Thursday, April 20, 2017

dabbing digital complementary color

I do the painting with a mouse since it's almost therapy level art making. Basket weaving with photoshop.
I did 3 versions of this on my tumblr.
More workpath art. Tumblr link

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Because I posted it elsewhere

The Montag family review of Batman V Superman. Procrastinating now by doing something I ought to have done months ago. Slap dash execution using Ellis' make work path trick from a messy ink job.
I should be learning the software used in a job I start next week, but I didn't get where I am today by impressing my bosses with my preparation.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

add or subtract 180 on hue for perfect complement.

add or take away 180. This is the link where I learned the cool tip

felt a much greater comfort picking colors doing this doodle enhancement.
It would be nice to time travel back to the early 60s with photoshop.
some great skin tones from Loni Anderson.
this approach of sampling a color and getting its exact complement, then staying in that exact color wheel degree setting for other color picks, works pretty well.
matte painting type of work using discrete color picks
Trying to make the gold work it became unnatural. If I had good color picks in the room for gold maybe I could pull it off.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

New obsession-Digital oil look

The next enworld assignment is going to look like this sort of faux oil.
I need to do some old sketches like this. Paint into them, do them quick with set value palettes, enforce the Reilly idea of preparation for quick work.
another off a very loose sketch. And I realized, after doing this, what I'm after is an oil look straight out of loose doodles.
Everyone always says "I like your doodles."
That's it. I've graduated to doodles only, hereafter.

Taking an inked doodle, selecting the black with channels, making the selection a path, filling the path to get a clean vector shape type  of look. And then messing it up.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Ehhh, what's up MODOK?

More March MODOK Madness, more using Illustrator for line work.
You'd think characters so ingrained onto one's psyche could be drawn without a lot of reference. You'd be wrong.
How do you edit an Illustrator file once you apply a clipping mask to it?

Slightly more Fuddy Fudd in the sketch on typing paper than on the finished.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

selection tool-lots of layers

I'll finish this tomorrow.
I wanted to work real clean because it will be a PNG with transparent bkgd.
Using my pen tool action to draw with.
the rough
color png

Sunday, March 26, 2017

MODOK Meshugas

I finally made the time to do a little bit made-up projects. Here is my attempt at March MODOK Madness. I'll show the process just to feed my ego:


Inking using Illustrator with a wholly inadequate, ancient, Wacom Bamboo
And what I sent to March MODOK Madness

It's funny because MODOK doesn't have a lap. I have the sinking feeling I am the only one who thinks this is humorous.

On another note, once again, I have been laid off. Looking for work, I become Einstein's definition of insanity. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Still getting work

Took awhile to get an assignment this month. I guess we've both got over the pain of the great Judge Dredd disaster.
I'll add the color finish tomorrow.
I've discovered I can not do this kind of work without a podcast going.
I think desaturated is better.
I also took some of Ben's notes.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Filled shape drawing

Using the free form pen tool in photoshop to draw with. I have an action linked to pressing F1. The Button push causes the path to close, become a selection and  then fill the selection.
You can get the same effect drawing with the magic lasso but the pen tool comes with sensitivity settings that smooth out the lines.

Sunday, March 05, 2017


Local author I did an illustration for her (hopefully) continuing story.
Fun story told with great arcs of pay offs and conflict.
Making it look easy.
I gave her a revised version with less artifact issues where she flopped the image.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Little Change of Pace for EnWorld.

All these characters and IPs are owned by Rebellion.
Here's a page where the art is first showing up.  
But revisions will come along next week.
The current level of finish above.
Approval line art
Early rough
And some miscellaneous judge character types.
It was fun. I got better on the Dredd bling as I went.
Never got completely good at it.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Don't Need No Stinkin' Bejes

I was asked to ask Artist Alley participants to do badges. When asked to do so, the deadline was too close and no one bothered to read the specs I gave them. Nonetheless, I did my own badges. I am not sure if the powers that be will accept them all. The theme, if you can't figure it out, is the Jack Kirby Centennial Tribute. Specs by the way were a 4 x 3 inch card with one free space of an inch high to allow to paste on a name label.

Here is the finished T-shirt. Since the last post someone came up with a shield design and I had to make more color breaks in the background.

Thursday, January 26, 2017


NDA so these crappy thumbnails are all you get for about a month.
When they publish and tease it, I get to show it off.
Cool project from the EnWorld people.
An RPG book cover.
6 times the usual money.