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Sunday, August 31, 2008

The quick way to draw and sketch you idea into concept art

4 tips to get your idea into concept art.  The quick way to draw and sketch you idea into concept art down to sketchbook.
If you have to many ideas inside your head, what is the quickest way to acquire ideas you have before it waters away.

If you ever end with no ideas in you mind, where you don't know what to make- I have a lot of things in mind but have no idea on what should I do!

First, Start with core idea first then narrow it down from there.
-What it is like guys, girls, character,
-If creature then what kind, bi-pedals, four legs, snake like, wings...look at one specific animal structure then derive from there.
-If it is a scene...narrow it down to what time period...what style of architecture...why is it there (what for). And what kind of events take place?
-Narrow it down to the specific as much as you can to filter your idea and make it solid.

Second, The key to make it happen is thumbnails them!

That's why we do thumbnails. We might have 50 ideas about one particular topic, but how do we know which one has to potential to be the best 5 out of those 50 ideas.
Thumbnails are the best way to filter your art work and select the best idea to work thru and present in your final collection.


Also Good advice from one of our readers (Thanks to Chris)
With what I usually do (fine art sculpture), when I get stuck I thumb through art books, browse the web, or I stick on some music and let my mind wander and do lots of little sketches. Doesn't matter what they are. Eventually something comes to me. It's also a good idea to go do something else for a bit (maybe even draw something from life) and take your mind off it, then when you come back fresh you might get a spark.

If you have too many ideas or don't know how to accomplish them, just quickly sketch those out too. I often find by doing this you get a clearer idea of what you want or what works and it naturally progresses. Failing that atleast you have a record of what's in your head and you can stick it in someones face and ask them what they would do, and again, something might spark from that.

I also find that if I don't know what direction I want to go in I give myself an ambiguous or vague title, subject or brief to work from i.e. "Generators" and then think of everything I can to do with it, as obvious or distant as I want. Then you can also research the subject, see what others have done and so forth.

Or perhaps for concept work something more focused like "futuristic gun", "desert enviroment", "barbarian", "cave dweller" and so on. Maybe even refine that further to help with ideas - "it's got to have big eyes, claws, clammy skin" etc. Then sketch as many ideas as you can.

Usually I think most of the time you would have to work to some sort of brief anyway, and I would think that in your portfolio if you could show the kind of ideas you would come up with when given a brief, it's gotta look good.

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Cyborg 009, Top 100 manga of all time and you should read it.

Cyborg 009, Top 100 Manga of all time and you should read it.
This one is really ancient, and I remember reading some of them when I was a kid...also see some Anime rerun. I believe it might be as old as AstroBoy.

The special thing about it is that this original idea basically gives birth and inspire to so many Manga series later on.

The cool factor about it? Think x-men, but they are partially machine and been modify...they didn't really born with the special abilities.

Cyborg 009 (サイボーグ009, Saibōgu Zero-Zero-Nain?) is a manga created by Shotaro Ishinomori. It was serialized in many different magazines, including Monthly Shōnen King, Weekly Shōnen Magazine, Monthly Shōnen Jump, COM, Weekly Shōnen Sunday, Weekly Shōnen Big Comic, SF Animedia, and Shōjo Comic in Japan. The manga was published in English by TOKYOPOP; as of 2006 it is out of print.


It is the tale of nine regular humans kidnapped by the evil Black Ghost organization to undergo human experiments. The result of this tampering are nine cyborgs, each one having super human powers. The nine cyborgs band together to fight for their freedom and to stop Black Ghost. The evil organization's goal is to start the next world war, by supplying any rich buyers with their choice of countless weapons of war and mass destruction.


The evil Black Ghost organization kidnapped several people from around the world and turned them into cyborgs designed to be perfect weapons, but their evil plan backfires because the nine cyborgs still retain some of their humanity. Once the cyborgs escape, they vow to defeat the Black Ghost and bring peace to mankind.

It starts when Cyborg 001 reaches out to Cyborg 009. When Cyborg 009 wakes up he finds himself in this laboratory, and he doesn't know how he got there. Then, when Cyborg 009 tries to find a way out, a lot of robots come after him. Cyborg 001 continues to reach out to Cyborg 009 by mind. Cyborg 009 finds out that he has these amazing powers, but what he doesn't know is that he's a cyborg.

