Matt Abraxas

How To Paint Dynamic Hands With The Structural Method

How To Paint Dynamic Hands With The Structural Method Painting a realistic hand is made easy by understanding the basic structure of the hand's anatomy and rhythms of hand operation. Don't worry - this is not going to be a lesson in Metacarpophalangeal Joints and Lumbrical Muscles.  I don't really know what those are and [...]

How To Paint Dynamic Hands With The Structural Method2019-01-06T11:00:51-06:00

How To Draw Hair Easily – from The Studio by Matt Abraxas

How To Draw Hair Easily - from The Studio by Matt Abraxas Lesson in How to Draw or Paint Realistically You can go straight to the video HERE Working on an illustration that involved a portrait of a woman, I had the challenge of creating a different hair style than I had on the model.  Typically, [...]

How To Draw Hair Easily – from The Studio by Matt Abraxas2014-03-06T09:58:09-06:00

My Demo Painting at SmithKlein Gallery – Painting From A Snapshot Picture

Painting from a Snapshot Photograph At SmithKlein Gallery in Boulder, CO., last month, I painted a demonstration of how I sometimes work directly from a single photo. Before anything else, I do want to stress the importance of working from life as much as possible.  In order to understand tonal value (the graduating differences from [...]

My Demo Painting at SmithKlein Gallery – Painting From A Snapshot Picture2014-01-28T23:23:34-06:00

Painting Several Characters Using One Model

Painting Several Characters Using One Model In the 2 part video below, I show you how I used myself as a model for an illustration involving 4 adults. This can be very useful for illustrators on a tight budget and deadline, or for anyone who is having difficulty arranging other people to pose. An important [...]

Painting Several Characters Using One Model2014-01-29T11:19:10-06:00

12 Days of Christmas Art Sale

12 Days of Christmas Art Sale For the 12 days preceding Christmas and for the 12 days following, I will be selling 12 paintings up to 75% off. From now until January 6th, these paintings are on sale. Go to the Sale Here: Holiday Art Sale Sales like this is a great way to begin [...]

12 Days of Christmas Art Sale2014-01-29T11:19:45-06:00

A Short Movie for Halloween

A Short Movie for Halloween Answering Film Riot's Challenge to make a monster movie under two minutes in less than two weeks, I came up with this one. Completed in a week with the help from Larry Pritchard on sound, "The Monster In The Car" stars Matt Armbruster and Zorba Coltrane Abraxas. I hope you [...]

A Short Movie for Halloween2013-11-01T17:42:54-06:00

Happy Birthday, Rembrandt

Commemorating the 407th birth anniversary of one of the greatest painters of all time, Google has altered logo yet again to involve the portrait of the celebrated Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn. Happy Birthday Rembrandt Rembrandt is most known for his self portraits.  He began his career with portrait painting and only about 10% of these [...]

Happy Birthday, Rembrandt2014-01-16T14:18:39-06:00

How to Paint a Portrait Fast

Painting A Face Quickly for Illustration Work Face Painted in Profile for a book by Simonetta Carr about John Knox. In this quick tutorial, I speed up the process from 25 minutes to about 10 minutes showing the steps I take to quickly paint a side-view portrait. Simonetta Carr writes books on Christian biographies.  This [...]

How to Paint a Portrait Fast2014-01-29T13:29:46-06:00

Recent Work

Recent Work from Matt Abraxas It is more difficult than it seems fitting to write a new blog now and then. I suppose I'm grateful to the lone subscriber and the two or three people who actually read these, otherwise I'd feel obliged to spew anything I can think of. I will, at some point, [...]

Recent Work2014-02-26T17:34:01-06:00