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Oz: Book 1 Chapter 5 Painting by TheGeekCanPaint Oz: Book 1 Chapter 5 Painting :iconthegeekcanpaint:TheGeekCanPaint 10 6 Oz: Book 1 Chapter 5 Vignette Drawings by TheGeekCanPaint Oz: Book 1 Chapter 5 Vignette Drawings :iconthegeekcanpaint:TheGeekCanPaint 9 3 Into the Woods ~ Animated by TheGeekCanPaint Into the Woods ~ Animated :iconthegeekcanpaint:TheGeekCanPaint 8 13 Oz: Book 1 Chapter 4 Vignette Drawings by TheGeekCanPaint Oz: Book 1 Chapter 4 Vignette Drawings :iconthegeekcanpaint:TheGeekCanPaint 17 4 Oz: Book 1 Chapter 4 Vignette Drawings by TheGeekCanPaint Oz: Book 1 Chapter 4 Vignette Drawings :iconthegeekcanpaint:TheGeekCanPaint 15 6 Oz: Book 1 Chapter 3 Painting by TheGeekCanPaint Oz: Book 1 Chapter 3 Painting :iconthegeekcanpaint:TheGeekCanPaint 19 5 Oz: Book 1 Chapter 3 Vignette Drawings by TheGeekCanPaint Oz: Book 1 Chapter 3 Vignette Drawings :iconthegeekcanpaint:TheGeekCanPaint 13 4 Oz: Book 1 Chapter 2 Painting by TheGeekCanPaint Oz: Book 1 Chapter 2 Painting :iconthegeekcanpaint:TheGeekCanPaint 17 8 Oz: Book 1 Chapter 2 Vignette Drawings by TheGeekCanPaint Oz: Book 1 Chapter 2 Vignette Drawings :iconthegeekcanpaint:TheGeekCanPaint 9 4 Oz: Book 1 Chapter 1 Painting by TheGeekCanPaint Oz: Book 1 Chapter 1 Painting :iconthegeekcanpaint:TheGeekCanPaint 20 6 Oz: Book 1 Chapter 1 Vignette Drawings by TheGeekCanPaint Oz: Book 1 Chapter 1 Vignette Drawings :iconthegeekcanpaint:TheGeekCanPaint 16 8 Oz: Book 1 - Bonus Illustration by TheGeekCanPaint Oz: Book 1 - Bonus Illustration :iconthegeekcanpaint:TheGeekCanPaint 19 9 Harry Potter: Book 1 Chapter 17 Painting by TheGeekCanPaint Harry Potter: Book 1 Chapter 17 Painting :iconthegeekcanpaint:TheGeekCanPaint 46 13 Harry Potter: Book 1 Chapter 17 Vignette Drawings by TheGeekCanPaint Harry Potter: Book 1 Chapter 17 Vignette Drawings :iconthegeekcanpaint:TheGeekCanPaint 22 8 Harry Potter: Book 1 Chapter 16 Painting by TheGeekCanPaint Harry Potter: Book 1 Chapter 16 Painting :iconthegeekcanpaint:TheGeekCanPaint 45 5 Harry Potter: Book 1 Chapter 16 Vignette Drawings by TheGeekCanPaint Harry Potter: Book 1 Chapter 16 Vignette Drawings :iconthegeekcanpaint:TheGeekCanPaint 21 11

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Keith James
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My name is Keith James. I'm a fourth-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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Oz: Book 1 Chapter 5 Painting
16 x 22
Gouache paints with coloured pencil on watercolour paper

*** This is technically a re-posting of this illustration. I plan to do so with all of my Oz art work, building up to (hopefully) having some new stuff to share there after. So if you feel like you've seen this before - you probably have. On the upside, I'm sharing it at a larger resolution and without the DeviantArt watermark on it now ***

Yet another piece that could have been held back by a rather dull composition... 
straight on looking at all the characters and all. But I think the characters all took the piece and made it rather fun. I'm very happy with Dorothy, Toto and the Scarecrow's poses as they expressively pear around the TinMan showing his "frozenness". And what background is there I'm rather happy with the mood. 

As for the TinMan himself - He was the character that most intimidated me to design. While human, he's basically a structural thing... like drawing a vehicle or building or something, and I'm not good at that stuff. But I'm rather proud of my design of the character and I even enjoy drawing him.
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Oz: Book 1 Chapter 5 Vignette Drawings
Each Drawing varies in side though they are no larger than 7 x 7
Pencil on Paper

*** This is technically a re-posting of this illustration. I plan to do so with all of my Oz art work building up (hopefully) to having some new stuff to share there after. So if you feel like you've seen this before - you probably have. On the upside, I'm sharing it at a larger resolution and without the DeviantArt watermark on it now **

Introducing the Tin Man, sort of. To understand that, read the description for Chapter 6 Painting of Oz. Anyway, this is the TinMan's first chapter. The first vignette drawing seemed like an obvious piece to do, Dorothy and the 
Scarecrow oiling him, but I was fine with the way it turned out. It was the second vignette drawing that I liked so much it was nearly the painting for the chapter. I decided against it because I would have made it look like a drawing anyway. The only colour would have been a sepia tone to make it look like it was on old paper to go along with it's DaVinci homage. So I sacrificed the sepia, and then still got to do the piece the way I wanted in all other ways and got to do another painted piece.
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Into the Woods ~ Animated
12 x 17
Background - Gouache & Watecolour paints with coloured pencils on Watercolour Paper
Characters - Ink outline on acetate with acrylic paints. And a dash of blush added in PhotoShop

So here is the artwork I just finished for my gift to my husband for Christmas... of 2016!!! If you see this at a different time, I just finished and posted it on November of 2017. Sign - I've been behind. But anyway...

