Wow. It’s been a minute. I’ll be back on later to add to this post. So be sure to stop back again before the day is over.
Well, I’ve talked about an ‘illustration style”. I’m still working on it, but I wanted to show readers what I have so far with the D and D art test. It’s taken a while to get to this point, and I think I am making progress. But I have to be honest, I think I still have a long way to go before I can get some illustration assignments from Magic, WoW, or Fantasy Flight games. But I think I am getting there. Take a look:
I still have quite a bit to go, but this is where I am on the first piece so far. I think I will try my hand at another, and then send it off. I am not so sure that I can see this as Magic card art just yet, but I hope I am approaching the quality of what the art directors need. If you have feedback, then please, don’t hesitate to post a comment. Thanks.
On Monday, I logged onto the site to post news about my publishing schedule. But there were so many spam posts (close to 800) that I had to clear out, I completely forgot it. The schedule for the next pages are as follows: September 2, September 16, and September 30th. I know that sucks, but I want to post something–even if it’s just three pages for the month of September. But stop back in between the page postings as I will post developmental material for the pages.
One of the things that has me working a little later is the fact that I am trying to develop my skills to become a professional illustrator. For those readers who have followed me: I am still working on the D and D test. The illustration idea is a little larger than I thought it would be. That is, the work involved is a little bit more intense than I thought. Well, actually, it is a great deal more intense than I thought. Part of my problem is that I am still learning how to produce images using digital methods. For someone like me, that (using digital methods) is really difficult. Learning and producing quality artistic material are often mutually exclusive. But I am trying my hardest. Anyway, here is another look at something that I whipped up for the D and D art test:
Like I said: I am still learning. This pose is from the illustration that I am working on. It’s really hard for someone like me who has really focused primarily on black and white images and, even worse, line drawings to depict art. Lines are a really big deal; they define form. And they do so easily. Yes, it’s difficult to get good at drawing contour drawings, but once an artist manages a certain level of proficiency, he can create almost anything that he can conceive. The hard part about painting–yes, even digital painting–is that an artist has to abandon the line. And that quite simply, is terrifying as an artist who holds onto that line for dear life! Anyway, I think the image is all right. I think I am getting there…slowly.
Well, this post isn’t about U2. It’s just to let readers know what that it seems as though I am working, but not really getting anywhere. I completely forgot Friday’s post, and Monday–well, there just isn’t any excuse. I just didn’t manage my time properly. There are some personal things getting in the way, and the latest page is giving me problems. I am having problems with the layout. Quite frankly, I am just running out of ideas. And that’s the scary thing. I used to have so many ideas that I couldn’t contain them all. My skill level couldn’t keep up with all of the ideas that I had. As I have continued to work on my craft and improve ,my skill level, my ideas aren’t so great any more. My visual library and imagination have seemed to “take a hit”.
Anyway, one of the things that I worked on Sunday night was a recoloring of a panel that I redrew (and showed here some time ago). One of my main problems is that I’m still pretty slow, so this panel took longer than I thought (and the funny part is that I thought I would complete the panel pretty quickly). It took me something along the lines of two or three hours (maybe even longer) to get this page done, and there is no way that should happen. I’m still working to identify a style and, more importantly, a technique that works with what I am trying to to do here with The Cause.
As always, thanks to those of you who read. I’ll be posting a schedule for posts, so stay frosty for that.
I wasn’t really feeling so well today, so I’m late with the post. In fact, I didn’t know what to post. So, I figured I would show the progress of the first D and D art test color job.I think he’s starting to get there. I’ve tweaked him quite a bit since the last time I posted him. i still have a bit more tweaking to do, but he’s like 95% complete now. I apologize for the light posts lately, but I have other–longer–posts that will be coming up soon.
Hang in there with me.
I just spent hours researching and reading how to add images to the WordPress sidebar. Let me just say that it was an incredible waste of time! I am so utterly frustrated and annoyed that I don’t even feel like speaking–nonetheless typing! I could have spent all of that time drawing–not trying to take a crash course on html. I don’t know why there isn’t an image widget (maybe it has something to do with Comicpress) in my Appeareance~Widgets menu, but its absence has driven me crazy. I am going to try to get the page ready for next Monday–it’s another double-page spread, so it’s going to take me a second to get it done.
Anyway, I spent a few hours cleaning and coloring the image that I posted on Friday. Take a look: