Next up: storyboarding!

General / 22 August 2021

It's been a bit quiet here, I know. But I finally got some extra free time on my hands and gonna dedicate it to my personal project!
I bought Clip Studio Paint for that purpose, which I've been trying around with before (test version) and I wanna use it to do my webcomic. Yay! Looking forward to drawing it!
Also for test purposes I did some illustration just for fun, also for the comic project. I tried to work on it like I do in my art diary. Which is very free and I do everything on the fly without planning anything. That is indeed very fun and also relaxing :)
I'll attach that illustration and below that I'm gonna add some drawings from my art diary that are related! I pretty much used them as refernce.

Ready for my comic?

News / 17 May 2021

Hey everyone who comes to read my blog posts and sorry for the long silence. I've been working on things that I am not yet allowed to share and had little time for my comic project. And especially little to show of it too, because I've been tweaking on the plot.

But finally it's all coming together and I am ready to start drawing!
So far all my comics - including one of my latest short story comic - have been in traditional formats but this time I'm gonna do a little experiment and use Webtoon! Which is meant for phone screens, which makes it different. I also did quite some research on publishing there and feeling ready now!

At this point I'm not gonna say much about the story, but I put together a little teaser page :D

I made a spaceship in Blender

General / 23 March 2021

Hi everyone!

Oh, it's been a while since the last time I wrote a blog entry. Well, I began a journey of gaining some extra 3D experience points. I can do sculpting in ZBrush but I wanted to learn Blender in addition.
I've been trying around in it before already and really liked it for hard surface designs. Mostly I did some rough blocking for comic projects etc. only though and that is exactly what I wanted to change.Β 

I wanted to learn how to make proper models, so I watched a bunch of tutorials.
Eventually I want to try making a character too but for now I am very happy being able to build spaceships. Did I mention that I love spaceships? 😍

This one is the first good thing that I did with Blender and now I am looking into texture painting. Let's see if I can get something decent done!
How would you color/texture this?

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Doing the Pinterest thing

General / 02 February 2021

The Pinterest... I recently made a new account, basically because my old one was super messy and I wanted to make a clear cut and start over, but better and more organized. I had this specially horribly chaotic pinboard called "inspiration" and there was just everything in it πŸ˜†

Well, so I have that new account, but I'm not new to Pinterest. I love collecting stuff on there, even though it also has its dangers of getting lost forever.

The thing is though, I have always used it just for myself. Recently I got the advice to use it for self promotion, supposedly its awesome for that. So I decided to give it a try. I am not entirely sure how things work in terms of marketing on Pinterest. I did do some research and I know a little about social media things and SEO that I taught myself (with the help of tons of articles and videos online).

Anyway, I created exactly one board for my own art now. I'll do more for the different types of art that I do, but the first Pinterest Board I made for this purpose is of my art diary.
So feel free to check that out and my other boards as well, there might be stuff you like πŸ™‚
And if you have knowledge to share or your own account, go ahead and leave me a comment!

A new drawing

General / 29 January 2021

I did this off of an "old" sketch, I might still add a detail or two but overall I consider it finished πŸ™‚
The line art is done in Autodesk Sketchbook Pro and I also started coloring it there, but then moved it on to Procreate on the iPad. I wanna do the next one(s) on the iPad as well, I like that I can just pick it up any time and draw with it at any place. Unlike that big Cintiq, which I love, but it's less flexible in that sense.

The next drawing is in progress and I am working on the story of my personal project. It's not as whole and story archs are not that connected as I want them to be yet, there are gaps to fill and questions to ask myself. So that's what I'm doing.

Oh, this doesn't have anything to do with it, but I finally continued reading those Witcher books 😌 Currently reading the third of the Witcher Saga!
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Making Photoshop brushes #1

Making Of / 26 January 2021

Just like that... πŸ‘‡

No, not really like that. But I've started making those brushes and I started by collecting some shapes, structures and patterns. Because I figured that this art journal that I've started - and I wrote a blog entry about my art journal too - is an awesome resource for that. I have continued drawing and exploring almost daily and noticed some stuff that I can perfectly use for a new brush set!
I did make some brushes in the past, mostly re-using brushes I've found online. I'm not gonna go into how exactly they are made, there are plenty of free tutorials about that and this isn't supposed to be a tutorial. It's just about sharing my process 😌
I did make that one aquarelle brushset for Photoshop completely from scratch before though and noticed that some people downloaded it so why not make more? πŸ˜€

I'm trying to do something a little more grungy this time. I have so much material, might even make two sets.

