Apr 2010

Video Production Paintings

In February I was asked by The Image Group to create a series of paintings to be used in conjunction with a video presentation titled, “That the World May Know,” the latest installment in historian Ray Vander Laan’s DVD series. Traveling to locations throughout present day Israel, the film examines sites of Biblical significance, some rarely seen, as Vander Laan discusses the events that took place there.

My assignment was to bring those historical accounts to life by illustrating the people and places of those stories, to show how they may have looked at the time the events took place. The subjects ranged from the authors of the Dead Sea scrolls, the Essenes, and their daily life, to a depiction of the Last Supper, (in a very un-daVinci like, but historically accurate manner). This is a selection of some of those pieces, all created digitally using Photoshop and Painter.


Elijah standing against the Israelites on Mt Carmel.


An Essene scriptorium where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were written.


Essene workers building an aqueduct to bring running water to their community.


An Essene family argues over the true meaning of a scroll’s passage.


A typical Essene hut.


The Last Supper.



'Tis the Season

I wanted to become an atheist but I gave it up. They have no holidays.
Henny Youngman



Spring has become my Christmas season, at least as far as illustration goes. Publishers production schedules have me creating a lot of Christmas themed images this time of year. One example, is this scene of Mrs Claus saying goodbye as Santa heads off on his big trip, painted for Metro Creative.

The image called for a warm, painterly kind of style that has a “hand-crafted” appearance befitting the subject. Typically, I would head off to Painter to capture that look. After all, Painter’s marquee feature is its out of the box tool selections that accurately mimic traditional, real world, media. But instead, I stayed with Photoshop exclusively, manning a set of brushes that I’ve created by simply modifying some PS supplied versions. The reason? I find it can be frustrating to try and create a nice thin to thick stroke using many of my favorite brushes in Painter, even though I’m using a pressure sensitive Wacom Cintiq. So when it comes to physically smaller assignments, especially those that don’t necessarily call for showing a lot of strong texture, (which Painter excels at), PS gets the nod.