Digital Colours

I spent yesterday trying different ways of colouring and different styles but didn’t get to a result that I liked. Today, however I got things going for me!

Colouring digitally has always been one of the things I wanted to be able to do. A while back (and still) I would look at other artist’s works and be left in utter awe because it was just magnificent. So when I started i thought that it couldn’t be too hard. If you look at a finished illustration you see all those colours and they make perfectly sense. Yes, the shadow is blue because it just has to be. the highlight are yellowish instead of white because what other colour would possibly come to someone’s mind who’s got eyes?!

So I took one of my inked sketches, scanned it and opened it in Photoshop.

Three hours later I was done with the sketch, done with the painting and definitely done with the day, too. While I was laying in bed it bothered me so much how hard I failed that I couldn’t sleep for hours. The next day I went back to my computer and tried again. Same result, early bedtime. This went on for weeks and I started blaming my computer and my version of Photoshop – which was a pretty old one. It just felt easier that way.

I went back to colour my sketches and illustrations in the traditional way (markers, pencil, ballpoint pen) but now I suddenly sucked doing that too!

After hours and hours and hours and even more hours I finally started to get the hang of it (Thanks God!).

Art is probably the most disappointing thing I’ve done in my life. But also the most rewarding.

And by now I dare to say that my colouring has turned out to be quite okay.

One of the first fully coloured pages of my comic “Warden of Time”:

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I’m still alive!

Hello my friends!

I’m back to Germany and managed to take a couple of minutes off. I’m currently working non stop on my comic which will be out in little less than eight weeks!!! It’s so exciting!

I’m almost completely done with the lineart and now I want to share a few sneak peeks. The picture’s page 11 so some thrilling stuff already happend … Tomorrow I’ll write a proper post introducing the plot and maybe even revealing a few more details regarding that lovely lady!

Cheers!

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Sneak Preview

I started experimenting with different software to find the best looking style to ink my comic. I have mentioned before that I am currently working on my very first comic book. Story and artworks are all done by me and it’s super exiting. I will also present it in October in a big exhibition close to where I live. I won’t be the only artist showing my artworks so it will be a great opportunity to see and meet other brilliant artists!

I’m very excited that I can show you the first digital attempt at inking my lil’ baby! The colors aren’t set yet but it might give you an impression on how it will look like.

The story itself is a rather dark one – or better sad – it turns into a darker story after a while. More about that later. Please let me know what you think about the look in general (:

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Release the Kraken!

Today I want to share with you one of my most time-consuming artworks. When I started working on it I thought that I’d be done with it in 2 days .. the most. 2 WEEKS later however, I finally was finished.

I used it as a part of my university application. I had to submit two portfolios of which one had to show different artworks on a given topic. The other portfolio didn’t have to be about a certain topic but was meant to show artistic skill and potential. However, I did decided to make all artworks relate to a topic – “Fish”.

So I drew all kinds of fishes and aquatic animals. At some point I got stuck with the idea of drawing a kraken. I somehow think it’s a very special animal with fantastic abilities to adapt to its surrounding. But I also wanted it to look spectacular and I really felt like experimenting with ball pens. Little did I know that it takes that long! And of course drawing it on big paper wasn’t enough – it had to be the VERY big one!

It’s ball pen only, paper size A2 (420   mm) and I was working on it for 62 + hours.

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Have a beautiful Saturday night!

 

 

 

Just my thing

Since 2012 I was able to get a glimpse of a truly wondrous place – the world of art and illustration!

Before I stumbled into it I never even thought of the fact that some people really turned their hobby into their job. And to be honest – I can’t think of anyone who would do that job if s/he didn’t really love it. I experienced a broad spectrum of emotions while trying to get as good as some of my idols. I very often reached the point at which I just wanted to quit. Just put those pencils away and stop worrying about it. And every time I did put the pencil down and walked away. Within 5 minutes I’d be back.

I figured I just couldn’t stop that easily. I’m constantly in a love-hate relationship with my own drawing because it rarely feels like it’s good enough. I have heard myself saying “I’m quitting!” countless times. Not once did I really mean it. Art is just too awesome to let go. Turned out it’s my thing. for better or for worse.

I hope that everyone has that one thing he feels about that way. It would be a waste of potential, no matter what your thing is.