Sunday, 29 May 2011

Stage 3


i want to say this is finished now...

Stage 2


The colours have been laid down and shapes tweaked. This has ended up becoming yet another art test. This time its a video game company not a film commission. Actually I need a whole host of character driven images so this is image one of a planned three to put in my little submission "pack". If a job's worth doing its worth over doing right?...

The clouds and background has had a bit of a change from the original plan a little like my beach bums beard. I'm really loving the colours in the sky and sea though. Feels very English and reminds me of the trips to the beach I used to do with my parents when I was younger. The clouds are making me very happy too!

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Fiat dream car


Ok so I love this car, and I would love it even more if I could replace the wheels with hover pads. The future always seemed cooler in the 80s so this is my attempt at bringing it back a little. This is going to be painted up shortly.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Morning sketch


This got far to messy. I'm just not used to doing this type of character, which is also why I've done it. It's supposed to be somewhere between the future soldier designs you would see in Halo and something a little more contemporary that you see in the modern military. The idea being that this is a near future design.

Monday, 23 May 2011

New Painting (art test)





This is a new piece that has been submitted for a feature film commission. It was a nice excuse to get into ArtRage a little more as the commissioners have referenced a few traditional painters as the "look" they are after.

They wanted a romantic looking Tokyo. Which after a trawl through google street view turned out to be more difficult to achieve than it first sounded. Its mostly very industrial/corporate looking. I've manged to find a few attractive looking elements from a few places and tried to combine them in this fictional part of Tokyo. The light I've also attempted to capture is something that looks like it's drifted through the blossom petals in the trees. A few fallen petals on the floor to symbolise the melancholy I was getting from the sample text.

Friday, 20 May 2011

BFG Model.


It starts... The BFG model based on the below concept is being made. I've never really worked from my own concepts (Best was all photgraphic reference) so this is an interesting experiance. Enjoyable though as he certainly is starting to look pretty cool. There are a few parts I still need to iron out around the mouth area but apart from that I am happy with where this is going.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

My Haunted House



I have been putting together a promo image for an animated production being headed by Alex Williams who is a fantastic animator I met earlier this year. Hes worked on some pretty high profile films including a personal favourite of mine "The Iron Giant".

This is still work in progress and is based on an original pencil illustration by Alex. The direction on this was to take the original and give it a CG look as that is the medium for the animation.

BFG concepts


EDIT: The one above was based on a photo that Steven sent to me. It was a pretty distorted picture of himself..... ok it was very distorted but the vibe was defiantly interesting. I wont be mean and post the photo though.


More of the BFG for Nice Monster

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

BFG and Paris



I have been drawing up some concept sketches for the New Nice Monster project. With out giving away the game plan here is the sketches in question. The BFG from Roald Dahl's book. It's a tricky one as I want this to be true to Roald's description but at the same time look unique from previous designs from the famous animation and Blake's original illustration. I wanted to capture a more surly feel to the BFG's character as I always thought he came across that way in the text. Obviously he needs to be lovable too. Nice giant not just a nice guy, is the best way to sum up this challenge


As well as the BFG I'm carrying on a painting that has been begging for re-visit for a while. A long time ago I explored the idea of 60s redevelopment if it had hit Paris the same way it hit poor Coventry (BTW no disrespect I love Coventry and may the Tin Angel rest in peace) There were a few paintings and models that really worked. This was one of them but it always felt like it needed a boost in certain areas. So consider this still a work in progress.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Cannes film festival.

So it turns out that the below post turned into good things. The film "Internalised" that I produced the matte paintings for has been selected to be played at Cannes film festival!

Great news for all involved especially director Jazz Virk

woop woop! a credit at Cannes

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

New Matte and website revamp!

So the sketches have taken a slight knock but not through laziness. I have been finishing off a few matte paintings for a small film project I have been involved with. The last painting has also been the basis for a new look to the website. It was an attempt at getting close to a photographic look from fairly simplistic brush work due to time and budget constraints. Over all I think the image was a success and looks pretty bad ass.

www.benjaminpenrose.co.uk