene was pulled from his imagination, a feat so foreign to me I can't even comprehend how he does it.  

He has been personally invited to attend Contact in the Desert in June 2018 (for anyone not in the know, THIS is what that's all about), to sit at the booth with none other than Jimmy Church himself (you can click here to learn about the amazing Jimmy).  He's excited beyond words, and will be feverishly rendering UFO/Alien paintings until his time at CITD commences.  Then he'll do some more.


If you'd like to order prints (and this one is hot!), please go to his main page by clicking here.  There are links to the right under the "Navigation" heading that have all sorts of ways to print his paintings.  As always, thank you for your support!  Every little bit helps his dreams come true.

~Kim









Friday, October 13, 2017

Just a matter of time

When I first got to know Erik it was on a very limited basis at work, and only when he added me as a friend on Facebook, did I have the opportunity to see the person behind the work persona.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that the gruff, tough, angry, very unhappy man I had known was actually extremely talented, thoughtful, very intelligent, and spiritual.

As I perused his profile, I was impressed by his artwork the most.  I browsed through the images and saw all different varieties of subject matter, from pinup, to alien, to fan art.  They may not have been the kinds of images of which I'd purchase a print, but I certainly appreciated his talent nonetheless.



It was when I came to his Native American piece titled Lakota Man, as well as his charcoal drawings, that my jaw dropped.  Now he had my attention.



Throughout our relationship, as he became prolific once again with his painting, I kept wondering why he wasn't producing pieces that truly showed his talent (and decades of hard work), such as the images above.  I wondered why he kept producing pieces that were good, yes, but weren't the WOW factor I knew he had in him. 

In August he was fired from his job, a situation that turned out to be a huge bonus to his painting because, until he found another job, he had the time and energy to devote to his craft.  One night he was told by a friend that a movie was being made about Bob Lazar, the whistle-blower for Area 51 in the late '80s, so he thought it would be fun to paint a concept movie poster. 


As I watched this image come to life as he rendered these men to near perfection, my jaw hit the floor once again.  When I finally asked him why on earth he hadn't always painted at that caliber, he replied that he had never had the time, plain and simple.  It was at that very moment, the realization that his true talent had been stifled by both past relationships and jobs, that I asked him to stop looking for a job and pursue his painting full time.  I would do anything in my power, including getting a second job to support us, if he would just paint at that level.  THAT was what the world needed to see.




Thus began the movie poster idea, whether it be commissions from clients, or fan art fun.  He is finally, for the first time in his life, fully in his element, and it is a sight to behold.  Thank you for being a part of this, for supporting a man who has truly wanted to do nothing in his life except paint.  If you can't afford a commission but know someone else who can, please spread the word.  All the "likes" and "thumbs-ups" in the world won't put food on the table, and being able to support his family is what would make this all come full circle.

Thanks for reading!

~Kim