Not dead yet! I just don't have a proper internet connection. I moved to anew place and haven't hooked it up, but I think September will be when I'm all good to go! For now, something quick I painted last month. Just trying to do things without an under drawing.
Azrael Amai, another character you meet later on in my comic Eighth Sin. She's cousins with the ice queen, Inada Amai and rules the lands down south near the equator.
Like her cousin counterpart, she controls fire, lava, heat waves/air, anything that could be hot. It is said that anyone who gets close to her will get warmer and wamrer; lay a hand on her, and you risk combusting into flame.
No one can really get near her aside from her cousin (and other elemental aspects), but the last time they did that they covered half the province in mist and fog.
Yeaaaars ago, Kris had leant me her character Azrael to use in my comic! She's changed appearances a bit (and made into a human) but the basis of this design was on Kris's character, so I wanted to make sure that was known :)
He wanted Mario, Luigi, Toad and Daisy set in a detective office, with sort of a film noir' kind of look to it. He also wanted to keep it subtle (other than their faces :) ) on who they were in the scene, so I've sparsly added a few things to kind of hint at the world.
I remember seeing this floating around DeviantArt many times and thought it was a great exercise.
If I made my own, I bet I would of missed soooo many expressions! The original template can be found here: ---> http://napalmnacey.deviantart.com/art/25-Essential-Expressions-55523083
This is Samara, the lead character in my comic Eighth Sin. This is just the roughs before colouring and tidying up/fixing a few things, but thought this was reaaaaally fun to do. It's also good to reference as i draw my comic!
The girl is done in coloured pencil and the background was done digitally. Honestly, I've no clue what I was doing with the background. It'd be nice to retry doing it, but I can't work on this one anymore right now, haha.
I've had this sitting around for a week or two. I wanted something to put up while I worked away. It'll be one laaaarge dump of finished images and sketches, like I had mentioned before! So stay tuned :)
Sorry for the lack of updates in.. uhm, ages... but you'll be seeing one large, massive update from me soon!
I kind of ran into a little artist trouble along the way.. y'know, that old friend, self doubt? Well I've been hanging out with some great artists recently, and have just been sketching and working along with them, either on my stuff, collabs, whatnot... and I just got humbled.
Meaning? I feel like my stuff isn't good enough right now, or not where it's supposed to be. I don't think what I have is good enough juuust yet, but I've been drawing and practicing (and bleeding and sobbing a little) to get myself better.
Every artist is hard on his or her self, and sometimes we just have to be. It's that little extra push that's going to help us out. I'm not mad or disheartened that some people can draw or paint better than I can. It just solidifies my resolve to be better.
Some nights my sketches may look like shit, and some nights they may look better than anything I've put out. But I'll never give up.
No one ever said being an artist and living off your art was easy.
But I want to thank-you all for the patience, and that you come back here to check what I've done! I can't believe I'm up to 12,000 page views! Seriously!
Finally finished! Told myself I wouldn't do anything major for updating until I finished this. Drew it two years ago, picked at it all year and I believe I am done.
Autumn is one of my angel characters from my comic, Eighth Sin.
The only thing I didn't paint was the Monet painting. I tried to redo it but I couldn't mimic his style. I really wanted one of his 'Water Lily' images to be in the background ('cause I'm such a big fan ), so I left it. :)
I'm trying to do more environments... and actually do them quickly. So we'll see how the next one does.
She's gunna be fun to choreograph a fight scene for.
Another Eighth Sin character. Ophelia likes to steal the swords of her opponents and keep them stashed away for future use. She stows them in her armoury where she can summon then from wrist/hand sized portals at will, seemingly pulling them out of thin air. She claims she never touches the ground when she fights, just bounces from hilt to hilt.
Started two and a half weeks ago, I chipped away at this between commission work 'cause I couldn't afford to give up any time. And now back to it!
Sorry I haven't kept up with this! It's been really busy around these parts. I plan on changing that from here on out, however! So here's a few new pieces to take a gander at :D
This was a commission piece from my friend Leigh (who has been a great supporter!). This was of him and his father, who had passed away. Both are great musicians and he wanted something serene like this to go along with his memories.
