wareagle: Thanks! It was an example on how to make a quick concept design without too much details.
madplanet: Thank you! Maybe I will show some of my older stuff later down the road because I started this sketchbook to create new stuff and get motivated to draw more regular (beside work stuff).
I also don't want to confuse people who know my other stuff by posting it here again... I think if I did they maybe will get a feeling like "Hey... this guy is posting his old stuff over and over... can't he draw something new?". I want to avoid this... But great you like all my stuff...
Here is a new one. This is the first in a series, called "Stupid Heroes?"
A BIG thank you to Dan Taylor for the right grammar!
Attention: For all visitors who know the stuff in this post please read on with new posts when I have some. I will post new art with the next posts!
I decided to post some of my older work from my comic project I started months ago. But I will not show old stuff from my website because I want this sketchbook to be a motivation to work on some more 'practice' stuff regularly and a place to go and see my new sketches and concept work.
I am working on my first US comic project called "Alpha Bettie" written by IDW editor Dan Taylor.
I had to take a break from working on sequentials and will start again soon working on the pages. There were different reasons for the break. The main reason is me and my wife got a little boy and the little buddy needs most of my time... not only because of changing diapers... hehe
Some months ago I started with some quick concept stuff for the comic... some of it you can see here:
First an alternate filthier version of the robotdesign from above: Attachment 46823
A promo image from 2005 and the exhibition pieces with some making of images from the German comic convention 'Comic Salon Erlangen 2006'. In the last one you can see the first finished page from the sequentials: Attachment 46855
Newbs: Great to hear you like it so far. Thank you! Watch out for the new Bettie stuff I will post soon.
Here is an 'fan'image of a martian from Topps 'Mars Attacks'. I wanted to show some kind of fifties scene like from an old episode of 'Lassie' combined with the horror shown in the original card series 'Mars Attacks'.
I love the idea of ultra violent trading cards for kids... hehe ... whoever was responsible for the original cards had a sense of good old morbid humor
I wanted to upload some of my old space related sketch stuff for some time... so here it is... some more 'archive' stuff...
Don't worry... I will not post older stuff as I said before this sketchbook is mainly for new work
Kick ass work! I will have to pick up a copy of Alpha Betty when it comes out. I too hope to get into the comics field one day.
The chick with the broken helmet is great, and I really like the Sky God a lot. The second post is quite helpful as well for someone learning to color in photoshop.
Hey Chris, thanks for posting a boatload of your comic, I enjoyed seeing the designs, especially the corsair ones. Very cool.
When i said before about posting some sketches like in your website, I didn't mean to post the old ones, just something along that line, like the pencil sketches, which I enjoy seeing. Hope that made sense.
Dreamworker: Thank you. If you like the ancient futuristic designs you should check out the comic (when it is finished)...
Discoskull: Thanks a lot. Great you like the stuff and want to buy Alpha Bettie. This is very motivating... hehe
madplanet: Ah... now it makes sense ...thx. I will post some more pencil stuff as soon as I have some new. Right now I am working 100% digital.
And a big thank you for the congrats! It is a great feeling to be a dad
Nice sketchbook. hmm... everything looks good so far. The only thing that bothers me a little on some of the images, I think the coloring and style of the heads dont match with the details of the body. Only on a couple of them though. I like the robots and ship designs.
keep em coming.
Some nice stuff here, although I was expecting(hoping) to see 'reeal' sketchbook stuff...anatomy studies, still lifes etc...most of this stuff looks 'finished' to me.
The head sketches: I'll not comment on your Wacom technique...cos I know fuck-all about that, but as for the basic drawing of the face I think you are maybe pushing 'cute' a little too far. As a result, you're slightly loosing the form of her nose..the tip (which I think is slightly too long even for this style) appears to be bending away from us, & the hole of her nostril appears to be placed more on the side of her nose rather than on the underside . Totally dig the stylised hair cut tho..even without seeing the rest of the figure this is obviously a sci-fi image.
Supergirl: LOL..you're a bad man Chris! I think you need to adjust the perspective on her extended arm, it just looks too long, & if her arm was so extended, herher deltoid would be much closer to her head. Fun pic tho, I have a friend who is a Supergirl nut, I'd like to send them this if you don't mind.
Alpha Bettie concept stuff: These are nice, even if I do find that all your female faces look too similar, & that padded black outfit is gonna be a bugger to draw panel after panel. The plane/fighter ship designs are awesome...I'm a sucker for this futuristic-retro stuff . The actual strip is good, the story telling is fine (although I'd like to see more) & you have achieved a good sense of scale.
Mars Attacks: Awesome! lol
Pink COW: Like it, of the two I prefere the saturated version
Greyscale pieces: My favorite stuff on here, & more like the kind of stuff I was expecting. i think the 'TC' girl is your best female face, a nice balance between realism & comic-book cute.
Star Trek: Judging by the girl, it's definately cold in space.
Hulk: Aw, poor doggy! I can see what you're trying to do with the pumped up anatomy, but it's not quite coming off. You can't just take regular anatomy & make it bigger. For example, in really muscular specimins, the sheer mass of the pec's & delt's mask the form of the clavicle, making it all but hidden, & the 'bump' on the inner elbow caused by the humerous on a regular proportioned person is totally covered by mass of the forearm flexors on some one as massive as you have represented the HULK.
On the whole, nice work Chris, I'll stop by again some time soon.
I finished an image (see below) I did for my workshop series in the German game developer magazine 'GameStar/dev'. So if you live in Germany and want to know how the image was made go and buy the next issue of the mag in february... ...hehe.
Thanks for your comments guys!
Here is my feedback...
legionare: Thx! Yes I'm working on my first US comic 'Alpha Bettie' right now. It isn't finished yet because I had to take some months off last year. I do it all in my spare time. I will finish it the next weeks. I'm working on the pencils of the last pages and have to finish inks and colors after that.
To draw more quickly you should start sketching without concentrating on your linework. Take a look at other sketchbooks here at conceptart.org... there is so many good stuff out there you can learn from. I think I should post more sketches here (right Staz? )
Dreamworker: Thank you!
darkchild: Thanks man! Great you like it so far and want to check by more often...
NicoRaven: Thx! I like to play with perspective in 3D and I think I should play a little more in my 2D works too. This is only the beginning.
kuroart: Thank you! You noticed what I prefere to draw ... I really should work on every part equally. I will work on it
Staz: A big THANK YOU for stopping by. This is my chance to say it here in my sketchbook: "Your Civil War oneshot ruled man!". Thank you for all your comments and taking the time to analyse my work in detail. I totally appreciate it... and because from now on I will buy everything you work on... promise hehehe. Thx again man.
Oh and Staz is totally right... my posted stuff is looking too finished. I think I should post more sketch stuff in the future.
... but first another 'finished' piece... I call it "Scientist In Love"...