Tuesday, January 31, 2012
I hope you are all doing well.
Day 20 of my 30 day ARTcast. (2/3 of the way there)
I spent last night at the drawing table doing some sketching. It wasn't a stellar night for art. But I knew that when I started all this... I wasn't going to be putting up awesome work every night... I worked on a couple sketches of Tuff, and I'm posting another sketch that I haven't posted yet, of Celeste (in the middle there - her hair didn't show up when I scanned it).
I did end the night working on the colors for Celeste and her "schweet motor scooter". I'm hoping to finish that up maybe tonight... (we'll see... there's a lot to color on that one... and I have in mind a particular 'look' that I'm hoping to achieve... so that may take additional time.)
Anyway... here's the last sketchDUMP for January 2012.
Lot's to do in February... and I still have 10 more days of my 30 day ART challenge to go.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Well, It's time for day 19 of my 30 Day ART Challenge. (I know, I'm getting a little further behind that I want.)
Here's what I was working on last night. (Neil provided the dialogue!)
I must say... I actually enjoyed working on this one. And it's a perfect example of sometimes not knowing where I'm going... but having an idea where I'm gonna end up. When I finished the inks, and started on the coloring... I had a pretty good idea about colors / shading and such. But when I started my first layer of shading... that all flew right out the window. I ended up tossing an entire layer of shading, because I just couldn't get the right feel for it. So I started again. My second attempt went much better. I think it still ended up a bit 'darker' than I was anticipating... but in the end result I'm still pretty happy with it.
As a marketing piece... I'm diggin' it! I might need to work on getting the words on the left to 'pop, pop' more against the background... but I think I'll have that figured out by the time I am ready to sell these prints!
Oh, and here's the finished inks for this image as well...
Thursday, January 26, 2012
I have something a little different today. I thought I’d try my hand at a review (of sorts) of the newest addition to my workflow. Last week, I ordered a Cintiq 21UX. For anyone not familiar with the Cintiq, it’s a high-end additon to Wacom’s already extensive lineup of drawing tablets (not to be confused with android tablet, or iPad, type devices, that were all the rage last year.) No… this tablet serves a higher calling. The Cintiq 21UX is an ARTist’s Tablet!
|And it’s Large!!! (that’s what she said!)|
OVERVIEW:Wacom’s Cintiq 21UX features an expansive 21.3” LCD screen (4:3 aspect ratio), with ‘industry-leading’ pen input capabilities. (i.e. YOU CAN DRAW RIGHT ON THE SCREEN!) And with 2048 levels of pressure, you have unprecedented sensitivity, allowing you to control the digital ‘brush’ with a much more natural feel. With it you can control a number of different pressure-sensitive pen effects, such as line weights, and opacity, and exposure. Obviously, Adobe Photoshop is one of a host of programs that will truly take advantage of what the Cintiq has to offer.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the ASTONISHING / OUTRAGEOUS / OVER-THE-TOP / JAW-DROPPING $1,999.00 price tag. Yes, 2 grand. Two Thhhhhhhousand Dollars. Obviously this price makes this cost-prohibitive to all but the professionals (or those of us who like to pretend that we are). And that’s a shame. My hope is that, over the next couple of years, and with the release of Windows 8 later this year, people will start to interact with their computers in whole new ways. Touch based computing is the future, and the technology is similar enough, that I’m hoping we start seeing more affordable Cintiq type capabilities on the next generation of ‘standard’ monitors for your average home PC.
UNBOXING / SETUP:
Well, I got this box home last night, and was very anxious to open ‘er up, and get this thing up and running. Pretty standard packaging, and it seemed to do a good job protecting the precious cargo inside.
|That's the base right on top. "All your base are belong to us."|
|Box of yummy bits!|
|Ah... finally getting to the gooey center!|
|Ack! What's this? Instructions... We don't need no stinkin'... oh wait... I spent 2 grand on this... I prolly should at least take a peak.|
|Laying down flat-ish.|
|3 plugs. DVI, USB, and power (attached to power brick)|
|Yes... Load that operating system...|
Once Windows was up, I loaded the drivers off the CD. (I know... I know, I'll go download the newest drivers tonight, I was just in a hurry to get it up and running). Driver install was as painless as could be. After installing the drivers, the pen was recognized, and I went ahead and registered with Wacom.
