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Here be my sketchbook. It's hard for me to discern a single cohesive style for all of my work since I've trained myself to be an artistic mongrel of graphic design and illustration, but friends of mine say they can recognize all of my work as uniquely mine. This first bit should give you a sampling of what I mean.
Here's a recent self portrait I did. I just set up a mirror on an easel by my computer. This is a good idea.
The next self portrait,
The two newest monsters from my (nearly) Daily Demon project on my blog. First is Old Deep Joad. I'm still trying to figure out how to color him.
And before him came Shroomacroom, his much cartoonier neighbor.
These are all reposted from my blog, http://butimawizard.blogspot.com, so apologies for not giving you all the exclusive scoop. But in this case posting images here works better than just links since the forum gets archived and all.
One thing that I've begun to enjoy when making characters and creatures is treading the line between the cute and the creepy. Soon I'll post some page samples of my book, Imaginary Monsters: Evolver/Constructor, where some cute and chubby monsters and robots end up growing up to be some real city smashers.
Thanks and peace!
Last edited by peter_john; June 12th, 2007 at 12:22 PM. Reason: to upload new thread icon
More Daily Demons in black and white.
First comes Butter Brain,
then Hermit Head (possibly the best name so far).
and there is Urshadash
and finally Homunculus 2 in color (I keep misspelling that on the actual images).
Daily Demons 1 through 19 were all inked in pen and brush, then colored mostly with fills. For the next few I'm going to do something more in depth with the coloring, but for now they are grayscale. I'll post updates as they progress.
Thanks for stopping by.
Envisor, Jens, thanks for the comments. Those self portraits are rough. I was trying to keep them to an hour, an hour and a half on the second one, just as fast experiments in painter. If I know that I only have about an hour to work on it it kind of keeps me from getting stuck in noodley little details before the whole piece is together. But definitely, I'll make some more rendered ones as time goes along. Yesterday I noticed there's a Self Portrait sub forum here, so maybe those will migrate over there...
Anyway, here are some more Daily Demons in no particular order, today's Carp Eel (I suppose there's not much distinctly demonic about an eel/carp hybrid, but it all fits together somehow :])
And some of the inked/colored ones I was doing before, more experiments in painter. Layer Cake, my birthday demon,
and Bone Biker, who also works as a cartoonish and baleful Ghost Rider!
I'm posting the past Daily Demons haphazardly, but you can see the whole potato here if you're antsy: http://butimawizard.blogspot.com/sea.../daily%20demon. Daily Demon's 1-19 verged on more of the cartooned, hard line, and sometimes cute side. 20 and on (for now) are pencil drawn and to be colored yet. I'm headed to New York City for the weekend to visit friends and run the Idiotarod, so no posts probably until next week. There's so much great stuff going on around here though, I bet you'll stay entertained. Peace!
Hi Peter John, Nice self-portrait, I like it and you look familiar... On my sketchbook I mention a schizofrenic guy who inspired me to make one of the pics.. Well you look very much like him...
Anyway, I like some of your demons too but I'm not too keen on this mushroom fella and layer cake guy... It's just not my style so I can't say it's bad just seems very childish for a man with looks of a serial killer.
Hehe, if you want some creepiness visit my sb:
Here are some more Daily Demons for you all. First comes Urshadash in color. Creepy!
Then there's the Glue Maker who missed his deadline for COW a few days back. Worry not sticky one, you'll have a home yet among the Daily Demons.
And todays aberration, the Necronemone.
It's late, I'm talking to my drawings. Thanks for reading :].
Here's the past week or so of Daily Demons, numbers 27 through 36.
Thanks for perusing!
more redundant postery...some more Daily Demons, sketch-middle-final of this week's CHOW and some greyscale sketching I did a few weeks ago. Looks like I'm housecleaning...
i absolutely like your characters, lovely faces with personality!
Keep it on!
