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Monday, August 01, 2011

St. George Process Articles on Muddy Colors

Recently, along with a few secret projects that I am not allowed to discuss even under pain of death, I have been working on a small show for Gallery Nucleus.  It is based on St. George and the Dragon and it goes up on August 6th.  

To see some of the methods used in the creation of these pieces, check out the Muddy Colors links below.  


  1. AWESOME!!! It actually made me gasp when I saw it.

  2. These have been great Justin! And I really dig the blog redesign - does this mean... more posting in the future??
    Sounds good. Keep it up man!

  3. This looks great! What a difference the digital is from just watercolor. I'm new to you're blog (and illustrating too) and I was wondering what program you used to give it that oil paint affect?

  4. Sarah,
    Welcome, welcome! I use CS5 and a Wacom Intuos 4 for all of my digital work.

  5. Thanks! Also have one more quick question. I'm trying to figure out my major. The school that I'm going to doesn't have a distinct illustrator major but one in Graphic Design, Studio Arts, and Emerging Media (character & experimental animation). I was thinking of doing it in Emerging Media (because it's sort of like illustration). I was wondering what you got your major in?

  6. I got my degree in 2d painting and drawing.

    I don't know much about an Emerging Media degree, but it might be helpful if it is teaching the technical aspects of it all.
    Personally I think that you can't go wrong by getting a really strong foundation in drawing. That will help you no matter what you go into. A good program should cover most elements of design, composition, value control and draftsmanship, all of which are going to be tremendously valuable anywhere in the visual arts.

  7. Quick question. I am 12 years old, Is a Bamboo pad + photo shop elements a good place to start digitally?

  8. Hi Aedan,

    i have actually never used a Bamboo pad or PS Elements before. From what I understand about the bamboo it probably would be an ok place to start, but I think PS elements is more of a photo-editting program more than a real painting one. (Someone correct me if I am wrong there...) So IMO If there is any way to get your hands on Photoshop I would try to do that. Mow lawns, paint houses, beg, whatever. I started working in photoshop way back when it was like photoshop 1.0. I was probably only a year or 2 older than you are now. I am really glad I started there and didn't try to monkey with some inferior painting program for years before switching.

    With traditional drawing practice use whatever you can find, crayons, markers, printer paper, napkins, the cat, whatever, it will all help you develop. But with software, you should get used to working with programs that are more functional. It would be like trying learn to draw without using your fingers, knowing that someday you will upgrade to having fingers. I'd say start with Photoshop, even if its a used copy of one of the older editions like CS2 or CS3. (and for that matter if you can find a used 4x5 intuos 3 for the same price as a bamboo then go for it as well. If not, the bamboo should work for now.)

  9. Let me just say how much I admire you and your art. You come before any Davinci or Rembrandt out there.

  10. What college did you go to?

  11. That is an amazing picture! :)

  12. Nearly every week ( sometimes a few times a day ;) i watch your Amazing Illustrations and what can i say...nothing because i am speechless. ( with this open mouth thing) :))