Lots of developments have been underway at Colin Nitta Painting & Illustration! I’ve recently finished two more personal works and have been so busy that they’ve been tough to post about individually. “Valkyrie,” was actually an experimental which I painted over an existing peice that I wasn’t happy with. The idea was that I could […]
I have recently opened a brand new print shop! It currently features five of my paintings reproduced as 8.5″ by 11″ archival fine art quality prints. I control every aspect of this shop from printing to shipping so I’ll be able to keep the product consistent and reliable. Plus, by buying 2 or more […]
I have been learning a lot from classical figure drawing and painting recently. More and more, it has become to clear to me that I have only just begun to scratch the surface of what’s possible with drawing and painting from life.
I finished my latest personal work, “English Magic” almost two weeks ago, but I’ve been so busy it’s taken me a while to write a process post. This piece was definitely one of my most ambitious portfolio pieces to date, with a lot of meticulous detail. I set out to create a piece that inspired […]
Let’s face it: oil paint is really expensive. There’s just no getting around it. Last week, I spent over $20 on a single small tube of cadmium yellow. Roughly multiply that cost for all the other colors in my palette and over time, that really adds up. Recently, I decided to finally build an airtight […]
I recently finished the eighth deity portrait in my Norse series, “Thor, God of Thunder.” I put off Thor for a while because he is far and away the most popular of all the Norse gods, and the combined forces of Marvel and Hollywood have painted a picture of him that the public has come to recognize as authentic. This version is stoic and handsome. In the original epic poem of the detailing the Norse gods, The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturleson, Thor is depicted as more of a bumbling oaf. He is a god for the common people. It was this version that I most wanted to emulate.
I’ve recently begun to do more observations from life as my commissions have lightened up recently. It’s hard to keep up but when I have the opportunity to learn from nature there is no better teacher to be had!
This past week, I helped my friend and studio mate Lauren Szabo prepare an exhibition of paintings by Gregory Manchess at Arte Verissima Gallery in Oakland. The show is titled “Weightless” and features no less than 14 canvases of Greg’s recent work. Arte Verissima has been a gallery for over a year now, yet Saturday’s opening brought in record numbers of attendees and first timers. The excitement was palpable.
I’ve been wanting to beef up my science fiction portfolio for some time now, and “The Mechanic” is one of the first pieces in that genre that I’m genuinely satisfied with. I have a lot of diverse influences and I feel that I managed to meld them successfully with this piece. I’m going to go into more conceptual details with this “Making Of” series as I feel that it is in some ways a more interesting aspect of my work rather than the technical details. Without further ado, here’s how I came up with the idea from the very beginning and fleshed it into a painting.
I’m not one to overemphasize a random date. Birthdays, anniversaries, you name it: they just always seemed a bit arbitrary to me. But, the coming of the New Year seems to have some real relevance this time around. I’ll just go ahead and admit it: I’m super excited for 2015!