"Chrysalis" -digital painting

This painting is a portrait of my newborn daughter Tessa, done as a surprise Christmas present for my wife in 1999. It is a result of Kate wanting an "Ann Geddes" style piece with all the happy butterfly wings, babies, and flower pots, etc. Obviously it didn't finish that way...

It symbolizes (again the title is the key in) newness being brought forth from the chaos of the old. The source photos are of my daughter laying on a pink blanket, and of a rotting steel pier found on the beach at Half Moon Bay in CA. The photo of the steel had an element that was placental shaped, and thusly was the initial inspiration for the final direction.

The painting required around thirty hours of work.


 

"Migraine" -digital painting

This painting is sourced from several photos of various motorcycle engines, and a photo of a human skull found on the web. Over the top of this very disjointed photomontage is around thirty hours of painting in Photoshop with a wacom tablet.

This piece was included in Spectrum 9: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art back in 2002.

 

"Parasitic" -digital painting

This painting is photomontaged with some skull images from the Cranial Image Database online. The mechanicals are referenced from some photos I took at a salvage yard. Over the top of this is around forty hours of painting in Photoshop with a wacom tablet.

 


 

"Influence" -digital painting

This painting is photomontaged with a variety of motorcycle engine parts scanned from a coffee-table book. The skull image is from the Cranial Image Database online. Over the top of this is around twenty hours of painting in Photoshop with a wacom tablet.

 


 

"Fetus" -digital painting

This painting is photomontaged with a variety of motorcycle engine parts scanned from a coffee-table book. Over the top of this is around fifteen hours of painting in Photoshop with a wacom tablet.

This is the second piece done using this technique from back in my college days, and is rather rudimentary in its execution.


 

 

"Muzzle" -digital painting

This painting is sourced from photos of an armored tank fuel cap, an offroad motorcycle exhaust pipe, some various other bits and bobs, and a photo of a human skull found on the web. Over the top of this photomontage is around forty hours of painting in Photoshop with a wacom tablet.

The vent holes on the cheek pipes were modeled in 3D Studio Max to create a channel mask to be used in Photoshop.


 

"the Tabernacle" -digital painting

This painting was done back in my college days, created in Photoshop 3 with a wacom tablet. The source elements are from some photos of an old steam train I took at a local park.

It is the beginning of the illustration techniques I developed and utilized in the above newer works. As a result, it is rather coarse in its overall finish: pixel densities and brushwork are inconsistent, and an obvious mirrored symmetry is very evident.

Never-the-less, it is a beginning....


 

"You See What You Think" -digital painting

This painting was done back in my college days, created in Photoshop 3 with a wacom tablet. It essentially illustrates an organic feedback loop.