This past weekend, I had the privilege to participate in an art showing at Fort Thomas Coffee, along with my wife, and our talented roomy/adopted son Jason Heaton.  It was a major win for us on many levels.  1. As a family, our vision is to love the people of this City, and this was a very literal way for us to show them love. 2. We were able to bring together many circles of  friends and acquaintances in one place.  Relationships are essential for sustainable love to grow, after all.  And 3. It focussed our family on working together.  This, as any of you with family knows, is no small feat.  Our boys even had art in the show, so we invested in this thing together in a way that has truly drawn us closer.  Now, on to the art!

Permanent Press: Art by Daniel Armstrong

Permanent Press

I Love Lamp: Art by Daniel Armstrong

I Love Lamp

The Feather

The Feather

Here's to Hope: Art by Daniel Armstrong

Here’s to Hope

Into the Unknown: Art by Daniel Armstrong

Into the Unknown

Pauly: Art by Daniel Armstrong

Pauly

Storyteller: Art by Daniel Armstrong

Storyteller

The Harvest: Art by Daniel Armstrong

The Harvest

Unlock: Art by Daniel Armstrong

Unlock

All of these were done digitally using Photoshop and Corel Painter.

 

And, just for fun, here is a shot from the opening, taken by my friend Levi.

 

Love Stories Art Show

Love Stories Art Show

This is a shot from a kids book that I am working on.

Hound Dog

Corel Painter ~8 hours (side note on this: I originally put 6 fingers on his hand by accident!  Thanks to my friend Brian for catching that one.)

"The bald headed wise man" sketch

The snake oil-salesman

The Southern Politician

It took several versions of this character to get it right, but I think it turned out well in the end.

Thankfully, over the past few months I have had the opportunity to do lots of music related art.  This is a very personal one I got to do for my friend Tom Conlon.

Tom Conlon: Live

This final image wrapped from front to back on the printed CD case.

Corel Painter/Photoshop ~7 hours.

Tom Conlon art: Concept 1

This was one of the first concepts for the album. I still really like the colors on this.

Tom Conlon art: Concept 1

After some redirection from the above concept, I did these thumbnails. Obviously the top left one was chosen for the final direction.

Over the past few months, my wife and I had the privilege of working with Josh Garrels (one of our favorite musicians.)  It was an amazing ride!  Enjoy!

Made with Adobe After effects, Corel Painter, Photoshop, Acrylic paint, Pencil, and love.  (about 300 hours)

This past weekend, I had the privilage of watching my friends Dave and Bethany get married.  And, now that all of the festivities are finished, I can finally post the artwork I did for their wedding invitation.  It was a blast attempting to capture their personalities in a caricature, while still remaining restrained and respectful enough for the occasion.

Wedding Sketch

Dave and Bethany's Invitation

Adobe Photoshop/Corel Painter ~10 hours.

This is Bella.  The second portrait of Justin Caridi’s two daughters.  As I sometimes get asked, I thought I would explain my process a bit.  This is not a photo manipulation, but a digital painting done “by hand” on my Wacom Cintiq, using Corel Painter.  I take several photographic references, usually focusing on one pose, then use multiple photos for lighting, shading, and color reference.  I draw a rough “pencil” sketch to outline the shape, then layer up color bit by bit, much like traditional media, until I get the desired result.  Next time, I will post some “in-process” pics.  Enjoy!

 

Bella

 

Here is the first of two portraits I did for my new friend Justin Caridi, of his daughter Sophia.  What a cutey!  I had a lot of fun messing around with color and texture to give it a vintage photography feel.  Let me know what you think!

 

Sophia

 

Corel Painter/ Adobe Photoshop ~3.5 hours

Putting Down Roots

Corel Painter/Adobe Photoshop ~4 hours

Occasionally I get stuck.  Frozen.  I don’t know what to do next.  Unfortunately, these are all bad things for the self-employed, so when I found myself in this position this afternoon, I knew I just had to do something fun to get my mind working again.  So, I decided to color the sketch from my last post, and just let my mind wander.  The good news is, it worked, and I have fresh goals, new ideas, and revived stamina.

Enjoy my wanderings.

The Wickmaster

Corel Painter. Around 3 hours.

(BTW, you can click on the images to see a bigger version!)

I just received a new shipment of my favorite pens, and though I typically only use black, I always like to try out one of the 100’s of available colors.  This time around, I tried this delicious Red/Brown color. Go imagination!

The Whipmaster and the Ladleman

Hi-Tec C Pen on paper.  ~25 minutes