CONCEPT ART: Ninja Character Design

What’s up guys, so, I have just finished creating my very first character design “turnaround”. I was inspired to create my own original ninja styled character from watching Naruto. I loved Naruto’s take on the concept of ninja’s, and that led me to start googling different designs, as well as authentic ninja gear, clothes, etc.

I imported some images that inspired me into Photoshop for a reference library to give me an idea on how to create a believable character design. Granted, I’ve never done this before, so I probably made a few mistakes, but hey, I had a lot of fun, and in the end the result I got was, in my opinion, pretty cool.

My ninja character is far from finished, and there are many things that I wish to change, add on, and overall, to give the designs a fully rendered appearance. One thing that I’d love to do with this new character is to try and create a full fledged illustration of him and see how well he looks. Maybe I’ll even come up with a backstory, which will lead to other designs in the future for more characters. 🙂

I hope that you guys like how this ninja character turned out, and please let me know what you think in the comments section, I’d love to hear what you like, or even dislike about the character, and possible ways I could improve as a character artist.

And, as always, thank you guys so much for checking out my work, I really appreciate it, and I hope all of you have a great day!!

Ninja Concept art, character design turnaround.

DOBERMAN – Digital Painting

Hey guys, so I decided to try something a little different in this quick painting, and that is to keep everything as rough as I can. I wanted to try my hand at creating a fairly “minimalist” styled art piece.

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For a first time try at this, I don’t think it turned out that bad, and I had quite a bit of fun painting this. Keeping things simplistic has never been one of my strong suites, so, it was pretty difficult not to try and make this into a completely rendered painting with lots of detail.

I actually started this painting just as a warm up/study piece, but then had the idea of seeing how rough I could make it while at the same time making the image read clearly to the viewer.

Hopefully I accomplished that task, and I hope that you guys like how this piece turned out! Please feel free to leave a comment down below letting me know what you think of my attempt at creating a Doberman minimalist styled painting. And, as always, thank you so much for checking out my art, I really appreciate it! 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!! 😀

Naruto|Kakashi Painting

Hey guys, sorry for the inactivity the last couple of days, been a bit busy lately. I’m good now, and I have a new painting that I’ve been working on! Not sure how many of you have ever watched Naruto before, and I admit, I’m not a huge anime fan, but Naruto is by far my most favorite anime of all time! 😀

Since I’ve been focusing lately on drawing human anatomy, and so far I’ve only covered how to draw the face, I thought that it would be fun to take one of my favorite characters from Naruto, Kakashi, and try to draw and paint him as realistically as I can.

Now, this piece isn’t finished yet, but I thought that this would be a good point to stop and show you all what I’ve been working on. I’ve had a lot of fun with this piece so far, and I’m very excited to see how the end result will turn out when everything is all finished! 🙂

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I hope that you guys like how this piece is looking so far, and as always, thanks so much for checking out my work. And remember, if you like what you see, definitely be sure to subscribe to my website, and to follow me on social media where you will be updated on all of my new art projects and finished pieces! Thanks again, and I hope you all have a wonderful day! 😀

Back to the Basics | Ears Study

I’m still working on continuing my anatomy study from my course with Aaron Blaise. The top portion of this image was all done through the course, while the bottom six ear paintings were all done as self assigned homework. I studied the bottom ears from images that I found on Google, and instead of doing them in color, I decided to just focus on a black and white study. The rendering isn’t that fantastic, simply because I’m not that great at shading ears just yet, due to the complex forms. I also didn’t focus a whole lot on rendering, because the main point I wanted to get out was the study of just figuring out how to draw ears.

So yeah, I hope that you guys like how these all turned out, and I look forward to starting the next course study on learning how to draw “Mouths”! 🙂

P.s. the head on the top right isn’t mine. I actually took a screen shot of it during the course to use for the study like Aaron Blaise was doing during the course. I wanted to be sure that I followed along each step of the way! ^^

Ears Practice

Back to the Basics|Skull Studies

I’ve decided that for right now I’ve learned all that I can on my own learning how to draw/paint the human figure. I’ve decided to go back to the basics of when I first started learning by going over my course that I purchased two years ago from one of my top favorite artist’s, Aaron Blaise.

