Posts tagged ‘illustration’

August 11, 2011

IoW Banner WIP

The Illustration of the Week challenge has opened up on the forum, and for the first week we’re suppose to come up with a banner that lists all of the rules of the challenge.  The banners are usually illustrations in and of themselves, and it comes with some prestige because everytime a new challenge is posted the banner will be the first thing people see.  I’m very skeptical my work will be chosen, but I’m hoping I can pull out something decent.  The image above is the first few sketches I made.  I was inspired by the idea that illustration is “storytelling”, so the first thing that came to mind was someone telling campfire stories.  For whatever reason, I’d first imagined dwarves being the characters.

Here’s the first roughs in Photoshop, jsut laying down the basic shapes and some values.  I’m experimenting with the chalk “brush” here, which is very useful for laying down values.

I dropped the dwarves pretty quick mostly because I couldn’t figure out how to draw toddler dwarves with beards that looked like they weren’t old men.  Anyway, bears are cuter than dwarves, and lumBEARjacks are the best!  I’m trying to create some flow in the scene, after having watched Jason Manley’s very educational series on the basics of design.  It’s something I’ve known for a while but for some reason hasn’t stick to me till now.  I’m also using very basic perspective to help sort out the placement of the characters and give the image a little more depth.

At this point I’m almost done.  All that remains is to add some color and do some cleaning up.  I’ve made quite a few changes here, like moving the rabbit up behind the dog, replacing the nebulous creature behind the tent with a chimp (Yes, I just watched Rise of the Apes) and an owl, so the bearcubs look like they have a bunch of little friends with them listening to their father lumbearjacks’ story.  I’ve introduced a lot of foliage into the scene (I still don’t know how to control that. :|), made one bearcub look interested and the other one afraid for some contrast, and also fixed the father bear’s hands so he looks more like he’s telling a story than trying to strangle someone.

I’m kind of stressed out about this because I think it looks really nice (at least Aissa thinks so) but I feel like something’s still wrong.  Hopefully when I put this up on the conceptart forums someone will be able to point out the glaring mistakes.  In any case, I have till this weekend to work out the kinks before final submission and voting.

July 19, 2011

Doxy (slightly NSFW)

Doxy is a Pen and Paper RPG in development by Ian Warner, who’s commissioned some black and white illustrations fro me.  Doxy is a humorous and farcical RPG, which seems to be Ian’s specialty.  While it’s not going to make me big bucks, Any illustration work I can get under my belt is always a good thing.  According to Ian doxies are meant to be common strumpets.  The modern day analogy might be to say that doxies are to courtesans what today’s prostitutes are to escorts; the more money you’re willing to pay the more class (and more importantly hygiene) you’re going to get.  I previewed the chubby doxy above in a previous post, and it’s my favorite of the first four illustrations I made for Ian.  I can’t place why exactly, I just like her curviness and her “come hither” look.

I like this one as well because of how I was able to get  a few squiggly lines and copy and paste them into a pattern for the pillows and the drapes the doxy is lounging on.  It’s a neat touch that gives the piece a lot of visual flair without necessarily taking too much time.  For more of my black and white work, please take a look at my coroflot account here, where I’ve uploaded quite a few new artworks.

May 20, 2011

Isaac Clarke of Dead Space

I’ve been wanting to use my pen brush for some drawings, and since I’ve been playing Dead Space (the original one, cause I’m cheap like that) and I really love the design of Isaac Clarke’s R.I.G. I thought I’d draw that.  Aside from the anatomical issues and the pose looking a little stiff I quite liked this drawing.  I love the flow of drawing with a brush pen, and the subtlechanges in line width.  It just makes the work feel so much more natural.  Below you can see some of the first few sketches I made, to familiarize myself with drawing the unique helmet and R.I.G.