What a gem of a thread! very inspirational, and I love your step by step breakdowns. It would be cool to see some human designs, Perhaps running from the creatures?
Thanks for sharing!
Epias; I just look up whatever I need at the current moment on google images or websites I find. I have a book " The Smithsonian Institution - ANIMAL" book which is great.
Crazy Pills; Thanks, yea I need to find the time to finish that goblin with the strong light source. I need to go back, revisit it and flesh out some focal points and flesh out where that light source is coming from to make a bit more sense of it.
RandAlThor; Thanks man
Mitchell; Thanks man, yea. I agree that I tend to tighten things too much especially in an equal amount throughout a concept which isn't exactly a good thing. I always think of myself as more of a line artist or sketcher than a painter but I'm still working on these issues. I appreciate the crit.
GusTheRobot; Thanks, np about the progress shots. If people enjoy seeing that and ask for it I'll do my best to provide if it helps.
Helioth; Hey, thanks. Yea, I don't mind giving verbal crits..less typing is always better (I'm usually on there almost every day now).
Intervain; Thanks and glad my process shots could help a bit.
Harmageddon; Thanks, again, glad people found these process shots and steps to be helpful.
Jake Kobrin; Thanks Jake, glad you enjoyed the progress steps etc.
jerry; Thanks, there was a lot..and when I say a lot I mean a hell of a lot of background reference as to their biological make up and design. Most of them were based on an imaginary but also realistic perspective concerning what may be possible life on an imaginary world that would be very similar to Jupiter's moon Europa.
davi; Thanks bro, good luck in Louisiana. I know you'll impress the hell of the guys down there.
Oregano; Thanks for stopping by here bro, hope all is well with you Shane.
Coinpurse; Thanks, yea I had an Exclusive sketchbook but I didn't like the singled out Exposure, and I felt not as many people were really checking those out as the amount of people checking out the regular sketchbooks.
dCepT; Thanks bro, glad you enjoyed all those steps, process shots and info.
"Any exciting projects going on?" I've just been doing workshops for various magazines mostly and a few game design assets.
TASmith; Thanks. Concerning the question, I don't really think much about "Rules" to designing. I'm sure to an extend I kind of just "do certain things" you can consider golden rules concerning composition, lighting etc. However I feel that you shouldn't really take what one artist says too strongly. Though I'm also not saying it can't help.
MonkeYoakum; No problem, glad you found that information helpful. It can help if you yourself do the same thing. Writing down what it is your thinking when looking at your own piece and critique it as an outside viewer.
UnSharpened; Thanks for the compliments. I wouldn't say I've mastered anything let alone characters those are one of my biggest issues.
Jorge Gecov; Thanks
LYNK; Thanks, I couldn't really say how long it took to produce all the work in certain updates. Some of the colored creatures can range between 3 hours to 8 hours, it all depends.
Capital G; Thanks man
Hybrid_75; Thank you
AztcFireFlower; Thanks. Just keep watching animal shows, researching info about animal anatomy and reference material. In the end you take a look at how many real life animals there are, ranging from the smallest organism, insect and rodent to the largest of dinosaurs. Take all the information as far as bone structure, anatomy, diet, skin textures etc and throw that into a random generator and you'll have an infinite amount of designs.
kelly x; Thanks
Wasker; Thanks man, a bit of a late response so it's obvious but no I didn't enter deep.
banhatin; Thanks, I really enjoy checking out your creature work as well.
Peetaer; Thanks man
Saurus; Some of the line work is done with a mechanical pencil, some with pigment liner art pens and some are digitally sketches in photoshop.
Benjamen Christ; Thanks
a la bapsi; Thanks Ducky
yoitisi; Thanks. Yea man I feel what you're saying. I guess most of the time I sketch, I just sketch to work an idea out without really looking at it as a finished rendering or something that would be used for another viewer to completely understand. I know that sounds like a cop out but I generally sketch extremely light, but I'll definitely work on what you mentioned. Thanks for the crit and kick in the ass..definitely needed that.
Decepticon217; If you ever sign on vent and let me know..yea I usually take the time to answer art related questions or freelancing questions to the best of my ability.
HFix; Thank you
Reject-D; Thanks. I haven't had a lot of time these days to do much of anything other than try to keep a constant work flow.
Robert.B; Hey bro, thanks..glad you stopped by and I appreciate the kind words. I could say the same about you and your work. Now go to bed lol
Noukah; Hey, nice to see you on here. Took me a second to recognize you from facebook but glad you stopped by. Thanks
risingfromashes; You can still follow along. I was only accepting 3 people out of about 60 who responded and more are still responding even though I closed the sign up thread and don't plan to take on a second group, at least not any time soon. Now I'm only helping 2 artist but it's still proving to be a lot of work, more than was expected.
