There are two new paintings on my easel at the moment. The first one, titled Dragon Race, is a private commission. This will be a part of a book project. There are some other outstanding artists that participate with their work in this exciting project, such as Boris Vallejo, Donato Giancola, Jullie Bell, Scott Gustafson, Steven Hickman, Bob Eggleton among a few other excellent illustrators. Below you can see the preliminary rough from the sketchbook, and the final preliminary drawing.
The other painting that I am about to start with, is titled The Rescuer and it is commissioned by the organizers of the Illuxcon show. Being one of three special guests during the upcoming Illuxcon 4 show, I am obliged to do a painting that will be used in the Illuxcon promotional material. I have been wrestling for a while with this one, until I found a satisfactory compositional solution to the idea I wanted to depict. Below you can find some preliminary sketches and the final detailed preliminary drawing. The finished painting will be exhibited at Illuxcon 4 this year in Altoona.
Well, I should not cheer too early, for I still have to paint it, and you never know how the painting will develop itself. At the certain moment it becomes a kind of independent entity that one has to listen to and obey its wishes and demands. I am as curious about the results just as you are, I guess…However, I hope to be able to overcome all the hurdles and temptations and bring this composition to the satisfactory end.
I have to admit that I am too often obsessed with the final results – always latently afraid that the painting will not please me when it’s finished. That it will cause me sleepless nights and make me believe that I finally forgot how to paint…Silly thoughts, of course.
I often wonder where this fear comes from. Perhaps it comes out of my perfectionism…? Or the lack of self-confidence is the source of that fear…? Or perhaps it comes from the competitive attitude…? Or would it be that the mysterious need of the human being to improve himself is the reason. The need to rise above the boundaries of one’s own abilities and limitations – in order to become something special, the best possible “edition” of oneself, something really worth living for… Frankly, I do not know…