Yessssh! My copy of Walrus just got here last night! I drew this for Brandon to celebrate.
Brandon's on of the best dudes in comix these days. The art book has a cool mix of work including sketches, flyer art, and some older work, all dressed up for the format. You can pick up yer own copy here.http://www.amazon.com/Brandon-Graham-Walrus-Grahams-Album/dp/0985159596/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1373672749&sr=8-1&keywords=walrus+brandon+graham
Here's some of his art for your convenience.
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.