Monday, February 23, 2015

"Celtic Lass" Complete!

"Celtic Lass" Commission for Monica Jo Jo Jackson
Acrylic Paint and Colored Pencil
16 X 20 Cold Press Illustration Board
Copyright 2015 Erik Stitt

I was commission to do this piece using the client herself as the Pinup Model. She told me she wanted tough but sexy. Armed with that, I took the photos she sent plus stalked her profile a few times and noted her beautiful red hair and square features........Celtic! This appealed to me as I am an Irishman myself. So, I ran with all of that blended in some Irish, Scottish and a little Welsh....all of it Gaelic. I even put in some Celtic Runes that all have positive and empowering meaning around the shamrock in the background....All in all, this piece was a LOT of fun to do!

Thanks for watching, Y'all! On to the next!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

"Celtic Lass" WIP 22FEB15

"Celtic Lass" WIP - Commission for Monica Jo Jo Jackson

In my world, it's a Magic Sword......soOOOoooo, it must have Magic Sparkles.....I have one other surprise that I'll put in close to the finish...

Saturday, February 21, 2015

"Celtic Lass" WIP - 21FEB15

"Celtic Lass" WIP - Commission for Monica Jo Jo Jackson

I brought some contrast into the background some and then brought in some airbrushed special effects. Now I will finish her armor and render her skirt. Starting to sing and dance now!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

"Celtic Lass" WIP - 19FEB15

 "Celtic Lass" WIP - Commission for Monica Jo Jo Jackson

Slowly making my way down with layers of paint and pencil. Things are starting to pop

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Celtic Lass" WIP - 17FEB15

 "Celtic Lass" WIP - Commission for Monica Jo Jo Jackson

This is the rough looking stage where a lot of my pencil detail is lost with washes of Acrylic over it. I also airbrushed in part of the background to be completed later. I've started detail work on her face and head. If I didn't nail the face, it wouldn't matter how good the rest of it was.

Monday, February 16, 2015

"Celtic Lass" WIP - 16FEB15

 "Celtic Lass" WIP - Commission for Monica Jo Jo Jackson

A Pin Up done of my client for her husband's Man Cave.....I think he'll approve.... =)

All drawn in and ready to start painting tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

"Dude! Where's My Saucer?!" Final WIP

"Dude! Where's My Saucer?!" Final WIP

I've added some weird "alien" symbols to the "monitor up top because that space was looking empty and useless and I felt it needed something. I'm also starting to work on the foreground a little more getting it ready to do the Title Block as one of the last steps.

This'll be the last update photo. The next one will be the finished piece.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

"Dude! Where's My Saucer?!" WIP 07FEB15

 "Dude! Where's My Saucer?!" WIP

My fiery saucer crash is looking......fiery. Lol.....I've also started on my Lake Powell, Arizona landscape to give the piece an "Other Worldly", I just dig the Southwest and I had to put "me" in there somewhere.

I'm done for today. I've been up since just before 2 am on only 2 hours sleep. Everything is blurry.....time to really get up and be with M'Lady.

Friday, February 6, 2015

"Dude! Where's My Saucer?!" WIP 06FEB15

 "Dude! Where's My Saucer?!" WIP

A couple things...

1) Yup, the border in this pic is canted slantwize.....I assure you, it's not.

2) As you can see, I've spent the afternoon putting a couple of light coats of Acrylic Medium Cadmium Red on this paper. As a direct result, you guessed it, severe warping of the paper. Take heart, it presses out well enough. That is what I'm doing right now. Pressing it flat overnight and then I may have a little time over the weekend to work on this some more but more than likely it will be a Monday affair.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

"Dude! Where's My Saucer?!" WIP 05FEB15

 "Dude! Where's My Saucer?!" WIP

A few things going on here. Because this is being done on regular 'ol tablet paper, I'm using Copic Marker as much as possible for my foundation colors to avoid warping the paper. I then apply colored pencil on top of it to bring out shading and tone. I'm only using Acrylics sparingly for highlighted or very dark areas so that they appear solid and by doing so I avoid showing too much of the grain of the paper.

Now I'm going to reveal a secret about me: I'm addicted to Core Shadows. Those lovely shadows that subtly break up the specular light on the subjects with wonderful gradients. That is why I almost always have multiple light sources in every piece I do and too, why I almost backlight bring out the Core Shadows........which are my favorite to render and to my eye, the shadows that make an object look 3D and real....

EDIT: To give it more of a "Movie" feel.....I added the tagline, "WARNING: PAIR-ABNORMAL ACTIVITY" to the top of the piece....which will sort of simulate a computer screen when it's finished.

Thanks for watching!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

"Dude! Where's My Saucer?!" WIP 04FEB15

 "Dude! Where's My Saucer?!" WIP 

All drawn, shaded, ready to paint.

Thanks for watching!

"Dude, Where's My Saucer?" WIP

 "Dude, Where's My Saucer?" WIP

Almost done with the pencil drawing. I just have to finish shading and draw in the title block and then I'm ready to paint. Probably won't get to painting today. Had an important phone call.

Thanks for watching!

Monday, February 2, 2015

"The Shaman's Opera" Final WIP

"The Shaman's Opera" Final WIP - Commission for private collector

I'm just about finished. I airbrushed a few special effects in here and there and worked a bit more on the necklaces which I will finish tomorrow. Done for today.

Thanks for watching!