Personal Project #5 - You Guessed It, Even More Sketches

General / 26 October 2020

Haven't updated the blog in too long, but here it finally comes. I kept working on my design for Hilda, I decided that probably the pineapple hairstyle is the best regarding silhouette, her personality and I even came up with a fun way to integrate it in the story. But no spoilers!

Talking about the outfit, oh my... I do like the overall version with the belt a lot ("Rambo 2.0") but I also quite like the designs "yeehaw" and "eye for an eye".


So I played with "yeehaw" and "eye for an eye" a little more. But damn... so hard to make a decision, can I just have several outfits for her? Maybe out of all these number 4 looks the most complete and she wouldn't be freezing like with the "yeehaw" outfit, because most of the time the environment is not going to be in a hot climate.

Or maybe if I mixed those outfits from the first image (which I didn't put numbers or names on, that one) with some elements from number 4?
Opinions are very welcome!

Personal Project #4 - Even More Character Concept Sketches

Making Of / 05 October 2020

So I worked on my character concepts a little more. I still wasn't satisfied with the look of the outfit, especially the silhouett as it was in my previous post. Also I wasn't entirely convinced of any of the hairstyles. 

That's why I ended up trying the overall version again but this time I added a belt. I think that this works pretty well and I think I am settling with the funny looking hairstyle below. I think it's unique and I like that.

Still, I want to add more details and accessories (of course she has a weapon too) and I could still improve the silhouette by adding some stuff in different areas. Yet, I'll have to simplify the design for the comic later on. But that's fine, as long as it still works and looks cool. Next I'll also play with color a bit.

What accessories would you add to my rebellious souldier?


Personal Project #3 - More Character Concept Sketches

Making Of / 25 September 2020

I continued working on the character concepts for my personal project and it's finally getting somewhere. I am happy. While in my first blog entry from two months ago things were not quite settled yet and in the second entry from one month ago when I had chosen some favourite designs for the characters clothes, in this third entry things are starting to take shape.

The idea is that there are three base outfits that can be tweaked with armor and geared up or personalized to a degree. There's gotta be a two-part outfit with pants and jacket, a one-piece (overall) and another two piece consisting of pants and coat.
After I decided for a direction (set one to five) I'll continue playing around with that set. Maybe adjusting some details, changing some parts and eventually try out some colors.

So I got to the part where I have three base outfits. The one with the jacket, the one with the coat and the one piece version. It was already decided from the start that Yngvild is gonna have the coat, because the coats are reserved the higher ranks like her.
Regarding Hilda I wasn't sure if I was gonna give her the overall or the jacket outfit. But I'm probably gonna go with the jacket and pants.

I also tried some variations with different tops she could wear or even the same jacket but with the sleeves cut off. After all I think that doesn't work too well and decided to have Hilda have other kinds of customizations to her still-intact jacket. Also I am still not sure what she is going to wear underneath it. I am thinking a simple T-Shirt, a shirt with a print on it (would be a bit of a hassle to actually draw every time in the future comics), or maybe a pattern as that would be easier to draw repeatedly, a simple tank top or long sleeves.
For Yngvild I think that a black turtle-neck would look good and matches her personality. With Hilda I can go a little more wild and I should (maybe more). 

A big big question though is which hair style is she gonna rock?


Comic Character Illustration #3

Making Of / 25 August 2020

This is the last part of my Flint and Mortimer character illustration post. I'm done and happy with it and I'll most likely get to do a cover artwork for this project as well, which I am really happy about! There are going to be two comic book versions and one cover for each. 

Today I already updated my portfolio with all the character artworks for Flint and Mortimer (including the final character illustration) and the full video of the drawing process as a timelapse as well. So check it out if you are interested in seeing how I drew those two guys on my iPad.

At this point I am considering to make a YouTube channel where I can post more timelapse videos, anybody have experience to share or requests to make? I'd be happy to hear what others did or like to watch online (within the art field).


Comic Character Illustration #2

Making Of / 21 August 2020

As I promised in my last blog entry today comes part two of the character drawing process video. Again it's a timelapse. In case you haven't read the previous post, this is a character called Flint for a comic project that I am currently working on. It's done on the iPad in Procreate.
I've been quite enjoying this one actually and by now I moved on to the second main character named Mortimer.

