Friday, December 28, 2007

MANGANDY!



Well if you can guess who the subject of thise piece is you get 20 points. I did this in Painter, and really enjoyed crafting this. Scanned a pencil drawing I had done into Painter, and then tried looking for a tutorial online on how to seperate linework in Painter. All I could find were tutorials in Photoshop, and since I'm not incredibly well versed in either program, I had to find an alternate way of handling my problem.

I ended up simply changing the properties of the layer. What kind of layer I made it into, I'm not quite sure. It was colored with the chalk brushes and I really had a blast creating the shine and shadows. I kinda wish I had put him in a more dynamic pose, but I'm thoroughly happy with the way he came out. I also wish his neck was smaller.

I was trying to go for a more "anime" look for this piece, which I'm not quite sure I accomplished. I'm not a big fan of the anime asthetic for the most part, although there are quite a few I really enjoy. I feel this guy came out somewhat more comic booky, maybe a nice marriage of anime and American comic styles? I also kinda get that whole 90s Capcom Street Fighter vibe, which I dig.

Well, either way. Enjoy!:)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

National Geographic Eyes



So I haven't updated in near a month, much to the chagrin, I'm sure, of the 5 people who click their merry ways onto this blog (happy holidays, by the way). I really had nothing to post, so I went rummaging through my old crap to find something. And I found this, something I started on Painter with my tablet.

It's old, unfinished, and was really just a warm up thing to get familiar with Painter. As you can tell, I obviously didn't dig too hard into this. The potential of Painter is immense, and perhaps now that I am on break I will break it in a bit more thoroughly. It was afterall an AMAZING gift from my very special boy, who also happened to inspire me to give this chica the look she has here.

She was originally very bald, and very simple. Even more so than now.

Anyway, I hope to upload my final for my Illustration class soon. I know you are all salivating, waiting for it. That was sarcasm. I wonder, if this whole blog isn't just a whole way to blow my own ego? Do I really love the sound of my voice that much? Or the sound of my typing, rather. Either way it is what it is. Enjoy. Spread it around like WILDFIRE! RUFUS!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

IT WORKS! IT WORKS!!!



So I finally figured out how to make my pictures clickable. Which makes me giddy. Really giddy. So I was asked what the purpose of this blog was, and I hesitated. What is the point of this blog really? Hmmmm. I'd like to hope there's more a point than it being a personal journal. I'd like for it to REALLY have a purpose. :P

So I decided that I would use this blog as a way of conveying my creative process and hopefully share and learn about tricks, skills, and methods to creating art.

So for this piece, the assignment was called "Deconstruction, Destruction, Decomposition." I knew I wanted to use watercolor to create this piece. I love how watercolor is very expressive and light, and you can use it in sketchy and rough ways. To me that fed into this "deconstructed" look that I was going for. I wanted to be able to see every stroke and every underlying pencil mark.

The end result was that up there, and while it's not exactly what I intended to create, I experienced something that every artist comes across once in awhile. I had come to a place in the painting where I could either push it further and make it really expressive and wild, or I could leave it in this safer, more refined state that I absolutely loved. So do I risk pushing my painting further, and probably more clearly illustrate the purpose of the title? Or do I keep the piece where it is, and where I like it?

When to know that your piece is actually finished is a hard question. But I eventually decided to leave it as it was. I would rather risk not fully interpreting the prompt than to risk completely destroying my vision. Either way I love the way this piece came out. It was a first time for me really utilizing watercolors, and I look forward to doing so again.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Problems Already...

So I have a problem. I fully intend to post pictures on this blog. Lots of them. And upon my first post I have come across this problem:

When I post images, they are small, and they stay small, and are unclickable.

What I would like are images that can be clicked on and one will be able to view them at a larger size. I have no clue how to do this, and so I searched this site for help but they have no help. So I figure I'd give it a shot and ask the world at large for help.

So, anyone out there. How do I make clickable images that can be view larger upon....clicking them. :)

The First Post - Dun Duna Nah!!!!

So here it is, the first post ever. Right now this blog is in the first stages of being a regular thing in my life which has become increasingly paperless, and increasingly attatched to my keyboard. I spend (read: waste) way too much time on the internet, so why not freshen up not only my grammar and writing skills, but also use it productively to sell myself like a whore on the street. Sounds good right? I thought so.

So I intend to use this blog as a way to share my art with the world, because really, who doesn't want to do that? I hope that this blog thing is a success and not a major let down because I was talked into this by a certain someone, and I'd hate to be a failure because of someone else's idea (an idea I all too excitedly jumped at).

So please come, enjoy. Tell your friends, invite your family.

Here are some really old scans to get the party started.