It’s a Mario!

mario

I usually avoid “fan art”. Some of it can be really cool, but it seems creatively lazy to start with something that has already been designed and refined for you. Maybe lazy isn’t the right word; but there does seem to be less room to bring something new and fresh into the world within the constraints of an established character.

That said, I do like me some Mario.

Squid sketch

squid-sketch

Yep. It is a squid. You know, for INKtober…

I originally intended to do a quick drawing with thick graphic lines. Instead I spend way too much time doing this scribbly stippling. What do you think, did it get too fiddly?

Boat House Sketch

boat house

I’ve been experimenting with ways to streamline my workflow and get the most out of digital and analog tools. This is a warm-up sketch of a boat house that was inspired by/stolen from Mike’s work over at Creative Mints. If you want to see some good artwork, you should really be looking over there instead. For my purposes, I was going for something that looks finished, and has some visual presence to it, but wasn’t over-worked and crowded with detail.

I find that digital line work is slow and tends to look stiff. Good ol’ paper and pencil is far more flexible. Color, however, is far faster and easier to tune on a computer than on paper. So in this case, I used a fine point sharpie over the top of rough pencil work. Then scanned and colored in photoshop using a wacom tablet.

Young and Old Portraits

young and old portrait color

This is a pencil sketch I did a while ago exploring some character ideas. Then on a whim I did a color study with it in photoshop. Typically I draw on white paper, so I’m intrigued by how a bold color in the background can influence and permeate the whole color palette as I work. I’m afraid all this digital manipulation is a creative crutch for me when it comes to color, but hopefully I am actually learning somethings along the way. Maybe. Read More …