The new stuff

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!

Another RPG portrait

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!

Live Painting at Franklin Art Crawl

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!

Placate. 12x18 Study. Oil on Board

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!

Smaug the Magnificent

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!

Solider 76 or I'm not a young man anymore

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!

New beginnings...

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!