Here's something that hasn't happened in a while; a time lapse video.
Below are three videos showing the steps from rough sketch to final color for the Vampire of Venice above (from the Doctor Who episode, "The Vampires of Venice," natch).
For those listening wondering what equipment I use, click here for those details.
My main goal was to show that even I use basic construction in my drawing, and the rest was icing, going through my process a bit more than a silent time lapse video would on its own.
So, here we go;
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
UPDATED:Now with the Second Doctor (see bottom)!
If you follow me on Twitter or are part of my Facebook Page, you've probably seen these already, but I thought I'd gather them up as I went along.
I've been doing some color tests as of late, all in Photoshop CS2, using newish techniques, and refining existing ones.
Below we have the Ninth Doctor, Amy Pond, and the First Doctor. The Ninth Doctor and Amy were sketches I put up for auction on eBay (Amy sold, but the Ninth Doctor didn't even get a bid). I digitally inked both in Manga Studio 4 EX, then colored them in Photoshop CS2. The first Doctor was a digital drawing from February, created for the "Wanted" poster in the "Days of Future Past" picture.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
I haven't done Weekend Wayback in a while, but today it works out because it serves two purposes,
A) It's Easter.
B) This is an old piece.
A digital painting from 2007, I haven't done this level of fuzziness since. Called "An Easter Bunny," as I make no claims as to knowing what the real Easter Bunny looks like.
Anyhoo, no matter your faith or traditions, have a good Sunday.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
This is what happens when I have a rough night and need to let it all out.
I turn on a constant stream of Tool, and spend an hour drawing, not worrying much about the rough sketch, not worrying much about the inks (MS4X). Just drawing, erasing, making the image what it needs to be.
A splash of quick CS2 colors and a stream of consciousness title.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
As part of my guest "duties" at Gallifrey One I volunteered to be the featured guest of a kaffeeklatsch. I'll let you Google the full definition, but basically, it was me, and a few other people (whomever wanted to sign up) in a room, and we all had tea or coffee (if you wanted) and we chatted about my comic book work (specifically my work on Doctor Who of course), my art process, and the easter eggs to be found in my Doctor Who pages.
While I had a postcard I gave away freely to just about anyone that wanted one, for this special group I had not only free copies of my 2010 sketch book SHEDD HAPPENS!, but this special, larger (8.5"x11") postcard you see above.
While the Eleventh Doctor was drawn specifically for this postcard, most of the other Doctors appeared previously in the Wanted poster from one of my other recent Doctor Who pieces, "Days of Future Past." Sadly, most were not visible in the final version of the image, so this is the first time they've really been seen.
I also promised to draw a toon-esque sketch of their Doctor of choice on the back of the card should they find me over the next couple of days at the convention.
So basically, 9-10 people have these cards (I gave another one out after the kaffeeklatsch - to TV personality Chris Gore - he promised me a Dalek beer cup in return... long story).
I have ten or so of these left, but don't plan to give them out at cons. And no, I won't be selling these.
But as of this writing (4/18/11), there are three free ones to be had on eBay - Buy It Now specials tacked on to three sketches I have up for auction. You can learn more about that here.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
A recently completed commission.
The commissioner (fountain of fun ideas, @mtemplar) had me do this piece up in reaction to a live violin/fiddle performance she saw. She thought it might be fun to see the Doctor playing one as well.
I misunderstood her intent in the initial sketch, and did up something much more moody and sad (much in the vein of Holmes), but she passed me vid of the performance, and a few other images to pint me in the right direction.
I'll still do that sad violin one, though. ;)
Anyway, in addition to the happy Doctor, since Ten's run was fraught with more than its fair share of depressing moments, I went bright as possible in places; the TARDIS dances on the music, while, in place of the time vortex, which I usually do as color on black, I went with some "happy lil' lines" (thanks Bob Ross) and placed that over a more cheery white.
This was also my first full piece drawn in Manga Studio 4 EX. It was my shakedown piece - I had the pencils done already, so I decided to import those to MS, and just start inking, searching through the manual, Google, and asking questions of those in the know when I hit a wall. Best way for me to learn things like this is to just go for it, and find and correct my ignorance along the way.
A fun piece, and I'm happy with the way this came out.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
As you can see, this was actually completed back in February, but with all the Gallifrey One madness going on, I never had time to post it.
So I'll post it now.
Not the most dynamic piece ever, but done to the commissioner's instructions. For what it's worth, I like my coloring job on this, even if it's a bit brighter than usual. Which is fine. This Doctor can be a bit flashy if he wants.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Cos in the original comic series, these guys actually killed Foot Clan members. Not beat up, or somehow managed to not stab people with their sharp weapons - nope. Out and out KILLED.
Fun with Manga Studio. I like how the crosshatched cloud cover came out.
For those of you anal enough to notice, yes, Leonardo's straps are on the wrong side. That's cos while I designed this image to have Leo facing right, I drew most of it with him facing left (easier for me being right handed). Except I forgot to flip it around when I drew those straps, so by the time I did remember, it was a bit far gone.
Anyway, I like the movement in this piece, even if the perspective is more than a bit haphazard - but I was experimenting with that.
Still wondering where my Gallifrey One report went? It got buried under illness, then work, then illness, then work again. I may sum up the rest of the trip in a 10 minute vlog post or two, which might work cos I can then show some video recorded at the event.
Until then - Turtle Power!