Brad Gobright and Jim Reynolds racing up El Capitan

Brad Gobright and Jim Reynolds on the big wall

I loved this time lapse video of Brad Gobright and Jim Reynolds racing up The Nose of El Capitan so I  painted a frame…

On a cold, misty morning in late October 2017, after 11 previous attempts, Brad Gobright and Jim Reynolds broke the standing speed record on The Nose (formerly held by Alex Honnold and Hans Florine) with an unbelievable new time of 2 hours, 19 minutes, and 44 seconds. Watching this as it happened was one of the more incredible spectacles I’ve ever witnessed; an amazing display of superhuman mastery unlike anything I’ve seen before…

 

Blade Runner Street Scene – Digital Painting

I underestimated the work involved in this one.

I liked the look of this Blade Runner scene and just started painting my own version. A few days in I thought I might abandon it for something simpler, but glad I battled through. Next time I really must get the geometry 100% dialed in before painting any detail.

You can see the full process in this youtube time-lapse…

This level of finish was not really what I planned to do and I might give it another go where I try to force a one hour version instead of the sixty hours I spent here.

Halfway though this project I found a 24HD Cintiq, with a broken stand, on ebay for $450 – bargain. It also has failing backlight tubes so I have to keep it on 24/7 as it needs to be warm or it will not light up. A heat gun worked to get it going the first time. Look out for ‘tube replacement’ as a future project..

I just found this image online showing the original matte painting by Michele Moen.

For some kind of contrast to the detailed version I blocked out this. Not sure if I like it or not.