Shading Techniques

Shading Techniques

5 Shading Techniques Whether you draw traditionally or digitally, there comes a time when every artist decides to take their drawing to the next level and the first thing to be addressed can your your techniques for applying shading. There are a number of techniques and approaches that you can adopt to getting lead on […]

Idea Generation

Innovation vs Ideation – Getting Out Of A Creative Rut

Innovation vs Ideation – Getting Out Of A Creative Rut “Innovation is defined as the ‘action or process of innovating’. Innovations are: a new method, idea, product or process.”   Ideation Definition Quite often we think of creature design and innovative, where we create new and completely original creations from nothing. But sadly this is […]


Digital Painting – Black Eyes

Welcome to another digital painting time-lapse screen recording. This is one of my most viewed videos on youtube. Video: Process: When ever you are creating something unique and original, you need to make a conscious effort not to be led by what has gone before or what looks cool. To be truly unique it needs […]


Digital Painting – Dragon Head

In this screen capture, you will see how, I came up with this cool looking creature head. I wanted to create a design, that had contrast and elements of repetition. Most noticeable in the plates, on the back of the head, and the darkening of the muzzle area. I hope you enjoy watching the process, […]

Finding the story inside the painting

TED Talk recommendation

Creating art is and always has been about communication and hidden stories or meanings. Some of the more famous artists would spend more time ‘designing’ their paintings than they would spend actually painting them. In this post, I would like to recommend one of the infamous TED talks to you. If you are unfamiliar with […]


Digital Painting Occult Goat Skull

Sometimes its good to get ‘dark’. This digital painting time-lapse shows the process taken to render a Goat Skull using Photoshop CS5. No Reference was used, so the proportions may quite well be off… Not my usual creature design style, but I hope you like it… What do you think?


Creature Design SpeedPaint – Big Nose

Another Creature Design Speedpaint using Photoshop CS5. This time you can watch as I speed through a large nosed creature. I employ my usual painting style, starting with a very loose line drawing, then progressing onto black and white shading, finally, leading in to multiple colour layers. Each layer is set to overlay and the […]

Bird Skull

Video – Bird Skull

Watch as I draw a Bird Skull… Using Photoshop CS5.5 and a Wacom Tablet, I attempt to get a realistic bone texture. I am using Photoshop standard hard round and soft round brushes. My colour choices were an off white and a warm (reddish) gray colour. I started by loosely defining the overall outline of […]