Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Tuesday 21st January 2013 - A new tool!

I was fortunate enough to get a new iPad mini for Christmas (this one: http://www.apple.com/uk/ipad-mini/). I've wanted a tablet for some time, as I found myself drawing from life traditionally, and work digitally, I thought the crossover wasn't too explicit, and when I need to learn about lighting and colour harmony, life drawing in pencil doesn't help.

So I thought hey, a tablet may help with that, not that I'd ever have the spare income to splash out on one.


So I ended up with this shiny new tablet. Time to hit the app store and which.com for some reviews and programmes!

However, the new tool I got isn't the ipad, so I'll leave that there, this also isn't a review, as I have no basis of comparison for anything.

As well as drawing from life, I thought the ipad might make a good digital sketchbook - knock out the sketches digitally, upload them to my main PC, get them in photoshop, clean them up and paint them. This should increase the speed, refine my workflow and stop me from noodling away endlessly on a pencil drawing which isn't even seen when the painting is finished.


So this is the stylus I bought! There wasn't much choice for me, I wanted a Wacom one, as they're the figureheads in tablet technology, so simply, in my eyes, are the best.

Apparently this came out a year later than other "pressure sensitive" styluses? I don't really care, it's nice. It's the same shape feel and weight as my intuos tablet's stylus, and was released by a company who I'd recommend and trust.


ooo! A shiny box.


The layout is really nice. And yes. It's blue!


And this is after trying to get to grips with it for a day or so - I use it with Autodesk Sketchbook, which doesn't have Palm rejection, but does have an amazing brush engine, so it's not as brainlessly easy as a pen and paper, but does have its own set of advantages (no 'fluff', there's no pens, pencils, white-out, rubbers, sketchbook, paper... It's just Ipad, and Stylus.)

These sketches by the way? They're for the guys over at Strolen's Citadel, so, if any of you are here from there... Sneak peek!

I have yet to finish my first painting which I started on my iPad, so am eagerly anticipating that, but this was just a small update with things that are going on my end.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Saturday 11th January 2014 - Busy new year!

Happy new year to everybody, I'm suitably late in updating this, so apologies! 

It has been quite a hectic start to the new year; I've spent pretty much every waking hour trying to get my affairs in order after having 10 days off for Christmas - Finishing up 3 jobs, getting myself another 3, and still having a couple in limbo I need to do something about... Eek! 

Anyway yes, loose plans for 2014: 

> Actually apply for some freelance jobs (one more[!!!] portfolio piece to go) at bigger international companies. 
> Sort out my HDD/Internet bookmarks, it's getting a little silly now
> Decrease time taken to paint an image/look at refining painting process
> Move out
> Get better at perspective. 
> Pay rent.

And that's basically it! Everything else I do will be in an effort to achieve one of these 4 goals.

But that's enough boring stuff! What have I been working on..? 

Well, I'll show that soon, instead here's some stuff I've been meaning to put up for like 2/3 months: 

This was my first piece done for Rite Publishing's Lords of Gossamer and Shadow, links below: 

http://www.ritepublishing.com/
http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/119779&affiliate_id=203141&src=RitePubbanner

© Rite Publishing 2013-14

I actually had to start painting this mid-suffering of food poisoning, so the going was slow and ominous. 

© Rite Publishing 2013-14

Painting the little screens and dials on the tank was a lot of fun. As might be visible, I had to change the armor in the tank, I had an idea initially of having it really loose and slowly forming out of the water, but painting it turned out to be a nightmare, and not really what I wanted it to look like. 

© Rite Publishing 2013-14

I always work from back to front, which can have its downsides, as I can stick a fair amount of detail into the background and have no energy left for the foreground, but working this way gives me a base of colour on the canvas to pick from and work with. 

© Rite Publishing 2013-14

Blocking in the main figure, he came out quite green in places due to the main source of lighting being the blue tank behind him. This was the first "finished" pass, everything was rendered up to a degree, so I sent it over to my AD for any revisions. 

© Rite Publishing 2013-14

It was decided the whole composition was quite "left heavy", so I added in a screen and some more wires on the right to frame it, turned the mode to CMYK and sent the .tiff off! 

I have a few more paintings to show like this, and some more stuff I want to blog about, if I can find the time...