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Showing posts from October, 2007

How reading improved my art.

I am an idiot. I know most of you had that conclusion already but let me wallow for a moment in my own ignorance. I bought a book a few years ago looking to improve what I knew about Photoshop painting. The author's work was impressive and I glanced thru it noting how the pictures of what he was discussing looked like what I already knew. A few days ago I pulled the book back off my bookshelf and looked for something or another that I thought was in said tome. Then something unexpected happened to me. I actually started to READ the book. The more I read the more I wanted to get up and go to my computer and follow along with what I was reading. AND THEN I DID!! Who would have thought???? Then it was like the clouds in my brain parted and I finally saw the light. I actually learned something! It turns out, I really had no idea what he was trying to show me in the marvellous book and that I could actually not only do things better but faster!! Now I want to read even more and finish …

Art Rage!!!!!!!

No, this is nothing like "roid rage" for the nerd contingent of the art world. This is the most fun program that I have stumbled across. Now I know that several of you out there have heard me go on about this before but for the uninitiated ArtRage is a painting program for those of us that were befuddled with Painter. Or couldn't afford Painter. It was designed by some of the fellas that made the original Painter if I am not mistaken and they have broken it down to the bare bones. A simple painting program and nothing more. It has a clean, well laid out interface and the learning curve is about an hour! Now this is not a replacement for Painter nor is it a photo-editing device like Photoshop, but it does work with Photoshop and does a couple things that I wish Photoshop did (live rotating screen for one!). Check it out for yourself. They have a free version with most of the applications and the full version is a whopping $25.00. Yup, only 25 bucks!!! Really? How could yo…

Nova update

Well, I warned you that I was going to keep working with him. Here is the color comp and the finished Illustrator version. I have even started the sculpt of this figure. Not bad so far but not ready to show it yet. That and I have not taken any pictures of it.

Perils of Freelance

Now don't get me wrong. I do enjoy freelancing and the break from the monotony that I get working all day long at my regular job but with it comes its own set of hurdles. Here are several pieces I did for a bank magazine. The first one here was used as a cover and it actually went without a hitch. I used my neighbor at the time, James, to pose for it. Made him get dressed up and climb a ladder in his living room. He is always cool about helping me out and he didn't mind that I made him caucassion. He was just glad that "his ass would be on the cover of a magazine."

This was another cover and a real piece of shit. I didn't have much time at all and they pretty much told me exactly how to draw it. They cut a really big check tho.

This one was actually fun to do. That's me on the far left of the piece and I also posed for the gentleman in the middle. My wife was originally the character looking curiously with the basket but I was told by the art director that the …