Introducing MAS Artwork videos and YouTube channel

Today, we’ve got something new for you. As you may or may not know, I’ve started to record myself when I work on my stipple portraits. I started doing that when I was working on my portrait of Alan Tudyk (Wash from the Sci-fi hit “Firefly”, and his ongoing web series “Con Man“.)

Well, my wife has taken all the raw footage that I shot and created an amazing video that showcases what I do, and you can see me doing it. This video will be the first video on our new YouTube channel.

That’s right! Announcing, our new M•A•S Artwork YouTube channel

Video screenshot from Alan Tudyk stippling video

Video screenshot from Alan Tudyk stippling video

I have been recording the other portraits I’ve been doing this year (Audrey Hepburn, Carrie Fisher, and Cary Grant), and they will be put on on the YouTube channel when their videos are created too.
Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted and see those videos as soon as they are released.

In each video, I talk a bit about what I do and how I do it. But if you have any specific questions, please comment below or on our channel and I’ll answer them. I may put them in an upcoming video as well. Because if you have a question about something, you’re probably not the only one.

Thanks, I hope you enjoy it.

Craig P. Smith

Three New Images including a Gas Pump!

First Up, the Alameda Ballena Isle Marina Gas Pump

The aforementioned Gas Pump, is not your typical gas pump. I created this image during the Alameda On Camera annual event and gallery. I was assigned a section of the island of Alameda where I live, and had 48 hours to take pictures within that area. In my area is a lovely marina. I was extremely fortunate on my first morning that there was a fog that rolled in which made for some lovely photos. This particular image is of a gasoline pump that is on the docks in that marina where the boats fuel up. It made a very rustic old-world look to the pump which I think is practically an antique. Here is the stipple image I did from the photo I took.

Alameda Ballena Isle Marina Gas Pump

Alameda Ballena Isle Marina Gas Pump

The other two: Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk

You may recognize these two. I recently posted a blog announcing when I had finished these (You can see that blog here). Well, now I’d like to announce that they have finally been added to my website. Click either of the images below to be taken to my website, straight to those pages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for checking out these images and my website. I have recently updated all the pages in my stipple gallery to include the purchasing buttons. Some of you may have noticed that some of the buttons were in the “Coming Soon” stage. Well, They’re here!

That’s it for now. Thank you all for your continued attention. More art soon.

Craig P. Smith

 

 

Star Wars, Series 2: Princess Leia

February Portrait completed: Princess Leia

Month two in my year-long challenge of doing a portrait a month. Instead of doing one series of 12, I decided to do two 6 portrait series(es?). And instead of doing one series first, then another, I thought it would keep things interesting and alternate between the two. So, to see the first of the Silver Screen Icons series, check out my previous blog here.

This is the first entry into my next series “Star Wars: Series 2”. Here is Princess Leia. She is also known as Leia Organa, Leia Organa-Solo, and General Organa. But since this image is from The Empire Strikes Back, she was only going by Princess Leia at that time. This image is available for prints or you can purchase the original. They are available right now at MAS Artwork, and are a limited edition of 250.
(Click the image to enlarge)

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I also did Princess Leia in my first Star Wars series. Here’s a sneak peek at that image.

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So, next month it’ll be back to the Silver Screen Icons series. And if I didn’t mention it before, it’s going to be boy-girl-boy-girl. So, expect a iconic gentleman of the era.

Remember you can go to my website and purchase prints right now! Don’t forget to like, share and all that other social media sharing.

Craig P. Smith

Here she is… AUDREY!

Here it is. the first official portrait in my series “Silver Screen Icons: Series 1”. What better way to kick things off than with the epitome of style, class, and grace.The one and only, Audrey Hepburn.

This image only took 12 or so hours, and I was able to complete it within the month, as scheduled. Unfortunately, this months entry is definitely going to be a challenge to finish (More on that later). As an extra feature, I recorded video of myself as I worked on this image that my lovely wife will be compiling and editing. You’ll be able to see it soon on our new YouTube Channel (Coming Soon). We’ll let you know where to go when we get it all set up. There will also be a link to it from our website (www.masartwork.com/art).

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And, who IS the subject of the next portrait? I’ll give you a couple hints. It’s going to be the first one in a different series. So, it won’t be a “Silver Screen Icon”. This person will be a major military leader. Also, they are fictitious. So, if I’ve already told you, or you know somehow. Don’t tell. If you don’t know, feel free to take a guess in the comments below.

