the Pfeiffer Pfiles Presents....the Art Work of Artist Fred Pfeiffer

Fred Pfeiffer was an American Artist
He worked as an Illustrator out of N.Y.N.Y. and
L.A. CA. in the late 60's thru the 70's and into the 80's

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Scotty Phillips : Seven Agate Devils - Under Painting

Phase 2 in a study of the Fred Pfeiffer Cover Illustration for
the Doc Savage Bantam paperback.

Looks like Fred painted this one pretty
quick. the Burnt Umber dries very fast
when thinned and besides the gray and
the slight wash of the Raw Sienna in the
background all he painted was Doc.
I have really enjoyed playing with this one.
This is a very early step and not detailed much at
all. I can run with though and reel it in.



Courtney Rogers said...

That is SWEET!

Scotty does a superb job, as always. Looking forward to the different stages of the painting.

Lots of mood here, and captured brilliantly.


Rob Weilert said...

Even in the early stages of this painting your exceptional skill as an artist is clearly in evidence Scotty, and I think it's a great idea to share with us the different stages this painting will go through. Artwork in progress is something we don't often get to see.

I'm very curious. Are you presently illustrating book covers for any particular publishing company?...or is it purely for the enjoyment of the art that you paint? Your skills are clearly on par with what's produced at the professional level...indeed ABOVE par compared to art I've seen on covers at the book racks.

Courtney Rogers said...

Aw Rob, now that will go straight to Scotty's head and he will raise his commission rates!

His talent is exceptional, if I do say so myself. And I have been a lucky recipient of his stages of painting. Very fascinating.

Scotty Phillips said...

Thanks to both of you for your kindness.
I thank my mom for getting me interested in oil painting and reading at an early age. She showed me how to mix color and how much I could learn by just doing. I read a lot of books on the subject and find the Andrew Loomis books my favorites.

I quit trying to get art jobs as Computer Illustration became the norm. I paint for various private clients and for the pure joy of painting things I like. I am studying Photoshop on my own time and find it interesting. I do feel some of the soul and spirit of a painting is lost in some of the CGI movement though. Tapping into that is a puzzle and something I will just have to keep at. I will never give up painting though. The paint leaving the brush and hitting the surface is something that I find invigorating.

I like studying Fred's paintings because he had such a unique style and eye for composition.
I never get tired of looking at Fred's work.