Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Jackson Sze Art

Sorry about the lack of updates.
You can find more of my artwork at my Facebook art page:

Thank you!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Err.... Been a while...

Sorry for the lack of updates, I've been really busy with work this past year.
Here are some paintings I managed to do in 2011... not nearly enough.

The middle Laguna Beach ones were done in Mike Hernandez's fantastic Workshop.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

CDA Landscape Class Demos

Happy New Year!

Here are some of the demos and in-class paintings I did for the Landscape Class in Fall'10.

The last assignment for the class involves a Concept Environment piece. This was the demo to show the class how to integrate what we learn outdoors to our concept work.

Hope you can join me in Spring! CDA schedule is out!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Dragon Flame Steps

Ah, as requested and promised, here are some steps from the Dragon image.

1. Actually had the image in my mind first, so I simply put down what's in my head. I blocked in the shapes with very basic flat colors... Sky is Blue! Fire, Red! Grass, Green! All those Art Classes really paid off!

2. Filled in the rest of the image and started to add more lighting info. Also noticed a rhythm going on, and decided to reinforce that idea (indicated by red lines). The Verticals (people on horses) could contrast the Curves of the Dragon and Flames, reinforcing the story's Conflict.

3. From here on out it just became a matter of defining the forms and making sure the shapes actually read as the things I want to convey. Fixing silhouettes, proportions, gestures, etc. Decided on a Brown-ish Dragon because everyone knows Blue Dragons don't exist.

4. Looked at horses, indicating planes, rendering out different materials such as cloth, metal, skin, etc. Dropped in a photo of some random hills in the back. Got to keep in mind the scale of things. Making sure there is enough texture detail to describe how big something is.

5. A few Power Naps later, the image is done! Added Crispy Fried People in the flames for kicks and giggles. Pretended to shoot arrows from my desk to see how the archer should be drawn. Nothing much to speak of in terms of actual Creature Design, but I got to paint a Dragon so I'm a happy manchild.

I don't approach every image I do the same way. Sometimes I can see the image in my mind, and I simply draw it. Other times I have to search and search. Other times its more structured. I'm sure you do the same things.

Honestly for the Fantasy images 1 post down, they each started differently.  I'd be bored if I have to do paintings the same way each time.

Shameless Promotional Plug:
A more structured look and tutorial on my painting process can be found in BATTLEMiLK 2. Available everywhere DSP books are sold! Hahahahaha. You can check out my friends' art and tutorials too! Probably learn more from them.

Can't cover everything here on the blog, but I teach a Landscape Painting Class at CDA in Pasadena. Its Landscape Painting for Entertainment, so we do Entertainment work in the class as well. Come join me in Spring!

Jackson, out!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fantasy Dump

Been reading "Game of Thrones" and my mind is filled with Dragons and Knights and Witches... 

NEEERRRD! Oh wait... that's me.. I... yea...

Nothing specific to the books, but just really inspired by what I'm reading. 

HBO series next year!
(Please forgive the re-posted image, part of a series!)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Burden...

I read online that the first draft of Batman 3 is done? 


Batman is too fun to paint...

Monday, September 06, 2010

Landscape Painting Class Fall 2010

Hey Folks,

Its Fall and its time for landscape painting again. I'll be teaching the class at CDA on Sundays. 

The Class is going to be slightly modified from the last time I taught it. There's going to be an emphasis on creating convincing colors out of your head off-site as well. This should help students apply color theory to their entertainment work.

Hope you can join me!

*Added some new pieces done over the weekend... 

Sunday, August 15, 2010

BM2 Signing and LIVE painting at Nucleus

Hello out there!

Thank you everyone for their support of BM2.

The entire BM2 gang is going to be at Nucleus Saturday Aug 28th from 4 to 8pm. 
We'll be signing books, showing work and I'll embarrass myself with some Live Painting. 

There will be drinks and music, hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

BATTLEMiLK2 @ Comicon 2010

Hello Everyone!
Just wanted to let you know that BATTLEMiLK2 will be at Comicon next week. Check out the BATTLEMiLK website for sneak peeks and updates.

Please come visit us at the Design Studio Press Booth #1701.

All 6 artists will be there to sign copies on Friday 7/23 from 4 to 5pm.

If you can't make it to the Con, BM2 will be available everywhere DSP books are sold. You can get it at Amazon, Borders, etc.

Also, for those in the Los Angeles area, we'll be hosting an event at Gallery Nucleus Aug 28th. A very limited quantity of BM1 books are still available at Nucleus. More info about that event coming soon.

Thanks for all your support, see you at the Con!

Monday, June 07, 2010


BATTLEMiLK 2 is almost here!

This is the reason for the general lack of Blog updates earlier this year. My friends and I have been busy working on this book for... what is it now... 2 years?

This time around, we've added Le Tang and David Le Merrer to the original 4 BATTLEMiLK artists.

Copies should be available at the Design Studio Press Booth come Comicon this July, and everywhere else where DSP books are sold.

I'll post some images from my section soon...Thanks for checking it out!