The Mystical Creatures of Series: 2021
The subject matter for this series has been quite varied. Here are the more magical subjects that have found their way into creation this year.
"Raven" - #1 I had not painted for a while, so I started the year off with elements that really meant something to me or that I really enjoyed painting. I'm fascinated by ravens. They are highly intelligent creatures and and have mystical connections in some cultures.
"Joyous Flight" - #2 A playful scene of two Pegasi stretching their wings in a pastel cloudscape. I don't normally paint with such a light and pastel palette. And I also decided to use unusual poses for the Pegasi.
"Worldcat" - #5 I have a really lovely photo of my cat Caravaggio (Gio for short) and I rarely use my pets as subject matter. Since cats are kings of their world, I thought I would be fun to make Gio riding a world turtle.
The Bad and the Good
I had wanted to do a whole series of pairs of creatures: good and bad. I started with my favorite animal to paint, the equine. Kelpie: a dangerous horselike creature haunting the boggy shores of a lake. Unicorn: a delicate being traipsing though a majestic redwood forest. This taught me a lot about painting landscapes and that I really don't enjoy painting landscapes.
Unicorn and Dragon
This piece was done as a companion to Horse and Dragon. I wanted to have a similar subject matter, but do everything it opposite. Black is white, left is right...
Horse and Dragon
I had not painted for myself for many years as I worked as a computer animator. I had to go back to what I used to do to get inspired. This motif is something I used to sketch quit a bit. It took me months to paint and has a special place as the beginning of a new phase in my artistic journey.
Bug Horse Series 1
I have always liked drawing monsters. Dragonfly Horse (pencil on paper) started a whole series of these bug horses. Prickles started as a pencil drawing and was enhanced later with Photoshop. Butterfly Horse was a fully digital painting.
I used to do doodles of these skull-like creatures with gaping mouths filled with teeth. I decided to do an actual painting of one. He kinda became a mascot for me.
This pencil drawing started with a face and organically turned into this fanciful creature.