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04 April 2007, 09:20 PM
excellent cyrano piece daniel.:thumbsup:

04 April 2007, 06:44 PM
Thanks jepedro and zng-Y :)

An hour and a half

04 April 2007, 12:44 AM
A Modern Prometheus

04 April 2007, 09:43 PM
Stunning picture man! Awesome!!!

05 May 2007, 02:16 AM
Great work, you have some amazing stuff! :)

05 May 2007, 03:23 AM
redfrog and evolvingeye - thanks a bunch, much appreciated :thumbsup:

an hour.

05 May 2007, 08:31 PM
about 20 mins.

05 May 2007, 09:19 PM
30 minutes

05 May 2007, 08:20 AM
WOW, recently you seem to be able to combine the freshness of your speedy sketches with the results of laborious rendering of longer pieces.

And in that last one it looks like you could do the same thing vice versa, i.e. introduce rendered detail into the speed sketches.

I also like how these last studies have a very detailed texture in places which gives them a nice DOF and makes 'em look a bit like a 3D image rendered to a natural media painting render pass (for which many 3D modellers would give their right hand, I guess, so you're kind of lucky...:scream: ).

05 May 2007, 10:39 PM
Thanks Mu for the kind words. I haven't done much 3D, except for a few uncompleted tutorials. In any case, I'm glad the DOF succeeds on some level :) Thanks again!

20 mins.

05 May 2007, 05:45 AM
Wow Daniel,

conceptual fantasy...the bridge (reminds me of my favorite book LOTR) and the Dragon head, and of course Wolverine (the gooey bile in his mouth and the transparent stretch of his hands are just crazy), love the girls (they look very haute-couture, anorexic fun!)

any chance of getting you to do some sketches on Oekaki boards? I'd just like to see animations of your work...

Btw, your new Avatar reminds me of this video I found on ebaumsworld, it's supposed to make your eyes trained to the flashing lights and when you look away everything seems to be psychedelic in nature and melting...if I find the link again I'll post it.

05 May 2007, 08:46 AM
Thanks, Lunatic for the kind words.

I've never heard of the Oekaki boards, I'll have to do some research on it. I've been pretty busy, though, with freelance work. I actually shouldn't have knocked this current image out, because of the amount of real work I have. And, next month, my full-time gig is sending me to China. So things will be sort of choatic for awhile.

My avatar is just some pattern I found on the net with some level tweaking. It does have a psychedelic thing going on, though, doesn't it?

Well, it's two in the morning. I need to crash. Thanks again Lunatic. :thumbsup:

--hour and twenty mins.

05 May 2007, 09:27 PM
the thin girl is cool daniel and that jester is scary crazy. nice freaky eypression.

05 May 2007, 07:02 PM
Thanks Jpedro :)

15 mins.

05 May 2007, 01:34 PM
Hello, Daniel,
The guy with the sword is great.


05 May 2007, 04:57 PM
Lots of great paintings danielh68! I'd love to see a capture of you doing one of those once, as will a lot of people here I think (*hint, hint*).

05 May 2007, 02:45 AM
kaladen - Thank you :)

RicoD - Thanks for dropping by :thumbsup: Perhaps, sometime this summer I will do a video thing. Although, I haven't the slightest clue on how to do it.

A little over four hours.

05 May 2007, 10:10 PM
today's entry...must get some sunshine now.

05 May 2007, 09:14 PM
a couple of hours.

05 May 2007, 05:31 PM
an hour and a few mins.

05 May 2007, 07:02 PM
Your piece with the woman and the gun 3 posts up is quite evocative. I can't stop looking at it and so once again you've made some kind of emotional connection between me and your art.

05 May 2007, 05:03 AM
Thanks JTD, I really appreciate the compliment. I'm glad you find it engaging. Perhaps, I do a series of these sometime :)

about 4.5 hours.

05 May 2007, 12:50 AM
Hello Mr. Heltzer :). Thankyou for the compliment. The texture you achieve with the comp is really awesome, you have a really distinct style. Great inspiration for me to push and work harder at art. thanks :).

-the tree head guy kicks ass.

05 May 2007, 01:26 AM
--you're welcome, Supermuscle :)


A couple of hours.

05 May 2007, 03:19 AM
Just coming by to see what's up here. always a Pleasure to see your art. Keep up, :thumbsup:

05 May 2007, 10:26 AM
ever thought of making a comic book?
think you'd be great at it...

awesome stuff!

06 June 2007, 11:56 AM
Incredible. Just incredible.

In these months you have improved your technique, you are managing palette in a better way and also composition and subjects are more 'powerful'.

Man you have got a gift.

07 July 2007, 05:08 AM
kaladen - Thank you, I'm glad you dropped by :)

NR43 - I have five or so pages roughly sketched as a continuation for that one page I posted. Also, I have some notes jotted down for a graphic novel I'd like to pursue someday. It's rather Orwellian in nature where technology and biology operate seamlessly together and our own sensory organs become spying devices for the government. Ah, someday :) Thanks for your comments, I really appreciate them.

CyborgJA - Thanks a bunch, Serena :thumbsup: I have been trying to improve on composition, so maybe it's paying off a little. Thanks again!

I've been gone for awhile. Went on a couple of trips. One was work related, which I was sent to China. And the other, was a regular vacation to Hawaii. Both were very nice. Other than that, I've just been busy at my full-time gig and doing free-lance. All of which, has left me little time for sketching. In any case, here's a couple quickies: 20 mins apiece.

07 July 2007, 11:45 AM
I'm really really lovin the brushwork in the latest sketches. Great stuff!! And your use of colour is inspiring as always:)

07 July 2007, 12:29 AM

07 July 2007, 12:05 PM
I agree with Shreya ! Great great brushes !

07 July 2007, 06:56 AM
Your work is amazing.

Ever since i stumbled onto this site your work has stood out and inspired me. In fact your work has inspired me so much i recently went out and bought a wacom tablet and decided to try drawing into photoshop instead of my sketchbook.

All Gushing aside i just was wondering do you use the burn tool or simply change colors in accordance with the different values

Thank you in advance for your time

Your work is mind numbingly great

07 July 2007, 08:54 PM
Serena - How's the nursing profession going in Italy? If I remember correctly that's what you were going to school for or had gone to school. Perhaps, I'm wrong. In any case, I look forward to seeing some more updates on your thread. Many many thanks :)

Shipleydaniel - Thanks for good word and for dropping by. I haven't posted as regularly as I'd like to. I've just been busy. When things slow down, I plan to post more. Anyhow, congrats on the new Wacom. I need to get a new one myself, it's about ten years old!

Concerning color, I never use the burn tool. I just don't care for the effect it creates and it doesn't really help one's understanding of color. With that said, I can see possibly using it to develop a grayscale underpainting in conjunction with the dodge tool.

Generally, I scribble a sketch like below, create another layer set to multiply and apply a loose wash of color(s). Using this method, your values should be preserved.

Afterwards, I will create another layer and begain painting with opaque color at various opacities.

The golden mean can be applied to color as well. In simple terms, the matra is:

1. A lot
2. Some
3. A bit

When I apply color, I pick a dominant color (1) , meaning a hue that will occupy most of the composition, then some of another color and a little of another.

Here's a quick example: 1 = Red / 2 = yellow / 3 = Blue

Well, I hope this helps a little. :)


15 mins

07 July 2007, 03:22 PM
Thank you so much!

This helps more then you can imagine.

