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    Nickillus' Pick n' Mix - October 21st 2012

    So inspired by some of the gorgeous work I've seen here that it made me want to participate in my own small way. The stuff I do is aimed almost entirely at the children's book market, so the content tends to reflect that.

    It's all digital I'm afraid. I don't even sketch on paper any more, unless you lock me away from my pc. There's a lot of Sketchbook Pro and ArtRage involved in th early stages of any piece. It depends how well it's going, and how big the file gets as to whether or not it ends up in Painter. With the improvements in software it's happening less and less.

    I'll dump all sorts of odds and ends in here over time, but it's likey to be in periodic bursts, rather than a steady dribble. Be honest though - who likes a dribbler?

    I'm on a 3mhz Pentium4 with 3gig DDR2 RAM, a 512mb Radeon graphcs card, and am hooked up to an A4 Intuos3 - for any folk who like to hear that sort of gubbins.

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    Hey its great to see you on here Nick! I used to be pretty acitive at the ImagineFX forums (smartkyle) when they first started and your work stuck out.

    lovely characterisation and narrative.

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    Hey Kyle,
    Long time, no natter. Great to find a familiar face. How the devil are you?
    I'm pretty scarce at IFX myself these days. Too much task juggling. I think we're in good company with a number in the same boat, judging by the shift in foorum regulars. A few familiar names but a lot of new ones - which is as it should be. Those forums seem to manage without us somehow.

    Only arrived here because I got an email ping and it seems more user friendly to my system than it used to be - and the artwork is more than a tad inspriing isn't it? It used to be that I just could never get to view the stuff - sooooo glad I can now. Totally humbled and enrgised by it all.

    I'll look out for you on the boards. Thanks for popping your head over the parapet.

    Cheers,
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    welcome Looks like you know what you are doing, and i shure as heck cant crit you so keep posting and doing what you are doing

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    Beautiful work! You definitely make good use of Sketchbook Pro. Very nice poses and gestures, an art on its own, in my opinion.

    Keep it up!

    Cheers!

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    Thanks for the welcome, DStraX, and Luness, Glad to be here, amid such a thriving bustle of arty activity.

    Here are a few more bits and bobs - all digital (Painter, Sketchbook Pro or ArtRage), and all straight out of my noggin. The more finished looking ones were aimed at weekly challenges over in the Imaginefx forums a while ago, when I wasn't quite so up to my gills with work. I really do need to get back into the habit of participating in things like that again. It actually got me back into the habit of sketching for sheer enjoyment as opposed to just chasing deadlines.

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    Really really nice style you have here. Loving some of those strokes there^^

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    Thanks for dropping by and commenting, Mischeviouself. Appreciated. There's a fun monthly challenge going on at Imaginefx.com at the moment, with over a week to go on it. 'Comic Book Heroes' - in all their guises. Pick whatever you like and produce an image to be submitted before midnight onm the 31at Ma - but you have to have wip's in the appropriate thread to shw your progress - and links to at least three of them with your final image posted in the appropriate thread for that too.

    I won't get to finish in time - or it will be a miracle if I do, Too many other commitments. But I'm enjoying messing around with a spoof-comic band of heroes -
    The Y-MEN.
    To be led by-
    Dr Behaviour (levitating phrenologist and wig maker)
    Margerine (Who tends to spread himself a bit too thin, but can shape his hair any way he likes usng his own low cholesterol body fluids)
    Vague (errrrrr, Her indecision drives people to do wahtever she wants - eventually)
    Swarm (Can summon hordes of certain insects to her - but is allergic to bee stings)
    Cycle-Clips (Has to use metal bands round his ankles to stop his power shooting out of his feet as an overwhelming smell)

    Haven't got very far, but am having fun - which is the main thing. It's all ArtRage and DrawPlus at the moment.
    Without having any intention of drawing folk away from the challenges here, why not take a peek and see if you fancy this particular one? Just make sure you come back here and join in the ones here too. I intend to eventually - just no time lef for it at the mo'.

    EDIT - May28th - Just added wip9. Still having fun.

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    And a bit further on, with better placement on the figures. Well, I prefer it anyhow. Enjoying playing with the oil brush in ArtRage. I'm not a body colour exponent, preferring washes and glazes, but this tool seems nice to use.

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    So this is where the thing ended up by the deadine yesterday. Pretty darned scrappy, and with a load of things I'd still like to do t it. Too many things just kept getting in the way. Well we've al got to eat don't we? Maybe I'll tinker with it some more later on, if I find the time. Ah well - next.
    I had been thinking of awful taglines for the characters (so unlike me - cough).
    Things like - 'Cycleclips - with him the boot's always on the other foot.'
    'Maragrine - People can't believe he's not bitter.'
    Aren't you glad I didn't?

