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.
I’ve seen a few posts around that suggest I might be upsetting some people by making my image tubes free for non-profit use, especially those people who purchased my tubes from CILM and later from MistakenArt.
Well in defense of my decision to make my tubes available for free I will first state that I have not been under contract to any of the image license sites for over six months now. I am not obliged to any terms or conditions regarding my tubes with these sites anymore. Secondly, since ultimately these tubes belong to me I am free to do with them exactly as I wish. I would hope that for most people its a good thing to have something for free you might normally pay for.
I have recently come to the opinion that since these tubes are legitimately used 99.9% of the time and people like them so much It would be better to make them freely available rather than receive the very few dollars I used to get for selling them through a image license company.
If just one in every three downloaders purchased one of my prints
I would easily exceed what I made from image licensing!
I leave that choice to the users of my tubes, however, to see more of my fantasy and science fiction artworks in tube form will ulitmately require more print purchases to be made.
Speaking of those of you who use my tubes, I’d really like to see what you do with them! So don’t be shy about sending them too me or sending me a url.
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.