Friday, December 30, 2011

Kid Leather – His wallet says “B.M.F.”

Hey ARTfans!

Well, Day 4 of my 30 Day ARTed Challenge! Here’s an image I worked up last night.

I’m not as happy w/ the shading on this one as I have been with some of my previous images. I think I rushed through this more than the other images… I was exhausted and my back was buggin’ me by the time I finally had a chance to sit down at the drawing table last night... (Ok, so we had a plumbing emergency yesterday, and let’s just say I spent a good couple of hours trying to get our hallway carpet dry... It’s still damp this morning) *sigh*

Anyway, so that’s Kid Leather, in all his bovine glory! (He’s a minotaur, son. 100% Grade A Choice). And he’s one character you don’t want to end up on the wrong side of… ‘course… he really doesn’t have a ‘right’ side… better just to stay as far away as you can.

Here’s the “finished” Pencils for this image… (Notice how my pencils are becoming less ‘finished’ and more of a guideline for inking anymore… that’s interesting to me.)

And here’s the finished inks…

Well.. there’s Day 4 complete. I’ll probably take this weekend off, but I’ll certainly be back on Monday!

-Neb Out!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Aina – Sittin’ Pretty!

Hey ARTfans!

I hope you all had a good holiday (whatever you called it!) The kiddo’s made out like little bandits… and now it looks like the house exploded with toys. (Am I the only one that can’t wait till some of the batteries start wearing out, and the noise level around the house returns back to a manageable hum!)

Anyway, I have been thinking about my 30 day art challenge… and I was thinking about starting it at the first of the year. But thing is… I want to draw now. Right now. I need to practice. To move beyond the ‘character design’ phase of this project, and start really concentrating on the ‘characters’ themselves. To start boiling down their essences… and figure them out… both how to draw them, and how to make them relatable. We have created a very rich story. A very rich universe… populated by some interesting and dynamic characters. And it’s about time I start letting them outta the box a little. As Neil puts it… “it’s time to stop just gearing up our G.I. Joe’s, and time to start playing”.

So… as announcements go… here it is.

30 Day “Cartoon Style” ART Challenge

The rules: I will get an image up every week day. I am shooting for finished images (pencilled / inked / colored) up Monday – Friday (I am taking the weekends off to relax w/ the family – however, if I can sneak an image out, I will). They may not all be my best work. They may not all be pretty… but it’s all work. We’re gearing up for some MAJOR things in 2012… and I gotta bring my “A” game. It’s ON like an 8 Bit Donkey Kong!

So without further ado…

Day 3 - Aina

Here’s an image of Aina – (just in case you are wondering, it’s pronounced “EYE” – “EEE” – “NA”), I threw together last night. I am really enjoying coloring this way. I must say that I have not enjoyed coloring this much in a while. (It’s usually a chore!)


And for those interested, here’s the finished pencils:

And here are the finished inks:

Well, that’s all for today. See you guys tomorrow!

-Neb Out!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Let’s get ready to…

Hey ARTfans!

Bringin’ you another fun image today. Threw the pencils for this down at lunch yesterday… and finished the rest yesterday afternoon. (I actually got to bed before midnight… ***SHOCK***)

I am exploring this cartoony style… and would actually like to throw down an image of all of our characters in this style… (Might just try to pull that off)… maybe that’s some sort of 30 day ART challenge I can do… hmmm…

Anyway… more on that later…

For now… enjoy a little Tuff-Love!!!


Merry Festivus everyone!!! I hope you all have a warm and wonderful holiday w/ your families and loved ones!

I’ll be back at it next week!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Lunchtime (Extended) Sketchlings…

Well gang… I might be on to something…

I have been experimenting on and with a more ‘cartoony’ style. One that allows me a little more ‘wiggle room’, and that is easier / quicker to produce. I’ve taken several stabs at it over the last couple of months – and with a few minor exceptions, I haven’t been too impressed w/ what I have been producing.

