Quick Refresh Studies

 As I've been mostly busy working and tending to my newborn son I haven't been drawing too much lately. Anatomy information and figure construction techniques always get hazy in my head after such prolonged periods. So, I've been thumbing through my Michael Hampton book, "Figure Drawing - Design and Invention," and revisiting some of the studies and lessons. The following is what I've "refreshed" so far.

Gestures of the Week 2021-08-15

I suppose these aren't all gestures from this recent week. There are a few old ones here that had not been uploaded yet. A few are recent and I think it shows because I haven't been actively doing gestures for the last few months. I still like them as a warmup, but lately I've just been jumping into my studies.

Whistling Forest - Process

 I've wanted to make a piece of fanart for a streamer I like for a while now. Life gets pretty busy being a father of two so time is precious. Some of that precious time finally got spent on the following piece! The streamer's channel is called Whistling Forest. I know I wanted a forest scene and to possibly incorporate some kind of whistling - just like the name of the channel. Makes sense right? I decided to have the streamer playing video games at dusk in the forest. The trees are making little whistling music notes as they watch and a few little mushroom dudes have also come to watch the exciting game.

Like everything we first start out with a really rough sketch to get the idea into the real world. Get out of my head! Again, I knew I wanted a forest scene with the streamer playing some video games.

I plugged one of those rough sketches into Krita and used it as a base. From there I created some perspective lines and roughed in the general tree locations, leaves, bushes, and the streamer. Once that was taken care of I also added some details like the water bottle, mushroom viewers, tree stump, and computer.

I tried drawing out the title, Whistling Forest, but it didn't look very good. A standard font didn't seem to fit as well so I decided to make the very tedious and time consuming decision to custom design the lettering in Inkscape. That's a program I hadn't used in a long time sooo... I kind of had to relearn it a little bit. That didn't help me finish it any faster, but I was happy with the result. I wanted something with square cornered bottoms and rounded tops.

Reference is key - and drawing some sitting cross legged is a little more challenging that I anticipated. I had to go back and redraw his legs a few times. I was initially inspired by the art piece below title "Journey" by Varguy for the style of my piece. Their colours and linework really appealed to me so I tried to emulate it - I didn't nail it, but it turned out alright.

A forest at dusk.

Journey by Varguy inspired me.

Really happy with the way this turned out and the streamer really liked it as well! Thanks for checking out my process. If anyone ever has any questions for me about my process I'm more than happy to answer as best as I can.

Whistling Forest

Dusk falls on the Whistling Forest as a gamer draws a crowd of locals to the spectacle of his gaming skills. The trees of the forest often whistle their tunes in the gentle breeze, but tonight they cheer for him.

Whistling Forest
Digital - Krita and Inkscape

Curious Centipede

 A curious centipede investigates the source of a bright light in a mysterious study. The source, a candle, oozes beads of wax along the contours of a skull.

Curious Centipede
Copic Markers and Black Pen on Copic Paper

Fish Bait

Adorable fish nibble on some delicious, sandwich bait. A sandwich consisting of lettuce, cheese, mustard, mayonnaise and your choice of deli meat between two fresh slices of bread. This sandwich sounds scrumptious so I can see why these fish would be easily lured to it.

Fish Bait
Copic Markers and Black Pen on Copic Paper

Here is a cleaned up digital version isolated from the background.

Gestures of the Week 2021-02-24

 Another, bit more than a week, has passed by. Trying to get back to the old schedule, but it's a bit of a struggle. I think the gestures are improving though! Shaking off that rust. I'm getting used to using different references as well as working in Krita.

Random Doodles - Featuring the Battery Squad & Necro Mage

Just because I haven't been posting lately doesn't mean I haven't managed to make some small doodles from time to time. Check it out!

On the left we have the Battery Squad. From a world where everyone is some kind of battery, AA, AAA, C, D, and small cell batteries. What kind of world is this? I don't really know, but I thought they were kind of cute. I imagine a giant car battery would be some kind of evil villain.

On the right are a couple of small sketches - including a possible starting point for a young girl character in a graphic novel. More interesting though is the Necro Mage. Cloaked in many layers with clasps and ribbons they are a master in dark purple magic. What kind of magic is this? Something evil no doubt.

Gestures of the Week 2021-02-11

Well, welcome back me! It's been a while - tends to happen as a busy parent during a pandemic while expecting another baby and getting non-covid sick a couple of times (though from where I don't know). Here's hoping 2021 gets better and better, and that I can jump back into regular artwork and posting.

So, let's see how the warm-up is going. It's always a little bit rough after having been away from the tablet for a while. I've also switched to using Krita over the old janky version of photoshop I had because I don't feel like buying another subscription just to draw on the computer. What is with all the subscriptions these days eh?! Just take my money once and let me use your software. Aw well. Here we go!

Also, flash is dead! What does this mean for gesture drawing? Well, goodbye Posemaniacs. That service used flash to display images of it's 3D model people. Onwards to Line of Action or Quick Poses. It'll be good to draw from some new references - though maybe a little tricky at first. Let's see!

I've got some from before the break I didn't get a chance to upload, and some recent ones. Umm, what happened? Well I'm definitely rough, and maybe I got too used to drawing Posemaniacs models. I'm happy to have a challenge though!

Updating the Brand - Shop Vorgus

I always liked the original picture I had used for my Zazzle shop, Shop Vorgus, but it's pretty old at this point and was just quickly and poorly cropped to fit in place as a banner and profile image. The shop has been getting a refresh and I decided it was time to refresh the branding as well. New banners, new logo, new products and on and on.

Below is the original logo artwork. I liked the colours and the theme, but this picture was originally just me experimenting in photoshop with brushes and settings. It doesn't properly fit the dimensions of anything so it was always cropped oddly when I used it.

The original Shop Vorgus artwork.

Like most things I began to sketch out some designs. I wanted something similar to the original, but simple, and useable on the interwebs. You can see the designs I settled on circle below.
Tried making it a little cutesy, but also mysterious in a way.

Here's the final artwork! I like the ocean ripples and I think I captured a cute but mysterious look by making it small with short little tentacles and leaving the eyes as two simple white dots.

This can be used as a profile picture

This is the main banner image, which can easily be adjusted to fit various dimensions.

Thanks for checking it out! If you'd like to see what sort of things I'm selling follow this link to Shop Vorgus on Zazzle. Below are some of the collections of various designs and products I have listed there. Check them out if there's anything that catches your eye, thanks!