Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Night Patrol

Greg Manchess

 This Friday, October 17th, "Night Patrol" will debut in Paris at Galerie Daniel Maghen. The show will exhibit my adventure paintings from literature, science fiction, fantasy, and historical subjects, as well as new narratives.

“...something’s amiss. Command wouldn’t engage without a recon flight to reveal which group had penetrated the perimeter.

Once in the air, his mount should knuckle under from the grueling months of break-in, after inheriting the beast from the wrangler squads. But it still hadn’t imprinted yet.

If they were running raven panther gryphons, this wouldn’t be easy. His mount wasn’t ready yet, not for stealth combat anyway.

Doesn’t matter. Night missions don’t allow for a chute.”

That's a bit of the story behind this one. "Night Patrol" is another painting that took some time, just to decide to paint it. I did a thumbnail and let it sit. I wasn’t sure I could get the idea across.

But the sketch is everything, and once I had the feeling down, I could concentrate on getting the angle right. After sketching a lot of raptors, I ended up liking the thumb more and followed that instead. I researched a bunch of lions’ haunches to capture the ‘sit.’


  1. Really amazing Greg! You are so good at giving the viewer just enough to get the imagination running wild, but not too much so as to keep us begging for more. Who is this guy? Where is he going? I want to ride a gryphon! .....and when is the short story, novel, film, game, etc. coming out for this???

    All the best on your show this Friday. Looks like you will be showing Paris a thing or two about art. :)

  2. Congratulations on your show, I bet you'll blow the doors off.

    I have a question regarding how you know when a section of a painting is done when painting in a style that is more 'painterly' like yours? (Sorry if that's the wrong word, my art education may be failing me. I mean one that is not dependent upon over-rendering but which leaves the brush strokes large, gestural and more evident.) Do you have any guidelines that help you to evaluate if an area should be rendered further? I find myself sometimes over-painting sometimes, I think.

    Best wishes,

    1. An example of what I mean in the above painting would be the wings and tail - I assume it comes naturally when you've mastered your style, but I was just wondering if there is any conscious criteria you use to decide what level of indication is sufficient to tell the story.

  3. Looking forward to seeing you and your paintings in the flesh again on Friday!

  4. That's a story I would read! Do you write your stories down, or plan to publish them anywhere?


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