So it was my first week back at Uni this week, and also my first week back where I live as I've been on holiday in my hometown for a few weeks. Far away from my waccom tablet which I accidentally left behind so I hadn't been able to do much art while I was away. Hence all the Alchemy uploads.
I've got a couple requests here on dA in the last month. One's a trade, and I think the other one expected free art, which I agreed to (then put up that sign on my profile). But I've got some current projects I've been working on for far too long that I need to finish first. They are these:
You might be wondering,
"How does he ever get anything done with that many WIPs!?"
Yeah well. I wonder that myself too. I can't seem to sit and stare at my computer for many hours at a time for recreational reasons because I already have to do it so much for school study and assignments (which I should be working on right now instead of writing this!), but I'm going to have to get into a routine where both study and recreational use of the computer are consistent, and not in large blocks of time either way.
Realistically, even though these images are placed in order of when I started the job (or when I got permission!), the order I'll likely finish them in are: Ms Marvel, Psylocke Spread, Detective Comics Cover, My OC Yumi (previously 'Oblivia'), the DC character spread... then there's the Phoenix. That's going to be a tricky one, because it was a turn-based drawing project between me and another Deviant and Gaian called XmegantronX or something like that. I did the sketch we see here, and she was since put a colour layer over it. It was then my turn to add colour layers to add some more depth and hand it back to her. But it's probably been a year since we both agreed to do it. I don't know if she'll still be willing! But I'll just do it when I get around to it anyway and send it back to her and be all like "hey... friend I haven't spoken to in a year... you still up for this shiz?" lol. Hopefully it's yes. If not, it's cool. I'll start more similar projects with other people anyway. My whole idea was to break up the whole lines/inks/colours thing and instead have a more natural blending of styles so that people could only recognise the end result as, for example, a "xmegantronx/brazekool" style, without being able to say "oh yeah I can see the lines were done by this person, inks by this person, etc.
Once all this stuff is done (and of course my requests which I'll have to get done in amongst this stuff) I want to try making another comic. I made an 8 or 12 page-r, uh lets see, 3ish years ago now. Hand-drawn and inked with some minor edits on computer. No colours though. But it was a terrible rush in the end, and while I did have a finished comic with a hand-painted cover to hand my teacher for assessment at the end of that year, it really was not a reflection of the drawing skill I'd been able to show in my journals throughout the year. It was a bit disgraceful. And she was so good about it even though half-way through the process she'd told me to abandon it and just do a single page A2 size and paint it or something and I didn't listen to her. I guess because I was too arrogant or something. I really thought I'd be able to do it and she was just trying to hold me down. Yeah well. This' how that turned out for those of your who haven't looked at it:
This was one scene in a storyboard I'd done in my journal that went for probably 50-60 pages if I'd done it all similar to this. There's an obvious Shonen influence on my work in that period. I was very much influenced by Torriyama's work growing up.
But, when I go to do another one, needless to say it's going to be done very differently. It'll be more in the style of a few western comic book artists I really like to start with, and it will be done at a pace I am happy with to do the best I can. I might even send a finished copy to my old art teacher. I think she'd appreciate that in a teacher-y kinda way.
Anyway. Today is dedicated to study. Then maybe some traditional drawing later. I always find traditional art to be relaxing, and digital more of a chore. Not sure why. But I figure I should start sketching many random OCs until I find a few I really like to be the cast of a short comic XD