Sunday, November 28, 2010

Benji Bolts

Hey folks!

Quick one today.

I used yesterday's Livestream as an opportunity to reveal Benji Bolts, potential love interest for Yoki Safari.  I didn't go into too much detail, only saying that his profession warrants him wearing a silly jumpsuit, his sunglasses have a special property, that he is particularly shady, and that he looks similar to another character.  Here's Benji:

Anyway, gonna go for now.  Later!


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Morrigan Aensland

Hey folks!

It has been a little while since I last posted. I have been pretty busy (satisfyingly so) and have not had as much time for "art for me," and I am not able to post any of the paid things I have completed just yet. Soon, I reckon.

Anyway, instead of playing video games or watching Battlestar Galactica (can you believe I've never seen it?!), I decided I'd spend my relaxation time drawing something for fun. I chose to draw Morrigan Aensland, popular Capcom character born of the Darkstalkers series, but featured in many of their "...Vs. Capcom" games. I've been wanting to draw her for a while now as I've always felt her design is really very solid. Great color choices, good balance of elements, a lot of personality, and frankly I happen to love sexy characters. But that's just me.

Here's the completed image:

I went with "80s bangs" Morrigan simply because I dig it more and it translates better to my style than the flat-haired Morrigan featured in current iterations of the character.

Sort of a run-of-the-mill "Drew Green" pinup, but I wasn't prepared to put too much thought into this so there you go. I have relied heavily on my "gouache brush" in Photoshop so I decided to try something softer this time around. It made the process generally faster and I think the results are nice enough. Basically, I erased some areas so that the edges were harder than others where the edges are soft and used the blur tool to connect those areas seamlessly, and for the most part it worked.

Here's the sketch:

Any good artist will tell you that you should do a mirror flip of your sketch so that you can truly see some of the mistakes you may have missed. In this case, I didn't just edit some lines here and there. I also revamped the pose quite a bit and overhauled her eyes, which in the original, unedited sketch simply were not exuding the "sex" that you'd come to expect from a character like Morrigan. The change to the eyes was a last-minute thing: I'm realizing more and more that when something doesn't feel right even slightly, I should just scrap it. I almost kept the original eyes but I made the right decision and changed them to satisfy my gut feeling.

Anyway, enough rambling. I realize that it's Thanksgiving (here in the United States), and nothing says "Thanksgiving" like a demonic succubus girl from fighting games. So happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it, and eat a ton of food in the name of...eating a ton of food!



Thursday, November 18, 2010

Busy Season

Hey folks!

Although I certainly feel a little bad for not utilizing my blog lately, I'm happy to say that it's because I am indeed very busy on paid work, thus paying my bills and keeping everything running. I just quit my job at Blockbuster Video...I was simply fed up and felt that it's time for me to take freelancing more seriously and also look for one, relevant "regular" job doing art.

So that is my goal.

If you'd like to help me out, you can commission me!

Additionally, I will be putting some prints up for sale pretty soon so be on the lookout for that. ;D

In the meantime, I promise I will post some art here in the near future. I would like to revise and clean up my portfolio, too, so that'll be a good time to update.

Hope all is well!


Monday, November 1, 2010

Ridley Vs. The Boos

Hey folks!

A late night/early morning post this time, since I need to update my blog.

Big news:  I have a Livestream page!  You can go there to watch me draw live every now and then (I'll make noise about when I'll do it).

To kick things off, I created my celebratory Halloween image from start to finish throughout three live events on my streaming channel, and I think that despite some technical difficulties experienced largely during the coloring stage, the experience was a positive one.

Let's start with the finished image, I s'pose:

The image features one of my own original characters, gamer geek Ridley Duncan, dressed to resemble Mario. Some Boos and a mid-transformation coin block were thrown in for good measure and "scary" fun, to keep things Halloween-y (lawl).

Here are the process shots:

I started with an idea of what I wanted to do on the air with a quick and dirty sketch. Off-air, I made some edits and even added more background elements to flesh out the image and make it way more interesting and closer to the theme. Back on air, the concept was polished when I inked my sketch in Adobe Illustrator, and later that night I colored the image from start to finish live. I topped the piece off with some glows on the Boos and gold elements and a subtle color filter to bring it all together.

I hope you dig it! Lemme know your thoughts!