Thursday, September 8, 2011

Half Pint Post

These last 2 weeks have just flown by. My plans were to have a painting finished for this week's blog session but I’m afraid all that’s done on it is a scant drawing with a wash of color. Demands of regular work and other responsibilities have edged out my time. Hopefully on my next round here I’ll have a step by step of the painting.

Here’s one that I took to about 85%. It’s of Jon Snow for the SONG OF ICE AND FIRE book. Oil on stretched linen, 32x40. This painting was done about 3 weeks ago. Unfortunately, I took no photos of it in progress. When I get time, it will get one more pass, which will mean adding some detail to the hardware, eyes, edges and anything on the image that my impulse tells me needs care. I’ll post some close ups and such when this one gets a wrap.

This was an image that I always wanted to do. Jon Snow is one of my favorite characters in the stories and I wanted to show him early on, with Ghost, his dire wolf. It was about a boy and his dog.

I think I pulled from my love of Wyeth on this one. From the TREASURE ISLAND and KIDNAPPED days.

Thanks for looking!



  1. Man, Justin. The more I look at this piece, the more I love it.

  2. Yeah, feels ice-cold! Love the rugged look to him and the almost etheral character of the wolf. Jon needs a bit, but not too much more detailling.

    Think the sword has a slight bend at the bottom edge.

    Brilliant piece, as always.

  3. That is fantastic. So much depth and feeling in it. Really, really nice.

  4. It has a flavour of Andrew Wyeth as well, to my eyes... beautiful!

  5. Its beautiful! Snow is my fav too~ =D

  6. This is the best painting of a song of ice and fire i've seen so far. great work! I love it!

  7. Gorgeous.

    One question because it looks like you've solved an issue I'm having with my easel. I've been using old kneaded erasers to raise the painting and keep it from wiggling because I have plenty of old erasers. However, they just don't cut the mustard.

    It looks like the painting is resting on something other than directly on the easel arms. What are they?


  8. That's a great picture. I like the mood the colours give it. One nerdy, nit-picky question: in the first book, Snow is supposed to be around 14, right? I've only read that first book so far, so I don't want any spoilers as to his future fate, but it seems he's a bit too old here. Unless you're going for the TV-series version. Not that that makes this piece any less spectacular.

  9. @Christine:
    They are rubber feet. Most easels like this have them. You can buy them at Home Depot, or even Walmart. They screw right into the wood. I actually modified my easel to have more of them, so that even smaller works can balance evenly.

  10. Amazing!....can't wait to see the finished piece.

    Looking forward to your step by step as well, or better yet a video of the process!

    *Note to Dan* - Go grab Massive Black or some other film crew, lock Justin in a room, throw him some paints and brushes and let him do his thing.

  11. This is awesome. Thank you for painting.

  12. @Dan:
    What a handy solution. Thanks for the link!

  13. I just got chills looking at this. This piece really hits home as a George RR Martin fan and I cant wait to show my husband, he is going to s**t his pants. Jon & Ghost are two of his favorite characters, hes read the entire series like, three times in the last few years.

    Im also really inspired to get back to work on some of the personal pieces Ive been neglecting. I forget how important it is to do work for yourself once in a while (or some amazing blog) and what amazing things can come from it.

  14. I love it. You and the others here at MuddyColors have been the inspiration for me to stray from digital and play with physical mediums again in my non-working hours. Manny thanks!