The 2nd CD, has a few free applications - Corel Sketchpad or something like that, and some free Photoshop Brushes. I'll check those out later.
It took me a minute to get the screens configured, and since my regular 21" monitor is up and to the right, I tried to arrange them in Windows to sort of follow the same direction (I may have to tweak this later as well - but I'll get into that in a minute). I also noticed that the Cintiq will rotate 180 degrees on the base. You can (rotate) swivel it to whatever angle you want or that is comfortable. The base also will lift the screen up to a 65 degree angle, or down to almost flat at 10 degrees. I had my concerns about the base, but am happy to report that it is sturdy and does not feel at all like it cannot handle the screen. Also, as I have this on my drawing table, which is already at an incline, I was a little nervous about having this up on the table, but the feet on the bottom of the base do a really good job at gripping the surface of my art table, and it didn't really move around at all, unless I wanted it to. (Note: despite being impressed with the base, I am still thinking about mounting this eventually to a swing arm - I like the idea of having it down where I want it when I'm using it, but swinging it up and out of the way when I'm not at my table - and also not enticing 'small fingers' to want to touch/play on it)
|Awww... they're gonna be best friends!!!|
Beautiful display... and I haven't even looked at adjusting the colors or anything yet. And I was already impressed just sitting in front of it. I pulled up Photoshop, and tweaked a brush to recognize the pressure sensitivity, and right away noticed a difference between what I was doing on my Lenovo X61 Tablet. It's not a HUGE difference, but it was noticeable. The real difference is the size. The available real-estate on this screen is tremendous! It felt like moving from an old 21" Tube television set, into a brand new 55" LCD TV! (That's probably a little bit of an exaggeration, but I want to really stress how much more open the screen feels. My image was not 40% hidden behind toolbars and settings. In fact, my whole image was visible, and I just felt ready to work! Anxious to get going and give it the ol' college try!
After moving things around, and getting comfortable, I pulled up the inks for Geela Dom that I had done Tuesday night, and get ready to get after it.
|Look at all that space!!!|
I worked for about 4 hours last night, and did notice that the screen began to get warm around the edges - It so happens that I seem to rest my arm right over one of the lamps. It was just a little annoying at first, but over the course of the night, it really became almost unbearable. I grabbed an old sock, and MacGuyver'd it into a sleeve that rolled up over my forearm to give me some buffer over the heat. Problem solved. I'll see about getting something a little more 'permanent' and less 'ghetto' in the future.
The one other thing that did concern me. The nibs for the pen, occasionally seemed to grab the screen, and if I continued pressuring them, I feared it might scratch into it. It seems pretty sturdy, so I'm not really concerned about that, but I did catch it doing that a handful of times. They're brand new nibs, so as I use them, I figure they'll get worn down, and this will become less of an issue.
•Excellent size (lots of real-estate, room to work)
•Sensitivity is second to none.
Welcome to day 18 of my 30 Day ART Challenge.
I’m combining two posts – one from yesterday that I didn’t get a chance to post, and the one from tomorrow. Here goes.
Ok… thanks for checking them out… I’m gonna go crawl into bed and sleep now.
I have something special for tomorrow to show you… so stay tuned!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Well, it’s Day 17 of my 30 Day ART Challenge. Are you ready???
I sat down last night and started inking this. The inks came out pretty good, and I was excited to start blocking in these shadows, and see the image start to take shape – or at least start to resemble what was in my head. (I have a TON of respect for Mike Mignola, and his ability to work in the negative space like he does – the few times I’ve tried to emulate his style… it makes my brain hurt… a lot!).