As always, thank you for reading our Blogs and we hope to hear from you soon.

~ Craig

Calling All “Firefly” fans..!

I just completed two new portraits. Both from the Sci-fi series Firefly, and the subsequent movie Serenity. The first one is the head honcho himself. You may also know him from the ABC drama Castle. It’s Nathan Fillion in the role of ‘Captain Malcolm Reynolds.’ Give him a big hand, he likes the attention.

The second one is Mal’s pilot on the show, last seen skewered by Reavers. Fortunately, that’s only the character, and the actor is alive and thriving in his hot web series Con Man. He has voiced ‘King Candy’ in Wreck-it-Ralph and most recently starred in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as ‘K-2SO.’ It’s Hoban ‘Wash’ Washburne, aka Alan Tudyk. Yaaayyyy.

Here is the first official peek at both images. I will be adding them to my website shortly, and I’ll send out an email when they are posted and ready for purchase, so don’t forget to sign up for our mailing list now so you can be notified (or send me an email on my website and order one directly).

So, without further adieu, here they are.

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I’m going to switch gears for a bit. But never fear Firefly fans, I will be doing more portraits of the gang, and you’ll see all your friends soon; Inara, Kaylee, Jayne and more.

Thanks,
Craig Smith
www.masartwork.com/art/

Year-long Challenge – 2017

This is Craig Smith here, and I’m challenging myself in the new year. It’s not a new year’s resolution, but more of a dedication to getting new work out there on a regular basis. My goal is to create a new stippled portrait each month. That’s not all though. I’ll also be filming my progress, and I invite all of you to watch as I post on my own site as well as our YouTube channel (details to come).

These portraits will be the start of a complete series, or possibly 2 complete series. The subjects of which have yet to be determined. I invite you to make suggestions in the comment section below. These will be in a size similar to the Marilyn Monroe portrait I did early in 2016.

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I can’t wait to get started, and I’ve been finishing up some other portraits that are almost done. Namely, Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk from the sci-fi series Firefly. Since they’re near completion, I’m going to make you wait until my next blog before I let you see them (bwaahahaha).

So, until next time, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Awesome New Year and lets get the heck out of 2016 while we can!

Craig Smith

MAS Artwork

Site Redesign

As an artist (in any genre, really) it can be difficult to assess what constitutes your best work.  For me, many of the images on our website are a part of me.  Plus, just tweaking an image a little bit here and there offers a new story or perspective on your subject.  So, for me it can be difficult to narrow it down to just one shot of a particular subject.

That’s why I reached out to a wonderful photography teacher that I know for some advice.  She’s got years of experience, and also juries for gallery shows and art fairs, so I was thrilled that she was willing to help me.  So, one Saturday afternoon, she offered an objective evaluation of my images, and gave me three suggestions.

Her first critique was that I had WAY too many images up.  I knew that was the case, but again, I needed her guidance to weed out the weakest photos, which she did.  The next suggestion was to separate the black and white images from the full-color ones.  Apparently having them intermingled as I did wasn’t uniform enough, and the full-color images often took focus away from the strong black and white pics.

I took those suggestions and updated the photography website, which you can see here.  Her final recommendation was something I wasn’t able to do before this blog was due, so you’ll just have to come back and see the next round of improvements.

While you’re looking around the updated site, you might notice that Craig’s photos are no longer there.  Craig has decided to focus more of his attention on his stippling and illustrations, so his photos have gone away from our site.  We still have them, and we’re in the process of figuring out how to keep them available for those who want to purchase them, but since I had more photos on the site, we decided to separate things out a little bit and make the photography site more for me, and the art site more for him (you can see his site here).

We’ve also made one more adjustment . . .

We’ve partnered with PayPal Credit to offer a great deal on our images.  Any purchase over $99 will be allowed to be paid off in 6 months without being charged interest!  I’ve used this feature before with my own online purchases, so I know what a convenience it is, and we’re glad to be able to offer it to our customers.  With the holidays coming up, this makes it a great time to purchase all the images you want for your family and friends, and get a break on paying off the bill.

AND, we’ll go even one better . . . any purchase over $99 will receive free shipping through the holidays!  Yep, you read right.  From now until January 1st, you won’t have to pay anything more than the cost of the image(s) (provided you buy at least $99 worth).

So there you have it.  A revamped website, and two great deals on your next purchase!  Enjoy!