I finished a complete color chart of my current palette a few weeks ago and have been meaning to write a post about the process. It was funny for a little while – people would ask me what I was working on in my studio, and I would answer, “Mixing paint. Making color charts.” It […]
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I recently constructed a painting rack for my studio where my work can dry above the ground. Since I work on canvas mounted to gator board panels, I needed an easy way to store them without stacking them directly on top of each other where paintings could smudge or scratch each other.
My latest painting, “Guardian” was a new exploration into character and environment. For me, the setting is akin to another character in an ongoing story, rather than a simple backdrop that plays second fiddle. I went through a lot of mockups to figure out how to best interweave these two elements and spent a whole day […]
I’ve been continuing my practice of painting portraits from the model at a weekly session with some friends in Oakland. Every 4 hour session is a new chance to try something new and I am finally beginning to see some improvement since last fall when I started attending.
I promised a “making of” post for “Dana & Goliath” a little while ago – so here it is! When I have a germ of a narrative idea for an illustration in my head, I always start out with very loose thumbs to establish a super basic composition. My sketchbook typically gets covered in scrawls […]
Colin Nitta is offering a special sale on portrait commissions to celebrate Tabletop Day!
My latest painting is complete, “Dana & Goliath”.
I had a really fun time painting this one! I wanted to get a very gritty feeling of a classic fight scene from 90’s roleplaying fantasy games. A new post is coming soon that details some of the fun little things I did to get the details right, like building perspective models. Stay tuned!
Painting armor is really tough. There’s no getting around it. I’ve been knocking my head against this problem for a few years now, and have learned a few rules that seem to make it easier.
I’m excited to announce that today I am releasing an all new painting commissions service, called Roleplaying Portraits! I am now offering my services as a painter of imaginative portraiture. The service offers unique, hand painted portraits of roleplaying characters and is for gamers of all stripes, including digital and tabletop gaming. One might ask, […]
I’ve always loved a good museum trip. Even at a young age when the rest of my classmates raced through exhibits, I was the last one left behind reading every placard. A great exhibit really transports the viewer into the subject matter. Well designed informative exhibits, whether they are about marine life in the Pacific […]