Thursday, February 26, 2015

Textural, expressive illustration from Berlin-based illustrator Beth Walrond [feedly]



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Textural, expressive illustration from Berlin-based illustrator Beth Walrond
// It's Nice That

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Despite only having graduated from Falmouth University last summer illustrator Beth Walrond already has an admirable portfolio of work to show for herself. This is probably due to the warmth and relatable nature of her style – she builds textural, expressive characters out of geometric shapes and soft lines to create identifiable narratives, condensing complex messages down into sweet, two-dimensional form. Now working out of Berlin, her newest projects include work for Hunger Magazine, The Ride Journal, Wired UK and The Debrief, leading us to believe she's got a hell of a lot more ideas to get down on paper yet.

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They Can Be Moody, Too [feedly]



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They Can Be Moody, Too
// Artist Daily

The Depth of Colored Pencil

I'll admit that in the past I have been guilty of thinking of colored pencil art as colorful and bright and not necessarily able to be coupled with serious subjects or moody narratives. But that was my own bias. As I've spent time looking at sketchbooks of draftsmen creating colored pencil art and figure drawings made using colored pencils, I've discovered that the medium is as diverse as any other.

Seeds Of Memory by David Suff, colored pencil drawing, 20 x 28.
Seeds Of Memory by David Suff, colored pencil drawing, 20 x 28.
My blind spot with colored pencil drawings largely has to do with the way I've seen the implements used. I've seen drawings where the paper is literally covered with dense layers of color, which can make the surface waxy, unusable, and uninteresting.

But recently I've seen life-drawing sketches of figures made with colored pencils that show how much depth and subtlety the medium is capable of when light hatchmarks are used. Colors are built up in controlled layers of line, and the lightness of the paper underneath is allowed to shine through and illuminate the marks.

Colored pencil sketch by James Jean, detail.
Colored pencil sketch
by James Jean, detail.

In figure drawings, this is an exciting prospect. I can apply what I already know about drawing but add color into the mix, all while making the motions and marks that I love. So you can draw a dusky, moody figure with colored pencils of orange and blue and red, applying line over line to create passages that are unexpectedly complex and show a lot of depth. And, when used on paper with a lot of tooth, colored pencil art can have a truly interesting surface that dispels all of my past biases completely.

To gain more insight on colored pencil techniques--from the basics and beyond--consider Mark Menendez's colored pencil packets, Bengal Tiger Pattern Packet and Primrose Tea Pattern Packet. Menendez is a colored pencil drawing expert and really shows how to make the medium shine. Enjoy!


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drawingden:*UPDATED VERSION*Digital PaintingAutodesk SketchBook... [feedly]



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drawingden:*UPDATED VERSION*Digital PaintingAutodesk SketchBook...
// How to Art



drawingden:

*UPDATED VERSION*

Digital Painting

  • Autodesk SketchBook Copic Edition - This is the limited edition of SketchBook Pro with 72 Copic colours to choose from
  • Krita - Krita offers CMYK support, HDR painting, perspective grids, dockers, filters, painting assistants, and many other great features
  • GIMP - GIMP is a well known free alternative to Photoshop with similar features 
  • Mischief Free Version - With six essential brushes, a basic palette of colors and an infinite vector canvas, Mischief-Free is perfect for hashing out ideas, life drawing, and endless doodles
  • MyPaint - MyPaint is a fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters, and comes with 39 different brushes
  • Verve Painter - Verve is a small painting application that uses fluid dynamics and brushes to push the paint around, though it is still in development.
  • Inkscape - Inkscape is an open-source professional quality vector graphics software with sophisticated drawing tools with capabilities comparable to Adobe Illustrator.
  • FireAlpaca - A similar program to Paint Tool Sai that offers features such as a snap feature which creates a variety of perspective overlays.

3D Modelling  

  • Google Sketchup - Drawing-based tool for architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers who design for the physical world. SketchUp Make is a free version and SketchUp Pro is a paid version with additional functionality.
  • Sculptris - A free, introductory digital sculpting tool, a great stepping stone for digital sculptors, created by the makers of Zbrush.
  • Blender - A powerful application with full-fledged professional tools, Blender has a wide community and resources to help you learn.
  • SculptGL - This handy modelling program works online in your browser and is compatible with wacom tablets

Animation

  • Synfig - Synfig Studio is a free and open-source 2D animation software, designed as powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork.
  • ToonBoom Animate PLE Edition - The free Personal Learning Edition gives you the opportunity to learn all the features of Toon Boom Animate and Toon Boom Animate Pro.
  • EmoFuri - EmoFuri is a new animation software that helps artists easily animate photoshop illustrations in a 2D-3D style.It uses PSD files of character illustrations to animate them. 
  • Pencil2D - Pencil2D is an open-source animation/drawing software that lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation using both bitmap and vector graphics.
  • Live2D - This increasingly popular 2D-3D animation software is similar to Emofuri with sample models available to experiment with, and is also available in english.

Etc

  • Thisissand - An online fun and unique playground for creating colourful sandscapes, also comes in an app version
  • Flame Painter - A free demo of the full program, it allows you to try out the flame generator and change different brush settings and paint your own flame paintings
  • Silk - An online interactive generative art program that creates bright silk-like patterns, with options to change colours and rotational symmetry.
  • Bomomo - This interesting program has a group of dots that move around the screen in the pattern you choose, then paint the canvas according to when you click the screen.

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It's Nice That : Fight Club 2 artwork and six-page teaser unveiled [feedly]



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It's Nice That : Fight Club 2 artwork and six-page teaser unveiled
http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/fight-club-2
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of Montreal art director David Barnes on design for bands and working til 5am [feedly]



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of Montreal art director David Barnes on design for bands and working til 5am
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"I like working at night when the world is quiet and all the residual energy is loose and flowing around in the atmosphere because most people are asleep and not gobbling it all up," says David Barnes. "I'm not sure if that's a real thing or not but thinking that way motivates me to stay up til 5am working distraction-free, feeding off the dreams of others."

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Oil Painting Progress [feedly]



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Oil Painting Progress
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This is one of those weeks (months/years) where I will be a bit short on my blogging/posting as I commit most of my labor to the creation of the large format oil painting  Beren and Luthien in the Court of Thingol and Melian.  Here are a few progress shots as of today.

Most of the color you see is the acrylic wash layers.  I have now begun the detailing, further structural modeling, and coloring in oils.

For the previous MuddyColors post on the drawing and scale reference:

http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2015/02/slow-and-steady-beren-and-luthien-in.html

The toned drawings below were created while outside the studio.  Hard to pack a 120" wet canvas for travel and to work on while on vacation  :)

Back to work!




Melisandre - A Song of Ice and Fire      11" x 14"

Gandalf on the Bridge of Khazad-dum    11" x 14"  



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Skin Palette for MyPaint V2 by MeryAlisonThompson on DeviantArt [feedly]



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Skin Palette for MyPaint V2 by MeryAlisonThompson on DeviantArt
http://meryalisonthompson.deviantart.com/art/Skin-Palette-for-MyPaint-V2-301868920
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Colour Palettes no.2 by Striped-Tie on DeviantArt [feedly]



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Colour Palettes no.2 by Striped-Tie on DeviantArt
http://striped-tie.deviantart.com/art/Colour-Palettes-no-2-185899262
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