Tried a bit of a different approach to this than my usual.
Floe and Streex! Two characters you meet in issue #1 of Eighth Sin!
I had trouble doing shots of heads looking up, so I did some 30sec-1min head shot sketches from whatever I could find.
And my Blacklight painting of 'Carrie' from.. uh Carrie'.
Watch the movie of me painting it here! I just had some fun with it.
So my friend Ryan told me about Comic-con Toronto and that I should get a table there. And so I thought, why not? But I wanted to bring something new to the table. ... well, my table.
I decided to finish my comic. I had pages of it going for issue #0, #1, and #2, but just needed to finish them. But knowing me, I dream big and get overwhelmed, so I settled myself for finishing issue #0. For the last two months I dedicated a lot of hours into this comic, and I'm finally able to present it to everyone!
Eighth Sin, a comic and story idea I've had in my head since I was sixteen, has shaped itself out of all the experiences I've had, the friends I've made, and anything and everything inbetween.
So I finished to comic, I got it printed, and hoisted myself over to Toronto. I met so many cool people, great artists (professional and amateur alike) that I plan on doing this quite often. And one of the coolest things? Aside from meeting LeVar Burton (aka Geordie La-fudgin-Forge, and the show Reading Rainbow!) and a tiny tiny bit with Marina Sirtis, I sold everyone of my Eighth Sin comics that I printed out!
I present to you guys the cover for now. I have yet to put up any sample pages, but let's just say, there's samples everywhere in my blog. Almost every character you see is a part of this story, even if they don't play any key or pivotal role in the story.
I was down and out for way too long, but with good reason which I'll go on about in the next post :D
For now, here's a few new things I was able to do between the busy-ness of it all. I'm working on the art for a game with a friend currently, as well as a bunch of commission work but I -was- able to bang out a few decent things between work!
Some upcoming Sticker designs I'm selling!
A commission from my friend Joe to his sister Ashley.
Two characters of mine; Glee and Gretchen. An angel and demon respectively.
And of course? Do these guys really need any clarification?
I've recently been getting into drawing on the covers of moleskin books. It's an idea I saw first on DeviantArt, then all over Etsy. I thought they all looked pretty damn cool honestly, so figured I'd try my hand.
My first was a greek themed one which sold quite quickly! So I decided to draw up another one, which is this one here:
This was the second moleskin book I sold! And since this one went the same day I had put it up for sale, I started working on a third...
"They Cannot Be Stopped"
One hundred and twenty some-odd zombies present in my third moleskin book. THIS was super fun to do. And guess what? It sold right away as well! These things are amazing! I'm glad people like these 'cause I'm having a shit-ton of fun drawing them up
And it's neat to see how people handle these. I spray all of these and treat them so they don't fade or wear quickly. Then I tuck them into a plastic sleeve. The first buyer said he's never going to open his book. :D
The second started using it for his notes in his business.
And the third.. I'm not quite sure. I think he'll use it. But either way, whether they use it or not, I'm just happy they like these books.
Let's see... just a couple of commissions and a clean sketch I worked on here!
A commission I did for my friend (and tattoo artist) Cynthia! She asked for a logo or some sort of pin-up for her shop so I did the best I could with this one! Even individually drew her tattoos and pasted them on. Took a while!
A commission for my cousin Anna in Toronto. She wanted herself done up as the newer, Anna Hathaway version of Catwoman.
And then Rosalyn, another character in homage to the Capcom Succubus characters. Love 'em :)
First, my old buddy from High School, Nick, asked me to paint his portrait for him. And I did! :)
Next, my friend Kathleen commission this painting of 'Ziggy Stardust', a horse she was helping take care of with her friend, Kaileen. Sadly, Ziggy passed on after a long, long battle of trying to get healthy.
But I bet he's having the best time right now.
And finally, a commission for Tiffany and her now husband, Mike!
This was a surprise to him-- a total 6 month surprise! She asked me a long time ago to do this, then contacted me finally again a week before they were married. Safe to say they loved it! And I was more than happy to do it for them.