Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Other Study WIPs

Suppose I'll toss up a bunch of other WIPs that I have at the moment. Realistically, I need to finish these and/or just move on... But I can't stop until I feel like they have something there...








Relaxation is Good for the Spirit

Sometimes it's good to just chillax for a few days.

Master Swordsman - Preview


Title: Master Swordsman - Preview
Date: December 23 - ?, 2013
Medium: Photoshop CS3

Notes: This one might not look like much, but it's the start of an animation I'm working on. This is only the first frame, and I'm not trying to do any pressure on it. Just painting one or two frames a day. They are more-or-less my warm-ups. Trying to work on stroke economy really. Like I said, it doesn't look like much at the moment, because this is only one frame, but you'll see in time...

Cylinder Test - Mug


Title: Cylinder Test - Mug
Date: December 31, 2013
Medium: Photoshop CS3
Scale: Same as Above.

Notes: Working on doing some shape exploration combined with some painting from life. Glass has so many reflective surfaces that it's a good and hard material to study.

"Mock me, will you?!"


Title: "Mock me, will you?!"
Date: December 28 & 31, 2013
Medium: Photoshop CS3

Notes: A push into more portraiture combined with some focal point exploration. Just mainly having fun doing some long-deserved rendering. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Madam Smug

Madam Smug


Title: Madam Smug
Date: December 23, 2013
Medium: Photoshop CS3
Scale: Original is 1456px x 2192px

Notes: Continually trying to combine everything that I've been learning into one painting. Still just focusing on studies, but it's a start toward where I want to go. After all, I want to do characters in the long run, so I will keep on pushing into that direction.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Loose to Refined

Larriva Study


Title: Larriva Study
Date: December 21, 2013
Medium: Photoshop CS3
Scale: Original is 1000px x 1400px

Notes: John Larriva is pretty damn good at simplifying the form. I think it might be a good practice to either try and manipulate the paint in a similar manner, or try and do a bunch of studies using the technique. Regardless, this guy is definitely pro! Time to keep catching up.

Wired Scars


Title: Wired Scars
Date: December 21, 2013
Medium: Photoshop CS3
Scale: Original is 1366px x 2058px

Notes: Tried out something new here by using photo filters to start the color (on top of a grey painting) and then sample from that to paint the final. It came out not so bad, and this image is the result. It's kinda creepy to me, but was a fun and new way to paint even faster. I might try this again just to see how far it can be pushed.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Winter Break

Winter Break has officially begun! So that just means it's time for tons of game playing and experiments.

Scott Burdick Attempt


Title: Scott Burdick Attempt
Medium: Photoshop CS3
Date: December 16, 2013

Notes:  Oh man, Scott Burdick. Just learned about him from another artist just recently! His stuff is awesome to me because it follows that whole 'ragged, but right' thing that I enjoy so much. More of this upcoming I'm sure of it!

Space Man Cometh


Title: Space Man Cometh
Date: December 15, 2013
Medium: Photoshop CS3

Notes: First paint since the semester was over. I wanted to try out a bunch of different things, such as lighting, texture, etc. Mainly just trying to push what I learned from the semester even further.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Illustration 3 -- Mythical Self-Portrait

Illustration 3: Mythical Self-Portrait


Title: Illustration 3: Mythical Self-Portrait
Medium: Photoshop CS3
Scale: Original is 13" x 23"

Notes: Let me start off with, this is the biggest damn thing I've ever painted! I tried to make sure to keep pretty close with the stroke-economy. A few things that were said during critique that I applied were: Add more dust, change the color, only slightly, on the syringe, shrink his forehead only slightly, and possibly change the color of the floor and door in background.
Done and done!
Submitted to Comm Arts

Friday, December 6, 2013

Independent Study -- Finals and Book

Sorry for lack of updates for a bit... but I was really busy.

All I can say is... WHEW! Now I can relax the rest of the semester away (Monday is last day YEAH!)

But yeah, this is the entire project, sans text.

Independent Study: Displaced Final


Title: Independent Study: Displaced Final
Medium: Photoshop CS3
Scale: Original is 11" x 17"

Notes: The final for the Displaced race for Absolved.

Independent Study: Foundling Final


Title: Independent Study: Foundling Final
Medium: Photoshop CS3
Scale: Original is 11" x 17"

Notes: The final for the Foundling race for Absolved.

Independent Study: Marionette Final


Title: Independent Study: Marionette Final
Medium: Photoshop CS3
Scale: Original is 11" x 17"

Notes: The final for the Marionette race for Absolved.

Independent Study: Absolved Preview Booklet










Title: Independent Study: Absolved Preview Booklet
Medium: Photoshop CS3, Pencil, Ink and Brush
Scale: Each 'page' is 8.5" x 11"

Notes: This is the final for the entirety of my Independent Study. I've had the ideas flowing around for quite awhile, and so taking this independent study pretty much forced me to really get in and dig deep to get this all out. Honestly I hope to one day be able to turn this world into something, but that's for another day I think.

