Adam Celeban - Artist, Illustrator & Designer

All of Adam's articles or artworks labelled as “Digital Painting” are shown below.

View Illustrations Digital Painting, Creature Design, Photoshop.

The Bell-tail Miniature Dragon

Adam Celeban - Digital Painting 2013

13 December 2013 - Digital Painting (Photoshop). Duration: 1 working day.

Pictured above, is a quick creature design I did for Helpful Bear Productions' Creature Design Contest. The Miniature dragon lives in dense tropical rainforests, cautiously fluttering from pond to treetop. Camouflaged like a leaf on a branch, swaying with the wind, the miniature dragon has been observed to pounce, with lightning reflexes, upon unsuspecting crickets, flies, dragonflies, and beetles.

View Illustrations Character Design, Digital Painting, Drawing, Book.

Trevor the Meerkat

Trevor the Meerkat - Adam Celeban 2012

Trevor, pictured in the above sheet of poses and expressions, is a character I've been slowly developing for a children's storybook currently titled "King of the Mountain". He's the inquisitive protagonist who "one day stood up and took notice", and he's on a quest to have a puzzling question answered.

View Illustrations Digital Painting, Character Design, Photoshop.

The Pirate

The Pirate - Adam Celeban Character Design 2012

20 July 2012. Character Design. Working sketches in marker, final painting in Photoshop.

The brief called for a pirate-character on the search for treasure, using a mech to travel, search-for and obtain the booty.

To make a mech plausible to be made by someone in the time of pirates I figured it would either have to be man-powered, or would be built by someone a little ahead of their time, and powered by steam. This instantly conjured an image of a pirate reminiscent of the "steam-punk" genre. So I looked to pirate ships, carriages, steamboats and trains for inspiration. I began designs with carriage and strong-hold-like walkers, and even walking boats and ships. Looking at the character designs I had come up with, I inspected them, wondering which of them would have the means or inclination to make such a machine in a time when man power was clearly easier and cheaper, and came to the conclusion that he is an adventurer first and foremost. A little odd, but immensely brilliant. Not someone who commissioned a machine, but the same person who invented it. This pirate was going to be a cross between Captain Hook, Captain Cook, and Dr. Who. A character with an insouciant swagger atop his "bow-legged metallic treasure huntin' stallion!".

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Big Mamma

Big Mamma - Digital Painting, Adam Celeban 2011

20-21 September 2011 - Digital Painting. Duration: 7 hours.

As a gift to a friend and Blues lover, who doesn't have nearly enough room to house the entire chalk series of Croak, Bellow, Howl & Growl, I completed this digital painting version of "Bellow" (also affectionately known as Big Mama).

Normally reticent to re-make or revisit old work, and keep developing as an artist, I really enjoyed painting this piece because it gave me an opportunity to just concentrate on the painting and focus solely on how the light works in it and develop that to a finer degree.

View Illustrations Digital Painting, Photoshop, Christmas.

North Pole Portrait

Family Photo - Digital Painting, Adam Celeban 2010

16th December 2010 - Digital Painting (Photoshop). Duration: 9 hours.

Merry Christmas! This artwork was designed as a Christmas card, and was done to a fairly tight deadline so it could be printed on time.

On the left is Uncle Frosty, filled to the brim with Christmas cheer. Ever since he discovered that alcohol won't freeze at temperatures just below zero, he's always managed to have a good time at all of the family get-togethers. Larger than life and full of pride, Santa Claus embraces his family. On Santa's other side stands Jack Frost, always a little unimpressed by family activities. Mrs Claus sits in the middle, with her Elvin children around her. And let's not forget the family pet, Rudolf.

View Artworks Exhibition, Digital Painting.

Digital Dreams

Adam sells his first print of his first ever digital painting - August 2010Artworks on display - August 2010

An exhibition that treads new ground by exhibiting Australian digital painters. 27th August - 9th September 2010.

I was invited to exhibit my work at Brunswick Street Gallery – three storeys of gallery space tucked up above a bookshop in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Suddenly this part-time passion had turned into a somewhat more than part-time adventure.

I hurriedly painted another artwork to add to my collection, organised printing, framing and shipping, and flew down to Melbourne to attend the opening night, accompanied by my Publicity Agent/Minister for Social Affairs/girlfriend.

I'm happy to say that I was the first to sell a piece (Office Pandamonium), and that it was sold on opening night, within just a few hours of the gallery opening to the public. What a buzz!

The beauty, or perhaps misfortune/disadvantage of digital painting is that there are no originals. Reproduction is easy enough, and I never need to part with my original work, which can be difficult. Every artist pours their heart and soul into each piece and gets so very attached to it that it’s hard to let it go. It’s also hard to put a price on something you've loved and nurtured, and brought into existence.