I Look forword to seeing (and being inspired) by new work.

07 July 2007, 09:17 AM
Hi man !

Ow well I worked in a hospital as IT assistant but I decided to stop cause it can be self-damaging if you are not "quite with yourself". Then I'm still writing my thesis and it's taking a lot of time cause of my external stage for FIAT automobiles...

I honestly feel quite tired and sad cause my hand is harddd and heavy and I feel unable to paint ina good way. UFF.

Luckily you always amaze me with your pictures so my desire to paint come back to life.

Greatly organized picture the samurai's one, especially if done in 15 minutes !

Show us more soon, please ! :)

08 August 2007, 05:49 AM
Shipleydaniel - anytime :)

Serena - Thanks again for the kind words. So does your thesis relate to IT, art or something else?


08 August 2007, 06:05 AM
wow, your artwork is really good.

08 August 2007, 11:31 AM
Deheheh I love this last one. He gos a SO CUUUTE muzzle :love:

Yes, it's about IT, in the specific I'm treating document and knowledge management using Artificial Intelligence :)

Can't wait to see more !

08 August 2007, 02:13 PM
Let me guess...uh...uhm... Peacock/Big Horn Sheep???

Hee hee...

I love your ..::FuNkY sKeTcHeS aNd PaInTiNgS::..

Very Cool!!!

08 August 2007, 12:57 AM
nice one dh ...good to see youre still alive :D

08 August 2007, 08:00 AM
LOL, funky is the right word. There's always a fresh and humorous idea when I come and browse your sketches. Very imaginative and the humour has a very unique kind of spice to it.

Together with your unique colour choices I am pretty sure I could tell your work among several of other paintings of other artists.

"Oh, that must be a Helzer!"

08 August 2007, 05:17 PM
M@DM@X ( - Thanks, much appreciated :)

Serena - Wow, sounds like an intense subject. Artwork is probably therapeutic after studying many hours for you. Thanks for the comments:)

remcv8 - yeah it's something of that nature. What can be really funky is imagining the beasts in some sort of mating dance: prancing about, fanning their feathers, bellowing a moose-like call. In any case, thanks for the good word !

Vahn - Thanks Vahn, I haven't been as active as I'd like to be. I've just been both busy and lazy, I guess.

Mu - I'm happy to hear my work is recognizable :) Many thanks!


45 mins.

08 August 2007, 12:10 AM
Hey Daniel

Been i while since i visited your thread. Exceptional as always!
Fantastic stuff!

08 August 2007, 01:47 AM
Thanks Redfrog :) As always your thread is great. I especially like the fact that you show your actually product work alongside your sketches and ideas. At the end of the day, it must be very rewarding to hold a toy in your hand and say "Hey, I made this!" Pixels are one thing, but to be able to experience your art in a real world sense is a different kind of satisfaction. Cheers!


Threw some color on the above sketch

08 August 2007, 03:54 AM
...had a few more minutes and experimented by expanding the environment. If I find time, I might detail it out.

08 August 2007, 07:44 AM
Hey Daniel,

it's interesting that you are expanding on this latest sketch, because I too felt that it had a very strong story to tell.

However, my suggestion would be not to get lost in the surroundings until you decided on the queen's left hand pose - it seems to be the crucial point of the whole thing... beckoning? hesitating? Keeping to herself?

you know?

08 August 2007, 10:39 AM
Absolutely great!

I love this color choice !

09 September 2007, 10:46 PM
Mu - If I ever return to it, I'll focus on the main characters more. Thanks for the good word :)

Serena - Thank you as well :)

Here are a couple of value paintings I plan to "traditionally" paint this fall -- actually, I'm starting the Tarzen painting later this month. I just thought I'd post them.

..and here's just an ordinary quick sketch:

09 September 2007, 10:31 AM
always good to see your sketches daniel. the tarzan pic is nice, like the pose and composition.

09 September 2007, 01:15 PM
Nice thread. I enjoyed it a lot. I like your impressionist style, although I would see more finished work :D

09 September 2007, 03:06 PM
The last one is also nice. It has a nice classical feel to it.
Would have loved to see a bit more contrast in the first one, but that's just a personal preference I guess.

09 September 2007, 03:53 AM
Jpedro -- Many thanks! Here's a color study I did yesterday for the Tarzen piece that I will be painting.

jtico - yeah, I'd sort of like to see more finished work myself :) Thanks for the good word, though!

NR43 - Thanks and, I agree, that one should have more contrast to it. When I get around to painting it, I will tinker with the lights and darks more.
25 mins.

25 mins.

09 September 2007, 07:50 AM
Hey Daniel,

I am not only totally in love with the truly Helzeristic color scheme you chose for the Tarzan piece, but also totally flabbergasted by all of the edges on that tree trunk. Awesome, from the crisp contour to the mixture of highly detail render and loose strokes or impressionist spots.

My only crit now is that Tarzan was kind of invisible for me when I first saw that painting... I was all "wow, the tree! Look here! And there! kay, guy sitting in the middle. Wow, look at that moss!"

you might want to see to it that people notice him again...


09 September 2007, 06:00 PM
Thanks Mu, with the analog piece I'm working on, I've just completed the under painting. When I get to applying color, I'll probably have the detail areas around Tarzan himself and around the base of the tree (below his feet). Plus, I might place a couple hints of a discordant color somewhere in the skin and hair to attract the eye. Honestly, I haven't painted much and I'm somewhat insecure about the impending results, so if I could get the traditional piece anywhere close to the color study above I will be very happy. As always, thanks for your comments :thumbsup: When I'm done, I'll take a picture and post it.

20 mins.

25 mins.

09 September 2007, 12:07 AM
30 mins.

09 September 2007, 12:46 AM
WOW -what a portfolio! Keep on rockin :thumbsup:


09 September 2007, 06:46 PM
Hey Thanks, Gord:thumbsup:

45 mins

09 September 2007, 09:57 PM
Hour or so.

09 September 2007, 08:15 AM
Oh man, you already know that I love all your works but the Tarzen piece absolutely rocks. Can't wait to see how you 'll manage it at end :thumbsup:

09 September 2007, 12:25 AM
Many thanks, Serena :)


09 September 2007, 11:35 PM
somewhere around 30 or so.

09 September 2007, 06:06 AM
Hi Dan!

Your dedication is truly inspiring! I enjoy your last one. Great silhouette!

Don't want to creep you out but I'll be watching you from now on :D

Thanks for sharing these,
Matt Vogt

09 September 2007, 02:54 AM
Hey Matt thanks for stopping by and sharing a good word -- much appreciated :)

09 September 2007, 04:58 AM
Of course Dan! Ah the marvels of technology... I don't have to leave home to step into a gallery hehehe.

I'm loving the grit and texture on the recent! I just noticed something with the majority of your pieces which stood out in the last -> sweet borders man. Something subtle nonetheless but definitely helps ground your work.

Keep them coming man!


09 September 2007, 11:32 AM
I love this last picture man ! Wonderful subject and composition...I love how you managed lines !

09 September 2007, 03:51 AM
..and here's just an ordinary quick sketch:

Mmmmmm, I really respect your smooth transition between different textures, but your black and white work is amazing! This just gave me memories of the work in Nausicaa of the Valley of the was just an instant. Love the pen detailing but sketching, keeps the flow going but the idea is still there.


09 September 2007, 07:57 PM
MattVogt - thanks! Yeah I try to add a border to every sketch. It might be overkill for some doodles, but it does pop it out from the surrounding web page elements.

