Friday, April 30, 2010

Progress Piece 01: Batman Final Traditional

More color was added, as well as a wash to unify things overall. Highlights and shadows were built, giving a stern and serious thought to light source and texture. The background was fun and consists of about 5 layers or varying gradients, each one thinned out considerably and washed onto parts of the character to tie them together, while still creating depth between them.

In speaking to our art director, he pointed out a anatomical error that can only be corrected with a drawover and re-painting. That could be fun, but I'm not sure if I have the time just yet to do it.

So, I'm sure that I could tool around with him a bit more traditionally, but have decided not to. As an exploration exercise in painting, I've learned much about patience, control and scan vs. practical. This piece could very well be pulled into Photoshop and manipulated, for now however, it'll go up on the blog.

So turn on the Bat Signal, he'll be with you after he finishes his soda!

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Progress Piece 01: Batman Color/Tones

So here's a little more color and an attempt to give him volume. I need to get a little more agressive with the shadows, but am still a bit nervous about jumpin' right in. I've had little "oh no, oh no, oh no!" moments but overall, it's truning out cool.

The background was fun and will hit it again tonight, to darken up the gradient and give a little texture and depth. I ran into a little funk on his face right at the smile. A verticle crease is visible due to using too much water. Grrr. I'll fix it on the digital version, but this blog is about warts and all.

The plastic cup looks nice until you get to above the liquid, I need to hit it with some white to continue the shiny plastic illusion.

Nuff said today.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Progress Piece 01: Batman Flat

So semi-flat color has been added to the shaded sketch with pre determined highlights and shadows. I got a little too far ahead with the orange soda and kept defining it. I get excited that way with fizzy orange drinks!

Tonight, I'll build on this layer with more patience with thin coats of paint in varying degrees of tonal difference.

I like where it is headed, but don't care for the highlight on the left side of his mask and will have to tweak it later.

Overall, I'm diggin' it!
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Progress Piece 01: Batman sketch

Let's start out with a simple pencil sketch. I think I'll adjust the cape tonight, it doesn't flow as well as I'd like.

I'll be scanning and adding color progressively through a traditional medium. After I've taken it as far as my traditional skills will take it, we'll go digitally.

Let's see how this turns out!

Tune in next time, same bat time, same bat blog!
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Monday, April 26, 2010

Demon Lord Submission

So here's the story, I've recently joined a forum that has monthly submissions with a theme. I don't normally do this type of art and have never been a traditional painter. The rule was no digital work. So this was my submission to the forum, pencil, acrylics and fear.