Monday, August 30, 2010

mmmm quickie...

September already? Man, this year passes like horse on a race car on a jet plane on a rocket on a hyperspace capable starship. Imagine all that added speed!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

No-erase quickie

Freeflow lineart. Kinda like letting your subconscious flow freely and keeping your hand flexible.

I did use undo when I didn't like the line, though.

Bonus: stuff I drew on my ipod recently :3

Friday, August 27, 2010

3 Art Tutorials

2 new and 1 old.
I actually put the first two a day prior but took them down soon after because the presentation on them was pretty lacky. Now it looks tiny bit better, I think.


Due to some weird bug/restriction by blogger, I'll have to put a link on them below:
(The thumbnails seems to work fine but I'll have the links live just in case)

Tutorial 1       Tutorial 2      Tutorial 3

Lemme know if these work fine for you.

Cheers :3

P.S. My art depository is coming along nicely. Check it out from menu on the right ----->>

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Color me insane

but I do take my commandments very, very seriously.

Alright. It's REALLY done now. For most part, I felt that I seriously violated many of my own commandments while working on the previous incarnations, so I decided to start anew from scratch.

Specifically, the 4th version started with a fresh sketch, not a modification on a crappy base like the previous ones. Also Mudbox is completely OUT. I had few funs with Mudbox but the program does not fare too well in conjunction with a natural flow of a 2D drawing. The stiff posture that started last year had to be remedied. His torso now correctly rests in a slight, natural angle and he is overall more slumped down. The face which was placed at a perfect 3/4 angle is also changed to heighten the overall mood. It should feel more natural now.

Alright. Time to really move on.

For David Murphy and his comic project:

Friday, August 20, 2010

Artist's 15 Commandments

Things I try to remind myself every time I draw and paint. Not in any particular order.

1. Always try new things
Explore new concepts, different angles and perspectives. Even styles.

2. Draw broadly
Never start your art with details. Get the basic shape down solidly first, and then add details to it.

3. Stay focused
If you're not thinking, you're not drawing. Never have your mind wander off mid-drawing.

4. Have an idea
Know what you try to paint, right down to the final image. Come up with an image in your head first and draw based on it.

5. Feel the dimension
For every objects and characters you draw, try to have a good feel for how it is shaped.

6. Always study
Where ever you go, try to analyze and process what you see in your head. Be it subway train, or crowded park. Look for particular cues, highlights and shapes. Use that knowledge to improve your art.

7. Try to enjoy it
If you're having fun with the piece you're drawing, you'll be more involved and motivated. Even if it means drawing naked chicks all the time.

8. Take as long as you need
Your art is never done until it is.

9. Trust your eyes
Your eyes are always correct even if your brain wants to deny it. Don't trust what your brain says - if it looks funny, it probably is.

10.You already have everything
You have all the tools and talent you'll ever need. The only thing you need to change to improve yourself is to change the way you think.

11. There's no such thing as a bad style
Just bad art.

12. Never copy
Never copy other works to produce your own work. If you really like something, try to study how the artist was able to create the effect and attempt to replicate it from your head.

13. Keep your strokes economical
Making multiple strokes to create an effect isn't always the best way. Sometimes it can be done in one stroke or two, and it'll look better that way too.

14. Get your sketch ready
Make sure your sketch looks good before you color it. No amount of paints will save a crappy sketch.

15. It'll take a long time. 
Be patient. Be it your current drawing, or your career, art is something you do for your life. Patience is indeed a virtue. Keep a calm and steady pace and you'll be fine.

There could be few more, but so far this is all I can think of. Maybe there is a lesson of value to you here, or maybe not. I hope this will be helpful to someone out there.

Jin out.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Stuff for today

Lallallallaaa stuff stuff etc etc lol

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Even more stuff

Actually when I attempted this same concept few days ago, things turned out pretty nasty. (below)

Even for seasoned artists, being careless with your art usually results in catastrophic horror. You gotta be on your toes, and keep your head spinning at all times to achieve solid work. Well, at least for me.

Art is a thinking process and it shows when an artist does not think his or her way through.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Stuff as usual

Took about 4 hours. Just random paints with an original character.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Random Crap

Some random stuff I never really finished, or still working on...

And some other stuff I've done from my iPod touch..

That is all.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I just had to make this

Over a million hours on photoshop.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Quickie... What was the number again?

1hr 40 minutes. Started at the same time as the movie 'Groundhog Day' and finished by the credits.

What a great movie. Never gets old after 17 years.

Also timelapse.

(It's gonna take some time for HD and audioswap)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Jinbrush Update

The new update isn't very much an addition to my past brush sets, but rather a deduction.

I'm basically releasing how I have my brush set up on my current photoshop workspace.

Disclaimer: I saved this brush in CS5. Theoretically, it should work in all versions of photoshop CS, but it also may not. Godspeed.

As the description say, every one of them counts and are useful for something. I have basically rid of all the brushes I felt redundant. Keep the brush numbers low, and the photoshop stays fast and responsive.

Also I have added 1 brush that has been critical to my recent workflow. And that is the 'Bushy Fraud' brush I made.

Bushy Fraud is basically a modified version of 'Bushy Road' and it's been working wonderfully for me. As demonstrated above, the brush eases the extreme differences between hard and soft brushes while staying interesting enough by itself. Painting process has been much shortened because of this - by removing extra efforts like blending or sharpening.

Along with my 'Penciler' brush, I can see myself using this baby for a long time...


2 hr quickie. Just getting hang of the whole lineart stuff - I think.


Man, I've been drawing for a long time eh? almost 23 years of continuous drawing and 14 years of that have been on computer. I feel like I've just started getting pretty good at this drawing business.

Something to note is that I have an extensive backup habit. I have 2 1.5 gig HD for backing up all my works. One of them is in my computer, as a second partition. I use that to store all my current ongoing works plus all the backups. The second HD, which is sitting on my USB dock as an external HD, just stores all my backups in case one of the HD goes bad.

I save as new once every 30 minutes or so when I work. So I end up with approx 2~100 PSD files depending how long I spend on drawing the piece. I basically preserve all the steps so I can go back to them at any given moment.

This saving habit mainly started when I lost all my digital works prior to 1997 when I used to draw on MSpaint on the 77mhz computer which just broke down, and fully blossomed when I had few of my files corrupted on Corel Painter because of their save bug back in 2002 (thus the reason I don't use Painter to this date).

I don't think anyone needs to save as extensively as I do, but does give me some comfort when I press the shift+ctrl+s key. I'm pretty anxious without it. Heh.

That should be enough revisions...

That was quite a quest. Time to revise rest of the characters.

BTW, it's for David Murphy and his comic project: