Another ink wash test. Gonna take a while to grasp this! I inked this on the wrong side of the water color paper which lead to some pretty shite line quality. Oh well!
Pretty pumped for the new Thor movie this fall, so I did a little warm up of everyone’s favorite Scandinavian.
This is the first thing I’ll be hunting down at TCAF. John Martz is one of my favorite cartoonists, biggest influences, and (somehow) a good friend, and I honestly can’t wait to read this book, which looks gorgeous.
John Martz is one of the nicest guys I’ve met, as well as Dustin. This looks fantastic and I can’t wait to pick it up. Looks awesome John!
I have been pretty keen on these Kuretake brush pens lately. They’re pretty much my all around inking tool now unless super fine details are needed. I also use Col-Erase non-photo blue pencils for layouts.
I use Photoshop CS3 for all digital works.
The kickstarter for Puffed Shoggoths is up! I was very lucky to contribute to this zine along with many other talented artists! Pledge and indulge in some Cthulhu goodness!
Camp Stokoe - Spring 2013
i dont reblog nuttin.
cept this. camp stokoe 100% baby.
Print these. I need ems now.
Today I gave my students a quick presentation on some of the basic considerations for composition, which I am now sharing with you! I’ve given them separate talks about color and tonal value/contrast, which are also super important compositional concerns. (I’ll be sharing those presentations too once I properly format them)
I personally love learning about different compositional techniques. It’s fun to think about the ways that the brain views & sorts images, and how we can trick it into feeling a certain way or looking at certain aspects of an image first! It’s easy to fall into compositional ruts (which I am also guilty of) because a lot of art gets by with mediocre, though serviceable, compositions. If you can generally understand what’s happening in an image then it’s generally fine. However, it’s the truly great compositions, where everything in the whole image has been considered and ‘clicks’ together, that bump up an illustration to a visual slam dunk. NC Wyeth is one of my favorite artists for this reason: his compositions are rock solid, varied based on the image’s intent, and always enhance the mood or action he is depicting.
For extra reading, some online compositional resources that I’ve found helpful or interesting include:
Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis (download it for FREE. Such a great book all-around.)
Gurney Journey (check out the “Composition” tag, but really everything he posts is great)
The Schweitzer guide to spotting tangents
Cinemosaic (a blog by Lou Romano with some truly WONDERFUL compositions captured from various films)
Where to Put the Cow by Anita Griffin
Stuff like this is why I’m glad I browse Tumblr more these days.
Great write up here! Take note people!