Watch out, going to whip out my nerd here for a moment.
So, I’ve been dabbling in WildStar on their beta weekends when I have some downtime from the millions of other work things I have to do.
And I am in love.
It’s been a loooong time since I played an MMO that has captivated me as much as Wild Star. It’s so fun and funny and just highly entertaining, and SO pretty! I love everything about it, all the races and the world and uuuugh…I could wax poetic about it for hours.
Anyways, the first character I made was a little Aurin, Mirri. Aurin are a rabbit/cat/forest creature type race and they are vomit enducingly cute. So I doodled her up here at lunch today.
I’ve also got a couple other characters I’m dabbling in, because I love both factions and I can’t decide which I like better. I’ll probably draw up my Draken character latter…because dragon like people, how can I resist!
C2E2 FOLKS! This weekend I’ll be attending the con in the artist alley with our resident SKULLKICKERS artist, Edwin Huang!
Make sure you swing by and check out his awesome artwork! I might have some stuff lying around…but I’ll probably just be working D:
Comics and sketch commissions will abound, though! Hope to see you there!
c2e2 in chicago is coming up! i’ll be tabling at the artist alley(i-17) alongside misty coats, illustrator extraordinaire and colorist of skullkickers.
drop by and say hi! we’ll be sketching, signing and selling books all weekend!
Bleh, I’ve had a huge shortage of time lately due to workworkwork so I’ve been sorely lacking in doodles :(
I knocked this one out at the tail end of lunch as I had to work thru most of it this time around. I at least got to do SOMETHING.
As you can see…my sketches and doodles tend to be A FREAKING MESS D: I am a sloppy sloppy artist! I’ll either refine this as I ink it, or just leave it as is and paint over it to clean it up.
Anyways, some random dragon/lady goodness. I don’t draw the dragons and or the dragon ladies enough. Shame on me.
Dan Fessler’s HD Index Painting Technique let’s you paint pixel art in Photoshop in a non-destructive manner, and lets you use pretty much every tool in a perfectly pixel-gradient fashion!
The article gives you everything you need to try it out for yourself.It’s easy to set up and use, and the results are so fucking cool.
Knowledge is good. Knowledge is power. Become more powerful.
This is pretty brilliant. Looking forward to trying it out :D
** REBLOG AND WIN ** The Ultimate Megapack for Photoshop has been updated and now contains over 100 brushes for the same discounted price as the original pack.
This is my best-selling set and it includes a wide range of incredibly realistic pencils, inks, gouache, oil and acrylic brushes, as well as some FX brushes, erasers, blenders and smudge tools. There is even a perspective grid brush.
THREE random Tumblr followers who reblog this post will win a free Megapack on Sunday, March 30th (Value: $13).
Thanks for the support, artist friends, and happy painting to all!
OMG I love these!
don’t choose me, I already bought it, but I wanted to reblog so everyone could see how these majestic brushes will change your life
So I can buy this when I get off work. $13? Worth it.
13$ for this awesome brush pack (if you don’t go in for the reblog random win). Totally worth it!
Tuesday Tips - Gesture Drawing
As a story artist, I feel like one of the most important technical skill to develop is the ability to draw things things clearly and fast. Practicing gesture drawing is, in my opinion, a good way to get better at it. I think it’s fun, too! Of course, you can draw from life and find unique things people and animals do, but I also think practicing gesture drawing from imagination is truly helpful. For instance, I usually do some gesture drawings of characters I’m about to work with in a sequence. It helps me find a short-hand to start building from. The simpler, the better. Especially early on a project, it really helps to find a quick way to draw a character over and over without repeating yourself all the time.
I remember Life Drawing teachers telling me to “draw from within” and to “feel the weight”. It’s absolutely true, but in terms of storyboarding, other elements came to be as important to the process. Silhouette and a sense of “cartooning” is tremendously helpful to communicate certain things clearly to an audience.
I’m only focusing on character posing right now (and this is just an introduction to the subject). Gesture drawing is very close to thumb-nailing, another ultra-helpful skill. More on that later.
For those who want to spend some money on great books on the subject, I highly recommend you to pick up “Drawn To Life: 20 Golden Years of Master Classes of Disney Master Classes” (Vol. 1 and 2) , from Walt Stanchfield. Do it.
More work on my Witchy Birdy Lady…working title >_>;
Anyways…did some more work on her at lunch today. I’ve been listening to a lot of witch house music so I think that’s greatly influencing the mood and theme of this picture.
The image on the left is where I pretty much got to painting today. I extended the size of the canvas from the last image I posted of her to give more space for her head. I also wanted to extend the line of her dress down as I found it to be a nice visual look. Also finally painted the bird skull more and refined it.
I added in the hands as well, it really gives a nice dynamic element to the piece and I think helps focus your attention in on her face more.
The piece on the right is just a last minute rough idea of where I want to take her neck jewelry. It’s just an idea for now, but I think I might build on it more and see how it looks. More arcing elements to bring your eye back up to the focus of her face.
Oh hey, I did a thing at lunch… again… surprise, surprise.
Knocked out this rough painting in just a hair over an hour. Got really into working on the face, which is always my favorite part to paint, and didn’t get enough time to look up some bird skull references D: So… that came out looking pretty bad due to just pulling it straight out of my head.
THIS IS WHY REFERENCES ARE GOOOOOD. Because my memory sucks :/
Did a quick 15 minute sketch at the tail end of lunch today. Kiva is a little halfling druid I’m playing in Dungeon World (my last character met an unfortunate end, sadly). Thankfully the upside to your character dying is you get to make a new one! Hopefully Kiva’s life span will be a lot longer than her predecessor XD
here are the skullkickers trade covers so far. we’re currently working on the 5th volume. lots and lots of story left!
for more info on image comics’ skullkickers, click here! you can purchase these trade paperbacks through amazon or at your local comic shop.
line work by me
colors by espen g.
I love the amazing covers done by Edwin and Espen for the SKULLKICKERS trades! They are a continuous loop as well, so neat and well done! :D
For more info on SKULLKICKERS, check Edwin’s attached links!