Distressed

Merry Christmas

reindeer_merry_christmas_w“The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow”…   Gave the luster of rudolf with his nose all aglow…   Merry Christmas 2016! (Photoshop)

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Red Flames

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A smiling human skull, flames, bugged out eyes and a little grunge just seemed like a good mix for this digital painting! My rough idea sketch for composition (see image below top left). I used a charcoal brush (see image below top right) from GrutBrushes.com to create the rough edged feel to the skull and flames. The reference for the skull (see images below bottom) came from a 3D model. (Photoshop/Keyshot/Maya)

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Juggling Clown

Juggling_Clown_WThis graphic illustration was conceived as a rough idea sketch for a greetings card project (commissioned) that never went to finish. I always thought it would be fun to take the idea sketch to completion. My rough sketch for composition and color ideas (see image below top). My inspiration (see images below bottom) came from some vintage circus posters of days gone by. (Photoshop/Illustrator)

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Vintage Detroit Iron

Vintage_Detroit_Iron_WMy interest in Hotrods and Customs started in the mid 90’s after illustrating a couple of Posters (traditional illustration) for the Detroit Autorama. The reference (see image below left) is one from my collection of photos from the Woodward Dream Cruise. The distressed painted metal (see image below right) was the starting point for the background texture. (Photoshop)

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Big Brim Hat

Big_Brim_Hat_WThis graphic illustration was an example for a student of mine (B&W photograph by Bill Harvey – see image below left). I start my process with a rough sketch for composition (see image below middle). Next I demonstrating how I simplify a photograph into interesting shapes (see image below right). Then adding a nice color palette, and a little texture to finish it off. (Photoshop/Illustrator)

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39 Ford

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This custom beauty was spotted on a trip to the Carlisle Car Show with my father in 2009 (see images below left). The car was drawn using a charcoal brush (see image below middle). I love to use texture to add interest to my digital paintings. (Photoshop)39_Ford_Custom_Photos_W

Detroit Zoo

 

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This digital painting (see above) is one of a collection of “Distinctly Detroit Memories” promotional illustrations. The inspirational “Dramatic Perspective” images and the actual “Zoo Train” photo reference (see image below bottom) inspired my rough sketch (see image below top). (Photoshop/Illustrator)

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Merry Christmas

Merry_Christmas_Lights_WJust having a little illustrative fun with a strand of curling multicolor Christmas lights. Happy Holidays 2014! My rough idea and color sketch (see image below top). The Christmas lights, snowflakes and type were created using Illustrator (see image below right and left). The texture (see image below middle) came from a bad photocopy. (Photoshop/Illustrator)

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