Talk about a dream job!I was fortunate enough to be hired to create an officially licensed t-shirt of Marvel superheroes to be sold in retail outlets.
The project was an immense challenge, as I tried to incorporate my style into the design, while also making sure to not deviate too much from the art direction from Marvel (which there was quite a lot of!).This was designed in full color, to be separated later for simulated process.Overall, I’m very pleased with how the design turned out, and awestruck that I had this opportunity.
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Rick and Morty Parody surrounded by all the evil characters from their show. Accessorize your Morty and get swifty with this detailed and dark tribute to the greatest dimension traversing duo, Rick and Morty. Featuring creatures that defy all logic. 100 years Rick and Morty! Rick and Morty RIck and Morty Rick-and-Morty-Art-Print-signed
Accessorize your Morty and get swifty with this detailed and dark tribute to the greatest dimension traversing duo, Rick and Morty. Featuring creatures that defy all logic. 100 years Rick and Morty!
This was created for an official Rick and Morty design contest, and the design won third place! The shirt will be available for sale in the official Rick and Morty outlets. I’m super-thrilled to have my artwork hand-picked by the creators of one of my favorite shows. In addition to the prize money, I’ll also be getting a sweet Rick and Morty comic book autographed by the creators!
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Album cover I created for the religious metal band Cryptic Affection.The band approached me with a symbol-packed layout sketch, and set me loose on the design.I really enjoyed pumping in all the detail and finding a place for everything in this complex composition.
It’s stunning looking!I am very impressed on how professional and talented you are.
Again, thanks a lot! We are very pleased with working with you.
I was thrilled recently to work with Boy Scouts of America illustrating their Bear, Wolf, and Tiger mascots for a catalog that went out to all troops nationwide.We created illustrations that blended real studio photos of kids in Boy Scouts gear, and drawn into a comic book background. The marketing team hired me to reinvent the existing mascot illustrations in my own style. I was a Cub Scout long ago, so it was a lot of fun to leave a little mark on the organization.
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Sometimes I get hired to draw the strangest things!Here we have a terrifying cheerleader clown with medusa heads as pom-poms for an apparel brand called D&A Power.I thought it would be funny to give her a little chimp side-kick football player, which later evolved into an Ape male cheerleader in a second version of the shirt.Set up for silk-screen.
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Album cover I created for the artist Brian Blake of Zion Train for his album entitled True Love.I was hired to draw the likeness of the artist driving a train hauling hemp and other goodies through a colorful landscape.
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T-Shirt illustration I created for a poker apparel company, featuring a tribute of Darth Vader force-choking out two Kings – the shirt is called Flopped a Sith, which is a play on words – if you’re into Poker, you’ll get it.Set up for direct-to-garment printing.
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I was hired by the app developer Butterscotch Shenanigans to create a silk-screen t-shirt celebrating their insanely popular adventure game Crashlands.My art style fit perfectly with the brand’s over-the-top style and freaky characters.It was a fun challenge to try to find a way to replicate the colorful style of the game while using only a small number of silk-screen colors.
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Parody illustration I created of Godzilla lifting weights made of the city he just destroyed.Originally created for a fitness brand called Determined 2 Prevail – set up for silk-screening using limited colors.
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“Flatting” a piece consists of coloring the basic shapes of the illustration in random, unique colors to differentiate the different elements from each other in order to make quick selections when coloring.
Once finished, you set this Flats layer as a Reference layer in Clip Studio Paint.
Using reference layers makes coloring much faster, because you can use the magic wand tool to select quick masks of certain areas, without having to switch the layer you are working on.
Create a Color Comp
I always experiment with color BEFORE I begin working on the final piece.
Duplicate your document and reduce to 72 dpi.
Gather reference of great color schemes and environments for inspiration.
On a layer set to overlay above all other artwork, experiment with different color schemes.
Quickly (for just about 15 minutes) use a large soft airbrush to block in colors.
Don’t worry about staying in the lines or coloring small portions of the illustration. Just focus on making color choices for the most important parts of the illustration.
Because the image is small, and because you are being very loose and rough, this encourages you to take risks and experiment with color schemes you may not have considered.
Once you’re happy with a color scheme, save the document as a flat jpg.
Load the color scheme into Clip Studio Paint’s SubView pallette.
This will now be a handy pallette you can use when coloring the real thing.
Open up your original document.
Resize your main illustraiton to 300 dpi (previously set at 600 dpi for inking).
Duplicate your Flats Layer and name it Colors (this is the layer you actually paint on), and keep it below your Line Art layer.
Make sure Lock Transparency is turned on to prevent you from painting outside of the layer area and onto the background.
Fill the Colors layer with one solid color
Usually I like to use a desaturated blue with a neutral value.
You don’t want the random colors you used for Flatting to distract you.
Color in background with a solid color behind all other layers.
Rough in background colors
It’s important to block them in, because it sets the tone and contrast for the figure.
I used my custom textured watercolor brushes to fill in the background quickly.
Block in colors on character
Attack the Local Colors first. Objects with a Local Colors are things such as an apple, which is generally accepted to be red when shown in white light. Local Colors will still be influenced by the color of the lighting, but identifying them early can help calibrate the color balance of your piece.
Put in large gradient color fades to areas that fade from one color to another.
Use a large soft brush or the gradient tool to put in large color transitions in the piece.
I like to use a soft brush with a little texture in it, so that the color transition blends look more natural.
Add hard edged cast shadows
Set new layer above Colors layer, and set to Multiply
Paint with a very desaturated, light value purple/blue color to paint the hard shadows.
Follow the lineart, and add volume to the forms by hugging the edges with your brush.
Don’t introduce a lot of rendering information at this point. Just paint in some of the midtones – let the line-art do the work for you and just compliment it.