I threw down the pencils at lunch… and inked/colored it tonight (once the kidlets were all nestled in their beds).

I gotta say… I likes it. There is some potential there. And there’s an added bonus in that I played w/ a slightly different coloring style (yet again)… that was actually very quick to produce… and the end result, was impressive (at least to me).

Well… without further ado’…

12-20-11  -  Celeste - Cartoon Aspirations

And because I know it doesn’t always come out when it’s smaller… here’s another one to show the detail a little better…

So… what’dya think?



Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lunchtime Sketchling–12/20/11

Not too much today… just a quick sketch I whipped out at lunch. A style I’d like to continue to play with. Just trying to work out some of the kinks.


Now if I can just figure out this stoooopid HTLM5 / CSS website stuff… I’ll be in business… *grumble*

I hope to have one more post up this week. Then it’s a 4 day weekend w/ the family!

5 more days to go…

Keep warm everyone!


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Reddest of Neb’s - Update

Howdy Gang,

I’m a little outside my schedule… again. I’ve made a slight transition from ‘production’ – the drawing and coloring of images, to ‘construction’.

We, (Ego Comics Infotainment Group), are working on a project, and I have had to replace my ‘artist monkey’ hat, with my ‘tech-monkey’ hat.

Since most of my free time has been tied up working on that… (I promise, I haven’t played Batman Arkham City once this week!!!), I haven’t been able to drop any drawrings on my blog.

I did uncover a finished piece that I did not post from last month.

So what does that mean… a FREEBIE POST!!! When I didn’t really have anything else to post today… WooHoo!!!

Here’s the finished, colored character drawing for The Red Neb.

He’s got a story… or two to tell…

What ya’ guys think?



Friday, December 9, 2011

Slackin’ for the Holidays…

Ok. I admit it. I’ve been slackin’ the last couple of weeks. There’s no excuse for it.

The ‘fat man’, made an early stop, (a Festivus Miracle!!), and dropped off Batman – Arkham City, and a Kinect. I know… I knew I was a good boy this year… but WOW!!

So guess what me and the family have been doing for the last couple of nights… That’s right… jumping around like a bunch of weirdos in front of the family TV!

Dade has been slicing up a storm w/ Fruit Ninja, and Leia’s dancing along w/ a demo for Dance Central 2! Even Coop’s got in on the action.

Yeah… I know… I ruined Festivus! Not to fret… that is not the only thing that the ‘Fat Man’ is bringing the kids… I have it on very good authority that he’s making another late night stop on the 24th.

Now, while I did admit that I haven’t been doing much… it doesn’t mean I haven’t done anything.
Here’s a little something that I created the other day at work.

Here’ ya go… something fun…
Stomping Ground Maze-FINISHED

I’m probably going to be holding back a bit of what I do over the next couple of weeks, at least until after the holidays. I can’t tell you why… (It’s a secret!)

That’s all I got for today…

Hope everyone has a good weekend!!!


Friday, December 2, 2011

A Girl and a Dragon

Hey Gang!

Here are a few images I’ve been working on. Turns out I think we’re scrapping this one… but I’m still happy w/ the work… so I figured I’d post these anyway.

Here’s the initial pencils. This was actually done in two parts… the girl was on one sheet of paper, and the dragon was on another. I slapped them together in PS. I still had a few things I was trying to work out… which you’ll see in the next image.

Here are a few of the changes I made. Repositioning the right arm, and changing the gauntlets a little, and the shape of the blade in her right hand.

And here are the inks. I haven’t finished this, and realized somewhere along the line, that I still didn’t know what I wanted to do w/ her bodysuit. I had a few ideas… but nothing that really worked the way I wanted to.

I was however, really happy with the Dragon’s head. I think I’m gonna attack this one again later. I still have some ideas that I want to try out.

Still happy w/ a lot of the work on this… just a shame it didn’t quite work out how I needed it to. But it’s still work and practice.

Till next Tuesday…


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