Oreo

My longtime friend, Richie, commissioned me to work on a stylized portrait of his beautiful French bulldog Oreo. Oreo was diagnosed with cancer a couple years ago, and despite rather bleak predictions he’s still with us (thanks to some great doctors and Richie’s bank account). I love animals and have dealt with my fair share of sick pets in the past so this project seriously hits me in the feels. And so, with out further dejection lets move on to the fun stuff! 😊

The portrait is based off a Pop! French Bulldog by Funko shown below. Painting vinyl figures are always a fun change of pace from my usual tabletop miniatures. Their usually simple design and large smooth areas are great for stylized paint jobs and freehand.

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Original Funko paint job.

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Original Funko paint job.

The first step was to clean and prime the figure. You can’t really see it in these photos but there were a few air bubbles in the vinyl that I had to cut out and patch up using some putty. Also the original factory paint had a visible raised edge to it so I smoothed those down with some sandpaper. Nice, clean and ready for some freehand!

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Oreo Prime

Using the original paintjob as a guide, I started planning out Oreo’s unique facial markings. The transition from black to white on the muzzle was tricky but I think the feathering technique I used worked out pretty well as you will see in the final. I also accented the wrinkles in his face.

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Basecoats

I knew that I was going to use cool, blue-gray tones for highlighting the black areas so I thought using warm ivory tones for the white shadows would contrast nicely. Then I added flesh tones to the inside of the ears again using a feathering technique for the blending.

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Almost done!

Here we have the final result. As you can see it’s come a long way since the previous photos. I was in the zone so didn’t stop for more work-in-progress shots. Basically, I added the blue-gray highlights to the black and painted his eyes along with the rest of his body. After analyzing my references I also decided to narrow the white space between the ears and eyes and add more black to the inside of the ears and front of the mouth. Adorable!

Once the painting was done I sprayed the model with matte sealer, then went back with gloss varnish and coated the eyes and nose for a wet look. And of course, I signed his little hind paw. 😊

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Finished!

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Finished!

So there you have it folks! A fun paint project for anyone to take on. I’d like to thanks Richie for entrusting me to paint his best buddy and look forward to painting more of these in the future. Particularly for my Boston Terrier, River.

Have any questions? Feel free to ask them in the comments below. If you’d like me to paint a commission vinyl dog for you then message me through this blog as well.

Until next time, keep painting and hug your pets today. 🐶

Seeing Stripes

The Dreamer

Far away in the dead of night,
children sleep with teddies held tight.
One child stirs grinning in delight,
with dreams of spreading fear and fright.

-David Montalvan

Ever since I was introduced to the game of Malifaux I’ve had a strong interest in painting The Dreamer and his crew. Catching word of this my gaming buddies gave me the box set as a gift (big shout out to Jay, Vin, Ed, Kirk, and Dev). Almost a year later, I finally got to painting the models and I must say I’m very happy with the results. Check them out!

Hide and Seek


After mulling over the color scheme for this crew for a long time I decided to try something characterful and fun. Here you see the entire crew in all its creepy-Tim Burton-Halloween-Beetlejuice inspired glory. Who isn’t a fan of Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas?

Coppelius


The first model I painted was Coppelius, or in this case Coppelijuice (bizarro Doctor Who Ood, anyone?). It wasn’t easy to paint the stripes but it was a very nice challenge. The color scheme draws from the Beetlejuice cartoon animated series (which I was completely hooked on as a kid). Just look at this  opening sequence to the show and tell me it isn’t awesome! I’ll wait.


I told ya!

Daydreams

Next out of the box were the Daydreams. These adorable little apparitions were a really nice way for me to experiment with the crews color scheme: green, fuchsia, blue, black & white. I also used a lot of purple for my shading to help create harmony. Some models have a few other pop colors, but I tried to deviate from this foundation as little as possible.

Alps

Here we have the Alps. I’m not a very big fan of these models except for the one holding a cigar. Just before painting these I’d watched Box Trolls and was really inspire by the artistry and flesh tones. That animation studio is so badass!

Lord Chompy Bits

Next up is the big centerpiece of the crew, Lord Chompy Bits! This model was intimidating as hell and I went back and forth on the color scheme several times. Particularly with the hands; first they had a purple glow, then blue, and finally the stripes. He’s sort of  my homage to the Sandworms. I’ll post picks in another post of how I painted the stripes. Hint: lots of patience.

The Dreamer


Lastly we have the Dreamer. The original sculpt is a bit underwhelming. I wanted mine to be more unique. That’s when I came up with the idea to make him into Lydia (the cartoon version of course). So after much procrastination and analysis paralysis I got to cutting, sculpting and sanding. Lydia came to be and I’m so glad I worked up the nerve to make her. Work in progress pics to come!

And with that I wish you a Happy October! Tis’ the season of changing autumn leaves, crisp cool air and of course, Halloween. So go out there and paint, draw or do something creepy.

Stay within the law. 😉

Messing with Video: Daydream 

Hello everybody in TV land! Over the last few months I’ve been dabbling with recording myself while painting and it hasn’t been very fun. I’ve used everything from GoPros to Powershots and from headmounts to my wife holding a camera for an hour. Now after much procrastination I’m gonna share one of my recent tests with you. I still have a long way to go but hey, maybe we can learn together! Anywhoo, check it out and please share any feedback, suggestions, ideas or requests. Enjoy! 🙂

Underground Lasers: Generic Colonial House

Generic Colonial House

Underground Lasers has a new terrain piece available on their website! The Generic Colonial House is a simple build with a removable door, and roof for access to the interior. The size and practical design can be used for many genres. Painting it was pretty simple too, with just enough details to keep me from feeling bored. I assembled the entire model before painting because I was too anxious to see what it looked like (curse my impatience). In hindsight, I recommend painting all the components separately and then assembling it. Using that process I can see painting several of these in a weekend. Check out the rest of their cool models at UndergroundLasers.com

 

Society6 Page!

After much creative frustration and stagnation, I decided I had to do something to keep me from slowly going mad. I’m a children’s wear artist, and as great as that can be sometimes, no one is going to remember me for the countless bunnies and butterflies I’ve done. So I’ve been doing a drawing a day for the past month now and posting to various social media outlets. I’m going to try keeping this up for the rest of the year in hopes of developing a nice collection of works that maybe I can put together as a book some day. As I’ve been posting my brain droppings, people have been showing interest in buying some of my art. If you are one of those folks, this is the place for you! Make sure to visit my S6 page and follow me on Instagram.

LazyDay(Flat)

Lazy Day, brush pen on paper