Very inspiring SB... makes me wish I could get better faster. I've got along way to go. But I can atleast tell my self everyone starts out as bad as me and with enough practise end up as good as you Think ill check in on this SB alot!
Nyarlathotep: When I had started this sketchbook in 05, hell, even before Sept. of last year, I really didn't practice everyday. I just didn't have the time. And now looking back...it's like YIKES...so yeah, practicing everyday has help so much. It's nice to see the improvement too because it motivates you to continue on.
hurricane: I can see it too. Something happened during the last session. I was having problems saving as a RIFF in painter, the thing kept freezing on me when i would save. After re-painting the last part a few times and having the session bomb, I switched over to save as a EPS, just because that was the only thing that seemed to save fine. I noticed though that it shifted the colors more blue. Once I got the RIFF saving thing back to normal I tried to recalibrate the image back to the original. Maybe I'll take another stab at and get it a little closer. Good eyes. Thanks for the comments
jim b: Thanks Jim. Here's the final Anubis. Well...mostly final...I'm thinking I need to repaint his boots.
Badaboom: Thanks man. Glad to hear you're doing Albesila too. If you want to upload pics there, you need to upload them to a webserver first...Like Photobucket. Then copy the url in the the reply box. Contact Designboot, though.
Here's a Scarab sketch. In Egyptian mythos, scarabs are symbols of life...or guardians of life. In the underworld, they're supposed to help protect the souls on their way through the underworld until they reach Osiris. Egyptians were usually buried with scarab amulets, which they believed warded off evil spirits and such. In my story I thought it would be interesting to show these giant scarabs roaming the plains of the underworld, protecting lost souls. When the main character first meets up with them, he's in the midst of this huge battle going on around him. At first he's terrified of these giant beasts, but in order to escape the battle around him, he climbs onto one of them and it flys off. In flight he begins to regain himself a little and remembers his mission. What he doesn't realize is that during the flight he's really loosing himself completely to the Underworld...and that's the reason why the scarabs found him in the first place. (I also did a painting of this scene a page back or so)
Just a small update for tonight. A little landscape. I'm not really digging it that much. I think I need to find better, simpler shapes. I'm just sort of exploring as I go, and i think it's not really organic enough. I'm using the palate knife tool, along with chalk, blender, and charcoal. I tried dupliacted and flipping layers, playing with Layer Blending options...but...eh...I guess I just need to keep experimenting.
Jorge Gecov: Not sure when that'll happen...but soon.
designboot: Glad you like.
Here's a Typical Giant of the Underworld. Roams the 4th Realm looking for fights. In the story, the 4th Realm is where all the Old Kings, Giants, warriors end up. Anyone who is taken before being Judged. It's a place of Lost Souls...sort of. It's a huge valley/plain area that is filled with different waring sections. The Giants are pretty much own their own, just fighting everyone.