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    It's February, the time of year when artists scan their own faces just to feel the warm glow of light on their skin.

    A new comic, Michael Gove goes home:
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    If you don't know who Michael Gove is, just think of any clearly incompetent politician in a position of power and you're half way there.
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    from draw each other thread
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2013
    superman_comic 2

    I did these in Batmans in December but never got around to sharing em :\
    bat page 01
    bat page 02
    bat page 03
    bat page 04
    bat page 05
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2013
    Scratching my Remake/Remodel itches

    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2013
    Back working on my book this month...

    Screenie #425
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2013
    Finally completed the final one of the current posters for the first quarter of Killamazoo derby bouts, so now you can see them as a series.

    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2013

    Nowhere near as impressive as Sizer's stuff, but I made this quickie illustrated flier for a friend's upcoming event. First time in a looong time that I've done something that wasn't character/product design.
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2013
    @NeilFord - your drawings are so beautiful they make me weep in my heart. Your coloring over your pencils is perfect, it is absolutely the way to go. I almost can't believe them every time I see a new one. They are emotionally moving, just as out of context drawings.

    @Chris g - I have enjoyed every single one of your comics. You have been developing a story sense that is a little like poetry - a distillation of comics story, quoting tropes honestly, conveying in one page a whole, complete idea. Your style supports this completely and is cool on its own.

    @Glukkake - if this turns into a year in which we see more of your original work, it will be a terrific year!

    Some workspace/WIP updates on a bigger piece:

    The easel I hammered together.

    The piece as of a few weeks ago. Started as a figure drawing, 3 poses of the same model. I likes the middle a lot and worked on it until I realized it was out of proportion (head too big), and that the whole thing needed to be more coherent and less just three anonymous figures.

    I chalked over the flanking figures to make two completely new ones. I liked the idea of giant divinities sort of holding her up, and the whiteness the central figure gives way to is becoming a skirt of butterflies.

    This is where I think the heart of the piece is.

    Working on the arms. It's interesting painting with chalk on top of already laid down chalk. I'm finding that to a certain point you can use brushes to whisk away layers of dust and make it easier to redraw. I've done this with the central figure's face multiple times as I've redrawn her head to try to get it in proportion. Also, as with these arms, you can just layer on top of layer, blend, repeat. I've got spray fixative that is meant to provide a final surface that you can continue to draw on, but haven't applied it yet. When it's as good as it can get in this condition I'll spray down the whole thing and apply fine detail, probably with pastel pencils at that point.

    The middle one is the model, the flanking ones are just invented.

    This is the point I'm at right now.
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    @oddbill: Very nice. I can see the Kent Williams influence too.
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    Almost finished with a piece I started last year, but because of a change of studios, work and stuff that needed to be done around the house, I'm just getting back to it now:

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    Hopefully I can finish it tomorrow.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2013
    oddbill - Thank you, man. I don't think my style has been dissected that way before. Thanks for getting it.
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    Finally finished this thing from last year:

    "First Law of Motion - version 2"

    "First Law of Motion - version 2" detail

    "First Law of Motion - version 2" detail

    This is probably going to one of the last paintings I do in this style. I hope to morph my style to be looser, less fussy by the end of the year. I think if I do that maybe I can finish more painting than I have lately. Some of you guys are pumping out good work seemingly on a weekly basis. I envy your output!
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    nice work everyone
    @imaginary interesting new style, it's cool to see someone who can change their techniques around so successfully.
    @ oddbill- I really like how you life drawings are evolving, it seems like your technical skills are giving a strong voice to your imaginative expressions
    @ William- awesome work, also jealous of your new studio space it looks like a lot of fun

    This is the latest screen shot from the video game art I've been working on. The faces in this picture shoot lasers into the air sort of like the old space invaders character only in 3D.

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    Some stuff I've done using the SketchClub app this month...
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2013 edited
    Amalgamated Biscuit - So funny. Brilliant likeness of the odious little shit that Gove is too.

    imaginarypeople - Awesome pose, smash those panel borders! :)

    Sizer - Fantastic colours! I always imagine seeing your posters 100 foot high, they are epic.

    Chris - I've not bought a batman comic in years, but I'd buy that one.

    Alberto - keep on scratching! Your skills are looking in great shape for if the feckin things ever come back.

    Thanks Bill, you are very kind man. Splendid ethereal quality those two flanking figures have, love the layered limbs - so hard to do, but youve got it.

    Wonderful work WJD, love the complexity and scale, so impressive.

    Gluakke - beautiful figure drawing, very clever how the iconic jewellery describes the form of the figure, I fully intend to nick that technique... :)

    Hey Apathy - looks great! How are you building the game?

    3millionyears - really cool pose for the piratical monkey!
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    @ million -nice work , I really like the pirate monkey too!
    @ Neil Ford- Thanks! I'm glad you like the designs. The game is being built using an open source modelling program called Blender, and some custom C# codes that my collaborative partner understands. I am dealing with the aesthetics, animations and storytelling while my friend is handling most of the graphics engines. All the drawings are done with pen and ink and put into the game using Microsoft Visual Studio .

    Today I made a paper mock up for a large sculpture exhibition I am planning. I'm going to build a life-sized cartoon city in a gallery next Sept-Oct and am getting pretty excited by the idea.
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    @ NeilFord - when you say "book" do you mean a comic book? Hope so, that piece looks great.
    @ Paul Sizer - those are really fun. they would make cool T-shirts too.
    @ glukkake - I like how you tilted "Gemini & Scorpio" there and ballsy use of that magenta on the butterflies (or moths?)
    @ oddbill - I really like the resting hand on the girl in the middle. Maybe it's the palette, but this peice reminds me of McKean's "Black Orchid" GN.
    @ HEY APATHY! - I never heard of Microsoft Visual Studio before. Is it like ZBRush? Regardless, strange and cool results you get out of it. Are you going to keep the game in black and white? Because I think it looks cool that way.
    @ 3millionyears - What device are you using with the Sketchclub app? I'm so tempted to buy an iPad for sketching, but I can't draw with my finger. I need a pressure sensitive stylist, but Apple doesn't seem interested in developing one for their products.
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2013
    @ Paul Sizer - those are really fun. they would make cool T-shirts too.

    Funny you should mention that...

    And thanks.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2013

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    @William Joseph Dunn I use an iPad - I'm not so hot at finger sketching, but I've got a good iPad stylus from Amazon with a metal mesh end to it.