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    Thanks Raf! Your wish is my command!
    As all regular viewers here will know, I've had some big projects that have been under NDA's, but as they are scheduled to be released soon, I can finally show you some preview work from the upcoming book "10 Explorers who Changed the World".

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    "This is the first in a new and exciting series for younger readers, published by Kingfisher, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Books, this new and innovative series of books will use Cool Surface's animated art style to attract more reluctant readers and teach History in an exciting and engaging way."
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    Here's the rough concept sketch for "Adrenaline" that we sent to the editor of Digital Arts Magazine. Other than moving it to an A3 image, it was apporved immediately, which is always nice!

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    Another image from our upcoming book "10 Explorers who Changed the World". This is based on a famous painting of Alexander Von Humboldt.

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    Another "10 Explorers..." preview, this time, it's Jacques Cousteau
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    These last two works are very great!


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    Thanks Chuck! Heres another preview from "10 Explorers who Changed the World".

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    Are these images all based on classicv paintings, or just the first?

    I love the Jacques Cousteau one!

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    Hi Adam! I just realised you live in Bristol! My brother just finished his science degreee there! (Sarah and I have just moved down to a small village called Dilton Marsh, near Westbury/Trowbridge).

    After having finished 3 of the books now, it's all becoming a bit of a blur, but I think the Von Humboldt image is the only one the publishers asked to be based on a painting for that book IIRC. They asked for a few to be based on photos in book 2 (10 Leaders) but that's probably down to their being a lot more reference to choose from. There's definitely an image of the Reichstag, one based on a famous Auschwitz photo and some ones with leaders together. There's another painting homage in book 3 of Charles V, but I think that's it. To be honest, with the rate we're knocking these out, I'm losing track of who is in which book!

    Glad you like Cousteau mate.
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    Back in July, we announced on our blog a competition that we were holding with "Do You Remember?" where one lucky winner would end up with their very own extremely limited edition Cool Surface artwork created just for them! As you can see the winner went with a very definitive (albeit unexpected) icon from the 80's, UK Prime minister Margaret Thatcher. It was a bit of a different topic from Superted, He-Man or Barbie as we expected, but proved to be interesting subject matter nonetheless.

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    While I'm here...

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    These little Roborovski hamsters were commissioned for a very good friend of ours who is really into Tiki culture. After doing a bit of research into all things Tiki, everything kept reminding me of the Lucas Arts "Secret of Monkey Island" games which I still love to this day. As a result, the eagle eyed amongst you will notice that a few Monkey Island easter eggs got thrown into the mix for this image, plus one completely unrelated game just for fun. Which ones can you spot?

    After studying his work, I have a whole new respect for Bill Tiller who inspired a lot of the Monkey Island aesthetics. His take on clouds inspired me a lot for this image. I really enjoyed making this, so thanks for the inspiration Bill!

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    If you pick up this month's issue of ImagineFX (#37-The December issue!) You can see my advice on good forum crit etiquette! As well as learning how to point out what needs improving in a pic without making a new enemy, it also features the revamped version of our 'Mechanic girl'. You can see how the older version below stacks up against the new version,which was largely based on forum feedback

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    hey david jumped over from toms book - like your stuff man can see why he borrowed your posing wisdom. love the last one too - strong all over harmony - hangs together well keep it up dude and add me to msn if you like to chat art

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    Hey Adam, thanks for dropping by. Glad you found the advice useful, it's always cool when artists help each other out. I'm not on msn as it distracts me too much from work (it's hard to draw and tyoe at the same time)
    but feel free to send me an email whenever you feel like it, plus you can always add me on Facebook if you like

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    hey dC, very nice work you have here. just a note, about the mechanic girl, the placement of her hands creates some spatial issues in the piece. the way the two pipes her arms are resting on look, for one, it makes the pipes look like they're going through her body instead of her being in between two pipes. also, her left hand (right side on the page) should be much more forward, and it should be her elbow (or at least the upper part of her forearm nearest the elbow) that are resting on the pipe, and not her wrist or her hand. try the pose...it's not very restful, not very comfortable at all. so, if you were inclined to do more with it, i would suggest adding a drop shadow under her right hand (left side on the page) to pop her hand forward, and somehow changing her left arm or the pipe to make a more feasible pose. putting the pipe in perspective might do the trick as well. anyway, g'luck man, especially with the books. how'd you get hooked up with that? love the hamsters picture. take care!

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    Color!! i love the color you put on your art...it's so comic!

