Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry festive season!!!

Hello to everyone. Hope you's all have a awesome christmas and new year. Enjoy your holidays, time with friends and family. God bless and see ya's into the new year of 2010!!!
As always thanks for popping in and also sharing your awesome creative talents. 
:) JC

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Lucha rough colours

Just a basic colour up at this stage. Have been meaning to post something up for ages. I've also fixed Lucha's leg as I felt it was a little to exaggerated.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Frankenstein & Mad scientists

I'd love to colour this up one day. Frankey is yet to be refined and inked.
I'd imagined this mad scientist with a small army of crazy bots at his service.
I inked up scientist using micro - thicker pen for outside and smaller for interior's. Quite happy with the result.
Happy thanks-giving :) and how many weeks to go till chrissy!!!! Yay for holidays.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Character concepts

I just had to get myself to draw this last week and I'm kickin' around a comic idea. Nuttin' out idea's and trying to tie myself down to just one particular idea has been challenging.
For the above I just started drawing the octopus and the deep sea diver came next.

These two guy's are going to fit in somewhere with the above characters....?? I'm kinda envisioning a steam punk feel. I love steam punk. Mike Mignola has some lovely references in his hellboy series which are visually lovely.
I'm roughly working on a back-ground element for these two guy's and hope to post it up in next few days.
Bye for now and thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Chris Martin caricature

Taken from inspirational song "lovers in Japan", Coldplay. Went to concert earlier this year, awesome. 
Tools used...inked and coloured in illustrator CS4 - gradient done in P/shop.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Facebook Avatar

Just a fun image I did for my facebook pic. I was inspired by illustrator Chipwass, especially his colour schemes. Slapped in a little texture and hey presto'.
Inked up in Illustrator and coloured in Photoshop.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Batman background

Here's background image - done in illustrator.
Now to think up some colours for it.
It's based on 1 pt perspective...which I did firstly on tracing paper. Then scanned up and went over in illustrator.
Colour version coming sooney!!!

Thanks for visiting and as always....any thoughts, dreams, comments most welcome.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Batman vs Luchadore

Loving those luchadore's.... I'm a fan of Nacho Libre so it felt fitting to slip him in here.
I'll need to fix up that leg coming forward on Lucha (knee a little flat).
I'm going to colour up Lucha and then start work on the background... I'll try this in Illustrator.
Any thoughts, tips are most welcome!!!
Bye for now :)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Batman fanart

One of my favourite classic super-hero's. I'm going to have him fighting someone..will post that in day or two.
Hope to also have a background environment!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cartoon Animation stills

As promised in an earlier post here are some image stills from a recent job I had.
The hero dog above was a lot of fun and the challenge was to create a dynamic look within the constraints of the brief.
One of those constraints was that the animation was to be in 2-D (either front or side-on). So I had to make sure that the pose's were readable and easy for the animator to articulate.
Here's the rest of the animals for which was the interior shot. It was challenging also to find a way to create a visual interest between all the characters so that they could be read easily as the camera moved past them. In the final animation the mouse was moved from the trap as it wasn't seen as appropriate.

Exterior shot of clinic. Also side profile of characters.
I really enjoyed doing the exterior as it's something I haven't done alot of within illustrator.
Major reason for using illustrator was that once images were complete I could hand over the files and not have to worry about yay for illustrator.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Lobster Johnson fanart: Feathering technique

Just started to colour-up this image. I've tried another technique which I like the look of. It's selecting the area's to shade and then feathering. This gives the image a much softer look. I initially had the outlines all in black (to harsh), so I coloured them respectively to the subject.
Definitely stoked with outlook so far.
I learn't this technique from Shane Lewis. Check out his tutorial. His blog is definitely worth a visit - he's got some funny-as pics!!!
Will post finished image later.
Bye for now and any thoughts on your colouring process would be very welcome.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Happy 70th Super Ma!!!

Caricature of my wife's mum. 
Big 70th birthday coming up so it seemed doing the super hero costume was called for.
I've been studying a digital artist called Jackademus. What I like about his style that I tried to incorporate here was the shading. He's an awesome artist, go check him out here.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Jack and the Beanstalk character concept

Here's my interpretation of Jack. Thinking that I might rip up the trousers a little to give him that much needed destitute look. Go destitute!!!
I'm working towards submitting 5-6 full colour pages to some publishers. So I thought I'd try Jack and the Beanstalk as a story - I mean how cool would it be to climb up into the clouds on a beanstalk.

Just some doodles at this stage, trying to get a feel of how he would move, some expressions, etc. I really love this stage of the concept as you start to see the character emerge.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Rat me out poser

Some Random remy-esque sketches after watching Ratatouille, one of my favourite Pixar films. Great thing with DVD is been able to slow down and track the movements of the characters for posing. You really get to see how characters move effectively.
Go on - be a poser!!!
One great resource I've found for posing characters has been Preston Blair. Just type in the name on google and you'll find heaps of great tips and techniques. He also bought out a book called Cartoon Animation which might be at your local library or alternatively there's lots of pages floating out there in web-land. One such place is here (ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive). It's a great resource for all sorts of stuff.

This was the result of me playing around with Remy cooking. The shirt kinda came out of watching spiderman 3 the other night...very random but there you go.
Tools used were 3b, hb pencils...little touch-up in photoshop.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Children's book illustration

This is from a submission I did awhile back for a publishing company here in New Zealand.
I've since been developing more concepts aimed at the children's market.
I enjoyed doing the model sheet (far right image) as it helps keep a consistency with the character.

Tools used were Photoshop CS3.

Any thoughts or comments are most welcome!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Vector cartoon: Inking Control

Love using illustrator CS for the inking stage. Illustrator gives you greater control for adjusting thickness of line and also maintaining the stroke weight through out the image.
For the little alien dude I mostly used 1 pt stroke and to give the image a bit of punch I used a thick 8 pt stroke for the exterior outline.

I have often used Illustrator to do up the inking stage and then export or save out to Photoshop where I can then colour up to my little heart's content. It can be labour intensive using illustrator but the pay-off is having the yummy crisp even stroke.

For a further look into vector inking check out this tutorial From Sketch to Vector Illustration.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Cartoon Animation

A fun recent collaboration with Raymond at Red 5. Raymond did all the animated effects (Please check out his site) he has some awesome stuff.

I supplied all the digital artwork (Illustrator files).
For me it was a great learning curve coming up with storyboards and the refining process to get the characters looking just right.

There will be a future post in which I'll show images used for the animation and some things I learned along the way.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Photoshop Caricature

This is my brother-Law Mark.
Always the challenge to try and capture the spirit of your subject and not just rely on drawing a big head little body.
Tools used were my brain (ouch), a few A4 sheets and Photoshop CS3.
I'm currently using a technique that works well with a optical mouse....yes I'm one of those people. I lay down flats (a comic technique) then shade in again over that base flat colour.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

In the Forest: exercise of Composition

This is a image I did awhile ago for my lovely wife.

It was a great exercise to learn how to best use the background & foreground elements to produce a pleasing composition.

I used the left top tree and bottom right area to frame the characters.
Also using the path from the castle to flow downwards helps to draw attention to the main characters.

Friday, September 4, 2009

First Post: Welcome!!

Hello and welcome to my first post.
Who am I about and what do I want? Well -
I'm a freelance illustrator hoping to better myself everyday in my craft.

My hope is that this blog will become a place to grow and connect with others whom are passionate for character illustrations.

The above image is a submission I did for a t/shirt competition recently.
Though I wasn't successful, I really loved coming up with the idea.