Where you at Bro?!

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“Bro” sketching or “Silhouetting” is apparently a common process for concepting whereby you laydown a full black filled in shape that your mind conjures and then work backward applying forms and values to find what your brain wants to convey. These are definitely things that I would not just readily make myself.

Throw down some shapes from your mind and see what you come up with.

Art What you Know

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So a lot of the tutorials and videos I’ve been watching for inspiration are saying one core thing over and over again. Draw what you know, or paint what you love. Well, I know card games with creatures and magical beasts. So I imagined a character for my current gaming addiction: Might and Magic: Duel of Champions or MMDOC for short.

This game has a lot of creatures called “Djinn” think of them as genie types that have a lot of magical ability. Well there is one faction in the game that does not have a dedicated Djinn so I made one up. These are the concept thumbnails for a “Hellfire Djinn”. He would be angry and prone to hurling fireballs. I hope to flesh this out in the coming days and see what I can come up with for abilities and such, just for the heck of it. 

 

I Know How That Feels

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Today was just about texture. I added texture to the skin areas, the beard, finished his nails, redid the nose ring and his teeth as well as his paint brush. I will likely hand this in so that I can get it off of my work plate and work on other things moving forward. Perhaps I’ll revisit this at the end of the year and see how I would improve on it at that time. 

I’m noticing that in just the 2 weeks that I’ve been dedicating myself to researching an art topic a day, I am really starting to just be more perceptive and think about how things are interacting in my scenes. While this piece is still far from perfect, I can say without a doubt that this is vastly improved from my original. Thank you to all who have been providing feedback and information. It is helping immensely. 

The progression of this piece can be seen below:

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The Devil is in the Details

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I find that I get caught up in the details when trying to concept… My goal today was to create about 8 – 10 weapon concepts. Instead, I found myself wrapped up in capturing the textures of only a few items… since I am learning how to actually paint in Photoshop… I just got lost in the detailing.

What do you find keeps you from creating more concepts for your ideas?

 

It Takes a Village

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Typically that phrasing “It Takes a Village” is meant for child rearing. However, I’m really starting to realize that it’s certainly applicable in my journey to build my creativity and skill. I try too hard. I want to paint so technically accurate that I forget to be loose and just enjoy creating. I have a strong village, or group of friends and mentors and they are all constantly sharing ideas for growth with me. Lately, this has been the theme: “Lance, you’re trying too hard. Just create art because you love art. You might surprise yourself.”

Who’s in your village? If you don’t have one, maybe it’s time to start the gathering people that will help empower you to create at your full potential. What are some things you’d like to see me try to tackle here on the blog? Share your ideas below.

Free Your Mind and the Rest Will Follow

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Today, I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone. I tried a free association technique employed by André Meister the following tutorial in which you simply let your brain jot out a shape, and then explore the possibilities of those shapes in just black and white. It was interesting just letting my mind wander. I’d make a mark and then all of a sudden a shape concept would appear. I’d flesh it out a bit, erase some, and before I knew it these characters were each taking on a life of their own.

I was pretty surprised by my results though I feel like I still kept some of the same elements in each one. If you try this, please respond with your examples in the comments. If you have any questions or comments please share them. Also if you have any ideas of topics I should explore please feel free to let me know.

Here is the video that inspired me to try this:

Thinking Outside of the Box

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I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. My last 3 days have been so busy that it’s been difficult to post art every day. I almost didn’t post a piece tonight and then I asked my wife for some inspiration. She suggested that I do a Jack in the Box. So I sat down and started sketching on my ipad. About 20 mins later I had this. It’s not polished, But i fell like it has character.

Snowhammer Value Study.

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In the interest of showing art each day and the fact that I have been running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off for the last two days. I present a value study on my current project of a snowman in the Warhammer universe. If you saw my  last rendition of this, you’ll notice that I’ve completely redone the line work and really tried to add some recognizable Warhammer detailing. Since the Snowhammerman is made from discarded parts found on the battlefield there is no one identifiable faction to whom this Snowhammerman belongs to. In the next session I’ll really work on fleshing out the values and adding color to really bring this to life.

Snowhammer Concept

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Continuing the Christmas Concept Art pattern, I came up with the idea of doing a scary or alternative type of snowman. Then I began thinking about what it would look like if the Warhammer universe made snowmen. They would have been created using discarded parts from fallen soliders and found objects from the battlefield or their exploits. This is just a flat color rough due to being out all day and wanting to make sure I posted something for today Warhammer enthusiasts are welcome to offer up scene or detail ideas. I played, but it was a long time ago. Tomorrow I will work on this piece more diligently. 

Concept art Christmas

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Christmas is near and Santa and his crew are getting ready. I took a traditional concept of Santa having a workshop in the north pole and imagined it as an ice castle with a really sleek sleigh being a hint at who might be living in such an awesome abode. I Hope everyone is safe as they travel for the Holidays and wish you all Merry ChristmaHanaKwanzika. May blessings come to you all.