So we had this funny looking little dog…
Ah, I still don’t have any photos of the completed wall mural… So here’s something else I’m working on instead.
The author Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Stardust, Sandman!) is doing a calendar project and I loved his short story for June! I’m doing a full illustration that includes the husband to submit to his project, but I loved how the wife turned out so much that I decided to do a separate version with just her. She’s already half colored, but you just get the line work for now =)
Over the summer I was practicing on the wall next to my house. It was a LOT harder than I had anticipated. The wall sucked up the paint and was so uneven it was tough to cover (that, and it was SUPER hot out). What should have been a quick paint ended up taking me days! I had to change the design up a bit to work and it turned out like this
But I was never happy with it….. so I finally got fed up and added a little to spruce it up a bit lol
Yah, that’s an octopus on her face. (the chicken approved.)
About a year ago I created a couple images to help fund raise for a non profit animal assist program. This is the cat version, and I also did a dog version with kissing Pit Bulls =)
Looking at this now, I can see all of the techniques I used and all I can think about is how differently I would have done it had I done this more recently. The background, texturing and use of shadows especially are what i would change, but I try to never allow myself to edit/tweak images more than a few months old… I need to just move on and except that my techniques have grown since then.
Here’s a little something I’m working on right now.
It’s just a liiiiiitle bit rough still. My sketches are usually super rough and sketchy when I know they’re going to be inked or colored, especially digital sketches like this one. That’s one of the best parts of sketching digitally though; the ability to sketch super rough, then use layers and adjust opacity to still be able to tell what’s going on in the sketchiness.
To be honest though, my style changes a little when I sketch digitally. Because of the way I use my tablet, my style translate a little differently which I don’t always like. I’ve definitely noticed that my pencil or pen sketches are always fresher, and not so sloppy. That’s just a matter of improving my tablet skills though =/