Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Finished Drawing

This is the finished Grandpa Wizard 2 drawing. I'm starting the painting process with an acrylic underpainting for fast drying action, then over laying oils for the finishing touch. Plus finished oils just look prettier :P

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

New stuff

Although none of this is really "new" per se, its new on blogger and my blogger audience. So I hope you all enjoy this. I'm including a better, color corrected version of my midnight ambush piece as well. So...enjoy everyone. Cheers!

Galaxy Dude has a name

This is in regards to the galaxy dude post where I had no idea what to name it. And after discussing with my buddy Joe Baron, decided on "And on the first day..." Huzzah!

The Bounty

Another portfolio piece, courtesy of yours truly. I had my good friend Sara pose for me and after many failed thumbnails, this one came to fruition. I think it paid off, no? The colors are much truer to how I painted it than what I showed in a previous post. God bless John Dolan and photoshop.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Galaxy dude...

I need a title for this work of art. I don't know what to call it right now. Theres so many possibilities. If anyone has any suggestions, or a starting point for me, that would be grand. In the mean time, here is the image. Enjoy :) Cheers!

Friday, April 25, 2008


And by the way...come next thursday, May 1st, to the senior fine arts BFA exhibit at the Porter Gallery in Cambridge. It'll have awesome work by three very talented artists, including my lovely girlfriend Jamierose. It should be a sweet show.


Howdy all. These are some creature sketches I've done at random points throughout the semester. The origins behind each is equally entertaining, but I need to get to work asap and finish up a painting. So their back stories will be minimal.

this is my first guy. He's based on an Axolotl which is a type of salamander in Mexico. Look it up.

A neat bug...nuff said.

And this last one is based on a painting by my girlfriend. The skull is actually an abstract shape she made and I pointed out that it looks like a skull. So I took the liberty of making a creature out of it. I'll put that painting in a post and a more finished sketch of the creature when she finishes it. Until then, enjoy and have a good evening. Cheers!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


This is it folks! These three paintings I'm about to show you are the last three big paintings I have to finish for my portfolio to graduate art school. Its scary. But this week is going to be spent entirely on completing these paintings so I can make pretty prints to put into my pretty portfolio. So without further wait, I present my final three biggies.

1. Grandpa Wizard

This painting is a result of being asked if I could do anything else. I've come to be known as the fantasy guy in my class I guess, and since we've had mostly assignments all throughout art school, and not a lot of freedom to do what we want, I finally do what it is I want to get out of me and its fantasy. But mostly half naked guys and women to show off that I can do good anatomy. However, after probably only 3 pieces done that way, it became unfavorable. So Grandpa Wizard came as a result of my love for fantasy and the need to prove people wrong :) Its a different type of fantasy, but retains the element of fancy which makes it such a fun genre. Everyone loves it. So in the end that little push paid off big. This painting is almost finished. Also, this painting is a culmination of a lot of the short cuts and techniques I discovered in the previous painting I posted on the mountainside. Woodgrain is incredibly easy to paint quickly, and with more refinement and practice I'm pretty sure I'll have it down to a science and make it more believable.

2. Untitled as of yet

This painting I started last night...well actually I drew it last year. But I know how to paint now, so its come out of the vault of crap art I made last year and I'm making it into a portfolio piece. This one should progress quickly. FYI...the image quality is not the greatest on these pictures, so bear with me until I get the heavy duty D40 from school. Also my portfolio is going to be fully realized by saturday so I'll definitely post some goodies here.

3. As above, untitled until further notice

Moreso than the other two, the color is completely off here. Its in a cool temperature, swamp setting, not that obscene color. This painting, more than the others again, made me realize that painting small sucks. Probably because I still haven't fully grasped painting and technique, but rendering a head thats no more than an inch tall really is a daunting task and I commend the modern masters who pull it off well. But all in all I love this painting down to the mini palettes I have on the taped border.

Hope you all enjoy this. My next entry I might introduce some of the quickie techniques I've developed to zoom through rendering. Maybe my wood grain or hair. Stay tuned. Cheers!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Battle scene painting

So this is my first good art entry in my new blog. This was my big breakthrough painting of this semester. This pretty much just shows my regular process of art making from sketch to finished drawing to final painting. The finished piece consists of an 18x24 inch copy of the original mounted on masonite and painted in oils. I tried, for the first time, to not render everything. So the dude in the back falling is blurry, showing motion and also that he isn't a major center of interest. I'll be posting more bits of randomness later on, if not, definitely tomorrow. Cheers!

Sunday, April 20, 2008


Hello all. I've been sucked into the internet vortex phenomena known as blogging. Right now I have no idea what I am doing, but to baptize the blog I'm writing this. Later on, as I figure out this stuff, I'll post art, photos, and other bits of random awesomeness that happens to be around me. Until then, cheers and all the best.

Julian "El Cubano" Tejera