your ability to communicate a whole scene with few lines is amazing. wow. awesome stuff.
also, thanks for the acrylic transfer tute, that will come in handy for me!
in a hurry, but some quick replies:
purb - no its cool man, i mean, you saying they were so nice made me think 'yeah, these could do with a better photo'... thanks!
meatsworthy - agreed, i'm stretching with all of these, but in that one the face didn't really come out well...
and yes, malaysia air, very nice planes and service, really chill people... but man, what a long flight and wait at KL... you're in KL aren't you? iv'e been there a couple of times.. love how international it is. as a kid i grew up in an environment with loads of different cultures and it reminded me of that a bit...
magic - darren, cheers man. although if you see something to crit i'd love to hear it, i really value your eye.
ryan - don't be sorry for being busy man, do your work and crank out some nice designs. appreciate the comments of course though...
dannysketch - cheers man, glad you like.
bojee - alan, thanks. i'm doubting if i'm gonna do this project and each day's production on here. would be nice but can also be sooo distacting... i'll see. i'm posting a start though...
iolurna - cheers mate. everybody always talks about the lines which is funny cause all i actually always think about is shapes...
enjoy the acrylic tut and post some results up man, would love to see it...
i talked a bit about an assignment i'm doing now, which is a tour book for this japanese goth/rock/boy band. the tour book is going to be 24 pages with just full page illustrations of the band members standing in my drawings. the drawings are really rough and shit, and thats what they wanted. i do the photo shoot direction and illustrations and compositing of course.
for the shoot directions i do thumbnails of poses/compositions/backgrounds. its all just to get a lot of different ideas, so that you're sure that your final ideas are the best you could come up with for that particular assignment at particular time.
these are some of the thumbs from today...
i might put the whole process up, to show how i work, but i don't know if i can deal with it - time wise it's very very tight i think... and CA can be soo distracting
Last edited by tensai; November 25th, 2006 at 09:49 PM.
to better explain what these are about i'm posting the previous assignment..
these were done for the singer of the band in a special about him in a luxury rock magazine here in japan... six full pages, five illustrations; one spread and four singles. everything had to be cut out, drawn and composited in 2,5 days... so if you think they're basic, you're right... if you think the doods stylo doesn't fit; you're right. i went to their concert with thousands of screaming girls in maid uniform and although i dug that, it was scary as hell. it's not my stylo but it doesn't have to be. during our first meeting i had a similar feeling (well, i still do) i warned them, showed them sketches, showed them my finished works and said thats what i can do, and then the guy said: 'i want to destroy my current image....' and i thought, well i can help you with that.. they wanted something rough and strong and hand drawn...
so, when i delivered the finals, they were very well recieved. the singer as well as the magazine editor as well as the artist management were all very happy (and i surprised)... and thats why they now asked me to do their tour book...
opener is my big up to jakuchu, one of the kings of drawing of japan (sadly died in the 18th century)...
first the finals...
Last edited by tensai; October 30th, 2006 at 08:05 PM.
and i thought it might be nice to show of some of the pages the thumbs, then sketches, then production drawings, and the corresponding final ills...
Last edited by tensai; October 30th, 2006 at 08:10 PM.
and some crappy photos of the mag, i'll take some better ones when i have time to set up my lights...
totally hott dude. got kinda "willy wonka" feel to it. my fav of the mag ones is the first, where he's wearing your shoes. hehe. keep grindin man.
and did anyone else notice that the singer is wearing 2 different colored contacts? japan is weird man.
Dear Lok, I absolutely love this destroying of singer's image. The illustrations are very, very interesting and beautiful and extreme in my eyes. I love them all, I looked with a huge interest. Maybe I will write more later, I can't now. Thanks, really exciting update, buddy.
You did a really great job with that layout.
I'm not sure if I should be this afraid of the singer though.
