Friday, February 29, 2008

Recent caricatures

Some more of the gang from over at the Drawing Board's ever popular, 'Caricaturist's Caricature' thread. Here are their photos.

The digitally painted caricature was done in ArtRage, an ultra cheap, simple paint program whose limited toolset (when compared to Painter anyway) is the reason I find it so appealing.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


A digital painting of the creepiest movie monster of all time, Sadako from the Japanese horror film, Ringu (remade in the U.S. as 'The Ring'). I get goosebumps just thinking about it.

This was intended to be a 30 minute digital speedpainting for my sketchblog but I got a bit carried away. Done in PainterX with the Oil Pastel brush, then tweaked in Photoshop with some noise and textures. Here's a link to the PainterX version before any colour tweaks or noise were added in Photoshop.

For anyone sick of the recent spate of crappy Hollywood remakes of Asian horror films, do yourselves a favour and check out the original source material. You won't be disappointed.

19th Feb 2008- Two videos have been added to the tutorials section. One, a digital drawing of Einstein from over at my Sketchblog. The second, has combined my two early girl sketch and colour videos into one. Both have some rockin' tunes to accompany them. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

You've come a long way, baby!

Recently I contributed art to an eight poster campaign for V Energy drinks which is currently being featured prominently Australia wide.

Besides the fact that the above billboard is three storeys high and on the busiest street in Sydney (which is quite a buzz in itself), this particular billboard's placement has a special personal significance to me. You see, seventeen years ago my very first job out of school was working at Woolworths in Sydney in this very same building. The Commonwealth Bank building below the billboard was where I opened my very first bank account.

I worked at Woolworths for 6 months as a sales assistant in the confectionery department, manning the registers, serving (sometimes very weird) customers, drawing on whatever scraps of paper I could find around the counter and going down to the 'dungeon' supply room once a week to load up on the week's lollies (which I always managed to screw up. Too much of one thing, not enough of another). Also occasionally I donned a three-sizes-too-big red jacket and stood around with my arms folded looking menacing, acting as store security. It wasn't a terrible job, but it definitely wasn't drawing and not soon after, I left to start working at Walt Disney Australia.

So when I encountered this sight a few days ago I couldn't help but take a snapshot of what was my first job and my current job positioned side by side. The colourful billboard dominating the drab building exterior. It was quite an epiphany for me.

Anyway, below are some of the other posters from the V campaign. The drawn cartoon characters were merged with the supplied photographs.

All artwork © Chris Wahl 2019 unless otherwise stated. All characters are copyright to their respective owners