Ricky Colson Art http://rickycolson.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:11:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Second Empire Mansion Estate – test2 http://rickycolson.com/blog/second-empire-mansion-estate-test2/ http://rickycolson.com/blog/second-empire-mansion-estate-test2/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:04:49 +0000 http://rickycolson.com/?p=3120 You can see here the red brick and white trim color scheme for the Second Empire mansion estate that I mentioned in the last post. I’ve cut open the windows in the exterior wall as well as adding molding trim near the roof. If you look closely you can see the “stick” figure standing in for […]]]> http://rickycolson.com/blog/second-empire-mansion-estate-test2/feed/ 0 Second Empire Mansion Estate – test1 http://rickycolson.com/blog/second-empire-mansion-estate-test1/ http://rickycolson.com/blog/second-empire-mansion-estate-test1/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:42:48 +0000 http://rickycolson.com/?p=3116 In order for me to make sure my library scene is designed well, I needed more information surrounding the house it’s in. Therefore, I’m taking a little detour and creating the mansion estate for my tycoon character. This “house” was built in the 1860′s following the Civil War in the French architectural style called Second […]]]> http://rickycolson.com/blog/second-empire-mansion-estate-test1/feed/ 0 Victorian Marble Fireplace – test3 http://rickycolson.com/blog/victorian-marble-fireplace-test3/ http://rickycolson.com/blog/victorian-marble-fireplace-test3/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:15:30 +0000 http://rickycolson.com/?p=3113 Another update for my Victorian marble fireplace in Blender. I’ve added some decorative andirons (holds the wood up off of the ground), some wood, and an ornate set of brass tools including a poker, tongs, brush, and dust pan. 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We decided, on […]]]> http://rickycolson.com/blog/plaza-theater-old-fashioned-night-at-the-movies/feed/ 0 Victorian Marble Fireplace – test2 http://rickycolson.com/blog/victorian-marble-fireplace-test2/ http://rickycolson.com/blog/victorian-marble-fireplace-test2/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 07:31:16 +0000 http://rickycolson.com/?p=3109 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 […]]]> http://rickycolson.com/blog/victorian-marble-fireplace-test2/feed/ 0 Victorian Marble Fireplace – test1 http://rickycolson.com/blog/victorian-marble-fireplace-test1/ http://rickycolson.com/blog/victorian-marble-fireplace-test1/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 07:35:59 +0000 http://rickycolson.com/?p=3106 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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Also, thanks to the advice of Hannah, one of my friends and patrons, I went with the […]]]> http://rickycolson.com/blog/american-double-pedestal-flat-top-desk-test2/feed/ 0 American Double Pedestal Flat-Top Desk – test1 http://rickycolson.com/blog/american-double-pedestal-flat-top-desk-test1/ http://rickycolson.com/blog/american-double-pedestal-flat-top-desk-test1/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:35:21 +0000 http://rickycolson.com/?p=3099 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 […]]]> http://rickycolson.com/blog/american-double-pedestal-flat-top-desk-test1/feed/ 0 Announcing My New Website Design for rickycolson.com! http://rickycolson.com/blog/new-website-design-rickycolson-com/ http://rickycolson.com/blog/new-website-design-rickycolson-com/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:27:43 +0000 http://rickycolson.com/?p=3064 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 […]]]> http://rickycolson.com/blog/new-website-design-rickycolson-com/feed/ 0 Train Station Arrival – Digital Painting http://rickycolson.com/blog/train-station-arrival-digital-painting/ http://rickycolson.com/blog/train-station-arrival-digital-painting/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:44:57 +0000 http://rickycolson.com/?p=2440 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 http://www.patreon.com/rickycolson  ]]> http://rickycolson.com/blog/train-station-arrival-digital-painting/feed/ 0 Train Station – Early Digital Painting Sketch http://rickycolson.com/blog/train-station-early-digital-painting-sketch/ http://rickycolson.com/blog/train-station-early-digital-painting-sketch/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:39:21 +0000 http://rickycolson.com/?p=2437 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 Sketchup […]]]> http://rickycolson.com/blog/train-station-early-digital-painting-sketch/feed/ 0 Steam Train Locomotive 3d Model – Clay Render in Blender http://rickycolson.com/blog/steam-train-3d-model-clay-render/ http://rickycolson.com/blog/steam-train-3d-model-clay-render/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:34:03 +0000 http://rickycolson.com/?p=2435 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 I […]]]> http://rickycolson.com/blog/steam-train-3d-model-clay-render/feed/ 0 Henry Clay Frick – Drawing of an American Tycoon http://rickycolson.com/blog/henry-clay-frick-drawing-american-tycoon/ http://rickycolson.com/blog/henry-clay-frick-drawing-american-tycoon/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:27:02 +0000 http://rickycolson.com/?p=2433   My digital sketch of American tycoon Henry Clay Frick. Character inspiration for the new painting series. Photoshop CS6.     