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11 November 2009, 04:03 AM
The oil paintings are good! How long did it take you to complete 1 portrait?
Is it troublesome when using oil to paint?
Some says oil are difficult to control as its transparent as you paint.

I like the old man with white beard and the one with cap above him ;) Keep doing it!! Well done.

11 November 2009, 06:59 AM

Man you know how to surprize!
Your last post made my day.
Hope you'll have a good one too :D

11 November 2009, 03:32 PM
NR43 - I'm havin' a good one :) Thanks for the good word. Here's another little oil study for today.

ltken84 - It depends, the last two paintings (pretty girl with necklace and young guy with hat) took three hours. All the others averaged about 90 mins. Is it troublesome to work with oil, you ask? Any medium is frustrating when you first start out. So, yes, it can be troublesome. The irony, though, is what one may find troublesome about the medium eventually turns into being the most beautiful and fascinating aspect of it. For instance, I love wet-into-wet painting, it's very unpredictable and can go off-course very easily. But, occasionally, it can take you to some pretty inspiring destinations. Those destinations, fortunately, become more consistent the longer you paint.

Some say oils are difficult to control as its transparent as you paint? Yep, there's transparancy and opaqueness. One may choose to use one or the other, or a combination of both. It all depends on the look you are aiming for. My stuff is general opaque because I enjoy using oil almost like a sculptural medium.

Thanks for your comments :)

Here's a study I did last night

Acrylic on board

11 November 2009, 11:55 PM
WOW I'm stunned of your speed mate.
Great sketchbook, I'v watched it from first page and my brain still can't belive how it's possible to come out with such great paintings in such small amount of time :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

Can't wait to see more

11 November 2009, 06:32 AM
great stuff daniel as usual. the oil paintings are strong, and it seems to translate well into your digis too somehow, the werewolf pic and the gravedigger both rock.

11 November 2009, 08:39 AM
That's an update! I love those portraits, and the werewolf and grave digger are great too. Keep up this fantastic work mate.

11 November 2009, 05:01 AM
LogicLost, jpedro, and siiilon thanks for stopping by and giving support. I appreciate it :)

I haven't posted in awhile. Unfortunately, I've got some bad complications with my right eye due to a Lasik procedure I had done. Since my left eye pulls the workload now , it gets fatiqued more easily.

Anyhow, here's a digital piece (hrs worth) along with a couple oil paintings.

11 November 2009, 06:57 AM
Sorry to hear about those eye complications.
I know it's not easy but perhaps you should think about giving both of them some rest.
After all, they are your tools ;)

Really nice oil paintings btw!

11 November 2009, 08:49 PM
NR43, yeah, I try to give them (or it) a break. I actually had it done 2 months ago and my right eye has been really resistant to heal. It's still a blur. I've been taking steroid drops and antibotics (prescribed :) ) for awhile to help booster the healing process. I have another month to see any results. If nothing happens, I have to have some special surgery done. It's a bummer and a drag. I do give it rest though. Thanks for the good word, Bro!

11 November 2009, 11:27 PM
Very beautiful and inspiring work in all mediums herer, I love your oils, they have a real character to them, I cant wait to see how you progress with them, excellent work, have to keep a closer eye on this thread!!!^____^

11 November 2009, 04:29 AM
Outlawstar8489 - thanks for the good word. I'm trying to paint more and more oils but sometimes I get distracted or just simply procrastinate. Like tonight, for instance, I dinked around with this digital piece for an hour and now I've lost my energy. Hopefully, tomorrow morning I go straight to the easle :) Thanks again.


Twilight...hours worth.

12 December 2009, 05:12 PM
I very like your portraits! ...the breustrokes are so strong...!

12 December 2009, 01:07 AM
Thanks Danka! I'm actually working on a portrait study now, but it'll need a couple weeks to dry before I can scan it. Hear from you later :)

A couple digital pieces.

12 December 2009, 11:39 PM
A Sunday morning sketch.

12 December 2009, 01:11 PM
nice concepts and ideas!

12 December 2009, 04:53 AM
Thanks for dropping by jac3d :) I'm glad you like'em.

Something I've been working on today.

12 December 2009, 05:20 PM
25 min Sunday morning sketch

12 December 2009, 07:44 PM
A Sunday morning sketch

12 December 2009, 10:37 PM
This was for the DSG but I went over the time limit.

Evil Queen

12 December 2009, 01:44 AM
another wicked queen...25mins.

12 December 2009, 04:07 AM
This was for the DSG but I went over the time limit.

Evil Queen

It reminds me of Snow White's Witch :thumbsup: Well Done Danielh68!!

12 December 2009, 05:48 AM
Yeah, it reminds me of that too. Thanks for the good word, Itken84 :)

01 January 2010, 09:09 PM
Hey Dan, hope you had a nice Holiday season...its great to see you keeping up with this sketchbook! I like your Sunday sketches ...they seem to have a looseness that really holds up...and always strong compositions. Have you done any traditional stuff lately? Any bigger pieces in the works? Anyway, i do enjoy your quick stuff...can always learn a trick or two lol. Happy new year.

01 January 2010, 03:33 AM
Hi Rabid, yeah, the holidays were pretty good to me. I wish I had more time to pursue art during the break, because most of time was spent traveling. Anyhow, I did have some time this weekend to knockout these to pieces.

I haven' t done any traditional stuff, as of late. I start a figure drawing class this Wednesday. It's a class I take on and off throughout the year. The instructor allows me to paint in his studio, as opposed to just pencils and charcoal. I should be able to do some quick gestural studies in oil, although they'll be too big to scan in. I might take a digital picture of them and post...if they're any good. We'll see.

Hey thanks for dropping by. Hope you had a great holiday too :)

01 January 2010, 04:11 AM
Hey Danielh68!! The latest post are well done!! The first piece tells me something about Cloverfield. Is this going to be part of Cloverfield II concept art? :D I like how the way the monster has just crawled out of the water and smashed on some objects!! Like it!! Keep it up man!! Love to see more of these stunning artworks!! Happy New Year to you :applause:

01 January 2010, 03:25 PM
Wow, beautiful skin tones, very fleshy! The second one has beautiful colors, only the shapes look a bit too regular. Keep posting dude, wonderful updates! :)

01 January 2010, 09:58 PM
ltken84 - Thanks! I wish it was concept art for Cloverfied, but unfortunately it isn't.

siiilon - Thanks for the good word, yeah I need to bust some more stuff out, just been busy at work.


