Friday, October 31, 2014

InkTober #31

InkTober #31. Its that time of the year again to watch Hocus Pocus! Happy Halloween every one!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

InkTober #30

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!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Happy Halloween!

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 City Comic 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 #27

InkTober #27

Sunday, October 26, 2014

InkTober #26

Saturday, October 25, 2014

InkTober #25

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.


Friday, October 24, 2014

InkTober #24

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.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

InkTober #23

InkTober #23 I wonder if I would draw as many monsters if we were in a different month doing this.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

InkTober #22

InkTober #22 Decided to stick with the whole woods/animal theme.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pirate Illustration

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,


InkTober #20

InkTober #20 I started running out of ink half way though this one, but luckily I had a spare cartridge to use. Also got to use the old cartridge to make some circles in the background.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

InkTober #18

InkTober #18. I drew this one this morning, maybe that's why its a person sleeping instead of a creature of sorts ha.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pirate Update

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 #13

For InkTober #13 I attempted a black jacket again. I feel a lot better about this one, then the bird dude I did yesterday.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

InkTober #12

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.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

InkTober #10

InkTober #10. I pictured some sort of Genie for this one.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

InkTober #8

I was able to grab some grey markers during lunch today. I really like the feel of them and cant wait to do more! 


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

InkTober #6

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 Van Beuren Studios. Also one of the guess on the show tonight is my old professor from CCSSteve 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.

Thanks for stopping by,


Sunday, October 5, 2014

InkTober #5

Sticking with the monster theme for InkTober #5! I think I'm going to buy some gray markers this week to add a little tone to these drawings.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

InkTober #4

Starting to get into the Halloween spirit for Inktober #4!  

Friday, October 3, 2014

InkTober #3

InkTober #3 is Fish from BoxTrolls! I was able to catch this great movie tonight. It had a solid story with great animation. Another great job by LAIKA!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

InkTober #2

Going underwater for day 2!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

InkTober #1

This month I'll be trying to do a sketch a day and ink it! Jake Parker started this cool idea called InkTober. Basically for the whole month of October you draw/ink a drawing every day. Since Inking is something I want to start to explore more, I figure this would be a great way to do it! I'm going to try to keep the drawing/inking for each sketch down to a hour. Hopefully at the end of the month I'll learn a thing or two about inking, while becoming more accurate in line work, speed, proportions, and inking.

Keeping with the Pirate theme of the illustration I'm working on, here is a pirate looking for land in Crow's Nest.