Sometimes I wish I could just settle for a “look” for the stuff that I create. But it’s just not going to happen I guess. I’m still exploring how images can look utilizing lineart and “coloring inside the lines” and I never like what I do long enough to make it a distinct thing.
The week before I was doing some erotic drawings. This time unfortunately I didn’t like the cleanliness of smoothed, pixel-perfect lines and crisp cell-shaded coloring. To alter that impression the first thing I tried was to simply throw a paper texture on top and add some noise. This time such quick fixes only added to my annoyance. So I modified one of my favorite sketching brushes to look like a little broken bleeding pen nip and restarted my drawing from there. I did a couple more drawings using that brush, experimenting with different methods of coloring them, the length of my strokes, whether or not to use it with lazy nezumi/photoshop stroke smoothing, and then let it sit for a few days.
This week I decided to pick up the exploration but instead of drawing naked woman I decided to go for a fantasy scene. I didn’t use any brush smoothing and instead of making designed marks and lines I decided to “doodle” a lot of the linear details. I looked at Moebius art, Lorenzo de Felici, Sergio Toppi, Mark Nelson, Jonathan Edwards, Jorge Zaffino, Ashley Wood – not that it shows. I painted the background using brushes from Dice Tsutsumi, Greg Rutkowski and Justin Gerard because I wanted “texture”.
While I enjoyed it while I was doing it, I’m now already thinking that it’s too random. Not designed enough. The line thickness is too uniform. The perspective is too boring, the scattering of the details too equal. The coloring seems to be in limbo between full flat color an volume based painting.
On to the next thing I guess. The learning continues.
Me: I don’t like painted rendering. So much time spent polishing stuff. I will stick to lineart and simple coloring, so much faster. Also me:
For whatever reason, I wanted to go completely overboard (for my standards) with detailing. I wanted to push patterns/textures to an extent that made no sense. It was good for me to follow this urge because now I know with almost certainty that this is not for me.
There are individual parts that I like and which will lead me to further exploration, like the simplified outlined trees in the background or the heavy detailed lineart texturing in the foreground, but the combination of it all into illustrations like this is not where I want to go.
It’s October, and of course, that means “Halloween”-themed illustrations to some extend. Halloween was another one of those terms that came up in the Spreadshirt-List of Q4 relevant search terms that I mentioned last week. So I came up with this illustration.
I am and never have been good with juggling the ball like that, but whenever I happen to be around a soccer ball I will try again – no matter how old I am. And even if I only manage to keep it in the air for a few bounces, I enjoy doing so.
While I was working with a team I learned about myself how much I enjoy telling terrible jokes and making others suffer through it. I made it a habit to look for a couple of bad jokes every weekend which I would then force myself my team to listen to throughout the week. Most often I was the only one laughing, but I got a couple of laughs out of them at least as well. Since I don’t have a team anymore, I’m looking for new ways to indulge myself. And since I like comics, and I like experimenting, I might try combining these things as long as its fun.
Apparently one of the most-searched-for terms at Spreadshirt in Oktober 2020 was “Skihase | Skibunny”. I’m pretty certain this is referring to young women, but I’m not going to serve that crowd so I made a different kind of Skihase.
Recently a very nice lady approached me via social media and asked whether or not she could commission me for artwork. She had come across my Instagram and followed the link to my Spreadshirt-shop, but didn’t find a motif that she felt was appropriate for her 3year old grandson. We got into talking about her grandson, how he likes dogs and scared-loves big heavy construction machinery. Then we struck a deal and she commissioned me to do this motif. I just added it to the spreadshirt-shop this morning. If you’re looking for a shirt gift for your grandchild, maybe this one works for you as well. And if it doesn’t, feel free to reach out.
Music is so incredibly important in my life. I have music that I turn to when I feel a certain way, or if I want to feel a certain way. And I always love when I get a recommendation for new music that leaves me happier. Recently a friend of mine recommended “Ryo Fukui” to me. After listening to what was available on Spotify I immediately went and bought 4 albums. And I’ve been listening to this music every week since. So if you got any recommendations for music that I should listen to, shoot. I’m happy to give anything a listen.