Today's Observation: Seems to be a lot more talent floating around on the web these days compared to when I first got into drawing anime several years ago. I wonder if this is just ‘coz there are more talented people with access to the web or if artists are generally just getting a lot better and continually pushing the bar higher?
This is something I came up with for the Monthly Anime Gaijin contest (Original character design by Kitteh).
I’ve submitted to the MAG in the past, but never won. I don’t expect to with this messy tablet drawing. If I had more time I might have been able to reference the pose, neatened up the line art and added more detail to the colours. Maybe next time?
Removed from the main Fanart Gallery for various reasons, this was my 2nd submission to "H Amok" (an erotic themed anime art contest), whereby "spring cleaning" was this month's theme. Since Honey (Game Character from Fighting Vipers) already wears a maid-type outfit, I felt I'd go one better and show her on the floor with a feather duster in hand! Had to work hard to get this in on time, but it turned out well I think However, I can't take credit for the background on this one - To save time I used an existing stock anime Cel BG.
Artwork created on 01:05:2002 using Pencil and Photoshop 6. 738 x 560 pixels, 164KB
MSN buddy Rik was creating an anime style portrait of himself, so I thought I'd have a crack it too ^o^
Not quite right :s
Trying an anime SD version!
Although they were just quick tablet doodles, I wonder if there's a way to make a lines look a little smoother and less wobbly without drawing them quicker? To check out some of my previous doodles and speed paints (as well as other people's stuff) look in this forum Thread.
First entry in Organi Metal's 'New' Blog, hopefully not the last ^_^
[Entries prior to this are old, relegated artworks]
Haven't posted in the new OM Blog yet for a few reasons- 1. I've been artistically inactive for the past few weeks. 2. Been busy doing life stuff. 3. Not knowing what to write!
I've seen other people's art site based Blogs and they always seem to post several new pics, works in progress and doodles per entry, every few days. I think "wow how do you get the time to do all this? I guess I don’t have to do the same, but if anyone has any ideas on what I should include in my Blog posts, feel free to leave a comment I also notice some people like to go into particulars about their day such as; "got up, had breakfast, went out, it was cold". I always felt that kinda stuff was a little boring Obviously, since it's their journal- they’re welcome to write what they like ^_^ But I'd like to figure out some sort of focus, to stop me going off on one about irrelevant details.
As for Organic Metal, I'm glad to hear the new site design is going down well with visitors. Since there's more pages and sections than the previous design, I can imagine some pages such as this Blog page might get overlooked, but it's there for people that are willing to have a proper look around the site. Om has been generating a few more hits over the last few weeks. Probably a combination of having a new site design and subtly promoting it on a few art forums in my signature
Speaking of Message Forums, here's where I add some focus to my post...
I’ve never been a regular forum go-er. I generally just pop by one or two from time to time for fun or if there’s something in particular I need to ask others about.
When it comes to art I also like to check out the sort of critique people receive from fellow members. I've noticed you’ve got the forums where: everyone will give you short lines of praise no-matter what you post (not so useful), some that give a variety of praise and criticism (probably best) and others than mainly just give hardcore soul destroying (but sometimes very useful) critique!
Anyone can potentially give good advice but more experienced artist's comments are generally more useful and it can be a little frustrating if you find yourself getting heavy critique by a group of youngsters that are at a much lower level with their art, yet if you say "thanks for the comments, but I disagree" you'll be seen as stuck-up, defensive and unable to accept criticism which isn't the case! If I'm ever producing anything other than a quicky pic, I'll always seek critique. Most of which I find useful which causes me to re-work my original design for the better
It's been ages since I actually did some artwork that was for fun. I've been meaning to create some JoJo fan art for ages, so I'm glad I finally got around to it. There are so many more fan arts I want to work on!
My picture illustrates Jotaro and his stand 'Star Platinum' behind. These were originally two different pictures, but have been overlaid in PhotoShop. The picture perhaps isn't very dynamic, but I was more concerned getting the style right. I have been striving to find the perfect comic art style. I wanted to try a kind of hybrid between my favourite comic artists, Hirohiko Araki (Jojo artist) and Joe Madureria (of the Battle Chasers fame). I was pleased with the result and hope I can continue more works in this style, maybe to one day nail down what I consider 'the ultimate style'!
Drawn in Pencil
I also created a coloured version, although I don't prefer it compared to the pencil one to be honest. I hadn't worked on any digital airbrush rendering since Oct '03. And coupled with the fact, it only took an evening to colour, It didn't turn out too good. For a fairly quick piece of fan art, I suppose it's not too bad. I just need to put more effort in next time.
Pencil & Photoshop 7
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, for those that don't know, is a manga and animated series. After watching the anime I was hooked and wish I knew better Japanese so I could read the Manga, which hasn't been translated into English -at the time of this entry at least. Series 3 of the manga, which the anime is based in is about a guy named Jotaro who has the power to summon a guardian spirit call a 'stand' to help battle enemies. He joins up with a team of allies who are searching for the evil stand user, Dio. To put an end to his world conquest and bad-doings. The fighting in JoJo is very tactical- each user's stands are very unique and sometimes a little weird, but it's these unconventional aspects which make it such a kick-ass series.
I came up with a story idea involving this boy. It's a story that will most likely never see the light of day, but I'm enjoying designing characters for it. I'm calling him 'Heely' for now. He looks a little more cartoony than I'd usually draw, but thought keeping it simple would be a good idea if I needed to redraw him multiple times. I intended to ink him using Adobe Illustrator (would be my first time vector line art!), but after about an hour's practice, I couldn't get the hang of it, so thought I’d be better off just inking the traditional way. Maybe I'll give Illustrator another go later?
In 2002 I began to work on a website design for Ridge Meadow Nursery. Unfortunately, due to lack of funding the site wasn't completed. A shame since I had plans to make it best nursery school site in the UK or even rest of the world!
At least I managed to salvage the site's mascot character, Ragwort! A meadow bunny holding a 'ragwort' meadow flower. His job was to help guide visitors though the web site with speech & subtitles upon clicking. I also designed his smaller, animated mouse-like meadow friends, which served to bring attention to particular sections on the web page.
A possible background piece created for an animation project. The camera will pan downwards from the moon to the street for the introduction to the scene. This was a great opportunity to work on my perspective and environments, which I don't particularly enjoy compared to character art. It seems most people prefer checking out my character art too as this piece received the lowest amount of hits while it was in my Original Art gallery section. Still, was happy with the result!
Took days to colour - At the time it was probably the longest period I'd spent colouring. I wanted to go for a realistic CG style similar to Shinkiro- the Capcom artist that did all the characters designs for the King of Fighters games. He draws semi-realistic anime artwork (more realistic than this line art) and renders it to look more 'real' than your typical manga style CG by using photo reference material and such. I used to think some of his stuff was photographed until I saw a pic of him working from reference in Gamest Mook (a monthly Japanese game guide or artwork magazine-book).
The rendering looks good, but I dunno about combining that realistic style with this particular line art. I still like my comics and anime, so if I do more realistic looking anime style art in the future I'll need to make sure I'm happy with the line work before rushing into the colouring.