A buddy of mine commissioned me to paint the cast of Firefly. Eventually we are going to print one-offs of each of these to replace the starter cards in a Firefly Card Game. In the meantime, here's Inara. I hope you dig it! Prints available on https://www.etsy.com/shop/GrantCooleyStudios
In honor of Chris Cornell's amazing impact on my life, and sooooo many others, I decided to finally do a Tribute painting. The painting came very naturally but the motivation was very difficult. He meant so much to me that I didn't want to come across as a timely fan artist trying to cash in on his, and Chester's, passage. Chris Cornell was a foundation level musician for me and helped shape what I have listened to for the last 26 years. I was introduced to his work via Temple of the Dog and then was clubbed over the head with badmotorfinger. Since then I have thoroughly enjoyed and relished every thing he has ever produced...even Scream. So for me, this painting had to be delivered carefully in order for me to try and establish a genuine connection to all of you. If you dig the painting, awesome! If you have a mutual profound respect for Chris's integrity and efforts , and this painting allows us to lock eyes across the infinite, then I have achieved my goal.
I am selling prints on my etsy store for $25 and will donate $5 per print to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. https://www.etsy.com/shop/GrantCooleyStudios
Alternately, if you make a $25 donation to the AFSP and send me a copy of your receipt, I'll send you a print for free. https://afsp.org/take-action/give-a-gift/
We are all alone and adrift until we reach out our hands, and hearts, and try to make a connection. Thanks for stopping by. Grant
On August 5th, my 3rd offering for www.everydayoriginal.com will go live. I am excited, as always, to participate and thrilled to share my latest suminagashi piece: Breathe. I hope you dig it!
Well, it has been a few minutes since my last post. In that time I have completed several works in a new series, several more works in a new direction and attended the Illustration Master Class for the 4th time. So there's that. Pictures or it didn't happen? Fair enough. Here are a few of the things I have been working on. If you are interested in seeing the work in progress or as fast as it is completed, please check out my Instagram feed: grantcooleystudios. So here are the things!
This time I am sharing the portrait of one of the Tsu'Lah; a race of ancient water dwelling folk. I have been knocking out these little alla prima portraits to add depth to an upcoming RPG game I will be a part of releasing. Stay tuned for more info coming soon!
Here's a little study I did for an upcoming RPG portrait. I really dug working on it and I hope you like it too!
I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the Franklin Art Crawl again last night. I set up a quick pop up shop and did some live painting for about an hour. The rest of the night was filled with free wine, great conversations and some new and old friends. I look forward to the next opportunity! Click on the Slideshow below for process images!
That season premiere last night was on point. I had to go ahead and paint the Fillion Matrix bug. Love. That. Shiz.
So I've decided on an approach for this piece. I am going to paint it in watercolor, then oils and then a full mixed media with both and acrylics. I think seeing the finals all together should be very informative on how I handle the subject matter and where each media takes me. Wheeee...
I had a little bit of time this afternoon so I decided to start working out a concept I have for a series of Limited Palette Paintings. The idea is to evoke some severe shifts in mood and content across a very limited color selection. This first study was done to lay in some graphic lines and develop a process for blending the loose style of painting I prefer, with the crisp graphic edges of the negative space. I feel pretty good about the start and hope you do to! If you are interested in purchasing the original study, check out my originals page. Thanks for stopping by!
This big guy is 4x8 Acrylic on Masonite. It isquite likely that I will add additional segments once the piece is installed so as to bring him up to 30-40 feet high. Ideally I'd like to remake him down the line to have a 40' head, but I guess this will have to do in the meantime! The sequence of images below the final show a few progress shots along the way. I hope you enjoy!
Gollum. 3'5" Acrylic on Masonite. This one was a blast and I really feel the need to hide him all over the studio to surprise guests. I hope you dig it!
So I am an avid Overwatch fan. Not a Silver Portrait 5 star player by any means, but I play a lot and love everything about the game. The character design, the backgrounds and the stylistic sense of humor that I have enjoyed from Blizzard since Lost Vikings and Rock n Roll Racing. As such, I have finally decided to knock out a few thematic cutouts for me and my OW buddies to celebrate the game and talk mad trash to/with. The first of these Acrylic cutouts, standing 6'5" on hand-cut, hand painted Masonite is my favorite, and most played, character: Soldier 76. may have to do the Halloween Thriller suit soon, as it is my fav, but for now we will go with beat up old Jack. All that is left is to make a voice bubble that says "Young punk's...Get off my lawn!" and I will be good to go. If you are interested in the other kind of stuff I make, check out the Paintings sub headings for a few images of some of the work I have done! Thanks for stopping by!
Well, here I am with a new website...again. This go around I have opted to use Squarespace to create what I think is a very clean and functional site. I guess in the end, you guys will be the judge. As with all fresh beginnings, I would be remiss if I didn't offer the token promise that I will post and update this page regularly. I will certainly do my best, but with all of the cross-posting from Instagram, Reddit and the odd Facebook original post, I'm sure this site will slide between the cracks at some point.
Soooo to get the ball rolling, here is one of the few paintings I have created that I still enjoy looking at. It represents some new directions I have been heading in and will hopefully prove to be a milestone on this journey. I hope you dig it, and will check back soon!