February 14, 2014
nicholascarr:

swade-art:

Gah!  There are so many good lines about Harry and Quidditch!  It was super hard to pick one.  I’ll definitely have to do another bonus illustration unless I get lucky with another similar topic."I am a beautiful animal!  I am a destroyer of worlds! I am HARRY-FUCKING-POTTER!!”

“Well, well. Maybe it was SOFTcastle McCormick. Wink wink, Harry… wink wink.”
Agh, I want nothing more than to see him do another one of these. 

I hit a string of bad luck; I was riding on the back of an already established Harry Potter group (#Wizarding Wednesdays) and their topics started to diverge out of the first movie so I lost all of my Wizard People, Dear Reader lines.I think I’ll keep it going solo, just a bit busy atm.  But I love the motivation!

nicholascarr:

swade-art:

Gah!  There are so many good lines about Harry and Quidditch!  It was super hard to pick one.  I’ll definitely have to do another bonus illustration unless I get lucky with another similar topic.

"I am a beautiful animal!  I am a destroyer of worlds! I am HARRY-FUCKING-POTTER!!”

Well, well. Maybe it was SOFTcastle McCormick. Wink wink, Harry… wink wink.”

Agh, I want nothing more than to see him do another one of these. 

I hit a string of bad luck; I was riding on the back of an already established Harry Potter group (#Wizarding Wednesdays) and their topics started to diverge out of the first movie so I lost all of my Wizard People, Dear Reader lines.

I think I’ll keep it going solo, just a bit busy atm.  But I love the motivation!

February 7, 2014
Raava…Drill…BREAKER!!I got distracted since the last Avatar/TTGL crossover I did but then I saw niuner’s Tenzin Lagann.  Figured I needed to get this done before everyone moves on to Kill la Kill crossovers!
Also I attempted it make some sort of Raava/Dai Gurren Dan logo thing but every time I tried…I just kept picturing something like this and kept laughing:

(believe in tea, who believes in you)

Raava…Drill…BREAKER!!

I got distracted since the last Avatar/TTGL crossover I did but then I saw niuner’s Tenzin Lagann.  Figured I needed to get this done before everyone moves on to Kill la Kill crossovers!

Also I attempted it make some sort of Raava/Dai Gurren Dan logo thing but every time I tried…I just kept picturing something like this and kept laughing:

Believe in tea, who believes in you...

(believe in tea, who believes in you)

February 4, 2014
Daily Draw Feburary #4: Ivy Crests and Flowers That All Look the Same
Japanese family crests (mon) are a fascinating subject for me.  If you’re at all interested I can’t recommend The Elements of Japanese Design, John Dower enough.  I’m certainly not the type of person who says things like, “All flowers look the same,” but I’m hardly a botany student. More to the point, when you reduce flowers to monorchrome graphic designs…well I think some confusion is unavoidable.
The first block is Ivy designs which I’ll be using in the kimono pattern.  Seems the Ivy motif was a very popular among the pleasure houses so there’s a fun tie-in there; even if the plant isn’t ‘poisonous’ it has a seductive connotation.
The next block is just copies from Dower, I looked through to find flowers that were of a different species but had incredibly similar designs.  Trying to identify these is a bit like looking at a police lineup and I feel like there’s the makings of a great memory game here.
Now all of those flowers of the same species of course have many different versions of themselves.  Dower has thirty-five different variations on the cherry blossom and even with almost 3,000 designs the book can hardly considered to be comprehensive.  But you consider how disparate those two designs are despite being the same species compared to the second set which are all different.
I bring all this up because I had this pipe-dream for the Ivy image where I was going to have every plant in the image be poisonous. There are some major problems with this plan, namely:
It’s hard to figure out what plants that are native to Japan are poisonous
It’s really hard to figure out what the colloquial Japanese names are for poisonous plants (seriously, what is Monkshood called in Japan?)
It’s even harder still to find graphic representations of these plants because, and I think this is a cross-cultural thing, you don’t get a lot of imagery of poisonous plants.  Who wants something poisonous for their family crest?  Nobody, apparently.
I know this is another one of those, “I could just wing it and nobody would notice,” scenarios but as I’ve said before, that’s not really the point.

