UNI!?!?

For the last couple of days I have been trying to stay away from my computer and my pencils as much as possible so that my wrist can get a little break. Even though it hurts using my hand for more than 10 minutes it hurts much more not to be able to draw and doodle. Right now I have so many ideas stuck in my head and I fear that once I can pick up a pencil again all of them will be gone. Nevermind.

So, tomorrow is going to be a pretty cool day (or at least I hope so).

After finishing school I took a year “off” to work on my skills as an artists and to do some freelance work. During this time I was still working for/ with my current boss (I also will continue working there – just for you too know). But I was also preparing to get into uni.

For those of you who don’t know much about art/ design universities let me give you a few information on that topic.

I had to apply with two different portfolios (each 20-30 artworks), one was given a theme the other one I could design to my liking. There are unis who just demand one portfolio.

Then I had to survive an interview, which actually wasn’t that bad but the girl who had the interview a couple of minutes came out crying and sobbing.

All in all it took me 700 + hours to work on my portfolio. Luckily I got in because I don’t know if I had done another one for the next year.

So tomorrow is my first year at uni!

Around last October I was preparing for another Uni/ Academy which offered a Bachelor in “Illustration” which I thought would be the perfect match for me. So I went there to attend some … sneak-peek classes. I was pretty disappointed because a huge amount of the things they taught had already crossed my path in one or another way.

I though a lot about alternatives and settled for communications design. I really like the idea of learning how images work and how they influence the person looking at it. How does advertisement affect me, why does it have that effect, how can I create such effects for different things.

I’m aiming to be a professional comic book artist one day but it can’t be bad to understand how that kind of thing works, can it?

I’ll let you know what life has in store for me.

Cheers.

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Colouring

Today I’ve been testing different coloring styles and techniques to see which one I like best and which one works fast. I’m about to finish the first stage of my work on my comic – just 4 pages to go! I like to divide it into 4 steps.

  1. Pencil artwork. Varies from rough sketches to detailed sketches – strongly depends on the difficulty of the image.
  2. Inking. I scan the sketches and ink them digitally. I most likely will do that with Manga Studio 5 as there are some really awesome brushes for inking.
  3. Colouring. It sounds easy but it really isn’t. It gets pretty hard once you have to colour more than one image because the colours have to work  with the entire page. You will see what I am talking about when I’ll upload some work in progress pictures.
  4.  Lettering. Adding speech bubbles, sound effects and doing the layout.

I have mentioned a couple of times that I’ll be posting some work in progress images soon. But when is SOON?!

Soon.

Just kidding.

I’m on holiday next week so I won’t be able to work on my comic. But once I’m back I will start inking the pages – and that’s when I’ll start showing more. Also I will give you some information on the story itself. The whole project is enormous as it has to be finished within the next 5 weeks.

It’s not going to be one of those classical “superhero” comics. It is fiction but it deals with issues that are much closer to real life.

Here’s a quick doodle I did to try some brushes.

 

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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!

 

 

 

Trying new stuff

I decided to experiment a little bit with colored pencils. I got these awesome Fabercastel Polychromos pencils for my Birthday a few months ago but haven’t used them properly yet. I haven’t finished the illustration because I need a special color for the skin. Might get it the next time I’m in town.

Jessica Rabbit on greyish toned paper (:

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