Tuesday, January 29, 2008

sorry for the lack of UPDATES...

but my girlfriend is visiting from Canada and we are busy hanging out whilst we can. I will be updating soon soon soon.

Monday, January 14, 2008

unified shadows

The first one is obviously an inked line drawing. I did india ink on top of light-blue pencil (sharpened often whilst drawing) and used a medium-sized nib. The tape-mark you see hanging off the side of it with a dot is my vanishing point. You can approximate where your off-paper vanishing point is or you can just add it with tape(giving you a larger workspace that the paper allows).

I didn't take a picture of the middle stage... but

I then added a blue/grey mid-tone shadow level. ever object in this piece that had a shadow was first treated with blue/grey (the blue/grey tone I used for everything was left un-altered on the rocket's body) I then come on top of the shadow layer with the color layer- and then finally highlights and nit-picks, and its done- pretty easy.

I really cant recommend enough giving your watercolor/painting a unified shadow- at least a light one, so you can define the light-source and it links all the colorwork later on- even if the original shadow-work becomes lost in the later-added colors, you still have an underlying unity not found if you added the shadows independent of one-another.

Thursday, January 10, 2008


YAY, here is a finished painting, probably one of the best i've done. Hope you guys like it. I am sure I will be doing more in a very similar style. SNERF

Monday, January 07, 2008

So I am back in action. I left Italy, spent two week with my family at home for the holidays, Moved back to my college town Fort Collins, and am now settled back into place. This is a piece I am currently working on. I have been watching animes for a long time, and this reminds me of the background images they sometimes use. It is fun to work on this.

Like I have said a lot before, using a single-color wash to make the shadows provides a unified image. When you add the color on-top the under-shadow isn't as pronounced, but it is more ethereal/subconscious. And it breaks up the complexity that i was left with after only the inking. (sorry I don't have shots of the line-drawing, but my camera charger seems to have been stolen in Italy.)