Personal digital painting. Wanted to explore environment, storytelling, high polish, and a technique where I make a fully rendered black and white illustration first, then add color layers in color mode, followed by glows and lights in additive mode. It’s basically how a 3D render works when you export separate layers.
iPad illustration I did a couple years ago. I posted it on Facebook as free record cover art and a friend snapped it up for a 7 inch. Don’t remember the band name 😕
Been a long time since I produced any personal work, but I’m happy to have completed something new. I painted this on my iPad, which I’m sure a lot of people aren’t happy about, but that’s really the only way I can paint now. I simply don’t have the time, or even a place, to do traditional work. A lot of this was done on the bus to and from work. When making art on a bus “undo” is crucial! The way I think about illustration and my technique has changed a lot due to my job, where I’m working with 3D software a lot. It has made me think more about light, shadows, and texture than I ever did before.
Because of the process of working in Procreate there isn’t any sketches or roughs to show. I made a thumbnail, then scaled it up and painted over it, which is a lot like what I was doing in my acrylic paintings, only without all the scanning and printing.
I apparently love painting hair haha!
Got a chance to make logo for League of War, a game that came out today for iOS. I made the base of the logo in Illustrator, then took it into Cinema 4D to extrude, texture, light, and render. I had some heavy rivets going around the sides, but ultimately decided they were not adding much to the design, and looked somewhat cluttered.
Doing typography work has become one of my favorite things. I get teased a lot by the 3D artists for using Cinema 4D, but I love the program. It’s really easy to pick up, fun, intuitive, and powerful. I recommend it if you are thinking of learning a 3D package, but are really only interested in motion graphics, static images, and film. It’s not really ideal for in-game models, although it may be possible.
3 color tee for Dapper Cadaver. They are available for purchase here. Really fun project for an amazingly unique company. I don’t accept much illustration work these days, but when the owner asked me to do this one, my mind ran wild with all the possibilities. Obviously I had to do it. The client was madly in love with my Killing Death painting, so basically this was his concept for the shirt. It worked out well.
I made this on my iPad with Procreate and the Adonit Jot Touch 4 stylus. At this point in my life I don’t have a lot of free time to paint, or a studio area to paint in, but working this way is pretty satisfying and I am happy with the results. The wet brush feels much like oil painting—it’s easy to get lost in the blending. It creates some nice soft edges that I never got with acrylic. I can’t work on the computer when I get home. Because I’m on the computer all day at work, at home I need to switch it up or I feel sore and stressed, like I’m working a 15 hour day or something.