Ever since they updated the look of the forum, all my artwork on the thread displays a quarter of it's actual size. In the browser view settinsg it's set at 100% and the text is medium. I just can't figure it out. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks.

01 January 2010, 07:43 AM
I think it's a local problem Daniël.
Your images show just as fine as before the layout change.
Have you tried clearing your browser's cache/temporary files?

01 January 2010, 03:36 PM
Thanks NR43, yeah I've tried that to no luck. And, it's just my browser at home. At work everything displays fine. Even stranger, when I'm making the post, the preview window shows the image the correct size. It's just when I hit submit and it takes me to the actual thread page all my images are a fourth of the original size. Well, I guess I will just have to roll with it for now :) Thanks again for your help. Take it easy.

01 January 2010, 04:22 PM
An acrylic study I did last night of a Conquistador.

01 January 2010, 04:28 PM
Always a charme to come back to this thread :thumbsup:

01 January 2010, 08:59 PM
Wonderful paint Daniel! Love the expression. Waiting for more

02 February 2010, 10:15 PM
Two friends from Italy, what a treat :) Thanks for the kind words, I have another portrait study I will post soon. It's done in oils, so I'm still waiting for it to dry before I scan and post. Hopefully, soon. In the meantime, this is a little update to the digital piece above.



02 February 2010, 09:44 PM
Hey Dan, nice updates this latest one has more character and story now. I think you noticed something a few posts ago about your images not showing up right- i noticed it too. Not sure why but it looks like they are displaying smaller than their actual size?

Anyway, i love your brushwork with the tradional pieces, curious how many brushes you use typically for a piece?

02 February 2010, 11:16 PM
Yeah, the size thing really bugs me. It occured when I updated to Explorer 8 and I haven't been able to resolve it since. I even submitted the issue to a Microsoft forum but got no response. However, it's specific to this site, I believe. The images appear fine in my blog. Hopefully, soon, I will see the light and get matters squared away.

In regards to brushes, I have a bunch that I bring to class, but I usually use only three: big, medium and small. I start out using a big flat bristle and sometimes that can carry me a long ways until I need some detail here and there. The one above is pretty loose, it could be a little tighter, but my class demos only last 45 mins. so I have to speed things up.

Thanks for stopping by, Rabid1. Hear from you later.

02 February 2010, 09:21 PM
Today's sketch.

...if interested, there's a larger version on my blog.

02 February 2010, 09:30 PM
sweet lighting on the figures :)

02 February 2010, 03:58 PM
great update daniel, love the story telling in your last two submissions. and hey, cool blog :)

02 February 2010, 10:56 PM
Thanks Jpedro and Soundwav, much appreciated. Here's an oil study I did last week. It finally dried enough so I could scan it.

02 February 2010, 10:34 AM
Wow, that last digital piece is just brimming with intrigue, cracking color and comp as usual, and the oilwork is really excellent, great work indeed!

02 February 2010, 07:40 PM
Outlawstar8489 - Thanks :) Yeah, I want to do more sci-fi pieces like the one above. I got it on my list of things to do.

This is an Alla Prima piece I did in a class with a model. A couple hours worth.

I found a picture of this woman on Flickr and decided to do an oil study of her.

Here are a couple of digital background paintings I did. They're sort of cartoony, but have little inspirations from Avatar/Alice. Those movies seem to be playing a lot in my head lately. I intend to do a couple more in the same style and whacky theme. Perhaps, next weekend.

Side note, I have larger versions on my blog if interested. For some reasone, IE 8 and this site's new layout restricts the width dimensions.

02 February 2010, 09:51 PM
beautiful beautiful backgrounds! So spatial or 3D you feel like you want to take a walk inside of them!

02 February 2010, 09:40 AM
The portraits are really quite beautiful, I wish I could do that with oils, I am practicing, you color choices are extremely compelling, cracking excecution, and really love the background, I thought of avataar immedietly, great stuff man!

02 February 2010, 05:11 PM
Love the backgrounds Daniel! They are so rich and've achieved a brand new world... of purples and blues lol.
For some reason, IE 8 and this site's new layout restricts the width dimensions
So you've figured out the problem eh? Now if we could only figure out a solution!! Maybe using a different browser to upload the images?

Anyway, great updates bud!

02 February 2010, 05:15 AM
Mu - I'm glad you like them, they were fun to do. Hopefully, I'll explore that area a bit more. Many thanks, Mu!

Outlawstar8489 - I really enjoy doing portrait studies. Faces are so endlessly fascinating and it's something I strive to improve upon. If oils really interest you, just keep at it. Perhaps, enroll in a figure drawing class and ask if you can bring in acyrlics or oils instead of charcoal. I started taking a night class a year and half ago at a local college and just kept enrolling. The instructor allows me to bring in oils, acrylics or whatever. Most of those guys are pretty flexible. If you every do some traditional work, post it, I would like to check out. Cheers! :)

Rabid1- Thanks, bro! Like I mentioned to Mu, I hope to do a couple more. As for the browser issue, yeah, I posted on a Microsoft forum and basically they said the issue was on the site's side. I guess, I shouldn't say "issue", it could be intentionally. Maybe they prefer not to have big images mess up the layout or there might be an entirely different reason. In any case, I usually post the same stuff on my blog now which always has a larger version. Thanks again :)

02 February 2010, 05:59 PM
Outlawstar8489 - I really enjoy doing portrait studies. Faces are so endlessly fascinating and it's something I strive to improve upon. If oils really interest you, just keep at it. Perhaps, enroll in a figure drawing class and ask if you can bring in acyrlics or oils instead of charcoal. I started taking a night class a year and half ago at a local college and just kept enrolling. The instructor allows me to bring in oils, acrylics or whatever. Most of those guys are pretty flexible. If you every do some traditional work, post it, I would like to check out. Cheers! :)

You know, I really should do that, I agree about faces though, nothing is more diverse and challenging and I have a real passion to be able to do oil portraits just like the old masters, Ive just started really, I have a lot of experience with pencil but my traditional portraiture has a long way to go, I try to spend at least some of every day working traditionally.

