by Justin Gerard
|12″ x 16″ Underpainting, Oil on Canvas
|Digital color (CS5) over Oil
The preliminary sketches and color studies for this piece can be found HERE
Justin Gerard is an illustrator who has traveled the world in search of the perfect medium to paint in. He has not found it, but along the way he has met some fascinating people, seen some interesting places and had a chance to paint a lot of great subjects.
His work has been featured in Spectrum Fantastic Arts, Society of Illustrators and Expose. He enjoys good music, chocolate chip cookies and tank battles.
Absolutely great!! Love it.
I want to be in that dragon 🙂 Beautiful!
thanks for showing both of these. interesting to see the little changes you made between the oils and the digital colours, like moving the smoke a little. beautiful stuff
It's brilliant, Justin! If that doesn't make kids want to travel, I don't know what will. It's interesting to watch your value handling change as you go to colour.
Which oils are you using these days, by the way? The water-mixable? I know there was a lot of evaluation going on for a while…
You, sir, do good work.
Justin, since the final color version is digital, will you now go back and finish the piece with oil color as well, or will you leave it monochromatic?
Great work! Fabulous composition.
Pure awesomeness. I'll definitely work harder and enjoy making artworks hoping that one day, I can come up with the same awesomeness like what I'm seeing now!
Both are knockouts, Justin! Way to go!
Both versions are amazing.
The underpainting art has the feeling of some ancient engraving or magic photo on glass. Just terrific!
Stunning work, beautiful composition and colours.
Outstanding work! Such a beautiful and magical feel to it. You have a real knack for making your painting appeal on many levels. Children will be drawn to the endearing characters & fantastic colors, while adults & illustrators can admire and learn from the technique, composition and so on. The dragon for example gives the image that edge which spells mystery & danger to kids and fans of fantasy will respond to it with a healthy 'Hell yeah!'. Nice.
No – I used normal oils for this, with only a *tiny* bit of odorless mineral spirits. The water-mixables just don't make the grade for me yet. I hope they continue to improve them though. I'd love to do away with mineral spirits altogether if possible.
A good question! I may go back at some point, and transfer this out onto a much larger canvas (like 4 x 8 foot) and paint it in color on that using this piece as my color comp. I haven't really done that sort of thing before, but I am considering trying it with this one.
Hey wow thanks ali!
Beautiful painting Justin!
Amazing illustration. I especially like the color choices. And thank you for sharing the prelim sketches via the link it is very cool to see the progression from sketch to final.