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The Art of Josh Guglielmo

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MEKHA KONG!
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I'm very pleased to share with you my latest painting, Mekha Kong! I was really inspired after seeing some Cold War era Soviet posters, and I thought it would be interesting to combine them with my love for giant monsters. I hope to make a U.S. Cold War propaganda poster soon. The idea of these two super powers posturing and threatening each other with giant monsters instead of nuclear weapons sounds fun to me.

-Josh

Streaming On Twitch

I will be starting a weekly live stream of my painting process on Twitch.tv. Currently I plan to stream on Wednesday mornings from 8:00am to 9:00am PST. If you can't catch me live, you can always checkout the archive at my channel page, twitch.tv/arcanechroma. Wish me luck, I'll have to get used to talking to myself while painting.

-Josh

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New Prints Available in the Store

I'm excited to announce "Moby Dick" and the "Tin Woodsman" have been added to the online store! 

These are 16" x 20" museum-quality art prints made on thick, archival, acid-free matte paper. Each piece comes hand-signed and numbered. Each design is a limited-edition of only 25. Shipping is free within the United states.

-Josh

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New Painting, Alice Down The Rabbit Hole.
Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole

I almost completely scrapped this painting. It just wasn't coming together the way I had imagined it would. So after working on it for a long time I got frustrated, and decided to go work on something else. About a month ago, I took another look at it. Turns out I just really needed a break from this piece, because when I came back to it I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to change and how to finish it.  

Original sketches that led to the final design. 

Original sketches that led to the final design. 

This has definitely motivated me to go back to some other abandoned paintings, and see what I can do with fresh eyes.

-Josh  

Good Times at Colossus Con

My wife and I had a lot of fun selling art at the Pleasanton Colossus Con last Saturday. It's always great getting to meet the people who come by the booth and see how they react to the work.

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-Josh

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Colossus Con Pleasanton

Arcane Chroma will be a vendor at this year's Colossus Con in Pleasanton, CA! We'll be selling a lot of convention-exclusive prints, so stop by if you're in the area!

This is only our second convention and the first time we've had a full 10'x10' booth. There are a lot of details to figure out, and the booth will be constantly changing over the next several conventions, but I'm really happy with the setup so far. At least I liked the way it looked in our living room. You can check out the show here.

Hope to see you there!

-Josh

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The Store is Up

The Arcane Chroma store is up and running, and the first item that we have for sale is this Beauty and the Beast Limited Edition print.  

Only 100 of this edition will ever be made. They are 16" x 20" and printed on thick archival, acid-free, matte paper. Each piece comes hand-signed and numbered. This piece was made over a long period of time, and went through quite a few changes, but I'm very happy with the end result.  

This print is the beginning of a much larger world of Victorian science fiction that will be unfolding over the next several months. 

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We currently only ship within the US, but shipping is free. 

-Josh

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Creature Contest Entry

Normally I would not recommend entering an art contest. They tend to just be used by companies to get free work out of people. Some of them even charge you an entry fee to give them free work! One thing they can be good for though is giving yourself a hard deadline to make a portfolio piece that you would like to make anyway. That was the case for me with this Battle Chasers creature contest.      

This is the initial line drawing that was done to kick off the concept.

Being a fan of the comic book, I wanted to bring in some elements that tied directly into the existing lore of the book. In this case I went with the idea of discarded Wargolem parts being used to re-animate the dead.

I like to turn my line art into a multiply layer in Photoshop and add flat color on a layer underneath.

As I started drawing the creature I found myself becoming interested in the person who might have built this abomination. So I set about adding a Frankenstein like doctor to the piece.

My next step is to add a layer on top of the line art and use it to start painting in the details and lighting. Some of the line art will get covered up at this stage, but a lot still shows through.

Part of the contest was writing a short backstory for the creature and listing what sort of attacks it would have in the game. This turned out to be a great exercise. It really caused me to think about the story behind everything I was painting, because I knew at some point I was going to have to write something down. Normally I'm not a big fan of writing, but I may need to change my attitude and do this more often.    

My last step is to place a copy of the image on top of all the layers and use the "variations" setting in Photoshop to cool all the colors down. I will then use a mask to erase out the areas where I want to have warm colors showing. 

My last step is to place a copy of the image on top of all the layers and use the "variations" setting in Photoshop to cool all the colors down. I will then use a mask to erase out the areas where I want to have warm colors showing. 

Overall I'm glad that I was able to create a fun piece of art in a short amount of time, and I think it's simply because I had a deadline. 

-Josh