Ill def post something soon, Im working on some acrylic stuff now cause Im outta titanium white oil, hehe, gotta get some more tomoro^__

Do you find it hard to balance your passion for both digital and traditional art?
I often do, I feel I want a career eventually in digital art and that the traditional side of things is more for myself, but yeah Im always having these dialogues in my head about the whole issue, haha!

Love the lates pic btw, beautifully textured and composed, just all round great to look at^__^

02 February 2010, 05:29 PM
Outlawstar8489 - Definitely, you should do that. Another benefit of going to a class, it's a structure that's pre-planned and paid for, so you're usually motivated or obligated to go. For myself, if it wasn't for a class, I tend to get a tad lazy especially after work.

Again, if you get around to posting something let me know or if you have any questions, I'll try and do my best to answer them.

Balance between digital and traditional? Well, I do much more digital work than traditional but someday I want to flip that around. I really enjoy the real-world process of traditonal and I prefer to gaze upone a physical painting than a pixel one. With that said, I would never abandon one for the other, because I find what I learn in one ofter seeps into the other and vice-versa.

Well, thanks for the good work Outlaw, hear from you later.


These backgrounds are part of an Around The World In 80 Days game I was working on. Unfortunately, the game tanked before mid-production. Anyhow, they were suppose to span the world, but I only covered Hawaii to the Atlantic Coast.

02 February 2010, 05:32 PM

03 March 2010, 09:56 AM
Great colors and I dig those oils

Keep going and maybe separate the different parts of the picture (foreground middleground and background) by value separation?

03 March 2010, 04:13 AM
Vatsel - Thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you like the oil work. Yeah, there are definitely areas in the backgrounds where I can distinguish the F,M,B grounds more. I'm burnt on those pieces at the moment, but I'm sure in the near future, I will tinker more with them. Thank again :)


03 March 2010, 05:34 AM
Man you're unstopable! :D
Btw, thx for recommending Alla Prima... halfway through it and WOW!

03 March 2010, 08:26 AM
The "Around the world" stuff is awesome!

03 March 2010, 09:50 PM
NR43 - Thanks, man. So is it the Alla Prima Schmid book? I can't remember. If it is, that' a great book. I don't own it, though. It's on my wish list. If you like that guys work, you should check out Burt Silverman's stuff. Excellent painter. Thanks for dropping by and keep me updated.

siiilon - Thanks! It was a lot of work, it's a shame the game got junked. I really enjoyed working on it.


03 March 2010, 10:35 AM
Hey danielh68! The latest one looks interesting! I think its a little too dark? Maybe a little brighter on the skin tone would make it more outstanding? Not so sure, just a two cents from me. I like it!! Keep posting!!

03 March 2010, 09:26 PM
ltken84 - I lightened her face up a bit, it looks much better. Good observation! The above image is updated. In hindsight, I should of posted a before and after version. You just have to my word for it, I guess...unless you have a great visual memory. Anyhow, it made for a nice improvement. Thanks :)

03 March 2010, 01:15 AM
Yo danielh68! You're welcome!! Now it looks much better, I can see her expression a little more clear. Keep posting mate!!! ;)

03 March 2010, 04:40 AM
Thanks Itken84 :)

45 minute quickie

03 March 2010, 07:49 PM
A Sunday Paint

03 March 2010, 04:25 PM
Wonderful action you depict in these quickies. And looking through all those Around the World images are just fabulous. The layout work and rendering technique are top quality! Too bad it was canned...but still you have some great momentos.

03 March 2010, 03:05 AM
Rabid 1, thanks! I actually have roughs for the rest of the world. Someday, maybe I will get around to polishing them up. Thanks again Rabid, good to hear from you:)
35 mins.

03 March 2010, 12:56 PM
It's been a while, but it's always a pleasure to see your works!

04 April 2010, 05:30 AM
Thank you , eilidh :)

Dark Horse

04 April 2010, 10:44 AM
Thank you , eilidh :)

Dark Horse

Oh I love this one, great stuff, order from chaos if I have ever seen it^_^

04 April 2010, 02:34 AM
Thanks OutlawStar much appreciated. :)


The Hunter
1hr 15mins.

04 April 2010, 03:23 AM
nice!!! motion and colors

04 April 2010, 10:50 PM
Thanks jac3d :)


Red Tribe

04 April 2010, 04:08 AM
Hey Daniel, I was gonna ask how your vacation was, but I see it's been inspiring you :)

Did you meet up with that painter you were talking about on your blog?

04 April 2010, 04:18 PM
Hey NR43, good to hear from you. Yeah, I had a great trip and met up with that painter. The workshop was great. We painted plein-air at an old ranch on the big island of Hawaii. Since my return, I've been doing more plein air work, while neglecting the digital stuff :) I started to feel a little guilty so I knocked out the one above last night. Hopefully, I will catch up on this thread and my blog. Thanks for dropping by...I hope all is well on your side of the world:thumbsup:

04 April 2010, 04:40 AM
I hope all is well on your side of the world:thumbsup:
Heh yeah for sure! Spring has arrived :D

I plan to do plein air painting as well this summer, still making preparations (building easels, converting our cellar into a studio etc).

Anyway, here's hoping it will be possible to show us some of the work you've done at that workshop :D

04 April 2010, 09:38 PM
Hey, your Spring project sounds awesome! It's good to here that your picking up plein air, I find it a very rewarding endeavor despite the fact that I feel I'm just learning. Let me know of your progress during the summer months. If you haven't read any of his books already, Kevin MacPherson is an excellent plein air painter and teacher. You might want to check them out sometime. I bought both of them. Here's a link if interested.

