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Digital Art

Project JKF-1: Cold Black Heart Internal Illustration

Here’s the internal greyscale illustration for John Fulton‘s short story “Cold Black Heart”:

Here are some in process shots:

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Project JKF-1: Cold Black Heart Cover

I’ve just submitted the second piece for my collaboration with John Fulton.  The front cover for his story “Cold Black Heart”.

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Project JKF-1: Time For Tea Cover Submitted For Approval

I’ve completed the Time For Tea cover for John Fulton and emailed it to him for approval.  Hopefully the formatting etc … is correct.

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This piece took me a lot longer than anticipated but has allowed me to cobble together the beginnings of a workflow.

Next will be a greyscale painting for the interior of the story.

Project JKF-1: Time For Tea Cover WIP 2

Not being convinced about the composition, I’ve reworked this piece a bit by flipping it horizontally and also removing the teaspoon.

Also, the lighting is now darker and more yellow instead of orange.

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Muscular Male Figure Study In Clip Studio Paint

Felt compelled to do a figure study the other night as I’d been focused on other art for a while:

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Here’s the reference photo of John Cena:

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My First Acrylic Painting: Rabbit In The Grass

I’ve been meaning to try my hand at painting using a traditional medium such as acrylic paint for some time now.

I finally took the plunge and whilst I’m not completely happy with the result, I did really enjoy myself!

 

RabbitInAcrylics1I started with a medium grey background and then did an initial colour block-in.

 

RabbitInAcrylics2 I then decided that my colours were completely wrong and did another colour block-in over the top.  I tried to use an impasto (thick paint) technique as this seemed like fun, and it was!

 

RabbitInAcrylics3Here I added a little more detail over the blocks of paint.

 

RabbitInAcrylics4I struggled to get the right tonal variation whilst working with variation in colour as well here but I am calling this done and moving on.  It’s so much easier working digitally since you can just set the value slider to get the right tones for the selected colour.  Here I will have to learn how to mix paint physically!

Project JKF-1: Rabbit Pencil Sketches on 2nd Feb 2017

I’ve been doing some more rabbit studies for my project with John Fulton.

I had a quick look at the skeletal structure – I didn’t realise that a rabbit’s scapulae came so far round the side and forward to the front!  Every day’s a school day!

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Project JKF-1: Kettle Design Using 3D Modelling In Blender

After reading about how James Gurney uses miniature models to help him work out lighting, I thought I would try something similar in the digital realm.

Here is a kettle design for a project with my author friend John Fulton.

It was done as a 3D model in Blender using it’s ray tracing render engine (Cycles) which calculates how light rays behave in the real world.

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Submission to CHOW Down #1: Princess Tronica Vin

I’m taking part in another challenge on the Crimson Daggers Art Forum called CHOW Down (CHOW stands for Character Of The Week).

I managed to get it finished just before Christmas as I will be out of action busy eating and being merry over the next few days!

“On the broken world of Dustryon, Princess Tronica Vin is heir to the throne of Vangaia and is a technological genius but she is easily bored.  To get her kicks she takes to the streets of her crime ridden kingdom and indulges in a bit of vigilantism.  Armed with a chainsword of her own design she has taken down some heavy duty baddies already.  What will she do next?”

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Here are some work in progress shots:

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