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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Komainu Pt3

Well, this is it people, the last day of the 47 Ronin contest. What 47 Ronin contest? Why, the one I'm participating in at Talenthouse.com for the new movie starring Keanu Reeves. The challenge was to design a mythical beast inspired by the movie which would then be subject to votes. (Deadline for votes is Monday December 23rd. Vote for my piece here: http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a3fa924eb874b92f4a55a0ba241309f7/6690
You can vote more than once on both facebook AND twitter of which I'm now a card carrying member-@ShawnAlleyneArt)

 Part 1 of this series was me showing a little of how I created the character:  http://shawnah-lean.blogspot.com/2013/12/komainu-origin.html
Part 2 was me exposing some of the artists in the contest for cheating(start up copy and paste): http://shawnah-lean.blogspot.com/
But now part 3 will bring us back to the making of.

Komainu are usually a pair of lion-like statue creatures that guard the entrance of many Japanese shrines and are meant to ward off evil spirits. 

I figured I would make him stand upright and anthropomorphic to give him more of a "presence" than being on all fours. I saw him as a wise celestial spirit that was peaceful but also bad-ass and could fight if need be. At first I was going to give him a khakkhara, which is a ringed Buddhist staff, to show that wise peaceful side, but I decided against it. In this version of him he has been corrupted by a demonic force and is all action.


 After some sketching I had his design and pose. I knew I wanted to incorporate the ball that is part of a lot of the statues somewhere in the design.

 I just thought it was really cool that these cat like creatures had this ball to play with, so I decided to go the Final Fantasy route where the characters have a lot of extra design elements that may not necessarily have any function. I threw a giant ball on his back, then gave him some ceremonial wraps to hold it in place. 


With the pencils done, it was time to bring in a little assist in the form of colorist extraordinaire Renee Clarke.
See Renee's work here: http://shizuka-shi.deviantart.com/)
Renee is not only an amazing colorist and artist in her own right, she's also an awesome person and a pleasure to work with. I look forward to more collabos with her.

And voila, after a lot of time and effort, the finished piece.

I hope you enjoyed this little peep behind the scenes, and I want to thank everyone who voted and shared the link.
See you next time.

S

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Komainu Pt2

This was supposed to be part two of a blog delving into the creative process behind one of my latest characters "Komainu". (You can read the first part here: http://shawnah-lean.blogspot.com/2013/12/komainu-origin.html)
To bring new readers up to speed, I'm participating in an online contest at Talenthouse.com for the new 47 Ronin movie starring Keanu Reeves. The challenge was to design a mythical beast inspired by the movie which would then be subject to votes. (Deadline for votes is Monday December 23rd. Vote for my piece here: http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a3fa924eb874b92f4a55a0ba241309f7/6690
You can vote more than once on both facebook AND twitter of which I'm now a member..sigh..@ShawnAlleyneArt)
Here's the official entry. 
Designed and drawn by yours truly/colored by Renee Clarke. The Lion-Dog spirit exists to protect the righteous and guard against evil, but it remains to be seen if this Celestial being has been corrupted.
Instead, this is going to a public service announcement. It was recently brought to my attention that some of the contests in the competition have blatantly stolen artwork, tweaked it and are calling it their own. This was discovered by someone who knew of the original and came upon the contest. Now, I won't put the names the artists out there, nor any direct links, I'll just show you the artworks and you can judge for yourselves. Below is one of the "official" entries in the contest..
and here is the original artwork that was ripped off...
Ridiculous. And this entry is in the top 5 of the contest!!!! As you can see this piece was stolen, cropped, then meshed together with a different head. That was probably stolen from somewhere else as well.

Here's another entry:




And here are stolen pieces used to create this piece..




Double ridiculous!!!!! This one just pisses me off for the fact that a minotaur has no place in Japanese mythology.
It pains me that these entries are in the top of the contest just because they were able to convince more people to vote for them. That's why I hate these types of competitions. It doesn't come down to skill or passion, just this new age facebook and twitter popularity bullshit!
But maybe it's me.At the end of the day I'm probably going to be called a hater. I'm probably going to be called a sore loser.Maybe I'm reading too much into it. You be the judge.

