May 6, 2009


Filed under: Digital Painting,Sketch — Tags: , — Screenhog @ 6:24 am

I have two pet budgies. Their names are Peanut and Jay (or, in other words, PB & J). This sketch, which is #2 out of 50, pretty accurately describes their relationship:

As it so happens, the art challenge this week at work was to use a color palette full of blues and purples to create something, and since Peanut and Jay are two different shades of blue, I figured I’d kill two birds with… hmm, that might not be the best way to put that.

April 19, 2009

Art Challenge – Goldyfish

Filed under: Digital Painting — Tags: — Screenhog @ 8:55 am

It’s another color palette art challenge at work. With the five colors provided (four of them being in the orange-brown spectrum), I tried to create a work of art.

As opposed to spending a lot of time crafting mine, I decided to do it really quick and rough this time:

March 21, 2009

Art Challenge – Zen and Tea

Filed under: Digital Painting — Tags: — Screenhog @ 4:44 pm

The art challenge for work on Monday is a little different than most. Instead of making a piece of art based on a certain subject, we had to make a piece of art based on a color scheme:

That color scheme is called Zen And Tea. It’s from an Adobe website called Kuler, which I’d recommend checking out if you’re interested in color schemes. Zen and Tea was a random color scheme that we found. It immediately made me think of watercolor painting, so I decided to give that a shot:

I don’t particularly like watercolor painting… I find that it’s more unforgiving and less accurate than dry media like pencils and pastels, and even when I’m simulating watercolor with Photoshop, that still seems to be the case for me. Oh well… stretching yourself artistically is what these art challenges are all about.

March 7, 2009

Art Challenge – Bloop! (part 2)

Filed under: Digital Painting — Tags: — Screenhog @ 1:12 pm

Here it is… the full-color version of the creature that I talked about and sketched last time:

If you click on the image, you can see the full size version that I worked on (Warning: dimensions of image are most likely bigger than your screen size).

This image took approx. 6-7 hours to make, I think. I worked on it sporadically over the last few nights. I’m happy with how most of it turned out, although the rock certainly could use some work. It probably wouldn’t have taken so long if I hadn’t worked at such a large scale, but I kind of liked working at the size that I did… it made it much easier to work on details.

March 4, 2009

Art Challenge – Bloop! (Part 1)

Filed under: Sketch — Tags: — Screenhog @ 8:07 pm

The art challenge for next Monday at work is Bloop. Obviously, this needs a little bit of explanation, so here it is in a nutshell. In 1997, a sound was detected in the Pacific Ocean, west of South America. After analyzing the sound, many scientists believed that it may have come from some kind of sea creature, but if it did, the creature would have been much larger than even a blue whale.

Thus, the work art challenge is essentially to make up a gigantic sea creature, and I made some sketches tonight, trying to figure out what the creature might be. Here’s my first try:

It’s quite the hodge-podge mix of sea creatures, that’s for sure. A bit of whale, squid, alligator, and eel in there, I think. It’s all right, but I gave it another try:

Well, it’s a neat looking crustacean, all right, but it doesn’t look that large to me. I need something more epic… let’s try once more:

Yeah, for some reason, the first thing that came into my mind for epic sea creature, after drawing the other two, was “giant turtle with an active volcano on its back”. I have no idea where that came from, but I like it.

This is just part 1, though. By Saturday, I plan to have it fully colored in Photoshop, complete with snazzy light effects for the lava coming from the volcano. Fun times!

February 7, 2009

Art Challenge – David and Goliath

Filed under: Christianity,Digital Painting — Tags: — Screenhog @ 5:24 pm

The art challenge at work for Monday is “David and Goliath”, and while it was meant more figuratively, as in an underdog story, I decided to go completely literal with it:

(click to read the rest of this post…)

January 20, 2009

Art Challenge – Sick House #2

Filed under: Sketch — Tags: — Screenhog @ 10:37 pm

As promised last time, here’s the other idea I had for a sick house:

In retrospect, the barn with chicken pox had a much worse pun than this. This isn’t really even a pun, it’s more just a visual gag. (However, it won’t get any funnier the more I analyze it, so I’m just going to leave it at that.)

January 18, 2009

Art Challenge – Sick House

Filed under: Digital Painting — Tags: — Screenhog @ 11:45 pm

Yep, it’s another work art challenge. What can I say, they provide an excellent diversion for me, and some great, consistent material for this site.

Anyway, this week’s challenge was “Sick House”. Yep, basically, to make a dwelling of some kind that was suffering an ailment. I had two pretty good ideas, and here’s one of them:

It’s a barn with chicken pox.

If I feel so inclined, I’ll draw up my other idea soon. I warn you, though… that one’s pun is just as bad as this one’s.

January 7, 2009

Rockhopper Penguin

Filed under: Digital Painting — Tags: — Screenhog @ 6:17 pm

The art challenge at work for next Monday is to draw a penguin that is different than the penguins that we draw and see at work every day (if you know where I work, this will make a great deal of sense as being quite the challenge).

Instead of going the cartoony route, I decided to attempt a more realistic penguin using Photoshop. It’s a Rockhopper penguin, which is one of the coolest penguins due to its big yellow eyebrows. Here’s the result:

Estimated creation time: 2-3 hrs. Have I ever mentioned how amazed I am at artists who will work on the same painting for 50+ hours? I am in awe at that level of patience and dedication to getting every detail perfect. Unless I was attempting a wall mural or something, I don’t think I could do it.

December 30, 2008

Winter on the Serengeti

Filed under: Sketch — Tags: , , — Screenhog @ 6:48 am

Our work Art Challenge last Monday was “Winter”. (Sorry, didn’t get around to putting it up unti now.)

Caption: And without warning, winter hits the Serengeti in 3.7 seconds.

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