Still moving along on the piece. I have the base down, just need to add detail now. Going to be pretty busy the next few weeks with the holidays coming up, but I should be able to put a few hours in here and there. Thanks for stopping by.
Archer is returning January 8 for its sixth season! Here is a article at the Daily Beast that shows some promos we did for the new season! I animated Pam's and Cyril's Promos. Be sure to tune in and watch!
Archer Season 6 is fast approaching! Were rocking this season out and it will be back on air in January! Get excited! This season is looking great. Here is a link to a article and a little teaser clip as well.
Like I mention previously I originally started this back in 2013. I kept playing around with the composition and how to direct the viewers eye. I really wanted to keep a circular motion through out the whole composition. But once it started to snow outside, this drawing went on the back burner. In fall of 2014 I started back on it. I felt pretty good with the direction and decided to stick with it through the snowy months.
After I was happy with the composition and characters, I brought it into Photoshop and started to outline and ink it.
I originally colored it with just flat colors and black shadows with white highlights, which is how I use to color a lot of my art. After talking to a buddy of mine, he mention to try to do a cool and warm tone to the image. I couldn't have agreed more! I started over and looked for reference a little bit for ideas and color tones.
I colored it in RGB which I quickly found out was a big no no. I touch a little bit in my last post on the difference between RGB and CMYK, and the issues I had with the printing being to dark and the colors changing with different monitors.
After a week or two of a break I decided to try to salvage what I could and fixed the coloring in CMYK. The good thing is, the CMYK coloring turned out better then the RGB did, so it wasn't a giant waste ha!
This illustration took me a long time but it was worth it, I'm very happy with the way it turned out and also the things I picked up along the way, such as a new coloring process. Here is the final piece again.
31 days of inking and it was worth it! I really enjoyed this exercise because it taught me to loosen up my drawings. I try to only spend at max an hour from start to finish on these, so there wasn't much time to worry about every little mistake. I tend to work drawings over and over again till its exactly what I'm looking for. Which I'm not saying is a bad thing, but at the same time its a big time waster. Especially since I plan on making more art, and I can take what I learned from one project to the next. Plus, with this inking exercise, the next day I would be inking a brand new drawing.
Also I really enjoy doing some traditional inking. I usually do all my clean up and inking in Photoshop, so it was nice to lay down a sketch and then go over it with a few markers and ink brushes. At the same time, I had to trust myself to lay down that line since there was no going back. There are some drawings that I'mproudof, and then there are a few that I'm not sure whathappen ha. It was worth it though. Till next time,
InkTober #30 Tonight I had the opportunity to see the film Dracula (1931) in 35mm film thanks to the Atlanta Film Festival and Cinevision Screening Room. It was great! Before they screen it, they had a intro explaining some of the things you would see in the film and how viewers from back in the day would interrupter compared to viewers of today. Such as the way it was shot and some of the animals in the film. Then afterwards they showed a video clip of Universal Studios explaining how they restored the film to pass on to the new generations. If you have a chance to view Dracula or some 35mm film around town I would highly recommended it!
Happy Halloween! Well a few days early but still. I started this print in 2012 around fall. Unfortunately it stayed at a rough sketch phase, mostly because once it started snowing I lost interested in it! Fast forward to 2013 (last year) and I started it back up, but this time I finished it. It was a few months after Halloween so I decided to wait to post it till now.
This print taught me a lot! There is a reason it took me around 5 months to finish it. But it pushed my limited and abilities at the time, and is probably one of the reason why I was able to knocked out the rendering of the Pirate Illustration in a week.
I ended up rendering this print three times! Three! The first time was how I use to render my art in RGB, the second time was with warm and cool tones in RGB, and finally the third time was in CMYK. I originally started rendering it in RGB Mode in Photoshop. Which is not a problem if you are doing things for TV, but for Print use, you are supposed to use CMYK. This was something I was aware of, but never really bother to deal with in the past. This time though, multiple things happen. First it printed out very dark, which I knew was going to happen but not to degree it did. Secondly, the colors showed differently from a PC monitor to a Mac. On the Mac, it showed way darker, basically everything but the lantern area was black. Which I'm not sure if that had anything to do with the RGB Mode, the colors I choose, or the monitors settings.
