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Message to the Sea – Final Drawing for Draw II Class

Message-to-the-Steam---Ink-and-marker

I pulled all the stops for this drawing. After using graphite and charcoal for months, I returned to my old love : Ink. I went though 50 thumbnail sketches. I  made studies of eel anatomy, fish, boats, ocean waves, etc. I spent about 5 hours on the research side (thumbnails and studies) and about 10 hours rendering this with Micron Pens, Sharpies, and Copic markers. I avoided realism and aimed to make a narrative illustration you would see in a children’s book. It’s surprisingly difficult to render waves with ink. I used many visual tricks to force your eye to stare at the envelope (focal) in the middle. I feel my drawing and comp classes are starting to pay off.

Let me know what you think. I would to hear what you think is the narrative for this drawing.

Ink and marker on Bristol Board. 24×16. Time Spent :4-5 hours on research/studies, 8-10 hours on rendering the drawing.

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Daily Painting No. 102 – Dragon Portrait (Finished)

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yes! I have finally completed this painting, after  working on and of on it for two months. I finished cleaning up the lines, played around with the colors, and I am done (I think). Tell me what you think.  I spent at least 12-13 hours on this painting. I learned allot about the importance to experiment, create  and destroy parts of the painting , and to have a more playful attitude when painting. It’s so important not to get tight when painting. best to start loose and build on the picture instead of worrying about everything being perfect. I made it to 102 daily paintings!

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Daily Painting No.88 – Dragon Bust WIP2

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I feel like I’m finally getting somewhere with this painting. Added a ton more details into the dragon. Opened up the frame added a background. This helped the composition immensely as I thought it was previously too cramped. I am debating if I will add another color into the painting. One more long session should knock this painting out. I am behind in uploading my art. I will catch up tomorrow. Feedback is very appreated.

As for my 100 painting still life / portrait challenge, I have decided to do it 50/50 and alternate between them. 50 still life paintings and 50 portraits. Here are my goals. All paintings will be in color, and use color in a exciting way. All portraits will be of recognizable people,actors, characters, real of fictitious, but a fictitious character has be in a live film (no cartoon portraits, all must be based photos). The reason for this is if it is recognizable I can get more feedback. For my still life paintings. The models will be from of my sculpture/toy collection of creatures, dinosaurs, dragons, cats, and other cool critters. I will also do some shiny and reflective objects.

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Daily Painting No.77 – Alex Hawkenstone Ch.2 Illustration

alex hawkenstone fantasy illustration 2

This is the most complex illustration I have created so far. This is for the second chapter of my story. Each chapter gets a accompanying illustration. Each chapter draft and accompanying illustration has a week deadline. I get as much done as I can each week and move on. I am basically doing this to get used to deadlines again. Most of my past projects have been at a self pace. It’s time to get used too being thrown into a fire. I probably wont upload the text for a couple months. I need to find a writer that can help me  with proof reading (Andytallman was kind enough to help me out with the first chapter). The illustrations will be uploaded every Sunday, finished or unfinished.

Now that I have rambled on a entire paragraph lets talk about this illustration. Noticed the bird creature? I made a concept sculpt of it not too long ago. It was on of my many references for this illustration. My main focus of this illustration was how to use focal fallout. I wouldn’t consider this painting finished but it is somewhat stable due to cleaning the edges and putting most of the detail in the focal points. (cleaning your edges works wonders on focal points) I spent about 5 hours on this. I had to get past a barrier to paint this, since this is a complex action shot. I haven’t done one this complex before. So I stalled way too much. But I got over it. Art is a mind game.

What do you think?

Photoshop with a drawing tablet. 5 hours.

update: There was a too much open space on the sides so I cropped it in a little bit.

update 2: cleaned up the image a bit more.

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Man confonts the Dragon (WIP)

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I am working on a retelling of a illustration I did about 5 months ago http://maugryph.deviantart.com/art/A-warrior-confronts-a-dragon-that-is-hungry-348927571. This time I made the dragon massive, it’s head taking most of the picture itself. I have been experimenting with custom brushes. This painting will have two light sources, on from above and one from the warrior’s torch.

A man confronts a monster 10x his size. Not too bright in the light department. Here is the painting so far, it’s got a ways to go. Strangely enough I am juggling three different illustrations at once. Let me know what you think of this rough so far.

For every illustration and and painting I do, my goal is to do better then my last painting, no matter how small. I also been doing regiment of  lighting studies and drawing figures daily. A awesome practice site for drawing figures is here  http://artists.pixelovely.com/. give it a shot if you need some figure practice and cant afford a model (nothing beats a real model but this is good practice regardless).

Photoshop. I have no clue how much time I’ve spent, I was experimenting with brushes and undo and redoing brush stokes. I lost track of time. A hour, maybe two?

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Knots and Loose Ends (Illustration) (WIP)

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Here is a WIP for a Album Cover I am working on. Featuring a serpent-dragon thing who has had the misfortune to accidentally tie himself up in a knot. It is relatively done, just needs some clean up in a few rough spots. I spent about 7 hours on it so far. Painted in Photoshop. Made some custom brushes for this painting. Let me know what you think 😀

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The Babysitter – Poster Version

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Update: Replaced the dragon in the background with a knight. It makes more sense to me do do it that way. A role reversal.. However the original image is below

The completed Illustration. The dragon in the background was from another painting I done and was a place holder, but it looked so cool so I left it. Changed the illustration to a poser/book format, where text could be easily added (book/movie title, credits, etc). Made the dragon guardian old, and changed the eyes. as of now it is done. I cant think of anything else to do with it. Let me know what you think of it.  Painted in Photoshop.