TV

Joan Holloway Sketch

Joan Holloway Sketch

Ben Wyatt

Ben Wyatt
Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation.

April Ludgate

April Ludgate
Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate from Parks and Recreation.

April Ludgate Studies

April Ludgate Studies

Boss Hogg

Boss Hogg
Sorrell Booke as J.D. “Boss” Hogg from The Dukes of Hazzard.
I used to watch this show with my grandfather Vittorio so this painting is dedicated to him.

Boss Hogg Sketch

Boss Hogg sketch

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

Steven Yeun as Glenn from The Walking Dead.

The sketch:

Glenn The Walking Dead sketch

I made a video of the painting process. It’s extremely sped up (the painting took well over 6 hours to complete) but aside from that there’s no editing so bad decisions, mistakes and moments of doubt are all included.

As usual you can see more images in my Portfolio Gallery.

More Cowbell

Guess what?! I got a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell!
Christopher Walken as fictional producer Bruce Dickinson in the famous Saturday Night Live sketch “More Cowbell”.

Here’s a short animation of the painting process:

More Cowbell animation

More shots in my Portfolio Gallery.

Howard “Bunny” Colvin

Howard "Bunny" Colvin
Robert Wisdom as Howard “Bunny” Colvin from The Wire.
More details in my Portfolio Gallery.

Bunny Colvin Progress

Bunny Colvin WIP

Grady Wilson

Grady Wilson
Whitman Mayo as Grady Wilson from Sanford and Son and its short-lived spin-off Grady. See more in my Portfolio Gallery.

Grady Wilson WIP

Grady Wilson WIP

Grady Wilson Sketch

Grady Wilson sketch

Remember Sanford and Son?

Bunny Colvin Sketch Take 2

Bunny Colvin WIP 2

I tweaked this before starting the paints and I definitely improved the likeness.
I can’t believe I thought the previous sketch was good enough!

Bunny Colvin Sketch

Bunny Colvin Sketch

Sketch of Howard “Bunny” Colvin from The Wire, the subject of my next TV painting.

Hank Lawson

Hank Lawson - Royal Pains

Mark Feuerstein as Hank Lawson from Royal Pains.

Bigger, detailed images in my Portfolio Gallery.

Hank Lawson WIP

Hank Lawson WIP

Fantasy Peaks

Fantasy Peaks
Another TV show character, this time it’s a remix of two characters from two different shows: Tattoo from Fantasy Island (played by HervĂ© Villechaize) as The Man From Another Place from Twin Peaks (originally played by Michael J. Anderson).
I thought it would have been funny if the guy who’d played a dwarf on one show had played a dwarf on another show too, hence the “TV mashup.”

Here’s a short breakdown of the process behind the painting.
I started with a clean sketch, no crosshatching and no shading.

sketch

I chose a medium dark color for the background to set the mood for the image and I started blocking in the main shapes to check that the composition was working.

background

Next I quickly painted the character in black and white to ensure the values were correct and the image read as three-dimensional.

black and white

The main color areas were blocked in as big, flat shapes on a separate layer in Color blending mode. This had the result of tinting the underlying b&w value study.

colors

Jump to several hours later when the skin tones have been found (see the palette in the top right corner) and enough shape and volume have been blocked in to render the line sketch superfluous.

blocking

The face is completed with the addition of strong highlights and the rest of the painting is brought up to the same level of detail.

detailing

All the details are in, the lighting is enhanced and the painting is done.

Fantasy Peaks

See a couple of close ups in my Portfolio Gallery.

There are several things I should improve but given that this is only my second ever digital painting I’m satisfied with the result and I’m moving on. One can only do so much in a single image and I know the next one will be better.

Frank Costanza

Frank Costanza

Digital painting of Jerry Stiller as Frank Costanza from Seinfeld.
The first in a series of portraits of TV show characters.

No More Whizbang Miracles

In the early days of television, when there were only half a dozen channels, at most, significant, well-written dramas on a cathode-ray tube could still make us feel like members of an attentive congregation, alone at home as we might be.
There was a high probability back then, with so few shows to choose from, that friends and neighbors were watching the same show we were watching, still finding TV a whizbang miracle. We might even call up a friend that very night and ask a question to which we already knew the answer. “Did you see that? Wow!”
No more.

Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake, 1996.

Dr. Bishop’s Cortexi-Treats

Another personal poster inspired by the TV show Fringe.

Dr.-Bishop's

What if Massive Dynamic, back in 1983, sold chocolate treats enriched with Cortexiphan to give every kid abilities? This is the ad they would have used.
See a bigger image on my Flickr.

Fringe: Walter

Walter Bishop
Portrait of Walter and Walternate Bishop from the TV show Fringe.
Buy this poster from my store!

Fringe: Peter

Peter Bishop
Portrait of Peter Bishop from the TV show Fringe.
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Fringe: Olivia

Olivia & Fauxlivia Dunham
Portrait of Olivia and Fauxlivia Dunham from the TV show Fringe.
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