I think it is fun to explore a theme in your art creations — like paint a series of dragon paintings. Over the last 3 decades I have had fun creating a series of paintings of tree creatures. I even made a tree creature mask to wear!
Most people are always trying to figure out how to draw hands correctly. I decided instead to try drawing it all wrong with too many fingers and impossible positions. I looked at my own hand in different positions to draw this on my high school whiteboard. Maybe it could be some kind of monster’s hand!
For the last 4 years I have had my art for sale as high quality prints on http://fineartamerica.com/artists/frank+robert+dixon
and for the first time ever I am currently offering a discount code: HMKPUL on any of my artwork. The code is good for the first 10 people to use it and ends on January 31, 2017.
I am having fun slowly creating my DrawFantasyCreatures website and at the
same time making a similar Draw Fantasy Creatures book. I have decided to make the
book first (in Indesign) and I will use some of the pages in the book on the website. Here is one of the pages I spent time designing to start one of the chapters.
Yes, that is a distorted version of me.
I am not sure when I will finish the book. I am just going to have fun creating and designing each page. (But I am hoping to finish it sometime in 2017.)
I almost like the photo of the unfinished illustration better, because it shows the castle (and me as an artist) in that magical state of emerging and becoming (which I think is possibly the funnest most exciting experience of being an imaginative creative artist).
For the last 24 years I have been teaching an illustration class at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California. The 2016 spring semester has just ended and this enthusiastic class was filled with 22 talented creative student artists! Here are a few of the illustrations they created. I included each artist’s name on their illustration.
Yesterday I sent in my one submission to Spectrum 23: The Best In Contemporary Fantastic Art. This is a challenging book to get in– I have sent in art almost every year for the past 20 years…. and only one image has ever made it into the book (back in 1999). This year I have submitted this “round robot” painting. I created it using charcoal, watercolor, acrylic paint, oil paint and at the end some adjustments using Photoshop. I will find out in April, 2016 if it gets into the book or not….
(Update: it did not make it into Spectrum… I will get to try again next year!)