Tuesday, April 24, 2012

V I S U A L S v.2

I was sitting here trying to think of something new to talk/rant about, and – apparently – the world is now perfect, because I can't think of anything to bitch about right now. But I did realize I'd done a bit of artwork since the last time I posted some of my stuff.

So until something pisses me off or otherwise strikes my fancy, here's some new-ish artwork to keep you busy for a little while. Click on the images to see an enlarged view.

Enjoy!

Mouthful of Mic [Illustrator and Photoshop] I guess I don't really need an explanation for this one. Except that was misleadingly difficult to do. It kept looking like a bean, which was frustrating. It didn't start looking like a microphone until I shaded it and chromed it up.

The Beyond [Photoshop] I was in a sci-fi/geeky mood for a while and did this along with The Traverse. I didn't come up with these titles either; Christy did. And she wrote a really cool short story to go with them.

Guardian [Illustrator and Photoshop] Yay! An actual paying piece! This is...I'm not actually sure what this thing is. I call it the warp drive.

Hitachi [Illustrator and Photoshop] When I was first starting to get into using the computer to do illustration instead of the airbrush, I used to collect photos I found of cool looking stuff. I found this in a magazine and thought it would be a good exercise to keep honing my Photoshop skills.

CK-650 [Illustrator and Photoshop] This was a blast to do. Sometimes I'll just go on Google and look for images of cars or motorcycles – anything that seems like it'd be fun to draw. This piqued my curiosity so – voila!

Sentinels [Illustrator and Photoshop] Sci-fi/geek mode again. I drew one of these...things and then decided to dupe them and put them in orbit around an earth-like planet. I think of them as guardians of the world below, impersonal but also unthreatening.

The Traverse [Illustrator and Photoshop] This is the companion piece to The Beyond (the second piece in this collection). This started as a doodle in Illustrator and sort of got out of hand. lol I don't really know what these things are though. Stargates maybe? Portals to regions unknown?

U.S.S. Venture [Illustrator] I was a major Star Trek: The Next Generation fan and I loved the graphics that visual artist Mike Okuda did for the show. I first drew this in pen and ink when I was just a wee one and wanted to re-do it in the style of ST:TNG's graphics.

Enday [Photoshop] This was kind've a joke for Christy's mom. I think she saw another planet thingy I'd done and thought the lights of the city were explosions. So now we have our end-of-days world.

The Chrysler Building [Illustrator and Photoshop] This is a work-in-progress (you may have noticed that the Chrysler building isn't actually there yet), but I thought I'd show it here and then post the finished piece eventually.



26 comments:

  1. Wow! Some of these look so real! I'd swear they were photos! I like the motorcycle the best!

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    1. I'm glad you like the motorcycle! I think it's my favorite too, as far as photo-realistic art goes. It also took the longest, by far. Eventually I wanna draw the rest of it. When I have another 100 hours to kill. ;-P

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    2. Did it really take 100 hous to make it? Wow!!!

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    3. Yeah, I think it probably took about 100 hours, give or take. But not in a row! LOL! It's not really as grueling as it sounds because it's fun for me and it's exciting to see it come together.

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  2. Great art! You mentioned that @Christy wrote a short story for one. Any chance of seeing it? Thanks for letting us know what what you used to create each piece and giving us a little background.

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    1. Hey stranger! Nice to see you again. :-)

      I always like when there's a little 'backstory' when I'm looking at someone's photography or artwork, so I'm glad you like it here. I was thinking about @Christy's story and how to show it so you guys can read it. I might put another post up with it real quick. What do you think?

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    2. I'm Skyping with Christy right now and asked her if it would be okay to post it, and she said yes (of course!). So I'm gonna do a separate post in a little bit.

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  3. Love the art! The cycle is really cool, but I like the buildings the best. I want to see it when it's finished!

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    1. Glad you like mah stuff, D! I actually started the building last summer but the move up here took so much time and energy that I had to put it on hold. I'm hoping to get back to it soon.

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  4. I'm not a science fiction guy but this is interesting stuff. The motorcycle is more my speed. I like it!

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    1. Mr. Goose! Good to see you, dude!

      Yeah, the sci-fi stuff is sort of a you're-either-into-it-or-you-aren't kinda thing, I think. I'm a sci-fi nut so doing planets and otherworldly stuff kinda takes me away and relaxes me. But things like the motorcycle are more satisfying 'cos they're more difficult. Glad you dig it!

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    1. Ah good, we're even 'cos I love you! ♥♥♥

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  6. Interesting art. I like the realism of it. Keep up the great work!

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    1. Thanks, Jorge! I definitely like keepin' it real. ;-P

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  7. I thought I had +1'd this and commented. I'm losing it.

    I like the style of your art. My favorites are the sci-fi ones and the last one of the buildings. Very cool and atmospheric. Keep creating! You're very talented!

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    1. LOL! It's okay. It's Friday; you're allowed to lose it a little. ;-)

      Glad you like the art! The motorcycle-type stuff is more, I don't know, satisfying because it's much more difficult. BUT -- the sci-fi stuff is more relaxing to do. Makes better wallpaper on my desktop too. ;-)

      Hey, I just noticed that you're following the blog now. Eggggsellent! Thanks :-)

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  8. Excellent art! It's very beautiful!

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  9. Cool art! I like the scifi pieces especially.

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    1. Thanks, @Sonja! Glad you like the art. I sort of alternate between doing photo-realistic stuff and sci-fi. The sci-fi is the most fun, I think. I put on one of my sci-fi soundtracks and start "painting" and it just takes me to a different world. (A world without crappy campaign ads or noisy neighbors! lol!)

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