Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Upate 2: Finished Art

Yeah, as you can see, this is the final. I've changed the bg to make it more like a spiked crystal cave entrance, looks better that way. With a lot of paints here and there, and some play with the layers and filters, I think I spent about six hours from last time. I've already shipped it over to DA submission, so let's see how it turns out. You can see the contest and other submissions here. A direct link to my entry along with description can be seen here. Hopefully it makes sense.

Monday, April 20, 2009


Well here's my new picture, after scrapping the first one. Took almost three hours.

A bit more mystical atmosphere and a bit more action. Still trying to decide what exactly to do with the bg...
More later...

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Start Over

I went working on that last picture for that Wacom contest I mentioned in the last entry, and somehow it just didn't do it for me. After couple of hours of worthless paintovers I decided to toss it in the bin and start from scratch. I think what was missing in the last piece was action, and that's what I'll try to do in the new one.

A little break from the comp and I saw 'CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK' and I actually liked it. I remember when it first came out a lot of reviews trashed it, and I guess that's what turned me away from attempting to rent it before. The story and the actors are not stellar, but I loved the designs, reminds me of Philip Straub, a concept artist I greatly admire (website).

Next time I'll post a progress of my new pic. For now I must be off to church...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Good vs. Evil

This is for a new contest from Deviantart sponsored by Wacom. Topic: to define the classic Good vs. Evil in any way we the artists can imagine. So, I thought, maybe a battle between an angel and a demon? But with a more Romantic/Gothic flair. And it'll star my favorite Dark Avenger:

Start with rough sketch and then work in the base light/shadows. I've used the Wet Brush and I have to say it's really cool, acts more like natural brush. I have the picture clear in my mind, but it's kinda tough to actually work it out on the screen. It'll take some time before I can really get the vision right the way I want it.

More on it later...Need to finish before May 19 though.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Late post

Yeah, I didn't do much this past couple of weeks. Had to go up to SF to see sister and new baby. Managed to squeeze in couple of sketchies for the forum:

The second one had to do with some little robot creatures taking on a larger robot foe. I'm sure I could've come up with something better than that, but I was pretty sleepy.

Also, I didn't show you that last Dark Avenger pic I was previously working on. It's finished actually.

Total time it took me to complete this picture...eh, I forgot. Best guesstimate would be about 8 hrs.

Now I need to finish that comic and then some.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

A Quick and Dirty Concept Painting

I tried to do this in little time and effort as possible, just enough to capture the mood and the story of it. You can see the process below:

This after seeing some works by concept artist Dan Milligan (link). He's known for a quick sketchy style that gets results, and while I won't be as nearly good as he is, I want to be able to try and emulate his speed and energy. This is just a start.


Friday, April 3, 2009

April Already???

How time flies. The past month has been so hectic with family emergencies I didn't have much time to work on that webcomic or any new paintings. And I hadn't checked in much with the ImagineFX website that I missed out on another one of my pics being named 'Image of the Day.' Just to know I got on it the second time (first time was October of last year with one of my Dark Avenger pics) I guess is enough, but I sure would've liked to see it myself (and save a copy of it to my hard drive). But this morning I opened up and I saw this:

I was one of the Featured Artists of the Day (I circled in yellow), which I was mighty happy with. Hopefully I'll land more IOTD's in the future as I improve my skills, and starting in fall, add some 3D work as well.
Must get back to other stuff...