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One Hell of a week

Hell indeed…even written with a capital H.

We had a burglary last week in our house and studio. The studio managed to get through without all too many injuries, but still… The week has been hectic with all the administration and red-tape that comes with an event like this.

Things are slowly settling again and we would like to thank our clients who had to wait for their orders or answers to their questions, for their immense patience and understanding. Your support and the support of family and friends gave us energy when we were feeling life weighing heavy on us.

Most items that got taken had sentimental value and in a few cases were family heirlooms. Our dog got a few blows from the thief but all in all it could have been worse. We are still taking stock of any items that are missing, should you encounter a laptop or items with a big studio Colrouphobia mark on, let us know ;)

We sure got beaten with a “bad-Karma-stick”™ this week, since we go to spend time in hospital yesterday with our firstborn.

Needless to say: Life can only get better :)

What can we offer you this update? Well head over to http://roadtojove.com/ where the next update is imminent. We are quite overwhelmed with the response we have gotten so far. So bookmark the page is you haven’t already.

There are a few exciting NDA’s in he pipeline. and hopefully the items are published soon so we can showcase some goodies.

And for the peeps who sponsor us through Patreon: The first Empyrean Champion is bound to be released the coming days:

https://www.patreon.com/StudioColrouphobia

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.

“I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.”

What better way to start this blogpost that to cite the illustrious Jessica Rabbit?

We have been drawing, and sketching, and publishing, and have generally been very busy bees.

Road to Jove is rolling, and with at least one new page weekly coming out, it is making the cogwheels of the studio grind. If you have not checked it out yet, we do not want to know about it. Instead we urge you to go check it out and get lost in the captivating world which Aaron and David will be sequentially revealing. Strap in, it is going to be one helluva ride!

As much fun as the webcomic is, we have as per usual work in the pipeline for various companies. If only some would publish their books already so we could share the art provided. We can give a hint though: we are current working on the revival of an old and classic tabletop game. The art is there and now we are acting like smurfs asking the publishers “Is it there yet? Is it there yet?”

On a brighter note we can provide you with the image for our Ars Scribendi winner. Due to us having to replace our hardware at the studio and being forced to prioritise company commissions, this image got delayed. So congratulations Dave Boddy! We really hope you like the image, and thank you for providing us with an interesting, exiting tale which resulted in a very moody piece of art.

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Commissions:

We have still 4 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 this 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.

Friday I’m in love

…or so The Cure tries to convince us. Not sure we’re buying it though.

Busy days at the studio, this means weekends are filled with art, sketching, concepts and other things -olly (had to make a Terry Pratchett pun there, sorry)

Currently we are trying to round and finish all outstanding digital commissions up, since we are planning a change in systems in a few weeks time. We are getting some new hardware and toys for the studio and it would be preferred to not have to migrate files between systems. This also has had an effect on the private commissions we take in, so we are limiting those ones to one per week now. Come December it will be business as usual again, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

Another heads up is that we will be spending a week in Scandinavia around Christmas.

So much for the administrative update. When it comes down to artsy stuff, two major personal projects are being processed at this moment. We managed to round up the last of the company NDA related ones, hopefully come Februari we have some interesting tidbits to show you.

David is working on his super-secret-hush-huh-project with Aaron. (We hope to be showing you the first official results soon, but at the moment we are spending quite some time with conceptualising so our drawing table is filled with sketches photo’s, items, and other details that give inspiration.)

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Natasja is trying not to get sucked into he conceptualisation swamp that the super-secret-hush-huh-project with Aaron is, and is hoping to start posting the Khan the destroyer comic soon.

The idea is to make the lefty image into a series like the righty ones. (only more evil, more cat-like)

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Why? It is training into finding the essence of an object, minimalise it, yet keep it cute and recognisable in a few lines of ink. So far concept #34 is in the pipeline and an entire moleskin has already been sacrificed to the gods of ink and art in order to get the concepts right.

Summarised: winter is coming, projects are rounding up and new soft/hardware will be arriving soon. It is nice with a short pause before all the new-years resolutions kick in and partners will be wanting new illustrations and concepts.

So with this in mind: we have just one slot open this week for private commissions, and will be working mostly on our persona portfolio’s the next two weeks.

Sketches, it’s all about the sketches…

Hi there,

Time for another update!
We hope you enjoyed the week that passed and that a good week is ahead of you.

 

Lesser art?
This week we would like to show some sketches and lineart.
Now when you think of sketches and/or lineart there is often an automatic dissmissal of them in comparison to illustrations or renders.
These sort of generalizations are commonplace in almost any form of artistic or creative works.

Theatre is better then the movies, opera is more cultured then jazz, illustration is more sofisticated then sketches and lineart.

Quite the contrary, all of these forms have their value and are quite separated from one another as far as what you must go through to make sure it is complete and good, purpose and result.

As such, a theatre play might demand alot of the acotr’s skill to portray the feelings of their character clearly to an audience, whereas the actor in a fil can rely on more subtle displays. Opera has a certain story and background that weigh in on how the music is experienced whereas jazz is based on feeling and interaction with the crowd.

