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Welcome back to Studiocolrouphobia.net!

This week we have some exciting news, a bit of info on Road to Jove and some sketches to show, so let’s dig right into it!

 

We started a Patreon!

After doing a little survey Studio Colrouphobia has opened up our first Patreon project!

What’s this patreon thing?

Patreon enables fans to give ongoing support to their favorite creators.

The best way of explaining it is through Patreon’s own video:

In short, so far the system is built so that you can pledge whatever amount you choose in a recurring manner. This means, for Empyrean Champions, that at the beginning of each month you donate a certain amount and receive your rewards shortly after. You can cancel your support at any time and you can access past rewards also.

Will I have to pay to see Your art?
Heavens no!
The result of each month will be available for anyone to see, but if you support it, you get a big lump of goodies. At $1 a month, you get to see the work about a month before we post it anywhere else. From $5 a month, you get to see all the work in progress files as well as receiving some kickass wallpapers made up from these illustrations. And the more you support the more you get.
At $20 you get digital sketchbooks and the fullsized version of the illustrations, for instance, as well as layered PSD’s.

This project will be a fun one, and we hope you will join us and support us as we build a pantheon of Empyrean Champions.

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What are Empyrean Champions?
We’re glad you asked.
Empyrean Champions are characters who have a supernatural counterpart, an ethereal self if you will, that can manifest and fight for whatever cause the champion seem fit. These characters come from Fantasy, Contemporary Fiction or Science Fiction.

We set up a variety of backer rewards, including for those who wish to follow the process of creating the Champions, collectible prints for those who like to collect new art, and collaborative for those who want to add their spice to the worlds of Empyrean Champions!

Support our Patreon right here:

https://www.patreon.com/StudioColrouphobia

 

Some more info on Road to Jove

As you’re probably aware, our webcomic The Road to Jove is up and running, and we’re about halfway through the Prologue: In Crow Country.

We’re getting a lot of questions about it and Aaron thought it was probably time to shed some light on a few of the recurring ones. Firstly, thank you if you’ve been reading and enjoying it so far. The feedback’s been awesome considering how new it is, and how little we’ve promoted it through traditional webcomic channels.

So head on over to Aaron’s blog to read some answers in regards to The Website, Physical copies, Is it free, and  How much do we update.

Coincidentally, Aaron and David had their first proper interview last week.  Here’s their first RTJ interview with Liam Salt at The Cult Den.

 

Some sketches!

As you know Studio Colrouphobia is a two (wo)man organisation. Here are some sketches to show what Natasja has been up to in between commercial jobs:

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Bast/Sekhmet- Natasja Sondered, 2015

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Beetle mount- Natasja Sondered, 2015

Commissions:

We still have spots open for 100€ commissions. Feeling like you need an interesting piece of digital art? (Single character, simple background) Let us know! These kind of commissions help us evolve, quite often our clients give excellent briefs and have creative ideas regarding things we haven’t thought of. So take the chance :)

For anything outside of those specs, or if you need any information not covered here, go to the bottom of the About page and send us a message through the contact form, or just email us. The address is right up there, to the right of this post!

Please note that Studio Colrouphobia will not do any paid commissions based on any IP’s not allowing any reproduction and/or derivative work.

Thunderbolt and lightning (very very frightening…)

Busy days at the studio.

With deadlines passed and more work ahead, let’s take a break and look at how something comes to life.

A page comes to life

So as you know, Aaron and David are doing a webcomic together, the Road to Jove, and the prologue is being updated every Friday.

So how does a comicpage come to life?

In David’s case it starts with a loose sketch, based on the script:

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After re-reading the script, David realise that there is one more panel on this page (note to any aspiring comicbook artists, always read the script proper, making sure nothing is continuing on the following page in the script!)

So another quick sketch is made, to make the panels sit better on the page:

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After taking the sketch into Photoshop, some adjustments are made to make sure it fits on the page-template:

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References for the backgrounds are found, if necessary (in this case, some references for abandon factories are taken from Google and own photos, to make sure all angles of machinery and items make sense), and the background of each panel is painted in:

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Discussing with Aaron, it is decided that the figures are to be let out of the last panel, leaving only the crucified people and crows for viewing.