Take it easy NR43 :)

05 May 2010, 04:10 AM
Some sketches

05 May 2010, 07:41 AM
I love the last piece with the rider on the snail, the colors are very suitable for such a fantasy scene. Keep it up danielh68 :love:

05 May 2010, 04:57 PM
ltken84 - Yeah, I was trying to keep it bright and colorful just like a Spring day. Thanks for the good word :)

Jewel Master

05 May 2010, 05:25 PM
You're welcome mate. Wow the latest one is cool!! I wish Im the Monster. Hahaha.. May I know how long does it take you to finish a piece of painting like that? :cool:

05 May 2010, 06:06 PM
Hi ltken84, I did this piece this morning, as soon as I woke up. It took almost 90 mins. Thanks, bro ! :)

05 May 2010, 06:24 PM
Wow, thats a very high spirit you got there! 90 mins!! You're the man! Did you start off from imagination or you've already pictured it in your mind? So this is considered as speed painting? I wish to learn from you boss ;)

05 May 2010, 03:13 AM
whoa last batch of speedies look great!
esp. your figure work

keep rockin

05 May 2010, 04:33 AM
Vatsel - Thanks, man :)

ltken84 - Yeah most of this stuff, I guess would classify as speed paintings. I don't know the precise time that determines such a label, though :) I like to think of them more as studies.

Sometimes I have an idea in my head and I follow it through. Other times, I let the painting dictate want it wants to be.

Thanks! Oh, I dig your comic book work :) Good stuff!


Tranquility - 10 mins.

05 May 2010, 03:19 PM
Great Updates Dan, love that the last one Tranquility -great technique for a quick one. You're keeping it in high gear lately, keep rocking!

05 May 2010, 02:33 PM
Thanks Rabid1 :thumbsup:

05 May 2010, 11:40 AM
I love the textures and vibrant colours in this!

Some sketches

06 June 2010, 04:27 AM
Thanks, eilidh :)
I haven't done much digital sketching lately, mostly been analog painting on my free time. Anyhow, I did one tonight just to shake a little rust off.

45 mins.

Sole Survivor.

06 June 2010, 03:46 AM
Robots vs Monkeys

06 June 2010, 01:09 AM
Drunken King

06 June 2010, 12:34 PM
Wow, LOVE the drunken king piece, perfectly excecuted concept, great stuff!

07 July 2010, 04:08 AM
Hey, thanks Outlaw, much appreciated :)


A Summer's Day (acrylic)

07 July 2010, 06:42 PM
Vatsel - Thanks, man :)

Tranquility - 10 mins.
Although called tranquility, the brushstrokes are so dynamic and vivid ... loving the brushwork, like every stroke was put exactly as intended.

07 July 2010, 02:35 AM
Thanks, RicoD. I went with the intention of painting it, but I kind of liked the brush strokes as well, and just left it as is. Take it easy :)
The Moss Thing

07 July 2010, 10:41 AM
Love the eerie yet satirical mood to that last one, you should have called it red unDead revolver XDXD

Great work, love how the cigarette draws me to his face^__^

07 July 2010, 03:40 PM
Hey Daniel,
the Sole Survivor and Snail piece are awesome. >:)

07 July 2010, 04:37 AM
Hey, thanks guys for the kind words :)


The Curse

07 July 2010, 08:35 AM
very powerful - great work again, Daniel!

07 July 2010, 05:46 PM
Hey, thanks Mu :)


07 July 2010, 06:07 PM
Ow, the cyan light in the distance is wonderful! How did you progress designing this piece? I love it :)

07 July 2010, 08:34 PM
Hi Sillion, thanks for the good word :)

Well the piece above was an hour sketch the Daily Sketch Group. The theme being "Alien Landscape". Underneath it all, it's just an abstract painting. I laid in some black masses, streaked some with the smudge tool and used a soft brush to gently hollow-out areas.

Then I created some sharp masses in the distance, flipped the canvass around to see if another angle would be more interesting, which it did. It orginally started out horizontal.

Afterwards, I laid in some colors using multiply, overlay and normal modes. Adjusted the levels some. At last, I added a female figure on a separate layer to give the landscape some scale and a touch of humanity.

I hope this answers your question. Thanks, bro!


"The Red Kite"

07 July 2010, 06:19 PM
"The Tree of Life"

07 July 2010, 10:10 PM
"Red Plane"

08 August 2010, 06:50 PM
The Bounty Hunter

08 August 2010, 05:42 PM
The "The Bounty Hunter" is fantastic!
In the "The Tree of Life" I would use more gradient on those rails to lead the eye towards the tree itself. I didn't saw it until I read the topic. The rails are taking too much static attention. But that's just me rumbling, I enjoy your sketches so much, keep posting more :)

08 August 2010, 08:52 PM
Hi Siiilon,

Thanks about the bounty hunter, it was fun to sit down and get wild with the idea. In regards to "The Tree of Life", I totally agree with you, a gradient would integrate the pipes better into the scene.

I haven't posted as much as I would like to. Most of my free time has been dedicated to traditional painting. I'm really trying to improve in that area. Nevertheless, I still plan to post, if nothing else, just to shake the rust off :)

Thanks Bro for the good word!

08 August 2010, 01:06 AM
White Dragon

08 August 2010, 01:22 AM
sweet dragon illo...
i'm thinking hobbit in smaug's cave with a magic ring..sweet :applause:

11 November 2010, 06:30 AM
Hey Thanks SoundWav, yeah it's a tad Hobbit-ish :)

I haven't posted in awhile, but thought I'd do a sketch tonight.

an hour.

11 November 2010, 07:32 AM
great stuff as usual daniel. specially like the bounty hunter and the red plane from the last page. the surfer is also, lots to like. i like the space man too, some nice use of structure brushes in there.
good to see you still going strong!

11 November 2010, 05:16 PM
Thanks Jpedro...I wish I could post more but life gets in the way sometimes :) I see your thread is still active and strong, glad to see it.

an hour.

11 November 2010, 02:17 AM
Being From The Black Wall

11 November 2010, 07:47 PM
Your sketches never cease to amaze me!

11 November 2010, 05:53 AM
Thanks for the kind words, eilidh :)

This is an alla prima portrait I did today in oils. About 2 and half hours.

11 November 2010, 03:39 PM
This is another oil painting I did in a period costume class, last night. I believe it was a 15th century Italian lawyer's suit. In anycase, I spent about three hours on it.