It's not perfect, but I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out considering it was my first try at this technique. It's is the first of a concept I've had for some time. My hubby and I often talk about our visions for animated versions of musicals. So I thought I'd pick a moment and do a painting with cells like it was from an "old-school" traditionally animated movie. So I gave John (my husband) the choice of the show and moment I'd illustrate. He chose the musical "Into the Woods" and the moment in the opening prologue when the Witch is telling the Baker and his Wife the ingredients they needed to collect to break a spell of infertility that had been placed on their household. I used costume designs from a production he and I produced - because he designed the costumes for it and they we're awesome - so it seemed fitting.

I don't know when or if I'll be doing another cell illustration. John likes the way this one turned out, so I'm guessing he'll be asking for another. Maybe it'll be some other characters in another scene from "Into the Woods" or maybe it'll be a whole different show. Time will tell I guess!
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Oz: Book 1 Chapter 4 Vignette Drawings
16 x 22
Gouache paints with coloured pencil on watercolour paper

*** This is technically a re-posting of this illustration. I plan to do so with all of my Oz art work, building up to (hopefully) having some new stuff to share there after. So if you feel like you've seen this before - you probably have. On the upside, I'm sharing it at a larger resolution and without the DeviantArt watermark on it now ***

I was not having fun with this painting until I finished it... then it suddenly became one of my favorites. It's weird, all the elements that make it fun came together - just not until the end when I put the sun in the sky - which get's perfectly "lost" in the flashback image Scarecrow is telling Dorothy of his creation. 
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Oz: Book 1 Chapter 4 Vignette Drawings
Each Drawing varies in side though they are no larger than 7 x 7
Pencil on Paper

*** This is technically a re-posting of this illustration. I plan to do so with all of my Oz art work building up (hopefully) to having some new stuff to share there after. So if you feel like you've seen this before - you probably have. On the upside, I'm sharing it at a larger resolution and without the DeviantArt watermark on it now **

This chapter got Scarecrow's turn at a drawing where I was just really happy with the drawing. Something about the body gesture of the flash-back scene of him talking with the old crow (which I'm also kind of pleased with) just worked out the way I wanted. 

The drawing of him walking with Dorothy - about to step in a hole in the ground Toto is jumping over - is fine. It just sort of... is. One thing I really like about the piece is how it shows their similar sizes. Since the Scarecrow was created by Munchkins, he's be the same size as them... and therefore, he's the same size as Dorothy.
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Just when I think life is getting on track and I can start getting back into an "art-groove", something happens and the next thing I know, it's been months since I've done any new art. Well, I'm sick of it. And I've been slowly but sure working on making some changes in my life and schedule to make art more of a priority again. It hasn't been going perfectly, but I'm at least headed in the right direction. 

To give you an idea of how bad things have gotten, I am just now about to finish a piece of art I'm doing as a gift for my hubby for Christmas... of 2016!!! But the point is - I'm making the time and doing it.

And in the in between times, I've been designing my next set of illustrations. Here is the plan for the next pieces of art.

1. Finish the piece for my hubby. If all goes well, I'll be doing so this weekend. I won't explain what it is, but I will share it on DeviantArt when it's done. It's something a little different from my usual work - but fun. Anyway, I'll explain in the piece.

2. I really am looking forward to doing some of my book illustrations, but I had set a specific goal for myself to do a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" painting - commemorating the 20th anniversary of the show before the end of the year. It's all designed, I just need to put it down on the board and paint it. It's only a Season 1 painting, so there will be more later. The plan is to do one a year (2 once Angel starts) and they'll all link up to make one big piece in the end.

3. Chapter 4 of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"!!! Everything is designed and ready - painting and vignettes - Like the Buffy painting, it'll just be a matter of putting them on the board and painting - or drawing for the vignettes ;)

4. Chapter 7 of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" will be next. I am currently working on this stuff. The painting is nearly designed, but I still have the vignettes to do. But I'm not worried - it should be done sooner than later... at least by the time I get through the other stuff listed above.

5. Chapter 2 of Percy Jackson - "The Lighting Thief". Yes for real. I hadn't forgotten about the series after only having done Chapter 1 :) In all seriousness, you'll be seeing more of Percy as I start producing art again. I don't do vignette drawings for the Percy books - but the painting is all designed and ready.

6. Chapter 1 of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". I've been teasing that I want to illustrate this book for sometime now. And it's going to happen. To be honest, nothing is drawn yet - but I have plans. And as soon as I finish the stuff for Oz Ch.7 - this will be what I working on. Like Percy, I won't be doing vignette drawings. But the vignette drawings are something extra for Potter and Oz. 

7. Star Wars - A New Hope Poster. This is another piece I've got all designed and ready to go. If it wasn't for the fact that I've been itching to do all the other stuff listed above, this would be next. But it'll be here before you know it.

And all that is my basic plan of attack as I proceed there after. I'm always going to do the chapter illustrations in clumps - Potter, Oz, Percy and Charlie. And between each "clump", I'll be doing a Buffy or Star Wars painting. I'm deciding how much art I'm going to be including in the book I wrote. Once I've got that figured out, I'll incorporate it into the schedule.

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dixiekasilke Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Better watch you, as I really like your style. In a week's  time approx. I will have more time to look through your gallery! :) 
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! I'll be here ;)
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theaven Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday 
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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drinkplentyofmalk Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist
Happy Birthday!
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
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TheRealLeader Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday!
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow - colorful :) Thank you so much!
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