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Sketchy two

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So as said: more updates in 2016. Above is a new version of Cat. A friend of S8i. A girl who hangs around a lot with this guy. Same girl by the way. A couple of weeks ago I looked at Thomas Romain’s work in Oban Star Racers. And decided to add the braces as an homage, just like Molly. As I am doing currently with S8i; I should also make some sort of modelsheet for this character. I don’t really have a lot of background information on Cat yet. And I think that’s a good thing. The less I know, the more she can remain a bit of a mistery. I don’t know where she comes from, who her parents are or what her goal is. I only know she’s been in ‘jail’.

Enjoy.

Gamora

Decided to make a fan-art-piece. I’m stepping somewhat out of my comfortzone by drawing a character designed by somebody else. But this is somewhat of an experiment. First of all I kinda like the characters from Guardians of the Galaxy. Secondly I’m trying to generate some more traffic to my website.

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Gamora, Guardians of the Galaxy colored

Made this one with Gimp, version 2.8. You can get the colored line effect by duplicating the line-art layer and colorizing it (top menu, color, colorize). You will see that all the line turn into a single color. In my case green for the hair. Then use the eraser tool to erase all the green parts, where you want to see black. Repeat the process for all the different colors.

I never read the Guardians comics. But the artwork looks outstanding! A very clear and fluid style. It looks like a combination of the ‘clear line’ and traditinal comicbookwork. I know I didn’t really emulate this technique, I dare not to wander outside of my comfortzone.

You can find the book I read here, but it’s in Dutch.

Maybe I’ll make some other stuff based on other’s work. Any suggestions?

Surf’s Up

Sometimes I get bored at work. My work isn’t boring…but sometimes there is just less to do. I need to be constantly challenged…HAH! So I decided to do another Cat piece. I still don’t really have a back story about her. But I think; the more I draw her, the more attributes she gets. And every attribute is an adventure of some sort.

So here is my sketch
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Of course I drew the legs too long. But yeah. That’s my handicap, normally I think: Ooh, long legs look nice. But then I Continue reading Surf’s Up

Cushioning the Blow

This one I drew a couple of weeks ago. And to my surprise my wife actually liked it. Don’t have that much to say about it though…so here ya go.

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Above you can see my first sketch. Had some difficulty drawing the leg furthest away from the viewer. Every time it just looked too small.

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Colors are rather basic. No fancy light effects here. Maybe I should revisit this one some day in the future and do the coloring anew. But for now: Enjoy.

Dragon Riding

One of the first drawings I did with S8i was this one. I sketched it out rather quickly in my booklet. It’s a small book I carry around with me all the time; you never know when a ‘good’ idea pops up. I’ll make a post on my booklet some other time.

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And below is a colored version. I have a lot of different versions.

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Then one day I learned of an exposition of Brandon Graham’s work in Amsterdam. I read a comic of his: KingCity. And that was actually the inspiration for making my own story. His comic was drawn in a clear and not overly complicated way (but simplicity within comics is tricksy and much harder then it looks! Just think of Herge’s work, or other ‘Klare Lijn’ stuff). I thought…maybe I could do what he did. Of course I failed epic. I just emulated his style in the beginning; and that always reads as a knock off. Anyway…He was so kind to make his own version of my dragon riding S8i:

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I cleaned the line art…which in GIMP means: erased all the stuff you don’t want to show.

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And I added color. Hopefully in a way Brandon Graham does in his comics.

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You can see his work here: Royalboiler.

Kicking ass

Another weekly update. This one gave me trouble: somehow I couldn’t get her face correct. I’ll look if I can find some tutorials on drawing faces from multiple angles.

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And again a colored version. I changed some parts. Made her bum smaller and repositioned her legs/feet. Because, well, because it looks more believable.

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It’s the same girl you can see here: Unusual Pair

Enjoy

F500

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A drawing I made inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s Lupin III: the Castle of Cagliostro. I’m trying to learn how to draw properly. Have good character models, hard surface models (car), backgrounds and effects like smoke or clouds.

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wpid-wp-1441884391521.jpgBefore trying to draw anything I like to know what I’m making. So I put my rough ideas on ‘paper’. Road, Car, mountains…note that I didn’t think about adding S8i untill later.  Also the billboard is something I added in at a later stage. Her hair fell flat against the background so  I had to frame it somehow.