Once I got the blacks in… I looked at it for a good long while. And was kinda disappointed. I guess I just couldn’t see ‘it’. And to be absolutely honest… I almost scrapped it. It wasn’t until I started cutting further into the blacks that I ‘found my way back home’. I kept tweaking the shadows a little, and finally saw where the final image was hiding. I look at this kinda ‘shadow play’ kinda like carving outta stone. You start with a large area of black (not unlike a slab of stone), and you just have to keep chipping away at pieces, until the ART underneath presents itself. Or some such nonsense.
Anyway, I’m actually pretty happy with this now, and have decided that this will be the first of my prints for the upcoming Con. I printed one out at 11x17, and it looks pretty good. What do you guys think, would you pay $5.00 for a signed print like this?
Well, that’s all I got for today, I think I’m gonna start on the image of Geela Dom tonight.
See you all tomorrow!
Monday, January 23, 2012
Welcome back to a whole new week. (WEEK... not weak!) I'm happy to report that myself and the whole family seem to be returning back to normal... icky, sticky stomach bug has left the building.
I have some exciting news... but I'll get to that after I plop down a few images I did last night.
First up... A Kid Leather sketch. I'm playing with the shadows on this, and the intent is to go with a very dark piece. (I hope it turns out like i see it in my head...)
Next up... Geela Dom. This isn't 'exactly' what I was trying to do... but I'm generally pretty happy with how this came out, so I think I'll finish this, and take another stab at the 'other version' a little later. (This is going to be a fun, finished piece!)
Oh, and I promised I'd get to the "EXCITING NEWS"...
Ego Comics Infotainment Group (Neil & I) have decided to get a table at the upcoming Albuquerque Comic Expo to promote, and generate some interest in Stomping Ground!
This is going to be the first time we've honestly ever dipped our toes into this pool. So we're excited and nervous about it. But we've made some solid plans, and we're really hoping that what we have to offer gets some people excited about this property.
One thing to watch for, over the next 4 months, I am going to do as many promotional type images as I can... and the best of these I will get some prints made of and sell signed copes at the show. And there is something that YOU the reader can help me do. Tell me which of the images are your favorites, what 'pops', what works and what doesn't. This will help me 'hone' in on what will sell and what won't. I NEED your feedback!!! I need constructive criticism... this is necessary in helping me to be a better artist!
I thank you all in advance!!!
And also, before I wrap this up, I did want to mention what I good time I had at the 7000 BC meeting on Saturday. It was awesome to be surrounded by fellow creators. I was a little nervous, and it took a little bit to loosen up, but it was such a great creative environment, and I have forgotten how much I've missed that. It reminded me of the art classes in High School, or the drawing class I took in college. I felt refreshed and energized afterwards. Ready and rarin' to get back to the drawing table.
We've got a lot of work to do... and a short couple of months to do it. But it seems like we're finally getting to where we have needed to be for so long.
Time to Poop ART!!!
Friday, January 20, 2012
So... no posts for the last 2 days. That's not good.
Well, it seems an ugly little stomach bug decided to pay a visit to our house. My daughter work up Tuesday night not feeling good. My wife was sick Wednesday and Thursday (still not feeling great today). I left work early on Thursday to go home and help with the kids... and wouldn't ya' know... guess who's not feeling good today. Yay me!
I did a couple of loose 'sketches' on Wednesday night, but unfortunately, nothing worth even scanning. And last night I fell asleep on the couch, and staggered to bed around 11. We'll see how tonight goes, but right now, I'm not going to make any promises.
The one thing I will promise though... is that I will finish my 30 Day ART challenge... even if it takes me into February (which it definitely will now).
So... that all being said... and since I really don't have any good ART to post today... I thought I would put up a post about my tools and methods.
I'd like to introduce you all to my pencils...
Starting from the left:
That’s "Betty” - a Pentel 5mm (PS535) Mechanical Pencil (As you can see from the label on top, I have this loaded with 6H lead (almost the hardest that they make). This is what I use for sketching. The 6H lead leaves a very light line – Ideal (for me anyway) of ‘roughing’ out my sketches.
