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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Another digital painting attempt of Emma Frost

Here is Another digital painting attempt of Emma Frost.  I think I painted more than a few of Emma Frost character.  There is something mysterious, cold, and mostly temperament about the character that I really like so I am working on another one.  Anyway, tutorial is coming soon, but right now it is just work in progress (WIP).
I spend about more than a few hours on this one so far.  Hopefully it will turn out like I want her to.


Hopefully I can finish her off by the end of the week.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Green Lantern

How to draw Green Lantern.  Hello, here is another speedpainting of superhero GREEN LANTERN. It's been a couple weeks since I post speedpainting last. I always get inspired whenever they are going to make another movie of superhero. Anyway, honestly, Green Lantern has never really been on my list. I only wish that they will make Dead Pool with Ryan Reynolds, that guy has come a long way since "Van Wilder" (I still love the film btw). Anyway here are step by step and video tutorial of how to draw superhero Van Wilder, no I meant Green Lantern. This one I start of with a bit more line work because I have to deal with a slight perspective from the head down. So I just want to make sure the shape go correctly using line work as guideline. Then from shape I render it out with values in basically monochrome and randomly playing with edges outside the figure to create some sort of fake background. I want to play with it a little further but then I lost interest and just leave it as is. This one took me about an hour or so.

Green Lantern is the name of several fictional characters, superheroes appearing in comic books published by DC Comics (I didn't know that, um...would he then be Dead Pool for Marvel? probably NOT.) Each Green Lantern possesses a power ring and power lantern that gives the user great control over the physical world as long as the wielder has sufficient willpower and strength to wield it. The ring is one of the most powerful weapons in the universe, and can be very dangerous. While the ring of the Golden Age Green Lantern (Alan Scott) was magically powered, the rings worn by all subsequent Lanterns were technological creations of the Guardians of the Universe, who granted such rings to worthy candidates. These individuals made up the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps.

You might also interested in the following super hero and heroines tutorials, go watch How to draw Fantastic 4 Susan Storm (basic comics style drawing with pose), How to draw Batgirl comics, and watch How to draw comics superhero spiderman, and my How to draw comics character Hulk, it also has coloring or paint over tutorial. Also the new arrival video tutorial, How to draw Captain America, Thor, draw comics girl Emma Frost, And an older video tutorial, How to draw Batman or Darknight.

Also basic to intermediate anatomy drawing instruction video, they are short but get right to the point and will be useful for studying muscles and human anatomy for artist go watch Drawing body muscle torso anatomy video & step by step and Drawing arm muscles bicep tricep video. Have fun watching.

Here is a final image GREEN LANTERN

Here are step by step drawing and painting GREEN LANTERN
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Finally about after an hour
green lantern concept art
Here is a bigger version: Green Lantern

Video Tutorial digital painting process Green Lantern.  ;-)

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Mohawk Zombie speedpainting

How to draw and paint Mohawk zombie.  Here is another quick speedpainting step by step how to. This one takes me about an hour and a half. I actually start one zombie before this one, but it didn't turn out well. So I throw it away and start new one from scratch.
This speed painting, what I am trying to achieve most is the mood of the piece and play around with lighting that was lid from behind the character.
The process is very familiar to you guys already if you are frequent visitors to my blog. I started off with, first, scribble construction lines to find pose, figure and composition. Then I turned those lines into shapes and rearrange to make the shapes more interesting to look at. And from those shapes, I then pick the light source and start to establish basic values. From that point on, you can just keep working in monochromatic until you get to the point that you are confident enough to introduce your second colors and so on. Then keep the temperature of the piece harmonize, as well as color in balance between cool and warm.

Mohawk Zombie!

This is actually one of the panel of the horror story I am working on, see More Walking Dead Zombies, How to draw Zombie digital painting, and female character design sketch.  Yes, all these three post I mentioned are related into my horror story line or at least I hope eventually so.  I am trying to make it as quick as I can but I keep get distracted from many things. It's that time of the year, holiday is coming up. There are so many distractions but I will try to keep update as many time as I can. Have fun with the tutorial.

