September 25th, 2013

Blarg Face

Sometimes “Happy Accidents” do not evolve successfully.

Demon Face
Some original sketch showing through the preliminary digital coloring…


Elapsed time…
demon face
aaannndd…  it’s like I don’t understand how to be subtle when it comes to shading. All the atmosphere that previously existed before I started getting focused on the lines/contours/crevasses disappeared. At some point everyone finds the perfect balance between traditional drawing/painting and digital drawing, right? I find myself wanting a digital brush that drips like water/turpentine soaked paint? Is that a thing?

And on that note:
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To my credit – at least I got rid of the undersized skeletal body with the gold armor and loin cloth that did not make sense. You are welcome, me.

September 17th, 2013

Brisk Wanderings

brisk wanderings
Maybe still missing a little bit of low-lying smoke, but mostly where I would like it to be for your basic… entity wandering a lava-like field. Fall is seeping into my psyche.

September 15th, 2013

Bits and Pieces

Bits and pieces
A couple unfinished paintings and a sketch to show for myself this weekend because finishing projects is for over-achievers and the motivated.

September 4th, 2013

To and Fro

hodge podge
To sum up, I have had  upwards of several things going on.  I recently participated in Festival in the Pines – an Eau Claire arts and crafts show – utterly miserable. Not the show or the gathering itself, but the weather. It was 95 degrees plus Wisconsin Humidity most of the show. Fortunately, some brave souls attended and made it all worth being out in the oppressive heat. The next weekend, I celebrated a Labor Day with the parents. Being  awesome comes naturally to Clarks. It is in Rhinetown, home of the amazing,  where I fervently soaked up as much Northwoods as possible – luscious foliage and sexy sunsets are commonplace. In between, there have been several sketches which demand attention but I am clearly not hardcore enough to power through it and choose to sleep instead. Someday I will learn. Until then – OUTTIE!

August 17th, 2013

A Brush with Death

paint brush paintbrush
I always like to poke around and see what other hu-mans have in their studios so I figured I could extend the same courtesy with my current brush set. (Click the image for a larger view if you are interested in seeing the number/size on the brush.)
photoshop brushes
If I am not painting in acrylic with those brushes,  I am using this brush set (Daarken Brushes Full Set) in Photoshop and tinkering with the settings – I like to set the minimum diameter for the first brush pretty low so the size varies with the pen pressure of the Wacom tablet I use.
wacom tablet
It’s a fairly simply tablet but it does the trick – I don’t think I would be nearly as efficient if I didn’t have the pen to hold on to when drawing digitally. Brushes.

August 10th, 2013

FACE

self portrait
Drawin’ pictures of things around me, like my face.

blue lacey
Detail of the lacy blue thing in the background.

eyeball
Closeup eyeball. Still could use a bit more polish, but it exists.

It’s no Sam Spratt, but every little bit of practice helps.

August 4th, 2013

Chalkfest 2013 – The Squirrel II

sketches
We combined our initial sketches into Photoshop to play around with the idea. This is the game plan that resulted from tinkering.

Beginning Squirrel

Starting out the morning by mapping in the big chunks of color. Some people like to use grids, I think that is an extra, time-consuming step so I choose to avoid it. We eyeball in this house.

Squirrel Progress
A bit of time elapsed from the first picture to here. No time to dilly dally with cameras.

Adult group winner
Bragging rights! All thanks to my lovely partner Carrie Sood and not possible without the efforts of Volume One. For more pictures check out my facebook page. For more info about the event check out Volume One! Also, feel free to check out last year’s epic squirrel saga.

July 28th, 2013

Kabang

kabang dog
Just a quick fan art for a badass little dog. This furry lady lost her snout saving some kids in the Phillipines. More info here.

July 20th, 2013

Killin’ Canvas

killin' canvas
It kinda looks like a tree, right? But like… a badass one pre or post epic drama? It is.

July 14th, 2013

Girl on a Grizzly Bear

Bear Rider
A lil scrapbook project for the ol’ vacation. I may or may not have enhanced the photo just a touch.

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