“Veronica” – That’s my finishing pencil. Another Pentel 5mm (PS535) Mechanical pencil, this one loaded with 4H lead. A little softer, this produces a darker line, I use this to go in and ‘finish up’ my drawings…
Next, “Ginger” - a PaperMate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick. Basically just an eraser, but with a smaller tip than most of the other erasers I’ve seen around. Ideal for erasing in those tight, hard to reach spaces.
And, “Mary Ann” – Just another Clic Eraser, standard size, good for general erasing.
And finally, “Big Bertha” – When you absolutely, positively need to erase every single line on a page… accept no substitutes.
Once I’m finished with a sketch, I scan it in at 300dpi, and move over to my laptop.
As you can probably see from any of my ‘inking videos’, I just put the scanned pencils into Adobe Illustrator, and create a new layer on top. I created a brush that I use for Inking, nothing fancy, just a basic brush that takes advantage of the pressure sensitivity of my tablet. Once I finish with the inking, I save my file, and export it as a PSD (Photoshop file).
Then… on to coloring…
But more on that next time. (I need to post some coloring videos soon – I think I’ll do that next time I color an image.)
Again… Sorry for no ART this time. I’m gonna try and kick this bug as quick as possible, and get back to it.
Hope you all have a good weekend!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I'm a little behind. This weekend didn't quite pan out like I had intended. So I'll apologize up front for missing my Monday post. I'm back at the art table... and will cranking this week.
On a brighter note... I was surprised and excited when Wendi asked if I would like to go to the Albuquerque Comic Con that was going on this weekend. I haven't really made it out to very many comic cons, and I was definitely excited to be going to one with her. We lined up some babysitters (thanks grandparents!!), and put on our bestest geekiest t-shirts, and made for the convention Saturday morning. We trolled up and down the aisles... it was like a nerd version of Disneyland! I totally "geeked out" when I got to see Frank Cho, but couldn't manage anything more than a "Your draw purty"... so I hung my head in shame, and moved on. I noticed a really awesome artist by the name of Andy Kuhn, who's style really impressed me, and gives me something to shoot for (it's a sorta cartoony vision, like I've been trying lately, only done EXCEPTIONALLY well!!) The highlight for me though, was to meet and talk with a couple of guys at 7000bc. An independent comic collective based right here in New Mexico. I had the opportunity to talk to Nathan, Pete & Matt (I hope I got their names right!), and it really sounds like a good group of like-minded creators. They're having a meeting this Saturday, and I'm going to try and make it down, and investigate some more. I'm really looking forward to seeing more of what they do. And it would be awesome to get back into the comic book community!
So... I was inspired by a few of the things I saw this weekend. And decided last night, that I'd sit down and try my hand at a couple of panel layouts (pages). The first page I did was 'alright', but needs some re-tooling, so I'm gonna post the 'splash page' I did for the second page.
Obviously, it's out of context now... and I need to figure out the 'oversight' I made on the first page, so I can... eh... ya' know what... It's all "practice"... so here's the first page.
*** Extra Points to anyone who can tell me where my glaring oversight is ***
Friday, January 13, 2012
Well, I have a special treat for you today. I actually meant to post this last weekend, but I kept having trouble when I was trying to upload the video. Well, I spent some time on it tonight (unfortunately, time I should have been drawing), and was able to finally get it uploaded correctly.
Get ready for another rendition of Digital Inking with The Neb!!!
As I said... unfortunately, it took longer than I wanted, and so tonight has been pretty much a wash. Just means I gotta make it up. I have a 'Power Summit' on Friday night to work on some Ego Comics things... so I'll see if I can get a couple of images knocked out this weekend to get caught up. (I'm also planning to re-arrange my workspace this weekend, so I'm really hoping that will help the make the 'productivity' a little easier as well. I'm really looking forward to this, as I've kinda been a king without a castle since it got too cold to work in my studio/garage.)
