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Since I haven't touched my old sketchbook in a long time, I'm starting this as a new one. It's a kind of 'thank you' to ConceptArt for being the bestest place in all interwebzdom for art education and learning the craft of illustration.
See, I frequently follow along with the CA activities, they give me much-needed breaks from work and chores... and without the vague feeling of non-productive guilt that comes from video games. Unfortunately, I rarely have time to actually complete them on time... what with the full-time job, wife, house, side-line career as a freelance illustrator, and an Aikido dojo I run out of our state college. Still, I'd like to share back to CA the work I sink into these "phantom activities". Sooo... without further ado, here's a sketchbook full of mostly ChOW and COW concepts (I love the work in EOW too, but I haven't attempted any yet) that would never otherwise see the light of day.
Thanks for stopping by!
I'm going to start with my first attempt at a ChOW. It's the Spanish Inquisitor. I probably would have completed this, and been disqualified, if I hadn't re-read the rules and realized that portraits don't count.
Last edited by CCThrom; August 27th, 2009 at 12:21 PM. Reason: Rethinking some negative self-talk...
This is another "almost complete"... the Goblin Gunslinger ChOW. I burned through a lot of ideas, starting with Old West because of the "gunslinger" title. Then I was inspired by some antique firearms and tried a Medieval / Renaissance angle. Finally some images of obnoxious Goblin-gangsta types started appearing and that turned into a whole bunch of Goblin Mafia characters. I could'a completed this one if it hadn't been for the orthographic turn-around requirement... and the holidays coming on.
I like inquisitor Very nice lines and super rendering!!! You don't have to finish it , just leave it like that its great!
It sounds very pessimistic for me... I think it depends only on you, how much you want it and how much you try to reach it. And looking into your works it seems that you're doomed to be succsessful artist!!!<...>
Y'see (and not to spin a lot of excuses) I'm a pretty busy guy... full time job, wife, house, side-line career as a freelance illustrator, and I run an Aikido dojo out of our state college. I always thought that someday I'd make my primary living as an illustrator or concept artist, but realistically that's probably not gonna happen.<...>
I think that your works is very very good and lot's of inspiration for others!
First things first... thank you for those replies, I needed that!
Stevan: The Inquisitor is one of my favorites. That's why I started with him. I can live with the face and hands as they are, but I can't consider him "completed" as long as the chair is that sketchy, and there is no indication for background. For now, he remains "almost complete" in my mind. Thank you very much though, for your comment! I'll definitely get back to him someday... the pieces I feel are really worthwhile may get put away for a long time, but they do return.
Mr. Juicy: Wow, that little kick in the pants comes at just the right time. I realize I have been feeling a bit negative lately, but I couldn't see it. Thank you!
Now, for today's offering... a little step back in time. The "Golden Guddle Greaper" is only COW I've completed, and incidentally my very first-ever attempt at a "from scratch" digital painting. The other images are also digital painting practice. "Messenger of Death" was also a COW image, and the Scarecrow is just a Halloween scarecrow...
good start man! I like the goblin in the hawaii stylish shirt
The portrait is very nice aswell. Train more on the digital ones.
Nellin: Thanks, I've been a graphic designer for 15+ years, so I'm quite comfy with digital in general, I'm just not that skilled as a painter yet. Working on it though!
One more update before the holidays... happy holidays to all of you, and happy New Year too!
ChOW - "Four Brothers"
COW - "Snap Jaw" (or something like that...?)
Cool work. looking forward to seeing more.
Well, 2009... happy New Year everybody. The holidays were, um, "interesting" for my wife and myself... mostly having to do with losing heat and power for a week... plus dealing with an almost endless stream of advice and plumbing/electrical contractors. Ugh, hope you all had a better time than that!
donalfall & JailHouseRock2 - Thanks for the support!
OmenSpirits - I'd love to know why you "thanked" that particular post.
Anyway, today's offering is the "Stilgar" ChOW... pic one is the sketchbook sketch, and pic 2 is really the beginnings of complete linework on 14x17 inch paper, which is kinda big for me, but sometimes that change of pace is nice. The Sarkadur digital sketches are much older, from 2006 sometime but certainly belong with Stilgar I think
Moriah - Thanks! I have 1 more creature concept from this batch... COW "Arctic Hunter".
Then a few odds n' ends... ChOW "The Host" and a couple of idea pages for "Deep".
Really nice stuff! The last few updates have been really cool. I especially like the witchy women in the last one
TomSpencer - Many thanks!
Today at lunch I started experimenting with Bluefooted's "digital watercolor" tutorial... so here's a tweaked-up Stilgar. Obviously this is far from final, but it seems like a promising technique.
These aren't very "phantom-y" since I posted them in their respective threads... but nonetheless here they are.
The Colossus of Hell (COW)
Hey - I figured out how to use the attachment manager! Soon I shall be invincible...
Sith Lord (ChOW)
Undead with 2 heads (COW) hmmm... how 'bout that? It actually IS a 2-headed undead cow.
I guess I should get completely up-to-date with this ChOW/COW homage with this last guy... "Puss in Boots" based on some silly stories my wife and I told each other about one of our own cats.
Akira, the birdwatcher...
Later I'll have a bunch of "team chow" work, but for now here is an interlude of some unrelated color-concepts for an illustration.
Just wanted to check out your sketches. You gave me a crit-totally right on-in the fine arts/discov forum. Anyway cool shit you have here. I especially lke the goblins, 4 bros, and the cat in the 1st page.
steven6 - Hey thanks... yeah, I remember that crit... anatomy is a tough subject, very complicated and yet everybody knows when it just doesn't look right. That's why we never really stop working on it.
Guess I'll start putting up my TeamCHoW stuff today... I was on team "Crumpets 'n PAIN!"
Development sketchies for The Hero...
And the color comp...