New commissioned piece by me for Mike LeGrand, his idea. I spent about 40 hours (give or take) on this fun illustration. Theme was a battle-royal of Baltimore Inner Harbor landmarks and Pop Culture. I invented the character of the B&O Railroad Steam-marching-band-man, inspired by Iron Giant and my love of College Marching Bands. Photoshop, Wacom Cintiq 22inch monitor.
John Brown's rebellion was short, but poignant, was the inspiration for Julia Ward Howe to write the Battle Hymn of the Republic. I learned this watching Ken Burn's classic documentary "The Civil War." "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword: His truth is marching on.
(Chorus) Glory, Glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on."
Two more digital paintings of weapons. I'm thinking this will be a continuing series and new body of work. Relearning how to look at detail and convey on a canvas. Have to Give a shout-out to my College Illusionism teacher, Susan-Waters-Eller, who taught me how to convey depth with tone, and how to spend more time making work, who also said Digital has a place in the fine art world. http://seeingmeaning.blogspot.com/
"The Process" - 7 hours of d-painting in Photoshop.
Really fun commission I had the fortune to work on. I want to do more stuff like this over the next year. The concept was to draw a generic, near future battle with a mech involved, cover illustration for a table-top-game-rule-book. Probably spent about 24 hours of work, Photoshop, wacom 22" cintiq.
Fan art of my friend Samantha, her webstore is www.redpandroid.com. Talented costumer. Illustration based on a travel picture she posted. About 12-16 hours of work in Photoshop. 2 hours to plan, 2-3 to do the portrait, 10 hours to render the rest. Super fun to do and learn about rocks and moss and grasses.
I think it's been a month of lockdown, I've been home for about 6 weeks now. Here's art from 4 of my recent streams. I feel like I'm improving a lot in just a short time, just by working from reference. Youtube versions here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC83A3Hjn0Cj2XzvZtB_7zQw
The photoshop doodles from my LiveStreams and Art group chats over the last 7 days. Today is March 23, 2020. Cases of covid19 are rising in Central PA, Maryland, all over the US. Trying to stay positive through making art and sharing my process. Live Video at youtube Channel TurboSymonds. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC83A3Hjn0Cj2XzvZtB_7zQw