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I don’t get as much time to do my own pictures as I used to, but this was a pretty interesting experiment I did with artrage. John Bauer was my primary influence for this picture although there might have been a  little Arthur Rackham thrown in too. So here it is a wimsical piece of fantasy art inspired by early nineteenth century illustration.

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I’m really taken with the ‘Artrage studio Pro’ at the moment and I just wish I had more time to play around with the new features more.

New works

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In between pictures I’ve been taking the chance to research artists and illustrators that I may not have come across before ‘ John Bauer’ being one of those. It’s been a good exercise as I’ve managed to produce a few pictures influenced by what I’ve come across lately and I’ll update the gallery with one or two of them pretty soon. I’d definately recommend a visit to http://bauer.artpassions.net/ to see some fantastic illustration of yesteryear and a great source of inspiration.

In other news! I am again very fortunate to have another couple of QA’s in this months Imaginefx magazine. Grab it from your newsagent now!


Expressive Fantasy

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Sorry for the lack of posts recently but I’ve been away on my holidays. I thought I’d give a mention regarding my QA in septembers ImagineFX magazine (issue 60). It was a great opportunity to use one of my more expressive artrage pieces for the question to be answered. It’s a style I’ve been moving towards due to how natural it feels when painting, I was reasonably pleased with the expressive qualities of paint stroke I got out of artrage, and especially the research I’ve made into John Bauer.


Free Tubes Update
Some people have mentioned that they are having a problem downloading my free-tubes. All I can recommend is that you try downloading a few times to get a non-corrupt file. I don’t know why it is happening, but my web hosting is free and therefore not entirely within my control or accountability. Sorry to those of you who have encountered this problem, I will try and find an alternatively download host for the files in the near future.

Q & A

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Checkout this months ImagineFX magazine (issue 59) I have a Q & A in this issue about painting worn leather. I revamped one of my old paintings for this one as the girls original jerkin was a bit newer looking. It was a good opportunity to repaint a fantasy piece that I liked. The original picture is actually available as part of my free tubes pack (for non profit use) so you can download it and have ago at creating the worn leather look yourself!

On a completely different note I’ve been spending a lot of time researching older illustrator styles. I was quite pleased to have stumbled across John Bauer a swedish illustrator from the turn of the last century read wiki entry here I can see where Rodney Matthews and Brian Froud found a lot of their inspiration (not to mention a lot of other illustrators). I came across him when I was looking at Larry MacDougalls blog a contemporary artist whos style I very much admire.
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