Day 779 - Manga Studio - 30 minutes. I think the values came together on this one fairly well. I still have to work harder on getting everything down though.
I haven't had a chance to update over the last few days, but I have done some speed paintings. Days 776 - 778 are below. 30 minutes on each. I feel like I'm getting a better hang of this. I'm trying to focus on getting basic values and shapes first and I think its helping.
Spent 30 minutes on this one again. This process has definitely been illuminating my limitations, and showing me exactly what I can do in 30 minutes. On this one, I started using the oil paint brush in Manga Studio and moved on to using a simple round brush to do more details. I'm trying to limit my brushes, since I'm only giving myself 30 minutes. Maybe the further along I get, I will get more of a feel for what certain concept brushes can do.
By the way, if anyone wants to see the source images I'm using for these paintings, check out the Facebook group Daily Drawing Challenge. The group is open to anyone of any skill level and was started by an old professor of mine at SCAD.
I limited myself to strictly 30 minutes. I feel like I am able to get the gesture fairly well, but I still have a ways to go to capturing the light and form properly.
This one was tough, I probably spent more than 30 minutes on it. But the point of this isn't about the final image, right? Its supposed to be a learning process. I feel like I still have a lot to learn...
Day 772 - Batman
I'm going to attempt to do a 30-45 min speed painting each day for the month of January. Let's see how I do! Here's the first one. For reference, these are all images from the Daily Drawing Challenge group on facebook . There's a lot of great work in the group. I encourage anyone looking to sharpen their drawing stick to take a look.
I was recently commissioned to illustrate a friend as a metal-bender in the world of Avatar: The Legend of Korra. His last name is Hammer, hence the hammer being formed. He is also a huge fan of red pandas(and why not? they are amazingly adorable), so why not have one as a companion?
This was fun to create, and thankfully he loved the portrait.
I love life drawing. Nothing beats drawing the human figure in the flesh, as opposed to drawing from photo reference. I love the challenge of quickly capturing the gesture of the pose, maintaining the proportion of the model, and if I'm quick enough, getting a snippet of the model's likeness. Its great practice, and artists of every level can benefit from a steady dose of life drawing. Unfortunately, there's not enough of it happening around me to make a steady habit of it. Whenever I see an event happening near me, I do my best to attend.
This year at Dragon*Con, Pierre Bernard Jr hosted Cosplay Life Drawing as part of the festivities and I was able to attend. My favorite aspect of it was that the models were in costume (plus it was Stargate themed, which was awesome. I love Stargate). One of the most important components of creating believable characters or creatures is being able to portray realistic clothing, costumes, armor, weapons, etc. Most of the time whenever a life drawing event occurs, the models are either nude or in swimwear so that the human form can be clearly studied. It can be difficult however to know exactly how fabric is going to drape on the figure, or how a belt is going to hang at a certain angle, or how pants bunch up whenever a figure is crouched. That's why I love drawing clothed models too, especially when they're in costume, because it helps inform my illustration work. The models were good and Pierre is an accomplished host of life drawing sessions, so it was a good event. Here are some of my sketches from the session. Most were about 10-15 minute drawings. I only had my small moleskine with me, so I couldn't do much more than quick pencil sketches.
Here's a link to Pierre Bernard's website, if you would like more information about his future events:
Daily Sketch Challenge Day 206 - Proboscis Monkey. Manga Studio.
Daily Sketch Challenge Day 200 - Bride of Frankenstein
Charcoal on Toned Paper.
Over in the Daily Sketch Challenge group on Facebook, we had an image of Christopher Lee for the day. Mine is a rendition in charcoal on toned paper.
Another Daily Drawing Challenge piece. I wanted to challenge myself and see how quickly I could complete a digital painting for practice. This one took about 3 hours. Tali'Zorah from Mass Effect. Original cosplay photo by Joseph Chi Lin.
Here's another Daily Drawing Challenge sketch. John Ford. Charcoal on toned paper.
Some new and old sketches! These are mostly warm-up exercises.
Here's a new piece that I debuted at Retro Mega Comic Con in Pooler, GA. I just wanted to do a fairly simple portrait illustration.
Here's a bit of the process I went through in creating one of my latest images, Werewolf Attack!
I started out with a pencil sketch. This one has my original scanned pencil sketch with a few added digital layers. I was playing around with different head shapes and the direction some of the werewolves were looking. Everything was really rough and loose at this stage. I like the movement and energy these rough drawings have.
Here's the first rough version of the color block in, or flatting, stage. At this point I was really just going for overall value and trying to figure out the basic palette. I wasn't very far along when this version was saved.
ThAt this stage I've got the blocking done and I'm starting to refine it more. During this part of the process its good to keep the image fairly small on the screen and work on overall value throughout the whole piece. Its usually not a good idea to zoom in and work on small details because it can throw off the balance of the composition. Its a good idea to keep it small and work with one or two basic brushes at this stage, just to slowly build up the value ranges and keep the focal points from getting lost. This part takes the longest. Once you get your overall values correct, then you can zoom in and refine areas, but its good to keep some areas less detailed than others. The focal points should have more refined detail to keep the eye focused on the important action!
Here's the final version of the illustration. I hope you like it!
It seems I forgot to post this to my sketch blog. Back in late January/early February, deviantArt ran a contest for the movie Dracula Untold. They were looking for billboards to display on their homepage that showed the transformation of Vlad's character throughout the film. The trick was that no likenesses could be used. This was my take on the character's transformation from a loving husband, father and king to a monster who has sacrificed his humanity to protect what he holds dear.
Here are a few more sketches from the facebook sketch group.
This was done in Manga Studio.
Marker on paper.
Pencil on paper.