Assorted warmup and sketch type things. Done in Photoshop and ZBrush.
So I spent this past week or so working on defining my materials when painting, developing new ways of working, and learning ZBrush. So have a dump of stuff that’s that. The red lumpy weird chicken thing is my take on Cthulu sans tentacles. I couldn’t figure out how to extrude faces in ZBrush and got a little frustrated with it. I’ll go back eventually, do the tentacles and some fins on the head like a proper space squid, then texturing and lighting and all that good stuff! I’m still pretty proud of it since it’s pretty much the first thing I’ve ever made in ZBrush. Yay, sculpting! Yay, learning! Yay… stuff!
WIPs and final for CHOW #349 on CA.org, the Blade Dancer. Done in Photoshop.
Apparently, if you give me the option, I will 100% design someone independent and scrappy and probably a little haughty. Concept is that this wood elf got bored living in the woods and decided to move to the “big city”. It was not all she expected but, ehn, she had to do something to get by. The fighting style of her home looked enough like dancing to outsiders that she decided to try making a living out of it. Yes, basically, she’s a high fantasy pole dancer. Not stripper (only because most of her performances on the streets and she’d rather not get arrested) though she could sometimes use the scarf-wrap thing she has. Mostly, it’s there to look pretty while spinning and can hold her short swords when not performing.
I tried something semi-new-ish and I’m working to improve with some advice from a crit. I… am not doing well so far but I’m trying. Not much else to say about this from the art perspective. I need to do more little things and practice and improve.
Pulsefire Nami and DJ/Death Valley Sona skin concept sketches. Done in Photoshop.
Okay, here goes, only took me, like, two weeks to figure out this whole Pulsefire Nami look and… I guess it’s okay. The idea is that, with the oceans receding, she’s more than a little loathe to steal from it to her people. So a suit that can control and recycle the water she uses for spells is built. It’s not terrible obvious here but she gave up her tail because… reasons? Look, it had to get techie somewhere and that’s where it happened. Overall, it’s a little movie!Abe Sapien, a bit of Guo Pei in the silhouette, and me making it up as I go.
Since it wasn’t quite Wednesday yet and I could totes make another sketch without too much trouble, I took a, err, third stab at DJ Sona. This time with a little Fall Out Boy because I just want a girl gang team comp. So this happened. Yup.
In other news, here’s a new poll because I’m still really bad at decisions. If you want to become a patron and help me make ALL OF THE THINGS, check out Patreon. There’s also some details on just where the hell all this is going. Because it’s totally going somewhere and becoming a thing. Shhhhh, just believe me.
CHOW #348 final and progress. Done in Photoshop. NSFW.
Another set of weeks, another CHOW. I’m not the most happy with this. It’s definitely both overworked and underworked and I got frustrated because nothing felt like it was really doing much at all. Also, I have no idea how to render gauzy silks. So yeah, this is a thing? I like the idea I had behind this, high fantasy setting that steals the setup of the Red God in GoT (slaves are purchased at a young age by this religious order to serve as priests and such). This lady is one of the more public-facing figures. The first face I gave her was way too innocent. A woman who was sold and made to be a religious zealot whether she believes it or not isn’t going to be wide-eyed after a while. So I took some queues from Melisandre. … Yep!
Currently, I’m poking at a Pulsefire Nami design, since it was the one that got the most votes from reddit and such (by a landslide, what is wrong with you people and why do you hate me). After that… I don’t know. Pulsefire Nami’s got me stumbling just enough that it might take me a while to really nail something down.
League of Legends fan skin sketches. Done in Photoshop.
Some self-indulgent skins in My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up) Lux and Save Rock and Roll Riven (yes, those are based on Fall Out Boy songs and I have gone back to my roots) and the community-voted Pit Fighter Vi. Going to keep doing these and planning to collect them into a sketchbook at the end. I’m slowly chunking away at the list and, at the end, I’ll take some of my favorites and make full turnarounds and weapon designs and everything for them. Vote on what I should work on next here. Check out my post on the LoL forums here.
