The year was 2005. I felt I had worked on celtic art for long enough. I needed a new challenge. I would move into figurative gothic & fantasy painting. Working on the book The Crafters Design Library Fantasy had been the catalyst that got me thinking I wanted to do this. I had always been into fantasy art. Early on in my book illustrating days, I had done a number of acrylic and watercolour paintings. However, I had not completed a painting for some 10 years. I had concentrated solely on pen and ink work. Some with digital colouring. Well over a thousand pieces in that time.
Succubus Moon was the first of the new paintings I produced. The one with which I proved to myself I could still paint. Succubus Moon represented a transition from my old way of painting. The underlayer was an acrylic tonal painting. The top layer being digital using mostly Corel Painter. My process now is to produce a pencil drawing using a photograph as the key reference. I scan the drawing and use that as a template for me to apply the colour. I would estimate the average time I spend on a painting is around a week. Maybe two on the more complex pieces.
I am really enjoying the direction the new painting is taking me in. It is opening up new avenues and I am meeting new people. The process of learning has begun again and I am looking forward to see what new creations come from this... Chris Down.
We are very pleased to announce that we have a collection of Chris Down’s art available as photographic (A4 or 16x12) or canvas prints (16x12). Just click on the pictures for a bigger version
& the available printing options...