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Dragon Slayer Ornstein and Executioner Smough (D9)

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These two odd looking characters are mid game bosses in Dark Souls 1 and are IMO the most difficult boss battle in the game (unless you’re playing as a sorcerer then it becomes the easiest boss battle in the game). This is my third playthrough and it took me an hour of practice to beat them (obviously not playing as a sorcerer). The lion dude is the pain due to his ninja like agility but fatty is easy because you can spam him with arrows.

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Dark Souls Armor Study + Dragon Covenant Head

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I am in love with the armor in the Dark Souls games. I forgot what the name of the plate is. Havel’s Armor, I think ( I don’t want to load up the game again to find out because I fear that I will play it for hours). I just felt like drawing the breast plate, I will probably draw a full set. If your wondering why my character’s head looks like that is because I joined the Dragon Covenant in the game.

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Wolf concept sketch for next illustration.

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I’m taking my illustrations seriously.  I need to push myself to improve with each project, with each drawing. So I am trying to figure out everything before even commenting a single line on a virtual canvas. Doing thumbnails and concept sketches of a complex scene with five characters interacting with each other(a wolf, a dragon, a cat, a monkey and a gryphon bird thing) in a very low vanishing point.  after refining the thumbnail of my choosing. I’ve  made a simple 3d analog of the scene as a reference so I could experiment with the lighting and get the lighting correct. Now doing some concept sketches of the characters and what outfits they will be wearing. Here’s the first one. It will probably take me a week total to complete. Also had fun with bounce lights, I love bounce lights. The wolf’s armor is inspired by medieval armor and video game outfits. Time spent, 1 1/2 hours:  Painted in Photoshop.

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Portrait of a Chinese Guard

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I wanted to try eastern style armor tonight. I getting tired of painting in just grayscale so I thought I would paint with blue tones. Kinda matches my mood at the moment. I was pleased to find a model that was actually wearing armor to use as a reference. Although I personally think it might be a dummy, the reference photo is too blurry for sure. Here is the link. I was going to use watercolor but it was just painting a light light white stroke before starting the color, no matter what color I used. I couldn’t figure out why, it could be because I primed the canvas first? Also I had fun painting the face to be more sinister.

Painted entirely in Artrage 4 using a Wacom Tablet.
Time Spent 4o minutes
Copyright 2013 Maugryph

Non art related:  I have been in the mood to watch animation lately. Currently the Cartoon Network and Warner Bros tried to do the unthinkable, reboot the Looney Toons.. again. we all know what happened last time they did this. Could it get any worse? Thankfully no. ‘The Looney Toons Show’ is actually pretty decent. Although I’m not a fan of the the new way the characters look, it is actually funny.. quite often in fact. Although it’s humor and jokes are setup more like a animated sitcom like the Simpsons or the Family Guy. It’s all situation comedy and hardly uses the one thing that Looney Toons is famous for… slapstick comedy. this is the most disappointing aspect of the show. However the interaction between Bugs and Daffy are spot on even if the other characters are somewhat weak. Still recommend checking it out. It won’t replace the originals though. You can watch them online on Cartoon Network if you have cable ( I know that doesn’t make sense but that is how Cartoon Network rolls)

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Portrait of a suit of armor c1530

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Drawing armor is surprisingly fun. This suit of armour is also from the 1500s. I really like Artrage’s oil brush tool. It is very flexible. I will try the watercolors next.

I messed up a little on the plate on right side, the breast plate could use some refining. Setting a time limit is both a blessing and a curse, It helps you focus on what is important and vital to the piece which makes you faster but also forces you to leave things out as well. A true Catch 22

For my research I was having difficulty finding a person wearing a helmet on wikimedia but I found plenty of images with suits of armor in museums. I know it’s more of a still life then a portrait due to no one actually wearing the armor . But since the helmet is something a person would wear over his/her head and it would cover the face anyway so I am making a exception and including them with my portraits.  the photo I used as a reference is here http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WLA_cma_Suit_of_armor_c_1530_steel_.jpg

Non art related.  I remember as a kid watching a animated feature film about OZ, I found out what it was called. ‘Journey Back to OZ‘. Unfortunately Gregg Rolie or Steve Perry are not in this movie :D.  It was created by the same animation company the did ‘Masters of the Universe’. I kid you not. I watched a segment of it on Youtube, I remember it being much better. It has mandatory cheesy songs. One was with a signpost singing about how he has no clue where he is. I kid you not (x2). Nostalgia can be a cruel mother. It DOES get bonus points due to having a humanoid pumpkin guy. I currently have no interest in seeing the new OZ movie.  I think it’s the sarcastic winged monkey. I kid you not (x3000)

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Portrait of 15th century armor (armour)

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I thought I would paint in a different app this evening. The app is called Artrage 4, and paint program that emulates natural media such as oils, markers, and watercolor. In the past I have been using old versions of the software for years on my PC and my iPad but haven’t touched artrage in about a year. .Artrage is cheaper and creates better results compared to it’s rival Corel Painter. It’s interface is also quicker and easier to read then Painter. Since I paint a lot by manually changing the transparency of the brushes in Photoshop, so I had to approach painting in Artrage differently. the nice thing about the oil brush this that it paints the color and smudges the colors below it, so it was actually it felt quicker painting in Artrage and easier to get that ‘reflected look’. I painted directly to the canvas with no prelim sketch, just to try something different. I will be painting in Artrage for my head paintings from now on, it’s refreshing change.

Technically since the armour in the reference photo was in a museum and no one was wearing it, this portrait would technically be a ‘still life’, so lets just pretend someone is in there 😀

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Late_15th-century_armour.jpg

Painted in Artrage with a Wacom tablet
Time Spent: 50 minuntes

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Portrait of a Roman wearing a Roman Helmet

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The theme for this week portraits will be helmets. I would like to get better at painting objects with reflective metallic surfaces, what better way then painting people wearing helmets? My reference for the painting comes from Wikimedia as usual, but I changed the face of the person, since I didn’t find a signed release with the photo, I decided to play it safe. This helmet was basically a giant distorted mirror that reflected the crowds and the feathers on it’s metallic surface. I knew i wouldn’t have time to draw all the reflections and details, so I did my best to just get the jest of the reflections.

Bioshock Infinite comes out tomorrow. I have to wait a few months for it to go down. Paying $60 for a game is not in my budget. C’est la vie.