Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Few Bits

Just a few paintings I've done lately. Been trying to improve lately and I'm pretty happy with my progress. I recently purchased Structura 2: the art of Sparth and must say that its given me a huge boost in motivation. Recommend it big time for anyone into things that look awesome!




Monday, September 30, 2013

Material Studies

Thought I'd spend some time practicing fundamentals. Learned a lot from this excercise :) Got it from Cgcookie.org. Definately worth doing if you havn't tried something like this.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Lumigraph Process

Took roughly about 4 hours. Really enjoyed painting this piece, probably cause it meant a bit more to me than my usual work, more sentimental anyways.... Felt that the process was a lot more organic as opposed to planned out and so painting it was exciting..... having no idea where it would go. 


This is a painting I did for my mate Gareth Smyth a.k.a Lumigraph. Gig last Saturday was unreal!

Lumigraph! Check it:

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cultural Response

I had to create a responce to a cultural event I attended recently for college. Figured Electric Picnic is as cultural as any event, not to mention that, yet again, it was the highlight of my year... Of all the fond memeories of that weekend (the few that i can remember), the forest rave stands out as an experience unique to EP. Good tunes, nice people... in a forest... Unreal craic! So I decided to try to describe visually what it was like being there, for those who have never been.

Friday, August 23, 2013


A quick charicature i did for the Irish Sketch Society last week. Had values in mind while doing this, good practice but I felt I could have pushed the distortions of his face. It always happens midway through a charicature where I chicken out because I feel the resemblance might get lost. I think its a product of looking at the painting for too long and over thinking things. Enjoyed the process tho ! :)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


A character design of wolverine I did for the Irish sketch society. Was happy with how this turned out overall, although the design needs a bit of work. I get very impatient and tend to rush off into rendering..need to beat that out of me somehow :/

Monday, July 29, 2013

Environment Sketch

Environment sketch. Kinda stuck on storyboards for a project in work so worked this up to get some creative juices flowing

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Life Drawing

My favorite pieces from life drawing this year. All done in Photoshop.

Saturday, May 4, 2013


Just finished a portrait of one of my friends. Fairly happy with the result :)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Whale Concept to 3D Model

Here are examples of developing a character  from my 3rd film "Cold War". I started off with a few whale shapes. The team then decided on a favourite and I then took that design further working with my director Dave Leahy to come up with a final design. Nicky Weston (nickywestondesign@gmail.com) then modelled my designs in 3Ds Max. We were all very happy with the finished character.... although the finished whale's head kinda reminds me of H.R Geiger's Alien. 
Whale Shapes
Whale Dimensions and features

Final Whale Render
Whale Model By Nicky Weston
Modelled By Nicky Weston


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Character Sketches For New Film

Already started pre-production on my final year film titled "Shoot". Just sketched out a few ideas for the assassin/hitman character and did a quick bit of rendering

Thursday, April 11, 2013


Todays the first day in a long time that i haven't been under pressure of college assignments so ironically i stayed up sketching. Decided to colour one in photoshop....enjoy.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Day at the Zoo...

So theres currently a hold up with me uploading artwork from "Cold War". I am currently constructing an online portfolio (Http://sammykhalidart.daportfolio.com is you wanna check it out ;)....) so im in the middle of cutting and pasting everything so that it looks somewhat mor professional :/ So as a consoltation, i shal leave you with a couple of photos i took today at the zoo. I was really lucky, the sumatran tigers posed for me for ages!Some tiger related artwork to come soon.................

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Painting Studies

I am currently sorting out the artwork from my latest film 'Cold War' which was completed last Friday. There was five of us working on it and it turned out really well considering we only had 4 weeks to make it. Its taking way longer to sort out the concept art for the film so I thought I'd post a couple of recent painting studies. Both were painted in Photoshop using photo reference. These were just warm up paintings before starting on my own work although i did spend about an hour or so on each.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

New Film: "Cold War"

Just started pre-production on my third student film titled "Cold War". So far I've been just working away on character and environment concepts.This sort of stuff i love to do. Need to start production mid next week so pressure is slowly building:(... anyways, here are a few character concepts. More to come soon :)

Penguin 1

Penguin 2

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mid Term!

Finally got my second film finished :D Barely slept last week so I've been taking it easy this week and working on my painting doing studies and what not. I do have some artwork from my film "Pithos" with Dylan Maxwell I've been meaning to upload. Just some colour tests and backgrounds:) 
Colour Tests
Backgrounds 1

Backgrounds 2
I'm busy making a start on my 3rd student film titled "Cold War" at the moment so ill try my best to upload as much as i can...... can't make any promises tho.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Character Concept

A few character silhouettes for this weeks 'Irish mythology' theme for a group blog (Doodle Bros.). Just tring to nail down a interpretation of the Irish warrior "Cuchulain".


Storyboards for my second college movie, a collaboration with Dylan Maxwell. The current title is "Jars" but that may change. Boards were done in photoshop.

Environment sketches

Just a few quick sketches in Ps. Hopefully I'll get back and get them finished but with my college workload I doubt I'll have time...sigh.