Last edited by Sekino; December 7th, 2009 at 09:27 PM.
I have a mild obsession with Easter Island Moai statues.
Original ink drawing:
The coloured image was submitted to be printed on apparel and there was a strict limit of 8 colours. Therefore, most of the shades are duotone:
I did many sketches while experimenting with Inkscape. It was tricky since I had to steer clear of any gradients, effects or transparencies: I wanted my files to be readable/editable in Illustrator but the effects couldn't be imported.
It forced me to use soft colours and transitions, which I ended up liking a lot.
Somewhat Vettriano inspired :
I warned you:
I like the sketch better, but meh...
Fairy spree I was on a while ago.
Watercolour and ink outlines:
Ink, watercolour and metallic acrylic paint. The scanner really did a poor job and the painting is very small (2 1/2" x 3 1/2"):
Prismacolours, for fun (not profit):
A couple of sketches:
Mandatory Absinth fairy:
More watercolour/ink fairies:
I'm pretty much fairied-out for a while...
Ink, watercolours and Photoshop.
I gave myself a challenge to actually finish the entire Zodiac for no other reason than to prove to myself I don't have ADD (I've tried various Zodiac collections before and abandoned them all).
Again, these two only stick with 8 colours or less for printing purposes.
The Moai's caught my attention right away, hahah!
I love 'em too. If you enjoy the moai, I bet you like other ancient mysterious artifacts as well, I'd love to see some drawings of other things like that.
Lets see some more drawings of men as well, you've already got a good handle on everything else it seems.
Also those little birds are too damn cute!
keep it up!
Beautiful! I esp. love the green absinthe fairy and the attack of the Moai statues! Can't wait to see more.
ArtistCaleb: Thanks! I am truly honoured by your visit Your stuff is gold!
AustenFM: You've got me pegged. I don't draw many men because I usually get bored with it. I like men (), it's just that I'm more inspired by silly creatures and, yes, girly stuff like cute outfits. I do intend to work on it. Thanks for the comments
JennyDavis: Thank you! I also love your art and will check back on your updates!
I'm stalking... errr... watching you now. LOL!
I love the giant Moai pic... the halftone coloring is great.
But the crazy bunnies.... CUTE!!!!
wOW, your stuff is lovely! Really dig those bunnies.
Thanks all for the comments!
Here are my CHOW entries so far. I love how non sequitur they are...
Puss in Boots-
And here's a silly story I did for P.O.W.
I had a bigger plot in mind, but I started only 2 days before the deadline.
I'm enrolled in a 3D Animation course since September, however we've only begun touching 3ds max in March so I really had nothing to show except cylinders and displaced planes as practice pieces.
Up until this month, my most 'exciting' pieces were a water bottle and a wine glass I did while playing around:
Oooooooooh; look Ma, it's 3D!...
So I was really thrilled to work on my first original model (not copying some object on my desk) last week: We had to make a space ship using the techniques learned so far.
It took me a ridiculous amount of time (8 to 10 hours, I lost track) but, hey; I'm a newbie...
I'm still a long way from super-kick-ass 3D illustrations, but I'm learning the ropes
To be continued...
Last edited by Sekino; May 9th, 2009 at 08:22 PM.
Awesome illustrations! It's soo good looking at your pictures. You have a very special style. Congratulations!
Hay nice work in here mate, your sketches and characters all have such a cool style.
Enjoyed seeing the 3dmax stuff too, I'm slowly learning it and I think your stuff in it great!
Anyway, just wanted to drop by and say hoe much I enjoy your CHOW work. The last couple have been really cool and I look forward to seeing what you come up with next!
BTW, Psantha and JailHouseRock2- Thanks a lot for the visit and comments
Step by Step Absinthe fairy (because it's fun)-
This is my entry for CHOW 158, featuring the Green Fairy. I went with traditional media mainly because I noticed my portfolio was getting a bit too digital for my taste. I have been colouring my art mostly with Photoshop for the past year 1/2 so my watercolour/pencil pieces are dwindling. So, hey: New watercolour piece!
Step one: A quick sketch in pencil, just to get the style and position down-
Step two: Cleaning and inking the sketch with sepia ink. I often ink with a sepia pen because I like the soft colour and contrast better than with pure black ink (depends on the subject).
Step three: I put down some light tones in a neutral, cool colour using an acrylic paint wash (it doesn't 'bleed' as much as watercolour).
Last edited by Sekino; May 14th, 2009 at 10:30 PM.
Step four: I add some watercolours over the acrylic wash (which adapts nicely to the watercolours' hues); the greens, her flesh tones and a bit more pink on her face as well as shadowing from her hair.
I took a picture to see if it looked better than the scan at that point. I did crop out my messy living room. The paper was getting warped from the paint and it shows on the scan-
Step five: I add the last colours and some sparse white highlights with gouache on the wings, eyes and skin surface (thigh, shoulder, hands)-
Step six: To add a bit more humour and absinthe-related elements, I drew and painted a little spilled glass of absinthe next to the drunk fairy. I'm happy with it; it's cute. It's about 1.2CM long on the paper
Final result: I opted for a scan instead of a picture and cleaned the paper wrinkles in Photoshop (even heavy books on top of it wouldn't do the job). I also added some watercolours from my test page in the background, just for kicks.
That's it for now! Cheers! (though I'll have to settle for Hoegaarden; no Absinthe for me)
Last edited by Sekino; May 14th, 2009 at 10:52 PM.
Since I don't have a tablet, I tend to not do many digital paintings (I usually scan a drawing that I colour or touch up). So I tried to see if I could do something somewhat realistic and 'painterly' freely with the mouse a couple of weeks ago. I initially wanted to do something in 15 min but it turned into an hour and 20 min or so...
My verdict: The click-click-click-clickclickclickclickclickclickclickclick gets very annoying (and I don't think I'm finishing this one)
What a beautiful sketchbook. I like your children's illustration style and cartoons a lot, especially that grid colouring you do with old print colours. I like the zen dogs idea and what you have going for your personal project. Will that be a comic or illustrated book?
I have no tablet and the only digital I ever attempted is vectors. I don't mind the node picking and click-click-click.
Kelly X-Thank you for the visit and good words!
Leonor- Thanks you Good point about the vectors... I actually don't mind doing vector art with the mouse, but I think it's because I use the bezier tool quite a bit, so it reduces the clicking a lot.
Hi Sekino, you have an amazing sketchbook here! I've been noticing your work in the latest CHOW and finally stumbled in your SB. I was not let down, I just fell in love with your adorable and fun style. It's really unique and just brilliant to look at. You've got quite the imagination, too, some of your subjects are just fantastic! Like the Moai statues, just cracked me up.
Well, I hope you're not going through a dry spell, please continue updating with this wonderful stuff!