Serena & Lunatic - Thank ya both. Lately I've just been doing b&w sketches due to the lack of time from the traditional work I'm trying to pursue. I love color, but sketching economizes on time and I learn more from it. Have a great weekend :)

45 mins.

10 October 2007, 08:44 AM
Man I hope your work will leave you soon enough time to enjoy with colours, in the meantime I'll drool over your B&W sketches !

Good work,

10 October 2007, 06:35 AM
Nice one there Dan!

Excellent pose and the cake/smoke adds a nice balance + provides conceptual contrast.

Watch them scribbles though.. kinda takes away from the completeness of the piece. I'm with Serena on colouring these - at least push the values around on the last - you already begun to do so!!


10 October 2007, 12:57 AM
Thanks you two. :)

45 mins.

10 October 2007, 08:41 AM
Great sketches! The expression on the last one is excellent! :)

10 October 2007, 03:37 AM
Thank you, Dianae :)

Here are a few sketches I did today.

10 October 2007, 07:36 AM
Hi Daniel,

wow, the dancer is hot! :twisted:

However, the hawtness about her stems mainly from the glossy and believable skin hues which are a joy to behold.
Not that I wouldn't care for halfclad women in general...:D ..., but what I am trying to say is that the curves on the legs don't really work for me.

(noob-crit on the draughtsman of awesomeness to follow which is a bit awkward, but I think you might appreciate it nevertheless)

They are a tad to straight which makes her right calf look a bit like an attachment.
Rebecca did a wonderful review on opposing curves which I am trying to incorporate on everything I draw (and I basically fail on a daily basis, but what the hell...:scream: )

check it out:

10 October 2007, 04:17 PM
Thanks Mu. Yes, her legs are a bit stilted aren't they? I checked out the link and read Rebecca's intro, as well as, viewing the entire thread. Very interesting and helpful. I picked up something new :) Thanks again!

10 October 2007, 12:00 PM
Man, I absolutely love your golden-purple palette.

10 October 2007, 04:47 PM
Thanks, Serena :)


an hour sketch

10 October 2007, 08:55 AM
Beautiful quickie with paletteknife !

I love how you described the fur :wise:

10 October 2007, 06:32 PM
whoa. Loving that loose style of rendering. Very efficient for an hour.

I tried really hard to look for some proportion kerfulffles but it all looks bang on. I like how you raised the eyebrows and lowered the lobes to further push character. Actually, the expression looks great... the eyes scare me

good work mate!

10 October 2007, 11:18 PM
Thanks Matt and Serena :) Yeah, the palette knife in Painter is a charm to work with.

A couple of hours

10 October 2007, 08:18 AM
to put it in a nutshell: fantastic interplay of textural, value and color contrast.

10 October 2007, 05:16 PM
Hey Thanks Mu for the good word :thumbsup:

This one took 40 mins.

10 October 2007, 05:19 PM
Ooops, double post.

10 October 2007, 11:38 PM
Since it's close to Halloween, I indulged in a little role playing: myself as a vampire.

note - scanned acrylic painting, finished just under 3 hours.

10 October 2007, 09:41 AM
OHHH wow !
This portrait is great man !

I really love the monster with flowers. It's so "stylish"...

10 October 2007, 11:59 AM
Dan, this is an awesome portrait. Your use of startling colour demands interest; it's another Helzer belter:bounce:

10 October 2007, 01:37 PM

I really liked the tree in this one, though it feels like its a cage in the composition, but... liked it :)
True inspiration, browsing through your thread, thanks for posting your work!

10 October 2007, 06:03 AM
Hey Serena and Al, thanks for the props :thumbsup: I'm trying to do the traditional thing a lot more. Here's another one I did at a class I'm taking. It's taught by an amazing artist, Ron Spears. Here's some of his work if interested (

Alice, thanks! I never thought of it resembling a cage, then again, I wouldn't stop anyone from interpreting it that way either. :) Currently, I'm doing that piece as an acrylic painting, but it has taken longer that I had thought. Eventually, I'll get it done.

About 90mins

10 October 2007, 06:25 AM
dehehehe I prefer your portrait, I'm in a dark mood these days ! :twisted:

I'm looking at Spears' website....incredible :drool:

10 October 2007, 11:02 AM
wow, very cool. thanks for the link too, i'd love to take a class there, surely this guy knows what he's talking about, his work on the site is fantastic. shame i live on another continent...;)

i am wondering if such a traditional workshop will affect your digital work, surely it somehow translates and helps too.

anyways, great work as always in here :thumbsup:

11 November 2007, 06:15 PM
Thanks Serena and Jpedro :) yeah I lucked out with Ron Spears moving to Reno. I will probably take classes as long as he intends to teach. Again, thanks for the good word!

A little over an hour. Medium - Digital

11 November 2007, 05:37 AM
45 mins.

11 November 2007, 12:32 AM
thirty or forty minutes...

11 November 2007, 09:12 AM
MMM you are in a grey-ish mood, you know I love pure black&white, however I think you are a killing-artist with double-focus sketches so (hope you don't matter) I'll save my drooling sequence for this kind of sketches :love::love::love:

11 November 2007, 07:12 AM
Hi Serena....yeah, I haven't done a lot of color stuff lately. I'm just trying to submit something regularly and not neglect the thread. I've be pretty consumed with projects at work and with my traditional painting efforts. Thank you for your kind words and hearts :)

Some sort of cubist self-portrait
Hour and fifteen

11 November 2007, 07:02 AM
a couple of hours

11 November 2007, 08:32 PM
I've been watching while I work, a couple of Vilppu anatomy drawing DVDs. He's really acquired a deep understanding of the human form and it's a real treasure to watch him perform as he instructs. If anyone is looking to enhance their anatomy skills, I'd definitely recommend him -- he also has workshops in Italy, if you're rich and bored :)

an hour or so.
Medium - charcoal & conte on paper.

11 November 2007, 07:02 AM
I saw your latest post and since I'm all alone here at the office with nothing much to do I decided to look at your whole thread once more...

what a ride :D


ps: nice charcoal... more of that please!

11 November 2007, 12:21 PM
I'm neither rich and bored...damn.... one day I'll be able to follow his courses somewheresomwhow :cry:

back on your work....I REALLY appreciate your palette knife work, I can see you "cutting" the subject and I love this kind of technique

Good work man !

11 November 2007, 04:30 PM
Hey Serena, you shouldn't worry since you live in Italy. The Italians are spoiled with countless masterpieces :) Again, thanks for the kind words.

NR43 -it must have been a real slow day, then :) thank you for the feedback about the posted charcoal piece. This entry is somewhat similar in regards to natural media and pose. Hear from you later!


I attended a painting class last night, but was late, so the only space available to setup my gear was not at the optimum vantage point. A profile was all that I could get. It's a little like the charcoal piece in that regard. I would have preferred a three-quarter view. I guess, I need to arrive earlier next time.

45 mins/ Medium: acrylic

11 November 2007, 05:21 AM
15 mins.

11 November 2007, 02:49 AM
hour and 20

11 November 2007, 07:28 PM
hour and twenty

11 November 2007, 12:44 AM
about two hours.

11 November 2007, 11:29 AM
color palette and gesture flow on this last one are so strongly combined that it's hard to pick them apart like this to talk about them... just stunning. :surprised

11 November 2007, 11:34 AM
heck, the server is handing out double posts like freebies as of late...:D


taking the chance to say something meaningful about the textural work: kickass!

there you go...:scream:

11 November 2007, 06:47 PM
Thanks Mu for the good feedback concerning color and texture. :) Unfortunately this one lacks in some of it -- I just wanted to knock out something simple. Thanks again.

self, 25 minutes

11 November 2007, 10:30 PM
Lots of great new additions! The acrylic portret really caught my eye though. It's fantastic to see you define so much with so little strokes. I especially love those thick strokes with which you defined the hair.

