REAL HANDY: Two Screens, Mirror, Anatomy Know-how
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy everyone. For those who are about to watch it - you're in for a treat, regardless.
Now, to share with you some tips.
- Two extra Screens - Super handy when you can display reference photos from your personal archives for your projects. As you can see here I'm focusing solely on Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill) for the moment, he is after all the focal point. It's totally okay to use a lot of references for your finished illustration - the more visual info you have to make a convincing illustration the better. Thanks to for inspiring me to get those extra screens where otherwise I would have never have done so on my own. Also here is another example of how I do my stuff using the two screens to it's full advantage.
- Big-ass Mirror - Be sure to have one right by your side. If you already have a flippable make-up mirror then you're already half way there. The bigger the better - why? You can capture more essential information on poses only unique to you! I couldn't find something that matched what I wanted for Star-Lord's 'okay-chill-I'm-not-going-to-hurt-you-so-here's-your-prize-take-it-be-my-guest' expression (both facial and full body). See the photo below for my take on his body expression, ignore my expressionless face though I've already found some photos that I could use on my hard-drive.
- Anatomy Know-how - Oh god, this is SO IMPORTANT. Take the following example. It is crucial to get Peter's face right (one of the main focal points, remember?) As you can see in the initial two shots his head was waaaaaay too big in comparison to his entire body. If I didn't take my studies at the Academy of Art (bless my instructors, thanks to Carla, Valarie and Thomas) I would have been stuck in the mud for years trying to figure out why Peter doesn't look... Quite... Right? So keep in mind of the PROPORTIONS, as you can see on the photo I shrunk his head to match his body size. I also kept in mind the rule of thirds on his face (chin to nose to eyebrow to top of the head).
So there you have it hope these tips help!
Oh and kudos to those who are looking forward to my new projects! I especially want to get my butt on working on a new story for Ashworth, one that is self-contained, short and sweet. First though I'm going to practice with painting backgrounds digitally.
to thank because not only are his works incredible but his 'Sci-Fi Environment Design Techniques
' initiative really gave me that boost of encourage to just give it a go.
Seriously if you're really into your illustration work and want to improve on your backgrounds - AND - you use your Photoshop + Tablet alot I HIGHLY recommend you sacrifice two cups of Starbucks coffee or four cans of your favourite soda to install Janos' Custom Brush panel for Photoshop and a 2h11min video of Jonas explaining a bunch of techniques he uses for Sci-Fi speed-matte painting. Unbelievable value.
I mean look at the photo again, I'm already practicing what Jonas has taught us on the video. And you can already see the newly installed brush panel on my Photoshop and let me tell you - I used only ONE particular brush of his to sketch this GOTG fanart - it's much more different from the usual soft/hard brush that I use because Jonas has taken the time and care to create a brush so versatile and unique that I'm starting to fall in love with it. Also that thumbnail placed on top as a visual and value study, that's his idea too and it'll help me along the way when I paint this later on.
So yeah, please do check out his work and do consider a small investment into his tools and techniques (I mean 6 bucks ($US)? Come on, that's ridiculous value!!)
Go get it. NOW.
And watch Guardians of the Galaxy. NOW.
Guardians of the Galaxy... WATCH IT. NOW.
Marvel Studios is really dishing out amazing films these past years. Just when I thought they couldn't top Captain America: The Winter Soldier (yes I prefer this over Avengers actually, just by a few points off!), they came up with GOTG. God damn, if you haven't seen it yet, you're truly missing out.
Go do yourself a favour and watch it this weekend, treat yourself.
Happy 14th Birthday deviantART!
Recently there's been an influx of messages and mentions on my inbox thanking me for being an inspiration and for being someone to look up. These people in particular have written about others and included me in their list of influence on art and life (via 'My deviantART Story' initiative
) - and I thank them.
Furthermore thanks to everyone who have continued to support and appreciate the work I put out for the community. It brings me a lot of joy to put out artwork on deviantART, as well as other activities related to my interests (like voice acting, Skype catch up with international friends etc.)
I want to give a big shout out and thank you to
and his awesome team who continue to make deviantART the art community, application and initiative it is now. It just keeps getting better as new ideas, technology, and talent arise each new year. Thanks guys, keep being awesome.
Last but not least thank you guys once again for the support and feedback, as well as the AMAZING artwork that you produce. I'm going to make an effort to showcase people's stuff every once a week to give them the exposure they deserve. Keep on inspiring everyone!
Oh and last but not least, many of you people know of my story but it's time I revealed some top secret drawings that have been stashed and hidden in my cupboard for more than a decade! I hope that by showing these two drawings it will show you that you can go a long way with your illustration technique - you just gotta be patient and have this attitude to never stop learning and never stop lovin' what you do (in my case, I still love drawing stuff, but for a hobby and not a profession)!
I was 16 when I drew these! Right about the time when I was working on the SA2 Fan-comic! That's 13 years ago!!
Sonic and Tails - 'Did you need help buddy?'
Shadow the Hedgehog: 'SEGA's New Rival Hedgehog!'
While I'm looking for a full time job I'll be keeping myself busy with the following projects:
- Sonic Boom: Unwrapped comic strips
- Ashworth: Tales of the Wombat King (Children of the Winter)
- Commission work (pending)
I hope to make an effort to do some illustrations involving figure/humans for a change. I'm really tempted to do some Marvel stuff based off the movies - they've been really doing a kick-ass job with the films.
STAR PICK THIS FRIDAY (Sariels-Hope) Week 2, August 2014
I'm really diggin' 's Sonic Boom comic strips as of late. What I admire about her Sonic art is being able to strike a nice balance between toon and anatomically structures figures of the Sonic characters (can't help but say that they look sexy!) She makes sure that every pose is anatomically accurate which makes it feel realistic with every action performed from the cast (e.g. the way that sonic's laying himself on his back on the office chair, or how Amy's swinging that hammer). There may be some instances where it may not look anatomically correct but that's the beauty of it because it gives it that loose style that you can get away with in cartoons - the dynamic element gives it a more animated feel). The other thing I want to point out is her attention to backgrounds - there's enough detail there to make out each setting and the way it's drawn complements the style used on her figure drawings. Great job!
Last but not least I'm digging the story she's illustrating with the Sonic Boom cast and more important their interactions with one another which leads to character development. Keep it up Cooper!
Oh and more SonicxAmy please!!