Friday, July 12, 2013

Walrus Shmalrus

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.

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. 

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