Daily Draw Feburary #4: Ivy Crests and Flowers That All Look the Same

Japanese family crests (mon) are a fascinating subject for me.  If you’re at all interested I can’t recommend The Elements of Japanese Design, John Dower enough.  I’m certainly not the type of person who says things like, “All flowers look the same,” but I’m hardly a botany student. More to the point, when you reduce flowers to monorchrome graphic designs…well I think some confusion is unavoidable.

The first block is Ivy designs which I’ll be using in the kimono pattern.  Seems the Ivy motif was a very popular among the pleasure houses so there’s a fun tie-in there; even if the plant isn’t ‘poisonous’ it has a seductive connotation.

The next block is just copies from Dower, I looked through to find flowers that were of a different species but had incredibly similar designs.  Trying to identify these is a bit like looking at a police lineup and I feel like there’s the makings of a great memory game here.

Now all of those flowers of the same species of course have many different versions of themselves.  Dower has thirty-five different variations on the cherry blossom and even with almost 3,000 designs the book can hardly considered to be comprehensive.  But you consider how disparate those two designs are despite being the same species compared to the second set which are all different.

I bring all this up because I had this pipe-dream for the Ivy image where I was going to have every plant in the image be poisonous. There are some major problems with this plan, namely:

  • It’s hard to figure out what plants that are native to Japan are poisonous
  • It’s really hard to figure out what the colloquial Japanese names are for poisonous plants (seriously, what is Monkshood called in Japan?)
  • It’s even harder still to find graphic representations of these plants because, and I think this is a cross-cultural thing, you don’t get a lot of imagery of poisonous plants.  Who wants something poisonous for their family crest?  Nobody, apparently.

I know this is another one of those, “I could just wing it and nobody would notice,” scenarios but as I’ve said before, that’s not really the point.

February 3, 2014

Daily Draw Feburary #2/3: Poison Ivy and Too Many Colors

Made some major changes to the layout sketch and comped in some colors before I start on final linework.  Biggest change was the removal of the sake flask/dishes in favor of flower arranging stuff.  The idea in the old version was that she was poisoning a drink (obviously wasn’t clear in the rough).  

The three main motifs I wanted were poison, flower arranging, and archery.  In the old version all of those motifs were a separate idea/object.  She would be poisoning a drink, there’s be flowers in the background, and archery stuff.  The solution I found was to combine them together into an action; using flower arranging to make poison to use with archery.  It’s so much easier to just add “stuff” to a scene rather than create a narrative idea; I have to fight the urge.

Not sure about the colors yet.  I experimented with black hair and how that read but it was too vague for my tastes.  Of course the reddish hair is going to cause its own problems.  Obviously it’s a major contributor to the color palette that would otherwise be ignored.  Also I’m not sure how I’ll tackle the rendering/linework on it because generally ukiyo-e hair styles were done with a solid block of black ink that would have lines cut out of it which is how the finer linework was achieved.  I’ll need to see if I can find any examples of non-black hair and how that’s handled.

Background is going to span three images so it’s going to say rough until I have color layouts for all three.

February 2, 2014
Daily Draw Feburary #1: Poison Ivy and a Rant About Obi Knots
So here’s a preliminary sketch for some additions to the Sengoku Batman series.  It’s gonna be a triptych of the sirens (Ivy, Catwoman, and Harley) ideally with a contiguous background as was common for ukiyo-e triptychs.
Can I just throw out that trying to understand how these clothes actually work by looking at ukiyo-e prints is essentially impossible?  Seriously, what’s going on with the musubi here?  The rest I can at least wrap my head around…


There are whole books dedicated to just the knots

It feels like I’m trying to read architectural plans that were printed in magic-eye.


