Archive for April, 2010

more cool photoshop brushes

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

ok, this guy, who does really cool digital sketches, from zero2illo pointed me over here where there are several great brushes and I am happy.

drew friedman!

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

many moons ago, when I was a teenager, I found Warts and All somehow, and was totally spellbound by the stippled illustrations. Drew Friedman is a genius. (Also here and here.)

Now, the illustration-friday

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Having discarded the Musketeer, I just went with what felt right, which is this grim little bugger right here. All I know is that he is ahead of those four miseries behind him and he’s looking ahead at something, however unpleasant it might be.

The sketch again was done in Scribbles (@atebits! let me pay you!) and screenshotted into Photoshop, painted there. As usual, click for (much!) larger.

First, the reject

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

This kind of seemed to be going well – I liked the “A,” he was kind of a musketeer…but I just couldn’t get behind it in the end. This is all digital, using Scribbles, for which I have a demo and which I have been trying desperately to buy (it’s only $20!) but I am being thoroughly, 100% thwarted in every way.

“done is the engine of more”

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

words to live by at Bre Pettis’s blog.

another aside

Monday, April 26th, 2010

great stuff in watercolors: – again via @francisvallejo – maybe will have time to produce something for a proper post today but am not certain

evidence of wing-stretching

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

The Art Center blog shows off lots and lots of work, often in the fantasy realm, often unexpected and sometimes quite different from the artists’ other works. Lots of good stuff there, whether or not you are a fan of the genre (and I don’t know why (I assume it’s a marketing thing), but the work shown on the blog and on is almost universally one billion times better than their book covers. /shrug.)

Great post with preliminary sketches

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

…from fantastic illustrators over at Illustration Art. A really nice peek under the hood.


Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

I am a big dummy and accidentally linked this entry for my Ripple IF submission. Sorry all! Go here instead for my shrimp!

Well, I’d wanted to do more with this, but work is verra verra busy right now, so here is Detective Hound. Here’s to next week. I was actually fairly happy with the digital paint work on this one for once…it’s not perfect but it’s also not that weird shiny plastic “I Am Photoshop” look.

As usual, click for larger.

lots of nice work

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

I do wish there was more context, I have to say – beauty for beauty’s sake is fantastic but I find it wears without some further context when it comes to illustration work. But here’s all of American Illustrator 29 selected artists. Via @OleScotty.