Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Star Wars: Episode II: Greyscale + Step by Step

So this is the greyscale image so far and a step by step since some people like to see it.
The sketch step by step is in the previous post.

Stage 5: Reworked the greyscale, I wasn't happy with the contrast, so since the main subject are the Jedis, I made them the darkest part of the image.

Stage 6: Don't forget to flip your canvas to spot mistakes (and don't be too lazy to fix 'em once you see 'em :P). As you can see I started shading the characters one by one after I had done the color lay-in

Here's more refinement on the characters. You can see I slightly started changing style since I painted Obi Wan, I'll have to go back over Count Dooku to match him up with the other characters.

Stage 7 : Worked on the background, since I am on a tight deadline I am not going into detail, just general shapes since it's not really the focus anyway. I might refine it later if I decide the image is good enough. But greyscale is done.

Star Wars: Lord Dooku Scooter chase WIP + Step by Step

It's drawing time!
I need to do a drawing for a monthly draw-off on, the topic is sci-fi and I really wanted to do something from my own imagination, but I happened to rewatch the Star Wars saga from scratch, and yeah that means suffering through the first 3 films. Actually, I was watching them in blu ray and that is just such a more enjoyable experience. With all the things crammed into one screen, you really need the HD treatment to make sense of it all. And Star Wars III was actually really cool to watch.

Anyway, I'm getting off track, one of the sequences that stuck with me was Count Dooku on a fekking scooter. Who in the world thought that putting an overages Jedi on a scooter would be cool? It's really not, it's lame in every way! So here's my tribute to that scene (Work in progress).

I made me think Star Wars Kart should be made!

stage 1: thumbnails
Yes I had it all in my head, so I didn't need to do more
than place the shapes into a composition I liked.

Stage 2: Rough pencils (even though it's digital)
I placed them in a real city, but later changed the idea
to fit more with the sci-fi theme

Stage 3: Some more detailed pencils
Changed the background into a market on Tattooine

Stage 4: General greyscale scheme

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Gds speedpainting 3

SO I stayed until the last session, for which we did a 1 hour speedpainting based on the theme "Christmas lights", here's my idea and afterwards threw on some colors.

Gdsworld Sketch 2

Another Speedpainting challenge on gdsworld:

30 mins:

Worked a bit more on it during critiques:

Gdsworld Sketch

I joined an online stream and I joined in painting, the endresult was something like a fail. I jumped too quickly to details. Gotta create shapes first and then go in with details. Good learning experience.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Daily Sketch Day 1

Trying to spark my creative work again, so I am forcing myself to draw at least one character per day for 30 mins in my sketchbook. Staying clear from digital for a while.

I got the topic from my facebook friends, thsi one is a "Faun".

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Caricature critique

The awesome talented Marc McMCabe (check out his blog ) gave me some great crit on my caricature attempt. The man is a painting beast and always honest with his feedback. I love that man :) Anyway wanted to share this, as this is great information!

His version of my buddy:

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Caricature sketch 2

Another one, they are just really fun to do, even though this one turned out bad for several reasons:

-Reference:  This was a very low res image of somebody I have never even spoken to. There was  no interesting light, couldn't zoon in to get any details.
- Poor brushwork. I think because the reference image had such little info to go by, I started brushing things up randomly to make it interesting. But I need to have less strokes with more information.

But making bad images is just as important as making good ones. As long as we're critical about our work, and learn from it! :)

Caricature Practice

This is a one hour caricature attempt. One of my talented friends was kind enough to offer his mug for some fun :)

The reference:

Step by Step:

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Robert Downey Jr Caricature + Step by Step

Went out of my comfort zone and did a caricature, or at least I tried to :P
I kept separate layers so you can see how I approached it:

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Schoolism course with Bobby Chiu: Digital painting Lesson 2

This is my coloring job of the Bobby Chiu's "The Stand", I diverted from his color scheme to make it my own. I mean I do believe in copying his methods, but deciding on colors is just as important. I think I did an ok job, but I really left the assignment until too late. Maybe I wouldn't have done more, but I always like to go back to my work the next day to make final didn't get a chance to do that this time.

I've got to say though, if I didn't follow the video there would be no way for me to figure out his working methods. I'm not saying you can't achieve the result in any other way, but I wouldn't have come up with his method by looking at his paintings. So very pleased with the course so far! The first two weeks we covered things I thought I already knew, but I learned lots of new things!

EDIT: Got my feedback today, and really happy with a 5/5 from Bobby :P
Really glad he took the time to answer some of my questions I sent him in my assignment feedback. Motivated to work on my next assignment :)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Iron Man Work in Progress

Doing a drawing for a monthly sketchgroup, concidering I have so many things to do I really should've just done something simple. Instead this is kinda happening :P


Large thumbnail

 Rough "Clean up" drawing:

Monday, November 12, 2012

Schoolism course with Bobby Chiu: Digital painting Lesson 1

I enrolled for the Bobby Chiu digital painting course, this is my first assignment which I found quite tricky. It really forced me to change from my usual routine and I learned a lot already, I think I could paint on this forever. It just never feels quite right, I think it's because I'd need to do some actual painting of bodybuilders to have some real life reference for how I want this to look.

Anyway, I am looking forward to Bobby Chiu's paint over and critique :) And of course the second lesson! I'll be posting my progress here and of course I will be using the new stuff I learn in my own personal work. So hopefully you'll be seeing quite an evolution of the next coming weeks!

If you are interested in doing a schoolism course yourself, click here:

Friday, November 9, 2012

Leaving The Stream

Tomorrow is my last day at work. Everybody always writes up an email saying goodbye and thanking everybody. I thought I'd do something personal and create a sketch to say goodbye.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween sketch

I committed to a sort of Halloween drawing before, so here goes a sketch.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Mondays Aaaaarrghhhhh

Exactly what it says on the tin! Finished this one up, might put up a step by step later if I get some time.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Did somebody say zombie?

No? Oh well, here's a sketch anyway :P Trying out a style I'll use for an illustration I'm doing at some stage this month.

Last robo concept

Talk about dedication, I spent most of my day at the pc drawing! Whoohoo.
Concept work is fun but kinda hard aswell if you don't know where you're going.
A lot of playing around and stumbling on things you might or might now like.
Tomorrow is reserved for fun drawing stuff! Now off to watch one last episode of Boardwalk Empire, fantastic show. Highly recommended!

More generic robot shaped design:

Organic alien exploration:

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Mildred Concept

Another concept, going to tackle the robot again after I had some dinner :)

Friday, October 5, 2012

More concept work

This is some more Work in progress, nothing you see here is final but some experimenting in the sketchbook and in photoshop.

Let's start with my favorite from tonights' session, this is not at all what the brief described...but sometimes things just happen and you go with it :)

It started from this:

These are some sketches for a male character, I really need to draw more in my sketchbook. The posing is just horrible :/

And finally squeezed in a sketch for a baby playing bass guitar :P