"Uh yeah we’ll juuuussst…..fuck, I lost it!"

Trying to resist the urge to “just wing it” here in order to keep myself sane.  I’ve found some ok resources (that use photos and such) but they’re often a bit scarce on the details and what things are specific to what period.
I still plan on making the pattern on the kimono itself which is the more important thing.  Brain may melt on that one.

Daily Draw Feburary #1: Poison Ivy and a Rant About Obi Knots

So here’s a preliminary sketch for some additions to the Sengoku Batman series.  It’s gonna be a triptych of the sirens (Ivy, Catwoman, and Harley) ideally with a contiguous background as was common for ukiyo-e triptychs.

Can I just throw out that trying to understand how these clothes actually work by looking at ukiyo-e prints is essentially impossible?  Seriously, what’s going on with the musubi here?  The rest I can at least wrap my head around…

Seriously, what?

There are whole books dedicated to just the knots

It feels like I’m trying to read architectural plans that were printed in magic-eye.

"Uh yeah we’ll juuuussst…..fuck, I lost it!"

Trying to resist the urge to “just wing it” here in order to keep myself sane.  I’ve found some ok resources (that use photos and such) but they’re often a bit scarce on the details and what things are specific to what period.

I still plan on making the pattern on the kimono itself which is the more important thing.  Brain may melt on that one.

January 29, 2014
SatelliteSoda.com | Daily Draw February 2014

ryusuke78:

swade-art:

Daily Draw February, hosted by Satellite Soda is coming!  And you should participate too.

It’s simple, you draw something every day and you post it.  You look at things that other people have done too.  That’s it.  

Now prepare your bodies for the thunderdome and expect a lot of updates this month.

Hmm… it’s been awhile since I did this. Last time was 80’s cartoons… maybe I should do 90’s cartoons?

Do itttttttt….

(via wruzicka-reblogs)

January 29, 2014
SatelliteSoda.com | Daily Draw February 2014

Daily Draw February, hosted by Satellite Soda is coming!  And you should participate too.

It’s simple, you draw something every day and you post it.  You look at things that other people have done too.  That’s it.  

Now prepare your bodies for the thunderdome and expect a lot of updates this month.

January 20, 2014
Photo Study using some different Photoshop techniques (Source)Brian asked me last week at work why I always use hard edges in my paintings and I realized I didn’t have a good excuse.  I know better than to do it but most of the ways I learned to deal with it were using physical paint so I’m searching for my digital answer to the question.  And fighting some bad habits.
This isn’t exactly what I’m looking for but it’s closer.

Photo Study using some different Photoshop techniques (Source)

Brian
 asked me last week at work why I always use hard edges in my paintings and I realized I didn’t have a good excuse.  I know better than to do it but most of the ways I learned to deal with it were using physical paint so I’m searching for my digital answer to the question.  And fighting some bad habits.

This isn’t exactly what I’m looking for but it’s closer.

January 12, 2014

More Aang/Kamina!

People seemed to get a kick out of the sunglasses image last week so I wanted to do some more.

January 6, 2014
phodenguyen:

ryusuke78:

swade-art:

Remember when I used to draw things?  Yeah, me neither.Warming up tonight, saw this bad boy and felt the next step was too obvious to avoid.
If you’re wondering, “How would those glasses even work!?” I’ll just tell you I have no idea.  I assume the nose would fog up all the time.

nice glasses!

I’M SCREAMING 

Let’s scream together, it’ll be fun!http://nedroid.com/2009/11/primal-scream-therapy/

phodenguyen:

ryusuke78:

swade-art:

Remember when I used to draw things?  Yeah, me neither.

Warming up tonight, saw this bad boy and felt the next step was too obvious to avoid.

If you’re wondering, “How would those glasses even work!?” I’ll just tell you I have no idea.  I assume the nose would fog up all the time.

nice glasses!

I’M SCREAMING 

Let’s scream together, it’ll be fun!
http://nedroid.com/2009/11/primal-scream-therapy/

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