Thursday, January 31, 2013

'Pretty Ugly' - Vectors 3

A little time to work on the art this evening :

Not much, but I was having some real trouble getting the curves right. Many attempts - and I'm still not completely happy with the way they are now. Sigh. More tomorrow !

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

'Pretty Ugly' - Vectors 2

Did a little more this evening :

The hair is pretty rough - but I'll tidy it up later.

Always found hair tough.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

'Pretty Ugly' - Vectors 1

Started getting in the base vectors :

Doesn't look like much at the moment, I know.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

'Pretty Ugly' - Layout Revision 1

A quick rehash of the layout :

Changed the scale a bit, added in the new reflection and poster reflections.

'Pretty Ugly' - Beautiful reflection

I had a go last night at the 'beautiful' reflection of the girl in the mirror :

I tried to make her look similar - so there will be light freckling around the nose, and her hair done up in a pony tail. I'll need to swap the other reflection in the mockup out with this image and see how it looks.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

'Pretty Ugly' - Rough Layout Mockup

I've been arranging bits from the rough sketches I've done so far to put together a rough mockup of a potential layout of the cover image :

Not perfect - but it's coming along.

'Pretty Ugy' - Plain Teen Refinement

Played around a little with the 'Plain Teen' image last night :

It's getting there - though the head looks slightly too big for the body I think. I should try resizing it with Photoshop.

Friday, January 25, 2013

'Pretty ugly' - Room poster ideas

I figure a teen girl has posters on her wall, so I'll need to draw those too. Here are a few sketches of potential band / music posters.

I think this particular girl is into 'cooler' music than One Direction or the Beiber.

I'm thinking of sneaking a 'NZ Music Month' logo in there somewhere.

'Pretty Ugly' - Developing Layout Mk 2

Okay - this one is more in keeping with the client's likings ! This would be the 'ugly' girl - who really is not very ugly at all. Maybe 'plain' is a better word - though still, I don't know. If I wasn't a married man, and there wasn't a thirty year or so age gap between us, and she wasn't completely fictional ...

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

'Pretty Ugly' Cover - Devloping Layout

A couple of developing ideas of the basic layout :

Coming along.

UPDATE - I've just realized that this is more in line with the 1st rough idea, rather than the 2nd. Argh. 

'Pretty Ugly' cover - Rough layout / development sketches

The first step was to get a few rough ideas of how I could do this image.

Remember the brief :

My idea--our idea--for the art was of an ugly girl (teen?) standing in front of a mirror, and inside the mirror there's a beautiful girl.

My youngest got a bit of Christmas decoration stuck up his nose, and we had to take him to the after-hours medical centre. I took a sketch book - and in between trying to wrangle an more and more manic 21 month old I managed to do a get a few very rough ideas down :

The client ( I'm not going to get tired of saying that ! ) said that they liked all of them, but the second one appealed to them more. He wasn't keen on the idea of the glasses on the 'ugly' girl though - which was no problem for me ! Glasses gone. I kinda liked where the face on the third one was going - so I'm going to run with that some more.

My first professional art work !

Very exciting news, loyal readers ( yup - all three of you ) ! I was comissioned last week to do the art for a book cover - for real money no less !

Now - before you LOSE YOUR MIND with excitement for me, just a couple of context details. It is for a short story collection written by the guys at The Dunesteef Podcast - it's not going to be an international bestseller I think ( though it hopefully will do well ! ), and it's not going to be for much money. I don't know exactly how little - but y'know, that's not important.

Here's what IS important. The Dunesteef Podcast guys liked my art enough that they were willing to ask me to do it in a professional sense. I like those guys a lot - and it's really cool to get that kind of affirmation.

Right - so the collection is going to be called 'Pretty Ugly'. Here's the brief I was given :

My idea--our idea--for the art was of an ugly girl (teen?) standing in front of a mirror, and inside the mirror there's a beautiful girl.


I can do that.

I'm going to do everything I can to make this the best I can !

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Drabblecast Cover #3 - Provisional final

I think it might be done now. I just added a little grass texture to the ground :

Tim to send a copy to the art director and see what he thinks !

Drabblecast Cover #3 - Webs

First attempt at doing the webs properly :

I think it's almost done now.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Drabblecast Cover #3 - Boy detail, spider shadow, test web

 Some more small developments :

I've been trying to work out how I was going to do the spider webs which are supposed to be covering the trees. I finally thought that I could do a bunch of stands with a white / grey coloured brush, and then go over the web areas with a white brush with the layer opacity set low ( 15-20% ). I could them have a number of other layers following the same format to get a sense of web density. I had a go at a very rough test to see what it looked like : 

Not bad ! I figure I'll get the web strands done with vectors - it'll look tidier !

Drabblecast Cover #3 - Abdomen patterns, thorax shading, girl detail

Nap time for Lorenzo again - so some time to work on the cover project :

The new is reasonably subtle - but it's making a difference. The next big challenge will be figuring out how to make large webs between the trees.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Drabblecast Cover #3 - Head / mandibles shade and highlights - more abdomen markings

Got some more done after Lorenzo went to sleep :

Time for a break !

Drabblecast Cover #3 - Highlings / shading on legs & eyes

Had a little time to work on this while Lorenzo was having a nap :

The head, thorax and abdomen need more attention now.

Drabblecast Cover #3 - First colour application

So - I woke up at 2am this morning for no good reason and couldn't get back to sleep. At half three I decided that if I was going to be awake I might as well do something constructive. I've added base colour for all the areas of the image ( I think ), and there is some initial shading of the abdomen :

Not sure about the green colour for the abdomen markings - I might see how they look in a red / orange hue.

Almost 5am now - I don't think I'll be heading back to sleep now. Might be time to get a walk in or something.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Drabblecast Cover #3 - Children

Lorenzo having a nap - which allowed me to add in the two children. I found a picture on line that looked good and used them as a sketch base :

Might be time to start colouring this now !

Drabblecast Cover #3 - Trees and hills

Had a little time last night, and the kids are with their visiting grandparents, so I've had some time to do a little more :

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Drabblecast Cover #3 - sketch and starting vectors

Happy new year to you all ! Hope 2013 has started well for you.

I have had some time to make some progress on the current cover work. I managed to get a rough sketch with Photoshop, and have now started vectoring out the lines I need :

The drawing is in that awkward beginning stage where I'm worried it looks terrible and won't get any better. It always improves at least a bit ! I just have to work though it.

More as it happens.