Saturday, 28 July 2012

What I've been working on

Thought it would be a good idea to post some current WIP's and sketches I have going at the moment.

First up is an ongoing piece for an artist on DeviatArt. I've had a lot of fun with this so far, I'm taking a little break from it at the moment (don't want to end up ruining it), but it's not far off completion. I've taken screen shots of this as I've gone along and will put them together to make another walk through when the piece is finished.

An old friend of mine found a very old drawing I did for him when we were back in college. So I decided it would be fun to do an updated version. Dragons are super easy to draw, so it's been a nice little break from everything else.

Some terrible attempts at drawing expressions. I've been planning a comic based on an old project of mine, and I realised that I had better get practising with expressions, because they're something I've never really done. I always have characters in the neutral expression, which isn't very interesting or dynamic, so it's some very much needed practice! Many more to come.

And lastly, some quick figure sketches I've been doing when I have a spare 5 minutes. These are super fun to do, and it's nice to practice doing women with different body types (or at least attempt to).

So that's about it for now! Should have the finished pieces for the first two up in a couple of days.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Costume variations

I decided to do some costume variations for a character design that I did a few weeks ago. It was good to see how much I could change a design and still make her recognisable as that same character. Could probably push things further, but this'll do for now.

About the eye patch and her eye- she's not blind in that eye, it's just very sensitive to light, which is why it's covered most of the time. The mutation has spread up her arm across her chest, up her neck and to that side of the face. I'm tempted to draw her in a full mutated state at some point in the future.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Changes and a work in progress

A couple of weeks ago I suddenly remembered about a character that I had designed back in my teens. It's a terrible design, and went through several different variations, as seen as below.

Go on, have a good chuckle, I did! :D

Anyway, it got me thinking about how I could update the character and make the design stronger.

This newer version still leaves a lot to be desired, but so far I'm having hell of a lot of fun painting it- it's been a nice break from the work I've been doing for others. I've also used it as an opportunity to try a different way of painting for once. Instead of being intensely focused on detail, I'm doing blockier colours and shapes, and trying to suggest parts of the character rather than render everything completely.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Forum Banner

I'm really in to the Aquarium hobby, and there are a couple of forums that I use regularly. The main one of which needed an over haul and a new look, and so I volunteered to do art for the forum banner.
Here was the final piece on it's own:

Which compared to other betta paintings that I've done in the past, it's a lot more simplistic. This is because it's viewed considerably smaller than my other paintings.
The concept behind the smoking tail was despite our forum being hacked and taken down, we just came back. The forum admin and other members though the concept of a phoenix fish was a good one, and so that's what I went with.

The smoke was done using this fantastic brush set by eMelody over on Deviant Art.

And here's what it looks like in action, after being merged with the text. Rusty, our forum Admin did a great job with it, and I'm really chuffed with how it's turned out, which is quite a rarity for me!

And this is where you can find it: The Fish Forum


Just thought I'd post some sketches I did a couple of weeks ago. They were requests and I used reference provided.

I was actually pleased with how the Bearded Dragon (1st sketch) and the Piranha (2nd sketch) turned out. I might start taking requests for sketches again as they're great for when I'm struggling for inspiration or for ideas on what to draw.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Mr Beasty!

Just a quick and fun sketch I did for my boyfriend that I've been meaning to do for ages now ^^
Not much else to say really apart from it was fun to mess around with, although I think it's probably a bit too saturated.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Beauty and the Beast

Over the weekend my boyfriend and I watched Beauty and the Beast. I haven't seen it since I was little girl, and the only thing I could remember about it was that it was one of my childhood favourites. And it's still one of my all time favourite films. It's absolutely beautiful, and Beast has got to be one of the strongest and most appealing character designs that I have ever seen. Feeling mighty inspired, and although I very, very rarely draw fan art, I couldn't resist doing a quick sketch of Beast :D

Another daily environment study. I enjoyed painting this one a  lot more, although I think the foreground still looks poor. Just over an hour spent on this one, so it's a big improvement on yesterday's piece. I also made myself use brushes that I never would normally use- I think it's something I really need to get used to.
Reference photo used was a picture my OH took in North Wales.

Aimee Process

And here's a quick walk through of another way that I paint. This technique allows me to sort out the values before I add any colour. In theory this should help colours pop, but I don't think I'm quite there with it yet, as I've not played around with this technique as much. 

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Daily Studies

So it's time I got this blog started properly. Here is where I'll post studies and practices.
Below is a list of what I think are my main weaknesses and areas that I need to improve upon the most.
1. Lighting
2. Perspective
3. Making images more dynamic
4. Composition
5. Anatomy
6. Learning to loosen up- I get obsessed on painting details.
Basically, I need to go back to basics and learn the fundamentals!

This is the first of many daily studies to come. Painting this one took me way too long and made me realise that I really don't enjoy painting environments any more (which is a shame!), that I'm crazy out of practice, and that I generally suck at them.

Time to get practising! 

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Sphinx progress

Just thought it might be an idea to post one of the processes I go through when I paint. 

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Introductions and what not!

So I thought it'd be a good idea to post a quick introduction about what plans I have for this place. I'm hoping it'll be a good opportunity for me to learn and grow as an artist, talk to others and pass on any helpful information I come across to other aspiring artists out there. It'll be a way for me to document my journey from University graduate to *fingers crossed* getting a job in the Game Industry as an artist.

I'll be posting my works in progresses, any studies and doodles that I come up with, as well as just chatting in general about art, the gaming industry and passing on tips, hints and tutorials that I find really helpful.
I might also get some game reviews up; it's high time I really got back into games, as there's loads I can learn as to what current audiences want from their games.