Once again you can vote for me here: http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a3fa924eb874b92f4a55a0ba241309f7/6690

And see all the contestants and rank here: http://www.talenthouse.com/design-for-47-ronin

Thanks for reading

Peace
Shiz



Sunday, December 15, 2013

Komainu- The Origin

What's up peeps. If you've been following my facebook page you should be aware by now that I'm participating in an online contest going on at Talenthouse. com for the new 47 Ronin movie starring Keanu Reeves. The challenge was to design a mythical beast inspired by the movie, and you can vote for my piece here: http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a3fa924eb874b92f4a55a0ba241309f7/6690
You can vote more than once on both facebook AND twitter(of which I'm now a member..sigh..@ShawnAlleyneArt)


What I wanted to do here was go into the details of my design called Komainu.
The Lion-Dog spirit exists to protect the righteous and guard against evil, but it remains to be seen if this Celestial being has been corrupted.


As with everything I design I start off brainstorming and gathering reference. Good ole Google came in handy as I looked up "Japanese mythological beasts" to see what was out there. When I came across Komainu image popped up I knew I had my idea. The name comes from the ancient Japanese statues of the same name, often called lion-dogs in English. The Komainu are usually a pair of lion-like statue creatures either guarding the entrance of many Japanese shrines or kept inside the inner shrine itself. They can sometimes also be found at Buddhist Temples or nobility residences and even private homes.

Meant to ward off evil spirits, modern komainu statues are almost identical, but one has the mouth open, the other closed. This is a very common characteristic in religious statue pairs at both temples and shrines. This pattern is Buddhist in origin however and has a symbolic meaning. The open mouth is pronouncing the first letter of the Sanskrit alphabet, which is pronounced "a", while the closed one is uttering the last letter, which
is pronounced "um", to represent the beginning and the end of all things. Together they form the sound "Aum" a syllable sacred in several religions.There are however exceptions to the rule in which both komainu have their mouth either open or closed.



 There's a variation of the statue that resembles a fox.
I love the idea of the Komainu so much I plan on incorporating the theme into a modern version into the Aizan universe.  Next time I'll take a look at the details of the design a little closer.

Catch you then.

S

Sunday, October 6, 2013

P.O.D Day 6 "Knightseeker 19"

Happy Sunday(or whenever you're reading this), and welcome to Day 6 of my "Artpiece-of-the-Day" goal. Every day in the month of October I'll be posting  a new piece of art plus providing some behind the scene sketches and commentary. Each pic will be as "complete" as I can make it, depending on what was called for with the project, meaning some pieces may be more elaborate than others, but the ultimate goal here is for me to be more productive.
Today features a piece done for the new Knightseeker illustrated novel written by Eric Cooper.
www.knightseeker.com



 This is Chapter 19 entitled "Disturbing Call". The description was:

(Single Scene) Setting: Ethan’s apartment living room.
Action: GUILLOTINE aiming FUSION BARREL of weapons staff at KNIGHT SEEKER. KNIGHT SEEKER aiming TRI-BLADE SWORD at GUILLOTINE.
LT. DIAZ aiming SHOTGUN at KNIGHT SEEKER. SGT. FLEMINGS aiming BOTH GLOCK PISTOLS at GUILLOTINE.

This one didn't come together right away, and I had to go through a lot of sketches to get what I wanted. Here are a few.



 
All in all the project itself was a fun one. This is the third(!) illustrated novel Cooper has dropped, and I've been lucky enough to have been Art Director for the last two books now. In addition to being AD, I'm also an artist for some of the chapters, primary designer as well as cover artist for all 3 books.
Shout out to Eric for the opportunity. See my last blog for more Knightseeker art.
http://shawnah-lean.blogspot.com/2013/10/pod-day-5-knightseeker.html 
 
As always, thanks for reading and I hope you continue to follow me on this path of me seeking to be a better artist and more productive artist. Feel free to give any critiques or comments. Catch you tomorrow God willing.

Peace.
S

Saturday, October 5, 2013

P.O.D Day 5- "KnightSeeker"

Hey peeps. Day 5 of my "Artpiece-of-the-Day" goal where every day in the month of October I'll be posting  a new piece of art plus providing some behind the scene sketches and commentary. Each pic will be as "complete" as I can make it, depending on what was called for with the project, meaning some pieces may be more elaborate than others, but the ultimate goal here is for me to be more productive.