Perhaps it's just culture shock ...
purb - actually because of the clothes he's wearing it does have a kind of willy wonka feel to it. some other people said it reminded them of alice in wonderland... thanks bro.
sve - well, these recieve some pretty mixed reactions from people around me
so its really nice to hear that from you sve. your always so spot on in your reading of images so i appreciate it.
bard - thanks man. i'll post some more soon.
max xiantu - haha, there is no way anybody would be scared of that singer. extremely timid guy. i was talking about the thousands of dressed up girls all screaming and doing all these little mannerisms at the same time... well that, and the 40 year old woman next to me that kept talking to her teddybear and adjusting its coat, giving it drinks and snacks and making it dance... and not laughing one time during the whole thing.
andy p - haha thanks man. i'll make some better photos of the mag but the printing was really decent quality...
late last night...
Last edited by tensai; October 30th, 2006 at 08:15 PM.
great work! very cool that the magazine ran your images without throwing a bunch of text on top of them -- you almost never see that in the US press.
now, I have to ask, what year is it in Japan? I can see the Wonka/Alice vibe, but I'm also seeing A Clockwork Orange and the Labyrinth from the way those musicians are dressed. it's 80's fantasy fashion come true!
Damn, How could I have missed these, That's some cool stuff there Lok. I have to agree with the Willy Wonka, Clockwork Orange comparison. Very cool bro.
that's crazy. cool designs, but weird japanese dude, lol. love the orange and green one with the ink splashes.
The twisting tubes are definitely cool. Reminds me a bit of Mark Kistler's draw squad from the 80's. Don't know if that ever made it to japan.
Anyways, I was saying the singer gave me a twinge of nervous fear. But what you described definitely sounds akward, if not straight up scary
BW - its funny you ask. its the year heisei eighteen here. the years count the current emperors rule. so you had meiji, taisho, showa, heisei. i was born in showa 47. about the pages, yeah its nice - they just have page numbers on them and that's it. but the whole mag is like that. almost no ads, and a lot of full page photos, with the text on separate pages.
bojee - alan, thanks man. it does have that look, but a lot of it is because of the styling of the clothes etc. which wasn't my doing though...
pennington - cheers man, i always like to hear which one people pick out of the whole bunch.
max - haha, ok i reread it and see what you mean. the whole thing was real funny and a cool experience. i have some mpgs i secretely took at that concert. mman is that some funny shit.
ok, yesterday we had the photoshoot, but i cant show the photos or the sketches i did during the shoot. it was similar to last time; a visual jam session. me prepping some pose examples and some environment and other sketches, preparing the studio and shooting and downloading the pics directly from the cards. then while they keep shooting, i immediately composit and sketch over some images. scanninig if necessary. i brought a whole bunch of markers and brushes, as well as my macbook, wacom and scanner. they hooked me up to a huuuge 30 inch eizo tft monitor which i desparately wanted to take home...
so for now only some older quick thumbs and other sketches. some watercolours and some markers... i'll try and update more soon.
comments and crits as always greatly appreciated.
Beautiful sketching. Sketch's really determine the artist's skill level, and yours are bombin'. I love the stylization of your finished pieces as well. Small crit, which is totally just an opinion, the orange piece, with the guy leaning against the monument kind of confuses the eye as to what is foreground and what is backround. If this is intentional than it is very mesmorizing, but very odd. lol, great work tensai.
spraynatyion - thanks man, good point about the confusing scale/perspective in that one. it wasn't intended and was also not so much the case in the original sketch. then when i composited the real drawing in the photo it was noticable but i decided i liked the effect. it was a time thing too, deadline was there but i thought it fitted in with the whole warped space thing going on in some of these. one of the things that was really interesting to see is that a lot of that didn't work, even in these warped perspectives - and then others did.
a quicky, only one, from on the train... little break from the other stuff.
like always, comments and crits greatly appreciated.
Last edited by tensai; November 5th, 2006 at 07:24 PM.
