So, I recently decided to devote more of my time to improving and finding a direction for my art. I've been so out of practice that I'm spending a lot of time just getting a handle on the basics. Here's the rough gameplan.
- Sketch faster and cleaner.
-Learn more accurate perspective.
-Learn photoshop CS6. I got it as a gift a few months ago and, it turns out, it's waaaay different from 5.5
-Get stronger at balancing value in color\greyscale, or in balancing fills in b&w.
I'm going to try to focus on and develop 2 of my art styles. I draw a ton of different styles but I think these two are the ones I neeed to do. Comic - Inked, clean, lots of playing with negative space, stylized. When colored, colors are kept fairly flat. Inspired by a mix of japanese, korean and euro comix, and artist I know. The art I did for brandon up thar could be an example of that. This one is reasonable developed but I'm playing with some different human proportions. I can already do it pretty fast. Illustrative - Detail, loose lines, emotional, atmospheric a lot of playing with the balance of the placement and grouping of lines. A blending of stylization and realism. When colored has a heavy range of values and feels fairly rendered. I can sketch in this style pretty easily but still need to find the right way to complete them. Here's an example of something in that style I started on last week but haven't gotten back to yet.
I've noticed that it can be kind of discouraging that I don't have more finished, presentable stuff to share with people. It's just the state of affairs at this point. The truth is that I draw stacks and stacks of sketches and productive time learning photoshop or other things. That's part of why I decided to start using this blog as more of a real art blog, whereas before it was more of a gallery. Next time I'll start scanning in more of my practice and progress stuff and talk about the things I've been learning and influenced by recently. Well, that's it for now.
Here's some Secret of Mana fanart done while I was watching my friend replay it on virtual console.
I haven't done anything finished in months so I really had to push to get this done. As a result it's a lot more stiff than I would like. And had a bunch of mistakes and weaknesses that are bugging me. But that's okay! One thing at a time. I'll get better as long as I keep working at it!
I drew the boy's face last so he just had dot eyes for a long time. It reminded me of Calvin so I just drew him a Calvin face and kept it that way right up until inking it. Because it made me laugh. And still does. So here it is!
Alice, Clover and Zero Jr from Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward. Added some interim versions from photoshop cuz why not.
'm a huge fan of 999, the previous game in this series, as well as the Infinity Series made by he same creators. All of them are visual novels with dark, nonliner stories that explore concepts of time, abnormal psychology, human resonance, telepathy, and trust, and perceptions of reality. Really good stuff.
If that sounds cool and you have a DS, try out 999. As for the infinity series on PC, I'd go with Remember11.
Hooray! The new art desk I got last weekend has been pretty successful. Just seeing it at the end of the living room reminds me to draw. Here's what I've done the last few days.
My sweetie and I have had these mice for several weeks now. Almost immediately I began thinking of the inevitable day when they leave on an epic fantasy adventure.
Note: Objects named Violet are smaller than they appear.
Timid Lily is the healer, brave Violet is a hammer warrior (wearing red to draw aggro) and sneaky Ivy is a thief. And, no, I didn't make them costumes in real life but they do have a pirate ship.
My color work with markers is still shaky. I don't like the muddiness and lack of color balance.
But it was super fun getting in some practice!
I just finished Scourge, a Star Wars novel by the uncomparable Jeff Grubb...who happens to sit in the desk across from me at work. I like how these turned out, even though Zonnos should probably look a little less smart.
For the first time I'm really relating to hutts as characters. And his main character (human, not hutt) is a relatable, almost nerdy jedi. I loved the book, especially the characters, the whole way through. What can I say? Mr Grubb is good at what he does.
When I read really good books I tend to picture how I'd draw the characters and scenes, but I seldome do more than rough pencil doodles. I've been getting back into reading in the last few months and it felt really good to draw what I was reading while I was reading it. I recommend it!
My sweetie wasn't a fan of how I left the top of the tree ambiguous before, so I gave it the same treatment as the lower part and added greyscaling. I prefer the original because I wanted the whole mechanically lined tree and organic metal contrast. But both versions exist with the power of the internet, so why not! Trees are fun anyway.