From Red to Purple

I hope all of you guys had a wonderful Easter with your folks and loved ones around you!

I decided to give work a wee break for the Easter days and just spend some quality time with family and friends – and even though it’s still sad times because everyone misses my gran dearly we really did have a blast!

Besides, I kept working on the red dress piece that I posted a few days ago and it just wouldn’t get any better! I have rarely been that frustrated working on a piece – but hey – those pieces help you learn the most. After hours and hours of trying to get the red tones to match I quit the idea of using red at all (pah – that’s what you get for not working well, red!) and thus I changed the colours, played around for a while until I finally liked what I see.

Now that I am looking at both versions I think the purple/ blue-ish colours really do the trick. I actually always wanted to do something in those colours but never got around to do it.

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I think it is quite funny how much the final version of an illustration can differ from the original concept. Since it was just a practise for myself there’s absolutely no harm done but in the past I also had clients who came up with ideas that wouldn’t work for anything in the world and I had many difficulties explaining why. What do you guys think? As always, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments down below.

Next weeks is going to be busy since I’ll be working on two concepts for different projects and I still have a few commissions to finish. Stay tuned!

Colouring fashion stuff

I recently learned a different way to colour digitally and how to alter some Photoshop brushes so that they work much better for me. So I’ve been trying to use this new knowledge and it’s really going great so far. I’m working on a few pieces that are partly finished already but I want to post them as a whole series.

I’ve also picked up a few older line arts just for practise. I usually don’t like posting some of the work in progress colouring stuff but it won’t hurt to do it now, will it?

I’m not really happy with the way the skin looks and right now the colours don’t work that well together so there will be a couple of major changes for the final piece. I hope that I will get around to finish it sometime tomorrow but this one has taken me twice as much time as usual already.

london1700h-colourI hope you’re having a great Easter holiday!

Comic released!

Hello my friends!

After an incredible busy week in which I prepared my exhibition and the release of my comic book and the last couple of days in which I was at the exhibition I finally have some time to post something again.

To everyone who is waiting for a reply (be it a comment or an email) please give me another day – it was just very very much stuff going on and I’m trying to catch up on everything I missed to do as soon as possible.

The exhibition went really well and I got a lot of feedback from the people who got my comic. So far everyone really liked it and I guess I really do have to get started on #2 in the next couple of weeks! But first of all, I’ll translate it to English!

Uni really is quite a thing these days. It’s taking up huge parts of my time and right now I am really struggling to get all the work done. However it is a great exercise for the to juggle with all the work and focus on the most important parts. I do miss working on illustrations, concept arts and comics the entire day, though.

Speaking of illustrations! I know that I am very very late but I don’t want to wait another year. So here she is (for those of you who liked my Facebook page this one isn’t new):

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New stuff!

Hello my friends!

This post doesn’t contain any pictures but it has a poll! Also I just want to cover a few other things instead of showing my artwork.

First of all (and shame on me that I didn’t do it any sooner) I want to thank Maria for nominating me for the blogger recognition award. I don’t really have the time to act according to the rules but I really want to give at least a quick shout-out to her. Please check out her blog and have a look at her drawings! Her sketches are really great in many different ways, some are funny and especially the Halloween ones are really scary (the heart really got me!). There’s a lot of creativity going on there so just go – check it out! (:

A quick update on my comic “Warden of Time”: The German version is currently being printed and should be delivered by Thursday (wooohoo). I got the proof (print) on Friday and I really liked it! The colours turned out to be a wee bit darker as they looked on my screen but that definitely adds to the spooky atmosphere. Right now I am not really sure if I should get a few copies printed in English because I don’t know how many people will be interested to purchase it.

There will be a web version for sure!

So what I’m going to do is add a poll to this post (if I can figure out how) and I would really appreciate it, of you’d take 2 seconds to just click something.

What else is new?

Oh right. I figured that it is time to try selling some illustrations and fine art prints via society6, which is a website for artists to sell stuff (obviously). I don’t know it it’s a good idea and if it works but I just want to give it a shot. It can’t hurt after all. I didn’t upload every illustration I did in the last couple of months and you might have seen more of my artwork. If there’s something you’re interested in and that isn’t displayed there just give me a short note. So here’s the link https://society6.com/roxanekressin.

Also if you are interested in commissioning me – I know am open for commissions again! Even though uni is taking up loads of my time now I still have a few hours every week to do some art. If you’re interested or have any questions just write me an email r.kressin@inkwayarts.com. I always try to answer as fast as possible but it might take a day or two for me to get back to you.

I hope you’re having a great weekend!

Cheers!

 

 

Comic Action/ SPIEL 2015

It was an unbelievably awesome weekend!

I went there on Saturday and Sunday and even though I wasn’t taking part as an artist I had an amazing time meeting artists and people I haven’t seen in a while.

There’s one artist I met last year who is an amazing photographer and who makes the most beautiful drawings! His pencilwork is just stunning. His website is currently under construction but when he’s relaunching it I’ll let you know and post a link.