Oh, and since tonight hasn't really gone like I planned, I'm gonna redo all the tags on my posts tonight too... (I've been meaning to do that, since I didn't really know what I was doing with the tags when I first started all this... and I've been doing it ALL wrong all along.)
Well, I hope you guys enjoy the video!
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Well, since I didn't finish anything up last night, I don't have a 'traditional' image for today. But I'm going to drop a big ol' stinky SketchDump on ya for todays challenge. That's Day 13 (Lucky number 13) for anyone playing along at home.
Not sure if there's anything there I'm gonna finish up... mostly just a bunch of 'practice doodles'. Now, if you remember, I told you from the beginning... it wouldn't all be pretty... the point is... I'm drawing... every day!!!
I'm taking a walk today for lunch, so that means I won't be sketching during my lunch hour. So whatever I do for tomorrows post will have to be done tonight.
I'm hoping I'll have some inspiration between now and then for a cool image to put up.
Well, that's about it for today, this is your friendly neighborhood Neb, signing off!
"Go get some on ya'!"
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I’ve always been meaning to throw down an image of SuperGrrrl. I just so rarely allow myself time to draw outside of Ego. See, I only have so much time per day… and would I rather spend that time working our OUR property, or doodling other peoples stuff? Usually, I default back to Ego, and opt to spend my time there… playing in our playground. And rightly so… I got a lot of bad images still left to draw (see Dave Sim quote below), and they ain’t gonna draw themselves… No sir.
But yesterday, while at lunch… and thinking about what I was going to draw for the day… my pencil just sorta sketched out this image. The whole image just came together really quick. I inked it on Monday night, before I finished up the coloring on the last post… and after I put the wraps on that image, I opened up Photoshop again, and colored this really quick! I had an idea of putting her on top of an photo I had taken of clouds… and…
There ya’ have it. SuperGrrrl! (ala’ Neb!)
-Nebbish!Oh, and before I forget – here’s the Dave Sim quote!
"Everyone has 1000 pages of bad comics inside them and you have to draw those bad pages to get to the good ones" – Dave Sim
So get busy drawin’!!!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Well, it’s Day 11 of my 30 Day ART Challenge, and I’m back with the the finished version of the image I started yesterday. I’m pretty happy with how this came out. This is a little different kind of project for me. But it was actually more fun than I was expecting… to draw “outside of my property” for a change.
So… without further ado’… here goes…
That’s it for today folks… I hope you all enjoy it!
Oh, I already have something fun lined up for you all tomorrow… here’s a little peak… This is something I’ve really been wanting to draw for a long while…
”I keep hearin’ this theme song playin’ in my head!”
Monday, January 9, 2012
Well, I have something a little different for you today. I was contacted by a fellow member of WonderFunders last week, in response to a couple of my images that I posted there. I was asked by Trey Mack to see if I could whip up a quick sketch of one of his characters from his upcoming title, “No Peace under Heaven”. As I’m working thru my 30 Day ART Challenge, and figured it might be interesting to draw something from someone else’s property for a change, I agreed. It’s all good practice… right!
Before I post this… please note: While the artwork is mine, the character and copyright belongs to Mr. Mack. This is his character… I’m just providing the doodle.
I didn’t get much direction on this… A name and an image Trey sent me for reference, and an idea of what kind of shot he was looking for… the rest, I was on my own on.
I’m about 3/4 thru the coloring… and will post the finished image when it’s complete. The background still needs a lot of work…
What do you guys think?
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Ok… quick and dirty… and them I’m off to get some sleep…
Here are the finished colors for Bob – Falling… Again…
That is all.
Friday, January 6, 2012
I think I was visited by aliens last night. That’s the only explanation I can come up with. After getting the kids to bed, I laid down on the bed to finish up a sketch I started for lunch… and the very next think I know… I woke up in the morning, with my head on my pillow, drool running down my cheek. Lost Time Phenomenon is the only explanation I can come up with. So suffice to say I didn’t get what I wanted done last night. I’m bummed about that. I did however, sometime between getting ready to finish my sketch, and being whisked away by aliens… manage (to my surprise) to finish the pencils for the image I’m going to put up today.
