I’ve been digging into my first full scale GFB illustration, “Welcome to My Humble Abode.” This illustration is for a “Manor” card, in which a wealthy patron is welcoming a player to his country estate. The original sketch for “Manor”, above has the patron standing in front of his house as though about to welcome […]
I’ve been a bit quieter recently as I just sent off my proposal to Adobe for the Creative Residency Program last Thursday. It was an intense race to the finish, so this past weekend was a much needed break spent rejuvenating with friends and family 🙂 I recently shared a 3D model on social media […]
First of all, I’d like to establish a new acronym here: GFB (Go For Baroque). The board game’s full name has gotten to be somewhat laborious as I am now talking about it all the time 🙂 Now for the real news: I’m very excited to show you, my lovely patrons, the very first look […]
I am officially neck deep into developing concepts for Go For Baroque! Writing a proposal for a project of this scale is a tricky business. While I definitely am aiming to impress with intriguing visuals, I need to leave room for a year’s worth of growth and experimentation if I am to actually get what […]
I have recently been taking some time during the holiday break to learn some 3D modeling basics. It’s challenging but really fun! While I am primarily a 2D illustrator (and always will be, I suspect), 3D modeling is a valuable skill that I have increasingly come to rely on in the past several years when […]
Around two years ago, I began working digitally for clients that needed quick turnarounds. The change was mostly borne out of necessity. I can remember breaking down and finally buying a large size Wacom Intuos tablet to use in my studio. There is this interesting divide between clients and illustrators regarding the use of traditional […]
Whenever I show people my painting reference, I tend to see the same reaction again and again – their eyes widen and they say “oh… I see!” Seeing an artist’s reference can often seem like the key to unlocking how they painted a picture. And while it is an incredibly important component, reference can never […]
“You have to finish. There is no other option.”
These words were spoken to me by the renowned painter and illustrator Donato Giancola at the beginning of the Illustration Master Class. This year’s IMC was my very first as an attendee and I was curious as to how many students actually finished their painting in one week’s time. I already knew that the IMC was basically a crazy illustration blitz in which students of all skill levels learn an incredible amount of technical and conceptual skills with world class faculty in one week. What I was unsure of was how many students actually manage to finish a painting from start to finish in that time. I’d seen other people post their unfinished paintings from IMC to Facebook, talking about how much they’d learned and how they hoped to finish their work with the help of their newfound knowledge from the class.
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.
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 […]