Sunday, August 05, 2007

WHEN IS A SKETCH NOT A SKETCH

I was driving home about a week ago(the sun goes down around 8:00 right now) and I saw a hill with a window of golden light hitting it. There were hills higher around it but this one was the only one that was getting hit. I thought"Hey that would be a nice painting,...if that hill was a dinoasaur." I finally had a little time this weekend and I wanted to just do a little sketch so I wouldn't forget that hill top. About an hour in, I still thought I was doing a sketch


I had 2 versions before this, and it started flopped in the other direction. The gist of the piece is there. I have quite a few of these at this stage (and that's where they will stay). I usually stop at this point. For some reason I felt like I needed more from this image, to make it richer or more complete to me.


I added some atmosphere and foreground elements. This is where I got into trouble. Now I felt like I needed to clean up a mess that I made. I started trying to fix my mistakes in the "sketch". (the compy's looked like velociraptors and the diplodocus looked like a weird 3 legged beast) but I still thought I was doing a sketch(now 3 hours in).


Here's the semi final version.

So I think it must have been when I exported the image from Photoshop to Painter to use the Glow Brush. Yeah that was when I realized this was more than just a sketch. Still less than a "real" piece but much more than a sketch. It's important to go with the flow since you never know when the flow will come. Not my favorite piece but , there you go.
Based off of the response from this piece I am "finishing" it off and may present it in some final form later.

23 comments:

benton jew said...

Gorgeous piece! I like this one a lot! You followed your inspiration and it seems to have all pulled together for you in a very short time. It's a complete thought, loud and clear. A "real" painting in my book!

Ian said...

This is absolutely beautiful Brian. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Brian McD said...

Good Lord, Brian! Nice, nice, nice.

Jamie Baker said...

really great. Next time you do one of these could you post a "step by step" process, please?

Robot-Legionaire said...

fantastic!

Colin Fix said...

You sonofa!!!! It's offical, this one's a friggin' home run!!! I love it.

BKO said...

WOW! Thanks guys for the response! I can't figure it out. As per Jamie's request I posted some steps that led to this piece. I always enjoy process and watching how others do it, so that's the only reason I re posted this. Hope you like. And welcome to robot-legionaire, you have some really nice pieces on your blog!!

Monkeyfeather said...

Very nice sir. Thanks for posting some of the process stuff!

Norm (Baron) Ryang said...

genius!

Justin Ridge said...

Nicely done, good sir!

Kincept said...

i likey.. turn more hills into dinosaurs please.. this one's great!

Jackson Sze said...

Looks great Brian!

sparth said...

beautiful light, beautiful image!

sparth

sho said...

Beeeautiful ! loving it :)
yeah , step by step would be awesome ~!

Phattro said...

Whoa!
How this piece comes together is amazing and the end result kicks so much ass. I want to touch that sun-lit spot.

bpresing said...

That's really amazing. I can't get over it.

BKO said...

AAAGH! Holy Moly! Thanks guys. If anyone writes in it's usually just my friends, which i really appreciate, or my mom. When I get people who I never met to write in it's always a surprise, when I look up to those people and their amazing talent, I get nervous.
Sparth-thank you for your kind words. You remain an inspiration to me
Bill Pressing-Great Job on the Belle de Jour! You know if Rex ends up in the Lost world that could be pretty cool,...hmmmm.
thanks to Robot Legionaire and Phattro for visiting.
Thanks again for everyone writing in on this piece. Honestly I am flabbergasted. I'm finishing the piece up and have started another. Hopefully I will post them in the uhh near future.

rhode said...

Mr. Bcon- This is a beauty. Thanks for sharing.

Wayne said...

wow. awesome!

Anonymous said...

It is a great start for a terrific ending, I can see!! yoursurh

THOM said...

excellent piece! very impressive.

Nikki Lukas said...

nice work!

Konstantin Pogorelov said...

Wow thats some awesome colors! I think you could indicate what is framing the light on the fringes (foliage or whatnot ) if you felt like it.