Thursday, October 23, 2014

Beta Euthynus 2

Second page. Plenty of layers that were toyed with and thrown away in the making of these illustrations.

Beta Euthynus 1

Part of a series of cleaned and toned vignettes during the Halloween season. More to come. (The backlog of illustrations needing color is adding up.)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Color and Tone Studies

(Am finding whenever I do color pieces, any sort of dreams I have afterwards are way more involved and detailed, almost to the point of exhaustion whenever I wake up. Was it Picasso or Van Gogh that was said to have suffered from epilepsy, which in turn is speculated to have contributed to their unusual color palettes and shape choices. If that's an accurate portrayal, I can see the merit in the concept. And how disturbingly prescient Zamyatin was in We.)

Some color and tone studies from these past few weeks. First one's from a story that's been rattling around for awhile; second and third are more Halloween themed that I'll probably color over the next few weeks. Am sure I'll spot mistakes in the meantime, but I partially blame the Hitachino Nest for uninhibiting enough me to post these.

("...uninhibiting enough me..." No occifer, I'm not drunk.)

Older sketch revision

(Hopefully for the last time.)

Redid this drawing from the previous post after about a week of looking at it. Just wasn't happy with the line/shape rhythm going on with the hair in the main drawing - line on the right side of her head was too similar an angle with the outer shoulder line on that side, as well as the strand of hair in front of her face being a bit forced rather than naturally flowing. Also, continuing the line from the hair to the left side of the page somewhat helped. Whenever in doubt, draw completely through and finish the line or shape no matter how far out it reaches, even if that outside part of the drawing's never going to show up. This is something board artists learn when laying down perspective grids... that is, before Sketchup and fbx files provided the backgrounds. 

Nothing stunts the shape, line rhythm, and general flow of a drawing more than trying to draw within the bounds of the page, comic panel, or storyboard template, rather than feeling free to break outside of it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Older sketch, revision

(Just to benchmark my own progress; newer illustration based on the older sketches below. Characters in background seem to be running circular laps around the main character. Maybe she's just caught one of them to ask what in the hell they're doing.)

She's supposed to be in the middle of swinging the character from left to right. Her lower torso, hips and legs should probably be positioned a bit more mid-stride as opposed to a cold-start pose, in order to give the whole thing more energy. As is, the hair, tail and the character being thrown seem to be carrying most of the intended weight of the pic, the main character's pose being a bit too static for what I was going for. Goes to show that marriage to an exploratory sketch or sketches can hinder later possibilities.

Older Sketches, continued

Remember doing these either at the old office space, or at a sketch session with the coworkers at Starbucks, back around October of 2012. Above is 2nd pass, below is the 1st; Colerase on paper.
Ended up redoing the faces (and a couple of the graphic logos in the margins) on the Cintiq this past week, plus the additional character study on the bottom right. What a (hopeful) difference a few years makes in learning correct understructure. It's funny, what at one time you think "Yes, that is the sh*t" only to see it a few years later and realize "Yes, this is sh*t.

To quote Max von Sydow's portrayal of Dr. Kynes - and in the same resigned voice, "The process of removal continues"...

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Older Sketches

(Started Oct/Nov. 2011; finished Oct 2014. Efficiency par excellence.)

I've mentioned before about sitting on a sketch or illustration for a few weeks or months to spot all the mistakes. So how about a few years. Which seems to be what it takes for me to gauge not only any potential progress, but to correct whatever bad drawing habits, shape choices, facial geometry issues I tend to fall into. It's one of the reasons why I'm grateful I've kept most of my mistakes from, shall we say, being immortalized.

(Another from the same batch, roughly same time period.)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

UFO Aerodrome

...Complete with Belgian triangle floating in the background.

Besides trying to get better at laying down tone, have also been playing around with contrasts in lighting and atmosphere. Consider Catch Me If You Can as the template - or as I call it, cake frosting cinematography:

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Nihon Ghost

Another piece done for the friend's obon festival booth. Despite messing around with textured brushes, thought the color came out a bit Photoshop-y, what with the one gradient used for the background. Take note of the Unsolved Mysteries lighting hitting both walls.