12 December 2007, 07:56 PM
Thanks RicoD, I plan to post more traditional pieces along with the digital stuff. :)

40 mins

12 December 2007, 12:19 AM

Breathtaking work mate! Love the subject matter and colours. This page is awesome! I'm really enjoying your textured feel to them. It can be fun to throw down some random texture and then paint on top, pulling out things never thought of.

Keep up the good work...

I plan to post more traditional pieces along with the digital stuff.

excuse me? this is cgtalk... no traditional work allowed hahahah kidding - looking forward to more of both!!

12 December 2007, 01:31 AM
this thread is incredible. I'm doing something of the sort myself in a wip thread. I really should make a link in a signature.
But anyway, just had to comment to make sure I'm subscribed. Great work!

oh yeah. I almost forget. Way back in the early pages you said you mess with the canvas before painting in PS... how do you do that exactly?

12 December 2007, 02:24 PM
staticpen - Thanks for browsing :) Well, I did a couple of pieces where I actually filtered-canvassed a blank page and then painted on it in various opacities. In the end, some ridges would still be apparent, which is nice.

However, most of the time, I just grab a texture (such as a cliff wall) and start painting on it. It's the same idea in traditional paint, by splashing down some paint in an abstract manner in order to break-up the monotony and blankness of the canvass.

I hope this help :thumbsup:

MattVogt -- Thanks a bunch :) Yep, here's another traditoinal piece and, below that, is a digital sketch.

12 December 2007, 06:20 AM
a traditional piece I painted at a studio class tonight. 2hrs.

12 December 2007, 06:30 AM
Wow, a whole day and no one commented on this painting? Hahaha. It really is fantastic. Balding old men are one of my favorite things to draw. I'm not sure why.

Whoa. After I wrote that sentence I got inspired and painted an old bald man. Haha. I didn't even realize I had this window open the whole time.

I got inspired by all the random brushes you use and tried that out, changing my brush to a random one every 60 seconds or so, and wow... it sure helped my workflow a LOT. It only took 25 minutes and it has the spontaneity I'd previously been trying so hard to calculate. DUH. I should have figured the best way to make something look random is to paint it randomly. haha. I'm gonna go upload it right now.

Anyway! I hope I'm not just rambling on. Again, wonderful, and obviously inspiring work.

12 December 2007, 01:53 AM
Thanks for the good word, Static :) Yeah, I checked out your old man. I like it. It's very loose and spontaneous. A nice variety of brushstrokes too. I'm happy some of my comments in past threads encouraged you to explore new methods. Keep up the great work!


Just had 15 minutes of idle time, boring scribbles of a dominatrex, native-american and a geisha.

12 December 2007, 08:23 AM
Excellent sketch Dan! Nice free style and efficient rendering!

(oh and the oil old man is spectacular -> from life too?)

Keep it up!

12 December 2007, 01:05 AM
Thanks Matt. Yeah, I have a painting class on Monday nights and this guy has modelled for us a few times. Here's another one.

Another sketch (digital)

12 December 2007, 02:16 AM
Geez... for the first time, I think, I really have no idea whether that painting is digital or traditional. The old man. Which is it? Either way, it's gorgeous!
The colossus was a great entry for DSF, too. :) Why is it, though, that so many people say DSG? What's the G for?

12 December 2007, 03:42 AM
Static -- those are traditional (acrylic). Concerning DSF, it was DSG but I believe Roberto changed it because another forum was using DSG. I'm not 100%, but I'm pretty sure :) Thanks!

12 December 2007, 06:57 AM
This started as a sketch while waiting for my wife in the car, today. Later, I scanned it and threw some color down.

12 December 2007, 08:31 AM
Nice sketches, man! I really like em all! :applause:
I can say, that the face on the last one is missing the volume. It's too flat i think... And the tones of it is too monochromatic. You have to add more rosy and yellow to show that there's a skin under the whiting.

12 December 2007, 06:02 PM
Thanks for clearing that up for me, dan. :)
And I really like this last sketch. I've done some oekaki paintings in the past with just black, white and basically one color. I really like the look it provides, and you've made a cool one here. I especially like the flow of the red. It's a good frame.
Keeeeep it up!

12 December 2007, 10:51 PM
Advarsky - Glad you like'em and thanks for the tips :)

staticpen - yeah, I was kind of shooting for that look. Oekaki paintings - I have to remember that term. I will probably have to ask a Janpanese co-worker how it's pronounced, though. Thanks for dropping by :)


This is a traditional painting that I scanned and continued to develop digitally. So, I guess it would be considered mixed-mixed. I have my initial concepts for this piece a few pages back. Anyhow, I reached a stopping point with it. I'll return to it, but I got something else I need to work on today.

12 December 2007, 01:20 AM
Ah, I was wondering when this painting would show up again. I really dig the green you've chosen here, it really pops against the red in the trees. The composition looks fine here, but it looks like you're going to expand the canvas. Planning on adding more background?

Yeah, oekaki painting is fun. They upload directly to a forum, in a manner of speaking, so there's plenty of feedback every time you post, depending on the board you visit. I used to moderate a couple years ago at, so you could try registering there if you wanted to try out the applet. Although over the years they've become less accepting of original art styles... their rooms are star-rated, and people always seemed to be critiquing other people's creative styles instead of their technical flaws.
Either way, definitely check out a couple oekaki sites. They can be quite addicting!

Oh, and I took some japanese in the past, and it's "oh-eh-ka-kee". Dive in!

12 December 2007, 06:50 AM
Thanks Static, actually I had the composition bigger before. Then, I experimented with some cropping and ended-up liking this version better. The character is more upfront and personal. I will probably extend the bottom a tad, though, just so the fingers aren't cropped off. Thanks again.


A traditional piece I did in class tonight

12 December 2007, 07:06 AM
Excellent one Dan - your teacher must be proud!

12 December 2007, 07:08 AM
ah, great! I'm always learning something about color selection when I look at your work. I'm interested to try some more traditional painting very soon, too, as I got a canvas and some oil to work with the other day. Any recommendations on traditional painting books or websites? I think I saw a link way back about uuh... it was a book about traditional painting that you said you apply ideas from digitally. It's probably still in my amazon search history. I'll go look for it.
Sorry for ranting! Again, I really do dig these traditional portraits.

12 December 2007, 11:54 PM
Staticpen - Well, if I could recommend just one book in my library, it would probably be:

Harley Brown's Eternal Truths for Every Artist

It seems every few months, I pick it up again and reread it. You can find it at Amazon. Thanks for the good feedback :)

Matt- thanks, I hope so:) I'm gonna start a new class in February. Sometime next year, I want to travel to Sante Fe, New Mexico and take a workshop from Warren Chang ( ) ...if all goes well. Thanks again Matt. Oh, by the way, I really like your update to the "Eastern River" painting. Great stuff :thumbsup:

Haven't sketched in awhile...45 mins.

12 December 2007, 12:39 AM
Awesome Dan - do it man!!! Thanks for Warren's link, very powerful information! Also, thanks regarding the river scene hahaha your idea mate - good call revisiting!

