Very first post. The brilliant work of Marko Djurdjevic initially drew me to this site a year ago and since then I've been lurking and marveling at all the amazing artists who regularly post here. And it's because of all that talent that, until now, I haven't had the balls to post any of my own work. It's pretty intimidating.
Quick background info: I started out many years ago as a traditional comic book inker at Wildstorm Productions (primarily with J. Scott Campbell). Years later I transitioned into becoming a founder and owner of IDW Publishing and now I'm a freelance cover artist for Marvel Comics and various other clientele. I started painting digitally three years ago and obviously I still have a ton to learn. As a self-taught artist who's only ever worked in comics, I know I've accumulated a lot of bad habits and holes in my repertoire that I really need to work on.
Lately I've been considering making the leap into concept art. While I have done occasional character concepting in the past with for companies like Konami, EA, and Square/Enix, I think I've still got a long way to go before I'm ready for prime-time. I definitely need to learn more and update my portfolio with current concept work.
Anyway, here's a smattering of my Marvel work from the last few years. Constructive crits are welcome (although bear in mind some of these particular pieces are pretty old and already in print). I'm here to improve, connect, and perhaps hopefully contribute. Thanks!
Last edited by Alex_Garner; March 28th, 2010 at 02:51 PM.
amazing body of work.
love your style and the colour scheme.
you joined the right place and keep on posting and inspiring!
I could definitely see the Marko Djurdjevic influence in your work, especially in regards on how you handle your colors and lighting. Your images are full of life and depth (great foreshortening in all your image). You're off to a great start, keep on posting!
stunning... simply stunning!
Nice body of work. Nice movement, compositions, and detail. Thanks for sharing.
your rendering and color are great.
Thanks for sharing, atmospheres and details are amazing!
Some of the characters really pop out like 3d models, my favourite scene among all may be the axe-wielding man on the silver surf (don't know his name)
Woah, I have a site too! (Crappy multilanguage option implemented, and a tad old in the drawing field)
Very impressive. I really love how you can sense the depth in each image - I especially love how you can feel the space in between the fingers of the guy with the bloody hands. Very, very nice - I can't wait to see more!
excellent work. very polished
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Wow! This is really good. Love your color schemes. I love the first one that's posted. It's really beautiful. =)
These look pretty friggin' cool to me! Number 5 and 6 are my favs, great colour and composotion on them. And on the other pics too of course.
These are all cracking, can't wait to see some more.
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Holy crap!! Now 'THESE' are intimidating!!
Love the first art bro!
I shudder to think that if you need a lot more practice, what that means for me...yikes. Awesome work
sweet collection! the only thing that bothered me a little bit was some of your "blur" effects, mainly the red/orange two falling figures piece. If the transition wasnt so adrupt (from edges to face) I think it make for a bit stronger of a piece. Regardless: awesome work!
No that was a KICK ASS experience for me! Keep inspiring us SIR!!! - G
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That Thanos is sick.
Watch out for Piranhas
Damn!!! No way you should be intimidated. Awesome work.
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My Sketchbook http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=167012
My Finished Work Thread http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=136168
OMG dude you are really amazing!, my only crit is that maybe your work is too similar to Marko's maybe you need to ad some more personal style to it, but WOW! you have a new fan here my frined
Wow, thanks so much guys! I really appreciate it!
@smokenmirrors: Thanks! Yeah, I really need to work on subtlety. Everything I do, from effects to palette to rendering is usually a bit overcooked. I only see these issues well after the fact.
@Giordan: Thanks man. I wish I could come close to what Marko does. My intent isn't to copy him and, if that comes across, it's only because he's an influence and I'm just struggling to find my way. You're absolutely right about my needing to develop my own style. It'll happen eventually. I hope...
Thanks again all!
I saw that word a few posts up and I think it fits so well, "refreshing." Your compositions and poses have a huge amount of energy, and that works. Formal training or not, you got the knack, that's been tried and tested, considering your resume there
I feel like you could stand to do a little more blending of colours. It's like your range goes from super saturated to saturated (some pieces much less so then others), and that, more then anything, gets overwhelming.
Please please please keep posting more work, I drink it up.
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last piece, omg! xD
Thanks for posting and also talking about your career. Cool to hear how you have transitioned. I remember in high school Wildstorm was advertising that they were looking for the next hot talent. J. Scott Campbell was one that rose the ranks quickly... were you hired on during that time?
A road of being self taught is not an easy one. Not many can go from old school comics to full blown paintings that you are doing. Great stuff,
Holy crap! These are amazing.
@NealTse: Thanks. Yeah, my over-saturated palette annoys me. I always go in intending to keep it subtle but something usually goes awry during the process. Also, the characters and subject matters I work with are usually pretty garish so that can add to the difficulty in toning things down. It's just something I need to work on.
@Bomba: Yeah, I was one of Campbell's group who won Jim Lee's first talent search long ago. Four of us started there and more people trickled in as the years went on. I think because I had worked in black & white for so long, switching to color and half-tones was definitely a major transition. Thanks!
You are huge!!!!