Arteater; Thanks. I work differently depending on how I feel or what I'm doing the work for. I've worked before by laying color over a black and white rendering on a color layer and overlay/screen layers. Which at one point then I'll start painting on a normal layer above that to finish it up. Generally though I'll use a multiply layer to get the base colors down and some general variation of value and light, then work on a normal layer when I begin to detail and really paint the final.
Asire; Thanks, yea it's taking me forever to get around to character concepts but I'll get there eventually.
Advanced Photoshop Magazine issue 046
Creature workshop tutorial and a bunch of small color thumbnail creatures for 2DArtist Magazine from a 6 part workshop series.
I'm going to try and update this more regularly, so "less" work per posts, but hopefully I'll post more often.
Amazing stuff, Mike! Ran into one of your videos on Youtube, it was on the front page!! Ended up watching a ton of em. Thanks for posting them up, dude. You should link em in here!! Keep it up, man.
young paddy1; Thanks man, I guess it's a good thing to have someone recognize my work without needing to read my name. I wasn't quite sure I had a recognizable style.
IanE; Thanks, glad you enjoyed the youtube videos. I wish I had the time to create more but it's a bit of a pain recording as you paint, especially a fully finished painting like the Samarium Dragon. I would post them here, but last time I posted those videos in a thread on conceptart.org I was insulted by someone on the forums, which lead to some very immature crap.
My Daily contribution: Just a page of sketches, some rather rough little critters where I'm kind of feeling out shapes and ideas but nothing much came of them and then one sketch that was a bit more fleshed out. I may take some of the smaller ones and develop them further digitally and in color perhaps.
Thanks for all the tips etc, I reckon it's just good custom that I post something around here.. The only thing I can think of I guess is...
WOW!! that's all!
Love the last piece aswell
a la bapsi; Thanks Ducky, yea it's a bit of a hermit crab-esque doodle.
Abee; Thanks man. no prob about the crits/tips etc.
Todays contribution, again one sketch that :started: to get fleshed out a bit and a bunch of unfinished doodles, just feeling out shapes and design. I may take some of those smaller ones and further explore them in digital form.
Some faces of humanoid creatures and stuff..
your imagination and colors are brilliant!
you have amazing talent. if i had to critique i would say that a lot of your work consists of just a creature standing looking at us and i would like to see you maybe do a scene that tells a story with multiple characters interacting.
just a thought. keep up the great work!
Woohoo! great creatures Mike! Nasty
i could hump your work!
One my favourite sketchbooks here. Really nice creatures and animals.
Cohen; Thanks. I'm not much for telling stories, but yea you're completely right. Most if not all the work I do is pretty much just about "design" and I tend to lack motion, emotion, action and that also affects the amount of character shown through these concepts. I'll try working on that.
Vorace; Hey Vorance, thanks dude.
coldrum; Thanks bro.. I appreciate it, glad ya dig.
CUBICcube; Thanks, not sure which workshop in IFX you're referring to. The Bioluminescent Alien creature one perhaps?
bakatron; and you're more than welcome to
Manuel Poehlau; Thanks, I appreciate it.
benu; Thanks man
Verehin; Thanks for the compliment and stars
a la bapsi; Thanks Ducky, I appreciate the compliment.
Todays page of randomness... I'm happy with how the two profile heads came out (on the right side).
Man, I love your line work, dude.
How big are these? I know they're from your sketchbook and stuff.
Check out my sketchbook.
Great to see more sketches. Excellent pencils.
BadGeometry; Thanks man, the pages of sketches are generally posted a bit larger than their actual size. The sketchbook I work in is 8 1/2 x 11 inches and I usually keep the sketches at least half an inch away from the edge of the page.
A warrior sketch (Just Random late night insomnia) I need to start referencing armor and anatomy...
Some thumbnails for paintings I'll want to get around to eventually, most likely all but the one with the dragon in it.. too generic and boring. Though not quite intentional the top right robot with fish sketch was subconsciously inspired by Brian Despain aka. Imphead's work. It will be above water, so (floating fish) but I'm still figuring out what will be in the glass head.
hey, loving the updates... I thought I had subscribed, but I guess not... I've missed a lot.
I really REALLY love all your loose pencil sketch work... sometimes it feels like some of the personality of the rough lines is lost when you switch to digital to color and render everything... it's beautiful stuff.
thanks for popping by my sb, too... it's been rather neglected over the summer... I hate my day job and scraping by to pay bills.
Good to see you're doing well!
Great pencil sketches and thumbs Mike! Love the humanoid creature heads.
Thanks for sharing!
BohemianChaos@- Thanks. Yea I agree and I tend to feel the same way about pencil sketches in general for most artists. When rendering or finishing a concept things get tightened up and refined but in the loose sketches they are more raw and have more energy and character. I'll keep trying to see how I can push to keep those initial lines within a finalized image.
Quinn Simoes@- Hey thanks man, I appreciate it.
Eerin@- Thanks, I plan to.
a la bapsi@- Thanks Ducky haha, it's a possibility.
Some of the previous little doodles I had said I would bring to a more finalized state in color. Playing around a bit..