Thursday, June 30, 2011

From Model to Illustration

Thought I'd post some stuff where I've done commissions where screenshots from 3D games are involved.

This isn't the exact screenshot but this is the same character. The client also supplied a description that included things that can't be seen in-game or were factors he couldn't necessarily control in the game about his appearance.

From there I basically try to mantain the same design but turn generic clothing into more personalized/custom items. So I tried to look at his character's background and use that to inform the designs. This same character is on the far right of the really big painting I'm working on.

Here's another character from the big painting I'm working on. I've got a lot of leeway on these.

 Bad photo I know.
I'm being a tease and not showing the whole character yet but you can see where I've deviated from the design in the game. I'd like to point out that the client has seen my sketches and there weren't any issues with the changes. In the screenshot you can see that the pants appear to be made out of stiffer cloth and are more of a swiss style like this I personally think those pants are really silly looking so I tried to keep the patterning but change it to a looser style. Ofcourse now he looks a bit more like a pirate. Not sure how I feel about it but I do like the stripes. Admittedly the belt design is a bit random. May change it later on during painting. I'm not really sure what's going on with the design in the screenshot but it looked like leather scale mail and I didn't know what the blue parts were supposed to be. Now I'm wondering if they were supposed to be like suspenders for keeping a tasset up.
Anyways, I think somebody asked to see some close ups of brush stroke juicy bits so here are some. Bad photos for now. You can see what I was talking about though in my previous post when I was saying that I'm not really adding a lot of details because it's big. It's just more comfortable because small things can suddenly be painted with broader strokes.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Here are a couple of pieces I did a while back for some cards for a board game that was shown at Origins.

It's been a pretty hellacious month but I'm done. I've been working 5 days a week and 2 nights a week on some illustration work. Brutal sitting that much and my carpal tunnel started to flare at the end of the stretch. It's not in my style though so I won't be sharing it. I made some BOLD career moves in the past two months and have benefited greatly financially. I've also had the opportunity to hook some people up with work lately and it feels nice to give some people a hand that might be having a harder time. Hopefully one day somebody will do me the same favor.

I'm back to chugging away on the painting. It's great to be able to put in some 8 hr painting sessions. Should be done by the end of next week. I'm going to wait to post it until then to be cruel. :)

Working so big has been interesting. The scale makes it harder to judge proportions I have a feeling I'll be doing some noodling in photoshop when I'm done. Working big has made it easier to remix colors. I don't think I'm really adding more detail than I would in a digital piece but it is SOO much more comfortable to work at that size if I have to do traditional and it's so much nicer to be standing than having to sit for digital.

After that I'll be moving on to a ridiculously ambitious piece.Gobs and gobs of figures everywhere. Some human and some not. Plenty of clothing/drapery. Tricky lighting and tricky setting. I'll either fall fantastically on my face or it'll take my illustration career to the next level. I think I'll be spending more time on that piece than anything prior. Should be done by August 4th and I'll be allowed to show it at GenCon.

Due to a strange series of events I may have a "booth babe" at my GenCon table this year. Kind of hoping I don't but it'll be interesting if I do.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Painting Update

Most of the painting on this will be done in July. June is insanity for me because of the webcomic. This will be done in July though. Still need to fix some things with the snow/ground plane. Did some stuff wishy washy and I need to go in and clear them up. Also there's still tree issues. My flip display for conventions has been super handy. I've got all of my reference photos in there and I can just flip through them as I paint. It's almost time to start on the figures and I'm super excited!