Great work on the last one! Spectacular conveyance of energy! I also like the flowing contrast between textures and soft/hard strokes. Harmony!

Do you ever practice the technique of "under painting"?

Jason Manley talks about it in this '01 tutorial:


12 December 2007, 08:22 AM
Oh man, the tarzan on mixed technique is SUPERB ! :eek::eek::eek:

12 December 2007, 06:36 PM
Thanks Serena, yeah, I need to return to it and finish some point. Probably later than sooner :)

Matt, I almost always do an underpainting in order to establish values and general color direction. The only exception is when I overlay some color on a line work or when I create an abstract painting and try to find somekind of story or form in it. That frozen dude above would be a prime example of this. Anyhow, thanks for your comments :)


12 December 2007, 11:43 PM
35 mins sketch

01 January 2008, 04:30 AM
Again, I just haven't been posting regularly. Actually had some free time today and created this. About 3 hrs.

01 January 2008, 12:39 AM
great update daniel:thumbsup:

01 January 2008, 06:03 AM
Thanks Jpedro :)

Mixed media: acrylic and digital.

01 January 2008, 04:47 PM

your art's growing and growing, I love that impasto brush effect you've got going through your earlier (this thread) work and the stylisation of the later material, especially the elephant/war scenes

super eye for colour, too

an art director in the making

01 January 2008, 11:26 PM
Hey Daniel this one is wonderful! :bounce: . I like it a lot, the colors and the mod, and the textures :thumbsup: Keep them coming :D :wip:

I think you could get a nice bunch of money selling it as printed posters. Again, very nice job

01 January 2008, 04:40 AM
jtico & hertzchim, thanks guys for the really kind feedback. I'm just happy you enjoy them :)

50 min sketch

01 January 2008, 08:13 AM
As usual incredible style. I love this picture for the "fight" against top and bottom area of the main character.
It's something that lets you make think.

bravo !

01 January 2008, 09:10 AM
Great stuff Daniel! I'm new to the forum, so i've just been browsing everyone's works and yours has been one of the most enjoyable sketchbooks to look at!

I look forward to seeing more :)

01 January 2008, 03:01 AM
Thanks Serena, I hope all is going well in Italy :)

RThompson, I'm glad you found the place and browsed around. I've been slow to update lately, but here's one I did tonight. Thanks!

2.5 hours

01 January 2008, 11:52 AM

a few posts back you talked about having worked on an acrylic painting and continued it digitally.

Did you scan that one in or did you take a very good photo of the canvas? If you scanned, how long did you have to let it dry (to make sure it wouldn't ruin your glass plate...:D )

I am painting in oils now and was wondering if it's possible to satisfyingly scan a canvas (although I would have to wait much longer with oil colours... they need for freaking ever to dry)

01 January 2008, 06:26 PM
Hi Mu,

For that particular acrylic piece, it had to be over 10+ days of drying before I scanned it. However, that wasn't by design. I'm certain I could have scanned it after just a couple hours of drying. It wasn't a big concern, because my scanner is old and worn.

In your case, though, I would definitely wait a few days or a week since you're working with oils. It also depends on how thick you work. I suppose if it's dry to the touch, it's safe to scan. You might consider alleviating some of the weight off of the scanner lid with your finger to remove any unnecessary pressure put on the painting.

I hope this helps, and good luck with your painting endeavors. :)

01 January 2008, 01:23 AM
oops....double submit

01 January 2008, 04:28 AM
45 mins

02 February 2008, 10:48 PM
50 mins

02 February 2008, 12:08 PM

it's ideas like these that make me envious. And inspire me.

02 February 2008, 01:09 PM
got to agree with Mu, great picture that one :thumbsup:

02 February 2008, 04:46 AM
Thanks guys :) it was fairly accidental but I'm glad you like it nevertheless.

20 min doodles while on the phone

02 February 2008, 08:18 AM
It's been over a year since I last was here at CGTalk, and quite a few things have changed -- but I'm glad to see that -you- are still sketching. ;)

It's great how each sketch looks wildly different from the next. In mood, technique, nevermind the media. Lots of energy in them, too.

02 February 2008, 11:28 PM
Wow these are great!!!

02 February 2008, 08:37 AM
very interesting thread danielh68

various works and various Style
good good :thumbsup:

Keep up

02 February 2008, 10:59 PM
Daniel, i just finished looking through your entire thread here, its only taken me about a week off an on. I've been inspired so many days now with something like 50-60 pages of work, now that i've found the end i just want more. As many others have commented, i am truly amazed in how fast you are! Dang you can whip through some sketches, and with such an inherent color sense, i'm floored. I feel like i've learned a ton just by looking over your work and reading your color tutorials, thank you.

On another note, I seem to remeber reading that you work for a Slot machine manufacturer? IGT was it? I also work in that field, for a small software company and we produce casino games for the computer. As bad as it sounds, your thread has inspired me to slack on the job stuff, and sneak in some sketching when i can. As much fun as slot designing is, its always nice to get in some soul-art too.

Nice posts on the DSG stuff too, keep it up!

02 February 2008, 01:12 AM
Rabid1 - Thanks for taking the time to go through the thread, I appreciate it. Yeah, I work at IGT doing graphics and such. I wish I could post some of the stuff I do at work, but I don't want to mess around with any possible infringements. In any case, definitely bust out some sketches during lunch, right after work, break or whatever. I don't know what it is, but I seem get more done faster sitting in a cube at work than at home. Take it easy :thumbsup:

ocarian - Thanks, my style kind of wavers alot. I'm always experimenting, I guess. :)

Kravenous - Cool, glad you like them!

eilidh - wow, a year? It has been awhile, I hope you've been having fun in the meantime. Thanks a bunch for the really nice review. :)

50 mins.

02 February 2008, 04:59 PM
Daniel, nice addition...that has to be a Bond girl right? I understand about not posting work stuff, they are usually pretty tight about that kind of thing.

Must be something about that cube that makes your inner artist want to escape, always happy to see the results though!

02 February 2008, 10:50 PM
---yeah, it's a Bond girl :) About the virtual machines, that would be crazy, what a small world! Perhaps, one day, we'll bump into each other at G2E or some tradeshow. Thanks !


02 February 2008, 12:18 AM
definitely over an hour, lost track of time.

02 February 2008, 01:48 AM
:buttrock: That's a nice one :) I like it :love: :thumbsup:

02 February 2008, 12:02 AM
Wow, thanks Alberto :) I was aiming for a sad, soft and diffused look. Here's one I did for Roberto's Mars thread. I'm guessing 3 or so hours.

02 February 2008, 10:12 PM
....another Mars concept

02 February 2008, 02:10 AM
wow...the mars concepts are both breathtaking. strong strong work:thumbsup:

02 February 2008, 03:46 AM
Very cool, 2 great concepts, really like the colors and subtle use of blues/purples. Very well done.

02 February 2008, 01:57 AM
Many thanks, jpedro!

Rabid1, thanks as well. Yeah, I had to throw in a few cool colored accents. The Martian landscape is just too warm overall.

Giant War Dozers

03 March 2008, 02:35 AM
wow nice work, those mars pics are really cool. Love the trucks! i remember some lego mars trucks that looked similar :)

03 March 2008, 09:40 AM
Love the Martian concepts. Especially the first one (you should really put it in your portfolio).

