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The Plaza Theater – Old-Fashioned Night at the Movies

This past month here in town, the El Paso Community Foundation has been hosting a film festival, showing all kinds of classic films ranging from blockbusters to vintage cinema. My wife and I planned to go to a few of them, but our schedule filled up early and we couldn’t attend any of them. We decided, […]

August 24th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Victorian Marble Fireplace – test2

Here is the marble fireplace mantel further along. I created the molding at the top and started adding the decoration. I used some of the decorative work from an artist on blendswap.com which is very helpful since it is very detailed sculpting, and I can concentrate on creating the rest of the structure.

I also […]

August 24th, 2014|Blog, Welcome to Autumn|0 Comments

Victorian Marble Fireplace – test1

I’ve moved on to the fireplace section of the library. I’m modeling a white marble mantelpiece for this wood burning Victorian fireplace. Here is the first blocking in stage with the red section in place of the brick that will be placed later.

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August 23rd, 2014|Blog, Welcome to Autumn|0 Comments

American Double Pedestal Flat-Top Desk – test2

Here is an updated version of the flat top desk I’m working on. I added black walnut wood grain, mushroom turned wooden knobs, inset metal keyhole surrounds, and a decorative element underneath the kneehole – all historically accurate.

Also, thanks to the advice of Hannah, one of my friends and patrons, I went with the […]

August 22nd, 2014|Blog, Welcome to Autumn|0 Comments

American Double Pedestal Flat-Top Desk – test1

I’m working on a home library for my main character, the tycoon. I haven’t decided on a scene yet, but it’ll be nice to create a virtual stage. It’s also a great way to research the era because I have to learn about the history of every object I create.

Here is the first test […]

August 21st, 2014|Blog, Welcome to Autumn|0 Comments

Announcing My New Website Design for rickycolson.com!

I’m very happy to announce my new website design for rickycolson.com! I’ve changed the site quite a few times over the years, always in order to improve the experience, but this time the usability has improved along with the visuals.

You’ll immediately notice how dark the new theme is. Artwork and photos generally look better on darker […]

August 19th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Train Station Arrival – Digital Painting

This was my first full attempt at a digital painting after years of painting with oil paints. It was also my first real attempt at moving away from my older subject matter of miniature people into the historical vein I’m interested in now. Photoshop CS3, Intuos 4, 2012

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July 24th, 2014|Blog, Welcome to Autumn|0 Comments

Train Station – Early Digital Painting Sketch

This was an early test of combining a 3d model with a photograph for reference. Instead of working from photographs only, I wanted to test my digital painting skills and my 3d modeling. Original figure reference is from an old Time Magazine photo of a soldier during WWII. Photoshop CS3, Intuos 4 + Google […]

July 23rd, 2014|Blog, Welcome to Autumn|0 Comments

Steam Train Locomotive 3d Model – Clay Render in Blender

I love old steam train locomotives, always have. Since my story will feature a railroad tycoon, I decided to try and model a 3d train engine. It gave me a chance to have a point of reference for future scenes and also to understand the mechanics of the machine. This is the clay model […]

July 22nd, 2014|Blog, Welcome to Autumn|0 Comments

Henry Clay Frick – Drawing of an American Tycoon

 

My digital sketch of American tycoon Henry Clay Frick. Character inspiration for the new painting series. Photoshop CS6.

 

 

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July 21st, 2014|Blog, Welcome to Autumn|0 Comments
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