February is already here and I’ve been slacking big time with my art. Nothing better to kick the year off with but a pencil sketch of a dragon’s head.

Dragon's Head Pencil Sketch

This artwork was actually very small, only about 2 inches across. Minor modifications made in Photoshop to bring up contrast and erase the stuff around it.

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This giant serpentine demon serves as both Death’s eternal companion through the Nether and as her guardian. Yes, there are forces who can actually threaten Death. The relationship is symbiotic, Death feeds The Soul eater, in return it’s always around.

Death's Familiar - The Soul Eater

This digital painting was done entirely in Photoshop, not sure how long I worked on it but I kind of screwed up so it took me at few hours. Here is the WIP.

WIP animated GIF of Death's Familiar

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Barbarella is a sexy woman who gets into some strange adventures while traveling through the galaxy. This comic book character was somewhat controvercial due to the sexual nature of the story though by today’s standards it’s just cheeky (or booby). I made this for this week’s CHOW at conceptart.org.


And below is the WIP. My initial idea was to have robots all around her groping her and etc but ran out of time to work on the robots. I used a photograph of Luba Shumeyko as a reference for this which was especially helpful with the arm positioning and the hands.

Bararella - animated GIF showing work in progress

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She is the slayer of giant evil robots who have terrorized a world where steam technology reigns supreme.

Steampunkette - Steampunk Superhero - CHOW #222

Really she came out looking more sci-fi than steampunk but I’ve always sucked at that ganre so at least I gave it a shot. What you’re looking at was entirely done in Photoshop CS5. So my upgrade to Win 7 and Photoshop CS5 was successful. Since this is the first serious drawing I’m attempting under CS5 I must confess that it runs very smooth and I like it. I’ve not gotten to experiment with just about any of the new features but time will come for that.

WIP - animated GIF - for the Steampunkette

And the obligatory WIP since I did this for CHOW #222 at conceptart.org

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OK, so in the last couple of days I upgraded my main workstation to Windows 7. Part of the reason is that I simply wanted to have the latest and greatest, but the real reason is that under Vista I’ve had random BSODs. As I upgraded I ran into a couple of problems, including BSODs. The thing that peeved me the most until I started searching though was a really odd issue with Photoshop CS5. Thankfully I wasn’t the only one suffering from it. I’m first going to complain about the pressure sensitivity issue because that’s mostly been resolved:

Photoshop CS5 x64 bit Pressure Sensitivity Problem


Windows 7 Crashes into a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) because of Firefox

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A concept sketchof an Eternal Seven character.

Crouching Warrior Pencil Sketch

This is a pencil sketch which was modified in Photoshop to add some more contrast, clean it out, and add the background and color variations.

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There is a series of books I’ve recently been reading about the Malazan Empire written by Steven Erikson which involves humanoid creatures who can shift (veer) into dragons. This was an idea I had in mind as I was working ont his sketch.

Dragon's Soul

This sketch was made in linux Ubuntu 10.10 using MyPaint, the original can be seen HERE. I worked on this for about an hour, it’s my first drawing using the MyPaint program. After the original sketch was done I moved to Windows and finished it out in Photoshop. I must say the brush engine in MyPaint is pretty good, I’ll be using that more in the future but I really need to do some reading about it before I can get faster.

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Yup I updated my main workstation to Maverick Meercat, still not too sure how I feel about it. First thing was to make sure I can get the GIMP ready and working properly.

Portrait of a Girl made with The GIMP in Ubuntu 10.10

About 30 minutes of rapid sketching, everything’s working fine. Still wishing GIMP would update its brush engine but for sketching it’s fine.

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So I heard of folks having all sorts of trouble with wacom and Ubuntu 10.04 Actually I heard about this a while ago and never upgraded my big workstation to the newest Ubuntu until this could be resolved. Today I decided to see if I can get it to work on my laptop which is sporting 10.04 and amazingly everything worked right out of the box… The only different part from before was that some of the configuration steps for The GIMP to work properly are located in different places and look different from what I remember them looking like in the past. This was not a big deal as it took me about 5 mins to get it running properly. So why people are having trouble? I have no clue.

Anyways, I figured I’d post here a quick sketch I just made.

Ubuntu 10.04 Sketch using The GIMP

All done with the GIMP, about 1 hour worth of scratching against my tablet while watching some silly movie.

Really looking forward to updates in the GIMP. I also need to figure out how to set up my strip bar for zooming, that slows me down the most right now. I’m going to play with this in the next weeks when I have some time and see if I can get it right and to stick. In the past I was able to configure it but every time when I rebooted I had to reconfigure the settings.

Update on 24th of October 2010

I worked on the above sketch a bit in Photoshop. Here are the results:

Swords & Tits Yet again!

I left the hand large on purpose, just rendered away with minimal updates to the shapes in the original drawing. I really need to get working on some serious digital paintings soon.

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Well I started a new sketchbook, since the first page always wears out and smudges all over I decided to just go with ink on this one.

Sword of the Titans Ink Sketch

I guess I spent about an hour on this one.

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