Sunday, February 04, 2007

The reclusive genius





Contrary to popular opinion, the beautiful creatures we know as Unicorns are actually manufactured....in a futuristic factory.....and they can time travel.

33 comments:

Blair Kitchen said...

Man Craig, these are awesome. How do you do them? Is it all done in photoshop, or painter? Do you start with a scan of something first? Each one is looking better than the last! You keep things just dark enough that you don't know what is going on (like the bright eye, or whatever it is in the shadows on the left). I love it!

craig said...

Thanks B-man! They're done entirely in photoshop. I usually rough it out first in PS (usually I try and replicate a thumbnail I did on a post it or scrap). Then I block it in with a big chalk brush. Big areas of light and dark. Color and then duplicate the layer, and so on. Throughout the course of an image I'll replicate a layer, change it's properties(modify,color,overlay) just to see variations. Lots of trial and error and happy accidents :)

marcobucci said...

nice one! I love how the dude is concealed in the shadows, and is not the first thing I look at.

allen said...

Naturally it rocks...but I have to admit to some skepticism regarding the time travel thing. Is it science or is it magic. I got to know because I've got one tied up in the basement next to the washing machine and it claims to be able to grant me three wishes. If it's science and not magic, the whole three wishes thing is a bust!

ps. have you ever done much oil painting? These have a very traditional style to them (and I mean that in a GOOD way!)

Adam Ford said...

Fantastic work! really gets me thinking about composition and design!

Monkeyfeather said...

Really nice sir! I think you're right about the composition though, moving the robot to the left more would help. Still, this looks really stellar. Each one is BETTER than the last.

Solid!

Ryan Wood said...

Nice painting, the composition & mood are positively terrific!

Daniel Lopez Munoz said...

great work yourself Craig! Thanks for your continued encouragement. Love the mood lighting in this piece.

JC said...

hey Craig,
that's great...the mood is enchanting. makes me wonder about the whole place. Nice work!

Sam Nielson said...

I love the contrast and mystery in this one. And the unicorn frieze/painting is a great touch!

Sketchaholic said...

KILLER! Nothin more to add.

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Marcos Mateu said...

Nice piece of lighting and composition!!

TURCIOS said...

fantastic!!!

Brian Churilla said...

Using that pillar of light to frame the unicorn and the figure is a brilliant move. I love how moody and genuinely creepy it is.

crylic said...

super nice man, love the mood and creepy lighting.

Gerald said...

Awe crap....I knew they were manufactured! Great illo Craig. Again, lighting is just amazing. Really draws me into that tiny door at the bottom.

the doodlers said...

Beautiful. And thanks for the notes on your process. Although our work looks nothing like yours we're doing the same thing with the layers. It's a hoot to see what the different layer properties do to a piece.

craig said...

Hey Marco - Thanks, I find sometimes I have competing areas of focus in my stuff and I'm trying to improve that area.

Allen - never trust the beast! they'll do what they can to return to their own time. I haven't painted before these digitals. I've done a bunch of tonal stuff with charcoal and conte though.

Thanks Adam!

John-done!

Ryan, Daniel, JC, Sam, Vi, Marcos,
Turcios, Brian, Crylic, Gerald, Doodlers - Thank You!

Kyle Marshall said...

This is nuts, love the light, and all the detail thrown into this. Great stuff Craig.

LauraBraga said...

Hi Craig....wow!!
great atmosphere!!
I really love the dark colors!!

keep up the good work!!

Laura:)

craig said...

Tanks Kyle and Laura!

joto said...

Thanks for stopping by. This piece definately is impressive.! Love the lighting!

Dominic Bugatto said...

Really strong piece , nice composition & lighting.

craig said...

Joto, Dominic-Thanks!

Peter said...

this is such a nice piece. I really like your style.

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