I got asked to do an ICN Noodler post by my friend and amazing artist Gary Reynolds
Please visit ICN if you don't know of it it's an awesome website.
So here it is, did a fantasy type piece. It features a Dire (Thanks for that idea Mark, loads better than the werewolf one) Wolf, Dire Warrior and a Dire Princess.
I decided to put up my various stages of development here too. Here's the roughs
So here's my digital pencils. At this stage I'm thinking about, design, composition and canvas shape.At this stage I don't focus on line quality too much as I'm still trying to figure out the drawing. This stage is pretty organic as the drawing tends to figure itself out I'm just sorta along for the ride.
Here's my digital inks, and what I submitted to ICN. I had every intention to paint it up for ICN but unfortunately I just couldn't find the time.
At this stage I think a lot about line quality and my use of black. At the moment I'm really enjoying using deep pools of black and leaving just enough of the shape in there so the viewer can make out where things start and end.
I enjoy this stage a lot, there's something almost meditative about inking.
And here's the final piece, managed to find the time yesterday to get stuck into painting it. Just got stuck in really, threw caution to the wind, I have more fun with it that way. It took me a little longer than usual to paint this, I had to make a new palette and being partially colour blind this tends to be a long trial and error process. Fun all the same tho.
Tried to give the sense of this being a Dire Princess, with her loyal pet Dire Wolf and her trusty royal guard. I don't usually approach 'fantasy' art but I was looking at a lot of Frazetta lately and well that guy just cant help but inspire.
Yo so here's a pic of the Plaque I designed for a mate of mine. My mates trainer and close friend had a surprise birthday party and my mate and the guys at the gym got together and organised this Plaque.
I was given a pretty cool theme, something along the lines of 'The Last Irish Warrior' with some Samurai influence to it for good measure. It was a fun easy gig to do, I'd be happy to do some more.
My mate and his trainer do Mugendo, if you don't know about it you should check it all out here, it's a class Martial Art. And the guys training here are some of the best.
Just got this photo the other day, I hadn't seen the final result until now. Well happy with how it turned out and more importantly my mate ( the client) was too!
So it's been a while since I posted anything. Believe me I have good
reasons but lets get started with some new posts. Since I haven't had
the time to do any finished or digital work outside of the studios/jobs
I'm working in at the mo, I'm going to post up drawings from my
sketchpad to keep the blog more active. These drawing range from good to
fail, some are just ideas, me exploring a shape anything really. So
here goes a few doodles and I'll talk about em as I go. If you follow me
on twitter, you'll have seen most of these before but there are some
new ones that I've only done in the last day or so that I haven't
tweeted or anything with other than post here. Hope you like.
These three heads are three figure studies I did while waiting for a friend. Goes to show it's always handy to keep a sketchbook with you at all times. these range from about 3 to 5 mins
Just wouldn't be a sketchbook of mine without some Spidey doodles
Another figure study. Saw this guy on the bus, pretty happy with the shapes I used in this. And considering it was drawn on the bus, pretty happy with the line quality too.
Random eye in my Pad... my 'eyePad' a hur hur hur
Seen this guy reading the paper on the bus. I was really pushed for time on this one as I almost had to get off at my stop, pretty happy with it tho even if it is rushed
I was watching 'How to Train Your Dragon' thought I'd have a go at drawing sum vikings. I don't really like this sketch myself but its been received really well on twitter. I'll be drawing more Vikings so! This is Pro-markers, tippex pen and a sharpie
Two more people who I actually see pretty regularly on my bu. Always keep that sketchbook handy
Some swallow studies. African or European, that's up to yo. Some prelim studies for a tattoo design I'm working on.
More figure studies, people I drew while waiting around in town. That woman actually had a freaky long neck
Some doodles I did in front of the telly
Another tattoo design I'm working on
Some more telly doodles. When I finished drawing this guy on the left I realised he looked really pervy, so I gave him something to perv on.
Been watching Supernatural, I dig this show so here's Bobby and a Leviathan... and a strange dark figure cloaked in shadow
Another telly doodle, quite happy with this one, I reckon I'll ink it up soon
This is a submission for the collective thinking blog. the theme was 'The 7 Deadly Sins" I went with a pretty Wrathful Hulk. He's choking the security guard for letting Rick Jones into the testing grounds, Banner is watching in the background.
Been having some crazy dreams lately about the Witch from Left for Dead chasing me down Patrick street in Dun Laoghaire. Its good for me that zombies don't know any Ju Jitsu, but she packs a crazy amount of cardio, she never stops running.
Tried something new here, not ecstatic about this one yet, but I want to bring this into PS and paint it up.
and here's the last one. This is Jack the Ripper. Poor composition here, really missed my marquee tool and paste option, but i do like the idea. I'll draw up some more of these soon and get em all right.