Friday, October 31, 2008

HOTD Webcomic Finally UP!

It's Halloweenie time, and the day I've long been waiting for: the release of my newest webcomic House of the Dead: Resurection Men Part One!

Looked pretty good, got some pretty good feedback from the readers. This is going to be a start of something new...!

I just noticed something about my pinup/poster art though. I guess it was fatigue from the long hours I spent at the shop this whole month; my sights have gotten the rest they needed and looking over the finished piece I spotted a few fatal errors I did not note earlier:

-Rogan's outstretched arm with a shotgun was WAY off perspective. The shotgun looks more like a puny water gun.
-From where she's standing, Sophie's head looks too huge.
-What the hell is going on with Lisa's head? She's looking like a Conehead!

Not much I can do now that it's up on the site, but I can still fix it for my portfolio. I make the necessary changes quickly, tweaking the problem parts with the Lasso and Free Transform, and brushing over the cutout lines:
You can see my previous post for the before look and now. It's way better, I think.

For the webcomic, go here.

Monday, October 27, 2008

HOTD Poster cont.

Some more detailing, fixing the lighting situation, and then played around a bit with some filters. I also noticed some discrepancies in the anatomies (e.g Rogan's head was too big), so I worked on that too. About four hours total in two days, this is the result:

I kinda like how it turned out. I was somewhat thinking of Alex Ross' paintings when I put this together. Sure I can do little more work, but for now I'll just give it a rest.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

HOTD Poster cont.

Continuing with the picture. I block in the base shadow and highlights, set that layer to Hard Light so the highlights wouldn't get lost, and add the colors on another layer set to Multiply.

After I'm satisfied with the whole sketch I flatten everything and start painting over with my customized Hard Rounds. I make new layer and add a Gradient to confirm the lighting position.

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I'll use some Curves and Color Bal later after doing some initial detailing. Afterwards I'll blow up the dpi and do some more finer detailing. I'm still wondering what to do about the bg...


Poster painting - HOTD webcomic

There apparently is a need of a poster for the upcoming House of the Dead webcomic from STCOnline. Which is bit kind of a last minute, since I've been damn busy this past few weeks working at the costume shop keeping up with the demands for the Halloween. They've officially set the release date of the first issue on the 31st. That gives me less than this week to complete the poster, which I think I can somewhat manage.

I've already started the layout here:

The stupid pen's kinda acting up on me here, it won't glide on smoothly, every time I make some mark it 'skips' and makes lines that I didn't want. Weird.

Working in low-res for now on a 8.5x14 canvas. Once I block in the colors and such I'll blow it up to 300.

To be cont.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Dragons dragons dragons oh my

I was never really into drawing dragons. Even when I did, they always looked like crap. But only recently, I took an advice from French artist JS Rossbach on turning big blobs of scribbles on a canvas into wonderful shapely figures. Since I was at work and only had my sketchbook and a mechanical pencil, I decided to try this method. After some random scribbling of squiggles and scrawlies I observed the mass of graphite blob on the paper, and slowly like thos 3D Magic Eye pictures I saw a wonderful image appear, which I then refine with ballpoint pen:

Now, suddenly, drawing dragons isn't so tough anymore. :D

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Some sketches...

What better way to kill time while waiting for someone to buy a costume than to fill your sketchbook with lots and lots of doodles:

Nothing new, both are previous creations of mine that I'm reworking, particularly the valkyrie queen one. I can later show you the old sketch of her.
I do have lots more sketches to show, but right now it's off to dinner. Later...

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Continued - Femme Fatale

Yes I did not finish in time for the challenge deadline, but that didn't mean I still can't work on it:

I realized the figure just wasn't working, so rather than fight with it, I draw up a whole new sketch of the figure on a piece of paper then scan it in and paint on it. It actually looks better, and I can comfortably continue with the overall piece. A pretty gory scene, I tell you, I don't know how I would've handled it watching the whole thing occur before me.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

New IFX Challenge - Femme Fatale

I haven't done any forum challenges in forever. Just in time to catch a cool one: femme fatale. Ah, don't we all love a beautiful, sultry female with a knife in her back.

I'm taking this from the old Biblical story of Judith and Holofernes, which can only be found in the Apocrypia Bible, which is like almost nonexistent. This was a popular subject in the High Renaissance art.
Though right now I'm having a bit of problem with our lady here. The figure doesn't look, em, natural. If I cannot find a way to fix this, I'll have to go back to square one. And the challenge ends tomorrow at 5. I've been so cooped up with work and other stuff I don't know I'll make it in time...bleh.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Finished painting

From my last post up to three days ago this was how far I was, without bg:

Now, two hours later today:

It's a classic man vs. machines battle, inspired by of course Terminator, one of my favorite action movies of all time. I'm sure there's still some work to do, I'm going to call up some people for crit. So far though I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. I felt like I wasn't going to get thru with it but they say patience and perseverance makes perfect.


Friday, October 3, 2008

Hot Damn, it's October already???

How time flies. And pretty soon it'll be Halloweeen.

Which is why I won't be able to do much of my stuff this whole month. The costume shop will be full of enthusiastic shoppers, young and old, trying to find the right outfit to wear to their Halloween parties and the good old Trick or treating. That means I'll be in the store FT now, probably even crunching in after hours especially towards the end of the month (you know how people love to do last minutes).

It's nice to be working, but I really need to get a job that pays more than just min. wage. Who knows, I might even pull out a second job in addition to this current one. With the economy in the dumps, the job market is sure to be in the drain as well, so I can't really get the ones that have health insurance and 401k's. It'll almost be end of the year before we know it. I surely hope something good will look my way soon. I've been waiting and patient loooong enough...