Daily Painting – Day 6


Here we have another Mario themed painting. This time I went with a Goomba instead of another power up because once you’ve done the Mushroom and the Blue Shell there rest are all derivatives or less interesting. I like how this turned out but if I were to do it again, I’d aim for a more realistic feel and less of a cartoony look to it. Not easy with a Goomba, of course, but I like a challenge. As usual, this was painting in Manga Studio on a Wacom Tablet. Speed painting vid below.

Daily Painting – Day 5

We skipped yesterday as I was busy celebration 28 cycles around the planet, but here’s my next daily painting. It’s a cow. Isn’t that awesome.


Again, painted in Manga Studio using the oil paints. I think the cow turned out alright, but not so thrilled with the background.

Daily Painting – Day 4


This is another nerd painting, but I enjoyed doing my Power Mushroom so much, I had to return for the classic Blue Shell. Truth is, I hated this one when I painted it but that was about 24 hours about and today I feel a lot happier with it. Again, painted in Manga Studio with the oil paint brushes. The original video took around an hour and a half. Check out the vid below to see this painting right from the bank page!

Daily Painting – Day 3


This is probably my favourite of the paintings so far. I think it’s more fluke than talent, but I still think it looks great. I think I’m finally getting a better grip of light and shadow, though backgrounds could use a little more work for sure.

No speed painting video of this as I’m reserving those for more pop-culture, geeky paintings that will appeal to my Youtube audience, but I think the painting stands well on its own. Subject is a pic summoned by google, painted in Manga Studio.

Daily Painting – Day 2


I feel like this wasn’t a great choice for my second daily painting. I wanted to do something a bit quirky, and a bit geeky so I went for the Mario Power Mushroom. My source image was CGI and so there wasn’t a huge amount of detail, just a lot of very smooth, sterile lighting that was tough to get rough. I feel like the face turned out well, whereas there just wasn’t enough to do with the cap to bring it to life. Still, it could have been worse. Tomorrow I think I’ll return to something more naturalistic. A leaf perhaps.

If you’d like to see me painting in action, I recorded this one as I painted it.

Daily Painting – Day 1

I’ve recently been reading a book called Daily Painting by Carol Marine which I can really recommend. It’s about an online movement of artists who strive to complete a single, small work every day to hone their skills. It’s a beautiful book that really does a great job of convincing you to step back from overly complicated work and just paint something to completion every day. After that, try to sell it. I really like the examples of artwork in the book, and it also contains a lot of really great painting instruction.

Cards on the table, I am a terrible painter. I’ve dabbled, but most of my successes have been flukes. I’ve been trying to get back into it more and more, but with supplies costing a lot more than I can currently afford, I’m just working digitally right now. I’m starting small, with the oil paints feature in Manga Studio 5, and learning the basics. I realise it’s some way from real paint on canvas, but from what I can tell the brushes behave a lot like the real thing and it’s a valuable tool to learn. With that in mind, here is what I hope will be my first of many daily paintings.


It took me about an hour and a half, and I’m pretty happy with the result. My source was an image found online (I don’t eat enough fruit to support a still life art career) and with it being digital there’s no canvas to sell, but there it is nonetheless, my first daily painting. There are a few bits I don’t like, I think the bowl is pretty lifeless and there’s not much separation between the town and the table, but I think the apple turned out pretty good. As I go on, it might turn out I don’t really have the time keep the habit going, but for now I’m quite exciting about watching my progress.