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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.

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.ย 

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? ๐Ÿ˜

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 ๐Ÿ˜†

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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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 ๐Ÿ˜Œ Currently reading the third of the Witcher Saga!
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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? ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ˜Œ

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 โ˜บ๏ธ 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? ๐Ÿ˜†

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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 ๐Ÿ˜›

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 ย 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 ๐Ÿง So do I for my Instagram account. We'll see. For now I'm signing out (okay, not really) and take a little break โ˜บ๏ธ

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!

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That storyboard

General / 01 December 2020

First off: I'm so excited about finally participating in an Artstation challenge! Specially excited because it's spacey and Sparth is amongst the judges! I had to! :D
If you wanna see what I'm doing and be up to date with it, you can always check my submission progress. Because right now what I was gonna share is some of my storyboard pages. Only a few, don't wanna reveal too much. But I'm actually done with it.ย 

Storyboard pages

The comic is called "Flint & Mortimer", it's not my story and not my characters either. And if you haven't seen them yet, feel free to take a look at my character concepts I did for this project :)

Next post is gonna be about the challenge, I promise!

Sketchbook time

General / 23 November 2020

For a change today's blog entry is not about concepts for my personal project. It is about sketches!
I've been craving to do sketching just for exploration since a while now and finally managed to come up with a schedule that includes an hour of sketchbook time per day :-)
I'm really happy about this and having a lot of fun when doing them. Currently I have two missions with this.

Mission 1
Finding the way and materials that work the best for me when colouring my linework

Mission 1
Filling that sketchbook until the end of this year (not that many pages left, should be manageable)

Water colour pencils Derwent Inktense. I do like those but they are called "inktense" for a reason. Note to self: The pencil colours are really flashy and I gotta be careful when using them and especially how and on what kind of drawing I am using them.

That one is with coloured ink for all those yellow(-ish) parts. I just didn't have a suitable blue anymore so for that I used the watercolour pencils again. I like the ink a lot, always did. But I didn't use them in a while and some of them dried out over the years. So that is one explanation for why I didn't have a well matching blue. In case anyone is curious: I have some Winsor & Newton and some Ecoline inks. The ones here in particular were by Ecoline.
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Here I used coloured ink again for almost everything. Except for the green because all three green tones that I have are way too bright and shiny and/or cold for this very warm toned sketch. So for the green I used a brush pen. In the end I went in with colored pencils just slightly to make at least a little bit of atmospheric perspective.
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On some of these I used colored ink and two of the coloures are watered down because I tried to safe what had dried by putting some warm water in. The two are dark red and blue. For the blue that kind of worked but the dark red is neither dark nor really red (see bottom left). The rest is done in either non-watery ink or brush pen.

What are your favourite colouring techniques in traditional media?
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