Sunday, May 11, 2014

BRAINSICK: Sun Cries Morning, 2014 - Stage 2 - DONE!

Sun Cries Morning (2014)
technical pen on approx. 8" x 14" smooth bristol
black and white inks
I'm not sure how many hours I logged on this piece, but I worked on it over the course of nine days. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. My shading is too heavy in several areas, but with more practice, I can learn to control it better. I considered stippling the background to lend a neutral tone, but I decided to test it in Photoshop instead. Thus:

Which do you prefer?

I'm just happy that the tree looks more like a TREE now and not some ersatz tree-thing like what I drew in the original (although I still had tons of fun drawing that tree-thing). Again, for reference:

Sun Cries Morning (2005)
Even though this is a finished piece, I'd be more than happy to hear your thoughts, suggestions, critiques, anything you may have to say about it.

First-pass textures begun on tree.

Above right: first-pass tree textures completed!

Second-pass tree textures started.

Above right: fur shading finished on Paranoid's foreleg.

Adding better contrast with white ink.

Now I need to really push myself and create some LARGE pieces. I still have 14" x 17" bristol, after all...

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Pinkie Pie for Katie!

My cousin Katelynn (Katie for short) turned 5 yesterday. She loves My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (not gonna lie; I do, too), so I decided to draw her favorite pony, Pinkie Pie, as a gift. She seemed to like it and gave me a painting she'd made recently on her new art easel!

I chose the closest colors I could, but Pinkie still came out more Day-Glo than usual. :)

Quick update before I post more progress on Sun Cries Morning, which will come soon! It's close to completion and I'm happy with how it's turning out.

Pinkie Pie belongs to Hasbro.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

BRAINSICK: Sun Cries Morning, 2014 - Stage 1!

Sun Cries Morning (2014) - outlines
technical pen on approx. 8" x 14" smooth bristol

If there's one thing I miss about my high school-era art, it's spontaneity. Before I learned how to concept or thumbnail my pieces, I simply drew. That was it. I'd make changes as I went along. While it didn't necessarily equate to strong compositions, there was a freedom in this approach that I have largely lost since graduating college. Nowadays I usually can't create something new without overthinking it to death.

I want to reclaim my old spontaneity and put it to good use. Let's call this an exercise in confidence and decision-making.

Sun Cries Morning is a partial rework of a piece I drew in 2005. It was inspired by the song "Down in the Park" by Tubeway Army (Gary Numan's short-lived punk / post-punk band). I sketched the new piece without any prior thumbnails or drafting, and I opted for weighted lines to give a trompe l'oeil effect.

The only major elements I kept from the original are Paranoid, the tree, and the Möbius strip.

More progress to come soon! This serves as practice for the illustrations I want to make for Brainsick when it's published.

Sun Cries Morning (2005)
Pigma Micron on 8" x 11" sketchbook paper

Sketched in Grey Col-Erase pencil.

Above left: plain outlining done; ready to finish weighted inks.
Above right: tools of the trade! Technical pens and a Copic Multiliner for the border.