Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"My name is Inigo Montoya... killed my father, prepare to die."

Time to upload some completely traditional stuff here.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Head of Christ (Rembrandt)

Another speedpaint portrait. Wanted to do something other than films, so I decided to paint a study of one of Rembrandt's 'heads of Christ' portraits.  The series of portraits are among my favorite paintings ever done, and seeing them in person was just amazing.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Character designs

These are all done with a combination of traditional linework with colors added digitally. When I work, I like to keep traditional elements present in my finished pieces, to not lose spontaneity and texture. Not that you can't achieve that all digitally, but I feel something is lost when it's all done on the computer.
Original concept

Original concept
Count Dracula
Original concept

"And I'll whisper... No. "

Rorschach from Zack Snyder's film adaptation of the graphic novel.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

"Mein Fuhrer, I can walk!"

Quickie speedpaint portrait study of Peter Sellers' from Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove: Or How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb."

Friday, January 4, 2013

Llewellyn Moss

Hey guys, at the start of the new year, I had an idea to (ideally) post 365 portrait speedpaints on this blog, one a day. I'll try my hardest to reach that goal, but with the next semester soon approaching, It may not be feasible, due to time.

Here's the next portrait.

Josh Brolin as Llewellyn Moss from the Coen's 2007 masterpiece, No Country for Old Men. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Intro post

Hello all, my name is Nathan Anderson, and I'm currently studying in the Illustration department at The College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. I'm in my sophomore year, and I'm learning a ton, making some great friends and improving in my artwork. My professors are all outstanding people, they love what they do and are dedicated to help me in my field.

I'm hoping to become a concept artist in the constantly growing field of movies and games, as I've always focused on characters and creatures.  I've been drawing nearly every day since I was about 4 years old, and that's what I plan to do until I pass on.

I'm inspired by many things, this ranges from the obvious, like different styles of art and the artists who work in them, as well as film and nature, but I'm also inspired by 80's design and the like. My biggest inspiration has to be my father, who passed away in 2010. He taught me everything I know and showed the utmost support for what I did, as he was an illustrator as well,

My favorite artists include and are not limited to: David Anderson (My dad), Frank Frazetta, Dave Stevens, Rembrandt, Moebius (Jean Giraud), Gustave Doré, Tanino Liberatore, Gil Elvgren, Syd Mead, Mike Mignola, Frank Cho, Ron Cobb, Richard Corben, Adam Hughes, Burne Hogarth, Andrew Loomis, James Bama, Bernie Wrightson, Jeff Jones, Barry Windsor-Smith, Michael Kaluta, Drew Struzan, John Buscema, N.C Wyeth, Geof Darrow, and many more.

I'm also very influenced by my favorite movies, particularly my favorite film ever made,  Ridley Scott's Alien. Other favorites include John Carpenter's The Thing, Blade Runner, No Country for Old Men, Apocalypto, and more recently, Prometheus. Again, too many to list.

On this blog, I'll be posting work from the past and present, school work and work I do on my own free time, as well as commissioned works. I hope to use this blog as a catalog of my own improvement as I evolve as an illustrator.

So, without saying more, here's some art. I've been doing lots of speedpaint portrait and movie still studies as of late, so I thought I'd post them here.

Here's one of Bill Murray as Steve Zissou.