When Cyborg 009 escapes, more robots came after him. He fell off a cliff into the ocean. Then Cyborg 008 was swimming around and spots Cyborg 009. He rescues him and brings him to land. Then more robots come after Cyborg 009. Then Cyborg 002 saves him by flight, and brings him to the others. But before they really got to know each other, they were attacked.

Elements of this series would later find their way into Kamen Rider (1971), another famous creation by Ishinomori. The plots are the same, except that the weekly threats are mutants, and there is just one hero (later two), as opposed to nine.

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Manga Friday "Kapow Express" page 1 from idrawgirls.com

Manga Friday: "Kapow Express"

Chapter 1: "Mei"
page 1


Here is "Kapow Express" *new name for Shanghai Express. I arrange the layout in pieces in stead of the whole Manga page for convenience viewing in the Blog format.
I also schedule to deliver at least ONE Kapow Manga page every Friday! And the rest...are More tutorial.

After I have about 10-20 pages, then I will combine them into a Manga page format and host them at KapowExpress.com (that's the plan anyway...but we'll see)

pg#1
Kapow Express, Manga, online, comics, comix, kung fu, anime, panda, monk, action, zombie, china, chinese

pg#2
Kapow Express, Manga, online, comics, comix, kung fu, anime, panda, monk, action, zombie, china, chinese

Here is page 3 Online Manga, Kapow Express.

Edited new font into the Manga (09/01/08)
Edited page layout (09/04/08)

to be continued...NEXT Friday. :)

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Economy for everyone.
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*You can just use pencil, paper, markers on this one...just practice rendering.

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Peace,

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Four basic elements of composition for illustration, how to, tips and technique for artists, illustrator and comics

Four basic elements of composition in art, how to, tips and technique for artists, illustrator and comics

The 4 main elements of composition are:

1) Frame or Picture area: This is the surface within the four borders of your picture that is used for the drawing or painting. The picture area will help you determine placement of objects, and how big they should be.

2) Depth: This is the illusion of distance or a third dimension. Depth creates a three dimensional effect, making objects feel closer, or further away. The finished result will not appear flat on the paper or canvas if depth is created.

3) Line: **Two basic kind of lines are The line or direction the viewer's eye takes to go through the picture. The objects or forms within the picture should lead the eye to the focal point. When art is viewed, most people will begin in the bottom left corner, and continue through the picture to the right. A good composition will not allow the viewer to keep going right, all the way off the page. The viewer should be lead back into the painting in a flowing motion.

3a)Straight LINES: Horizontal, vertical, and angled lines all contribute to creating different moods of a picture. The angle and the relationship to the size of the frame both work to determine the influence the line has on the image. They are also strongly influenced by tone, color, and repetition in relation to the rest of image. Horizontal lines, commonly found in landscape, gives the impression of calm, tranquility, and space. An image filled with strong vertical lines tends to have the impression of height, and grandeur. Tightly angled convergent lines give a dynamic, lively, and active effect to the image. Viewpoint is very important when dealing with lines particularly in photography, because every different perspective elicits a different response to the photograph.

3b)Curved LINES are generally used to create a sense of flow within an image. They are also generally more aesthetically pleasing, as we associate them with soft things. Compared to straight lines, curves provide a greater dynamic influence in a picture. Curved lines can give gradated shadows when paired with soft-directional lighting, which usually results in a very harmonious line structure within the image.

4) Value: This is the lightness, or darkness of an area, or a shape within the picture. It is also used to create the over-all feel of the picture.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

How to draw Manga and color comics panel step by step tutorial

How to draw Manga and color comics panel step by step tutorial.

Here are another panel from the up coming Manga (color), I also try to add some element of typical Anime element into the style. I renamed it to "Kapow Express", just to randomize the name other than using Shanghai.
I experiment with black and white and decide to do it in color because I like them painted. :)
I am a bad inker, but I do get away with scribble color.

The whole Manga drawing and painting style I am still experimenting...The drawing, I want to maintain stylize and expressive, not realistic in visual. The color, I want it to be kind of washed out, like old piece of paper...photograph using simple color and still can see thru some sketchy pencil lines. Also I want the color to be a bit childlike and have pastel or soft look to them. Though, these are some thought at the moment and of the scene.

