Archive for July, 2007
Whoa, look at me go – two posts in a night! I’ve always felt that making art based on a song is kinda lame – not as bad as quoting heavy metal lyrics, but close. Of course that doesn’t stop me from doing both – although I’m usually sensible enough not to admit it. Not today, though.
So without further a due, I present to you a tender moment captured in Paris. Enjoy the song, admire the image and feel all mushy inside.
I’ve been dying to try out Manga Studio because of all the good things I keep hearing about it. It was a bitch to set up, but I finally, finally succeeded after some completely stupid tweaking with the user accounts on my Windows XP. Three hoorays for both Microsoft and e frontier!Because I don’t know which to blame, I’ll blame ‘em both.
I have to say that Manga Studio is pretty sweet, though. The drawing and inking capabilities are really impressive – very smooth, pleasurable and fast as hell. Working in 1200dpi is no problem at all, while Photoshop would completely choke on the same image. It was an easy transition from PS too, even though I’ve just managed to try it out with some quick pirate sketches, done straight in "ink".
Well, this one’s pretty self-explanatory – it’s a digital painting of me. I usually dislike doing self portraits, mostly because it seems that my mug is pretty difficult for me to get right and I don’t have the patience to stare at my face for that long.
I found a sketch that I did sometime last winter, and after adjusting it to match how I look today, I painted the thing as an exercise to try and get a golden age look for the image. I think it turned out okay, and – if nothing else – at least now I have one fairly accurate painting of myself (looking fairly sane) to use in case I need one. Yay, the world cheers.
Some more sketches are to follow. The first batch is from my trip to my folks’ summer cottage, to celebrate the midsummer. I had a nice trip just sitting around doing nothing, except for some random sketching.
The first one was drawn on train with no other purpose except to fill the time. Lots of fun and a bumpy ride.
The next two are from the cottage. The first was drawn with a brushpen, which I haven’t really used before and which might work better with smoother paper. The second on has a bad composition, that I’m trying to hide with some Photoshop shading, hahhah.
And last, attempts on caricatures of Something Awful goons for an Eatpoo weekly. The problem is that I ‘m not very good at doing caricatures and – with the way those goons look – I think I just ended up normalizing them instead. Witness some poor attempts with graphite, gouache and watercolor. Now I remember why I stopped sketching with a pencil – it always smears and makes a mess.