Ok that's it punk.
i'm going to choose one of your pieces and make a copy of it... Just... too much amazing creativity pouring out of your head, all i ask for is ONE DROP. can you spare a drop of creativity for the thirsty gugg???
all this is nice man...sorry for the heavy handed, pelvis-smashing, ass-pat. hmmm... super teeny critish statement--> This ppreliminary phase drawing would look cool with just a ... just a half a teaspoon of fine lined miscellaneous details. I know you're doing these quick and this point is moot, but it's fun to have the macro and micro levels of detail in one drawing.
thanks for the representin up in the sb too, homey
Your cities and machines are so organic that I'm surprised you don't do more robots, they look like they want to move a lot of the time. Very cool, and you make it look easy too.
gugg - haha thanks but i have to say bullshit to that my friend, i don't have any more of that than you or anybody else. just produce a hundred schematic/quick sketches/ideas and choose which ten you could combine or scale or otherwise develop into something that might be useful. it's just producing a lot. by the way, was it you that had interest in that idea generating approach that i was teaching?
bojee - what do you mean? they are robots hehe. no but seriously i might try that out a bit later on. the buildings probably look like that because that's what one of my frustrations was when doing architecture. nothing moved...
hi tensai! beautiful updates, great buildings and robots, and really cool design of the rockband images. awesome stuff!
wow, awesome mag. . wish they where here in holland, would have bought me some .
Great stuff dude, simply amazing pen stuff, great lines.
I showed my dad some of your Japan cityscapes and he was blown away, hehe we discussed it for quite a while, staring into the details.
Kinda reminds me of Akira(great film) and some of the backgrounds in that.
Busy Busy busy..........
tensai, these illustrations leave me speechless. the loose thumbnails are great to see, they really help tell the story. everything is spot on. these have alot of emotion and playfullness which really come out of your natural sense of design. they all have unique dialogues between shapes/color/ and over-all design. for instance, in the last illustration the character is making a ring around his eye which is played out in the fish eye background. this all seems to come very naturally or atleast free-flowing. its great!
very good work!
those are rad!
haha thanks to bojee for making me update... and i'm skipping life drawing today, so some replies;
elisa - thanks for dropping in. glad you like the band stuff.
rodrigo! - man you are rocking it real hard in your sketchbook. nice to hear you like that loose stuff i crap out.
oma - well i wish i could bring you some (probably going to holland in december) but they're sold out everywhere... i got two copies from the publisher and thats it...
blanquish - wow, thats nice to hear. would have been nice to be there and talk a bit about things. i love to really go into a drawing and talk/think about all its details but it doesn't happen that often with other people.
bojee - hehe, thanks for the push. i want to post everything on here but sometimes it can be so distracting from work. anyway thanks for the bump.
ryan - hey man, don't know if thats all deserved but its definitely interesting to hear what you are reading into these. the naturalness or free-flowing or easyness of it is the biggest work always. for those things i just produce ten times more than i need. then among that, somehow, some magic happens. i can tell you honestly i'm not in control over it and these last days i wondered if that is a good or a bad thing. the only thing i control is the process and the time i put into it.
flaptraps - cheers man. you are a great painter and drawer man. you should definitely update more.
a couple of sketches/production backgrounds. while i'm doing the pages i'm trying to get a variety of stylos/mediums but not so much that its total chaos. client wants a lot of the more simpler ones, so that pencil sketch might be out. the second sketch is being coloured now. third one is an experiment with pure digi paint (which i normally hate) which proves a great way to put down big and small shapes, cut back into them and creat depth with really flat elements. fourth is ink and gouache on craft paper. they are all done with a certain pose in mind so theyre obviously not finished in their composition.
do let me know what you think...
Last edited by tensai; November 17th, 2006 at 11:07 PM.
i think if you showed us the pose (blocked it in or something), it would help us be able to give an educated opinion of which compositions we like best. hope all's well man. been crazy busy and dead tired. take care man.