What I've been up to in September and October

General / 24 October 2018

Hey guys!


So September was filled with lots of work on the fundamentals of rendering - light, shadow, color, reflection etc. I've been making steady progress through Sam Nielson's Schoolism course on the Fundamentals of Light and Shadow. In addition to my assignments I did some studies. Some from photo reference, putting some objects on my desk and painting from life and also just finding interesting abstract sculptures and painting them. Rendering abstract shapes is good for just focusing in on accurately rendering form changes. 


I always need to change things up after a while as I get bored easily. I decided to enroll in Anthony Jones character design mentorship for October and I'll resume Sam Nielson's course when I'm done. The mentorship has been really great so far, despite having to get up at 3am for the class meet-ups. It's serving as a good test to see how well I can apply my fundamentals I've been learning to a set of characters. So far I'm discovering I still need to work at retaining solid fundamentals even when working at speed with deadlines. Values getting a bit messy here and there so I will probably have to clean up a lot on the final characters.

Theme: Peter Pan set in a post-apocalyptic diesel punk setting

Initial thumbnails:

Some quick renders and color variations:

I was beginning to feel that a lot of what I've been doing for the mentorship was looking a bit rushed, having to get it all done after work hours. I managed to squeeze in some time to tweak my designs a bit more, refining their shapes and giving more thought to details like Tink's wings. 


That's all for now. I'll be sure to update on the progress of these characters. If you've stuck around until the end of this blog post, thank you for checking it out! :)

Art Fundamentals in August

General / 26 August 2018

Hello to all who pops around to see what I'm up to :) 

Continuing the daily grind of honing fundamentals. 

I've switched to Sam Nielson's Schoolism course on the fundamentals of color and light and really learning a lot. I'd definitely recommend this course along with Scott Robertson's How To Render for a really in depth grasp on this. 

So far I've completed the first assignment, but think it's worth a repeat with a different texture to really push my understanding of how the light is falling on the object. 


I've also worked through Ahmed Aldoori's tutorial on lighting the head from all different directions, and first planning your lighting scenario on a sphere as reference. 


I've also done studies of my house in grey-scale using photos taken at different times of day - morning, noon, late afternoon and overcast to analyse the way the lighting, values and shadows change. 

My latest addition to my portfolio is the design of the lead female character of my comic, Lady Abella Barousse ( but throughout the story she will just be known as Echo, as Fino imagines her in his day dreams. Her name is Echo because she represents a mere echo of what he hopes to find in a woman; the idealistic fanciful hopes he projects onto a girl he barely knows in reality). 

Here are her costumes designs, showing different options for a dress at the masked ball - some softer, some more dramatic. 

Art Fundamentals in July

General / 25 July 2018

Taking a break from portfolio building to just focus on some hardcore fundamental studies. My portfolio needs a bit of a revamp and I need to level up on some basic skills if I want the progress to be notable in my new work.

Light and shadow have always been my biggest difficulties, so here are some studies based on the book How To Render.

From my lighting investigation with a white plastic lemon squeezer, I created some different lighting scenarios exploring soft ambient midday light, direct midday sunlight and direct light from a lamp indoors, as well as some reflective light from the pink lid. I then applied it to a painting of Fino as if he was a white sculpture. I learnt that How To Render's half-way-to-black method works in ambient bright midday light, but as soon as you bring in stronger light sources the contrast in the value system gets much stronger. Good things to remember when planning my next painting. 

Here I just did some quick studies from photos seeing different skin colors and their values, one with the light direction from the behind and one from the front. Also two quick still life studies and an interesting 3D model that has plenty of clear examples of rounded forms that helps you analyse all the aspects of shadow and light of a sphere on an form that's a bit more complicated. 

What am I up to this May?

General / 15 May 2018

Hey guys

I've decided I want to start posting a blog once or twice a month, just sharing little details about what I'm up to in my artistic journey. 

This month is my birthday (yay) and another year older always forces me to reflect on what I accomplished in the year before and whether or not I'm on point with my artistic goals. 

In 2017 I met my goals of creating a visual- development portfolio project based on the first issue of my comic Woolgathering. I also completed and printed the first issue of my comic and sold it at Rage.

So far this year I've been getting into some serious study to try and level up so my next portfolio has a noticeable improvement in quality. I signed up to Wouter Tulp's Schoolism course and got busy with those assignments. My understanding of shape design has improved massively and I haven't even finished the course yet.  This year I really up to redo my portfolio with new skills, learn a 3D software program, start practicing techniques for speed and progress with issue 2 of my comic. 

In April I flew down to Fancon in Cape Town which was a great experience. Got some good feedback on the issue 1 of Woolgathering and now I'm amped to get going with the second issue. So May has been a busy month trying to direct my focus on what's important for attaining my future goals. I have been going through Scott Robertson's How To Render and this is really helping me with a fundamental understanding of light and shadow, something I know I struggle with. I'll be posting some up coming studies I plan on doing from what I've learnt so far from this book. The thumbnails for Woolgathering issue 2 are underway! Small steps. Focused attention. Consistent action.