Sunday, August 19, 2012

Posing for Will Denison of Dinotopia

When you need the right reference photo, you do what you gotta do.
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From Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara, 2007.
Previously on GurneyJourney: New Use for Refrigerator Cartons

12 comments:

Matthew Meyer said...

That is awesome! I love to see the reference behind the shot. Now I will always see your face in Will Denison's!

Amy Kim said...

this is hilarious, I admire your ambition! :)

Cody Derra said...

Aw man, lol, so good!

Katherine Thomas said...

That's how Norman Rockwell did it too! Works for me! Dinotopia is amazing. I also liked reading about the use of the oil wash on the treehouse piece. I'd like to learn more about that.

LuckyAmericanFilms said...

Did you model Will's face after anyone from real life?

ChrisG said...

And then the doorbell rang...

Tom Hart said...

There's so much to be learned from even these brief posts: The slight adjustments you made in going from reference to final - the amount of shoulder and arm in the final, for example.

Also, thanks for including the links to earlier posts (e.g. the one her on uses for refrigerator columns). Now that your blog has such a history and, as far as I know, isn't searchable, it's great to be pointed back to some of these older gems.

Jon Hrubesch said...

I had to have my wife take some photo reference of me for my latest painting too. I wasn't going to bother with it but I find it difficult to paint hands and fingers so they look natural. I thought of you at that moment and said it's what James would do. If I want this painting to be something special I should too. Thanks for all your great insight. It's helped me in so many ways.

Marian Fortunati said...

Love it!!

Brian said...

You hired Sir Paul McCartney???

Adam Rex said...

Funny thing about this is how little it appears you really followed the photo. Like it was just a pair of hands holding that ladder, so to speak.

Let's Go said...

This is so cool :D

Love how you use pretty much anything if it helps you get a grip on the artwork you want to produce