Hi there guys and gals. Here is a painting and some drawings that I have done of assorted fighters around the middle of this year. I posted this stuff on another MMA website ages ago so I hope you can forgive me if you have seen this stuff before.
Experience wise, I've had about three years of art education. I did an adult education course for two years, then a year of University. I have the most fun doing portraits because faces are bitchin', especially dudes faces because men are hairy bastards, whether it is face gravel or full blown beards.
You can view more of my non-MMA work (I work in bursts... every 6 months or so I tend to get really amped up about making things then I stop after a while for no apparent reason like weirdo) on my deviant art page here... I have also done paintings of Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad and Tim Heidecker for anyone interested.
So here they are with a little bit of info about each of them:
This one is Urijah Faber, painted with acrylic paint on a very cheap A4 canvas. I stopped using canvas after this one because a) canvas is expensive to ship and I will be moving to the UK from Aussie land some time next year and b) they make these fantastic notepads you can paint on that are both much cheaper than canvas and have a much better texture to paint on when it comes to value for money.
Tito Ortiz, drawn with black ballpoint pen.
Rashad Evans. This one was done more quickly than the others, in a couple of hours I think. Black and blue ballpoint pens.
Lyoto Machida, black ballpoint pen and greylead pencil. Lyoto just has the most fantastic face to draw, this one was a great deal of fun.
My boy JDS on top of the fence after winning the championship against Cain. Drawn with a black fineliner and the background was done with photoshop. This is one of my favourites.
Frank Mir, greylead pencil, black and red biro. It seems like most people who like my work think this one is the best, but it was the least fun the make. I just got really carried away with it being photorealistic and that made it more of a chore than anything. To be honest, I much prefer painting to drawing. With painting you are constantly correcting what is in front of you, but with drawing everything has to be perfect right away. It is just a completely different experience.
Brock Lesnar. I just really, really dislike this drawing. But there was a lesson in this that I would like to share with anyone who makes art themselves. Always choose a reference image with good lighting. The image I used for this was almost flat with no tone to his skin. I tried to add depth by adding colour and shading to different areas of his face, and adding a blue background in photoshop but it just turned out quite badly, compared to the others at least.
Last but not least, Nick Diaz, black ballpoint pen. This was the first drawing I did in a really long time, the first that led to the others above. The reference image for this one was just fantastic to work from, it has such dramatic lighting.
Oh, a couple of things before I go. Full credit goes to the original photographers, whether I found the image on Google or the UFC website. I think I might have links to all the references on my DA page.
Another thing, I highly recommend doing courses to improve your skills as an artist. The adult education place I went to in Australia taught me waaay more than going to University did, because (perhaps it was the particular Uni I went to, maybe not) adult education is about building your technical skills from the ground up, while University is more like... well it is very focused on ideas and not about being visually or technically skilled, which I personally think is really important. Sure, ideas are necessary but you should always have the groundwork to be able to produce the work you want to in the best visual way possible.
I hope you guys and gals enjoyed my artwork. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Cheers!