Today features a piece done for the new Knightseeker illustrated novel written by Eric Cooper.
www.knightseeker.com
This was Chapter 25 entitled "A True Test of Friendship".
The description was: (Single Scene) Setting: Subway tunnel by the single set of tracks.
Action: KNIGHT SEEKER shooting out one concentrated shot to GUILLOTINE’s chest peace. This will be a very violent shot that shatters the Guillotine chest piece.  GUILLOTINE whole body reacts to the hit. (Also Guillotine is unarmed. His weapon should not be in the scene.)

Here's the piece.
 
Knightseeker Book 3 illustrated novel chap 25 artwork. Pencils and inks Shawn Alleyne
So after reading the chapter and going over the description, I had a pretty solid idea of how it would look. I knew I wanted to play with shadows and action lines, and though I said in a previous blog that I'm not good at spotting shadows, doesn't mean I don't like to try. Due to the deadline I was at first going to use the blacks and lines in lieu of a background, but after trying, it felt cheap. So I added the subway tunnel to push myself. I definitly need to practice my action lines some more I feel.

The project itself is a fun one. This is the third(!) illustrated novel Cooper has dropped, and I've been lucky enough to have been Art Director for the last two books now. In addition to being AD, I'm also an artist for some of the chapters, primary designer as well as cover artist for all 3 books.
Shout out to Eric for the opportunity.
Here's the cover to the revamped edition of the first novel...
 

Knightseeker Book 1 illustrated novel cover. Shawn Alleyne on pencils and inks/ colors by Blair Smith
And the cover for book 2.
Knightseeker Book 2 illustrated novel cover art. Pencils- Shawn Alleyne/colors-Blair Smith  
Look for more Knightseeker goodness soon.

As always, thanks for reading and I hope you continue to follow me on this path of me seeking to be a better artist and more productive artist. Feel free to give any critiques or comments. Catch you tomorrow God willing.

Peace.
S




 

Friday, October 4, 2013

P.O.D Day 4- "Jeb"

Day 4 of my "Artpiece-of-the-Day" goal. For those just joining us, every day in the month of October I'll be posting  a new piece of art, plus providing some behind the scene sketches and commentary. Each pic will be as "complete" as I can make it, depending on what was called for with the project, meaning some pieces may be more elaborate than others, but the ultimate goal here is for me to be more productive.

Today's piece is from the same client that commissioned the Deborah and Gideon pieces from previous days. This description read: "Jeb is a white man in his late 20's with dark, shoulder length hair, dark brown eyes, and scruff on his face. He is wearing military camouflage. He has a SEAL Team 6 insignia on his arm and a petty officer insignia on his shoulder. He is in the prone position aiming a M82A1 barret sniper rifle (.50). He has a slight smile on his face."

The final piece was supposed to be more of a pin-up, which is where I would've done the prone position (where a sniper is taking out his target), but I ran out of time. I also forgot to add the camo and I didn't give him the smile. For just an average shot like this it may not make much of a difference but now I'm sorry I didn't add the smile.I think that would've lent some more character to him than just the typical scowl. 


Here's my original sketch. This is the one I feel the most disappointed in as far as the transition from sketch to final product. Something about the finished piece's stance looks a little too stiff to me.

Sigh, on to the next one.

As always, thanks for reading and I hope you continue to follow me on this path of me seeking to be a better artist and more productive artist. Feel free to give any critiques or comments. Catch you tomorrow God willing.

Peace.
S

 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

P.O.D Day 3 Avengers Blank Cover

Annnddd we're back with another edition of my special "Artpiece-of-the-Day" goal. Every day for the month of October I'll be posting a new piece of art, plus providing some behind the scenes sketches and commentary. Each pic will be as "complete" as I can make it, depending on what was called for with the project, meaning some pieces may be more elaborate than others, but the ultimate goal here is for me to be more productive.

On the menu today is a blank cover commish, where the client wanted to see a wrecked assortment of Avengers. Specifically, Avengers weapons: Iron Man's helmet, Cap's damaged shield, etc.