Sketches

When it comes to sketches, then, they are as varied as there are reasons to make them. Sketches can be instrumental in finding design, meant as training, to act as support for an illustration, or simply be the base of a painting. A Sketch can be a very clear image, going to an almost illustrated finnish, or it can be loose and wobbly, relying on the feel of it, rather then anatomical or visual accuracy.

Lineart

Likewise, Lineart has its place as either an artform in itself, there to supply support for an illustration or a base for a painting. Often a piece of lineart has sketches made as a base, but this is not always the case.

 

Here, then, are a couple of examples:

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Lineart, Khan the Destroyer. Natasja is exploring this character and a couple of others in the style of lineart with ery simple colours.

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Study/Sketch of a Dwarf, intended for future illustration or painting. The intent is to get the character and the feel of him down in these lines, to better paint or illustrate it fully at a later time. Whereas Natasja drew this sketch, it might be either her or David who will end up painting or illustrating this in the future. Collaborations like this can have a major role in improving ones skill and ideas for design.

 

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Groot. Though not yet complete, this is an illustration. The idea was to take the character and illustrate it/him without adhering or copying the style of any other artist.

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And finally, three examlpes of sketches.

The first one is a colour sketch trying to explore a character. The second is a more detailed sketch trying to get some more details into the character, and the third one is a base sketch for an illustration. The object of the three is the same character, and they are all sketches, but done with different goals in mind.

 

Next week

Next week we might bother Aaron for a quick pop-by to talk about why he thought it might be a good idea to team up with David for their sideproject
We’ll see if he has the time for it, and it might just be very mysterious and silent about exactly what it is.

Commissions

If you are interested in private commissions we have one slot 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!

Stop, in the name…

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Another week has passed.

We are still working on both professional jobs, and private commissions, but keep an eye out for updates and sketches on Facebook, Twitterand Tumblr. We are also trying to enjoy the weather, which is difficult when all you can do is singing in the rain right now.

 

This might interest some of you-

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The sideproject David is doing that we have mentioned in recent posts is going well. So well, in fact, that they have decided to let a little of it be revealed. First of all, this is really a side project that David and Aaron is dabbling with it on their spare-time.

That’s right, Aaron Dembski-Bowden and David decided to try to come up with something new together. We’re not going to reveal all about this just yet, but we thought you might like to see some of the initial concepts. Look to the Facebook pages of Aaron Dembski-Bowden and Studio Colrouphobia, and this blog and that of Aaron for future updates.

But you wanted to see some images, right? The above snippet is a hint at something with a stop-sign. And below are some initial concepts for a character.

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Commissions

If you are interested in private commissions we have two slots open this week and those are also the two last slots open with 100 Euro discount. First come, first serve.

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. We’d love to hear your input.

Next week will see a few first steps for the Ars Scribendi Contest Winner. Until then, enjoy your week!

 

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In rain, in sun…

This week will see a very short update as we are vacationing (of sorts).

 

Life as a freelancer is never truly a place for vacation, but to remain somewhat sane we need to ease the schedule atleast a few weeks of the year.

For that reason, no real updates on this weeks blog-entry.

We are still working on professional jobs and private commissions though, and keep an eye out for updates and sketches on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

Next week will see a minor update on the blog (possibly a bit more in case we got a go on some releases) but in two weeks the blog will be back up with fresh new stuff.

 

If you are interested in private commissions we have two slots open this week and we still have a couple of slots open with 100 Euro discount.

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

 

Until next week!

You ain’t seen nothing yet.

The Deadfields

This is the name of the winner of our contest, Ars Scribendi.

Please give it up for Dave B, who brought this home.

This narrative was inventive, left things to imagination whilst still buildin up a nice setting. Simply put, there was no argument when we decided this to be the winner.

During the next couple of months, David will be illustrating parts of this narrative (as it spans over a longer scene), and will be making a walkthrough of how the illustration comes to fruition. Once it is done, we will print it, sign it and send it to Dave so he can hang it on a wall of choice.

A couple of honourable mentions

Of course all entries where excellent, but there where some that stood out. These are, in no particular order, the stories we judged very good, but just not reaching up to “The Deadfields“:

Javascripters narrative (un-named)- describing a very interesting scene of hunting down a plant-beast.

Nathan Robsons narrative- The Necromancer and the Ribbon Dancer

John Malones narrative- A Survivor of the Wastes

 

Closing in on late summer

Things are starting to pick up again for the studio. Fresh work is popping in and business as usual is the drill.

Remember that from Next week, we will be “on vacation”, which means that for all intents and purposes, whilst you can still reach us and commission us, we will be a bit less available for chatting and posting updaes might lessen a little. We will still be available though, as said, and commissions are worked on as per usual and according to schedules so feel free to contact us for any commissions or ideas you have.

 

Commissions

Also, like said in last weeks update, we are giving back to the community by giving a whooping 100 Euro discount on commissions right now. This week there are two commission slots open, so this might be the time for YOUR dream illustration! Please remember, it’s first come, first served and if you are number three commissioning us this week, your deadline will simply just move one week forward.

 

And as a parting-shot

Here is something on an ongoing project.

In between deadlined projects and work, sometimes one need to sketch something for uture projects.

Since David cannot show you his super secret project just yet, this is what we will show this week…

Enjoy!

 

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