Tuesday, January 28, 2014


I know I've shared versions of this before, but I did a scan of the work today so you could see the final product (my cellphone pics didn't do the work justice).  I'm really happy with the way this turned out.  It scares my wife every time she sees it, but even she thinks it looks pretty good.  For this piece, I call RoboCharmer (the original is called Little Charmer), I chose to work with acrylic to start.  I never went to art school so much of my learning came from bits and pieces I've picked up off the internet.  The article that got me started painting was about the process that Mark Teague uses to make his wonderful paintings for his books (if you don't know Teague's work, he is now best known for his illustrations in the How do Dinosaurs... books).  That is where I learned that I needed to start with a toned underpainting which is a process I've used for almost all of my work.  I usually use burnt umber for its warming quality.
Sometimes I fall in love with the underpainting, wishing I was done.  Wishing that I didn't have to move farther and thus possibly screw up something I liked.  But you've got to quickly get over that to move forward.  
When I got around to painting over the underpainting, I chose to use payne's grey, which I hadn't gotten my hands on before.  Little did I know that when I mixed it down with white, it looked really blue.  So when I finished painting the final, I was like crap, its super blue! I kind of liked it but knew that I wasn't done.  

When I came back to the painting on Sunday, I decided to use some Gouache since I knew I could add some really nice transparent layers to the piece.  Gouache is really interesting to work with as it can act almost as both a thin acrylic or a watercolor when you need it to be. I gave the painting a nice layer of burnt umber which not only toned down the blue but gave the impression of rust on the robot's face and arm.  I stepped back to look at my work. I was finished.  Finally.  

The blur that was January

This past month has seemed like a blur.  It was just after Christmas that I decided to set up my webpage and give my blog some new life.  I convinced Em that I should also get a Wacom Cintiq monitor, but immediately after pulling the trigger we had severe buyers remorse.  Don't get me wrong, I'd love a Cintiq, but at the cost of 2000, it made us feel like running for the hills and trying to get second jobs to cover expenses.  So instead I got a Wacom Intuos, which felt surprisingly easier to use than other, cheaper tablets I had tried.  I finally got my feet wet digital painting and it has been so exciting to try out and work through images in ways I hadn't been able to before.  I felt that I was able to marry my technological design expertise with my creativity as an artist.  Although I have a new love for digital painting I don't plan on giving up using inks and brushes anytime soon.  I'm just so thrilled to be able to work on these projects and share my work.  If you are reading this, thank you for your time.  I hope to continue sharing my journey as an artist with you.  I will do my best to make that time worthwile.


Sunday, January 26, 2014

It feels good to finish

This weekend has been so prolific. It feels so good to finish a piece. Thanks for checking out my work. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Today's Monster

I've been working on this for a couple of hours painting, thought I'd share some progress shots.  I feel like I am starting to get a flow going with the my intuos.  I think I'm doing pretty well having only been working with digital painting for a month!  Hopefully, I'll have a fully finished piece soon!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Fairy Dogmother Final

Hey Everybody.  I've been working diligently tonight on this painting.  I decided to take Will Terry's advise and work in vertical rather than horizontal to get more pinterest views.  I hope everyone enjoys.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Under painting

I'm working on another painting.  I'm calling these fine monsters and plan on selling prints of them on etsy and maybe a website.  Once again, Em said it was creepy. To view my other work, please visit benjhutchison.com


And so it begins...

So I'm starting a new Fine Monsters print.  I've been sitting on this one for a while now, but I thought I'd get started.  I've decided to work in acrylics this time instead of gouache to see how that goes.  wish me luck!