05 May 2008, 08:04 PM
Wow, man, it's been too long since I've visited this thread. Some intense stuff coming in from you these days! Both of my thumbs are skyward.

05 May 2008, 08:34 PM
First of all: Nice Work!

I'd love to see the course of time changing the artist.

I just have one question: Do you still just use the default round brush as you mentioned on the first Sites?

06 June 2008, 08:05 AM
Hey, your last post was on my birthday. Hope all is well with you and hope to see more of your awesome ideas someday.

06 June 2008, 04:22 AM
Vahn - Thanks! Yeah they're big, clunky and lego-ish.

eilidh - I will....that one is my favorite out of the bunch too :)

staticpen - Thank you. It has been a long time since I visited this thread, as well :) I've really neglected it as of late.

Cenote - Thanks for the good word! I alternate with brushes a lot. It all depends on the look I want to achieve. With that said, the brushes that I use the most are still the basic hard brush and the airbrush. For the Martian pieces, I pretty much used a hard brush entirely. In fact, I turned off the pen pressure and just used level opacities of 40, 60, 80 and 100. It lends a nice hard edge to the pieces. Again, it all depends on what you are shooting for.

remcv8 - Happy (belated) Birthday! Thanks for dropping by :)


Unfortunately, I have neglected this thread for awhile. Hopefully, I will return to form. I've just been working and doing traditional painting.

Here's one in a series I plan on doing using "A Mid Summer's Night Dream "as a theme. It's acrylic and digital.

06 June 2008, 04:43 AM
Wow, Daniel!

It's been awhile since I last had the chance to check your thread and all i can say is, Wow!
Your stuff is really fantastic these days. Its an amazing progression of style you've created. I find your stuff to have a real distinctive quality that is very refreshing when you see so much speedpainting these days that all looks the same. Kudos for developing your own style and great to see some work using traditonal mediums like acrylic. I'm also a big fan of your Mars stuff.
Keep up the great work!

06 June 2008, 08:45 PM
ooh, I like the way you handled this new one. You've got a strong diagonal going without just plainly sticking the lady's whole figure along the line. Makes it look more legit and less "I'm following grids," you know? I dig it.

06 June 2008, 01:19 AM
redfrog - thanks for the really kind and inspirng words. It's much appreciated :thumbsup:

Staticpen - thanks a bunch! Here's a new one from the Mid Summer's Night Dream.

This is Puck (acrylic and digital):

06 June 2008, 02:52 AM
These last two are great, the last one is spooky. :)

06 June 2008, 02:56 AM
Ooh, I like it. I think other than a pretty sweet color palette, I dig that the light is coming down is arm and only revealing part of his face. The arm leads you in, while the partially revealed face makes him pretty mysterious, which I guess is the whole point. Good stuff.
How long does it take you to knock these out? Have you been doing these for fun or as part of your night class?

06 June 2008, 02:11 PM
arielmedel - Thanks for the kind words :)

staticpen - There's several hours involved in the two Mid Summer's pieces. I couldn't give you an exact number. Perhaps 4 hrs on the acrylic side and a couple on the digital for each. I have another painting, I'll post today or tomorrow.

These Mid Summer Night pieces are just a self-assigned project. I've also been attending a life drawing class on Wednesday. It's actually open medium so I paint the subject as opposed to charcoal or pencil. So far, it has been a greet experience. I would post some stuff, but the canvas sheets I paint on are much too big for my scanner. Plus, they're more studies and less finished pieces.

Anyhow, thanks :thumbsup:


Here's a quick digital I did this morning. 30mins.

"The Artist"

06 June 2008, 12:26 AM
Another Mid Summer Night piece.

06 June 2008, 07:55 PM
Wonderful! Both of them, but I'm not gonna lie, I have a sweet spot for spontaneous, unfinished images. The Artist is really great. Are those wet-edged brushes in there or is it just way sharpened?
And speaking of rough images, you should take some pictures of your life paintings! Who needs a scanner, hey? I'm sure I'm not the only one here who would really dig seeing them.
Keep it up!

06 June 2008, 10:39 PM
Yeah I have a sweet spot for loose stuff too. There are a lot of areas that are sharpened, blurred, sharpened again, smeared, etc. :)

I'll try and take some pics of my work, it's loose as well. Right now, I'm planning out a traditional piece for an upcoming event here called Art Slave. When I get that done, I will definitely take a picture and post it....well, unless it turns out to be crap.

Just a quickie, messing around with composition and color.

06 June 2008, 05:15 AM
Your thread is always good for a healthy dosis of inspiration to me :)
It's great that you are mixing media more often than before... a road I defenitely plan to take myself

Puck is my fav of your Mid Summer Night series for the moment...

Anyway... thanks for making my day :arteest:

06 June 2008, 06:06 PM
Thanks for making my day, as well, NR43 :)

I started my painting for the art fair I mentioned above. Pretty much laid in the pencil sketch. I would've like to post a progress pic but I'm running late. I need to travel to San Francisco this weekend. I'll post it later. Maybe, I'll wait til I'm done and post three or four pics all at the same time. Anyhow, here's a quick sketch I did this morning.

06 June 2008, 07:20 PM
Daniel, I want to ask you something. The trick in painting is making things look real, not necesarily going into drawing as it is in reality, but in using skill and technique to give the effect to have it look in a certain way. I see the in speed painting and in many artists.

For example, whereas a beginner might go into drawing detail by detail of a complex gothic dress, someone with experience would give it a better effect and with less strokes, some shadows, and have the thingwith some blurs here and there, and you'd have great looking and realistic dress.

Doing that is difficult to me, do you recommend any tutorials or web pages where I can learn that?

06 June 2008, 03:06 AM
Aw man, I love that you can go crazy with colors and pick just the right temperatures in order to make them complement each other. Good on you!

06 June 2008, 03:16 AM
arielmedel - well, it may be difficult for you now, but the fact that you are aware of it and appreciate it, is a big step forward. Little by little, you begin to see and understand the abstract beauty that lies within the concrete world. Although subtle in the real world, you can magnify this principle in painting which helps unify and strengthen one's work. John Sargent was a master of this.

I'm not aware of any tutorials concerning this, but there may be some out there.

A great book every artist should have is:

It looks like it's out of print and the used versions are fairly expensive. You might want to check some other online bookstores.

Another thing, is read, read, read. My time spent reading and collecting art books is probably equal to my time creating.

If there's interest, I thought about creating a little tip card that I would post once or twice every week. It would consist of a basic or not-so-basic principle and I would toss in a quick sketch to illustrate the idea. Just an idea.

In any case, thanks for the great question and insight :)

staticpen - Many thanks, static :thumbsup:

"Eurydice" - 2.5 hrs.

06 June 2008, 10:45 PM
about 90 mins.

06 June 2008, 12:02 AM
I really like this one, very intense. Do you use a custom brush to obtain the effect that's on the bottom on the image?

06 June 2008, 02:50 AM
Haha, yeah man, count me down for one in the 'interested' box. I'd love to see some principle cards. I actually spend a fair amount of time searching forums for just that sort of thing whenever I don't have anything else to do.
And yeah, Sargent is a beast. Great stuff. You might try Ron Hicks ( for somebody doing something kind of similar today... sort of.

06 June 2008, 06:05 PM
Thanks guys :)

Okay, here's my first tip card which answers ariel's question.
This is one method of applying some texture to a painting. First, find a texture on the web or just make your own. Set the texture on a layer above your painting and select Overlay from the layer style drop down thingy. Also, experiment with various other styles settings and have fun with it. Afterwards, either create a layer mask or simply grab the eraser tool and begin erasing areas where texture is not desired. Typically, shadows have less detailed, so that's a good place to start.

