Monday, July 14, 2008

a shiny eyed gryphon greets a woman on hills burned by the sun




did an edit. Damn colorblindness

14 comments:

Davis Chino said...

Damn, El--yr paintings are looking awesome! I really love this one.

Things that I dig esp'ly (as if you care):
1. the palette
2. composition
3. sun effect
4. the "serious cartooniness" of the figures, esp. the Griffon--he's got a physical presence, yet there's this slightly dopey cartooniness just lurking beneath the surface, and for me that gives him a compelling tension. The female has a bit of this, but she looks less developed. I know you are on a time deadline. But I like her vertical versus his horizontal.

The medium looks like digi-watercolor. It works, and that's coming from a skeptic. Maybe because you're not focusing on edges per se, but are instead just letting your tonal transitions emerge from the layering...sorry if that sounds both stupid and hi-falutin'.

LOVE IT.

Davis Chino said...

--excuse me--"Gryphon."

Mr Goodson said...

Yeah, these things are just getting to the point where you might start thinking about edges. It would take a long time to ever look finished.

I assume the title will eventually take you to the other Ironworks takes on the random sentence. Had some other people outdo me on composition.

I'm going to ask about the Walle cinematic DVD before I leave tonight

rickart said...

Yes! Great composition!

You seem to be getting more and more into these images with every week. Are you sketching the whole thing all over or are you working from element to element?

Mr Goodson said...

Rick. All these paintings use the same steps. First I paint in gray. I basically doodle it into being. I spend most of the time on the tonal painting/drawing of it all. Making color picks to do erasures and such.
Then I spend about ten minutes colorizing it , then going up one layer for additional "paint into" action. Then I flatten it. This one I used lens flare 3 times. Once in each gryphon eye. Once behind it. It's got so may things i'd change it would be a bore to list them. But they are a fun way to spend a lunch.

I haven't done one yet I think would be worth the extra 3 or more hours to polish up

Tom Carroll said...

We had a similar program at Rockstar that lasted for a session or two, but I think a core group of VTP (Very Talented Peeps) wanted to take their quick works to that 3-hour level and it wasn't going to work for so many participants. The group evolved into a sandbox that I'm not playing in, but I'm quite content to play in the sandbox that is my sketchbook (and TAG, of course).

Kali Fontecchio said...

Very pretty lighting!

rickart said...

Here are some free, nifty watercolor brushes for PS:
http://mediadesigner.digitalmedianet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=42215

rickart said...

whoops, let's try that again...
http://mediadesigner.digitalmedianet.
com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=42215

Davis Chino said...

OK, you made it more...golden?

Am I just crocked, or was the original dead-bug green so much worse than the gold?

Honestly, I like the green better. But I can see how the gold might be more marketable (cover illustration for a book like, "The Golden Gryphon" or, "Desert Mistress" or "The SkinnyBitch's Guide to Finding Your Inner Gryphon")( I only use the b*tch word in reference to appaling and popular book of the same name).

And Ellis...I heart you. Man hug.

Mr Goodson said...

Gold makes you feel good. Green makes you queezy.

Mr Goodson said...

the title now works as a link to the other takes on the theme

Davis Chino said...

Ellis, I checked out the others--yours is clearly the best!

But I heart all of the Heaving Ironers, too.

Tom Carroll said...

I'll write any of those book titles ... maybe all of 'em. DIBS!!!