That is why I decided the production of my works should be unique, and of the highest quality. Each painting is framed and belongs to a limited edition of 250. They are individually hand-signed and numbered as a part of the printed artwork. The prints are made by 10-ink UltraChrome® HDR process, which has a superior colour and vibrancy to normal 4 colour printers, or even giclée prints which are the usual choice for high-end archival quality artist’s prints.

My little trip to Melbourne was a great source for inspiration. I visited the Tim Burton exhibition and remembered why I love Beetlejuice so much. I also managed to meet Viet-My Bui ("Viet-Mee Buoy"), one of my new favourite artists, alongside whom I happened to be exhibiting. Some of her work can be found at ravenskar.carbonmade.com.

View Illustrations Digital Painting, Character Design, Photoshop.

Nanna at the Mall

Nanna at the Mall - Digital Painting, Adam Celeban  2010

12th August 2010 - Digital Painting (Photoshop).

I was invited to exhibit my work at Brunswick Street Gallery in a group show called "Digital Dreams", which exhibited nine digital painters from all over Australia.

This work originated from an image that popped into my mind, while sitting in the mall, just watching people. This ancient little lady sitting down devouring an ice-cream one morning before I went to work. Her weathered face and beak-like mouth made me think of a snapping turtle.

I completed this work over a few evenings, and got it done just in time to get it printed, framed and shipped to Melbourne for the show.

View Illustrations Digital Painting, Photoshop, Australia.

Aussie Santa

Aussie Santa, Digital Speed Painting - Adam Celeban 2009

10th December 2009 - Digital Painting (Photoshop). Duration: 3 hours.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Created for a Christmas card, this speed-painting is a new re-invention of Santa Claus in the land Down Under.
It's quite apparent to anyone who gives it any thought, that a reindeer-drawn sleigh is a most impractical form of transport for anyone intending to travel in Australia.

Santa rides an "obviously magical" quad bike drawn by six red kangaroos. He is adorned with black gumboots and gloves, tight little red shorts, and a cookie and beer-stained singlet. His red Akubra, edged with cotton wool protects his dusty face from the hot Australian sun.

It's a tough ride, made all the tougher by the need to make a quick change into his red robes, in the dark, whilst flying over the Pacific Ocean, island-hopping his way to America. I really hope Santa finds a moment to take a break and have a shower!

View Illustrations Digital Painting, Character Design, Photoshop.

All Aboard the Clandestine Express!

Clandestine Express - Digital Painting, Adam Celeban 2009

Created for the CGSociety Challenge XXIV, titled "Secret Agent" (11 June 2009 - 10 September 2009) - Digital Painting (Photoshop).

Originally published through CG Society, this work is my entry for their "Secret Agent" CG Challenge of 2009.

This digital painting is a tribute to cartoon spies, as we remember them; short in stature, green skin, moustaches, trench coats pulled tight, hats pulled down low, shady shifty eyes. My inspiration for this piece was drawn from 40s - 60s cartoons.

I immersed myself in cartoons such as TV Ads of the time, Hannah Barbera, The Pink Panther, The Dover Boys, Dudley Do-Right (particularly the villain Snidely Whiplash), Inspector Gadget and many more to eventually create a look for this piece.

View Illustrations Digital Painting, Photoshop.

Wolfman

Wolfman, Digital Painting - Adam Celeban 2009

5 March 2009 - Digital Painting (Photoshop). Duration: 9 hours.

This "Werewolf" is the beginning of a mythical creatures series. The intent of the series is to inject a little more reality, as I see it, into the way these creatures are seen. I've always been interested in mythology, but aside from that, I am often dissatisfied with the creature designs I see in many movies and TV shows.

This painting closely followed the viewing of the newest of the Underworld movies. I enjoyed the experience because I spent most of it imagining what more could be done with Vampires and Werewolves.

In this instance, the werewolf is clearly more wolf (Grey Wolf specifically), but retains the pink skin of a man underneath, and shows the shirt stretched to extreme above.

View Illustrations Digital Painting, Character Design, Photoshop.

Office Pandamonium

Office Pandamonium - Adam Celeban 2007

14 March 2007 - Digital Painting (Photoshop). Duration: 2-3 days.

I realised that after a year at my previous job, I hadn't been drawing. Well, almost not at all. I think I remember an occasion during that year when I just had to draw something to tell myself I could still do it and the talent hadn't begun to deteriorate. Thankfully I still had it but I was rusty, and definitely out of practice.

When I described my job at to at least 3 friends, ones I hadn't seen in a while, they were all surprised that it didn't include any drawing. They all imagined me doing something where I was drawing. And to be completely honest with myself, so did I.

It seems the video games industry has had a remarkably draining effect on many other artists as well. At the surface it sounds like a dream job to "geek-out" over, but I'm not sure if it's so good when other people are more excited about your job than you are.

Anyway, I got inspired watching one of Bobby Chiu's video casts, and made a start on some digital illustration challenges with my friend, Mr Marques, where we each do a drawing concept. This, the first one is under the theme of "Panda with office supplies". This painting has been strongly influenced by the movie Office Space.