In other news, today’s the last day to get free shipping and $5 off each item on my S6 shop. Hop on that and don’t forget to use the link to actually get the discount. Also, updated my Patreon page’s info. It’s now a monthly thing because, well, I’ve been churning out a lot lately and I hope what you’re actually getting out of your patronage is a little clearer. If you’ve got question, don’t be afraid to send me a message.
Latest pair of LoL skin concept sketches! I’m trying out some new things with color and such and working fast to get ideas out so I could, in theory, go back and hyper-refine later is I wanted to. I think I’m going to work on the Fall Out Boy related ones next (since I haven’t quite sussed out how Southern Belle Sivir would work). So Take This To Your Graves, Save Rock and Roll Riven, and My Song Know What You Did In The Dark Lux. Badass ladies in leather and denim totally ready to make music zombies out of you and… pop punk Graves circa 2003. … Sorry not sorry. Okay, going to go work on that soon, I think, so I can keep refining this method. It’s, like, stupid fun.
Also, commissions are still open. You could totally grab one. Details here.
Entry for CHOW #347. Work in progress.
Just a quick color update. I still need to design and add in a telescope made from scraps and possibly redraw this entire thing. The white-on-black paining method I’ve been using works really well for figuring out the thing but not so great for taking the thing to a finished product for me. So this week will be spent working on something more refined and finished feeling, possibly with deeper detailing. I’m still kind of stuck working like someone might have to draw my characters a few million times to animate them. Not a ton else that I can really show done this week. I did a lot of studies and working from photos and scrapping all that when I was done, less working for an end product. Ummm, my bad? I should probably grab whatever I saved and post it…
In other news, commissions are open. Details over here.
Thumbnails for CHOW #347, the Lost Star Gazer. Work in progress.
Started in on working on the latest CHOW over on CA.org. Not sure if this is going to lean more mutinied-and-marooned sky pirate captain or naval (insert rank here) bride stranded after an accident before/during/after her wedding. A lot of steampunk/dieselpunk and Victorian influence. Because, really, after surviving in a Victorian influenced dress? You’re going to have a lot of material to work with to give yourself shelter. Basically, ladies being super resourceful. I dig it.
Marja and Workshop Jayce fan concepts. Done in Photoshop. Work in progress.
Just some updating on this stuff. Color and a final def-where-this-is-headed sketch. I’m going to work on them more if I can ever get more feedback on them. You can give me feedback on the forums now, by the way. Here and here. That’d be pretty cool. For now, I’m going to shift focus and work on some of this other stuff I’ve got on my list. Like the whole League of Beefcakes, even more skin ideas, this super-frustrating one-off comic, and so on. I’m doing things! Making art! Woo!
Also, might open up commissions at some point soon. Like sketch commissions. Not sure yet.
Workshop Jayce design sketches and Marja thumbnails. Works in progress. Sketches done in Photoshop.
So, if you follow me on twitter, this is pretty much the sum total of my week. Those first two are sketches for a Workshop Jayce for League of Legends. Basically, Baconhawk (Heather Jones) and I were drooling over a super dreamy Jayce and I asked if she could make it real if I sketched it. I mostly just meant tossing out my quickie pitch (part RDJ in the IM1 opener, part greaser, part underwear model) at a skin idea meeting or something. She said maybe and I, because THIS IS A THING I NEED, decided to impress while also beefing up (get it?) my portfolio. So this is happening. This is pretty much my first real attempt at designing a weapon too. It was pointed out that I’d probs have to make a themed hammer and I got kind of gobsmacked by that. Go figure, dude needs his token penis metaphor to match. Weird. I’m planning to go whole hog on this one. Up for this week will be fleshing out his tattoos, suring up his overall design and making his face more Jayce-like, painting and color, and maybe I’ll make it to an in-game mockup. Then it’ll just be wrapping everything all up in a nice neat bow and posting.
The last thing is thumbnailing for a fan champion concept. I have her mostly figured out as far as a kit goes but I haven’t worked on this beyond thumbs because I wanted to try watching Spartacus to see if that sparked some costuming ideas beyond the kind of stale Ancient Grecian Soldier look. I’m going to try to work on this more too this week (outside of binging on TV) but it’ll depend on how much I can churn through on that Workshop Jayce (or how frustrated I get with it, I guess).
So yeah, that’s my week. How’s yours looking?