Monday, April 28, 2014

BRAINSICK: Spend All Our Day in a Dream, 2014!

Spend All Our Day in a Dream, 2014
9" x 12" Prismacolor marker and technical pen on bristol paper
This is a revamp of an older piece depicting two of Brainsick's most important characters: Finch Cosaat, a major protagonist, and Anne Hades (haydz), the antagonist. The one word that best describes their relationship is abusive.

Overall, I'm happy with how this turned out. I've felt down about my work recently, so I forced myself to start something and FINISH it. I hadn't made anything this extensive with my markers in years. My biggest nitpicks are that Finch's features got skewed despite using his model sheets and the composition isn't as tight as I'd wanted. Also, I should have kept Anne's head more stylized and rounded it out on the right edge. I referenced my reflection for Anne and the positioning of Finch's arm.

If I created this yet again with my colored pencils, I think I could more easily achieve the results I was after.

The original is inspired by Goldfrapp's "Crystalline Green." For the revamp, I listened to the song for several hours on repeat (with headphones). Sustained background music is helpful for this kind of work; my Brainsick inspiration playlist is massive.

Spend All Our Day in a Dream, 2007
5.5" x 8.5" Prismacolor marker, Micron, and colored pencil on bristol

Sketchbook scribbles and color studies.

Above left: rough pencil sketch with Grey Col-Erase. Above left: rough outlining with Copic Multi-Liner. 

At this stage, the piece looks like bad highlighter art. Soon to be fixed!

Adding the darkest tones with Dark Purple; starting the hair.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Krehyceru: 3D-Printed Model by Jacob!

I recently got an EPIC belated gift from a good friend of mine: a 3D-printed model of a creature I designed!

The Krehyceru ('kreh-hee SHEE'roo) is a critter I first drew in 2005: one of those random beasts I had to get out of my head before it disappeared. During college, Jacob asked to model it in Zbrush for some free-time practice. The end product turned out wonderfully. Now that I have a physical model to draw from, I plan on revamping its design and creating model sheets for it.

Once more: a HUGE thank you to Jacob for modeling this guy!

2005 drawing inked in 2006 with ballpoint pen