Use hard-edged brushes when cast shadows are more intense.
The illustration at this point should look rendered, but a little dull and desaturated and a bit flat.
The highlights and rim lights will do the final rendering, and help tell the viewer what to look at.
Zoom in a bit closer now
Merge the Multiply Shadows layer down with the color layer
We will be painting over top of the shadows.
Always be mindful of the direction and color of the lighting.
Use the “Lasso Cut and Gradient” method to color sharp, high-contrast areas.
Make a selection with the lasso tool, and use a soft brush to paint inside that area.
The brush should be touching one edge of the marquee, but the fade should not touch the opposite end.
Add Rim Light around the edges of the figure.
Create new layer above color and line-art
The rim light will be a slightly darker, desaturated shade of the color of the lighting itself
Start with a soft brush around the edges of the form, and then use a harder edged brush with a brighter highlight along the edge.
Keep it blurry and less sharp than the foreground figure.
Create glow effects
Add separate layer on top of all artwork and set layer to Screen Blending Mode.
Punch up selected areas of the piece that need to be brighter and in focus.
Use a darker, desaturated color when doing this, and press very softly so you don’t blow out the area and make it too bright.
“Knockouts” are when you color parts or all of the lineart so it isn’t just black.
This is a really effective way to make areas appear brighter and to make the piece as a whole appear less flat.
Set your line art layer to Lock Transparency to prevent you from painting outside of the lineart.
Find the areas closer to the lightsource, and color the line art with a darker version of that color.
Especially effective on background elements that you want to appear some distance away.
To add character to the piece, use grungy brushes and textures on a layer set to screen, multiply, or overlay (depending on the piece) and lightly paint textures in some areas.
Take a step back and make final tweaks to the color scheme if needed
Make slections with your Flats layer, and use Edit>Tonal Correction> Hue/Saturation to adjust colors.
Add Atmospheric Effects
Create a new “Effects” layer above all others.
To add even more depth to your piece, find areas of your figure that would be farther back, and lightly paint over them with the color of the background.
This creates the illusion that more atmosphere is between you and the object, and pushes it into the background, similar to the way mountain ranges appear to have less and less contrast as they go back farther into the distance.
And we’re done!
Thank you so much for following my tutorial. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment on my YouTube videos.
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A series of character designs I created for an adventure/strategy card game for a developer.I had a grand old time working on this – all of the characters were a bit extreme and over-the-top, so it fit my style well.We also created the card design and other moving parts of the game as well.
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For this tutorial, I decided to create a tribute illustration to one of my favorite animated movies, Wizards by Ralph Bakshi. I chose to illustrate the iconic poster from the movie, featuring the character Peace. I thought a rendering my own stylistic approach to an existing piece of artwork would be a great vehicle for a tutorial, because the foundation has already been set, and we can focus instead on the technique.
Ralph Baksi’s original classic poster art.
Tribute illustration we will be creating in this tutorial.
TUTORIAL 1 0f 3 – PENCILING
I set up most documents at 300 dpi 20×20.
It’s very important that anything you are hoping to print be set up at 300 dpi. 72 dpi will print out pixelated, and will get too distorted if you ever need to increase the size.
Create a New Window and shrink it to about 25% the size of your main window.
This is a smaller live preview of your image that will help you keep an eye on your composition as a whole.
VIEW>ROTATE/INVERT>Flip horizontal window.
This will help you spot errors by having a view of your illustration mirrored.
Better than photoshop because you’re not actually flipping the artwork, just the view of it, without m
Set up separate layer groups for the sketch, pencils, inks (with pre-made action)
Encourages me to take the time to rough and plan the piece first
The Layer Color effect of each group is set to magenta, non-photo blue, and black respectively, so everything I draw in those layers will appear as that color.
Full list of tools https://www.flylanddesigns.com/faq-for-artists/
Wacom Cintiq 24HD
iMac 5K 27”
Nostromo Razer Gamepad
For keyboard shortcuts
Do plenty of research before you start drawing
Especially technical items that you may not have drawn before
Getting them right adds a lot to your piece
Do research on settings, environments, and lighting
Gather inspiration for color schemes and styles
You often won’t take essential risks unless you see that it’s been successful in another piece
Encourages you to try things you wouldn’t have otherwise
Reference is a tool
Don’t become overly dependant on it, but don’t go without it either.
Do not copy – use only for inspiration
Drawing the Thumbnail sketch
Stay way zoomed out
This will help you focus on just the overall shape of the design and avoid getting sucked into detail work
Focus on skeletal structure and main shapes
Make sure that your figure has a strong sillhouette
This means, if your character was filled entirely with black, you should still be able to differentiate it’s parts, and it should look interesteding. If it looks like a big blob, you may need to make adjustments.
Turn your thumbnail opacity down
Begin drawing in the Pencils Layer group
Flesh out the details and shapes, making sure to use a lot of circles and curved strokes.
This drawing can still be really rough – main details will be accomplished in the inking stage.
Don’t focus on the style of the lines yet, or line weights – just focus on the outlines of the different shapes.
Once you have cleaned up your pencil drawing and constucted the main shapes, go in with hard pencil and clean up details
You do not need to trace over everything – just the focus points that need work.
This drawing is only a guid to help you in the inking stage. So you can skip over parts that you think you can handle confidently in the ink stage.
Quickly rough in the mid tones with a broad shading brush on a layer above set to Multiply.
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The new Wacom Cintiq Pro 24″ (non-touch) is the perfect tablet for digital artists. About the Cintiq Pro I have been using the Wacom Cintiq Pro 24″ extensively since early April 2018, and I absolutely love it. I’m upgrading from the Wacom Cintiq 24HD, which has severed me well for over six years (and is […]