Monday, January 3, 2011

Agent Emes Episode 4:Watercolor and Photoshop CS5

Agent Emes is an adventure comic featured in the weekly tween magazine "Aim", part of Ami Magazine.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Kingdom Death Motif

Below is the first in a series of illuminated text boxes and whatnots. I personally have a soft spot for 70s manga (anything 70s really), and this piece is inspired by the styling of Leiji Matsumoto. My first exposure to his work was when Sci-Fi ran Galaxy Express 999. He always drew these long elegant, somewhat large nosed figures. Great female characters that really conveyed a deep feeling with very simple illustrations. Top-notch stuff.

Galaxy Express 999

Pencils first...

Then changed to blueline in PS using fill mode:lighten.

And then printed on watercolor paper and inked and washed.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Paper Playset

Watercolor and Painter 9–VCS AP Students if you are reading this, this will be your final project following the Digital Painting Assignment. It will utilize all the working methods we've discussed so far. Even though you will be creating the pieces separately, remember to think of your overall color palette and how the elements (characters, props, background) will look as a single unit.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Liz Bino

Part of a self promotional piece I'm working on. This was done in Corel Painter 9 using "Smeary Round Oil", "Cover Pencil", and "Conte 22".

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Kingdom Death Provision Sets

The only thing I like more than cooking and eating food is illustrating it. The look of these sets is heavily inspired by video games, where food represents energy and life and is always illustrated to look ultra appealing and sensual (minus the rotten dishes). Check out Odin Sphere on PS2 for a recent example.

I colored bits of the line art before painting, but mostly I just left it as is.

In the interest of making the food look inviting, I started with a super warm base on everything.

These were done in Painter 9 using the Conte and Pencil brush sets. From left to right, top to bottom: Herbs, Rotten Egg, Questionable Meat, Poison Herbs, Spices, Berries, Mushrooms, Eggs, Milk, Bread, Pheasant, Sausage, & Kielbasa.

The same work process was applied to this set of travel gear. From left to right, top to bottom: Blindfold, earplugs, tent, hiking equipment, hiking boots, and bed roll.

You can see more Kingdom Death Provisions on my portfolio blog.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Kingdom Death Promotional Illustration

Kingdom Death is a lavishly designed board game with fantasy and horror elements, and plays out in the style of classic tabletop role playing games. Special edition game pieces are being sold leading up to the full release of the game this year. The pieces are truly remarkable and you really should check them out–( they sell out fast! Since last spring I've had the privilege of being a part the project, the following highlights the creation of a piece of promo art for the game, focusing on the main characters.

I haven't been inking my work in the last couple years. Usually I do the blue line drawing, then do another pass at it in a clean graphite line (HB or 2B). With that done, I use the dodge tool in PS (highlight setting selected) to get rid of the blue line. Here is the end result:

The next step is to take this as a high-res TIFF to Kinkos and have it printed off on watercolor paper. The benefit to printing at these places is that it's done on a laser printer (as opposed to ink jet), so the blacks won't run and muddy your colors no matter how much water you apply to them. It's also no more than 10 cents for a black and white print on your own stock. Of course you can't use too heavy of a stock, but for most comic book art I use relatively low weight papers.

Color comps are pretty essential and time saving in the long run. I actually did 2 before starting this piece. Here's the first:

With the comps as a reference tool, I'm able to move on to the final art. I had them lighten the line art quite a bit at Kinkos so the it wouldn't be so heavy. You'll notice in the final I ended up putting it back full strength in PS anyway–I was worried it was too hard to read the details.

The frame was done separately and has some digital coloring effects applied to distinguish it from the characters. I was going for a late 80's early 90's cartoon show title card with this piece. I'm pretty nostalgic for that era and I'm banking that many of the target audience for Kingdom-Death are as well!


This blog is going to serve as a companion to my (forever in progress) portfolio website. I'd like to share and discuss working methods and tools of the trade. Thanks for stopping by, enjoy!