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Character Designs – Alex and Cruz

Sorry, I’ve been neglecting my blog. I was busy with commissions for the last few days. I wanted to do some concept art for Alex and Cruz. A comic my friend and I are working on.We are shifting from ‘anthro’ animals to ‘normal’ ones.  My friend Cruz needed a head shot of his character for the comic. I thought I would do a bust for each. Although the final designs will not be as details as this. I enjoy painting details, It’s very therapeutic. Currently Alex is a white dragon, but I have been on the fence about making him a golden dragon. For both characters, I used reference images of my friends and my own face to attempt to inject as much of our personalities into the characters .  the eyes will probably be bigger in the final designs.

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The Dragon Princess – Storyboard

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This was my storyboard assignment. The goal of the assignment was to tell the story with no dialog. Pictures only. And I was limited to ONLY 10 PANELS!  The story is somewhat based on a Welsh fairy tale with a twist. I am curious how you interpret this storyboard /comic. If you have the time, tell me what you think it the narrative is. :). I noticed there is a fine line between sequential art and storyboarding. Using a fixed picture frame and seeing the picture frame as the eye of the camera takes away the complexity of panel layout and design and helps me just worry about what is important… The narrative. I will be performing a test run of ‘storyboarding’ my Alexis Hawkenstone story. Since I am such messy writer. The visual aspect of storyboarding/comics might be a better fit for my story.

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Daily Painting No.73 – Dragon has a headache

anthro dragon scalie blue naked

Technically I spent two days on this painting. But since I couldn’t bear to paint more comps today, I finished this instead. It was a another experiment to see if I could my blend my 3d modeling skills with my painting skills and make it as seamless as possible.  5 hours . Tools used: Sketchup, Carrara, Photoshop

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Daily Painting No.4 – Anthro Iguana

anthro iguana portrait

A portrait / concept art of my Iguana Character Alex. Like most reptiles, he is misunderstood.

Self Critique: I need to change the background so his face pops out more. Feels flat. Not entirely happy with it.

Time spent 1 hour, Photoshop

Daily Painting # 4

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Alec 3D model WIP (Both Human and Dragon)

alec human 3d model anthropomorphic dragon version

It’s been a while since I have worked on this project. Changed Alex’s name to Alec so it doesn’t get confused with another character I have made (Dean,Chris,Alex, and Alec.. Oh what will I name him next :D) . Did some tweaks on the 3d human model. The human model is most important as it will be used most of the time. Gave Alec more weight. Finished the dragon model of Alec. I switched it from a dragon to a alligator ( I gave up on the alligator model) and back again. There is no direct  connection in the storyline between the human and dragon versions of Alec. It’s more of a alternate dimension type thing that just gives me more opportunities for gags. The face of dragon Alec is much thicker and stubby then earlier versions and body is now more anthro then funny animal. I still need to model new pants and add shoe strings to the shoes. Ditched the hair on the dragon model and made him white for better readability. the dragon’s feet need some modifications to look more dragon like.

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Alex the Alligator Character Concept Art

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Alex the alligator is a character I have designed for a comic /animation hybrid that I am working with a friend to produce. The character’s personality is based on my own. It was a interesting challenge to draw a friendly/geeky looking alligator. Funny animal alligators are usually portrayed as bullies. It’s going to be fun to bash stereotypes with this comic. Originally he was going to be a dragon but we decided for the projects to use only real animals. He has a dragon look in him still. My friend chose a cheetah for his character. A fat cheetah, that’s going to be interesting.

Update: I decided humans are better for this project at this time. He looks a lot like my dragon character Chris.

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Vector Character in a 3D world test

vector character and 3d model combonation test with illustrator and sketchup

Just making make sure this would actually work. I created my first set for my comic in 3d, the dragon’s work area. After I created the set, I experimented with rendering to see what way would be best and tried various toon shaders , flat shading, among other things. I found the best result and it matched with the vector character, as I want it to look as seamless as possible. I’m using techniques used more by animators then cartoonist for this project. I want the comic to look very clean and professional.

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Chris the Dragon

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Chris the Dragon is the other main character in the comic. He is a contrast to Jed’s more easy going personallity. His head is also my avatar icon at the moment. Both Chris and Jed where sketched on paper and the created in Adobe Illustrator as a vector graphic.

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Jed the Unicorn

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As I mentioned earlier I would be working on a new comic series. So far there is only two characters in the comic. Jed the unicorn. It is set in a modern world like our own but inhabited by legendary creatures instead of humans. The comic itself will combine vector artwork in 3d scenes.