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The Beauty of Ruins

I returned to Latvia a second time this year and was entranced by the glorious castle ruins there yet again.This time, I had a chance to visit the Latvian National Museum of Art and was delightfully surprised to find that Latvian artists from the past had also painted the same exact ruins that I have become enamored with.

Color Charts

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 […]

How to Build a Painting Rack

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.

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, […]