Monday, January 26, 2009


I miss my line drawings, So I finally did one. I added some value to it... maybe i'll color it some day. Working overtime and drawing is really hard to do. My respect to all the other artists out there that do the same.

Painter/Photoshop 4+ hours

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Apeman or Manape?

I didn't want to draw another human... so I did the second closest to one. I totally not used to the cold in the North, and I know my immune system is falling rapidly. So I guess that is what inspired this piece.

Mostly Photoshop CS2... actually I don't think I used any Painter. +4 hrs

Friday, January 16, 2009

Warm up Sketch?

So I did this as a warm up sketch awhile ago. Since I haven't posted anything in awhile. This should do... Yes... this is also a self portrait.

Get it... Warm up...

I am hopeless...

- J

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Lucky Error

So this turned out to be a beautiful error, I was trying to do something else. Until a friend pointed out it kinda looked Japanese. So I ran with it. I did some easy clean up work.

All digital again, mainly Painter.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Step by Step

Okay so it's time to show you guys my process on my drawings. I decided to do something a little more epic in my regards. I've decided to do something fantasy oriented. I wanted to make a subtle elf with more than one wand. Easy I thought. So I tried to screen cap my progress throughout the day.

First, I started off with a neutral background in Photoshop then add some warm flare edge. At this time I really didn't know what I wanted to do. I added some extra strokes here and there with the the fuzzy standard brush. I normally work with warm colors at first but then I desaturated it later. I normally work at 8 1/2 x 11 inches at 300 dpi. (after I'm done with these files I put them in my external hard drive)

Now I start to sketch, I put darkest darks down first. I try to get the shape of what i'm drawing down, at this stage again I don't know what I really want. Alot of this is trial and error. After I'm happy with the dark shapes I add my lightest lights. Normally this is where I want my viewers eye to go. Since I used a yellowish color earlier I use that color and bumed it up a little and added an extra value to areas that I think I need it. Again, alot of trial and error at this stage.

Okay so this is were I fill in the details. First I move the file to Painter IX, mainly because I loved the blender brushes in this program. The brushes I use are under Blenders: Just add water, Pointed Stump 20, and Oily Blender 40. I use I wanted this elf to have a scarf and a heavy coat and holding a wand at a cautioned pose. I use the white again for areas I wish to draw the viewers eye. My Color palette is really the same color but different values. I've found using this method helps out in the end, by having a dead layer you figure out all your value issues first then. You can play with color at a later stage. So once I have gotten the details of the body down just the way I want, I start the face. I do this because I tend to stay that face for quite sometime.

Now I rough out the face (i'm not sure what sex this person is just yet). Still using just the values of the same color. I also flip the image, because you can figure out your mistakes quicker and easier this way. After correcting some areas, I start the background. I've decided to just put her up against a plaster wall, with a dramatic shadow on it. Nothing too complex.

Okay this may look like I did alot but stay with me. I open this file in Photoshop, and add another Layer, this is for texture. I play with different brushes (I normally play with 20/30 opacity) and erase anything that touches the body. I stepped away from the drawing for awhile then came back and decided it needed something else, something unique. Flying black summoned snakes! Oh I also added shadows on the wall, just to make them feel slightly more believable.

I flip it back and add the final touches to my value study, then comes the color. Basically I just paint over it using overlay, or another layer feature that looks better to me. Also at this stage I thought she needed more wands. I just added them on another layer, and worked at it until they looked alright.

So if I left anything out, or I am unclear on just let me know.

This piece took 8 hours, including research and screen capping it.

I'm going to bed.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year

Starting the new year off with a quick exercise. This image I was trying to figure out how to render skin and hair. Again, I will do something more dynamic next time.

4+ hours