The Making of “Guardian”

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 […]

New Portraits from Life

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.

The Making of “Dana & Goliath”

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 […]

Tabletop Day!

Colin Nitta is offering a special sale on portrait commissions to celebrate Tabletop Day!

Dana & Goliath

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!

Creating Convincing Armor

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.

Roleplaying Portraits

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, […]

The Reference Treasure Hunt

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 […]

2015 Review

Sometimes, there are so many exciting developments between one blog post and the next, I have a hard time writing them all down. With 2016 comes an exciting start to many new ventures, but it’s worthwhile to review what 2015 had to offer. Here’s a breakdown!

Infected By Art – Available for Voting!

The art annual Infected By Art has released online voting for this years submissions. I have my very own page of art submissions and you can vote on what you like best!