Here is a step by step Mohawk Zombie
drawing zombie step by step

Here is the final Mohawk Zombie:
drawing zombie step by step
Here is the bigger image: Zombie Mohawk


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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Happy Thanks Giving Turkey monster

Here is just some quick experimental painting that I did of some kind of Turkey creature.  I haven't done creature concept art in a long while. So this is some sort of a break from the main art work I am working on.  This one probably takes me about 30-50 minutes doodling out.
I started off with totally random shapes and use random brushes.  Then I just pick and choose what shape should dominate and go from there.  Nothing much in this post, just playing around with shapes and brushes.

Here are step by step images:
creature speedpainting step by step

Here is a Turkey monster!
creature speedpainting step by step
Here is a bigger image: Creepy Turkey

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Friday, November 12, 2010

More walking dead ZOMBIEs yeah!

More walking dead ZOMBIEs yeah!
Well, nothing too exciting to post except for these new sequential panels of brain and flesh eating bastards, them zombies. I know I make a few attempt to do my own comics but never finish one yet. So now I just try not to come up with my own original idea totally. I will just work off from existing idea and make short comics from them, hopefully I can finish 30-40 pages story. I really need to finish at least one short comics in my art career, right. ;)
Anyway, I got really inspired after watching "28 days later" for the 22nd time, but who wouldn't. Then I start reading the book called "Biohazard" by Tim Curran, very cool apocalyptic setting with variety of zombies like creatures. And now I am about to start reading thriller suspense novel called "The blonde" by Duane Swierczynski. It gets really good review. Hopefully all the cool stuff will rub off on my idea.
Anyway, these are just the first sequential set, more to come. And 30-40 pages should be a high probability that I would most likely finish it. Wish me luck if you like to see Zombies short story from me. ;)
Here are some Zombie art, hope it makes sense. Words and captions will come way way way later when I finish the the whole nine art!
zombies comics online
zombies comics online
See bigger image here: zombie comics online

Happy weekend guys!

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

How to draw and paint Thor

How to draw and paint Thor.  Thor digital painting sketch character concept step by step tutorial. It's been quite a little while since my last update. And this time it's THOR! I was trying to do Thor sketch quite a few times in the past few month since there is a movie coming up soon, I think it's 2011. My first few attempts fail, well I didn't post them because they are kinda suck but I might repost the quick digital painting sketch along with the new one. This one was suppose to be a quick sketch or speed painting (around 30-45 minutes) but then I got carried away and paint longer than I thought I would because I just want it to be better than it was.
Usually when I am going to come up with new painting, my goal is to make it as consistence in term or quality of art or execution, if not better than the last one I painted. I constantly try to better my skill, but it doesn't always turn out like I would imagine. It gets harder and harder, but once in a while I will have a break through in some technique or understanding of different angle to approach new painting in conceptual art. I always hope for better and all I can do is keep trying. :)

Marvel Studios 公司扩展了一个新的超级英雄类型:清华水池的电影世界。这部史诗冒险横跨惊奇宇宙,从地球到现今的阿斯加德境界。在故事的中心是坚强的雷神,一个强大,但是傲慢的战士,他点燃了古代战争鲁莽行动。索尔是投下来到地球,被迫生活在人类的惩罚。一旦在这里,索尔学习如何才能成为一个真正的英雄,当他的世界上最危险的恶棍发送的阿斯加德最黑暗势力入侵地球。

Here is Thor so far:
how to draw Marvel ThorOne more sitting session then it should be complete or hopefully.

Anyway, a bit about Thor movie hype!

A bit about Thor and its origin:
Thor is a fictional superhero who appears in publications published by Marvel Comics. The character first appears in Journey into Mystery #83 (August 1962) and was created by editor-plotter Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber, and penciller Jack Kirby.
Debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books, the character is based on the Thor of Norse mythology. Thor has starred in several ongoing series; limited series and has been a perennial member of the superhero team the Avengers, appearing in each of the three volumes.

