I took my very first Skillshare class recently. I recommend it for its breadth of courses, good teachers, community feedback and low cost. This particular course was taught by Charlie Bowater, a talented concept artist with a very charming British accent. What follows was my progress for the month:
This is my first
Skillshare class and I'm really blown away and humbled by the talent
here. As someone who's always loved character design and dabbled in it, I
relish the chance to be able to delve into it more seriously.
main theme here concerns an ancient civiliization that combines animal
spirits and a synthesis of Mayan, Chinese and Japanese mythology. The
characters here are all following paths that lead to the same
destination, but have different motivations for getting there. The world
they live in is out of harmony and it's reflected in the weapons, magic
and strengths/weaknesses they possess.
Here is my first round
of thumbnails. It's probably more detailed than it needs to be, but I
love erasing just as much as I love laying down brushstrokes. I would
like to do another round when I have a breather, then onwards to the
selection process! I welome any comments and feedback meanwhile.
promised, here is my second round of thumbnails from the same universe.
I feel like it took a slightly different direction, perhaps more sword
n' sorcery, but I still wanted to have this frailty and subjugation
aspect of it that these characters are trying to break free from.
Halloween everyone! I feel like this is the perfect community to share
our little monsters with :) Here are the choices I went with for
refinement. Thank you everyone for weighing in. With so many beautiful
projects here, I'm appreciate any time you give me and will do the same
I think I mainly went for these puppies because they
have the most opportunity for something dynamic, strange yet familiar
all at once. I'm now vascillating between the bookend characters. What
do you think?
definitely made some choices here with the Variation stage. Hopefully,
one of them jives more than the others. Influence wise, I think the
classic, beautiful Thai stylings of the Mandarin Spawn action figurefrom
the late 90's came through for the middle figure. For the gender swap, I
was channeling some kind of anime couture, or perhaps a more down to
to some great community encouragement and feedback, I finally have this
finished character to show. In the end, he comes out to be both an
angel and demon. I decided to meld attributes from the first two
variations that seem to resonate best with the character in terms of
gesture, clothing and silhouette. I hope I made good choices!
I also included some closeup detail on the face for you to see as well.
you all once again for the great critiques and helping me with the
forward momentum. I hope to do more of these and continue to share
progress with you. I look forward to seeing all your great works as
Sunday, November 10, 2013
whirling dervish was my first attempt using a revolutionary piece of
software called Mischief. If you're actively in or dabbling in digital
these days, it behooves you check out this game changer. In essence, you
can paint like you do in Photoshop/Sketchbook Pro, but have all the
possibilities of vector scalability at the same time in
Illustrator/Flash. Best of both worlds. http://
In the spirit of catching up, here are all my entries for Inktober collected in one posting. It was definitely a mixed bag from my point of view, but it's a great way to create some discipline in the creative flow of life and keep one honest. I'm not on a Daily Doodle list from which I will start sharing work here as well.