Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sci-Fi city process

I thought I'd share the process for the most recent piece for anyone who's interested. It's really not all that involved but here it is. Like most things it starts with a thumbnail.

I did several thumbnails before getting to this general image. It still ended up tweaked a bit before the finished version but it also had the added benefit of being color studies. I did some studying on lighting based on this video: Here. I highly recommend it. The video was a great bit for studying. 

Next is the watercolor. I didn't scan it in at the underpainting stage but this is what it looked like when the watercolor was finished. 

I really enjoy this process but the initial scanning of an image is always a bit rough on it. It requires lots of tweaking of curves and levels to try to get it to look right and even when you do it's often still less than you'd want. Finally using multiply layers in photoshop I pump up the shadows and colors until they more closely match the color comp. I then use screen and lighten layers to get the appropriate lighting effects. 

So there you go and there you have it. If you want to see someone who's REALLY good at this technique you can find him Here. That's a link to an illustrator named Justin Gerard. I learned the technique by stalking his blog pretty hard and he's MUCH better at using this method, among others, than I am. You should go take a look. 

Friday, August 30, 2013

Science fiction Mountain city

It's been a long time since I did anything sci-fi and it's been longer since I did anything in my watercolor and digital method. I decided to use this as a chance to work on my lighting as well. I think that later I'll do a post detailing the creation of this one from sketch to finish later but for now I'm happy with what I learned from this one. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Hey folks. It's been awhile but I've not been idle. I've been working on a number of things.

Recently an old acquaintance of mine contacted me and we got to talking. She's been doing T-shirt work for the last couple of years and since I've been working with a small T-shirt start up for a little while now I decided to give it a try myself. I'll be entering the contests for several T-shirt sites soon. A lack of money for some things has prevented me getting a few of the verification things handled but that's changing soon.

For now I'd like to share one of the first designs I'm planning on sending in. Would YOU wear this as a shirt?

Now the shirt would be offered in a couple colors but I think it looks best on darker colored shirts. I'll be making some notes of it when I start submitting it to contests and we'll see what happens. I had a lot of fun working in a way I don't normally but that can be printed on shirts and I think I learned a lot that I can carry over if I keep practicing with this.

Now because I couldn't leave well enough alone and I was working on a promotional item at the same time I thought this might work for it some how. I needed something for the cover and my stuff doesn't work quite as well as I'd hoped. I need to work more on balancing text since most of my work doesn't at the moment.

I created another version that is closer to my normal methodology.

It'll go on the cover of my promo item and for a project that I worked on relatively quickly (took about 2 days so maybe closer to 12 hours as opposed to the 30+ I can put into stuff)

Long story short doing this whole Medusa 2 ways thing was fun. However, it's not actually how I'd portray the character if I were doing it in a way similar to my mythical creature series. I'll have to get around to doing her in that vein at some point. 

Hope you all enjoy.