Holy stromboli, it's a moleskine mush! Some of the more interesting pages,
some concepting from my soul collector chow. The final wasn't so dandy but the ideas were nice.
relearning the obvious
eye guy and profiles
wizzzzzerd / lizzzzzzerds
sketch battle vs. Monk the cat (fssk!)
goat headeds, screen printing slop
this presbyterian church near where I live. learning.
faces backyard at a bar
1, 2, 3 of drawing while drinking on a porch with friends. Hot summer nights, beer goggles applied to art and a steady downhill trundle
faces near a coffee shop, imaginary and otherwise
Crap, if I just updated more often this kind of thing wouldn't happen. Happy perusing.
your stuff is absolutely fun to look at.
have you tried sketchbook pro?
i think it would suit your style more digitially speaking.
So much creativity! All these creatures are fantastic.
Why the lined paper, though? It's ruining your work. D=
hey buddy... very kool sketches.... I recommend "alias sketchbook pro" as well... your fluid , loose style would be a nice fit... right now I draw exclusively on a tablet pc using sketchbook.. it mimiks pencil.. weight , flow,,, its nice.. really sweet program, I took a weekend to get used to it and havent drawn on paper since.. any way... I really dig your stuff.. the animals... especially the "barracuda" .. but your self portraits are the bomb
Here's my process from my Big Huge Concept Challenge entry. I posted the final images in 'IT's Finally Finished!!! woo' but this has my thumbnails leading to my creature idea. More secrets!
First sketches, They progressed in a clockwise spiral from somewhere near the center. I was trying to dance between cephalopod, grublike, and crustacean forms, plus star nosed moles (some skulls too, badass!) The bottom right thing was what I decided to move forward with.
Working on redrawing that thumbnail different (maybe better) ways. Refinement, getting there.
These guys were close to what I went with for the final except (the island back got bigger, more hulky).
Some claw studies. On the forums during the competition people were giving good critique and a lot of people were saying "give it crab claws!" and "the hands are silly!". I liked the giant hand forearms, in my mind it gave the creature sort of a majestic quality. Something that set it apart from lower sea creatures and gave it more of a god-like nature (human image etc.) So I swapped out most of the smaller hands for feeder claws. These could get broken or bitten off and grow back into a different form, or allow the beast to adapt to new situations with new appendages.
The final thumbnails I submitted, including a value study in the upper left.
Final turnarounds with the claw limbs. Still people were saying "not enough claws!" but I got stubborn I guess. Artistic vision maybe. Also, the hanging limbs were tough to sort out in the profile view, probably a good sign that it might be too complex and a modeler might get headaches from it too. Food for thought.
And the final illustration of the big huge wandering island wandering in land.
Why would a walking island need to go on land? I'm posting the concept description on the bottom which describes their life cycle and explains this image.
The whole process was fun and I see things I would have improved. I like where the whole process led to and I'm probably going to do some more iterations of the wandering isle with more crabby limbs (I submit! finally!) Everybody's critiques were particularly helpful and encouraging. This from joe12south the Finished forum post:
Aaugh. Too many words. This makes up for my last post. Barf, goodnight folks.
The Wandering Isle (or isles) is a giant ocean dwelling crustacean. Their exact origins are unknown; partly resembling crab, tortoise, octopus, and human, tales of these creatures have been cause for both astonishment and skepticism. Rarely seen above water, the wandering isle spends the majority of its life submerged along ocean coastlines. Unable to freely swim or walk on land (because of the gross weight of their shells) wandering isles skirt coastlines at depths that best allow them to buoy the weight of their shells and ease their burden.
Wandering isles are communal creatures and travel in family groups of 15 - 30 island pods. Because of their sheer size and longevity (the average life cycle of a wandering isle lasts for 1,000 years) small communities of humans have been known to make residence upon their backs. Furthermore, the communal nature of wandering isles allows entire island communities to form among the network of shifting isles as they plod through the shallow seas.
Wandering isles reproduce asexually but their nesting habits are similar to those of sea turtles. Near the end of its life, a wandering isle will head to shallow waters and then to dry land. The trip inland is disturbing for any passengers as well as for the wandering isle, since the further out of water it travels the more it must bear the full weight of its island shell. The wandering isle staggers inland until it collapses under its full weight and dies. This event is rarely witnessed, but long lines of wandering isle communities revere this process and flee their dying island in a ceremony of mourning and a celebration of new life. Weeks after the wandering isle has fallen to the earth, hatchling isles break free from their parent's shell and head for the sea.
