Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sketch dump

Posting some sketches. Basically transferring them from my instagram posts. I realized that I've only been posting portfolio pieces on my "sketchblog". I already have a portfolio section so that makes these two blogs pretty redundant. Pfffhaha. So here's a dump.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monster Hunter fan design


Designed a boss monster that might fit in with the rest of the monsters in that world as well as one of those fun little icons.

Cheers!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Scarlet Duke - Steampunk Dragonfly



Mass Effect Fanart



The Challenge was to design stuff that would fit into The Mass Effect universe (with some liberties). I personally wanted to see a Biotic Warrior Monk similar in idea to Samara but more specific as well as a tough-as-nails Ninja Assassin with a Karambit knuckle knife.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Dota 2 Fanart

Some Dota 2 Fanart! Lina is a Tribal Fusion Belly Dancer with fire wheels.
And a take on Jakiro

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Santa Claus the Red, The Wizard of Christmas

A LOTR and Narnia mash up. Threw in the sword of Aslan for Peter and Susan's bow.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Summer Project - Monkey King

This is a pitch project that probably won't be released and will remain un-named. However, because we still have the rights to the art work I can show this stuff without mentioning any specific names from the source material.

Cheers


















Wednesday, December 4, 2013

BRISINGR! A personal take on Eragon


Eragon and Saphira ride into battle with a roar and a burst of flame.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Knight, The Monk and The Assassin

Some character sketches to keep me warmed up. A german knight, Irish monk and a hashish smoking hashishan.

Cheers!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Sixty Horses In My Herd




Haven't done one of these in a while. Just wanted to show some Mongol love.

Was listening to some some Tuvan throat singing by Huun-huur-tu while painting this.

All praise the Skyfather! Cheers!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Scifi Sketch


This is an unresolved painting I did for Key Frames class taught by Joshua James Shaw. Fun stuff. Great Class.

Cheers

Monday, July 15, 2013

Maori Badass


Something I did for Carlo's Class a while back. Supposed to be a Tifa redesign running with the idea of a kung fu chick but i went with a Polynesian martial arts to mix it up a bit. hahaha

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013

Photoshop setup featuring Magic Picker by Anastasiy

Yo

I've been using this plugin for Photoshop that gives you a handy little color wheel in the corner of the screen and i must say its awesome. Paid the 14 bucks and never looked back. My buddy Ahmed Aldoori showed it to me back in Art Center and its become such an essential part of my work flow. I don't have to constantly open the standard color picker in photoshop shaving off a second or so off of every color choice which doesn't sound extremely helpful but anything that makes my pipeline more fluid is good. Having the color wheel on the side constantly when i paint also helps me visualize color harmonies and relationships easier. This color wheel helped me think more like a painter letting me practice understanding value and color together. Thats when I truly started playing with complementary colors as another layer of contrast on top of light and dark contrast. The process I was using prior to this color wheel was simply colorizing a greyscale painting. I haven't been able to find another color wheel that is as nice.



Here is the link to the site http://anastasiy.com/panels
Check it out! 
Heres a link to a youtube demo of the magi picker


This version shows the basic color harmonies Complementary, Double Complementary, and Split Complementary (could be different names, not sure)


Also has RGB HSB sliders which is a common in the pipeline of many designers
I believe Jerad S Marantz uses the photoshop sliders so having this built in is pretty awesome too



The three biggest changes to my photoshop setup are the Magicpicker, changing the button on my Wacom pen to the alt key eyedropper, and saving out and editing down my tool presets to be simple and diverse for creature and character design as well as environment and key scene painting. I also use a gaming key pad at home so that i can have all my hotkeys mapped out to it at the click of a button. For example, Ctrl-Alt-Z becomes a single button. My teacher Joshua James Shaw, also an amazing artist, showed me his setup on his Nostromo Keypad. Is it necessary? no, but its so handy and again that extra bit of fluidity feels great.

Josh's keypad Nostromo N52, note that it is a Belkin and not the Razer follow up. Theres a clickwheel that you can map brush sizer to which is pretty amazing.
I ended up compromising on the click wheel to get the Orbweaver which doesn't have a clickwheel but has mechanical keys and more keys than the Nostromo which is nice.

I also game on this bad boy. I can sorta see people goin, "why you need dis?" I dunno...why not? Its great for gaming but honestly its amazing for photoshop. You can set so many profiles saved on a cloud. I haven't tried taking it elsewhere yet but that means its more portable. (also note, there is no mac support at the moment i think, but understandably few game on mac so...)



Med's work is really awesome 
and check out Jerad's stuff
aaaand Josh's stuff 

I owe my photoshop setup and most of my overall design and painting pipeline to these good fellows.

Cheers!
Alex