Fiat Cinquecento

Of course an homage to Cagliostro. The chase scene in that cartoon is marvelous. Full of action, humor and consistent animation. Hayao Miyazaki knows his vehicles; planes, cars and even walking castles.

I used a method I learned from Thomas Romain. Known for the backgrounds in code Lyoko and Oban Star-racers. A couple of very nice animated series, especially Oban. I saw a post on Tumblr where he explained his workprocess. There is also a book on his work: ‘lost in animation’. The moment I know where and how to get is…I’ll update this post.

He had some tips when you want to draw something ‘complicated’ in perspective. He started out by drawing the object from the side.

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So there ya go, a Fiat500 from the side. Then he manipulated the image so it looked like it’s in perspective. Just screw, warp or change the dimensions. It’s really easy in GIMP, I guess same goes for other drawing applications.

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So…there ya go again. Of course this still isn’t enough. Next do the same thing with the other side (the backside).  I have to admit; I was too lazy to do so. Besides I didn’t really think the backside was so complicated. So I just sketched the entire car on top of this one.

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I always lower the opacity to so I can draw the ‘line art’ on a new layer on top, without being distracted too much.

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This layer is the definitive one. I like to keep my work a little bit sketchy. So much is lost in using perfect lines.

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In the end all the hardsurface elements will be made in Blender, but I want them to look like a 2d object.  Maybe rotoscoping, maybe some good cellshaders.

Mountains

I really like the work of: Kazuo Oga known for a lot of the Ghibli movie backgrounds. Also a huge fan of the artwork shown in Rime. I’m still trying to figure out who is the one responsible for those great backgrounds.

I can only say I still have a lot to learn about drawing backgrounds. The line-art is no problem for me. But coloring it, making it believable…THAT is the challenge.

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So this is a learning moment: I know I have to improve the way I draw trees, mountains…well backgrounds in general.

S8i

The character was already designed. I drew these kind of clothes for the first time though, wanted to give her more of a vacation feel. Although it was somewhat difficult to find an interesting pose: I actually wanted to tell a story. Failed of course, and came up with a more traditional position. So here she’s just resting on the car.

(picture of character in outfit, and color choices).

The first version had her leaning like this:

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But somehow It just doesn’t work. A: she’s too big.  S8i wouldn’t fit into the car. B: it’s a bit boring. I always have the problem that I can’t spot the problem after I’ve drawn something. I have to step away for a couple of hours/days.

A couple of days later…

OK I revisited the picture. And yeah, she’s way too big, and I just don’t like her pose. She just stands there. Being observed. It feels wrong to me. That’s why I gave her something to carry, some idol she’s holding.

But you already knew that. The picture on top is posed different, and she’s smaller.

Hope you enjoyed my stuff.

Unusual pair

Not so much this time, just the image and the sketch leading up to it. I made this sketch using sketchbook pro, without the pro license. Somehow it’s rather difficult for me to make tight lines.

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I thought her legs where somewhat weird so I changed them. Also made them shorter in general. The frame was again used to give some dynamics…also to give some perspective.

I can’t say so much about the characters yet, because I’m still developing them. He’s quiet, she’s…well easily provoced. She doesn’t avoid fights.

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Enjoy

Climbing the frame

I decided to train my drawing skillz, so from now on I will upload a new sketch at least once a week. Next to the sketch I’ll try to publish 2 underlying layers. I hope they are interesting enough.

In this one I tried to have a bit more fun with the frame, and not just have it as a backdrop. I really like comics in which the artist plays with the medium. On one side you have Herge’s Tintin; the frames are consistent throughout the entire comic..no comicseries. And on the other side of the spectrum you could find someone like Hanco Kolk. A dutch artist who constantly experiments with his style and the framing.

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Above was my first sketch of S8i hanging/climbing on something. I didn’t really have a back story for this one. Just wanted to draw her climbing. Climbing positions have a whole set of difficulties. I have to draw the face from a weird angle, and use a little bit of forced perspective.
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When I started to put down the lines I noticed in the sketch she seems to have very small hips. So I had to rotate the leg closed to the viewer in order to change that.
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And there is the colored version.