11 November 2010, 08:36 AM
Beautiful oilwork, really polished, bit of a Rembrandt feel too, love it!

11 November 2010, 08:49 AM
Wonderful oils! The second in particular is a very arresting portrait.

Having been away I'm a bit out of context. What sort of class is this? :)

11 November 2010, 12:06 PM
Lovely Oil portraits Daniel.
When painting alla prima, do you use any medium or oil at all (after the block-in), or do you just use turps and paint only? Just curious :)

11 November 2010, 03:35 AM
Outlawstar8489 - Thanks :)

eilidh - Thanks to you too :) BTW, this is a life-painting class I'm taking at the Nevada Museum of Art. The models wear period costumes for a duration of three hours while the students paint away with their preferred medium (oils, charcoal, etc). I've had three sessions so far and it has been awesome.

NR43- Thanks! I use Gamblin Galkyd Lite Medium but only a little. For the most part, I use the medium for creating the atmospheric backgrounds. It just makes it easier to blend. With that said, I pretty much use just turp when I'm forming the face. Instead of turp, though, I use Gamblin's Gamsol as a solvent. It's a higher grade solvent and doesn't carry nearly as many health issues as plain o' Turp.

Even then, I still use the solvent, judiciously. Too much and it opens the door to over-blending. I like my paint to have some sturdiness so I can tile my brushstrokes. I hope this answers your question.

Another thing, I plan to update my blog someday, I have a bunch more studies I need to scan in. Just been busy.

Thanks all, again.

11 November 2010, 05:33 AM
Thanks for explaining.

We don't use the agressive version of turpentine here in BE either.
We've got something called "White Spirit (", which thins the paint perfectly but it's a lot less irritating to the hands or eyes than turpentine. Although I must admit that in class, when 30 people in one room are painting, it can become a bit overwhelming for some (lucky me isn't bothered by it at all).

Interesting to hear that there are several solvents being used by painters.
I'll see if I can find the one you mention to experiment with.

11 November 2010, 05:59 AM
Read your link about White Spirit, interesting stuff. I really like gamsol, if you're curious to read more, here's where I buy it

Fortunately, in my classe, there's only a few painters. Most are charcoal and pastel people, so there's no real heavy fumes lingering about. I hope to see some of your work someday.

Take it easy,

11 November 2010, 06:50 AM
Heh, I'm just a beginner with oils Daniel :blush: so don't expect too much of it, but you can see some of it on my homepage ( (, which is also my blog. Please feel free to critique if you like.

Thanks for the link!

11 November 2010, 03:27 PM
Hi Johan,

Great work! You got some nice likenesses in the portraits and your last entry "onion and garlic" is a strong piece with a pleasing color palette.

I wish I could visit the Frans Hal museum. I have a book of his work. Love his earthy colors.

Also, I dig you easel :)

Thanks for sharing!



Quick Morning Sketch

11 November 2010, 07:19 PM
Hey dude, the composition of your pictures are a matter to admire and study! Great updates all around, the white dragon is my favorite.

11 November 2010, 03:48 AM
Thanks Siiilon, much appreciated :)



11 November 2010, 12:12 AM
Shit Daniel! - I've been looking through this thread so many times before and followed you through the years of your evolution…
- and to my surprise I have not given you any comment what so ever… sorry!

- must say that you are really a master of brushes and characters … and I will follow you more closely as I now subscribe… :) keep it up...

11 November 2010, 01:07 AM
No worries Daw, we keep in contact via Roberto's sketch thread anyhow :)

I feel like I'm getting rusty with the digital sketching. At work, I've been doing more and more 3D stuff lately and, during my free time, I oil paint. I remember, at one time, I use to post a digital sketch daily. Now, it's very sporadic. It's a shame, because I have learned so much from doing it daily. In a couple of months, I plan on getting a Cintiq, so hopefully I will get kicking things out at a more regular basis.

Anyhow, thanks for stopping by :thumbsup:

25 mins

35 mins

11 November 2010, 02:02 PM
There is this small town called Handaville, it's in a land far beyond the unclimable mountains of Watchum.
They say you can buy small jars with a strange liquid in them, which will stop time for the world around you when you drink it, and this for a good 423 minutes. Careful though... too much of the stuff will do strange things to your soul and body... I plan on going to Handaville some day, feel free to join me :)

I know exactly what you mean Daniel. The only time I touch my tablet is when I'm removing the dust off it :curious:

11 November 2010, 09:17 PM
Ha...ha..yes, count me in! :) Thanks, NR43. I decided to take some digitals of my oil studies and post them today. The one with the cowboy hat is actually a master copy of one of Nicolai Fechin's works. I learned a lot from it. The rest are studies I did in a figure painting class, minus the landscape.

11 November 2010, 01:05 AM
I like how your oil paintings have similar vibrant brush strokes like your digital work. I particularly like the 2nd and last portrets!

11 November 2010, 04:40 PM
Wow man you've been busy :)

12 December 2010, 06:30 AM
NR43 - Yeah, I'm trying to paint with every chance I get. Wish I had more time to do so, but life gets in the way. Thanks!

RicoD - I never made that comparison, but I guess you're right :)


20 minute digital doodle

12 December 2010, 10:43 PM
another sketch.

Walking Dead

12 December 2010, 01:19 PM
Another cool one Daniel! Hmm, looks like he's not fleeing from the mob of mindless zombies despite there being way more zombies than rounds in his gun. He must be preparing to roundhouse kick them ... guess he's a Texas Ranger or something then. ;)

12 December 2010, 03:05 PM
Thanks Rico D :) Actually you're pretty close. The Walking Dead is a TV zombie series here in the states. The hero is a police state trooper. Anyways, glad to have you stop by again!

--PS, it's funny in movies where the gun shoots more rounds than what it can physical hold...that's Hollywood, I guess.

12 December 2010, 09:03 PM
The Goblin King

12 December 2010, 09:04 PM
Just a doodle that morphed into an interesting abstract piece.

12 December 2010, 05:59 PM
A 15 min. doodle.

12 December 2010, 06:38 PM
Another 15 min.

12 December 2010, 10:34 PM
....a twenty minute doodle.

12 December 2010, 12:15 AM
...yet another one.

12 December 2010, 05:12 AM
12 mins.

12 December 2010, 06:09 AM
Dude, stop it!

you're "embarrassing" us all :D

Really fresh work with the quickies Daniel, keep spoiling us!