Many times, I enhance the texture by running the emboss filter over it and cranking up the levels.

That's it :)

Static, the John Hicks is amazing. Thanks for the link!

06 June 2008, 05:08 AM
25 mins.

06 June 2008, 10:33 PM
Man, I was like transported to another dimension with that last image, I feel like dr who.

Thanks for the tip!!

06 June 2008, 06:25 PM
Alright, tip cards! Way to go, man. I'll go ahead and make a folder on my hard drive in anticipation of all the great wisdom coming my way now... heheheh.

This last image almost reminds me of Munch's The Scream. Pretty intense. Very ghostly. I get creeped out by it, which is pretty coo, I guess. Makes me think of that period of time right after Autumn and right before Winter... cold and brittle, but not snowy or anything yet, and no more leaves. I guess it makes me think of creepy, cold knots of wood, hahaha.

06 June 2008, 06:16 PM
Thanks guys :)

50 mins.

06 June 2008, 06:55 PM

I'm trying to improve my speed painting skils, if you have the time please check...

speed painting (

my sketches and speed painting thread (

06 June 2008, 08:19 PM
Here's another tip.

When I sketch or speedpaint, I generally break down my subject into three values: middle, shadow and highlight. Many times I will start my sketch in grayscale ie the image on the left. I use a solid hard brush for this with no pressure sensitivity. This way the statement stays strong and confident. Afterwards, colorize the image via hue/saturation to create a ground or base painting to work on. I tend to go with a warm light brown, but it's completely up to you. Having a solid ground color will help unify the painting when adding additional colors.

Next, using your values as a guide, paint in the the values with nuance values of another color or similar color. The nuance color values should always be closer to the assign parent value then the other two values. For instance, don't make any SHADOW nuance value lighter than the MIDDLE or HIGHLIGHT value.

Once this is achieved, I will drop the opacity down on my hardbrush to 40% and blend in some shadow areas with the middle areas to soften the image a little. Also, introduce some of the background color into the subject and vice versa. This also helps to unify a painting.

06 June 2008, 06:17 AM
Valuable info Daniel
Thanks for that!

Love the water in that last enviro btw.
The lighting of the buildings in the foreground seems a bit weird to me though. Since the main light source is quite low above the horizon, shouldn't the top of the foreground buildings be lighter than the bottom?
Just wondering ;)

06 June 2008, 02:05 PM
NR43, thanks :)

Yeah, you're right, if I return to it, I will definitely enhance the top lighting and dim the bottom foreground. Thanks again!

06 June 2008, 02:30 PM
sorry, posted again

06 June 2008, 05:49 PM
25 mins.

06 June 2008, 10:28 PM
a couple hrs.

06 June 2008, 09:02 PM
The post before last looks kind of like scratchboard or whatever it's called. Pretty cool. But I like how you've moved into some blues and oranges instead of sticking with straight violet and yellows in this last one.

06 June 2008, 01:37 AM
Thanks, Static :) It was done with just a hard brush and a bunch of grey values. I was attempting something with a Giacometti vibe:

In any case, here's a 25 minute sketch I did today.

06 June 2008, 03:52 PM
I love the pirates in the cave. Great color scheme.

06 June 2008, 10:07 PM
Yeah! I get a strong vibe of adventure and mythology in this one. Sea monster mermaid tentacle thing with a musical instrument and a sunken ship. Great sketch, mate. ;)

07 July 2008, 10:58 PM
Pegahoul - Thank you :)

staticpen - Thanks static, I actually started a refined painting of that sketch. Unfortunately, upon posting this latest image, I've discovered the rough is far superior than the one I've polished-up. What a drag. I think I will just take the rough and start painting on top of it, as opposed to, creating a separate tight composition. Well, I'm glad I didn't get to far into it. :)


50 mins.

07 July 2008, 04:17 AM
Fun drawing! Those veins are pretty intense, man. And I can respect that translucent drapery...

07 July 2008, 11:07 PM
Thanks Static :)

An hour.

07 July 2008, 02:45 AM
Oooh, I dig this a lot! You always used to say doing a sort of 3>2>1 ratio of colors was pretty handy, and it's really nicely applied here with the greens>blues>reds. I'm also liking this circle my eye is going around in. Great composition, man! That's something I've been working on. Not just applying grids to draw to, but to create shapes and pathways for the eye to explore. Nice job!

07 July 2008, 05:56 PM
Thanks, Static :) The 321 ratio also works for compositions as well (dark, middle and light values). I also use the grid from time to time in order to designate the 4 sweet spots. I do a lot of compositions based on letters. In fact, this page is full of them: the pirates is an "O" composition; the mermaid is an inverted "S" composition; the red door is an "U"; and below is a "T".

An hour.

07 July 2008, 05:45 PM
35 mins.

07 July 2008, 05:50 PM
Very nice! Your thread is an inspiration.

I'm looking forward to tipp #3.

07 July 2008, 08:56 PM
Thanks, Ted :)

Here's another tip:

When drawing with the pencil or hard brush experiment with line thickness. Notice on the first example the line work is fairly continuous and close-ended. The "After" example is different in line thickness and, in some areas, it breaks apart completely. I like this look since it stands apart from the background yet is unified with it. The first example is floating, as if it were a cut-out.

The broken-line example also provides a great stepping stone when creating a full-blown painting. Just like with the drawing, the lost and found edges help unify the subject with it's environment.

07 July 2008, 09:30 PM
Good tip, and nice updates Daniel. Love the loose brush work on that peacock lady lol.

07 July 2008, 01:54 AM
Nice job! I like that you went with purple and blue instead of purple and yellow... analogous colors for the win.
And yeah, broken lines are fun. :D

07 July 2008, 05:27 PM
Many thanks guys :)

45 mins

07 July 2008, 07:59 PM
Oooh, great piece! Really solid lighting, and a nice gritty vibe, too. Kind of reminds me of Appleseed in that respect, actually.
Love it! ;)

07 July 2008, 08:12 PM
Daniel, so many nice updates! love the last one in particular.

keep it up!

07 July 2008, 02:37 AM
Yeah, that last one is AWESOME! You have a really great imagination buddy!

How do you come up with ideas?

07 July 2008, 04:07 PM
You are so productive! love the last one!

07 July 2008, 05:40 PM
staticpen - Thanks for the good word!

Jpedro - Thanks, man!

exStatic1 - Good question, unfortunately I don't have a good answer. I suppose after awhile your brain starts a process of image association to conjure new ideas, much like brainstorming on a piece of paper. For example, this piece was for the DSF and the theme was "Winter Wonderland." From that, you get snow, then mountains, flakes, eagles, eiskimos, etc. Then, as an artist, you can take liberty in exaggerating those ideas.

Danka - I go in spurts :) Thanks!

07 July 2008, 12:21 AM
Wow, man. I'm not quite sure what to say. That piece is gorgeous.

07 July 2008, 03:59 AM
Your works are excellent. I love your use of color and the textures you sometimes add to your paintings. I admire your work,
you deserve 5 stars!

07 July 2008, 10:53 PM
Thanks guys, I appreciate the kind words :)

07 July 2008, 02:30 AM
hahahahaha. Nice one, man. There's so much brush variety in here it's hard to pick out what's going on unless you just sit back and look at it as a whole. In a good way, I mean. It's not confusing to look at or anything. ;) Great job!

