Saturday, September 29, 2012

Digital Practice - Planet Tutorial

Continuing my digital practice, again, from this tutorial on Deviantart Art. Really, just some practice on filters and textures, but still another tool to put in the belt.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Practice Digital - Clouds over the Ocean

Here's the last tutorial mixed with another one, based on making ocean waves, again, off Deviant Art. The lighting moving from dark, under the more opaque clouds, to light, under the less opaque ones, is purely accidental, but as the late Bob Ross would say, a very happy accident, indeed.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Practice Digital - Clouds

Continuing to practice digital painting. Here are some clouds, using layers, opacity and the smudge tool.  I based the design on one of the many tutorials available on Deviant Art.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

At the Mountains - Final

Ok, so it is not great, but as my first completely digitally painted pieces, I am very proud to have made this piece.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

At the Mountains, pt. 3, flats

Part 3: Flats. Next up, the painting part.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

At the Mountain Pt. 2 - Lines

The next step: add lines.

Banky[annoyed] It's not "tracing", alright? I add depth and shading to give the image more definition. Only then does the drawing truly take shape.
Collector: No, no. You go over what he draws with a pen. That's tracing.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

At the Mountain - Starting Sketch

To be colored and digitally inked (if that's what they call it these days.)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Robot Sketch

A sketch of a robot, done with vectors.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Seraphim Design Project - Final Sketch

I'm creating a design based on the six wing seraphim. I'm going to document the creation process, and here is the final sketch, of a few I made, which I settled on for the next part of the project.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Tarot Reproduction 2

This one wasn't so good. I gave up on it around when I realized the rams on the front of the throne looked like mice. Still, I wanted to continue working on this project, and I felt like there were enough interesting details worth placing here, at least for viewing purposes, if nothing else.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Tarot Reproduction 1

I'm very interested in the Tarot, not because I think it can divine the future or anything, at least no more than any person could by thinking about something really hard, while trusting their intuition. I'm working on several digital pieces of randomly drawn cards as practice. Here is the King of Pentacles, done entirely in Photoshop. It is based off the Rider-Waite deck.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Red Marker Sketch

I was sitting out back, on a nice summer day, with Jenny when I opened up my sketch book to this large scale doodle and actually said, "what the heck I was I doing when I did this?" What ever it was, I should bottle it and sell it before they declare it illegal.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Doodles 3

I was very easily annoyed when I was a student. My notebooks were filled with examples of my attempts to scratch these annoyances away.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Free Sketch 2: TMLMTBGB

This was a sketch I did for a comic for the New York Neo Futurists sketch group's comic book, which came out a few years ago. I did two comics for them based on sketches their participants wrote and performed. The comics were well received, then I never heard about it again. I think it wasn't such a popular item and you'll never know it had ever been produced, ever. I also believe I may have one of a small number of remaining copies you'll ever find. That's little sad Suzy above, who couldn't be happy because no matter what she consumed, and she consumed a lot. It was a neat sketch, which was awesome to see live, and I tried to capture as much of the original performance as possible while adding the unique value of the drawn visual medium could give on its own.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Nightmare Fuel: Free Sketch 1

"She stood in the middle of the room, motionless."

Based on a dream described to me from a friend. I sketched this drawing up as we conversed about other topics afterwords. I often find myself wanting to create quick drawings of the odd and strange encounters people have in their subconscious and waking moments, to solidify the initial impressions in my mind.

People who dismiss the value of such things state, "it is all in your head." Well, so is your home address, social security number and the name of your favorite band, and the memory of the last good meal you had recently. It is all in your head, sharing space with the dreams about scary eyeless people in your living room.What does that say about what is in your head?

Think about it.Won't you? Thank you.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Doodles 2

Part of the doodle obsession was faces. Lots of faces.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Doodles 1

I was a bad note taker in college and spent most of my time doodling, while scribbling the main ideas around the drawings I made. I learned year later that doodling can be used as a focus tool, and I did well enough in school to believe that I there was some element of truth to that statement. What follows for the next few posts will the doodles I collected from my various notebooks and pasted onto strips of black construction paper. It was going to form part of an art book that never happened.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

From the Sketchbooks 7

Sometime around 2004, I started obsessing over drawing cross sectionals of the earth. It was a take off my favorite pictures in school science textbooks from my childhood. I created a larger version of the above on poster board and put it up on my roommate's wall. It was a long landscape, in black marker that went the length of the room and started with a deep ocean and ended in a city. I took comfort in the 2D side map of a non-existent place. Years later, I saw in the subway cross sectional illustrations, as well in the works of several other artists. I suppose I just had the same ideas that other people were bandying around at the time.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

From the Sketchbooks 6

When I was working in Kazakhstan, I lived on the second floor of an apartment in a small town. Across the way was this window. All the apartment buildings in the town were the Soviet style concrete temporary deals, but the slightly onion shaped window, and the multi-shaped windows were a nice touch on the otherwise drab and repetitive structures that dotted the country.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

From the Sketchbooks 5

A sketchy copy of the cover of the strategy video game "Emperor of the Fading Suns." Computer games were a huge part of my early life, and part of the reason I wanted early on to be an illustrator, since I was often more attracted to the art work of early video game's paraphernalia, which could be very well put together to make up for what usually were far inferior graphics.

Monday, February 20, 2012

From the Sketchbooks 4

I like this design and thought parts of the creative process, I've created several dozen sketchbook pages that are nothing more than a few ideas I have for a project I would like to implement, and may never have, or will only when the time comes. This was going to be for a website, a personal portfolio website, I never created. I never found much value in a personal webpage to showcase my art early on as I spent most of that time creating the stuff to showcase. Now, things are bit different.

Friday, February 17, 2012

From the Sketchbooks 3

This was an outright Lovecraftian rip-off. Not sure what was going through my head at the time, yet I am still surprised at some of the terrifying and unnerving things I produced, often stone cold sober.

Monday, February 13, 2012

From the Sketchbooks 2

This came from one of my older sketchbooks. I'm not proud of a lot of the work in there, it's tad juvenile, but I could see where I was developing some my personal style, especially with my interest in line quality. Here is a cartoon idea that never went anywhere. I think I just liked the title, "4-Eyed Samurai," and like a lot of these ideas, it never went very far after the initial sketch was put to paper.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

From the Sketchbooks

I pulled out this one splattering from my college days, probably my second or third year. I had started looking at design as a possible venue to explore, so I began to sketch like mad. I also think I was suffering from horror vacui, as a lot of the pages from this sketchbook are filled entirely with lined drawings from top to bottom, although it tapers off later in the book, and in fact all the last three pages are blank. I think that says there was a lot of energy going into the sketches in this book early on, and that energy was either fine tuned towards the end, or that I had so many ideas to start the year off, and as it progressed, I gained more focus and less fear of the white space. Either way, I am please with a lot of the examples from this particular sketch book.