Saturday, April 30, 2016

Smilodon and Elasmotherium

I have just finished another two paintings in my ongoing Prehistoric Creatures series.  The most recent four in the series have all been mammals that lived millions of years after the dinosaurs went extinct.  I plan to do seven of these mammals and then go back to dinosaurs, maybe group them into Prehistoric Creatures Series 1, Series 2, etc.  They are all for sale, but they have been snatched up quick, so if anyone as inquiries on pricing, please email me at owweberillustration@gmail.com.

I have been doing pencil portraits of many prehistoric animals on my instagram account, and these two have gotten the most likes, which is a great way of knowing which creature to paint next for this series.  Smilodon is very well know.  Along with the Woolly Mammoth, it's one of the most well known extinct creatures from the Early Pleistocene era.  It was only a matter of time before I was going to paint this guy.  I wanted to show it in a way that was not often depicted.  We've all seen images of the Smilodon snarling or lunging at it's prey.  I am showing it sleeping, because thats what cats do.  I imagine Smilodon was no different.

Smilodon, 7"x 5", oil on paper on masonite, 2016. ©Owen William Weber

Recently, the internet has become very interested in this animal, and calling it a unicorn.  Obviously, this beast is far from the idea of a unicorn that we all know and love.  Elasmotherium was a massive grazing mammal that had a shoulder height of about 2 meters and is related to the rhinoceros.  There have been cave drawings found of this creature, so man lived alongside it.  My inspiration for this piece is from old depictions of how herds of bison looked before they were hunted down to very low numbers.  I imagine a herd of Elasmotheria must have been quite a sight.

Elasmotherium, 7"x 5", oil on paper on masonite, 2016. ©Owen William Weber

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Frostbite and Irish Elk

Yesterday, I received my contributor copy of Elder Sign: Omens of Ice which holds the painting "Frostbite" that I painted for it last year.  The idea behind it was that it was a man who had been frostbitten in his hands and face, in a New England town in the early 20th c., I believe.  The AD wanted him screaming and being brought into an ambulance.  I love doing this type of stuff, but I'm never given these types of assignments, so I was very excited.  And a word to the wise, don't google image search "frostbite", it's truly awful to look at.  Here is the sketch that I came up with:

Frostbite Sketch, 12" x 8", Pencil.

The AD thought the screaming mouth was a bit too much, so I closed it and went ahead with the painting.  Here is the final:

Frostbite, 12" x 8", oil on paper on masonite, 2015. ©Fantasy Flight Games

Another piece that I just finished and then immediately sold was my "Irish Elk" piece.  This animal was killed off not too long ago, only 7,700 years ago.  It stood up to 7 ft tall (shoulder height) and the antlers stretched up to 12ft long weighing around 88 lbs.  This guy had a strong neck.   

Irish Elk, 7"x 5", oil on paper on masonite, 2016.


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Prehistoric Creatures

For the past few months, I have been painting a bunch of small paintings of prehistoric creatures.  I have always had a few small, more affordable paintings to sell at the conventions I attend, and this is my newest series.  I feel like most people are not able to buy art at the prices artist ask, especially the big pieces, and they are forced to buy prints.  Prints are great, I have quite a few myself, but they are nothing like the real thing.  So I always make a more affordable series of paintings.  Here are the Prehistoric Creatures I have painted so far:
Deinonychus, 7"x 5", Oil on Paper on Masonite, 2015. Private Collection

Pteranodon, 7"x 5", Oil on Paper on Masonite, 2015.

Diplodocus, 7"x 5", Oil on Paper on Masonite, 2015.

Dimetrodon, 7"x 5", Oil on Paper on Masonite, 2015.

Pachycephalosaurus, 7"x 5", Oil on Paper on Masonite, 2015.

Styracosaurus, 7"x 5", Oil on Paper on Masonite, 2015. Private Collection

Tyrannosaurus Rex, 7"x 5", Oil on Paper on Masonite, 2015. Private Collection

Allosaurus, 7"x 5", Oil on Paper on Masonite, 2015. Private Collection

Woolly Mammoth, 7"x 5", Oil on Paper on Masonite, 2015. Private Collection

These are all in order of when I created them.  I just finished the Woolly Mammoth yesterday.  I am currently working on another one, that will be unveiled in a couple days, but if there are any commission requests or interest in any of these that are still available, please contact me at owweberillustration@gmail.com.








Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Month of Love

Though I did not do all the challenges of the Month of Love tumblr blog, I did do two.  I tried to come up with good ideas for the other two challenges, but for whatever reason, it just didn't work out.  So here are the two that I did complete.

The first piece I painted was for the Second week, the challenge being: Language of Love.  I thought it was an interesting idea to convey the ways animals show love to their owners.  This image came to mind.  Though we have never had a mouse problem, our cat has on occasion displayed a waterbug or two it has killed.  I was able to piece together a couple reference photos I took of our cat for this piece, so it worked as a nice portrait of Mim.  I painted this all in one sitting, something I haven't done in quite some time.

A Present, 7" x 10", Oil on Paper on Masonite, 2016. 

The second piece I painted was for the Third week, the challenge being: Weapons.  I was really having trouble coming up with a good idea for this one.  My wife came up with the idea of the story of Medea, a sorceress who fell in love with Jason, of Argonauts fame.  He had children with her and lived with her for 10 years, then left her for a young princess of Circe.  In a fit of rage, Medea killed two of her children and sent a cursed gown, poisoning the princess and her father who tried to save her.  I wanted to show her with balls of flames for eyes and in the midst of stabbing her son.  The broken column in the background is meant to symbolize her broken bond to Jason. 
Medea, 7"x 9.5", Oil on Paper on Masonite, 2016.

Both these paintings are available for purchase, if interested please email me at owweberillustration@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Winter's Dream

A Winter's Dream, 17" x 11", Oil on Paper on Masonite, 2015.

Back in August, the 6th to be exact, Sarah and I welcomed our baby girl, Dagmar, into the world.  She is now turning 6 months old and I am just now getting around to posting the first blog post since the summer.  She's a lot of work, but not enough to excuse my laziness about this blog.  Anyways, for the past three years I have done a Nisse painting as my Winter card, but for some reason I just wasn't in the mood to come up with a new Nisse painting, and I just didn't feel like I had a great composition in mind this winter.  So I looked to my new muse.  I took a picture one morning of her sleeping, and worked in some creatures, new and old, real and surreal into the winter landscape around her.  I've always wondered what she dreams, I can't imagine her dreams look like this, but I thought it was a cool idea.

Also, I have been doing a One Sketch A Day sketchbook since New Year's, so please follow me on Instagram to keep up with my sketches!  Lately, I've been doing a lot of animals with horns and antlers.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Highmount from Fleischmanns

Highmount from Fleischmanns, 13"x10.875", oil on masonite, 2015.

Every year, Sarah and I go up to the Catskills for the Fourth of July.  There's just something nice about being in the woods, grilling and seeing local fireworks instead of the Big City fireworks.  If I'm lucky, which I usually am, I can get away from the house and do some landscape painting en plein air.  This year, I went to this spot at the top of a little valley, overlooking a mountain that used to have a ski resort called Highmount.  You can see the green lines on the right side of the mountain where the trails still leave their veins.  This piece took two days, about 3 hours of work each day.  When I am outside, painting in the middle of nowhere, I think I'm at my happiest.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Sound the Alarm!

Sound the Alarm!, 12"x12", oil on paper on masonite, 2014.

This is a piece I painted for Fantasy Flight Games from about a year ago.  It was painted for their "Escape from Mt. Gram" deck for their Lord of the Rings LCG.  The description was just to depict a goblin ringing a bell of sorts made from the armor of past victims.  I hadn't really done any evil creatures in a very long time, so I wanted to really show that I can handle the darker side of Lord of the Rings.  Also, I had recently dove head first into Death/Black Metal music and I was really jonesin' for a good demonic painting to paint.

Sound the Alarm! sketch, 12"x12", pencil, 2014.

I had a great time working on the sketch, and the Art Director liked how it looked, so it was approved for the painting stage without any changes.  As you can see, I kinda get a general composition worked out, but I do a good amount of improvising during the painting stage.  Also, I don't do color comps too often.  Like, never...since college.  Of course I would, if the job called for it, but the colors are pretty much worked out in my head.  The final image looks pretty different, especially in the lower right hand corner, and with the cave ceiling.
When I sent in the finally, my AD was very happy with the outcome.  She asked for a higher-res version of the image, which she had never asked for before.  So, I thought they might want to do something special with this image...


Banner on the Fantasy Flight Games Escape from Mt. Gram News announcement website

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