Thursday, 18 December 2014

New Painting: Leadbelly (Commission)

This painting isn't for sale as its a commission piece.  Its a one of early blues legend Leadbelly over the course of 2 days. What made this painting interesting was the fact the canvas was to big for my easel, so it meant I had to paint the whole thing sideways! (This is show in the process below).  This created its own special kind of hell as it meant painting a lot of the time with my head bent sideways meaning I have one helluva sore neck today lol.

My neck hurts so much from this!

I still have 1 or 3 paintings to try and fit in before Xmas for presents yet, which will be tight but I should manage it.  The worst thing is my mother wants one of her done for her Xmas present....but my mother hates having her photo taken.  plus due to her 'advanced' age there is no chance she could sit for the length of time it would take.  So I may have to frog march my mother in front of a camera lol.

This painting was seen by the person who commissioned it last night and approved, so I can now show this one (it was finished about 8 pm last night), it gets delivered this evening by which time the paint should be dry enough.  

If I don't get a chance before Xmas to post another blog...I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

New Painting: Sid James

As a kid the actor Sid James was a total hero to me.  Something about the characters he played just made me think he was awesome.  While he's best known as an actor in many carry on films and Hancocks Half hour, he did a whole lot more and had a long and varied career before his life ended on the stage of Sunderland Empire (which is about 13 miles or so from where I live at the moment).

This painting is already spoken for, and it was painted over 3 days with acrylics on a 50x60cm canvas.  I put a number of progress images on my facebook account, as people have asked me if I use stencils for my paintings.... my reply (while usually contains many swear words) basically comes down to 'no' as that would not to me be 'art' but more like colouring in you do as a kid.

Sometimes I block out a piece digitally and then use this as a reference when painting, other times I freehand it. In this one for example my mind wandered during the 1st session and I badly screwed up one of the eyes which I spent most of today putting right.  The hardest trick if I am 100% honest is making sure the edge lines are correct and also as sharp as can be....  This can be very tricky on a canvas these sizes that you cannot lean on.

For anyone curious the workflow I used in the time lapse of the Robin Williams painting is about the same as I use now, although I do vary it depending on how I feel and what the subject matter is, but the main constant is I paint hand....  I usually paint alone in my art room in total silence... I have tried putting music on but it distracts me i find. I paint best in mid afternoon and evening...mornings are a no go as my hands are usually shaking from the massive load of coffee I need to wake up lol.  Obviously this isnt good when you are trying to keep clean sharp lines.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

New Painting: Russell Brand

By now you may have worked out unless you have brain damage that my paintings are following  themes.  My personal heroes cover most of them (such as the obvious ones like the painting of Harry Houdini, My dad, Hunter S Thompson, Robin Williams and Michelangelo (hence why I did the Pieta ;) )

So in what I fully admit is a 100% cynical effort, purely intended to both raise enough money for my 2 kids for some decent Christmas prezzies (This buggers going Ebay), and also to raise the profile of my painting somewhat I decided to add Russel Brand to this series.

The reason for 'doing him' apart from the obvious one that he's rather in the news of late (plus I figured with attempted 'character assassination' stuff in a certain newspaper, that maybe he might be due to something that's not bad news), is that I have 100% respect for what he is trying to do outside of his comedy.  People who truly try with all their being to change things always end up making themselves targets. History has taught us that much.

I'd urge you to give his YouTube series 'The Trews' a listen and maybe realize that there does against all expectation by certain types in the establishment seems to be a brain in his head capable of quite interesting thought. ;)

So while according to the sun newspaper I am allegedly one of the few people who find him both funny and not a total tosspot, This painting is included due to his recent attempts to change the way the world works, the way people think about things and maybe he helps shake things (and people) up a bit.

So anyway now onto the obligatory sales pitch  as some point tomorrow this is going on eBay so I can buy an extra prezzy for my kids this xmas.

Tomorrows Epic Ebay Advert:

Do you like Russel Brand?

Do you hate him with a passion normally reserved for warring nations?

Are you a female (or male?) who would like to have Russel Brand in your bedroom , dining room or even barely functional outside toilet?

Or do you truley want to give him a damn good slap/ shout at him in a nonsensical way?

Would you like to own a painting by a mad Geordie bastard who worked at some rather interesting firms over the years?  (No?...well... cant say I blame you really lol.)

Well now with Wayne Robson's Blatant Cynical Xmas Cash Grab you can do any of these things and more!  So wether you wish to grind you crotch area into the painting like a demented dog in heat, or simply set fire to it... it's all yours if you win the ebay auction!
Perfect also for single blokes to tie to their head to improve their chances with drunken females in ngihtclubs.  Also can be used to scare small children and furry mammals.  At 60cm x 50cm its a perfect size for all your russel brand needs.

All proceeds go to the 'Waynes Fucking broke and needs to buy his kids an Xmas Present' charity ;)

Thursday, 4 December 2014

New Painting... no title

Another day...another painting. This time a tweaked workflow with the ref created in Mudbox (a very old sculpt as still no Wacom tablet after the last one melting), and then painted on 70cm x 50cm canvas in acrylics.

So the workflow is solid.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

New Painting: Demon (Workflow 3Ds Max to Mudbox to Canvas experiment)

Something a bit different for this painting (i.e. something that doesn't exist).  I wanted to test a new workflow for my paintings that will allow me to combine the skills I already have in 3D and digital sculpting with my painting.  The idea is very simple and involves basically sculpting your own reference image.

A I am still without a Wacom tablet, it was a matter of taking an ancient model of mine (that autodesk used in a couple of demos if memory serves) doing a bit of mouse sculpting mudbox and then lighting it in mudbox and using the screen capture as my reference.

This should open up a whole new world for me in my paintings once I have a bloody Wacom tablet again.  So please treat this painting as what it is...a experiment only. (You could nearly put this under the heding 'Waynes Crazy Experiments' in fact LOL).

For those interested in technical stuff, the canvas is 60cm x 50cm and painted in acrylics (as usual as oils take way too long to dry for this impatient old bastard.) using a 'drizzle / drop by drop technique....which takes fucking ages but is worth it I feel. I might do a few tweaks to it tomorrow if I feel it needs it when viewing with fresh eyes.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Wayne's Crazy Experiments: Google cardboard

Click on image to get full size 4k pano and save to your phone.

I've been messing around with google cardboard VR at the moment So thought it fun to share a spherical panorama of the old Durham cathedral interior I did when teaching one of the FXPHD courses a few years back.

So simply load it in by clicking on the above image and saving to you android phone and loading up in cardboard.  Its rather groovy.

Also its very easy to render out a spherical pano in 3DsMax. ;)  I should point out this is one of the older versions and not the final cathedral version of the interior I did  (as I cant find that at the moment).  Hence why samples etc are low.

I'm adding this test image as its freaky as hell to load up... wouldnt want to do it when drunk lol

Saturday, 29 November 2014

New Painting: After Pieta

I decided to do another painting this evening.  Its probably one of the hardest ones so far as its not every day you decided to do a painting of Michelangelos sculpture Pieta lol.  I painted it in a single session (something I don't do often, as I prefer most times to spread it over a day or three).  Now I have no idea what I'm actually going do with this painting as i already have enough paintings to decorate my flat lol.

Although after doing this one it does mean I shall have to go and stock up on my paint as I'm running low....still have plenty of canvases left though.  The dark smudge on the wall to the left, well thats paint I tried to clean off...I'm a messy painter.