All kidding aside… lack of sleep kinda caught up to me last night, and I just sorta passed out. I feel much better today. And so I’ve decided that no matter how late we get home from the ‘christmas party’ tonight, I’m going to ink this, and hopefully get it colored. I am really looking forward to seeing this finished…
Well, that’s todays post. Day 8 of the 30 Day Art Challenge…
Thursday, January 5, 2012
I’m gonna keep it short and sweet today. Although ‘technically’ this is a continuation of yesterdays post… I’m still gonna count it as Day 8 of my 30 Day ART Challenge. (I will make it up at the end with an extra image – since I do want to end up with a months worth of images).
Anyway, here is the finished colors for San Cholo – Intergalactic Mail Smuggler!
This panel is missing something. I thought of it this morning… and I’ll try to add it in soon… actually ties into another project I wanted to do so that works nicely.
Well, my office is having our Christmas party tomorrow night… so I don’t know for sure if I’m going to be able to get something done tomorrow night… if not, I’ll make it up this weekend.
Also this Saturday I’m taking part in a Sequential Artists Symposium (and Think Tank), being put on by WonderFunders and Bobby Foster if Art Lives Forever… not sure exactly what to expect there… but should be interesting!
Oh… and one last thing…
Would ANYONE be interested in some T-Shirts with these last couple of images on them.
If I get some feedback… I’ll put them up for sale!! (maybe even host a giveaway at some point!?!?!)
Okey doke… That’s it for today! Discuss amongst yourselves!!
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Well, Day 7 of my 30 day ART Challenge is here. And despite the fact that I didn’t get this colored last night like I was hoping, I’m still very happy with this image.
I laid down last night and started sketching… not sure what I was going to do yet. I pulled out my handy-dandy ‘StickFa’ figure, and posed him up a few different ways, and got an idea for a shot. Doodled something up… and was pleased with the results. Unfortunately, I didn’t get this colored last night. When I was done w/ the inking… it was already pretty late, and I just ran out of time last night. But I bet you can all guess what I’ll be working on tonight! (I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m really looking forward to seeing San Cholo colored!)
Till next time…
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Well, it’s Day 6 of my 30 Day ART challenge! And today also happens to be my 8 year anniversary with my beautiful wife, Wendi! Doesn’t’ seem like it’s been 8 years… feels like only yesterday we were on our way to Vegas… to got get ‘hitched!” with Elvis!!! Well, 3 kids, and a whole different world later… here we are. Still no one else I wanna spend my time on this rock with!
So, today I’m bringing you something a little different. During a conversation w/ Neil (the other half of Ego Comics – for those of you not in the know), I said something along the lines of… “You write us a cool story and I’ll do my damnedest to draw some “purty” pictures to go with it…” So… what I got was:
This is Bob. Bob is conflicted. See Bob run. Go! Bob! Go!
And so… Here’s Go! Bob! Go!
Just a quick little web-comic type post. just some quick sequential fun.
He gave me a list of about 4 or 5 more of these… I’ll try and throw one of these out every so often for fun!
Well.. that’s all for this time… Hope everyone has a good day, and we’ll see ya’ all back here tomorrow!!!
Monday, January 2, 2012
I hope everyone had a good new years! Happy 2012!
We got to ring in the new year with an interesting sight… a meteorite arcing across the sky. One of the stranger things I can say I’ve seen in my life!
Anyway… It’s Monday! And you know what that means… Day 5 of my 30 Day ART challenge. I dropped this pencils, inks and colors for this image last night. Had to kinda bite the bullet and push thru – I finished at about 3am. (Eh… who needs sleep!)
Well… that’s about it for today. Don’t know what I’m gonna do for tomorrow yet… hoping to figure that out during lunch today.
See you all tomorrow!