Sorry I have been a little quiet. My copilot decided he needed to bring fleas into the house to liven the place up so I have been doing a lot of cleaning, including my copilot who was not very happy about that. In addition, I have been working to get another job and on setting up a print project account on Patreon. Any spare time has been spent working on the Termanicz project. So, flea problem is getting better but not gone. I have been offered a position and the print project is close to completion (have some issues to think about though); Termanicz is moving along.
I recently watched a behind the scenes video on Youtube for the original Star Wars trilogy that I had not seen before and I learned a trick to use on the Termanicz painting. When they were trying to differentiate the larger from the smaller ships, one of the tricks they uses was to give the bigger ships more lights to look like windows. The regular star destroyer models had around a hundred thousand fiber optic windows. In Empire Strikes Back, to make Darth Vader’s star destroyer look bigger they made about a million lighted windows. However, because a hundred thousand fiber optic windows pushed the limit of what they could get into a model, they had to come up with a different solution. They decided to etch the openings for the lights and light them from a single source. My plan is to do something similar to give the buildings in the background more mass and distance from the main character. Watch for more updates.
I just realized that I had not posted anything for my $5 a month patrons. I ask for forgiveness since I have been fighting a sinus infection, which is making me queasy a lot. To make amends, I will post last weeks and this weeks pictures together.
The first image is a photo I did for art class back in the eighties. The title is “Healing the Dark Crystal”, which means it is a painting of the Gelfling Jen preparing to make the Dark Crystal whole again. This is one of the few acrylic paintings still around from that time frame. I loved working with the colors and contrast of light to dark. Also, trying to capture the translucency of the crystal was fun. Obviously, the image comes from the movie “The Dark Crystal” directed by Jim Henson after the success of Yoda in “The Empire Strikes Back”.
The second image is a collection of random drawings and sketches I have done over the years. There are a lot of skulls and a dragon. Also, an early study for the painting “Rodeo” that you can find on my Deviantart page. I started reworking “Rodeo” as a digital painting, but put it aside when the Tiger kept begging me to work on it and the fact that I could not come to terms with the background for “Rodeo”. Hopefully, as I work on other images, something will come along. Anyway, enjoy these scribbled ideas and painting from my past.