Last edited by peter_john; June 4th, 2007 at 01:40 AM.
HunterKiller - thanks! The graph paper is just what's in this sketchbook I'm using now, trying something different. I went through a moleskine sketchbook, the 6x9ish one with the heavier manilla paper. It was awesome so I wanted to try another one out, this time the graph paper. I didn't realize that it was like 240 pages, compared to the other one that was like 70, a serious rift of empty pages to fill in. I have another white paper sketchbook I'm using but I'm trying to get through the graph one too. Better not to waste it I guess :]
bakatron, EMBRIO - thanks also, I'll look into sketchbook pro. I've been meaning to get some new self portraits in sometime soon. They'll find their way here once I do.
before bed posting...
Some pencil sketches for this week's chow, demonic pirate lord.
What did the demonic pirate lord say about the steering wheel in his pants?
"ARR, IT'S DRIVING ME NUTS!"
Some digital mush on the same topic...
And the wip ghastly apparition from last week. The topic got pulled because of lateness I guess. I'd like to finish up the little guy anyway.
Self portrait from this morning. The colors are washed out and my face was too squat... rusty at this :]
and here's what I'm working on for this week's chow.
more graph paper sketchbook mush.
hell-pede vs. hell-pete
fat bottomd girls
harpya, cow sketches
more cow sketches
buffalo girl, labs
spiky bat beast, foreheads
some heads n busts, nose/chin proportion play
people running around jazz fest, helmet girl
another one of these. Drew my features too large but it gets the point across. I was having trouble keeping my head still too, ack!
plus this, pirate demon dudes!
that's all for today. Go play outside or something!
Cool stuff, enjoyed your SB! Post more
hello dusty sb... I'll try to cull a bit of a dump from some recent postings.
Here's my contribution to C.O.W. 100:
figure drawing (I snuck into a weekly figure class now that I'm teaching part time):
I always ruin a pair of contact lenses when I go see gwar...
one more, would've consolidated the post but I got confused by the attachment manager. Here's my sketch to finish on a gorilla character I came up with. His name's Little Boy.
This is after some really rough sketching and looking at a lot of reference photos for gorillas.
More reference sketching, getting comfortable with understanding how the gorilla's body is constructed. Taking a few liberties here and there and posing.
I thought this was going to be the final pencil art but some critiques on it led me to rethink things a little bit. I wanted to have the gorilla standing propped up between two pillars or missiles but what I ended up drawing looked sort of like a top down view. I was happy with how I started to stylize the character some though.
After another pencil sketch and some rough ink spatter I started pushing values around in photoshop.
A little more spit and polish and I called it done. It's still rough but it served the purpose. I put this together for one of the gameartisans.org mini competitions. They're sort of like the cow/chow community activities. More constructive distraction :]
Alright Peter, I am going ot play devil's advocate here and drop a few crits, hoping you will start to update more
Your pencils and line art show a fantastic sensitivity for form and shape. I like them a lot more than your color works - I think your edges when you are painting are soft and lacking form. Its OK to use a "mushy" brush but try hacking into it with a harder eraser along some of your forms to see the results.
I love the design variation in your 100 monsters so mad props for going the distance! I think the value range in them though is rather narrow, drop that into gray scale and see. I also see a repetition of shapes in that series, if you silhouette the creatures in solid black shapes, it seems like most of them have a spiky tentacle-y shape and begin to look similar. Try playing with shape-based creatures for practice, if you can pick up the Monsters Inc art book and see how the concept artists have used very primitive shapes and proportions to create a plethora of distinctive monsters.
Mwahaha! Now you gotta post, foo'!
lovely little story u had of the walking island ... u had me appealed ... read te whole thing lol. makes sense too lol ... wasnt stupid.
anyway ... love ur character designs ... looking kool