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    Armel Gaulme - my concept artworks

    Hello there!

    I'm a concept artist and illustrator working in France for VFX, video games and animation. Here are some examples of my work, mostly environments and characters. As an illustrator for books, I got used to working with traditional mediums and I still produce a large part of my commercial work with pencils and watercolors. Digital is still relatively new to me...

    Hope you'll enjoy - and that you won't be too harsh ;-)

    Cheers!

    Armel


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    Nice works, love the vehicles, nicely done:-)

    Concept Art > http://www.conceptart.org/showthread.php?t=267784

    For hi-res (original) images of these designs, please got to http://nenadgojkovic.deviantart.com/gallery/ Client work can be found there as well (and only there).
    Available for freelance work, contact me via nenad.designs@yahoo.com
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    Very nice stuff! I would really like to see more of your traditional work!

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    Thank you, guys! I'm glad that you like the traditional stuff too. We see less and less pictures done with traditional mediums these days. When I started working for books, almost everyone was doing it with pencils and brushes, and now, it's quite unusual to see concept and illustrations done without digital tools.

    Here are some more traditional sketches and concept illustrations, along with digital ones too.

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    Yeah, those new ones are the bomb too! I really dig your linework.

    That portrait of "roxane" in the first post - can you resume the steps you took do it?
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    -very light outline for the figure first (as still visible behind the neck)?
    -lay out the lines?
    -shade with B/2B?
    -Use a stump to make it smooth?
    -go over it again with a darker pencil and a white one (or eraser)?

    I really like how that one came out. Would like to know more about how you did it... Thanks, keep up the good work.

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    Hey!

    I'm afraid my method would be hard to resume, because it is mostly an intuitive process, and I don't have a very elaborate procedure. I think the real process would be "guessing". I use the pencil as if it was clay, always guessing if the shapes on the paper correspond to a somewhat blur visual idea. Most of my work is done without photo references and sometimes, the result comes directly, and sometimes, I correct things all the time. I guess it depends on the clarity of the mental image I have. I sometimes correct drawings years after or just draw a first light outline block-in that I will eventually use months or years later.

    So, on Roxane, the process was not very easy, and I did and re-did the drawing many times. It was not that easy because it was done on a rather shaky train on the way to work, and I had not much space either to put my sketchbook. If I remember correctly, I did a light outline first (which is always, in a way, the first step of my process), then I guessed where the features would be from that point of view and went on with the light. To achieve the light, I did so many pencil lines that I had to smudge it a little (with the little finger side of my hand). On this smooth surface, I used the kneaded eraser to get light on the side of the face and neck, and to clean the edges. Then I drew new lines again to adjust volume on the cheekbones, temples, chin, etc, in order to get a rather unified skin surface. When I work in values, I try to feel the soft transition from a feature to another. It is a bit like baking a clafoutis : if you miss the dough, it's just fruits, not a cake.

    Here are some more examples of sketches using many lines to achieve values - but some without smoothing them along the way.

    Someone on the train (this one was rather uneasy, because I didn't want her to know I was drawing her face ; and she was constantly moving her head)
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    My wife (charcoal)
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    Skull (lithographic crayon on lithographic plate)
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    Faun Head Design (pencil)
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    Message in a bottle (pencil)
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    I absolutely am in love with the 2nd piece of the woman in the doorway. I really do!

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    Thank you, James!
    Here are some more concept drawings, several made with traditional tools, some with photoshop.

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    I love your pencil work; the extent of the detail is enviable.
    The coloured version of the women holding the flower is also inspiring; it has a
    very classicl feel to it, which I like, and the various hues of blue really bring the
    fabric to life.
    Which artists do you tend to gravitate towards for inspiration?

    Hopefully I can look forward to seeing more of your work soon.

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    Very detailed cars.

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