12 December 2010, 06:47 PM
Thanks Johan :) Just exploring color and composition with these little excercises. It's good to hear from you, hope you and the family have fun over the holidays!


12 December 2010, 10:57 PM
30 mins.

12 December 2010, 11:48 PM
Hello Daniel,

What a amazing thread this is. I have spend all day reading this thread and trying your tips and try the things I learn from just looking at your paintings. So much to learn in here, it's overwhelming.

There are some truly masterpieces in here. you have inspired me so much that I jumped back into drawing and that I'm now at the point that I really want to improve and become much better no matter what. I even signed in, in a figure drawing course immediately after I finish this thread ;)

I will keep following you, keep up the amazing work.
And thank you for inspiring me.



12 December 2010, 09:32 PM
Hi Paul,

Hey, that's great to hear :) I'm happy this thread can spark your return to the art world! I wish I had more tips and tutorials but I always feel I'm just learning myself. I suppose art is a neverending journey of improvement and education.

I really believe if one practices with the intent to improve, they can acquire a pretty high skill level. For myself, I started out as a graphic designer who enjoyed doodling on the side, then I started this thread and things snowballed from there. At some point, I became really passionate about it and started to set goals. Somewhere, I made a transition from designer to illustrator/concept artist. And, then, a couple years ago, I started taking a traditional media class at night. A year later, that particular instructor had to leave and I was offered his positioned. So, now I teach traditional art on the side.

I say these things, not to tell my life story, but rather, to illustrate that finding something your passionate about can lead to wonderful and rewarding opportunities. I hope you find the ride as thrilling as I have :) Keep me updated on your journey!

Wish you the best,

12 December 2010, 10:22 PM
Another wonderful drawing. Thanks for your reply, it encourage me.

I used to draw a lot when I was young but over time it was getting less by the years.
Until I didn't touch a pencil for a year. I was always disappointed that I didn't do anything with my "talent". But as I said before your thread motivates me to get back at it and set some goals for myself, so we will see where it takes me.

I'm also in the daily sketch now really love that thread. Maybe I will start a sketchbook/journey thread when I'm brave enough to post all my sketches ;)

I will keep you updated about my journey and thanks again.



12 December 2010, 11:05 PM
Yes, the Roberto's daily sketch is a really fun excercise. Glad you're joining it. Let me know how things go :thumbsup: Thanks Paul!

12 December 2010, 05:20 AM
For any of you interested in a nice sketching tool, Sketchbook Pro is pretty cool. The pencil tool is worth the program alone. It responds very well and feels very much like a pencil. I sketched out this Hulk in Sketchbook in just a few minutes. Anyhow, the program is pretty cheap...well worth the purchase in my opinion.

Colored it in Photoshop afterwards....

12 December 2010, 03:52 PM
The pencil tool is worth the program alone. It responds very well and feels very much like a pencil.
Yeah it is the shiznit :twisted:

12 December 2010, 10:54 PM
yep....also, I like the perspective tool too, pretty nifty :)

12 December 2010, 10:04 PM
10 minutes

another 40 minutes

another 2 hours

12 December 2010, 05:20 AM
50 min sketch...

01 January 2011, 06:20 PM
Great updates Daniel, I love the the abstract piece (, two little color sketches(1 (, 2 ( and also elven piece ( Thanks for sharing your process. It's much appreciated. And I also love this one ( I saw on your blog.

I wish you happy New Year btw :) cu

01 January 2011, 05:24 AM
Yeah Happy Newyear Daniel.

May the new year bring you a truck full of paint and canvas/board,
Oh, and a good deal of brushes too :D

01 January 2011, 02:41 PM
Siiilon and Johan, Thanks :) I hope the New Year brings both of you the same fortune and promise! I have a feeling it will be a better year for all of us!

01 January 2011, 03:01 AM
My first sketch on a brand new Intous 4. It was way overdue, I've owned the same Intou 1 since the 90's.

Red River

01 January 2011, 04:30 AM
Wow, you did all those previous works with an Intuos 1? About time indeed ...

Nice work again, very bold and dynamic! Do you usually just doodle untill you see something and then start to define it more or do you know beforehand what you'll do?

01 January 2011, 05:00 AM
Hi Rico D

Thanks for the good word. Yes, that's pretty much my working method. However, I do have a loose idea of what I intend to create. It varies from sketch to sketch. Sometimes it's borderline stream of consciousness and other times it's fairly thought out or planned. Regardless of the approach, I try to keep a random percentage of the work abstract by means of destroying pieces of it, smudging areas or painting abstractly on a new layer and erasing little by little until I hit a desirable balance. I hope this answers your question.


01 January 2011, 04:12 PM
Hey thnx Dan! I'm going to try that today. I've been looking into creating both faster works and more interesting brushwork. Mine look dead due to overworking, but without they don't define the 'right' forms. I have been using something similar with custom brushes, but only like a 'finishing touch' kind of thing. Will try this as a full part of painting!

01 January 2011, 06:29 PM
Good to hear RicoD, I hope you have some good results :)

01 January 2011, 03:52 AM
an hour sketch.


01 January 2011, 03:55 AM
This is an alla-prima painting I did last Monday night at a period costume class. The guy's name was Lance and he wore a WW2 German medic uniform. About 2.5 hrs of oil painting.

01 January 2011, 04:37 AM
Prince of Thieves

01 January 2011, 10:13 AM
Amazing stuff Daniel. Love the Alla Prima Oil Painting, it's so hard, yet you make it look easy...2,5 h! wish i could have watched you do that.
best and keep it up!

02 February 2011, 09:58 PM
As always, thanks Jpedro :) I need to take some photos of my recent stuff and post it.

Here's a new digital piece:

02 February 2011, 07:10 AM
Hey Daniel, a longer pause huh? Great piece :)

02 February 2011, 05:22 PM
Thanks Siiilon :) You're absolutely right, I need to update more!

02 February 2011, 01:16 AM
Here's one I did to Roberto's DSF thread. He's making some changes to his thread and plans to make some additional improvements in the near future. If you like to sketch, definitely check it out!