The figures are painted in and now all that is needed are the text-bubbles:

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After adding in the bubbles a new page is completed, ready to be published:

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Details vanishing

During the painting of this page, Aaron and David realised, for the first time, that the downside about the comic-format is that you need to be able to make sure everything reads. The viewer need to see what is happening, and sometimes this means removing details, or, a lot more time effective, not to paint in details that either removes clarity, or can’t be seen on the final page due to size.

Here is a visually good example of how “details” look on a finished and published page, in comparison to the original size:

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The above is the final, published size. As you can see, the panels display the figures, and there are hints at details (click on the image for a full size view).

Here is the original size David painted it in (again, click for the right size):

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A lot of the details are very rough, and some aren’t even visible on the published page (such as the markjings on the chest of the robot, which are barely seen on the published page, yet obvious on the original size).

So now you know a little more. If you wonder anything, just ask in the comments and we will try to help or explain.

Commissions:

We still have spots open for 100€ commissions. Feeling like you need an interesting piece of digital art? (Single character, simple background) Let us know! These kind of commissions help us evolve, quite often our clients give excellent briefs and have creative ideas regarding things we haven’t thought of. So take the chance :)

For anything outside of those specs, or if you need any information not covered here, go to the bottom of the About page and send us a message through the contact form.

Please note that Studio Colrouphobia will not do any paid commissions based on any IP’s not allowing any reproduction and/or derivative work.

Busy Bees

Road to Jove

In case you hadn’t noticed, RoadtoJove.com went live two weeks ago.

Meanwhile we are busy with commissions, private and commercial. This year might turn out to be the best one so far since the start of Studio Colrouphobia. Look out for things released later this year, beginning next year.

100 Euro Commissions

Here are two examples of how one of our €100 commissions could look (this offer still runs- Single character, simple background).

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That’s it for now.

Tell us about interesting artists and their art!

Should you encounter a great piece of art or artist let us know! We’d love to showcase some more art on our blog. Let us know through the comments, Facebook page or Twitter Page  (don’t forget to hashtag with #dontfeartheclown on Twitter!).

Commissions

Above you can see an example of our €100 commission-offer. For anything outside of those specs, or if you need any information not covered here, go to the bottom of the About page and send us a message through the contact form.

Please note that Studio Colrouphobia will not do any paid commissions based on any IP’s not allowing any reproduction and/or derivative work.

By Jove I think I got it!

Hi there!

As you might have noticed, it took us a while to get back.

NDA’s and Commercial work have taken a lot of time. As an effect, the blogposts have been on a break.

As a compensation for our absence, and to generate a bit of variety in the illustrations/sketches we produce, David has a special offer that will run until further notice-

One character on a very simple background, or two on no background (see examples below) for €100.

We charge €30 upfront and the rest upon completion.

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This is for a digital copy only! (If you want a print of the art, we offer this for an extra €20, which covers the printing and postage, to be paid upon completion).

Road to Jove

So Aaron wrote a little about Road to Jove the other day and we thought we’d do something similar. But where Aaron mainly talked about where this came from in terms of story and script, we would like to share a (tiny) preview of the art that goes into it.

Leading up to the 6th of February, when we launch the roadtojove.com, we will be releasing some more teasers, but for now, here is a crop of one of the panels already created. It’s “the robot” seen from behind.

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A crop from the webcomic Road to Jove, by Aaron Dembski-Bowden and David Sondered
Art by David Sondered, Studio Colrouphobia

Working together, directly, with a writer, has been refreshing in many ways. The input is very direct. The exchange of ideas and concepts, visual or in words (Aaron has mad MS Paint skills) are invigorating and is leading us to a very interesting point indeed. It’s coming together rather nicely, in fact.

Shortly the webpage will come up, we’ll let you know where and when, but until then, why not pop by the Facebook page of the Road to Jove? And while you’re at it, here is the Twitter account.

So keep an eye out on those two places, and right here, for more updates about the Road to Jove.

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Tell us about interesting artists and their art!

Should you encounter a great piece of art or artist let us know! We’d love to showcase some more art on our blog. Let us know through the comments, Facebook page or Twitter Page  (don’t forget to hashtag with #dontfeartheclown on Twitter!).

