Some oil paintings from recently. A nice representative summary of my subject matters lately, all in exploration of colour and light.
I don’t even know where to begin with blog entries anymore. This is an oil painting master study of William A. Bouguereau’s 1874 painting, “Young Girl Braids a Garland Crown of Flowers.” I spent a lot of time in the preparatory stages with numerous studies as well as the final painting. Bouguereau’s mastery in subtlety was a huge learning curve for me. Definitely learned a lot by doing this.
Last year I did the album cover for postmoderndisco‘s EP, “Chasing Memories” which came out late 2014. I met Mandy years before and have always been a fan of her music, so it was a great opportunity to do her album cover. There were many ideas thrown around and sketches made about what the cover should be and what it should feel. In the end, a Chinese Empress was decided to represent the Asian roots and influences of Mandy’s music, and a dreamy feeling that I feel fairly represents the atmospheric feeling in this EP’s tracks.
Personally, I have a great interest in Chinese history as well, so designing the Empress was a lot of fun for me. Her head dress and robes were inspired by the Qing Dynasty, which was China’s last imperial dynasty from 1644-1912. Some historical accuracy were foregone to simplify her design, however the dragon on her imperial robe was deliberate. Traditionally, dragon patterns are reserved for males of the court (usually the emperor and his sons), and the imperial yellow (a very specific yellow) is for the emperor only. Throughout China’s imperial history, all the emperors have been male, except one – Wu Ze Tian (武则天) who briefly took over the Tang Dynasty and formed Zhou Dynasty, hailing herself as the Emperor and not Empress consort. My design had nothing to with the Tang Dynasty era but the dragon was deliberately included in the design, not a phoenix, to signify this is an Empress of power. Just like how I purposely made the head dress and flowers gigantic. Of course, the point of which was that this fabulous EP was made by a talented female individual. :)
You can listen to and purchase “Chasing Memories” by postmoderndisco at http://postmoderndisco.bandcamp.com
It’s been a year of painting the sunrise!
Oh man, I need to get on this blogging thing some more. 2015 is going to be more blog posts, I hope. But yes! I’ve painted the sunrise from the same spot for a year. I estimate around 70 paintings have been made during this time. So I took a good number of them and made it into a compilation video, with a progress video in the beginning. Kind of neat to see how the sketches have progressed through the year as I learned more about lighting and colour, as well as design choices. There’s still a lot of room for improvement though, hopefully this coming year will be addressing some of that.
The background music is from postmoderndisco’s EP “Chasing Memories” (which I did the album cover for, but more on that in a later post). The track is “Edge of Eden”, and the EP is available here: http://postmoderndisco.bandcamp.com
Now for the paintings!! I haven’t posted them here in so long, I’ll just post some favourites since my last post. You can of course see all of them on my Tumblr for it: http://sunrisepaintings.tumblr.com
As usual, mostly painted with Procreate on iPad and Photoshop. Til next post!