Fantasy Art

Fantasy Art
Gilead draws and paints on location in the realms of fantasy and myth. Usually after convincing the most beautiful women in all the worlds to take their clothes off for him. It's a tough gig.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Space Monster part three

Notice how opaque the oil paints are especially anything with white or Naples yellow.  You'd have to thin these colors way down to get the under-painting to show through.  At this point I have not used any "flesh tone" paint on the flesh tones.  
I can't over stress this, it's nice paint with a bad name.  You don't use it to paint skin tones except in spots where it really is the right color.  Mostly you just use it  as a neutral pink color wherever you happen to want that.  
EVERY time I mention my tube of "flesh tone" paint it starts a debate about racism or about formulaic painting.  Neither debate is necessary we all know the evils of both of those subjects, lets move on and make some art shall we.

Laying in spots of deep color gives you and overall impression of where the painting is going.  When I'm done will it be light or dark, bright or dull etc.  Painting isn't about mixing up a color and then filling in a space with that color.  It's about seeing all the different changes in color on a surface and placing spots down next to each other almost like a mosaic tile.  Then before the paint dries you take a soft brush and gently sweep the tiles into each other so that they blend at the edges but remain distinct.

This is what my palette is starting to looks like at least these are the puddles I'm painting from.  And it's not just the monster there's a lot of this green in the skin tones on the people as well.

Obviously there's a lot more to do on the faces and hands, but  this gives me a good foundation.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Space Monster part two

I used a tiny amount blue and black and brown house paint in a jar with some varnish to make a transparent glaze out of it.  Brush it on with a large brush and then daub it back off with a rag.
I like having some color and texture behind my painting  at the start.  Much of this might show through in the end or it may all be covered up with other colors.  I'm just going with the flow and making it up as it happens.
I make no claim that this is the right way to paint or that I will always paint like this, it's just how I roll right now.

I don't want it that blue so I glazed it again with a bit more brown mixed into the glaze which made it green.
I also decided I wanted a streak of color flowing diagonally across the background.  Swamp gas, fog, alien chemical weapon?  I dunno, it needed some color.

Now I switch to oil paints.  You can put oils on top of acrylics all you want (once they're dry) but you can't paint acrylic on top of oil because in theory it will eventually peel back off.
Here's my almost randomly selected palette:  Titanium white, Naples Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Medium Fleshtone (not for painting skin tones it's just a pinkish tan) Orange, Permanent Rose, Cadmium Red, Burnt Umber, Viridian Green,  Prussian Blue & Paynes Gray.
I have no strong feelings on any particular brand so far, I'll let you know as I go along. 

You don't pick a color and then fill a shape in from edge to edge. (I used to do that too)   You put down chunks of color next to each other and then when you blend them you don't fully blend them just kind of knock them into each other.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Monsters From Space!

I haven't been doing a lot of painting lately which is silly because I have time, paint, wood to paint on and loads of fun ideas to paint.  So here we go I'll post step by steps here and on facebook.

This is a small pencil sketch I did a few years ago.

I re-drew my sketch on an 18" X 24" sheet of newsprint.  A major difference between then and now is my preference for charcoal and newsprint over sketchbooks and graphite pencils.  I like to work large and I like the range of tone and texture that comes very quickly and easily with charcoal.

Next I rub charcoal all over the back of my paper.

Then I lay the charcoal sketch on a Masonite panel and trace over it with a ballpoint pen which transfers the drawing fairly cleanly.  ( I don't mind charcoal smudges in my under-painting.)  I then go over that drawing with India ink.
The Masonite panel is recycled from some scrap of furniture or wall paneling that was out by the curb.  I never buy canvas, canvas is laying on the ground for free everywhere you look.  I primered the board with house paint primer an then base coated it with some off white from Home Depot's "Oops rack."

Notice that becase the board is larger than the paper I was able to re-position all the figures as I did the tracing.  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Business Cards

I'm having new business cards made.  This always makes me strangely happy.
I chose this art because it shows both my life drawings and my goblins and dragons so it's kind of me all over.

I get my printing done at Ready Comics in Mesa.  Great local company and great people.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

In the News

I just realized that I never posted the link to this cool article in the Arizona Republic about Kickstarter and other crowdfunding sites.  Featuring Me!  Well featuring Gilead's Goblinz at any rate.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gilead's Goblinz Coloring Books

  About this time last year I got the bright idea to take a bunch of my old sketches, redraw them, ink them and package them as coloring books.  I had piles of sketches, conceptual designs, signs, theme party props, and illustrations to pull from some of them going back to when I was ten years old.
   I separated them into piles that looked like they went together and named them Goblinz, Dragonz, Alienz, Faeriez and Wild Animalz.
   In October 2013 I launched a Kickstarter to help me fund the project and after many set backs and delays I finally finished it all in June 2014.
   This entire project has been an object lesson in how to do things wrong.  I had no idea how to make a book or how to get it printed.  I knew I could do the original artwork, but I had no idea how much computer stuff I was going to have to learn in order to get the product assembled into a clean print ready document that the print shop could work with.  But I learned.
   The paper is 60 lb. stock drawing paper rather than the usual newsprint because that's what I'd want to color on if it was me.
   The subject matter is just too weird for most people who often told me I should establish myself with something more conventional first.  But this is the art that I love to do so it's what I did.
   Also I gave absolutely no thought to age or gender when I made these.  It never crossed my mind to target boys or girls or any particular age.  I just think they're cool pictures, I'd have liked them when I was a kid and wanted to share them with the world so that's what I did.
   I didn't know that one's first foray into publishing should be a single book per year not six books in ten months.
   I didn't know that no one makes a profit from the get go, but here I am and they're selling like hot cakes.
   I did everything wrong on these books and they came out great, I just couldn't be happier.
   I hope you will like them as well.

   We're working on an on-line store which I think is going to be on "The Square" since I like them so far.  In the meantime you can order them by e-mailing me at

Here are a few samples.