With the photos I took from my own work I'm currently making some brush tips and said patterns and textures to apply to them. There are still several left to do. You can see some of the stuff I'm gonna use below πŸ‘‡

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Late Happy New Year

General / 19 January 2021

It's been a while since I blogged the last time! I've been working on some stuff, updated profiles including my ArtStation, LinkedIn and Upwork. My, was it outdated in some corners of my online presence. But it should be all caught up now, so yay!
Oh yes, I also enjoyed the holidays and took some time off. And I did put a couple of older artworks into my portfolio as well as some newer ones that I just hadn't uploaded (yet). So check it out? πŸ˜€

What new have I done? What have I done?
I am pretty consistent with my art diary journey, I think I did something in it every day except one. Sometimes I do more, sometimes less. I put it all on Instagram and I like how it looks there all together 😌

All above (what I do in the art diary) is mixed media but I've also started working on some sketches that I had lying around and of which I thought would be worth finalizing ☺️ That one below is mixed media as well, the lines are done traditionally with brushpen on paper and then I colored it in Sketchbook Pro. This isn't in my portfolio yet, but it will be.

Okay, my peepl. That's it already for today, I still got some time to tend that art journal! Hooray!
Also, did anyone else see the danger in what ArtStation does here? πŸ˜†

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How I use my new sketchbook differently

General / 05 January 2021

So much ready, very ready. I started my new sketchbook with a different approach. I was looking forward to this since December when I finished filling up my previous sketchbook. I decided that this time I would do it differently.

So far I was using my sketchbooks to get down some ideas, do some studies and sometimes I would write some notes. I used it in a very practical way and that's it.
No more, I say. Nope. Let me explain...

I am a fan of journaling for mental health, keeping track and having things organized, I started doing that a few years ago.
Now I discovered art journaling. From what I saw other people doing the idea is journaling in a more creative and visual way, it still has a lot of text in the samples that I saw (well, compared to a sketchbook I guess) and one doesn't need to be an artist at all to do so. It's more like an outlet and visualizing what is on your mind in a more subconcious way, it's more about feelings than about techique or getting something awesome done.

I do want and need my sketchbook but over the years I found myself loosing the aspect in art in which I would just draw what ever I want, how ever I want, just for the sake of doing it. Without a particular goal in mind but instead just giving myself space and freedom.
So I decided to do something that is in between a sketchbook and a journal. I'm not using many words in it, it's a place for drawing. But I started gluing pieces of (news)paper and postcards and stuff that I found in. I often get ideas or inspiration from there and start drawing on top of that.
I'm also trying to use it every day and see it as a diary where I put my thoughts into.

So far I gotta say that I'm really enjoying this journey. It gives me a similar feeling to what I had when I was a child, not worrying what I'm drawing, why, because it was only for myself.

Grand Space Opera: Light Age #5 - IT'S FINALIZED!

General / 21 December 2020

I made it, I'm so happy! :D
Three hours before the end I finalized my submission. I promised myself that after this I'll take some time off. Doesn't mean I won't draw though, haha... But I can take things slow from now.

I had a lot of fun with this challenge and I am really happy I was able to participate. Alongside so many incredible artists, I found more people to follow πŸ˜›

Check my final submission and if you I'd be happy to hear what you think and which design is your favourite :D

For my time off I also want to  work on or think about some other plans that I have, regarding work in general, my personal project and my Instagram account. I'm going to start a new sketchbook within the coming days or weeks, which I am really excited about too. I have a vision 🧐 So do I for my Instagram account. We'll see. For now I'm signing out (okay, not really) and take a little break ☺️

Grand Space Opera: Light Age #4

General / 14 December 2020

And here's my next entry! Yay! Just this time I have only this one character to show, because there was a weekend and I actually managed to take the Sunday completely off of everything!
That was so nice, I spent it exploring the cemetery near my home, playing PlayStation and watching a movie in the evening with my beloved.
As for the cemetery, I moved into this area this spring and haven't visited the graveyard yet. I really wanted to go though and when I had time the weather happened to be perfect for this kind of trip. Grey and super foggy!