Sunday, May 23, 2010

JKS Class of 2010

   I'm officially a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. I'm very proud to be an exclusive member of the class of 2010. I really can't believe that my three years at JKS have come to an end. It's going to be really weird come tomorrow (Monday morning) when I won't have to wake up for school come monday.

  There are so many things I want to do now that I'm a graduate, so I look forward to producing my own art. I have some small projects I want to work on, but once things are set more in stone I'll discuss them. My best goes out to my fellow classmates, we all know it took a lot of hard work to get where we are now and I couldn't be any happier than to share it with them.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Painting process

I thought I'd take the time to show the process I used on a piece I just finished. For class we had to do a piece that some how showed a myth or legend. Ofcourse this was right up my alley! I chose to do a different take on Bigfoot..or as he is known the the Lakota Indians "Chiye-Tanka" meaning big brother or elder. I start off by pencilling the piece lightly on a piece of cardboard I had laying around. It was less than 8x10 in size.

Next I painted the piece with guache. I watered down the guache a lot at first to and slowly built it up. I didnt do all the shading or highlights I would normally do because I wanted to save the finishes for photo shop. I did more of a sketch type of painting for this. Believe it or not, this rough painting still took an hour and a half even at this smaller size.

Next I scanned the piece into photoshop, made a new layer and went in with my brush tool. I tried to play off some of the colors I put down but decide to play up the yellows, oranges and reds. I didn't want a realistic look, instead I wanted a palette that I thought would be fitting for this take on the legend. Browns would probably be an easy way out, so I decided to go this way instead. Just like painting I slowly built up the colors. At first it was a painfully slow process, but the further along I got the easier it became. I thought it would look great to have half the face covered in this warm red light. I like the way it turned out. I ended up playing with it on PS for another two hours or so. Im really happy with this piece and I learned a lot from it. Below are the different stages...enjoy!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Some Color Samples

Just thought I'd post some samples of colors I've done recently. I've had them reviewed by several editors from DC and Marvel and have gotten great feedback. I will continue doing more samples since I graduate next week.