Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Tale of Despereaux graphic novel

Another post not related to digital illustration process...

I just received copies of the Tale of Despereaux, graphic novel
from the fine folks over at Candlewick Press.

It's pretty cool to see it in print.

Thanks to Candlewick Press and co-illustrator/all-around-swell-fellow, Dave Tilton!

Weekend Painting

Had an non-digital painting to do over the weekend.

Would like to work more in watercolor and gauche
when traditional media is called for, but pulled out
acrylics out for familiarity and speed's sake.

So here we go...

Step 1: Sketch.
Sketched it out in Painter and printed
it out.

Step 2: Transfer to bristol board.
Forgot I loaned out my lightbox
and had to use my Wacom tablet for
the job!

Step 3: Gauche wash.
Hit Pencil with a layer of fixative.
Protects pencils, kills brain cells.
Even trade.

Step 4: Begin painting.
Meandered around with no fixed color
plan in mind. Not usually the best idea,
but sometimes it works out.

Step 5: Done and done!
Go find bicycle and get out of the house.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Monday Morning

quick tests before heading out on vacation!

Spent an hour recoloring the troll sketch from
last night. Posting 2 steps

1. saturating the sketch with color with brushes
acting as wet media.

2. using bushes acting as dry media to bring in
detail. As if scumbling acrylic or gauche over
a watercolor base.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sunday Night

Another digital sketch....

Another experiment

Sketch with an old paper texture dropped behind it
and a little color added.

Again Painter for pencils, Photoshop for rest.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Photoshop brushes

Day 3 -- more playing around with different kinds of brushes.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Scanned paper.

Still playing around looking for a decent way of working digitally.

Dropped sketch ontop of scanned paper, used chalk tool in Painter to add lighter values.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

"watercolor" tests

Trying to find that natural watercolory sketch look using Painter for the pencils and Photoshop for the color.

Will post as it comes along.