A Homage to the Ultimate Dream Machine

Space … A Final Frontier!

Star Trek debuted on the American TV in 1966. Recently it completed its 45th year on Planet Earth. This was the only science fiction series which painted a bright future for the humanity.

I drew this picture as a homage to the TV show which holds a very special place in my life. Star Trek gave me the vision to dream big and imagine bigger.

Oils Studies

Recently I came across 2 very good books on oil painting, which proved to be quite inspiring. Most importantly, they made me stop and look back at my techniques and work for some quantity.

The first book was The Oil Paint Color Wheel Book by John Barber and the other was Expressive Oil Painting – an Open Air Approach to Creative Landscapes by George Allen Durkee.

Following are the two oil studies. Both are done on 7″ x 9.5″ handmade paper.

The first study of a lone tree is entirely done using a single color (Burnt Sienna) and a single hard brush. No black and white tones were used. The aim was to develop a texture using the hard brush and a well diluted single color.


This was an imaginary jungle landscape. The aim was to experiment with various hues of green.


The Fireboy!

This is my 7 year old son – Dhruv

Dhruv

This is Fireboy Dhruv

You Don’t Mess With The Fireboy

I did this using the GIMP software. Following are the steps.

First I removed the background and added some ‘electric’ hues to the pants.

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Then I added some fire to the hands.

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Added some shades to the face …

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Added some highlights on the face and clothes. These highlights are formed due to the fire light.

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Added an ‘X’ on the chest for that superhero look.

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And added the background, some final touches and we are done.

 

Garden of Eden – color

Completed one more oil painting. This one took more than 50 hours. It came out very satisfying. Loved the look of this. The sketch in the previous  post (Garden of Eden) acted as a preliminary sketch for this painting.

The painting is done in oil on canvas (18″ x 30″).

I have kept a cool color scheme in this picture (except a dash of red for the male protagonist’s cape).

The following pictures show some detailing of the same

Steps on the bridge in garden

 

Luminous flowers
Luminous tree branches
The Lovers

I deliberately kept the details to a minimum.