Gosh, been incredibly long since my last post. Sorry about that. Enjoying my Visiting Professorship here at Gustavus, but between that and my research (and just trying to keep my apartment in order) I haven’t been finding much time for this blog. I have been able to do a bit more digital art, however–not much time for that either, but creative work keeps me sane, so I fit it in when I can. Guitar and drawing/painting have always been great for a quick hit of right-brained work for me. I don’t plan things out too often–I almost never learn songs on my guitar, I just pick it up and fiddle around. After I started working with digital art, I found I could cobble together a decent looking painting in an hour or so without having to worry about materials, mess, or difficult to hide mistakes. “Speedpainting” seems to be quite the phenomenon on youtube (in fact, I learned how to use photoshop to paint with from these, for the most part), so that’s become my equivalent to picking up the guitar and jamming. Well, it takes a bit more of a temporal investment–some of my pictures take under 1/2 an hour, but many of my “speed” paints still take 1-2 hours, and sometimes they go longer and really don’t qualify any more, I would think. Still fun.
I’ve always loved landscapes, and many of my favorite speedpaint videos on youtube come from concept artists who have to quickly create a number of environments for video game design. Great job, imho. I’m still a beginner, but as part of the “art & comics” side of this blog, I thought I would dump a few of these pics here for your enjoyment–esp. since most of them are unlikely to show up here in the context of any of my other posts. If you like any of them enough, click the picture to link to my shop on DeviantArt–but no problem if you don’t, I just like sharing! Will start with my more recent/favorite, but as you can see, there has been a definite learning curve.