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Not Today

About the Artwork

Not Today is a study on painting plate armor. I wanted to make it look a bit worn, dented, and scratched, as well as create a style that was somewhat unique. I had fun combining the plate armor, the long-and-somewhat-scale mail plates on his torso, and chainmail.

You can see a bit of the battle that is raging behind him (and quite possibly in front of him, due to that earth that’s being thrown up), but I mostly wanted a solitary figure this time. The epic war scenes will come later, once I’m through with doing all these studies!

I’d love to hear your impressions of this guy in the comments. Is he a good knight or an evil or dark knight?

The title is inspired by the George R.R. Martin quote from A Game of Thrones: “What do we say to the Lord of Death?’ ‘Not today.”

… and also a little bit by Toy Story. 😀

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Rainy Evening in Venice

About the Artwork

Rainy Evening in Venice is a study on color and water reflections. I painted it using one of my own photos taken from Venice, Italy a few months back. This is a view from within the Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square, in English), overlooking the canal to the south. In the background you can see the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore. Doge’s Palace is the building on the left, and the building on the right is the Old Library of Saint Marco.

It was fun trying to remove the plethora of people and transforming it into a sunset rainy scene! I also removed some of the clutter along the water line, which helps to transform it into a simpler and calmer scene.

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After the Dance

About the Artwork

‘After the Dance’ is a color study I’ve been painting on and off for the past few weeks. We’ve had several visitors here in Italy, because who doesn’t want free room and board in Italy?! So I haven’t had as much time for my studies lately. But I fit some time in to get this done, and I’m quite pleased with how it turned out! The outfit is reminiscent of those from Swan Lake, but with a few interesting and different makeup choices, given that it’s being seen so close up.

This beauty is dedicated to my ballerina in my life, my niece Juliana. She just got her first pointe shoes, so what great timing for me to finish this!

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Eleven 011 from Stranger Things

About the Artwork

‘Eleven’ is a digital painting of the character Eleven from the Netflix series “Stranger Things,” played by actress Millie Bobby Brown. For those of you that haven’t seen it, it’s a series about a little boy that disappears under mysterious, and supernatural, circumstances. We learn that he’s stumbled into a world not so far from our own. However, he is in great danger there. Eleven, a young girl with extraordinary powers, is the only one that can contact him. That’s all in the first episode or so, by the way, so no spoilers!

Stranger Things is reminiscent of movies like E.T. and the Goonies. An adventure told from the kids’ viewpoint, with some horror (very reminiscent of Stephen King) thrown in – it even takes place in the 80s. For someone that grew up absolutely loving these shows, it has quickly jumped up to one of my favorite series of all time. So, here’s hoping they can continue the magic in season 2!

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Water and Fire

About the Artwork

‘Water and Fire’ is a study that I did on smoke and water textures. I painted it in a hotel in Germany while out of town, on a laptop and on my old tablet. All things considered, I’m happy with how it turned out and it’s already proven to be a very popular image.

DeviantArt chose to tweet the painting on their Twitter account — quite an honor!

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