Here is a video demo how to draw and paint THOR:

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Marvel Studios expands its film universe with a new type of superhero: THOR. This epic adventure spans the Marvel Universe; from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth. Kenneth Branagh directs this fantasy epic which stars Australian actor Chris Hemsworth as the ancient Norse god, Tom Hiddleston as his evil brother Loki, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, a young woman who befriends Thor on Earth, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin. *Anything with Anthony Hopkins is pretty cool!*

As for Thor character in latest film:
Chris Hemsworth as Thor: The god of thunder based on the deity of the same name from Norse mythology. According to Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily blog, director Kenneth Branagh and Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige chose Hemsworth after a back-and-forth process in which the 25-year-old actor was nixed early on, then given a second chance to read for the part. In an interview Hemsworth told Access Hollywood that the film stays true to the comics stating; “There’s so many different versions of the comic books, they’ve sort of bonded quite a few of them to form this particular story, but it’s all very true to the original stuff”. On his take of the character Hemsworth stated, "We just kept trying to humanize it all, and keep it very real. Look into all the research about the comic books that we could, but also bring it back to 'Who is this guy as a person, and what’s his relationship with people in the individual scenes?'". The first publicity image from the film released depicts Hemsworth in costume as Thor, illustrating elements taken from the comic character's design.

Anyway, this illustration or speed painting I am concepting has nothing to do with the movie. I just want to paint it up of how I would imagine it to be and it's just my vision of Thor and homage to the superhero mythology god. :)

Also if you just want to take a look at some male basic anatomy tutorial to supplement the Thor tutorial, go watch Drawing body muscle torso anatomy video & step by step and Drawing arm muscles bicep tricep video.  Both are useful for studying muscles and human anatomy for artist.

Here are step by step Drawing Thor:
how to draw thor

Thor digital painting tutorial

Thor digital painting step by step
Here is what it is so far:
Thor digital painting lesson online
Here is a bigger image: Thor
Step 2) see the final image: Thor speedpainting final update.

For more FREE superhero art video tutorial go watch How to draw Fantastic 4 Susan Storm (basic comics style drawing with pose), How to draw Batgirl comics, and watch How to draw comics superhero spiderman, and my How to draw comics character Hulk, it also has coloring or paint over tutorial. Also the new arrival video tutorial, How to draw Captain America, draw comics girl Emma Frost, And an older video tutorial, How to draw Batman or Darknight. Enjoy!

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

10 steps to get an art job in video game industry

10 steps to get an art job in video game industry.
It is also the best way to get art critique and possibly land you a job!
This post will probably be useful for all of you who really want to get a career in video games, movies and any other great profession doing art.

A lot of artists would like to know where they stand and often you can and will ask teachers, senior artists or artist friends to give you critique for your pieces. If you are not really serious about being professional then you don't really need a critique, you can just skip this post.

Keep in mind when you ask for critique what are you really looking for.
Are you looking for praise? If then you are in the wrong profession because constructive criticism is not meant to give you praise, but to make you a better artist and sometime it will kick your butts.

Even in the professional environment, everyone and I receive good amount butts whipping from our art director all the time. Best case scenario "Well, you need to change this, extend that, and maybe reduce the saturation. And often, "Ah, I think this doesn't fit, you will need to do it over and take a different direction." So you better get used to it, it will make you a better commercial artist. But trust me, a good professional constructive critique is better than any other praise you will ever get because it will lead you closer to the right goal. ;)

I'm going to tell you how to get a real good critique professionally. Do it right, it will pave your way and open doors to professional art career in your target industry.

1) Know what you want to do by doing research of the subject you are interested in and what kind of job available in the field. Meaning if you love doodle sketch robots and spacecraft, you might want to look into any game company who has the similar genre and style of games production. If you like drawing creatures, Trolls, Goblin, etc. look in that direction.

2) Do NOT ever sent just one piece for professional critique, no one will care. You have to work hard, every professional artist with real job are busy, respect their time and be courteous. You have to work on at least 5-10 pieces, make it look like a mini portfolio so they can really judge your ability, range and consistency.

3) Get your artwork online, upload it via Picasa, Flickr, Photobucket, etc. Make sure your album is clean and contain just what needs to be in it. DO NOT send them ATTACHMENT, it will clog their inbox and chance are it will be DELETE without ever being looked at.

4) Select any real company that you like there are so many of them. My tips would be to look at your video games selection (video games, card games, etc.), find your favorite games and find out who make them (Rockstars, Ubisoft, Insomiac, etc but I would suggest you should also pick SMALLER companies also, NOT just the POPULAR one). Pick about three companies from there. Also look at the body and quality of art work of their current artists and try to make yours up to the standard of their house artists.

