Sunday, December 6, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
On the aspect of my side project, the Shadow Comic, I've laid down the groundwork for the next strip. I'm becoming more and more able with backgrounds and I've come up with a few well looking items to give it a little life. Shadow's room will have to be reformed later on with added personality but that's later anyway. This whole series is just going to be funny and fun and a means for me to flesh out most, if not all, the little details. I might have to do the same for my other characters since they don't really live in the same place as Shadow and Shade, so their settings and backgrounds will have such a different look to them. Bah, focus! Lets just take this one step at a time, shall we?
I'm practicing another means of coloring as well. This time using gray scaling and finding ways to multiply the color on top of a layer several times. If this works, I would have a color style closer to my goal color style. But alas, the work is far too much to manage so it would only be used sparingly at best.
Not too much else to say, and sorry for the lack of pictures to present. If my home computer were Internet abeled I'd have more to share more often. Make note that this is a goal of mine to get Internet in there asap. I might try getting a new WIFI thing and see if that helps...
Friday, September 25, 2009
I'm still tinkering with it and might add more types of explosives in his coat. I'll fix the hand as well. Speaking of fixed, I've also redone his smile all the way. Picked up the teeth a bit higher, re-did the edges of his mouth, fixed up all that and now it's all proper.
Next I have a preview privy to people who peruse my posted personal points-of-view. The next Shadow comic lines.
I'll have to update the older comic to reflect Shades current hair. She doesn't get those spikes until she works up her hair anyway so I decided to do a better job showing that. I'm also working with heavier inks this time around as well, so let me know what you guys think.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I'm still working on the Shade drawing and this is how much it's progressed. Not much, I know, and I should've been done with it a long time ago but backgrounds are just messing with me! I'd say I'm still only about 75% done with this one. I WILL finish this, I swear it.
Now this is sort of my version of the joker. After playing the amazing Batman: Arkham Asylum,I wanted to draw the joker the way I figured he would be. I was also watching The Dark Knight at the same time I was drawing this as well so Jokers all around. The way I heard the story, his mouth was cut into a smile. So I wanted to keep that idea but also have the cut itself not healed at the ends. So it gives him a much wider smile than normal. I might still change this up, maybe shortening his face a little and such, but this is going the way I wanted it to. Probably not the exact image I have of him but I'm working there.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I gotta ask though, how do the tones on Shade look? Too dark, dark enough, too light? I'm just not sure myself. Looks fine to me so far. Decided to go with a night time look with a green atmosphere since I figured that's the time these creatures are most active. Might add even more to this drawing and make it more active.
Main thing you'll notice is the 25 Essential Expressions of Shade. I did one already of Shadow and now I'm doing one for her sister. I'll be putting in even more details this go round as well, even including 5 different sets of outfits. Although I'm not sure about what the last 3 will be. Maybe I'll draw her in her armor? Well that's three down, two to go. I'll figure it out.
Oooh, the second screen. I've been listening to Gorillaz again. Got a new CD called D sides. Two CD set that has, in my personal opinion, some really great music. The second CD is remix tracks from their D---Days CD but it's mostly just remixes of two songs, Kids with Guns and Dare. I swear, there are at least 3 different versions of each. The first song and last song on the CD I don't care for at all but everything else jives with me rather well.
Welp, that's it for this blog post. Figured I was due for another one and next time I have more works in progress I'll post again. Perhaps something... titillating. We'll see.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Colors are not indicative of final choices. Just place holders for the time being. I know I need to fade colors into the background and the lines will follow suit. Perhaps I'll just forgo the lines all together and paint the background without them. That might be the way to go honestly. But if I do that, then the lines on Shade probably would have to go as well. We'll see how things go. I might have to rethink my whole strategy on coloring.
I saw this really neat drawing that gave me an idea on how to do backgrounds the way I want to do them. Start off with a darker color sillouet of what you want, then build up on that with layers of details. It's hard to describe but it makes me want to practice.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Now do tell me what you think so far. Anything I can fix isn't too far out of the question. I'm thinking of fixing up Miss Lichie a little more, the girl on the far left of us. Somthing about her hair/head is bothersome. All the girls are on their own layer so I'll probably color them all, submit that and have a blog exclusive showing off each girl individually. Well, exclusive for awhile, like maybe a week or so before I post it on devart as scraps.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Note about this drawing, I've already fixed up the hair as well as the ribbon. Not that there's anything wrong with the ribben persay, just fixed it up is all. The problem with the hair was that the split down the middle wasn't down the middle according to her eyes.
I must say, Little Miss Alucard has been one of the funner characters to draw. Maybe because I'm not needing to redo the lines a ton of times like I've done with the others. Anyway, enjoy and comment as you wish.
Oh and I just figured out how to make all my images clickable. haha, oh you blogger you. You and your silly little ways.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Please do let me know what you think so far. I do enjoy C&C, even on the nasty sketch underneith. Most of the design is going to be changed but thats just a placeholder for the final lines anyway.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Remember boys 'n girls. When working on anything, do flat colors first and then finish the background second! After which, you go and hue the flats on the characters to match the tone of the background. Finishing the characters first with all their shadows and highlights does you no favors when their colors don't match the background at all. Altho I know this fact since before I started the next comic, I still failed to implement it, so my bad. I will be doing that in the future though. The reason I skipped that step and did the background last was because I'm lazy and never really done backgrounds with any proficiency at all. That will all change, hopefully, the more I do these comics. Oh heck, that was the tease, let me show you the whole thing since it's already done and I have it. Think of it as privy to those of you whom bother to watch this blog. Special you guys, huh? Huh!? Yeah, don't that feel special? I'll post the comic tomorrow on devart, provided I don't keep going back and change it some more.
Now lets compare notes, shall we? This is certainly a different style than what I had before. I, personally, am really digging it. But there are a few things I'd like to bring over from the older style of the comic as well, namely the deeper use of blacks and shades and darker eyes as well.
You see? I really liked the way this first comic came out but this one was done in Open Canvas. The second one was done in Photoshop, after I discovered the cool effects I can add to my brushes. It mimics almost what I can do in OC but good enough that I want to use it with more proficiency. And hopefully expand my color pallet as well. I'd like to try different ranges of colors in the shading of my drawings outside of the flat "darker tone of the same color".
Alright, I babbled on enough about that. Now about what the strip is about. Shade is Shadow's older sister and who is, quite honestly, a bitch. She actually deeply loves Shadow as her sister but can be very very cruel to her. It's a love/hate thing. Over the course of these comics she'll call her sister all sorts of nicknames, and "sissy" is the first of many.
Hope you enjoy guys and don't be shy about comments! If you like, share this blog with more folk. The more who watch it, the more I'll do in here. I'll be sharing lots of stuff and junk in here, more so if I get my connection back in my room.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
This is something I'm doing right now with Shadow and Shade. Ahhh, the drunken sisterly love is such a beautiful thing. However, Shadow doesn't drink so she's not really all that happy about it. What do you guys think of clothing options? Yes or no? hahaha
And here are just some elemental sketchs I was doing. Disregard the lightning because of lameness and instead focus on the Hadouken and flame.