With blank covers it would definitely save me a lot of time just doing the front, but my masochistic side just can't seem to leave well enough alone, and I pretty much always do a double spread. With this cover I felt just having the weapons laying there would be pretty boring by itself, so I thought it would be cool to have some sort of villain in the piece somewhere who viewers could speculate would be the cause of the destruction. And since Thanos is on everyone's minds nowadays, I figured, why not.


 For some reason this cover took me FOREVER to finish. Besides life getting in the way, I just wasn't feeling motivated. On top of that, the bird's eye view perspective shot of Thanos' legs gave me HELL to get right. And I still don't think I achieved my goal. 





I tried to "modernize" Thanos' look a little, and I plan on doing a Thanos solo print at some point. Yes, I'm a sellout. sigh.
I cheated a bit with a few things. One being the Falcon's wings. I know they're supposed to be holographic "hardlight" and they disappear when not activated, but I wanted  people to know it was the Falcon. Also, I felt it would show Thanos' disrespect and power a little more if he were standing on someone.
The second cheat is with the Hulk. Once again, if he's unconscious he should automatically revert back to "puny Banner" but I figured people wouldn't know who he was.

Bonus points: did you spot Thor's hands and Widow's bracelets? All in all I kinda like how it came out.

Well, another one down. Thanks for reading and please feel free to leave any comments or critiques.

Peace
S

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

P.O.D Day 2- "Gideon"

Welcome back to my special "Artpiece-of-the-Day" goal. Every day for the month of October I'll be posting a new piece of art, plus providing some behind the scenes sketches and commentary. Each pic will be as "complete" as I can make it, depending on what was called for with the project, meaning some pieces may be more elaborate than others, but the ultimate goal here is for me to be more productive.
And guess what, day 2 and I'm still going! Wheeeeee! Not much of an accomplishment? Ok, whatever.



This piece is from the same client that commissioned the Deborah piece from yesterday.
His description read, "Gideon is a young man sitting in front of a multi-screen computer system. The room is only lit by the various monitors. We can see his face from the side. He is a very light skinned black man in his early twenties. He is fairly thin. He is of mixed race, so his afro is not as kinky. He has light blue eyes. He is handsome."
Placing shadows has been a challenge for me, and I'm in awe of folks like Mike Mignola, but I tried. Once again, this character is supposed to inhabit the "real" world, so normally I would've put in some hi-tech computers and floating "Minority Report" style screens, but I kept it basic.


A pretty simple design, so nothing too crazy here, but I guess the hardest part was his face. In the future I had told myself I wanted to try and use actors to cast my characters after, and for Gideon I thought Donald Glover had the perfect feel I wanted to capture.  I didn't go for an exact likeness as you can see, I just wanted to get the essence.

Well, that's it for today. Thanks for reading and I hope you continue to follow me on this path of me seeking to be a more productive and better artist. Feel free to give any critiques or comments. Catch you tomorrow.

Peace.
S



Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Piece Of the Day- Day 1 "Deborah"

What's up peeps, it's been a while.

Even though I feel like I've been gone forever, don't think I've been slacking. A lot of exciting things have been going on, and I'll be updating more frequently. Amidst all of the news that will be coming, what will be precedent for the month of October is my "Artpiece-of-the-Day" goal. Every day for the month of October I'll be posting a new piece of art, plus providing some behind the scenes sketches and commentary. Each pic will be as "complete" as I can make it, depending on what was called for with the project, meaning some pieces may be more elaborate than others, but the ultimate goal here is for me to be more productive.

So, with that intro out of the way, let's get the ball rolling with "Deborah"

Above is my sketch of the character to get her "feel". The client's description read "
Deborah is a beautiful (much more the urban standard of beauty than the typical Hollywood standard), curvaceous African woman with long braids not dreadlocks. She is about 19 years old. She is dark skinned and has very defined muscles, but she does not have overly large muscles. She has on dark pants and a light brown tactical vest. Under her vest she has a low cut green shirt that shows off her ample cleavage. An AK-47 is strapped to her back. In her hand is a machete dripping blood. Her face is almost in a snarl."
The first thing I did was check with the client to see what kind of world the characters inhabited- in other words, how fantastical did he want it and how far I could go. He let me know this was to be "real world" and present day. With any character design I believe in research first, no matter if it's based in reality or fantasy, so after some reference checks on military and police clothing, I had my look. 