Check out the project at patreon.com and become a patron!]]> http://rickycolson.com/blog/henry-clay-frick-drawing-american-tycoon/feed/ 0 Welcome to Autumn – Antique Book Design http://rickycolson.com/blog/welcome-autumn-antique-book-design/ http://rickycolson.com/blog/welcome-autumn-antique-book-design/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:09:26 +0000 http://rickycolson.com/?p=2426 Welcome to Autumn, my newest project, is a fictional story about a small town in Virginia, told through drawings and paintings. This 3d render of a fictional antique book is an illustrated history of the town starting back in the 1870′s.   Check out the post on patreon.com to help support the project.]]> http://rickycolson.com/blog/welcome-autumn-antique-book-design/feed/ 0 Patreon Announcement – Helping Me Make Art http://rickycolson.com/blog/patreon/ http://rickycolson.com/blog/patreon/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:13:30 +0000 http://rickycolson.com/?p=2210 I promise to keep this one short since it’s just an announcement really. I’m officially launching a Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/rickycolson What is Patreon? It’s like Kickstarter, but instead of raising a bunch of money for one giant project, Patreon allows fans to help support the creators they love by throwing in small amounts like $1 […]]]> http://rickycolson.com/blog/patreon/feed/ 0 Patron of an Artist http://rickycolson.com/blog/patron-artist/ http://rickycolson.com/blog/patron-artist/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:11:39 +0000 http://rickycolson.com/?p=2173 have to admit to you that this post is a bit difficult for me to write. It involves the subject of patronage and some personal talk. You can take a look at the wikipedia page for patronage to get a better idea of what it is, but it’s basically this:    In the history of […]]]> http://rickycolson.com/blog/patron-artist/feed/ 0 My Humble Existence – Solo Show http://rickycolson.com/blog/my-humble-existence/ http://rickycolson.com/blog/my-humble-existence/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:00:39 +0000 http://rickycolson.com/?p=1516 Alright, so a year and a half has gone by since my last post, so why post now? Well, after my Kickstarter project failed, I took some time to regroup and rethink my path forward. I am grateful to the people who pledged and supported the idea, and I’m still sad that I had to […]]]> http://rickycolson.com/blog/my-humble-existence/feed/ 0 Books and Art – Kickstarter Campaign http://rickycolson.com/blog/books-and-art-kickstarter-campaign/ http://rickycolson.com/blog/books-and-art-kickstarter-campaign/#comments Thu, 10 May 2012 03:33:16 +0000 http://rickycolson.com/?p=1357 I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to see some more tiny people. It’s been a year since I completed my last painting Undaunted Courage, and I’ve spent the time since working on my animal silhouette series. I’m happy with the way things are going, but I miss the figures, I really do. So, […]]]> http://rickycolson.com/blog/books-and-art-kickstarter-campaign/feed/ 0 Bear http://rickycolson.com/blog/bear/ http://rickycolson.com/blog/bear/#comments Wed, 04 Apr 2012 15:00:14 +0000 http://rickycolson.com/?p=1331 Here is my newest painting, two bears catching their dinner in a waterfall. Since I moved to Virginia, I’ve been able to go hiking a handful of times. On one of those trips we almost stumbled across a brown bear. Some hikers in front of us had seen the bear walking across the street so we all grouped together, […]]]> http://rickycolson.com/blog/bear/feed/ 0 Longhorn http://rickycolson.com/blog/longhorn/ http://rickycolson.com/blog/longhorn/#comments Tue, 03 Apr 2012 17:33:05 +0000 http://rickycolson.com/?p=1326 I received a request from an old friend to paint longhorns so that’s exactly what I did. My Alma mater, the University of Texas, instilled quite a bit of pride for me within these calm animals. I’m not a cowboy, and I never rode horses to school, but I did see this scene all the […]]]> http://rickycolson.com/blog/longhorn/feed/ 0