As I said before, normally this only takes me a few weeks if I have no distractions but yeah I had distractions and there fore finished it in several months, as you know. But they were good distractions.....mostly.
I started with sketches then some life drawing studies. Then I put together some layouts. When I was completely satisfied, I began putting on the colour. I used coffee ink allot for the base colour but did use it more intensely in other spots as needed. Then I laid out the watercolour and gouache and worked on the people last. Over all I'm quite happy as to the way it turned out but I found it quite difficult to get the detail of the faces to the way I wanted them with a fine and not to mention tiny brush. Touched it up in Photoshop since I had to scan the piece in two parts.
Other then posting my painting, I updated some small things at my web site like links est.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. I finally finished that project I was working on for months which would have taken only a few weeks. But is not all bad since it was because of actual gigs. Nice! Over all I'm pretty satisfied over how it turned out but as always there's always room for improvements. Because of that, normally I would clear coat it right away but next time I get a chance to deal with it, I'm kind of hoping to put in some finishing touches.
Also added a new link in the o'l blog of a very nice n impressive site which features loads of talent n photographic work via occasional work mate and friend. Please take a look at Figgie Photography.
Made a few neon light style vectors. Yeah yeah I know what your thinking. I put my projects on hold but because I had some gigs on site from my old company, so I'll have to get to them when I can. Probably do a few more jobs in a bit as well. In the mean time, enjoy.
Well after making peach jam for most of the month I'm back to working on my major project. Just about done. Could have been done though already but I have other responsibilities that I currently have to take care of as well. I also managed to squeeze in another finished vector in to the mix as well. Oh and I can't wait to get my package in the mail. It’s some nice useful software that I won at a fair price. I'll also get some nice books, which were almost nearly free Thank goodness for bookstore gift cards.
The project is coming along nicely, even if progress is a bit slow. But that's ok. Still applying the background and I'm worried that the rocks on the rock face are maybe a bit too dark in some spots, more then I would like them to be so I going to try to lighten them a bit. Hopefully I won't mess them up. I also decided to work with my coffee ink again as a base for many parts of the illustration. It really does work. Over all the paper I chose seems to be working really well. Its not really light paper but it does have a nice light texture for painting details.
From the previous session in my multi purpose studio.
Yes, I have some new vector art. I thought I make some based on my walk with Christ. I think Its about time and probably an on going theme but not just vector art. I'll probably make more of Christ themed vector art but not at the moment. As always to see older works, check out my web site.
Continued to work with one of my latest major project. I just finished transferring the image to fine paper and started to lay on some colour. Its looking good so far. I'll have a few pics of me working on it in the next post.
New tasty vector art. Also worked on the layout of the 3 ed major project. Still have to work on it some more. Its taking me awhile to get the layout just right with lots of distractions doesn't help either. Oh well it get done soon and well worth it.
Well, sent in a resume today. Don’t know if the company will be interested and even if they don’t, it’s they’re lose since I have loads and years of experience and a variety of them as well. I can always learn more as well which I also enjoy. Just finished two layouts out of three major projects. Can’t wait to start painting them. Scanned some images and patterns as well and I think I fix those on a rainy day.
Just finished and posted a small comic based on a cartoon I made in college. You can see it here and to see more of my characters just take a visit to my web site. Also finished and updated one vector and brought it to market. Now to finish uploading the rest of those photo samples to another online portfolio. I'll probably put them in my web site as well.
Such lonely blogs I have. Sigh…. And I don’t know why. Hay, its just like real life. Wow. If any one has been reading my other blog at least or even this one for that matter, I may have mentioned that I have successfully made it in and with flying colours too. This web site, it takes small illustrations and gives me intern some nice juicy income. A step in the right direction, finally. But, none the less I just seem to have a difficult time letting people know that yes I can do all these wonderful things and have so as well in the past. Progress just seems so slow going and at times painfully. But here I am world and yes you will be pleasantly surprised of what I can do. Like ice cream with an unusual flavor, they finally had a taste and I think they like it.
And here’s another little taste of my skills. I just finished putting together some samples of my photo/ image enhancement skills. I think it looks quite professional, a very nice visual sampling.