I am almost done so I hope that by Monday I can put the third part of the drawing process (adding Mortimer) to the blog as well.
If the pants didn't already give it away: it's a story taking place in the 70's. I am still considering adding some details in the end. I don't know, like flowers on the shirt or some accessoires. So I don't entirely consider this finished yet. 

Comic Character Illustration #1

Making Of / 17 August 2020

Since last week was mostly dedicated to my personal project, this week I'm going back to working on the comic project. I want to try around with the character a bit and since the weapon reference sheet requested "cool pose for cover" I thought I'd give it a try. Even though to my knowledge it's not me who's gonna do the cover. Who is actually??
Also it's been terribly hot (especially for north German standards) lately and working on the big Wacom tablet was not helping. It's getting extra hot that way.
That is pretty much the main reason why I switched to the iPad more often again recently.
So also the character illustration of Flint (one of the protagonists) is going to happen on the iPad in Procreate.
Instead of an image this time I have a little process video. It's only about a minute long and shows the sped up process of me soing a basic sketch.
To be continued with another video (if I don't forget, haha...).

Personal Project #2 - Sketches Of Characters And Their Outfits

Making Of / 15 August 2020

This week I mostly dedicated work to my personal project and kept going with the concept design sketches I started with on Monday.
These outfits are for a military faction in a fictional world which I would put in the SciFi genre but it also has some fantasy elements (like trolls and witches) and I don't intend to make it high SciFi but instead - at least on the visual side - more down to earth.
So I gathered some favourites and made three versions of each. None of them is final anyway, but I'd like to go on with one of these sets.

The idea is that there are three base outfits that can be tweaked with armor and geared up or personalized to a degree. There's gotta be a two-part outfit with pants and jacket, a one-piece (overall) and another two piece consisting of pants and coat.
After I decided for a direction (set one to five) I'll continue playing around with that set. Maybe adjusting some details, changing some parts and eventually try out some colors. 

Feedback is very welcome, I'd like to hear some opinions on this before I keep going. I posted a poll to my Twitter account as well. I do like to consider other people's thoughts and I think it's really cool to have them have influence on the outcome.
I used to do something like that a long time ago with a web comic, where my readers had actual influence on how the story went on by leaving me comments. I'd like to do that again when I reached the point of turning this into a comic series!


Comic Character Concept Sketches

Making Of / 10 August 2020

More character sketches in this blog entry, but another project. While the last ones were for my personal project, this one is for a comic collaboration for a German publisher. For this one I am going a little more cartoony than usual. The style has to match somewhat with what the other artists do and the story is more humorous than what I am used to.
I do have my fun with this, being a little sillier than normally.

This guy is called Jack O'Lantern, I wrote about his turnip-lantern before in this blog entry

Now I am almost done with all the designs for the comic. That means I'm gonna put them into my portfolio soon and then keep going with the storyboard.
Which grumpy grandpa out of these would you have picked?


Personal Project #1 - Character Concept sketches

Making Of / 07 August 2020

Since I was gonna do some changes to my personal project - which I was going to work on more often again -, I'm starting with one of the most important designs.
One of the factions in my story and world that I am building is specially important because it's going to play a major role, not only because the two main characters are part of said faction. It is a well equipped military faction with a fleet of airships. The terrain they are in is mostly tundra and highlands. I'm trying to come up with a cool looking but also functional and customizable outfit for the regular soldier. There are subclasses and specialists too. That is why I want the outfit to be customizable. I want to be able to take the same outfit and still make it different for each role neccessary, according to rank and/or their speciality by adding or removing parts or accessoires. There could be short jackets, coats and overalls but it has to match with one another.

I started doing some sketches this week. To be honest I find overalls really cool and since I'm my own art director here, chances are I'm gonna put an overall on one of the main characters.

I have more design sketches but these are my favourites so far. I'm gonna put them in my portfolio when I gathered enough and made a decision...

I dreamed some crazy stuff

General / 03 August 2020

It was very sci-fi and also pretty vivid, even though I forgot some things by now. It started as a nice dream, I appreciated the icy landscape and it was like a movie. Not going into detail because I want to use some of that in my project (hehehe), it was too interesting to not do that. But I can say that it turned from a good dream into a nightmare. That was less nice.
Bute whatever, I felt very inspired to put it on canvas.
For the first time in a long time I used photoshop and no outlines. I am tempted to try this image with outlines in a different approach.