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Bird Art Process

I haven’t done much that I can talk about this week. but I can show you my process on traditionally coloring this illustration of Gloster Canaries in marker.

I’ve already scanned the ink art of drawing and you can read my tutorial about how to scan and edit inked line art so you can have a good clean drawing for digital coloring!

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This is mostly a drawing done with a Pentel Pocket brush. It’s a really good brush in terms have a portable brush you don’t have to dip in ink all the time, but this is a soft nylon brush so it will catch every wobble and heavy handed mark you make.

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I spent most of my time trying to understand the colors I needed from my bird references.

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I was recently introduced to the joys of Pro White, it’s great for covering up black line mistakes, but not for being colored with Copic marker…

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Beginning to color my next two birds. Gloster Canaries come in a variety of feather patterns, so I had an easier time adding variety to the piece.

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My weird ideas was to use an under cover color so it would look better mixed with the over cover colors. I haven’t confirmed if it make the marker colors look smoother and not streaky, but it does look smooth to me.

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Last two birds getting finished. I do regret my middle brush work as I think I’m not as great with dry brush techniques as I want to be.

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This is the final drawing! I’ve used my Uniball Pen to add a free highlights to push the birds support from each other and make them stand out. I did use Photoshop doctoring in the scanned version to clear out the bad blobs on some birds, but all and all it this looks fine enough.

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You can stop by my store to get a print of these birds for $10 or to get the real drawing itself for $60!

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Almvghty Angel T-Shirt Design

Over the last few months, I worked on a T-Shirt Design for Almvghty Clothing. I tried to do something of better quality for this illustration, specifically trying to use thinner line art for it. The shirt prints aren’t out yet, but I’ll let you all know when they’re up for sale online.

Here are a few in progress art things for this:

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More Cover Progress

After a bit of internal hemming and hawing, I think I’ve completed my cover of my short comic, Shirley’s Day. I’ve been working on this comic on and off by myself for the past three years! It’s been super long but I’m hitting the home stretch!

I’ve made more progress over the week in finishing the cover to Shirley’s Day.

I’m a bit split on using blur, on the one had I want to push the main character forward as much as possible, but on the other hand it might look tacky and amateurish, so I overall decided not to.

The final few pieces of work for the cover. I decided to do something subtle and color the line art. I didn’t want to do it initially, but I felt I needed to make the cover as good as I can and put the effort in!


7/15/2018 The Home Stretch

Bad news is that I made slightly less progress than I wanted on my stream painting this week. It’s not horrible, I managed I put down some rough colors for the characters, but I feel like I need to examine the color relationships a bit more.

 

But the good news is that, I’ve finished all of the interiors of Shirley’s Day! All that is left is to finish work on the cover, arrange the pages for mass print and I can finally have it complete!

Some sketches I made over the last week but I still haven’t posted on this site yet.

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7/2/2018 Lettering Improvements

I’ve been away finishing up commissions but I finally gained the time to stream and put the finishing touches on Shirley’s Day.

It was mostly lettering and adding new dialogue, word balloons and bolding emphasized words to make the speech “sound” better.

I’ve been chipping away at this comic for so long that, I’m a bit mad at myself that I’m taking so long on it.

I’m getting closer to the finish line though. I just gotta keep at it and not get discouraged. It’s the only thing I can do, really.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Collosal Catch-Up Update

I’ve slipped badly on keeping my website updated and not streaming, but I’ve been tackling important money making things between my dayjob and my freelancing!

Here is what I’ve been doing for the past three weeks!

 

 

I’ve recently finished a logo commission for a good friend and co-worker of mine!

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The Chalk Cap


Art Stuff at Water Tower Place

I’ve been at the Water Tower Place in Chicago doing live art at The Chalk Cap.

It was a fun time hanging out with people and making some cool custom hats! This idea is pretty cool though, as you can buy a cap with a surface on it where you can draw on it with chalk marker and it can be cleaned off with water!

It was a bit getting used to but it’s good to try out new mediums! I drew names, character requests and whatever else I could think of It was pretty great and I’ll totally show up next time!

 

 

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