Color Sketching

I took a few days off for the Holidays and I’ve been using some of my spare time to work on digital painting. Here’s one that I was working on a couple days ago. There are no high or low lights in it yet, so she has a very flat, dead tone. I was just messing around with using a single layer and keeping to the sketch without relying too much on it.

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Texture Sketching

Another little experiment with hair and clothing textures like this one that I posted before. I’m trying to simplify all of my lines more and more, letting the eye complete the image rather than the line… of course that’s what I said, then I got bored of what I was doing and scribbled shadows and what not all over it.

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Why is hair so much fun?

I’ve been practicing a little bit different technique with hair lately. It works best for super curly or fluffy hair. Whenever I drew tight curls in hair it would always come out either too wavy looking or choppy or I’d just load so much detail into it that it overwhelmed everything else… which isn’t always a bad thing I think, but I wanted another option. Basically all I did for this hair was a super light and loose outline of the shape of the hair, and then shadows to build it up. A few little hair squiggles and some big ass glasses and we’re done!

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Conventions Badges

I’m leaving this afternoon for Chicago for that convention I keep talking about, and tomorrow it finally begins! The attendees of these conventions often have characters/designs that they like to show off, so a really popular selling item is Badges; small illustrations of the client’s character with their name or pseudonym largely displayed. They are then printed, laminated and cut out to create a tag or badge that can be worn and displayed as people walk around the convention. They’re fun, easy, and great advertisement! What better way to show off your work then have people wear it around? Here’s one that a client ordered in advance of this weekend’s convention, to be picked up in person, of a cute Red Panda girl.

So I already had this image printed yesterday to about the height of a pen. Then I carefully cut it out to a general shape, laminated it, and now all I have to do is attach a badge pin to finish it off. If you’re a little confused by my garbled explanation of what exactly these are, here’s another badge that I did for a convention over the summer, this time with a photo of the completed product.

There’s also this one that I did, where I was hired to take a photo of the client and turn him into a satyr!

SunRise ver. 3

And the third and final version of SunRise! (SunRise version 1, SunRise version 2) I did all three of these versions as completed, stand alone images, to show the different price points that I offer for illustrations and I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out. It was actually a lot more difficult then I expected it would be, to have to design three different levels of detail and compositions for one image…! I started by drawing and inking the main image of the woman, since that would be the same through all three images, then I went straight to the third, most detailed image and began working in the background. When I was happy with the results of the third image, I began taking it apart to less detailed levels, and putting that into the first and second images… Then I had to balance them all so that they not only showed the different levels of detail, but so they actually worked on their own and didn’t just look unfinished.

So if you’d like to see all three on the same page (so it’s easier to see the difference between them) you should check out the “Illustration” page under my Prices section. With this illustration done, my Prices Page is finally completed (for the most part…) and just in time for the convention in Chicago this weekend! I leave the day after tomorrow so today I’m buckling down and getting all my printing and last minute work done. Yikes, I still have so much to do…!!  (“_”; ) ( ;”_”)

SunRise ver. 2

Here’s the second version of SunRise. It has a background now and a lot more detailing. In the original sketch she was actually stringing a bow, using her feet to balance it, but I liked the way her hands turned out so much that the bow didn’t seem necessary. That, and it threw the composition way off, no matter how I drew it.

Like I said before when I posted the first version, this is nothing at all like I imaged it would be when I was first sketching it. It’s really interesting how all the little tweaks and changes somehow ended up with this.

Tomorrow I’ll post the final version with all of the full details!

SunRise ver. 1

I started a sketch several months ago that never really got very far. I got tired of it quickly and put it aside until a few days ago. I needed to do an illustration that could show the three different “tiers” of price points that I offer, so I went digging around in my computer for old ideas and sketches, and I found the sketch. Except for the general pose of the body, almost everything about this image is completely different then I had originally imaged while sketching. I had to change a lot around to make it work for the three tier process, but I’m glad I did. It was going to be something pretty generic at first, and this is way cooler.

I’ll post the next two tiers tomorrow and the day after (once I’ve tweaked them a bit more), and then I’ll post them up on the Prices page to finish that off =)

Character Designs 1

Going through one of my old sketchbooks I found lots of drawings I did several years ago when I was working on a project with some friends of mine. Life happened and the project went to the back burner, but I still work on it from time to time. These are some of the character designs I created for it.

Japan Trip Day 8

Day 8 was mostly a travel day for us, since we were heading back to Tokyo from Osaka, but we got up early in the morning and headed out to fit just a couple more things in. Our first stop was Osaka Castle. It’s a beautiful structure that pops up over the trees that surround it. I can’t imagine what it must have looked like when it was still in use; it must have been incredible!

The interior has been turned into a museum and each level is different. There are letters written by Hideyoshi Toyotomi himself, clothing worn by the people who lived in the castle, there are even little models mixed tiny live action reenactments (they’re adorable and Lan and I were hooked for a good 30 min even though we were in a hurry). When you get to the top you can walk out onto the balcony, and the view is beautiful.

The castle was great, but the best part was when I was suddenly mobbed by a group of school kids on a field trip. A girl was saying something to me (VERY LOUD) and I couldn’t quit understand at first. It sounded as if she was asking me where the bath was (“ofuro”)… then another girl whispered something to her and she said, “Where are you from?” (again VERY LOUD). I told them I was american in english and then japanese and got a chorus of “Woooooooow!!” and clapping. They practiced their english with me a little more, telling me things they liked and disliked. One girl said, “I am Japan.” then asked to shake hands. It was so cute! I wish I could have talked to them longer but we all had to move on so I shook a couple more hands and waved bye. Lan snapped a photo of the kids while they were asking me questions.

This was the first time any kids had actually stopped to talk to me, but throughout the whole trip we’ve passed by groups of school kids on their way somewhere to a chorus of “Hello! Hello! Hello!”. Almost always little boys, and almost always sounding more like “Herro!”

So we decided we had time for just one more stop after Osaka Castle before we headed out, and it would be the Osaka Ferris Wheel. It was a quick stop; a short train ride and we ran right over and hopped in line. There was almost no one there so we got right on. The view from the top was really pretty and we got to see the whole harbor .

That done, we hopped back on the train (after grabbing some takoyaki real quick) back to our hotel to grab our bags and make our way to the Shinkansen for one last trip back north to Tokyo.Here are some more train drawings and doodles.

The train ride wasn’t that bad and we were still hopeful that we’d make it to that movie we’d now tried twice to get to… but then there was the trek to our hotel… We got in at Tokyo Station, which is a beautiful station but nowhere near where our directions told us we needed to get onto the subway. Of course, we didn’t know that, we just followed the signs… for about 5 city blocks, with all of our luggage. Up stairs, down stairs, outside then back in. Finally we made it to the subway station we were looking for and had to walk another 2 city blocks just to get out of the station and to the hotel in Nihombashi! By the time we got there it was so late and we were so gross and tired we decided to just call it a night. Oh, and here’s the lovely view from our hotel window.

Yah, that’s an office. I could have reached across and stolen some of their pencils if I’d wanted to…