With this being the finished piece. As you can see I veered from the AK-47 and gave her a more powerful piece. (I wish I had saved the info on what gun I used for reference). The description said she was pretty strong, so I just thought it would be interesting and visually appealing to see this young woman holding up this heavy, bad-ass instrument of death.
Sometimes I do a sketch and it comes out perfect and really fluid and organic, then when I try to capture that same feel to the final page without a lightbox I lose the appearance or energy of the piece, but in this case I'm pretty happy with what came out.

Well, that's it for today. Thanks for reading and I hope you continue to follow me on this path of me seeking to be a more productive and better artist. Catch you tomorrow.

Peace.
S

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Aizan Second Chance

What's up peeps. 
For a while now I've received messages from people who have wanted to show support for Aizan by pledging funds. Their reasons range from missing out on the kickstarter date, to hearing about my legal battle, to complete strangers just wanting to contribute to a character they think is worth a shot. I asked folks to hold off till I had some things in place, and now, here's your second chance to get in on the ground floor of Aizan. 
ALL of the same prizes from the Kickstarter campaign will available and all the donation amounts remain the same. The time period will be from this Monday March 4th to Thursday, April 4th. Choose your tier and send all donations to the paypal address of pyroglyphics1@comcast.net. Please attach a note with your name, address, award level you chose, and any other details.

"Burner Level" Pledge $5 or more
Backers who select this tier will receive a high quality digital copy of the entire Aizan Demo Book delivered via personal email, PLUS one ticket for the Ultimate Aizan Gift Pack.

"Bomber Level" Pledge $10 or more
Backers who select this tier will receive a high quality digital copy of the entire Aizan Demo Book, as well as an EXCLUSIVE Digital Aizan wallpaper poster delivered via personal email, PLUS 2 tickets for the Ultimate Aizan Gift Pack.

"Get Up Level" Pledge $25 or more
Backers who select this tier will receive a signed PRINTED copy of the Aizan Demo Book and Digital wallpaper poster, in addition to your name in the Kickstarter "Thank You" page. PLUS, 3 tickets for the Ultimate Aizan Gift Pack. (Includes shipping/handling but please add $10 if outside US).

"Wild Style Level" Pledge $30 or more
Backers who select this tier will receive a signed PRINTED copy of the Aizan Demo Book, as well as an EXCLUSIVE 11X17 signed Aizan poster, your name in the Kickstarter "Thank You" page, PLUS the Digital Download of the EXCLUSIVE Aizan Soundtrack! PLUS, 4 tickets for the Ultimate Aizan Gift Pack. (Includes shipping/handling but please add $10 if outside US).

"Landmark Level" Pledge $50 or more
Backers who select this tier will receive a signed PRINTED copy of the Aizan Demo Book, as well as TWO EXCLUSIVE 11X17 signed Aizan posters, PLUS your name in the Kickstarter “Thank You" page of the book, as well as the Digital download of the EXCLUSIVE Aizan Soundtrack,in addition to 5 tickets for the Ultimate Aizan Gift Pack. (Includes shipping/handling but please add $10 if outside US).

"Black Book Level" Pledge $75 or more
Backers who select this tier will receive all of the above(book, posters, thank you, soundtrack, 5 tickets), as well as the EXCLUSIVE Aizan Trading Card, Postcard and Magnet. (Includes shipping/handling but please add $10 if outside US).

"Rook Level" Pledge $100 or more
Backers who select this tier will receive all of the above (book, posters, thank you entry, soundtrack, trading card, postcard, magnet, 5 tickets) PLUS your chose of any tee-shirt from the Pyro collection. (Includes shipping/handling but please add $10 if outside US).

"Knight Level" Pledge $150 or more
Backers who select this tier will receive a LIMITED EDITION Sketch Cover version of the Aizan Demo Book featuring an EXCLUSIVE Aizan sketch, along with everything else of the above (poster, thank you entry, soundtrack, trading card, post card, magnet, 5 tickets and shirt). *Please Note: The delivery date was chosen due to the existing commission list Shawn Alleyne already has, his schedule, and the time it takes to do a quality piece of artwork. (Includes shipping/handling but please add $10 if outside US).

