However I've heard many times in the past that I can just throw a Santa hat on anything and it becomes a Christmas card. So here we go!
|Maybe this one works better.|
|Or this one?|
|How about these guys?|
|Maybe this one works better.|
|Or this one?|
|How about these guys?|
Today's drawing is based purely on the fact that these guys have similarly shaped heads and ears. That's really about it.
From left to right is Gizmo from Gremlins, Furby, An Asura from Guild Wars and Yoda from Star Wars.
I don't really have anything too insightful to say today. Just popping in for a tiny update. Last month at some point I started doing some coloring work for Zenescope. This past week is when the first of the work hit the shelves, although to a very minor degree. I believe Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Bad Girls #3 came out this past wednesday. I colored a page of that (yup, 1 page). It was a deadline thing and they just needed that page done :).
NYCC is next week. I won't be there, but they're holding the screening for episode one of Grimm Fairy Tale animated series. I think one of the swag items is a copy of the comic based on the animated series (I think.. not 100% sure). Anywho I colored 8 pages from that as well.
Also at the end of this month, Grimm Fairy Tales issue 78 comes out. That book I actually did all the colors on the interior for. Check it out. Or not.. it's up to you really.
Lastly, here's a couple of drawings/paintings that I've done.
|Wild Cymbal Monkey|
|Retro Space Gal|
So, the myth about being a freelancer is that you get to set your own schedule as well as your own rates. While some people surely have the luxury, the reality is that most of us take whatever job comes to us and work like crazy to make sure we hit the deadlines.
On that similar note, our time off is also dictated by the job as well. Sometimes, the work just doesn't come in. It can be days, weeks, months or even years. In the past when the income was more stable, I'd take that time to just relax a bit.. take days off like normal people. These days, work and projects don't generally pay amazingly well. So my time off is spent trying to learn and grow so that I can hopefully land a better job that DOES pay really well and allows me to stretch myself creatively. Right now, there's some growth here and there. Dabbling in digital painting has had me learn at least something with each image so I hope that keeps going. It'd be great to one day be able to create a stunning piece that people would love to buy.
I've been kicking around the idea of leaving art/comics pretty regularly.. especially on the days where I don't really have paying work. I could get a normal day job (though honestly, I'm woefully unqualified for most jobs outside of retail it seems) and do the art thing as a hobby. While I enjoy the craft, it's pretty hit or miss about whether it's sustainable for me right now. I waffle back and forth on this a lot and have yet to come up with the perfect answer. Right now, my work is good enough that I shouldn't stop drawing, but not quite good enough to get me regular work. It's a nice in-between scenario that keeps me second-guessing myself. While you my miss 100% of the shots you don't take, shooting blanks doesn't help either :). Half empty? Half full? Or just some unseen force cock-teasing me so that my life will perpetually be at a crossroads? Who knows. But enough of this rambling.
Anywho, here's some things I've worked on recently. The first image is Chairman Kaga from from the Japanese Iron Chef series. I loved that show. If nothing else, it was a major influence in me at least learning to do some basic cooking and experimenting. Prior to that, I thought cooking was heat mixed with a hard set measurement of ingredients. Below are two versions. One with background color, and one without. I'm not really sure which one works better for me.
|The Book of Horrible Stories|
The previous batches of images were a bit more of the creepy painted style. For the last day or so I decided to try for something simpler and cleaner. I tried to keep the linework as clean as possible and also kept the rendering to a minimum.
So I was staring at a blank screen trying to figure out what to work on but coming up with absolutely nothing. I go to facebook and someone posts something about Salmonella. Not having anything better to do, I decided to run with it so here's
"Salmonella - Death Rides on Two Wings"
Here's some more practice with digital painting. I just knew I wanted a little girl with dark hair because thanks to the last decade of movies, it joins clowns and spiders in the ranks of instant creepy. Also I wanted to play on the word "dark" to both describe the color and the .. implied evilness represented in her hair.
Well, things have been hectic.. then not hectic.. then hectic again. The freelancer's life is dull and unpredictable at the same time. Anyway, here's a few images that I've done in the meantime. Most of them are just me trying to experiment and grow a little. Some were a bit more successful than others.
Overall, I like "Closet" and the linework to "Hang in there" the most out of these.
|Hang in there|
So.. I'm 34 today. Not really a major landmark in terms of things like the mid-life crisis or anything. But still, it's a time to at least reflect a little. Looking back at the past year, I'd have to say.. overall it wasn't particularly awesome. There are little nuggets of potential and hope in there, but overall the last half of it was less than stellar. No one really likes to look at a point in their life and go "Hmm... I was much better off last year than this". I guess sometimes life likes to throw you a big reset button on your work and make you start over. How badly do you want it right? But enough of the pity party.
Today's update will be a slap-dash bit of random things that I forgot to post the last week or so. There's not too much to say about them other than I was trying to experiment a little bit in each one. So.. pretty much a sketch dump.
