Portfolio Pruning

I’ve been doing some updates to the site here, obviously.  Here are the pieces that have since been cut from my main portfolio.  This should hopefully mean I’ll have some new work up soon!

Also, since I’ve gone and edited my website’s skin in general, let me know if you see any bugs so I can go squash them with great justice and CSS skills!

Small Projects

I’ve also done some small, one-off images recently.  I’ve been trying to work with the methods discussed in the Magic Box, just so I get some more experience with it.  It had some pretty mixed results but I think at this point I’ve finally figured it out.  None of these are particularly interesting compositionally, however, as I was focusing more on the actual technique.  Hopefully in whatever my next set of smallish projects end up being, that’ll be more of a factor.

Golden Lerk Avatar

 

The first thing I did  was to do a a quick avatar of a lerk, one of the aliens from Natural Selection 2.  I did this for one of the competitive players I like pestering, Golden, who plays lerk for Titus Gaming.

At this stage, things were probably a bit too sharp.  I wasn’t using the lasso/gradients effectively and at a certain point just ended up just painting like I normally did.  Probably too much too fast, or something.

Asimov Doodle

 

I also of course had to draw more budgies because budgies are awesome.  I wanted to update an avatar or two of my own, so I made this, but I didn’t end up using it as much as I’d been thinking.  One of the things I noted about it was though I liked the style, but probably should have left it as a sketch and redrawn something more interesting for a better actual avatar.  I learned a bit more on how to effectively draw the little wing markings for budgies, though.

Risk - James Voulge

This might have actually been done before the drawing of Asimov, but it was within a couple of days of it, at the very least, hence similar styling.  Anyway.  Needed (yet another) avatar for a character I’m playing in a friend’s game.

Either way, these two middle drawings were probably too much the other direction — too soft, too flat.  The colors, also, are pretty weak.

Bryndel Badge - 2014

One of my long time friends from the great realm of the internet goes to one convention each year and so I try to make her a badge for it of her character.  It’s a bit large for a badge but it definitely allowed me to put in some more detail there.  Maybe I should have made the whole thing a bit smaller but oh well, too late now — I sent it off in the mail today.

This one, however, I’m much happier with.  I feel like it’s not hideously soft and not super sharp.  Sure, it could do with a bit more refinement, I’m sure, but it was a small item with a due date so I couldn’t do much more than that!

 

The Aquarium

This was technically the third of my new pieces from this last semester.

After pretty much being told that there was a huge difference between my new and old work in my portfolio, I figuratively trashed the old stuff and started work on some new things.  Of course, I had to draw at least some (non-avian) creature.

The initial thumbnail for this piece looked nothing like what the final became. I had started off with a Broker & Son story point (if you follow my blog, you’ll eventually hear about that project, once I get around to it) involving a basement and a critter in a giant tank there.  However, in this case I wanted to shy away from the wider shots I seem to have gravitated towards, as well as showing off the creature — after all, I do prefer designing creatures over tweaking the perspective of a staircase.  I still might use this thumbnail for an actual B&S image, but for now, it’s just going to sit there as my initial thought for the image.

From that thumbnail, I thought of my trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific last semester for Dynamic Sketching, and worked from there.  I initially wanted the creature to be more crocodilian but decided that a smoother creature would be more likely to be in an ocean, so went for a fat, newtlike shape instead.  Except with pointy teeth and gills.

The Alchemist : Beginnings

The Alchemist : Beginnings

I totally should have uploaded this ages ago.  Back in Ye Olde Backround Painting class, there was a final piece from The Alchemist.  This time I did pretty much the opening scene from the book.

The Alchemist : Beginnings : Progress

I ended up picking the secondary triadic color scheme for it, and went on to final.  This was a pretty quick project, so I didn’t have that much time to do a bunch of variations.

The Alchemist : Beginnings

The Alchemist : The Oasis

The Alchemist : The Oasis

Yet another piece relating to The Alchemist!  I think, revisions aside, there’s only one more to do after this.  This is yet another piece influenced by N. C. Wyeth and Aztec art.

This time I picked a scene at the Oasis where they are talking about the journey ahead — Santiago has just recently decided that yes, he will continue with the Alchemist to Egypt in search of his Personal Legend.

The Alchemist : The Oasis

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The Alchemist : The Wind

The Alchemist : The Wind

I seem to have a lot of these Alchemist things, don’t I?  Well, yeah.  That’s pretty much what my background painting class is revolving around.

For this particular project, we were told to make a giant sheet of various black to white blobs/markings/etc and then had to cut out mini compositions from the results.

This is what I started with.

The Alchemist : Wind : Splotch

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The Alchemist: In the Desert

So I’ve got another Background Painting class thing to ramble about.  Two, actually, but I’m going to write about them separately.

So for our more major project, I illustrated one of the scenes in the desert where the Alchemist sends away his falcon to hunt before he speaks to Santiago about the trip.

There’s still a few things I need to do to touch it up, but this is pretty much how it’s going to be for now.

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Crystal Merchant - Line Drawing

The Crystal Shop

So for background painting this semester we were given the choice to illustrate backgrounds for either the children’s book, Jerome the Frog, or The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.  I went with The Alchemist mainly because I wanted to do more desert themed stuff.  (Maybe one day I’ll even go back and re-redraw VC or something, can always hope.)

Anyway, I ended up picking the scene in the book where it introduces the crystal merchant and how the hill his shop is on has recently been avoided by the local shoppers and that sort of thing.  I still have some editing to do on the final piece, but here’s what’s been done so far, plus my awesome commentary.

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