"Bishop Level" Pledge $200 or more
Backers who select this tier will receive all of the above (Sketch cover book, poster, thank you, soundtrack, trading card, post card, magnet, 5 tickets and shirt), PLUS a SIGNED original page of production/concept art. *Please Note: The delivery date was chosen due to the existing commission list Shawn Alleyne already has, his schedule, and the time it takes to do a quality piece of artwork. (Includes shipping/handling but please add $10 if outside US).

"Bishop Level" Pledge $200 or more
Backers who select this tier will receive all of the above (Sketch cover book, poster, thank you, soundtrack, trading card, post card, magnet, 5 tickets and shirt), PLUS a SIGNED original page of production/concept art. *Please Note: The delivery date was chosen due to the existing commission list Shawn Alleyne already has, his schedule, and the time it takes to do a quality piece of artwork. (Includes shipping/handling but please add $10 if outside US).

"King Level" Pledge $300 or more
Backers who select this tier will receive the soundtrack, plus DOUBLE of everything else (TWO signed PRINTED copies of the Aizan Demo Book, 2 posters, 2 trading cards, 2 magnets, 10 tickets, 2 shirts, 2 pieces of SIGNED original pages of production/concept art) PLUS your name in the Kickstarter "Producer" page, AS WELL as a character in the book NAMED AFTER YOU! (Includes shipping/handling but please add $10 if outside US).

"Angel Level" Pledge $500 or more
Backers who select this tier will receive all of the above (the books, soundtrack, posters, trading cards, magnets, 10 tickets, shirts, original pages of production/concept art, and Producer credit) PLUS, yourself MADE INTO a super-powered character from the Aizan Universe! The character will appear in the back of Aizan issue #1 in a bio page. *Please Note: The delivery date was chosen due to the existing commission list Shawn Alleyne already has, his schedule, and the time it takes to do a quality piece of artwork. (Includes shipping/handling but please add $10 if outside US).

"Hierarch Level" Pledge $1,000 or more
Backers who select this tier will receive all of the above (the book, soundtrack, posters, trading cards, magnets, 10 tickets, shirts, original pages of production/concept art, and Producer credit) PLUS, yourself MADE INTO a super-powered VILLAIN from the Aizan Universe, AS WELL as an EXCLUSIVE commission of your character fighting Aizan! You will then receive the ORIGINAL page of the commission. Immortality achieved! *Please Note: The delivery date was chosen due to the existing commission list Shawn Alleyne already has, his schedule, and the time it takes to do a quality piece of artwork. (Includes shipping/handling but please add $10 if outside US).

Hit me up if you guys have any questions and thank you all in advance for your support and interest. 
Peace
Shawn

Thursday, January 10, 2013

30 Day Challenge

What's up peeps.
So yesterday I spoke about pushing myself to finish and post one commission a day for 30 days. I've suffered from chronic lateness last year and my goal is to fully catch up on my commissions sooner rather than later. As an added bonus as I post these daily commissions I will be doing breakdowns of some of my thoughts behind the pieces. I'm already at Day 8 over on facebook, so I will post 3 of the pieces here back to back to get you caught up. Let's go!


Day 4: The Blackbird..a reinterpretation of one of my student's characters. The student's name is Safiya and let me tell you, this girl is going to be a superstar one day. She came to my workshop SUPER prepared. Just 11 years old with the full story thought out, a mini-comic done, full background, the works. AND she just got accepted into an apprenticeship program of the Moore College. Great things to come. For this character since she's only about 21, I wanted to make sure I showed her on the slim side and a little underdeveloped. She's also now starting out in the crimefighting game and I like her stance being a little shaky. 
 Bonus colors by Renee Clarke



Day 5: Crimson Hood..a reinterpretation of my student's character. This character was created by a kid called Jason, another young artist who will be a force to be reckoned with. He originally chose the name "Red Hood", but I convinced him to change it to avoid Disney suing his young ass homeless. It was also a little funny drawing this character due to some similarities to Street Team's Aaron, but such is the creative process.