Friday, November 22, 2013

A Little Traditional Love Too!

Comic Studies


Title: Comic Studies
Medium: Brush & Ink
Scale: 9" x 12"

Notes: These were some quick studies I did for my comic pages. They were all really fast and done with brush and ink.

Pencil Character Studies



Title: Pencil Character Studies
Date: November 19 - 21, 2013
Medium: Pencil
Scale: Varies

Notes: Just making sure that I keep my pencil work up because I've been doing so much digital work this semester! This is always my favorite thing to use material-wise...

Schnouzies


Title: Schnouzies
Date: November 22, 2013
Medium: Photoshop CS3, Pencil

Notes: Saw another of Marc Brunet's tutorials and decided to have a go at it. It makes drawing noses soooo much simpler!

What's This?

DJ Shadow - "Erase You"

"What's This?"


Title: "What's This?"
Date: November 22, 2013
Medium: Photoshop CS3
Scale: 800px x 1200px

Notes: Trying to continue on with chunky painting. Yet again, not only pose study, but also seeing how big I can keep my brush while painting. Theres a bunch of the background elements missing from this one as all the boxy objects in the background are pages from a book. I simplified them quite a bit. 
~30 minutes.

A Still-Life Lesson in Subtlety


Title: A Still-Life Lesson in Subtlety
Date: November 22, 2013
Medium: Photoshop CS3
Scale: Original is 2000px x 2000px

Notes: I was sitting there thinking about what to paint and I look over and light is streaming through the window and hitting this vintage gargoyle statue that we have and so I wanted to see if I could paint it. It was literally one color from the light on hard stone.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Couple o' 30-minute Paints

Thirty-Minute Portrait Study


Title: Thirty-Minute Portrait Study
Date: November 18, 2013
Medium: Photoshop CS3
Scale: 4.4" x 6.6"

Notes: I watched a bunch more oil painting demos, and wanted to try and see just how big I could keep my brush while painting. I guess this is a step towards that chunky painting that I enjoy so much. Honestly, I want so bad to learn oil painting just because it seems like the ultimate middle-ground. I love gouache painting because of it's blending, and I hate acrylic because it literally dries in like two seconds. Therefore, I can only assume that oil paint would be like a super opaque version of gouache because of the drying time. We'll see if I'm wrong or not in the coming months...

Thirty-Minute Landscape Study


Title: Thirty-Minute Landscape Study
Date: November 17, 2013
Medium: Photoshop CS3
Scale: Original is 2048px x 1360px

Notes: Yet again, another attempt at that chunky painting. This was much more about color interaction than the one above, as I wanted to start playing around with colors and how they react. More of this to come as well!

Comics 1 -- Bakhtak

Comics 1: Final Comic - Bakhtak










Title: Comics 1: Final Comic - Bakhtak
Date: October 30 - November 18, 2013
Medium: Photoshop CS3
Scale: Each page is 5.5" x 8.5"

Notes: Comics are harder than one would think to do. Sure I can do the art all day, but the dialogue is a whole different ballpark. 
This was more or less a comic created for Ashley, she came up with the creature, and I wanted to really push myself and see if I could create an entire comic based off of it. Whether or not it was fully successful is up to everyone else, but I tried to make sure that I could hit the deadline with this one. As always, there are a few things that I would change now that I look back, but I just wanted to make sure that I wasn't late with my project.

Independent Study -- The Displaced - Finals

Independent Study: The Displaced - Finals




Title: Independent Study: The Displaced - Finals
Date: November 13 - 18, 2013
Medium: Photoshop CS3
Scale: Varies

Notes: Man-oh-Man. I didn't think I could do it at first. Crank out three full character paintings in a week. I kind of surprised myself with these.
I wanted to show the proportions they have in comparison to their bodies. Those hands are huge, and that waist is tiny. Damn sewer rats.
Now all that's left to do is rework that first piece (the marionette) and start cranking out the booklet, and then I'm done (at least for this class -- I still have a ton more work to do to flesh this world out to the max).

Monday, November 11, 2013

Illustration 3 -- Annual and Interview

Illustration 3: Communication Arts Submission


Title: Illustration 3: Communication Arts Submission
Date: August 20 - November 9, 2013
Medium: Photoshop CS3
Scale: 20" x 7.15"

Notes: This has gone through so many changes and revisions since first being conceptualized. Personally, I love the color palette.
I'm trying so many techniques with this one. Steelyard, Accented Analogous Color Palette, Reflective Light, Material Testing. Basically all the building blocks of things that I've learned since I started school all combined into one illustration. It's a long process, and I still feel like there's more to be done on it. I guess I'll see after critique?

Illustration 3: Illustrator Interview - Joshua Newton







Title: Illustration 3: Illustrator Interview - Joshua Newton
Medium: Photoshop CS3
Scale: Each 'page' is 8.5" x 11"

Notes: I can't thank this guy enough. Joshua Newton, you are a badass, thanks for this awesome interview!