So I made the decision to try to salvage what I could of it. I converted the image to CMYK and had to do some color correction using Hue & Saturation, as well as Levels. But the sky, clouds, moon light and grass had to be done completely from scratch. Over all, it worked out actually better. I like the colors more in the CMYK version then the RGB. Also viewing it on a PC and a Mac the colors didn't change as much.
I still had a few issues when it came to printing, but apparently that can be multiple things. If the ink is low that will effect the colors, if the ink is warm that will effect the colors, depending on the printer itself that can effect the colors. It was a pain, but it was worth it! Needless to say, I grew a lot on this piece.
The cool thing was showing this print at Motor CityComic Con and getting complements on it. Its always fun doing fan art, but when its your own idea and people actually reach out to say how they like it, its a pretty cool feeling. Also talking to some of the other artist at Motor City that work in the comic industry and hearing how they have made the RGB/CMYK mistake before, makes it stings a little less. I guess we all mess up from time to time.
I'll try to post some process of the Halloween Print next week, along with all three color versions. Thanks for stopping by,
InkTober #25 This is Fyllo, he was going to be the main character in the story with Pefko. The main problem I had with this guy was trying to figure out how to draw a plant on his head and make it look cool! Not only cool, but be able to draw it correctly from every angle, not just a few. Even drawing this quick sketch I had issues with the plant ha. Maybe modeling it out in 3D, or building a reference would help.
InkTober #24 Pefko is a character for a story I was planning awhile ago. I've only drawn him a couple times so his concept design isn't final yet. I have his back story ready and how he would help the hero, but I wasn't what I wanted to say with Graphic Novel. I had major plot points set up, but that's it. Nothing to fill the gaps over the main story arc, no side quests, and not sure what each character would have to go through to achieve their goal. Maybe one day I'll go back to the story.
I finally was able to finished up the Pirate Illustration this week. I'm pretty happy with the out come over all. There is a few things I would change but I think I need to move forward and take what I learn from this project onto the next one.
After the whole grey scale idea didn't work out for me, I had to start from scratch with the coloring. I relayed down the flats, followed by the shadows and highlights. After those were laid down, I used a lot of gradients, which I usually don't. I like the look they gave, and I think I'm going to continue to use them in my process. After I had all those down I added a little bit more texture and color here and there, like for the water, mermaid scales, and crown.
Onto the next drawing! I'm not sure yet what that will be but I'm going to try to keep the same speed I found this week, while working on this print, for the next one project. Next Monday I'll be posting a Halloween Illustration I created at the end of last year and talk about the process. Thanks for stopping by,
I was finally able to make some progress this weekend on the Pirate illustration I'm working on. Which came with good news and bad news. The good news being I laid all the flats down.
The bad news is the whole grey value idea didn't pan out the way I planned. The colors showed up a lot darker then I thought they would for the most part.
Some of it because of the flat colors I choose, the others because of the grays I choose to be in the image. Also I'm not sure I really like how soft the shadows are, but that's just a personal opinion. I talk to a few people who mention there are different ways to approach or use the grey tone I created, but I think for the moment I'm going to go with the way I usually render a image. Which I was able to knock out the characters yesterday in.
So, I don't think this is a failure, but more a learning experience. Maybe I'll attempt the grey tone idea again on a smaller, less busy drawing and see if I can get it to work. Thanks for stopping by,
InkTober #12 I wanted to try inking the majority of the character and use highlights to help show form. So I threw a black jacket onto the character with some highlights. Not sure I worked the highlights (white spaces) correctly this time, but maybe next time.
Today's InkTober was a quick one as you can probably tell, but I have a good excuse why! TCM is currently showing a program block called Back to the Drawing Board, and I'm trying to catch it all! It will be showing a whole bunch of older animation starting with Winsor McCay work, and then going over Bray Studios and VanBeuren Studios. Also one of the guess on the show tonight is my old professor from CCS, Steve Stanchfiled. Steve was a great teacher and is one of the reasons I'm where I'm at today in my career.
The Pirate Illustration is still alive and going, but its been difficult to find time to make huge strides on it the last two weeks. I will get it done though.