03 March 2011, 04:22 AM
Art dump! With the exception of the orc, all of these are oil studies. The faces are on 5x8 board and were completed within an hour - plus or minus a few minutes. The larger pieces were done in a 3 hr class, in which, models would pose for that period of time.

03 March 2011, 10:23 AM
Man where do you keep all these paintings to dry :)
Love the man with the hat the most.
Great to see the impasto on the quickies too.

03 March 2011, 10:30 PM
...well, I have a cluttered office :) At class, I usually give my study to the model if they want it. So, that keeps things a bit more organize. I also paint over existing ones alot until they can no longer be covered, then they're tossed into trash.

Yeah, I love seeing impasto and brushwork. The cowboy is one of my favs too -- I'm keeping that one :)

Thanks and good seeing you again!

03 March 2011, 07:12 PM
Did a couple more alla primas over the last couple of days. The first model, Carolyn, dressed up in a Victorian Steam Punk-ish outfit. It was a three hour session. The second model, Ali, came as a gypsy. This was a 5 hour session. Learned a lot and had a great time.

03 March 2011, 01:45 AM
I just love all the oil paintings that you kept posting. Its really well done, the proportion, the color the mood...thumbs up mate!! Love 'em all :buttrock: Keep posting, probably some tutorial perhaps? :wise:

03 March 2011, 04:13 PM
ltken84 - thanks! It's something I really want to improve upon. In the next month or so, I will post a step by step process. It won't be too elaborate just some foundamentals. Maybe, I will take progress shots at the next modelling session and explain each step. In any case, thanks for dropping by and giving a good word :)


A little study I did of Abe a couple nights ago. About 90 mins.

03 March 2011, 05:32 PM
Hey Dan,

Congrats on the front page image! Your artwork is getting better and better each time I see something new. Keep up the good work and say hi to everyone at Ron's next time everyone gets together to paint. I miss it and hope to get back to it soon.

Todd White

03 March 2011, 08:10 PM
wow, man. great update!
digging those alla primas, as always, stunning stuff altogether though.

03 March 2011, 04:27 AM
Thanks Jpedro :) Yeah, I've been on an oil kick lately. I need to start posting digital stuff again!

Hey Todd, thanks for stopping well as, the kind words :) I will say "Hi" to Ron for you. In fact, I just returned from one of his studio sessions today. One of Ron's favorite models posed for us in another Steam Punk outfiit. My contribution can be seen below (the middle one). She had these cool bird wings on her shoulders which made for an interesting design element. Anyhow, great to hear from you and hope to see you at one of the paint sessions!


This is a 3hr portrait I did Wednesday at the Portrait Society, here in Reno.

This is a piece I did today at Ron Spears studio. The model wore a very cool and elaborate Steam Punk costume. I wish I could have captured her whole figure, but that would entail a bigger canvas and much more time :)

I did this piece in a 3hr session at the Nevada Museums Costume Portrait class.

03 March 2011, 05:41 AM
You and Ron are turning out some amazing pieces of art. Keep up the great work and for now I will have to live through your work until I can make it back to the painting sessions at Ron's. Take care and keep up the great work!

04 April 2011, 05:18 AM
Thanks Todd. Actually Ron is giving a painting demo at the museum's open house tonight. I should be there, but work has been too busy this week. He may put another session together next month. I'm eager....will just wait and see :).


Just a little 25 minute sketch before going to bed.

04 April 2011, 07:39 AM
great stuff

04 April 2011, 03:42 AM
Thank you, Altasa :)


"First Sight of the Bounty"

05 May 2011, 10:16 PM
Have yet to see the movie, but looking forward to it! There's a bigger version on my blog.

05 May 2011, 07:13 PM
quick sketch

05 May 2011, 02:14 PM
Great new works Daniel! Particularly like the last one and the island one (not a big Thor fan myself, but might change after I see the movie ;) )

05 May 2011, 06:19 PM
Thanks RicoD. I actually thought "Thor" was a fun flick, hopefully you'll like it too :)


"Witch Doctor"

05 May 2011, 04:30 PM
Great updates Daniel! The last few have wonderful texure, brushwork and lighting (so typical lol). I'm interested in the story of this last piece...that tourist seems a bit lost...or maybe not...he seems to have brought a trade offering...but for what?

05 May 2011, 09:34 PM
Hi Rabid, your correct, the guy intends to trade his goat for the services of the witch doctor. I wanted the patron to look like a poor farmer but I think I failed in that area. My wife said he looked like a "tourist" too :). So, with that said, it's a story of a tourist seeking a witch doctor. Thanks for dropping by, much appreciated :thumbsup:


05 May 2011, 04:39 AM
A couple of sketches


"Time Rider"

06 June 2011, 03:52 PM
Bad ass updates D!

07 July 2011, 08:49 PM
Here's a small dump of work.

Charcoal Portrait

This is an update from a Star Wars themed comic. Inspired more from the Knights of the Old Republic era. The protagonist is a swashbuckling Jedi who left the order to pursue more material delights. He rarely wins any confrontation with the dark side, but he's a gifted escape artist and always knows how to get out of a tight situation. I have some more thumbnails for a few more pages. I will eventually get around to doing full-blown renderings...eventually.

This is a piece inspired by the old sci-fi pulp novels.

This is an update of an old piece I did awhile ago.

07 July 2011, 06:55 PM
Love it! Keep going with that story idea, your style and speed would totally make for a great comic. That charcoal piece sorta looks like a young Prince circa 1999 lol.

07 July 2011, 09:03 PM
Man, you are just too damn good

09 September 2011, 09:26 PM
GaryBedell - Thanks....always trying to improve :)

Rabid1 - Yeah, I need to put some time aside and expand on it. Hopefully this upcoming winter will give me more time indoors to increase my digital output. Thanks for the good word!

As always, it has been a long time. Just been doing more traditional paintings as of late. Here's a couple I did at a studio, as well as a couple digital sketches thrown in.