*There maybe some panel that could be different and more serious and realistic. If you read enough Manga, some do ulternate...depending on the mood.

But here are step by step drawing and painting Manga comics panel:

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2)
3)
4)

5)
This is almost done, I still have to quickly paint the dude and some backdrop.

Related posted:
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-Wacom Intuos3 6X8 Pen Tablet
-Bamboo (Small) Pen Tablet (new from Wacom!)
Economy for everyone.
Softwares:
-Gimp (Free Download)
-Adobe Photoshop CS2 (Professional software)
*You can just use pencil, paper, markers on this one...just practice rendering.

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** If you have any basic questions or specific please looked up Q/A section. Most of the time your questions has already been answered in Q/A.

If you need any help or support you can
-post questions or comment on the post (seems to be the fastest way to get response)
Peace,

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

How to draw from your mind and create and interesting cool concept and character from imagination.

Drawing without using references.  How to draw from your mind and create and interesting concept and character from imagination.
How to get myself inspired to draw because when i draw i dont know what to draw from out of my head.

I have these questions comes up many many times. Well, here are some tips:

1) You have to practice draw and draw a lot of many things...look for all kind of inspiration from online, offline, forum, etc. Get some idea together...or you can start with some easy shape and form of cartooning...then go from there. Also practice life drawing, drawing from real life with the limited time frame...it will practice your brain to have a natural flow and be more efficient and economy in using line, shape and form. Practice make perfect,...when you try something new out of your comfort zone, the first few or more might not be good, but keep doing it....you will see the big step up from where you start. Keep going and don't be discourage.

2) Also, Don't just focus on people. What I usually do. Practice drawing a lot of animal feature from good photo ref or go to the zoo. There are some weird looking animal everywhere, deep sea fishes, squid, and all kind of insects. Also looking at movies, video games, illustration book and a bunch of concept design from any good production studio. All of them combine, plus constantly seeking inspiration from something new, edgy...from these sources. Don't limited yourself by just looking at the fantasy or typical dragon drawing or painting...expand.

3) Study from real stuff first, then photograph is somewhat the last resource. To make something convincingly realistic, you have to imitate realism itself. Drawing real animal and make them convincing...then you will know the direction you want to go when create fantasy creature.

Recommended book by Knuckle!
-Creative Communication

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** If you have any basic questions or specific please looked up Q/A section. Most of the time your questions has already been answered in Q/A.

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Peace,

How to draw manga comics panel and finished color video and step by step process

How to draw manga comics panel and finished color video and step by step process.

This is a process of the first panel on page 3 of "Shanghai Express."
The scene show interaction, mostly conversational, between the waitress and one of the character (monk dude)
The words in the bubble are still to be written.

*Since this will be Manga comics (color), my approach is the make most of the panels quick, simple style (which I am still experimenting to find my way), and readability. It would be as detail oriented as most of my video sketches. I cannot take a lot of time to refine, just like most manga...The Story goes on and keep up the pace. I hope you guys can enjoy this simplicity also. :)

Here are step by step still images:
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5) Final panel:
Watch the video process, How to draw and color comics panel:

Related posted:
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Drawing Software & Tools I used and recommended:
-Genius MousePen 6x8
-Wacom Intuos3 6X8 Pen Tablet
-Bamboo (Small) Pen Tablet (new from Wacom!) Economy for everyone.
Softwares:
-Gimp (Free Download)
-Adobe Photoshop CS2 (Professional software)
*You can just use pencil, paper, markers on this one...just practice rendering.

New tutorials:
-How to draw Manga male face
-Manga tutorials draw facial expression mad or angry girl face
-How to draw face of demonic creature Asura
-How to draw fantasy female character Manga Mage
-Gatorfish or Fish-Gator Creature Design drawing.
-How to sketch a Sorcerer Pink


FEATURE TUTORIAL:
Face Constructed: How to draw faces
Archetypes Design Manga Characters Tutorial Download



** If you have any basic questions or specific please looked up Q/A section. Most of the time your questions has already been answered in Q/A.

If you need any help or support you can
-post questions or comment on the post (seems to be the fastest way to get response)
Peace,

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