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    Hey Nick, great to see you posting here! I've loved your finished pieces for some time now, but it's really awesome to see all your sketch and inbetween stages too. Love the Y-men, that really made me giggle, and the guy in the giant leopard print undies is awesome! Looking forward to seeing more of your work here!

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    Hey there Sam,
    Thanks for stopping by. Kind of lost track of you a bit since you became an employed lady. Hope that's still going great, by the way. Not been to Pixelbrush much recently. Time got tight and I kind of lost the habit. How about you?

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    Tsk tsk only one page Nickillus?

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    Awesome children's book illustrator. I read your workshop in ImagineFX and I thought it was amazing and inspiring. Thanks for sharing these great images!

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    Nick - wow! beautiful work here.. and I laughed more than once.. have to look again.. thanks also for taking a look at my (boring, relatively!) thread! aces mate!

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    5 stars!

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    versatile stuff yo

    I like.

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    Going as fast as my little stylus will let me, Brashen. It's going to take a slow-coach like me about fifty years to get to page two on this!

    Thanks Rist. You are very kind. I always feel rather amateurish compared to some of the 'big boys and girls' they get to play in Imaginefx. Glad if you got somethng out of my paltry efforts.

    I never find looking at stuff like yours boring, Kevin. It's the kind of effort that makes me want to try harder. Glad if any of this stuff made you smsile. Thanks for telling me that.

    Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment Harris. Appreciated.

    Meanwhile, as well as dabbling in the excellent challenge here, I can't resist dipping my toe in the CGSociety one too. 'Secret Agent'. Another great topic, open to all sorts of interretation. I'm playing around with an idea based on how the young James Bond might have got into his spying habits at home with his family - or something like that. Here's where it's going so far in the eary sketching stages.
    Thread on the site is located here for the moment, although I can't imagine it being live forever.
    http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthre...f=291&t=774784.

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    Great imagination !! Terrific work.

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    damn that shit is soo fun! you have great sense of humour, please, post more.
    5 stars

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    Thank you Mike.
    Thank you Conte.

    I will try and post more, as and when it crawls out of my pc.

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    Thank for the visit. You have an amazing talent and am looking forward to your next post. 5 stars!

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    That's an extremely kind assessment, Mike. You're in a very small and select minority thinking that. Just means I have to value it all the more. Many thanks.

    Another sketch idea to feed the ideas bank for the Secret Agent challenge on CGSociety.

    And then a change of emphasis to imclude the girl at the front more, coordinating diversionary tactics.

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    Realised how boring a composition it was becoming, so have decided to drop the eye level and llow a bit more disparity in scale of things near and far.

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    Wow, great book! I loved seeing your thought process on that last piece. The composition you ended up with is very strong.

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    Thanks for the kind words GHill. Never finished in time for the deadline, as is often the case when I enter challenges. Stuff just gets in the way - like a big family wedding this time. Durned relatives.
    This is as far as I did get. I'll probably go back and finish it some time, but not for a while. Toooooo busy again.

    Meanwhile there is a friendly yet competitive challenge over at Imaginefx to design a 5oth issue cover for the magazine. Nibbling away at an entry for that in snatched moments in ArtRage. This is where I'm at with that so far.

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    Nice progress Nick. Looking forward to the final work.

    Only thing bugs me is the 50 font. It looks thin so the floating 50 at the distance looks odd. My 2 cents though I know you will surprise us secretly for the final work!

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    Well slap my legs . .

    What a naughty boy I've been in not maintaining an ongoing trickle of progress stages etc and more finished images to this thread I created, for that very purpose.

    I do have my inadequate list of excuses lined up - most of which add up to - got distracted by life stuff getting in the way and got out of the habit. But I'll try and do better again and that's the important thing. It's not how many times you fall down, but how many times you get back up that counts.

    Here are some bits and bobs from the interim period. Starting with some stuff from the CGSociety challenge earlier this year. Couldn't get my entry in because their loader refused to work for me. Not that I'd have got anywhere. Loved the winning entries. Superb stuff.

    Slight delay before uploading a few more while I take our injured cat for a vet visit. She managed to strip all the skin from her groin to her 'knee' on one of her back legs, in her outdoor escapades. Now that's talent. Down to eight lives now I guess. Some of that life stuff getting in the way again.

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    Back home with a disgruntled cat again. Here are a few more bits and pieces. Mostly ArtRage and Sketchbook Pro work, some done for the Q&A section of ImagineFX magazine.

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    Illlustrations are looking good, especially the latest one. Good composition and expressions.

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    The four star rating is a total joke. Not that it matters but still... Some of the most awesome sketches on Ca are located in your Sb. Very interesting and versatile material. I enjoy the sketches the most and will have to take a closer look at them when I'm not so tired. 5 Stars from me.

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