09 September 2011, 12:15 AM
Nice updates Daniel! Very diverse in topic and execution

09 September 2011, 05:13 AM
your works are amazing
I love them all, I love the colours, I love the bold brush strokes
truly awesome stuff

10 October 2011, 11:45 PM
Altasa and RicoD, thanks for stopping by and dropping the positive notes. I'm glad you enjoy my stuff! Take it easy, Dan. :)

Here's some more stuff. A couple quickie digital sketches and a couple more paintings. The paintings were three hour sessions apiece.


10 October 2011, 03:47 PM
that cowboy is amazing

10 October 2011, 07:19 AM
Damn, you're good!!!

03 March 2012, 10:59 PM
Daniel! Just wanted to come by and drop you a line's the art going? You still working in Reno and painting bad ass images? I've been a slacker myself, but I thought if I could lite a little fire to those that inspire me...It may brake this slump. Anyway man, I hope you are doing well and growing artistically!

03 March 2012, 02:15 AM
Hi Rabid1, nice hearing from you! I've been both lazy and busy. Lazy on my web updates, busy with work and teaching. Lately, outside of work, I haven't spent that much time painting digital pieces. I'm focusing more and more on traditional painting and wanting to improve in that area. Below are a few pieces from my gesture painting class. I have a box of them, eventually I'll get them all scanned in and post them. And, below the gestures, are a few digitally updates. A couple I posted before but they just kept evolving. I'll post some more stuff in a couple of days. You have an awsome day, Rabid! Thanks for keeping in touch!


03 March 2012, 09:58 PM
Alright man, that's what I'm talking about lol! Just lovely stuff, I really like how each portrait has a balanced and diverse color scheme. The brush strokes are always fun to see...kinda like the roadmap of your hand lol. And then some more killer sci-fi digital stuff...that snowy prehistoric monster image is so cool. Glad to hear your staying busy...working on your craft. You ever thought about releasing books with all those life paintings of yours?

03 March 2012, 10:20 PM
Thanks Rabid1 :) Nah, I never thought about a book, maybe an ebook. My intention is to redo my blog and have a gesture painting posted everyday. I have enough of them for a good start. In the meantime, I'll try and post some more pieces tomorrow. I'm glad you like'em, take it easy, bro!

03 March 2012, 01:35 AM
Here's some more work as promised :)

03 March 2012, 01:41 AM
Here's a little comp that I've been working on. I just need to spend time and polish it up, but you get the idea at least.

03 March 2012, 01:43 AM
Here's some more small gesture paintings. About 45 mins apiece.

03 March 2012, 01:47 AM
and more....

03 March 2012, 11:35 PM
A concept for today. Under an hour.

03 March 2012, 08:30 PM
Right on, you're back in the swing now! Cool updates Daniel, I really like that nest/egg/bat creature has a really dynamic composition and a cool feel to it. Inspring stuff...for sure!

03 March 2012, 09:20 AM
wow, love the new illustrations
and the portrait paintings rulle

03 March 2012, 08:53 PM
Really appreciate the remarks, guys. :)

Here's today's concept:

03 March 2012, 09:03 PM
Here's an alla prima I did at the figure painting class.

03 March 2012, 05:25 PM
A daily sketch/ 20mins.


04 April 2012, 01:02 AM
Gesture painting from class.

04 April 2012, 03:54 AM
Today's daily concept, under an hour.

04 April 2012, 09:16 PM
daily sketch: Barrier (25mins)

04 April 2012, 02:12 PM
Another gesture portrait from class.

04 April 2012, 12:15 AM
Daily concept painting:

04 April 2012, 02:08 PM
A portrait study.

04 April 2012, 05:14 PM
Today's quick sketch

04 April 2012, 12:57 AM
Hey everyone.

For those of you that check out this thread, I'm going to discontinue it. It's a pain to upload images and the thread is buried pretty deep and thus hard to find.

I will continue with updates from this point forward on my blog only. So, if you like my daily concepts, illustrations and paintings please visit me there. (

Thank you.

04 April 2012, 01:47 AM
Following... thanks for the update man!

My thread here is all messed up, from missing/broken links and whatnot. I see what you mean.

05 May 2012, 10:07 PM
Daniel, I understand your point. It has been great viewing your images here...that last update was killer are quite an inspiring artist...I will follow the blog. Keep up the great stuff man and thanks!

05 May 2012, 12:30 AM
Hi Rabid, you know, having some time to reflect, I decided I will keep this going. I kind of like using my blog just for my fine art stuff. In addition, I've updated my CGtalk portfolio, but they are mainly finished pieces. I don't really have a place for doodles or experimentation, so I think this is the right place for it. As always thanks for dropping by :)

This piece happened during a phone conversation this morning. I was messing around in Art Rage (First image) and kind of liked it. Whereupon, I took it into Photoshop and tinkered with it more (second image) then I kept at it: making the girl more Polynesian, Filipino, what not. I think she's starting to get that island look about her. I need to work more on the piece, especially her arms and hands, but I gotta walk the dog and do some yard work now. I'll post another update in a day or two.

05 May 2012, 02:55 PM
Wow man that's gorgeous! Really dig that water reflection...its feels so the layers Dan! Glad you'll stay around...but I understand if you leave...this place has died out a bit the last few years. And they did something to this sketch forum...its really bleek these days.

10 October 2012, 09:41 PM
Hey Daniel,

It's been a few years - don't know if you remember Mr. Mu...:)
Anyway... I have always been a fan of your art and just made sure I do receive your blog updates. I habe been away from these forums for quite a while, too and was wondering if you're still actually around or rather working on the blog only? Anyway, it's great to see you've been active and there's so much of your art to check out for me, now... :wavey:

10 October 2012, 03:06 AM
Hi Mr. Mu

Yes, I remember have an unforgettable avatar :)

Yeah, I stopped posting here and I haven't done as much digital art lately as well. Pretty much on my free time, I'm doing traditional work. If you have been visiting my blog, it's clear that I'm more into oils than digital. I do so much digital work in my fulltime job, I've just gotten kind of bored/burned-out with it. That's my story for now. Thanks for dropping by with a friendly "hello". I'll hear from you again :).

Take it easy,

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