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    Purb36: Thanks for the crit, if I ever go back to the thing again, I'll be sure to take your feedback into account (although to be honest, that was done so long ago now that I'd probably just start the image again, I'd change a lot about the composition now...) Glad you like the hamsters, that got picked as IFX's image of the day a couple of weeks back!

    As for working on the books, we were recruited by one of the head guys at Kingfisher/Macmillan when he saw my work in Digit's "Exposure" section (now Digital Arts magazine). It was funny as Digit was the last magazine I sent my work to, and I didn't really expect to get anything from it, let alone a 5 book deal! It just shows you the value of getting your work out there!

    Shamandalie: Thank you very much!

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    I'm digging your style. And I've got a question if you don't mind . When I paint I don't really have any line art, and i just blend colors like crazy to get a desirable result. In some of your pieces you have a very outstanding line art and your colors are quite edgy. Is using line art the core to achieving this style?

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    hi

    nice works and colors especially the one you put on thumbsnail

    any tips on how you choose colors ?

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    Dengan: Thanks, and no of course I don't mind you asking questions, we're all here to learn and help each other right?

    It's a tricky question you've asked here, and without seeing your art it's hard to make a comparisson but I'll try to answer as best I can. I personally like colouring with hard lines in the picture, it's my personal preference as I've always been a big comic/animation fan, and would probably say that my approaxh to colouring can follow in a similar style i.e. lots of hard egded shading/cel shading which can look quite edgy. Although my approach is gradually changing over time and I'm using a few more gradients and soft blends, I'll probably always lean towards some hard edges in my work as I find them very visually appealing. That's not to say that you need lines to have edgy colour choices though, there are many artists that will have an edgy approach to colouring simply with their brush work. There is an artist called Panama Man that has quite edgy colours and sometimes he uses no lines at all, just a hrd edged brush. http://panamaman.byus.net/wp/

    Is that in any way helpful???

    Zou: Colour can be quite a subjective thing, if you look at any artists work you can see they have favourite colour themes that they'll keep coming back to, I'm a big fan of cool colours e.g. blue, but you should try to tailor them to the mood of your piece. There's a lot of colour theory that can be applied (e.g. red for a dramatic/dangerous subject matter, yellows and greens for somthing happy etc). I've attached a colour wheel jpeg that discusses how to choose complementary colours which often helps artists make decisions about which colours to use. As in the thumbnail image The image is mostly orange and blue, which as you can see from the wheel are complementary colour choices, hence why they work well together.

    (Note: I don't remember who made this colour wheel, I think it may have come from an early issue of IFX but can't be sure, whoever did it, well done!)

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    "Dark"

    This image was created for a tutorial for Advanced Photoshop Magazine. The lines are available on the Colouring Book thread if anyone would like to have a go at it.

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    Hyde in the Shadows

    This is an image that we produced for an upcoming book about all things monster related, which is due to be released in 2010. We can't really say much more on it, but once the book is released we'll be revealing more details!

    For now, enjoy...

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    Here are the posters that we supplied for the CBBC program "Who Wants to be a Superhero?".
    We were really pleased to see how thrilled the kids were with their posters, and even more pleased by how much screen time our artwork got!

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    This is a portrait I made as a birthday surprise for a friend of ours, Clive Gifford, who we worked with at Macmillan Publishing. Reg the cat has his own webpages on Clive's website here and has so much personality that he was great fun to draw.

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    Fans of the wonderful World of Warcraft should recognise this cute little fella. "Murky" is the star of this image which I created to celebrate WoW's 4th birthday.

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    Another recent piece of artwork, this is called "Shiver".

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    looking good man, All your completed pieces have a strong storytelling element. Keep rockin buddy.

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    Daraf: Thanks mate, always good to hear from you, it's always nice when people pick up on the storytelling elements.

    Playing around in PainterX, this is called Lovebirds:

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    D: oh damn, that was the ifx issue I missed. [November-Christmas |D]
    anyway, very nice stuff you have. Crazy brush strokes and the use of color are cool. B] I really adore that one of the cat sunbathing by the window, the atmosphere is so calm and reminds me of those sunday afternoons...

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    Your sb hasn't got love for a long time. I think I've seen your drawing on the cover of Advanced Photoshop or something. There was colouring tutorial, but I didn't buy that issue cos I'm short of money.
    As a kid Marvels were my favorite readings and I still like that kind of style. I don't like how comics usually look today, the print quality and paper are often poor.

    Your latest paintings here are great, those cats and birds. I quess I have to go to see your blog now. Maybe it's been updayted more reasently

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