Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Frankenstein Revisited - WIP4: Refining the Colours

Day 4 of the Art of Schwager Halloween Special... only slightly behind schedule.

Yep, I'm still going and spent some more time on the painting this evening. I've added a few more colours into the mix and worked some more on the details.
It's pretty late already, so I'll keep this short and leave you with WIP4: Refining the Colours.

It's getting pretty close to finished now, so I should have the final version up for you tomorrow.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Frankenstein Revisited - WIP3: Basic Colour

Day 3 of the Art of Schwager Halloween Special... and we're on to colour.

I managed to spend a few hours today to play around with some ideas for colours. Initially I had a much more red theme going on, but that didn't really click with me. So I starting painting in some blues and greens until only traces of the red remained... and the big red coat of Doctor Frankenstein, of course.

Tomorrow we're on to the detail work and I'll have another update for you then.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Frankenstein Revisited - WIP2: Pencil Sketch

Day 2 of the Art of Schwager Halloween Special... and we're still on schedule.

I managed to get the sketch finished today. The characters came together fairly quickly, with only a few minor changes along the way. The background was a different story, and I did about four or five different versions before settling on this one here.

Here we go now with WIP2: Pencil Sketch

Am hoping to get a chance to start on the painting sometime tomorrow. Will post an update as soon as it comes to hand.
Until then, feel free to let me know what you think of it so far in the comments section.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Frankenstein Revisited - WIP1: Roughs

Welcome to the Art of Schwager Halloween Special!

With every horror fan's favourite holiday just around the corner, the good folks over at the Imagine FX forums put up an appropriately themed weekly challenge:
"Its nearly Halloween so time for a scaaaary challenge. MarShelley's book Frankenstein was published in 1818. Show your homage to her by creating your very own Frankenstein monster, try to stay true to her vision."

Over the next few days, I will be posting my progress on my own version of Frankenstein. All going well, there will be an update every day until it's finished.

So here's WIP1: Roughs

I use these kinds of sketches as the starting point for all my work. It helps me explore the general theme and come up with some rough ideas for composition and character design before I get started on a proper sketch.

Speaking of which, I've already started on a pencil sketch. I'm planning to get that finished sometime tomorrow, so keep your eyes peeled for another update coming soon...

Sunday, 21 October 2012

A New Hero

Another entry for's Character of the Week challenge. This time, the idea was to create a hero that is entirely unsuited to the task... because all the real heroes are away fighting monsters and evil elsewhere.
I went with a young peasant girl for mine, with armour and weapons that are way to big for her. If you can spare a moment, let me know what you think her chances are in the comments section.

And here are some WIPs to show how it all came together.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Piety & Wickedness

Monarch of Duality was the excellent theme for the big CHOW (Character of the Week) #300 challenge over at a while back. Needless to say, I couldn't resist giving this one a go. The piece below is what I came up with.

I've also created a little GIF animation, to show how the artwork evolved from a pencil sketch into the finished painting.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Concept Art Practice

A while ago I was offered to do a test for a massive concept art contract. Unfortunately I didn't land the gig (due to some mis-communication from the potential employers), but it prompted me to work on my concept art skills.
So I did a couple of ImagineFX challenges with goal to keep them rough and do them quick. Although I still struggle a little with the quick part, I think I'm getting there with the roughness.

You can let me know what you think of them in the comments section...

MyFX #297: Deep Sea Danger

MyFX #296: Magistrate Grimm