5) Find out about them online, it is 21st century information are all over the place.
Once land on their page, you should find "Job opportunity" and/or "Career Opportunity". Click on it and find out what kind of positions they offer and read the description carefully. (You could also do this step before you make your portfolio so that your art work will fit the description they required.)
**It also help to find out about their art team, how many artist are involve in their one game production. Find out their names and search for them online to look at their art work as research (This relate to #4 to look at the quality of their art work).
***Nowadays you can find the companies and people in the team via their page on Facebook or Linkedin.  Befriend them and like the page and communicate with anyone involves.

6) E-mail them your portfolio link with letter explain your intention. If you are looking for critique say so NICELY and tell them that you would like to get into the professional level in a year, couple of years and so on. Ask them what you need to improve on and such.

7) If you send it to three companies and no response within a week, start doing more research and get more companies on your list. There are hundreds of them to pick from. Then send your portfolio again to others (you should limited to ten or fifteen.)

8) Yes, now you will really find out if your art will get their attention or not. If you are GOOD, you will find out real soon because some will response with critique back. If you send it to ten or fifteen companies and NO RESPONSE, my advice would be "STOP" for now.

9) Now what, Now what you need to do is to start building better portfolio about ten to twenty more pieces in the next three to six months. ***But this doesn't mean that you will put all of them into your online portfolio album, you will still pick only five to ten best pieces*** If you received critique from any company, you will have to focus real hard on what is pointed out and improve it. At this point you are in luck and you are getting closer. Plus now you have a point of contact from whoever response to you. For those who did not receive, don't worry it happens to everyone (happened to me when first getting my foot it, it happened some of the best concept artists in the video game industry even.) It means that YOU ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH YET and NOBODY CARES about YOUR ART WORK. Accept the defeat for now and use that as your fuel to produce more BETTER art work. NOTE: I believe even if you don't get critique, you know what you should improve on be HONEST to yourself. Stop asking mom, dad and your nice friends to praise your art, get them pros to critique it, YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO GET THEM ATTENTION thru your art. That is the only way you will be good.

10) Repeat the process from one to ten again. A few more times you will either get a job you will love, or get a real critique from real professional people to start with.

***IMPORTANT! For comics book, most of the time you can get editors to review your portfolio at any big convention. You will have to find out detail from that particular convention (San Diego Comics-Con or NYC or anywhere). And if you are good, the editor will give you contact e-mail or cards for you to submit more sample pages on spot. If not, try again the next convention.***

Anyway, if you aren't ready for the tips above. There are other ways.
You can find any big forum or community that has lots of professional artists in it (cghub.com, conceptart.org) Then post your art online in the forum, you will get critique within minutes that way. And if you are good, you will get your name out thru the community and if you are getting better and greater, the job will look for you.

Good luck!

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

How to draw zombie digital painting tutorial

How to draw zombie horde in comics panel. digital painting tutorial. Here is another quick painting tutorial that I was supposed to post on Halloween. But apparently too much treat for me at the time so I got a flu, I think, for a couple days. Now I'm recovering from it. A little late but better than never. Anyway, same as always, I start off with just shapes and silhouettes. Typically they don't really look like anything at first but just maybe resemble some figures and gestures. Then I start to give it simple values (light and dark, render) and forms. Start with big shapes at first, don't be too concern with tiny little detail yet. Then I rearrange the values and try to get the correct values into the right place. If you do it right, your image can look real. Lighting is the key, sometimes I get really close...but most of the time when I finish, they often lost something along the way. I have to paint more pictures and observe and study really carefully until I will get it to the point that I really want. But for now, here didn't turn out that bad.

Anyhow, a zombie is typically a reanimated corpse, or a human being who is being controlled by someone else by use of magic. More recent stories have used a pandemic illness to explain them. Stories of zombies originated in the West African spiritual belief system of voodoo, which told of the people being controlled as laborers by a powerful wizard. Zombies became a popular device in modern horror fiction, largely because of the success of George A. Romero's 1968 film Night of the Living Dead.

Here is Zombie or Undead digital concept
Below are step by step how to draw and paint Zombies
how to draw zombies
Here is a final version of Zombies
zombie drawing tutorial
Here is a bigger version: Zombie drawing tutorial

Hope you enjoy the tutorial, peace!

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