Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New Workspace!! (One of which I should've been doing ages ago...)

Well, I figure it was time to try out somethin' new with the Cintiq. Because it's like a true widescreen format horizontally, it really makes it harder to draw because I'm working out of my preset comfort zone. Normally, most people draw on a paper in the portrait format, so I figure, "hey, why not try that on my Cintiq?". Good thing I can rotate the screen format. 

This is my setup now. As you can see, I have the Cintiq in portrait format. (I was reading a few forums and one gal said that's how she uses hers, I wanted to try it out and-- ) LOW AND BEHOLD, it feels so much more natural now. And the overall viewing angle is much better because you can really see more of what you drawing, even when you're zoomed in close. I was contemplating selling my 12inch for the 21, but now that I've done this, I don't think I need to entertain the thought anymore. (Still, the 21incher isn't bad at all so....)

So working out the layout of my workspace (especially in Photoshop) is gonna take some getting used to. So far I have a pretty good setup.

That's how my main workspace looks. I have all the File Menus mapped to my stylus buttons, so no need for constantly looking at the other screen (something of which I can't stand doing, especially being used to the default PS workspace format for the past 14-15 years...) And even more thankfully enough, CS3 and CS4 got the lil' icon-to-expand window thang going on, so I have my layers, brushes and can put some other stuff around the edges, and expand like so...

I think my life has just gotten a bit less complicating now. :)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Another Girl

Here's a lineart commission I've done recently. 
I think I, for now on, will post all sketches, lineart, and random stuff only on my blog, and keep all the finished work on my dA page.

This was sketched on regular thumbnail paper and scanned and lined in Sketchbook Pro 2010.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Still Trying!

Getting the hang of this technique. :)


Saturday, June 05, 2010

Still Playing Around with Techniques

Hey guys, I'm still trying to keep this sitr updated. I have so much on my plate, albeit good stuff, but busy nonetheless.

I asked some other friends about the previous tech I was going for, but they weren't feeling it as well as I. Reason being because I was trying to start a whole different way, one of which I'm not even used to.

Noticing the fail and coming to conclusion that I will never most likely be able to truly PAINT digitally, I do know how to work Photoshop, and I can ACHIEVE the effect by using my existing style/technique. And I like it.  Without even really "painting". I wouldn't call this cheating, as it's work as well. It's just that I can't grasp painting and I have so much respect for people who can.

Well, I'm gonna keep trying things out.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010


Yes, it's been a while. Had a pretty busy week and a half - I got the job by the way. :D I'll explain more in my dA journal.
First is a Lara Croft sketch I did on my last night at my previous job. I was just playing around with the rendering more, since I seldom attempt to do tight rendering like so. I used a 0.5 HB and 4H pencils altogether.

The second is a quick sketch study that I always wanted to try. I want to get into different rendering styles and such, focusing more on painting - because I don't have to focus so much on the quality of the line work and tedious flatting. 

I know it isn't anything great, as I rushed a lot of things (hair highlights, etc.), but I was just playing around with coloring over the line art (or using the line art as a guide lightly). This is highly influenced by Krenz's style. I always wanted to try a rendering style like his, and I know it's no where near like his finished stuff, but I kinda deciphered how he goes about doing it. Gonna keep playing around and see what I can dig up. :)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Wondrous Prisoner

Hey, a quick post today. A new Wonder Woman I sketched at work last night. I really didn't have any time to scan this one. Or the Cody sketches as well. But, figure I post 'em all the same to keep with my daily goal. These were done with no ref, from the top of the head. I might use that Wonder Woman later on... See ya tomorrow!
Oh, by the way -- been reading the reviews for Mario Galaxy 2.... I NEED THAT GAME!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sketchbook Stuff

My wife's family dog, Tails, was put to sleep after 17 years of loyalty today. 'Tis a bittersweet day for us.

These are some sketches I managed to work up last night. Started to play around with different dynamic figures. All of these are from the head, as usual. I think I need to start studying from various references now. Warning: There are few character cameos in this post, by the way.

Until Next Time. :)