Another Monday and some more sketches from the creative labyrinth that is the studio. We have also decided to give workshops in working digitally, for the folks who are interested. These will be topic based and will span the range from composition to colour theory to sketching analogue and rendering in programs. The details are still being worked out, but give us your input on the subject and it’s form so we can create a format that works.
First sketch is a 15 minute pen on paper sketch/study. Pirates of the Caribbean inspired, since zombies are the new vampires according to sources.
Sketch number two is for the 40K lovers out there: a necron for your pleasure! Well mayhap not much pleasure and enjoyment but the Games Workshop crowd might appreciate it for what it is: zombies in space.
Wednesdays are a bit tricky really,
On one hand, they are not Mondays, and as such not really that chaotic and filled with workstress. At the same time they are not the end of the week and relaxation neither.
Currently, David has found himself working on an unusual job. It’s a cover, which is not something unusual, but it is also contemporary. This is both exiting and challenging at the same time since almost all illustrations we have done so far have either been Sci-fi or Fantasy. For some more info on this head over to this place:
The illustration is seing completion this week and then we will see how long it takes before we can display it.
One of the things that has been asked alot is to show progress and/or doing tutorials.
Whilst this is something great and definately something worth doing, there are such a great number of tutorials out there that we first need to sit down and consider what we want to achieve with a tutorial.
The first one will most likely be a walkthrough rather then an actual tutorial.
David has a set idea on how to work, but usually all of this is just tossed out the window once the work begins. In reality what happends is normally what works. Sometimes it works to paint blobs of colour and go from there, sometimes a refined pencilsketch is the best and sometimes it is the usage of photo’s for interesting textures.
So look out for next wednesday when a little walkthrough will be posted of a personal piece in it’s beginning stages.
In the meanwhile, here are some WiP’s of current paintings and a sketch that was made at FACTS but that we didn’t have any photos of ourself. Courtesy of Alexjodo’s blog. Follow the link below.
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The image attached here is showing the different steps and processes involved into getting an image ready. In this particular case the composition and details of both the Minotaur and Centaur have been changed. The finished product will probably not at all look like this, but one never knows since the last image is a detail of the current version.
This shows the different processes that are behind making a digital illustration.
First of all, our gratulations to the two winners of the F.A.C.T.S.-raffle.
For those of you who do not know, David held a raffle each day of FACTS this year.
The winners where Charles from France and Jerry from Belgium who will be receiving their tubes with posters soon.
And how about an illustration?
Ahsoka all grown up…for all you Star Wars and Clone Wars fans out there. After DA decided to remove this image from David´s page, due to some obscure illogical rule, several requests were made to put the image up on the studio webpage. Who were we to deny these requests? So to all: Thank you for the support!
Another Monday, a few sketches and stuff.
Digital 15min sketch
Working on my Marker skills; 15-20min/sketch, copic markers 2, 4 and Special Black.
As I have said earlier, should you be interested in the pen&paper sketches I do they are available for €8 + shipping unless otherwise stated. Just send your inquiry to email@example.com.
WiP. I worked on this quite a while back, then lost the workfile in a HDcrash. Screengrabbed the previous wip from the deviantart scrapbook and began anew. I’m a bit further then this but this is the preview you get now.
Till Wednesday for some written updates.
Well, rather, I’m posting after the weekend AFTER the weekend at Facts.
Before I get into the FACTS experience, let’s set some standards for this blog and website. Here are the goals I’m setting up:
Every Wednesday we will post something textwise, to let you know what we’re up to.
Every Monday I will post some sketches of the past week, to let you see that I’m not slacking and to atleast give you something worth coming to the webpage for.
Anytime we get permissions to post anything from our commissions and NDA-released work, we will post it, regardless of what weekday.
So the weekend was fenomenal. I had a really good time and it was crammed with people. The staff was very friendly and very helpful and the general mood was nice. I sat next to Adi Granov, furthest out on one side of the table.
From left to right was:
Me, Adi Granov (Iron Man etc.), Barry Kitson (SpiderMan UK, AD 2000 etc., etc.), in memoriam for Wim Oosterveer (Dutch comic artist that died in a motorcycle accident a couple of weeks before he was due to appear at FACTS), Romano Molenaar (Marvel, Top Cow, etc.), Aleksi Briclot (Magic the Gathering, World of Warcraft), Nicholas Bournay (French comic artist), Keu Cha (Witchblade, Hex), Aleksa Gajic (various things), Steve Dupre, LECTRR and ADAM (Belgian comicbook artists), Clint Langley (Sláine, ABC warriors, various Warhammer and Warhammer40k things).
At the end of day one I was completely exhausted after having done so many free drawings that I don’t know where to start. I was so busy that I forgot to take pictures of them.
On the second day it was calmer and I got a chance to do some paid sketches also. Attached are some of the sketches and paid sketches I did on the second day, and one illustration I did during lunchbreak on day one.
Some of these are still available since I had some downtime on day two and had a chance to do sketches with markers. They can be purchase for €8 + shipping. As a general note, shipping to the US for anything of a A4-size or smaller is €12. If you live outside of Europe it will be more, if in Europe less.
Available from the above are: Sláine (1st), SpaceWolf(3rd), Ghost Rider(4th) and Hellboy(5th).
Also, I didnt completely sell out the posters at Facts and some are still available.
These go for €15 + shipping.
Sanguinius, Ahadi War and FAXXA.
Contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on this.
We will add a store in the not so distant future.
Since a Monday has past, I thought I’d just shoot some sketches away also. A little something to look at up untill Monday.
An Ahadi-sketch and “Balor through the mist” (crop of a larger sketch).
Both of these are A3 format and will be completely rendered with pen on paper, sold as originals and also painted digitally. If you have an interest in these, or any future sketches that pop up on the website, just mail us and ask. Once they are completed on paper I will post them again, right here.