I also met an amazing German comic book artist and cartoonist whose web comic I have been reading for about 2 years. I fell in love with his style and wit as I read the first episode and it was smashing to meet him in person.

There were also some American and Canadian comic book artists who worked for Marvel and DC and I was so excited to look over their shoulders while they were sketching! As I am a huge Harley Quinn lover it was rad to see Chad Hardin and I even got a picture with him (Yey!). Scott Koblish was there, too (go, Deadpool, go!) and Francis Manapul. It’s just beyond of this world how those guys create so much awesomeness with so little lines!

The best part is that I had dinner at the same table with them (a very lucky number of coincidences) but unfortunately I didn’t have the chance to engage with them in conversation as the table was just too long and te place also was very noisy. But still … SAME table ;)

I also got some professional feedback on my own comic which was great to hear! I still have a long way to go but I’m not too far off the track.

Also I found another illustration which I haven’t shown to you guys yet (or at least I think so). It’s already a redone version because I didn’t like the way the old one was coloured. Have a great week!

Cheers,

 

Roxane

 

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Conventions, Deadlines & Fractured Bones

What’s uuuup?!

I am incredibly sorry for not posting anything, not replying and being absent for almost two weeks! I surely didn’t mean to!

What I have been doing all this time?

Beside working on my comic (which is almost completely finished, except for the last couple of pages being lettered) I had some dates with a couple of doctors and spent more than enough in hospital. About 9 days ago my right hand (I’m right-handed) started to hurt. At first it was just a little bit uncomfortable but it turned out to be really nasty very soon after.

First, I thought it might be something with the tendons because I worked that much but as I went to see a doctor it changed into “a carpal bone might be fractured”. I had a little accident while being on holidays in Scotland which seemed to be the cause. However, I convinced the doctor to give me another two days to finish my work before going to the hospital to check my bones, because if it really had been a fracture I wouldn’t have been able to finish the comic. Luckily I did get it done in time and after the CT scan I was told that it isn’t fractured. But it seems like one of the tendons that makes the wrist stable is stretched. Now I have to wear one of those deadly stylish wrist bandages that allows only a little movement of my fingers.

I apologize for every wrongly used vocabulary – I’m not that acquainted with all the medical terms.

Right now we’re having a convention called SPIEL/ Comic Action in Germany. It’s mostly about board games and a bit about comics. It used to be the only event close to some “proper” comic convention. Some Marvel and DC artists will be there and I am really looking forward to meet them.

Unfortunately,this year I can’t attend it as an artist due to my injured hand but it will still be nice to see some people again.

Nooow, about my COMIC!

Next week it will be given to the printing company – it is so exciting!

I was able to get a couple of different covers done. As I will only be able to use one of those for the actual cover (obviously) I will include maybe another one as a variant cover in the back as a part of the special/ making of.

This one I am not really sure about. I think it’s not catchy enough to get people to stop, pick up the comic and spark some interest. What do you think?

 

Have a beautiful weekend!

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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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Comics Looking Weird

I’ve spent the last days laying down the basic colours and getting more pages done.

It really looks like I’ll be able to finish this step tonight and start the proper colouring tomorrow.

Before I started working on “Warden of Time” I knew that making comics takes an incredible amount of time but dear Lord – I still underestimated it! But that’s why I loved making it even more. I’m a great friend of challenges. Especially working with tight deadlines gets me!

I split up the process in different steps and work my way from step to step instead of page to page. Some artists do that but I don’t really like it that much. It works with smaller projects like 4- 6 pages but definitely not with 30 +.

Here’s my list of completed (and coming) steps:

  1. Rough layout of the pages
  2. Pencil sketch
  3. Inking
  4. Flat layers
  5. Highlights & Shadows
  6. Lettering

I didn’t included the step of creating the characters. This took me a couple of years. But it doesn’t necessarily have to take that long. I was just playing with that story while I was still in school and developed the characters and the plot over the years.

But as you can see – it won’t take me much longer! I’m so excited! The exhibition will be in 5 weeks and by then I will have it finished!

I remember one teacher who was really … supporting when it came to being nice to his students. He promised me that I would never get anywhere in life. He got an invitation to the exhibition.

While I was checking for mistakes in my flat layer I temporarily hid the lineart (inks) layer and it turned out to be pretty weird-looking.A bit of another sneak peek here!

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COLOURS!

I finally got around to start colouring! I was really looking forward to this part because now the whole comic project starts to look “real”. As in: it’s really happening!

I decided to go with a technique used by many comic artists. Using Photoshop I have one layer for the line art so that I don’t mess it up accidentally. I use another layer for the “flats”. The flat layer contains just the basic colours that I want to use but they don’t have to match a 100% . With another layer on top I can adjust the colours and make them match, change colours to my liking or change the overall tone to create atmosphere. That’s also when the magic with shadows and light happens.

I really love the way flat layers and the finished layers look so different and how the flat layer is just an idea of the final look.

Here’s an example for you to see! More coming soon (:

 

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