Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Hi to all the space nuts from @NASASocial! It was really great to meet everyone and hang out at JPL with real life rocket scientists.
Here's a spaceship painting I did earlier this year in Procreate on my old iPad. It's a rough "master copy" of a painting by the incredible John Berkey that appears on page 44/45 of his collection Painted Space. I was trying out Procreate while also trying to get a feel for Berkey's style and interesting, exciting color palette.
I just got a brand new iPad Air, which will let me work at much higher res than this image, and tomorrow my new Wacom Creative Stylus arrives. I'm hoping the new stylus lets me do production-level work on the iPad.
More to come soon, stay tuned!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Hi! Been a while, huh? Well, I got a new job doing concept art at Blind Squirrel Games, so I've been a little busy, but hey, only about 2 months since last update, so I'm 67% faster! (Riiiiiiight.)
Had some time to work on my own stuff, so here's an update. After leaving it for a while, when I opened the image the first thing that hit me was that the parked fighters were looking odd and flat. So, reworked 'em:
Here's a detail of the left one before:
Here's after. Quite an improvement!
Gotta add shadows under it, but it's looking way better than the sketch.
Because it's all about being a better painter, this is all just straight paint. I think I've unlocked the key to making my brain paint without freaking out (besides not using the word "paint"), which is to use only a 100% opacity brush almost all the time. Just lay in flat tone or color, and to detail uprez, zoom in, and use a smaller brush. Seems to be working, because I'm having fun.
More to come sooner than later!
Monday, July 01, 2013
I get some time to work on my own stuff for a change! This one started as the tiny sketch on the upper left of the image below, about 1x3 inches. As I was scribble-sketching the idea for a wedding procession popped into my head so I kept with that theme and did a few more little sketches...
I'd meant to do more of the line work in Illustrator, but it was just taking too long, so I printed it out on 11x17 paper and hand-sketched the rest of it. Still feels better to use the pen - and it's far faster.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Got a nice link today from (multiply pseudonymous) SF author James S. A. Corey, writer of one of my favorite recent SF series "The Expanse":
Since I love to draw spaceships, I sometimes draw ships from books that I like, and sometimes those drawings get to the writers! This fills me with the warms. :)
If you like SF, you really had better read Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War before Corey releases Abaddon's Gate. I pretty much guarantee you will devour them and still be hungry for more! Find these fine tomes hither.