Commissions

Take a look in the beginning of this blog-entry! For anything outside of those specs, or if you need any information not covered here, go to the bottom of the About page and send us a message through the contact form.

EDIT:

It has come to our attention that some people really liked the sci-fi example image above.

So until our special offer ends, you will get to download the full image, for the cost of a tweet, FB-share,Google+ mention. Just follow the link below and it will tell you how it works.

You have our permission to use it for personal usage only, meaning that if you want to print it and hang it on your wall, that’s fine.

Below you will find the link to use
http://www.paywithatweet.com/pay?id=e6a5b96c-31e0-4a94-9073-cc4cf13ff003

Please note that Studio Colrouphobia will not do any paid commissions based on any IP’s not allowing any reproduction and/or derivative work.

Merry Teaser!

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We hope that you are enjoying the vacations. There’s a treat for you! Follow the Road to Jove on the Road to Jove Facebook-Page Follow the Road to Jove on @theRoadtoJove or read the comic on roadtojove.comDecemberTeaser-websize The Road to Jove is a collaboration between Studio Colrouphobia and Aaron Dembski-Bowden Studio Colrouphobia will return in the New Year!

We’re back!

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Friends, artists, country(wo)men!

As predicted, a certain time before Christmas we got swamped with work. On top of this, we also upgraded our company-computer, which in itself was a task that demanded a lot more work and time than we thought.We are looking at starting up the weekly updates again, Wednesdays as mentioned before.

There will be a break for Christmas, so on the 24th there will be no update, but for the rest it’s back to business.

Have we been completely out of the loop? No, we are aware of trailers of the wars in the stars kind, and Korean super-graphics in MMORPGs.

What have we done?

Well, for starters, as many of you know, there are contracts prohibiting too much to be told about illustrations until releases of either product or disclosure. That time has sadly not arrived just yet, but look out for January-February, where atleast one of the projects David has worked on will be rleased. The rest of our projects, whether private or commercial, will see the light during spring and summer next year and a few new ones are coming in right now.

What about ‘style’?

We are writing up the third and last part of this during the last couple of weeks and what is left is making examples and formatting the article into blog-form.

What else is there?

If you have been keen-eyed, you have seen the hints and comments about The Road to Jove by Aaron and David. So let’s just post something about that for this “in-between” post.

Q: Is there a date of release?

A: Yes, but we will tell you more about this the coming weeks. There is a timeschedule, some awesomeness and tidbits that will start popping up. Patience is a virtue. David doesn’t have patience so we’ll see how fast things comes out.

Q: What is this thing anyway?

A: Well, we haven’t said what it is just yet. Not definately, to the public. But if you do the maths… Aaron is anaccomplished writer, David does illustration. Plus the hint that they gave through various updates on Facebook and through the blogs. It equals something…

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Q: Can’t you show us more?

A: Sure! Here is something:

When you make something new and exciting, you often need to brainstorm ideas. Creating concepts and agreeing or disagreeing on what should or should not be in there.

In the process that has gone between David and Aaron, there have beenback-and-forth talk about many things. For one thing, the big guy (above, not giving you a name just yet!) has had several looks for his head. Below you will find a couple of examples that Aaron and David went through.

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And then there is this, we’re not going to tell you just yet what it is, but it’s just something completely new about the Road to Jove that you haven’t seen just yet:

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That’s it for the Road to Jove this time.

Tell us about interesting artists and their art!

Found someone interesting? Let us know! We’d love to showcase some more art on our blog. Let us know through the comments, Facebook page. or Twitter Page  (dont forget to hashtag with #dontfeartheclown on Twitter!).

Commissions

If you are interested in private commissions we have three slots open this week.

For more info and contact, go to the bottom of the About page and send us a message through the contact form.

Tell us what you think about todays blogpost. Use the form on the about page (link in sentence just above this) or through our Facebook page. or Twitter Page (hashtag it with #dontfeartheclown) We’d love to see your input!

Style, to death…

Welcome to a new week.

This week we would like to start to discuss style.

Style has been talked about by numerous artists, art directors and fans of art on so many occasions that it could be considered to be a done-to-death-topic. Nevertheless we’d like to bring it up in a two-part blog to showcase some of the more interesting styles out there that do not fully fall within the mainstream of western culture. At the end of these two articles (or possibly in a third installment) we will discuss what we can take with us from these different styles and see if we can use it to further our own styles.

This week and some other articles on style

This week we will talk about Western artists and some styles of Western origins. Next week we will bring up some Eastern artists and their styles.

For some interesting articles on Style in general, there are some to be found through Muddy Colors.

Here are a few:

http://muddycolors.blogspot.be/2012/06/style.html

http://muddycolors.blogspot.be/2014/06/honing-your-vision-ruminations-on-style.html

http://muddycolors.blogspot.be/2013/05/walt-disney-on-pursuing-style.html

Western Styles

When it comes to western styles, these ae the styles that most of the readers of this blog have grown up with. You see it on a daily, or weekly, basis. You have seein it in comicbooks, storybooks, museums, and game-art. These are the ones you all know about, and if we mention just a few well known examples you will immediately have an idea of what they would look like.

Frank Frazetta

Boris Vallejo & Julie Bell

Jeffrey Catherine Jones

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Paul Bonner

To mention some of the contemporary ones.

The above artists and their styles have already had a huge impact on western styles in general. In some cases, like with Frazzetta and Jones, their respective styles have influenced whole generations, where as the others are inspiring on a grand scale, even if they might not have influenced entire generations. These artists, of course, stand on the shoulders of their own artheroes, whether early 20th century american popular artists like James Montgomery Flagg or N.C. Wyeth, or earlier masters ranging back in time to El Greco and Fra Angelico.

Point in case unique styles

Let us take a moment to mention two artists with unique styles that are worth taking a closer look at.

Mike Mignola

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Mike Mignola has a very distinct style, based mainly on solid fields of colour or shades.

Visible in his Hellboy-series, the most prominent part of the style is how black and white is used to create drama, often the “white” areas are filled with a solid colour (mostly aptly added by Dave Stewart) to create different ammounts of shade. Mignola also uses a very bold sense of shapes. His characters could almost be seen as charicatures with their oversimplyfied traits, more so then most comicbooks. But it is a great style because it conveys a lot of feeling. The bad guys look bad already at first glance. The Good guys (and gals) are very evocative in how they look and the style shows how every persona feel very well just through poses and how they are drawn in any given situation. Mignola have also mastered texturing in this style. Often making extraordinary large beasts look like they where made out of concrete or some sort of stone-material. Esotheric or non-physical beings, beams, or energy is often illustrated in a very solid fascion, but the way Mignola adds texture will tell the viewer that this is something special.

Justin Gerard

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Gerard has a playful style, filled with humour. Where most illustration today is moving towards more realism, Gerard manages to make his illustrations not only have an element of humour but also mintain a very good sense of colour and saturation. Gerard also mixes traditional sketching an painting with digital very effective, often giving his works a very nice textured feeling. To an extent one can see the same playfulness and humour as in the works of Paul Bonner, but where Bonner works exclusively with traditional mediums, Gerard has learnt to take full advantage of both traditional and digital mediums.

When going to see Gerards works, be sure to also take a look at the works of his wife, Annie Stegg Gerard, who is an accomplished artist as well.

So that’s a quick look at some Western Styles that are unique. Do you have any other artists with styles you find unique? Let us know in the comments!

Next Week

Next week we will take a look at some eastern artists, both contemporary and historical, to see if we can use them to help further, and find our own unique style.

If you have any suggestions on artists we should look at please let us know through the comments below, or through our Facebook page. or Twitter Page  (dont forget to hashtag with #dontfeartheclown on Twitter!).

Sketch and a WiP

Here is a sketch for the next Primarch and a WiP of the illustration for the Ars Scribendi winner. Next week we hope to be able to show you even further evolutions of these two.

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Commissions

If you are interested in private commissions we have three slots open this week.

For more info and contact, go to the bottom of the About page and send us a message through the contact form.

Tell us what you think about todays blogpost. Use the form on the about page (link in sentence just above this) or through our Facebook page. or Twitter Page (hashtag it with #dontfeartheclown) We’d love to see your input!

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