I honestly can’t believe it’s been about two years since I last really studied drawing people and characters. I probably would be a lot better and proficient had I kept up the studies, but, sometimes I get to a point where I get seriously burnt out, and bored… not the best combo, and the way I tend to remedy that is by taking what I’ve learned thus far and try and set out on my own to try and learn some more by practicing  drawing people from life, photos, and anything else I can find. Well, I’ll admit, I have learned a lot, some good, and some bad, and I believe that I’m at a point where I seriously need to go back and go through my studies again. Hopefully, now that I’ve gone through and done my own personal studies, I’ll be able to go back through the courses and be able to get even more out of them than I did the first time around.

To compare where I am at now currently, here is a previous skull study that I did with Aaron from two years ago. The studies are exactly the same one’s, but now I have two years of practice under my belt. And to be honest, I was able to go through the course this time around much easier than I did before, and I thought it was funny when I wrote how difficult it was before, and now, it’s not so much difficult, as it is trying to be more observant and think critically about the structure underneath the skin of the human figure.

New Skull Study:

Skull Practice

Previous Skull Study (2016):

2016 Skull Study

 

Cinderella Drawing|New Art Series

Working on a series of art pieces where I will be taking iconic cartoons/animation characters and creating them as semi-realistic characters. The first character that I’m working on, is, believe it or not, something that I’ve had the idea for for some time, and that is Cinderella. Not sure why I wanted to do a princess, but, why the heck not. It’s going to be a fun series, and I seriously look forward to working on it! 🙂

Hope you like the sketch that I’ve made of Cinderella so far, and I look forward to showing you all the next update of this painting! ^^

Cinderella Sketch

 

First Art Commission!

So, about a week or so ago, I received my very first art commission! I was very nervous to accept it, much less, start the initial drawing.

Once I had accepted the payment for the painting, I immediately got to work on it. I was careful not to rush it, or try to speed through it in any way. I wanted to ensure that I put in all the effort I could into making it into a great painting.

The commission I was given was to create a painting from a portrait of this neat lady, Angie, and her best friend, whom she received not too long ago, Abe. I really liked this idea, and thought that it would be a fun piece to work on. Though this painting was a lot of fun to create, it was also very challenging, as I have never made a piece with an animal and a person in the same canvas. After some time trying different ideas and techniques, I believe I managed to pull it off pretty well.

I made sure to continuously show my client updates when I finished each stage, that way she knew exactly what she was getting, and if there were any aspects of the painting she wanted me to correct. I continued this process till I got to the finished product, and once I showed it to her, she said that she really liked it, which was absolute music to my ears!

Now, the next step in this commission is to finally go and get it printed!! I am very excited to see how this painting will look in a physical copy. I will definitely show you guys how the print looks in the next post, so be sure to stay tuned in for that!

So, that’s all that I have for now. I really hope that you guys like how this painting turned out, and how the print will turn out. Thank you everyone for taking the time to read this post, and if you like what you’ve read, and if you enjoy my art, which you can check out in my gallery, definitely be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already. I love to create new art for you guys to enjoy, and to hear what you think!

Till next time, I hope you all have a great and wonderful weekend!!Abe and Angie Commission Painting.jpg

Getting Art Prints Made!

Hey what’s up everyone, I hope you are all having a great weekend so far! 🙂

I have some exciting news to share with you guys, that I hope you guys will enjoy. I’ve finally started to seriously get into getting prints made of my artwork, and just last week I had two of my art pieces printed out in a 16×20 matte art prints. I also had those art prints put into some frames so I could get them mounted on my wall in my bedroom.

I’m very pleased with how well the prints turned out, and I’m stoked at how great they look when you frame them.

I’m thinking about the possibility of opening up my own personal shop, and getting a professional photographer to take some photos of my prints with/without the frame, that way you guys know exactly what to expect if you ever decide to get one of my prints for yourselves, or for a friend or family member.

Oh, and since I’m not a professional photographer, I hope that you will please pardon the picture quality of me taking some pictures of two of the art prints I had done, but I wanted to at least give you guys an idea of how these prints actually turned out.

Hope you guys enjoy!

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