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Briarpatch by TheGeekCanPaint
Briarpatch
18 x 12 Gouache paints and coloured pencil on watercolor paper. Logo & author credit added via PhotoShop

I may have mentioned this cover illustration I was hired to do in a previous journal entry but I've been waiting to post the finished artwork till it was officially available. Here is a link to it on Amazon:
www.amazon.com/Briarpatch-Andr…

I was recommended by a few friends to the author. I'll be completely honest - I haven't read the story yet (only a snippet) so I can't with a clear conscience recommend the it at this point. I can say, what I did read seemed pretty good, though it is certainly for a specific audience... which is a specific subculture of the gay community. I'm guessing there will be some adult things happening in the story, though from what I understand, that is not the book's "purpose". The description of it on Amazon is "Men travel from all over the country to Las Vegas. One weekend a year travelers come to Briarpatch. A unique weekend full of gay men, leathered bikers and cigar smokers." 

Truth be told, it's not really my scene, but it was a job and at the very least, the author says he's happy with the way it turned out, so as far as I am concerned, I feel it was a job well done.
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Harry Potter: Book 3, Cover by TheGeekCanPaint
Harry Potter: Book 3, Cover
37.5 x 15
Gouache paints with colored pencil on colored matt board - and just the tiniest touch of air brushing. Spine verbiage added via PhotoShop

So it's been nearly a year since I've done any Harry Potter Art. After finishing Chamber of Secrets, I did a couple things for Prisoner of Azkaban, but I wanted to take a small break. That break went a little longer when I co-directed a show with my hubby, then we moved, then it was the holidays and finally, well, it was time to get back at it. 

Over all, I'm happy with the painting. There are a couple things I'd change if I could. There's one character who gave me some trouble and after working him over a number of times, I had to settle on the way he looks or risk ruining it. But even then, I'm not terribly disappointed with what I settled on for that character. 

Now, I have a gig I need to work on, but after that, I'll be doing the Potter art on a more regular basis.
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I don't really NEED to write this post. Mostly it's for accountability and keeping myself focused and finish what I say I'm going to.

See, within the next few days, I should be finishing the cover illustration for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!  I turned a corner on it last night and if all goes well, I'll be posting the finished product this weekend. For those who are familiar with the illustrations I've done for Philosopher's Stone & Chamber of Secrets, it will fit right in in design and style. I've finished all the primary painting on all of the characters and objects featured, except the faces of 4 people and all of Crookshanks... but that is what I'll be doing tonight. After that, it's just a matter of doing touch-ups and finishing touches.

After that, I'll probably go radio silent for a bit again. I have a gig I need to work on and I can't post any of the final products till some time after the actual product has been on the market. But when it's available, I'll talk about it and give a link to purchasing it for anyone who may be interested... though the subject matter is for a specific market.

Then, once that's done, I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things properly. During the time I'm working on the gig, I should be able to get a lot of preliminary sketching done and dive right into more scenes from Azkaban as well as Oz and start a few other projects.

So, that's what's going on right now. I should be back in a few days with the new painting to share!

To quote the immortal Tigger: TTFN!
It's been a long time since I've done some Potter art. After I finished "Chamber of Secrets" I did a couple paintings for "Prisoner of Azkaban" just so I could say it was started, but I let the series rest for a bit. That was a year ago... A YEAR! I did a bunch of other stuff last year, but I felt it was time to get back to it and have been doing a bunch of drawing recently.

Last night I finished the drawing stage and tonight I prep the board on which I'll be painting the cover illustration of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!

I'm kind'a excited :)
SeanCockwell 1 by TheGeekCanPaint
SeanCockwell 1
Don't remember the exact size, aprox 8.5x11
Gouache paints with coloured pencil on watercolour paper.

This isn't even up on my website yet... it will be in time.

So I got permission to post this painting, which will be the only one I can post for about a year. It's the first of what will be a series I will be doing of the handsome Sean Cockwell. For the past few years he's released a calendar normally featuring photos of himself, but for 2016 it will be paintings (of him) by me :) 

I won't be able to share anymore than this one till after the calendar has been released, but starting September 2015 the calendar will be available for sale... of which I will report more about when the time comes.
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TheGeekCanPaint
Keith James
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
My name is Keith James. I’m a thirty-something geek residing in Saint Paul, MN. Yes, I said geek, I've embraced who I am and proud of it! I am also an aspiring illustrator and here in DeviantArt you will find a majority of my artwork. Anyone is welcome to take a look through it.

I’ve been involved with art as long as I can remember and knew I’d be working in it since I was in kindergarten. And while it's not yet my profession, I'm working on it!

I attended The Columbus College of Art and Design where I graduated with a BFA majoring in Illustration. I have a love for superhero comic books, children’s books, science fiction/fantasy, animation, and the theatrical arts. So take a look through the galleries, I hope you like what you see!

Current Residence: Saint Paul, MN
Favourite genre of music: Rock and Broadway
Favourite style of art: Illustration: Childrens books and Comic books
Favourite cartoon character: Stich or Yakoo Warner
Personal Quote: Success doesn't taste nearly as sweet without failure as an appitizer.
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I don't really NEED to write this post. Mostly it's for accountability and keeping myself focused and finish what I say I'm going to.

See, within the next few days, I should be finishing the cover illustration for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!  I turned a corner on it last night and if all goes well, I'll be posting the finished product this weekend. For those who are familiar with the illustrations I've done for Philosopher's Stone & Chamber of Secrets, it will fit right in in design and style. I've finished all the primary painting on all of the characters and objects featured, except the faces of 4 people and all of Crookshanks... but that is what I'll be doing tonight. After that, it's just a matter of doing touch-ups and finishing touches.

After that, I'll probably go radio silent for a bit again. I have a gig I need to work on and I can't post any of the final products till some time after the actual product has been on the market. But when it's available, I'll talk about it and give a link to purchasing it for anyone who may be interested... though the subject matter is for a specific market.

Then, once that's done, I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things properly. During the time I'm working on the gig, I should be able to get a lot of preliminary sketching done and dive right into more scenes from Azkaban as well as Oz and start a few other projects.

So, that's what's going on right now. I should be back in a few days with the new painting to share!

To quote the immortal Tigger: TTFN!

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DaleLaz Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Gorgeous stuff!
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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DaleLaz Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
I'll keep my eye on you.  You have my ear if you want to collab on a gay erotic graphic novel. :)
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! I'm honored... I'm not even sure what to say. I'll definitely think about it.
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Alien-Death-Hammer Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Student Artist
Happy Birthday!
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Alien-Death-Hammer Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Student Artist
Welcome!
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OriensPhoenix Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Happy Birthday!
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!!!
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theaven Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
happy birthday
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