Today has been much better than yesterday. I woke up feeling good. Even after a long walk yesterday I felt crap. Anyway, I slept in today which helped, waking up at 10am. Bruce was heading into the center at Noon so I got ready and headed in with him. I had my tablet and laptop with me. Finding material was hard, so I decided to paint a musician I hadn’t painted before – Lana Del Ray. Much the same process as my previous color digital painting – line, black and white tonal, and finally color. It’s great that I’m setup at the center with the digital painting! Cheers – june-lana-line  june-lana-bwjune-lana-color

Lorde Portrait

Lorde is a New Zealand Musician Artist from Auckland, New Zealand. She’s taken the world by storm with her EP – The Love Club. If you have yet to here her music – check out her site.

Here’s a portrait I painted yesterday in GIMP -


Vampire Weekend Painting

A digital painting that isn’t referenced from RedditGetsDrawn. I like the band Vampire Weekend, they have recently released their third album recently titled Modern Vampires Of The City. It’s certainly on par or better than the previous two albums. My favorite track is Step.

In celebration of the album I decided to paint the band. Mixed it up a little by adding typography. Enjoy -




Normally the very awesome #67151b is used for line, but for this black. I guess it doesn’t really matter what color I produce the line layer, as long as it’s clear against the background. I’ll stick with #67151b I think….




No tone in the face causes the flatness. I mentioned this in my previous post. A mid/dare gray would help the image pop. Mixture of chalk and flattish brushes. You can see the areas that the chalk brush has been used due to the roundness. What’s your thoughts on flat vs round brushes?



Happy with the background on this color later. Darkest red for the type, with a mid and light used for the land. The brush creates interesting effects of leaning areas. This is a result of cutting in with the blue that was used in the sky. A light blue surrounds the title with a darker tone on the outside. For the ground #c8d991 was used with a darker value used as a second color to add tone to the area.The same red that was used in title has been used for the band members hair. Yellow for the skin. I explored using red for lips but it wasn’t working so covered it up with the yellow. CTRL-Z is for losers.

Finally enjoy the video -

Lily Allen

Spent the morning organizing files and posts. Working on getting a large Borderlands 2 painting post together – it’s been a fun side project.

For now though – here’s a Lily Allen figure and portrait I painted recently in GIMP. I’ve drawn this image several times before – it’s always interesting going back to these old reference photos and taking a new approach with the work.

Line work. Still keeping with the red. I kept this quick and loose – knowing I’d be covering it over with tone and color.I kept the color very minimal – keeping with just yellow for the dress and blue for the negative space. In other recent works I’ve used yellow on the skin and red for the clothes – this I decided to keep the clothes grayscale.

And the video of the painting process.

Have a great weekend.

Yeah Yeah Yeah Colored Pencils

Back in Wellington. Nice to be back I guess. I’ve been enjoying colored pencil, yesterday I didn’t work with Blender – instead sketched in my visual diary. I’ve got a strong mindset to take these ideas into Blender. Something is brewing.

Back in 2010 I got really into the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and I frequently drew the band.

This was one of the reference photos I completed a drawing of. In order to compare my drawing and check development I redrew this photo. Here’s what I came up with:

Strong straight lines, color used for tone. I love this color scene – red, yellow, brown for the characters and blues for negative space. Several sketches of wire frames to help understand walk cycles further.

Less character based and more animation feel. I’m not sure what I’m doing with this but I’m going to take these into blender today and experiment.