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Kharak by abigbat
I KNOW, I haven't posted here in forever. It's really hard to keep up with all the different social platforms so now I mostly just post on Artstation, Twitter and Facebook. I will try and get this place a bit more up to date though, I promise :3

Thought I'd celebrate my birthday (30, oh no) with a Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak sketch! I was a massive fan of the original game (hell, I paid homage to it a few times in the art direction of our BAFTA winning game Distant Star), going back to that universe is just a delight. Awesome work Blackbird!
Hey guys, as you've probably noticed I've been very inactive here lately due to time constraints. I will make an effort to upload some new work soon but in the meantime you can see a ton of work which has never been posted here over at

Hope you are all well!
Shattered by abigbat
an illustration for the RPG Shattered​.

This was a real challenge to paint - multiple characters in a bright desert environment required a lot of preparation and I still had several issues with poses, space and lighting at various points of the process. I kept the style loose for this, didn't want to go into too much detail and I hope that it works (I've looked at it too long now).

Huge thanks Jason Rainville​ for some excellent feedback which pretty much saved the image. I can't stress enough the value of feedback; having some experienced eyes on the thing you can't even see anymore can make a world of difference :)

A wizard is never late, nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to. And when he does arrive, he busts out stunning traditional-looking paintings using Photoshop. 

By watching this tutorial you'll be taking your first steps into the wonderful world of Digital Art Wizardry. 


 - Introduction discussing techniques which will help you lose that digital look while still taking advantage of Photoshop's toolset. Includes a 20 minute reference photobashing demo and an abundance of chest hair.

 - 50 minute demo in which I paint a new illustration and discuss techniques, theories, getting into the industry, networking, health and fitness and how they relate to art and many other topics. I also cough sometimes and say "um" too much.

 - Layered PSD of my reference photobash so you can see how it's constructed.

 - Layered PSD of the illustration itself (which I cleverly titled "Wizard Quest" for no reason whatsoever).

 - Full resolution PNG which you can stare at lovingly or make your desktop wallpaper or something.

 - My brushset.

 - Chest hair and a ferret.

  • Listening to: Fez Side F
  • Reading: The Hearing Trumpet
  • Playing: Breaking Point
  • Drinking: Wine


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Paul Scott Canavan
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United Kingdom
+ Hello.

My name is Paul and I'm lead artist at a game studio based in Sunny Scotland. I'm also drummer for the band Paradigm Complex.

We're rather good.


Current Residence: Scotland.

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cruzobie Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Love your gallery man! much inspiration in all these pieces! 
sabrina20000 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your artwork is gorgeous! It's always so beautiful to look at, and takes my breath away! :D
ColorBeyond Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dig your freebie video, looking forward to watching your future works
kimsokol Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I actually found your work through Gumroad; great work, great tutorials, your brushwork and colours are a huge inspiration!
SpeedBear Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Student
Love you gumroad stuff! Keep it up!
NitelyHallow Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did not know you had a D.A. Account, just added you to the watch. Nice owl btw lol
JonEastwood Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Your gallery is way too good, man!
ShowMeTheCarFacts Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello, I just wanted to let you know that I completely adore your work and it has inspired me to get out of a three week art slump, thank you so much for sharing it here so we could all see it, a wonderful gallery showing the kind of great concept work I hope to do myself one day. Many pardons for spam faving most of your gallery as well. Work from you and others like you is what makes my days full of hope and color.
Best regards - Aquatics
abigbat Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey I'm so glad! Any time you get into a slump just focus on studies - portraits, landscapes or better yet master studies! Just studying someone's work and trying to replicate their strokes can teach you a ton and provide loads of inspiration :)
Resennar Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
Love your art! :la:
abigbat Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
aunjuli Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
You are fantastic!
abigbat Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
awh thank you :)
dino-axis Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your artwork! I would love to have you at: 

Our website is a graphics community where you are allowed to post your artwork in your very own gallery, get critique from other artists; we also have weekly art competitions and a monthly, cash prize, competition!

If you have any questions, I will be more than happy to answer them ! 

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