Creative Celebrations!

I’ve been kind of quiet for a while. Besides working on developing some artistic skills, I’ve been secretly working on handcrafted anniversary cards for my wife and daughter. It’s our 20th anniversary at the end of November and for the past 18 years our daughter has been a part of every celebration. It is the most important time of our year! I won’t be able to post any photos until some time in December. So keep everything secret until then. 

Fantasy Self Portrait Study

To continue my study in bringing more realism into my work, I’ve created a fantasy self portrait. Since there is a deviation in the color and shading from the Manga Studio image and the finished image, the actual shading appears darker and the contrasting colors of blue in the shading and orange in the highlights (especially in image 6) does not show up.

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  1. Photo reference of myself.
  2. Tracing from the photo reference.
  3. 1st creature design. This creature came out looking too sympathetic so start over.
  4. Basic line drawing for new creature.
  5. Rough shading and design changes.
  6. Final creature design.

Works In Progress 1

Here’s a side project that I’m working on called “Relative Perspective”. It’s an older sketch that is a bit washed out but I’ll be building a digital color version. I’ll post updates as I finish each step.

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Old Block Print Digitally Recreated

I thought I’d share a digital recreation of an old wooden block print I used to to make business stationary. It originally took a couple of days to design and carve the wood blocks. One was the chains the other was the bats. I would use red and black acrylic paints on paper cut down to 8.5″ x 5.5″. A regular piece of copy paper split in half would make 2 pages of stationary.

In less than 3 hours I was able to recreate it digitally. The only things missing are the striations from the wood blocks and the occasional blending of the colors due to rushing the printings.

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