Sunday, January 27, 2013

Artist Apps

I wanted to share a couple useful artist apps I discovered for the iPad.

For you anatomy buffs, this app is for you. This app gives you the ability to rotate and zoom a fully rendered three dimensional anatomical figure. A very useful tool for when you need to reference the human anatomy.

This is a very cool artist reference tool that allows you to rotate and light a 3d hand in a variety of poses. Though I wish this app would allow you to pose the hand yourself, nevertheless, there is still enough preset poses to make this more than worth it. A very "handy" tool indeed.


This app allows you to pose your classic artist's wooden mannequin to create your own scenes in virtual 3d space. With the abilities to move your camera and light, this can really help you explore and play with different compositions.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Fairy Tale Promotional Illustration

I'm back with the finished illustration! I really had fun working on this piece! Below I'll quickly share my process:

As usual, I wanted to quickly establish the basic color scheme of the illustration. Because I hadn't settled on a color or look of the jellyfish at this point, I decided to ignore them for now and concentrate on the elements I had a better grasp on. I was hoping that once I had some sort of color down, it would give me a better idea for them later on.

Here I made my first big pass on my mermaid character. Once I had her in pretty good shape, I went back and continued to pull out the rocks in the background as well as the coral in the foreground.

Next I added the sack for the dolphin. After that, I made another pass to the coral and cleaned it up further. The purpose was not only to tighten up the area but I also wanted to create more illusion of depth.

At this stage, I finally felt comfortable enough to add the jellyfish...WELL ACTUALLY, I simply stalled as long I could and I simply ran out of other things to work on.

Here is the final piece again. With all the main elements worked out, all that was left was to tie everything together. I gave the illustration a blueish tint, since we are underwater afterall! Along with that, I focused my attention to the composition and added some final value adjustments. And with a couple touch ups as well as some finishing touches to amp up some of the fantasy and the drama, this one was a wrap!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

In Deep Water...

I thought I'd share this new promo piece I am working on. I've wanted to illustrate an underwater scene for quite some time now ever since my visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Among all the fascinating sea creature there, I was particularly intrigued by the jellyfish they had on display. I thought it would be something new and fun to illustrate, but of course I wanted to add my little twist to these little critters.

One of the things I enjoy about working on these promotional illustrations is the opportunity to pick whatever subjects and environments my imagination takes me. Though sometimes my imagination can get the better of me. Unlike the last promo piece I did, this illustration will have a lot of elements that are new to me, so I'll have to do a lot more figuring out as I go. This will be a challenging illustration...