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Speed painting – The Runner

Speed Painting - The Runner

I did a speed painting the other day and here’s the results. I have to say, I really like the results. I try to not spend more then 2 or 3 hours on it and just get done what I can do in a small amount of time. When I do this, it really pushes me to focus on what’s important and cut out the non-essential elements.

I do love the splash effect and motion of this piece.

After I finished the main runner, I then proceeded to fuss with the road, the splash effect and shadows. In the end, and after some helpful opinion from my wife, I decided to cut the clutter and focus the piece a bit more. If you saw my previous post, that’s what I referring too.

I did this whole thing in Photoshop and based it off of a photo I found on the internet.

- Dustin

Photoshop Hell – The most important part of the process

I’m working on a quick little speed painting and now I’m almost done but then I hit a snag. I’m stuck on it in a little phase I like to call “Photoshop Hell”.

What is Photoshp Hell, you ask?

Since you can do so many things and adjust every little pixel, you eventually get to the point where you obsess about every pixel. Is this one in the right place? What if I move it two pixels to the right? But then it might throw off the balance over here. Of course, if I fix that, then I have to fix this. And the list goes on and on.

I’ve been looking at this for about 30 minutes now, pushing pixels and trying to make it all work. I have about 4 versions and I don’t know which one I like more. Gah!

I need to walk away or something otherwise I’m going to drive myself crazy attempting to figure this out.

Based on real life comic – We went to see a movie

Here is a comic based on a real conversation we had last night at the movies. My daughter in the middle is talking about Momo from Avatar: The Last Airbender, she doesn’t just randomly call me Momo.


Based on real life - Sodium

Rise of the Guardians

Rise of the Guardians

I don’t know what else to say other then I really really loved the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. I saw it twice, which wasn’t really enough for me. For the first time in a while I had a really good time at the movies. This particular movie, is also one of my favorite styles: sci-fi action space comedy. I know it’s a niche, but it’s an awesome niche.

Anyway, for those of you who don’t get this mash up, it’s a mix of “Guardians of the Galaxy” with an amazing kids movie called “Rise of the Guardians”. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. View the movie trailer here:

As with most of my work, I made this because it made me smile. I hope it make you happy as well.

This piece was created use Adobe Photoshop CS5.5 on a Windows 7 machine with a Wacom Intuis 4 tablet. The whole process took about 10 hours as I worked through character position, colors and tones of the piece.

– Dustin


Jet City Comic Show… maybe…?

Jet City Comic Show

So I’m not 100% that we’ll be there but I got an e-mail today from the organizers saying that someone had just cancelled and they were going to process the application. That was Friday, we’ll see if something actually happens. If we do make it in this year I’ll make sure to let everyone know.

Last year we had a blast and enjoyed the one day Tacoma, WA show. The only reason we aren’t already signed up is they sold out of artist alley tables before I could get one.

Ugh… so mad at myself.

Regardless, fingers crossed that we’ll be in Tacoma on November 8th this year!