Sunday, April 20, 2014

ComicBook Style on a Tablet

This was an experiment completed using ArtFlow as always. The design idea is from an old sketch from many years ago. I redrew the sketch and cleaned up the line art using the Pen tool in combination with the Pencil tool. Although the Pen tool isn't vector based, it gives a very clean line. I colored the image with the pen tool as well to keep the clean look and hard edges of the black and white version.

I'll experiment with this a bit more in the future but I couldn't find too many limitations especially when compared to images rendered for actual comics on sale at retail. 

Ninja Turtle/Wing Chun Inspired

Created using ArtFlow for Android on a Nexus 7. 
There are a number of people in my Creatives circle that have made Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (TMNT) images inspired by the upcoming film. I decided to add my own vision to the collection but wanted to do something a bit different than the usual night time scene, action pose, savage image. One aspect I've never liked about Hollywood's vision of the Turtles is that they're simply martial artists with weapons. There is very little that's ninja-like with the popular version of TMNT. With that in mind, I wondered what would it be like if a Turtle learn Chinese Kung Fu? I thought about this as I watched The Grandmaster which I hated except for Zhang Ziyi's fight at the end. Wing Chun is an interesting art that's easy to learn the basics of but incredibly hard to truly master. That's how this image began. 

I switched stylii for this piece as well. I'm using The Friendly Swede brand of stylii that were on sale at Amazon 3 for $10. These are longer than the stylus I was using previously and the tip is also smaller. It's easier for me to glide across the Nexus 7 with a even steadier hand for a more accurate line. There are still many things I'm learning in Artflow as I complete these pieces. Similar functions to Sketchbook Pro don't work exactly the same way. Usually it's for the better but not always. But it's still a fun journey considering so much can be accomplished with relatively inexpensive tools.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Strive for the next plateau.

First and foremost, my apologizes for the gap in updates. I've been honto busy but I've never stopped creating. I've learned quite a few things on my own as well as by sharing ideas with other creatives on Google+. I'll start with my most recent piece and work my way backward in the next update. 

"The Last Dragon"
Created using ArtFlow on a Nexus 7
"The Last Dragon" was originally planned as a digital pencil rendering using Artflow, my current daily driver. But when it was nearly completed I decided to try to color render it. It was a challenge because I tried to maintain as much of the pencil line as I could while applying the colors. I also wanted a more traditional feel so I created and edited a textured background to emulate textured paper and used a palette that looked a bit more traditional for the Bruce Lee foreground. 

"The Last Dragon"
Digital pencil drawing using Artflow on a Nexus 7
The dragon I made up based on what I know of Chinese dragons. I didn't want to use a pre-existing dragon as that was simply too easy. Going in from scratch was done strictly for the challenge and I tried to use a more unique color palette. Completing this piece has opened up more possibilities for what's possible with pencil renders using tablets. I'll definitely use the process again in the future. 

The results would have varied if I used Sketchbook Pro for this project. I still enjoy Sketchbook, but Artflow's toolset offers more than Autodesk's solution even now after a number of updates for both apps. I recommend both if you can afford them (The pro versions are the only way to go IMO). If you want to see various styles and quality work using Artflow, check out the Artflow Art Community on Google+. The creatives there are really good and it's a great place to share work and ideas.