Boy, today's uploads are both derivative works. Heh. First off, I have the colored version of the Adam and Teela in the garden of Eden pic. There's not too much to add to it other than.. it took way longer than it should have to color.
Yesterday, I got it in my head that I wanted to do a little mash-up between the old biblical Garden of Eden story and Masters of the Universe. I'm sure it's been done before since it's just a goofily obvious thing.. Adam, Snake-men.. well that's about it really.
I was about 5 years old when Catholicism and Masters of the Universe came into my life. Both were actually pretty important to me very early on in my life, but eventually I'd leave them both behind. Eventually, MOTU would re-enter my life, but religion wouldn't. Also, during my time in Catholic school, I think I learned more about morals from He-Man than the school itself. Heh.
I'll clarify though that I've got nothing against any religion. While I find that some followers can be a bit overzealous in their attempts to share their faith, I do find that religion as a whole can be a good thing that provides people with hope and guidance. However, the organized aspect of it isn't my cup of tea. These days, I just try to do right by others as best I can.
And that's the last I'll mention religion on my blog (unless it's relevant to a drawing or something).
Anywho.. I haven't colored the image yet.. not sure when I'll do that. But here's the pencils and inks. The pencil sketch was done in Adobe Photoshop. The finished inks were done in Manga Studio. I'm starting to get used to doing things completely digitally. The Cintiq helps a lot with this for sure.
So, like millions of other people, I got Diablo III (albeit about a month later than everyone else). My main guy is currently a Witch Doctor that's level 41. I'm not a hardcore player and only jump in about an hour or so on days when I get the chance, but I'm enjoying it. Anyway.. here's a drawing of my character (since I couldn't come up with anything better to draw that day). Drawn and colored in Photoshop.
Oh yeah, I spent most of today cleaning a virus out of my PC. that sucked balls. Anyway, on to the pictures!
I'm normally not a big fan of lapses in my work schedule (it just makes me nervous). However, I do enjoy the fact that I get more time to work on my own craft and make steps towards improving.
Of course, it'd be great if I got paid to draw/illustrate, but all things in their own time I supposed. Anywho, the other night I had to pull an all-nighter for some work and during the loopier hours, I thought I saw the face of someone in the window. No big deal I guess, except that I live on the second floor.
I'm rusty. REALLY rusty. It takes me way too long to come up with anything to draw and WAY too long to bring it even close to what I want it to be. The amount of free time I have is pretty much all over the place so as much as I'd like to make time to draw everyday, I'm just not able too (seriously, on deadline periods, I pretty much just work from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed).
However, I did manage to do a couple of drawings in the past week. The first one is a stretch of a pun that got into my head when I was in the car and "Love Machine" by the Miracles came on.
|"It's just a glove machine,|
And it won't work for nobody but Yu"
Here's a drawing from earlier today. It's based off of people I know. Basically it's mother and son pair of creatures. They're still connected via umbilical cord. She's strapped to him via thorny vines that dig into both of them and his legs are chained to large bricks so that he can't run away. Additionally, they're attracted to money but the reason for it is unknown since they don't actually spend it. They live together in a small cottage or home in the woods that's far too tiny for the both of them. Neither of them like each other, yet they still stay together.
Overall, it could have turned out better. I like the concept of the character so I'll probably revisit it at some point, but the drawing itself was basically a rough sketch that I decided to detail more. Done in Manga Studio 4.
So here it is, the colored up version of St Elmo's Fire. It's been a while since I've done a piece from pencils to colors. It turned out pretty decently if I do say so myself.. and I will if no one else says it :)
So.. I guess I lied. I didn't want to ink it, but I had recently purchased Manga Studio 4 and needed to justify my purchase a bit. Plus keeping it digital would keep me from completely botching up my pencilwork.
I originally wanted more line variation, but in the end I'm okay with how it turned out and the overall line weight choices that I ended up making. Manga Studio is a pretty great program. It even has features that fixes up your lines. I ended up toggling that off a lot though because lines that were too perfect didn't look like I did them. Heh.
I picked up some Copic markers over the past few weeks. I've wanted to try working with them for a while now, but never got around to it since they were a bit pricey. In restrospect, I should have done it sooner since they recently increased the price of them. Ah well, live and learn.
Anywho, I had some free time today so I decided to play around with them.
There's really no point in promising to do more posts. Things come up and I just completely forget. I can't even really think of a great excuse for it all at this point. But.. here's some drawings that were done in the past few months in hopes of making it up a little?
The first six images are the pencils and inks for Sheila's upcoming book. Overall they turned out decent. There are some aspects of the inking I'm unhappy with, but that's where the growth comes in I guess. The fifth and sixth images were from the story "Mrs. Ambrose". I had the hardest time coming up with that one, but it probably turned out the best overall.