07 July 2008, 09:52 PM
Thanks as always, Static :)

Just finished this piece.

07 July 2008, 11:12 PM
wow, now that is really awesome.

slow down daniel...i mean, keep em coming ;)

like the hard edge brushes, and the texture on the rock and moss is great. unsharp filter techniques as well?

07 July 2008, 02:20 AM
I said "goodness!" quite audibly when I saw this last one, man... Intensely awesome! You don't have any progress images of this, do you? Or maybe still have the layers of the .psd separate so you could show some process or something? This is a look I'd really like to develop the technique for.

07 July 2008, 06:19 AM
When I first saw this last night before I went to bed I thought...


Now, 7hrs later, I am thinking...


I was wondering... with your skills you could make sure you get a free copy of the upcoming Exotique 4 (


07 July 2008, 08:50 AM
you are great :bowdown:
I adore the way you texture and the choose of colours...stunning!!
Waiting to see more :)

07 July 2008, 03:17 PM
wow, this has to be the most comprehensive thing I ever saw by you.

Comprehensive, because it contains everything I love about your art

- virtuosity in dealing with textures and the contrast of smooth and "crisp" areas
- striking storytelling and extraordinary ideas
- great colour choices

and everything in good measure.

Great job!

07 July 2008, 03:44 PM
jpedro - Thank you...oh, and yes, I used unsharp mask on the focal point to bring out more hard edges and details :)

staticpen - below is the progress stages. The last one is a mask I used throughout the process. Thanks!

NR43 - Many thanks, I'll have to look into that free copy thing :)

alicelefay - Thank you for the kind words :)

Mu - Those bullets you listed is pretty much what I had in mind when created this piece. I wanted the textures to lead into the focal point, as well as, having a red/green complimentary color scheme. Thanks for the keen observation!

07 July 2008, 10:12 PM
Hey, thanks man. But I have to pick your brain for a second, cause I really enjoy your brushwork here... are you using a locked opacity or are you using pressure sensitivity? I seem to find that some of the more impressionistic pieces I see on forums appear to have consistent transparency in all of the strokes, which is interesting because I always hear everyone praising pressure sensitive opacity.

07 July 2008, 10:30 PM
clever question... makes me wonder, too.

07 July 2008, 02:48 AM
I use both. In the initial stages I use a combo of pressure sensitive airbrush and hardbrush. At this stage, the number of values can become infinite because of the enabled pressure sensitivity. It's fine for a sketch, but as a final piece you usually have to start eliminating the superfluous values in order to make the composition read better.

To do this, you may want to disable the pressure-sensitivity and paint with a hard brush at 70% (anywhere from 60 to 80 is fine) instead. After this brush is set, I will eyedrop sample the area that I wish to read stronger, then I begin to paint over that area. When that's done, I will move over a little, sample and paint again.

This is also great for enhancing your focal point(s) since focal points should have sharper contrasts. I did this for the dark and light edge of the boy's face, the red and black in the demon's face and for the edges on his sword. However, for focal points, I will usually increase the opacity anywhere from 90% to 100%.

I hope this answers your question :)

07 July 2008, 06:22 AM
Hey man!
in the beggining of your sketchbook i was like dang this guy is got a really good understanding of form, structer and anatomy gestures and he also has great poses
Now am just like AHHH!! hes amazing.
Great on keeping the work up 3 years of daily painting and woooooo you kick the ass of the ass kickers haha
Really awesoome thank you for the big inspiration :P
keep at it bro

07 July 2008, 07:28 AM
Daniel - I havent been around for a while, but you just keep getting better and better. You are one of the most prolific folks on CGTalk.

Hats off to you! :thumbsup: :beer: :bowdown:


07 July 2008, 10:05 PM
lilnebo - hey, thanks for the good word :) When I started the thread, my goal was to post a thousand sketches. I foolishly thought I would have it completed by now. My count is 467, so I'm barely halfway through. It's nice to know, though, that I'm making some progress in the eyes of others. Thanks again!

Gord - Many Thanks :) Sooner or later, I'm going to run out of server space!


90mins Joker

07 July 2008, 03:02 AM
Hey man, thanks very much for the details. :)

Heheheh, the Joker. Man, what an intense performance, no? Cool sketch, and god speed on your next 533! :D

07 July 2008, 10:25 PM
Thanks Static, I have yet to see it, just been busy. I will eventually.


07 July 2008, 10:37 PM
Awesome job man
Really keep it up with these
i like the lighting one the last one
still watching :P

07 July 2008, 12:13 AM
Thanks for dropping by, lilnebo :)

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07 July 2008, 02:11 AM
The fancy lady makes me think of France. But the big, powerful dude up there is giving off a pretty good Frank Frazetta vibe, haha. Cool sketches. ;)

07 July 2008, 04:58 PM
Yeah, that last one kind of has a toulouse lautrec vibe to it. Thanks, static :)
a morning sketch.

07 July 2008, 08:54 PM
Wow really nice pic, again! I love the details you put in without spending to much effort. This image really talks a story it could easily be out of a moodbord or conceptbook. Really nice.
The only thing that bothers me is how the guy in the foreground is posed. Just the lower bodypart. It doesn't fit to that big mean soldier. It looks either feminin or as if he needs to go somewhere very quickly :).

But I have to say I am very impressed how regularly you provide us with really nice images!

07 July 2008, 09:31 PM
Hey thanks TedNindo :) And, yeah, I totally agree with the pose. After I was done, I looked at it with a little apprehension but wasn't compelled to invest any more time into it. Good eye, though!

07 July 2008, 11:39 PM
Ooh, very nice, sir. I like your use of a foreground element, as well as the googly textures, haha. There's such life and movement in it! ;D

08 August 2008, 03:52 AM
Thanks Static :)


Been a few days since my last post, just been busy with other stuff.

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08 August 2008, 05:26 AM
Your sketches are a bit like a good song, man. Or at least this one is, to be specific. What I mean is, the colors and contrasts attract my eye and get me to "hear" it, but once I really started "listening" by looking closer I found a lot of details and intricacies that weren't evident right away. In this example, it's all the action going on in the jewelry and fabric. Plenty there to enjoy! Bravo.

08 August 2008, 06:39 AM
Daniel, it is always a pleasure to check on the progress of your sketch thread!

08 August 2008, 01:08 AM
Hey static, yeah, I try to suggest stuff rather then actualize them through detail...the viewers imagination can fill in the rest :) Thanks for the great song metaphor!

Thanks Redfrog, looking forward to seeing some updates on your thread as well. :)


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08 August 2008, 10:00 PM
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08 August 2008, 10:48 PM
Awesome updates man, you've been on a roll lately and its very inspiring.

08 August 2008, 05:48 AM
As I am trying to get my ass into 2nd gear concerning speedpainting, I am very often finding myself asking questions like "how does he do that?" and "what's the best way to approach this" etc when looking at your work and that of the other amazing artists that can be found in the speedpaint thread.

eg, your last piece, the shark that is swimming under water on the right... Do you paint this in one layer and just pick the appropriate colours, or do you add it on a new layer first and lower the opacity?

Anyway, I am starting to realize -in my beginners mind- that it is all about choosing the right colours. Thanks for sharing your work, it's awesome to look at and it really helps me think about solutions. It's a shame I'm at the office or I'd fire up my Painter right away to practice :)

Keep inspiring!