Successfully finished fixing those vectors. They only look slightly different since I had to make those compromises but they otherwise look just like the originals. Hopefully in the future I won’t have to worry about those things. Now back to business.
Ugh, rats, I had to go back to square one on all those vectors I just finished. All because I forgot not, do something. Eps files do not like transparencies. So now I have to go back and waist my time and fix all my vectors I just worked on instead of making a few new illustrations I intended to. One step forward, two steps back.
Today’s vector illustration is in honour of Pretty Boy the late pet cockatiel that was a little sweetie and really enjoyed his outdoor showers by the water dripping off the roof of his summer cage. He was often allowed to perch on his cage door since he was flight impaired. Yes, he did have a mate named Gina who died years before and that's why I illustrated him perched next to a nesting box.
Bonus you get a two for one view of my latest vector art. Personally, I'm partial to hot chocolate; I hate the taste of apple cider. As usually you can find older works in my Illustration section at my site.
Another vector with a moth n bulb but this time the theme has to do with the hidden danger of these energy saving bulbs. As you know these things have the danger of you dealing with mercury if you drop them. The last theme involved the moth with the marshmallow roasting on conventional bulbs. Regular bulbs use up more energy then the new energy saving mini neon bulbs and burn hotter. Just some interesting things on how I came up with these ideas. As always you can find older works at my web site in the Illustration section. Thanks for visiting. :)
Oh look a new vector illustration. It’s been while since I got a chance to work with a vector graphics program but it all came back to me. Haven’t used Illustrator since my last job on a Willy Wonka project when I designed some proto type novelty promotional out door games. Now those were pretty cool. There was that giant gumball cat-a-pult thing where you take a stuffed nerd and fling it at a giant inflatable nerd box. Very cool. Then there was that Laffy Taffy pull machine, which measured your pull string when you pulled on the simulated taffy in a wrapper. It was good enough to eat. LOL Last but not least there was that inflatable gold ticket booth. It’s just like your typical money booth but with gold tickets you can catch. Anyhow here’s my moth with a marshmallow to traditional bulb illustration.Thanks for looking.
Not much to say. Still working on that experiment stuff. I hope to be finished fixing up that photo either tonight or tomorrow. It’s a real dozy with all those dust particles. There’s just a bit more to do. Can't wait to finish it and move on to a few vector projects and to get ready those large projects to be transferred to what ever surfaces I will use for them.
Wow new art, Haha I know, its been awhile but here it is. Its a small project I worked on which would be a few hours worth of work. Its just a little doodle I fixed up of well a grinning macaw. Coloured with coloured pencils and markers and made with love. I think in the future I shall probably design this in to a package design for coffee. This illustration and older works can be viewed at my web site. Look for the link under my links. Thanks for looking.
Concluded my study sketches for my future projects. I’d say they were pretty successful and turned out pretty nice and bonus I have some new things for my Life drawings section. I don’t always have to do those since sometimes my projects are just from a cartoon idea from my sketchbook, but even then if I want my cartoons to have a more realistic look I use reference for that for the colouring and all. I have a few more sketches that I haven’t shown. They are a robe study of a monk with both side and front view, some head sketches and a donkey n cart. I decided not to show them here for now since there’s not much to show.
I put in a new word for another illustration gig. It sounds like a really cool gig with possible repeat jobs too. Bonus, I would have a place in the books. There’s a whole lot of competition for that one and the pay is not bad so I guess if it’s from the grace of God, I will get the job. I’m also at the same time trying out this photo place, If its good I can possible make some much needed cash.
Oh and I started working on a small project based on a doodle. Just finished transferring the image on to fine paper and put a bit of colour on it, so far so good. I would finish it today had I not taken care of a few errands. Not sure when I’ll get to it again since I have all these things to take care of tomorrow and then there’s my busy weekend. Maybe I’ll have a bit of time on Sunday after I take care of my birds needs. Normally I wouldn’t do any kind of painting and or colouring on a Sunday, but I’ll make an exception on that since there’s so little left to do on that one. I shall see.
Some lovely drawings of my pet doves. I have 11 of them to choose from. ;)You can see some of these and older drawings as always in my life drawing area located in my animation section. Of course I'm happy the way some of these turned out others not so much.