Bonus color piece done by Kamau Mshale





Day 6: Frank Stein...reinterpretation of one of my student's characters. The character is a big kid trapped in this super powerful body. He's also not the knife in the cutlery, but has the classic kind heart, and I wanted to make sure I gave him a shy smile. I also made a point to make his feet huge and give him that awkward stance, once again to highlight his uncomfortableness. Note the bath-towel cape. At one point I was thinking of pushing the "Frankenstein" pun and giving him a neck tattoo of a nuts and bolts.



Day 7: Yes, I will be working personal Aizan pieces into the rotation..got a problem with that?! Here is the revised version of the postcard that will be offered. I wanted to show Aizan in a different light..one where you can tell she's been in a HELLAVA fight. As I said before, I'm a fan of the underdog, and I love characters like Batman, Wolverine and Spider-man, who can take a licking and keep on ticking. Aizan's real strength is the fact that she's incredible stubborn and a risktaker..she doesn't have it in her to back down. This leads to all kinds of ice-baths in her new occupation.


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And that's it for today folks. Thanks for taking the time to check out my scribbles. Hopefully I'll catch y'all tomorrow.

Peace

"React with the speed of a panther/Impact of a hollow-head only faster with no evidence after.."- Geist







Wednesday, January 9, 2013

HPNY and The 30Day Challenge

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!! Since we're still in January I think it's ok to say that. 2012, you were one HELL of a year...and 2013, I'm excited to see what you bring. Thanks to everyone who made the past year what it was, good or bad. I pray that I learn and live to the fullest of my potential, and I wish the same for all of you guys. 

To cement that mentality in the early, I'm pushing myself to finish and post one commission a day for 30 days. I've suffered from chronic lateness last year and my goal is to fully catch up on my commissions sooner rather than later. As an added bonus as I post these daily commissions I will be doing breakdowns of some of my thoughts behind the pieces. I'm already at Day 7 over on facebook, so I will post 3 of the pieces here back to back to get you caught up. Let's go!

Day 1: Glyphx! This was done for a client by the name Ced Pharaoh as a promo piece for his illustrated novel Urban Mage, which is a project on Kickstarter. URBAN MAGE is aimed at science fiction & fantasy lovers and is labeled as an Ancient Urban Sci-Fi Fantasy Adventure that mixes action inspired by African Mythology & other cultures.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/348619251/urban-mage-the-legacy-chronicles-book-1-0
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For this piece, Ced (who I'm also proud to call a friend) wanted something showing Glypx in that classic bad-ass, coming out the shadows, no fear pose. The important thing for me when I do a piece is to show some sort of motion, and there's nothing I love more than swirling energy or smoke. Glyphx channels 2 form of energy, one more of a flame emanation, and the other an electrical like charge, so I tried to show contrasting line forms. The only thing I would like to alter is how old I made him look-- he's supposed to be around 19 or so, and I feel I made him look a few years beyond that. The original challenge of this piece started way back when I first designed the character. Ced asked for a futuristic dashiki, so I had to do a lot research of African designs, but the crunch was how to make it look modern AND have a wider audience appeal yet still keep certain Afrocentric elements. The good thing about Ced is he has pretty clear visions on how he wants his characters so it was a great collab.

Day 2: Omega! This is a reinterpretation of one of my students characters.



I have been teaching my Character Design Workshop Course now for a few years now around Philly, and my latest class just ended at the Lenfest Center in Hunting Park. The curriculum of my course focuses on having the students come up with their own original character, then I take them through the basic steps of writing and drawing using their character as a foundation on which to build on. I really like the look of this character. As anyone who knows me can tell you I love ninjas and scarves (sound familiar), and the mohawk is the icing. So this was fun...and easy. My students already did all the hard work.


Day 3: Shadow Catcher...Reinterpretation of one of my students characters..


I don't know why, but I was having a hard time coming up with a comfortable pose for this character. To be honest, I'm still not all the way happy, but sometimes you gotta move on. One of the other things I don't like is how skintight I made his shirt..looks like he's naked. lol Someone mention my student having a Naruto influence, and yes the mask has that swirl effect, but I like the face he gave it his own spin.

More to come tomorrow.

Peace

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