Monday, September 30, 2013

Untitled Project MPP2 Visual Story 120 Phase 2 End


Phase 2: Midgard Saga End

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thor & the Midgard Serpent Process: Thumbnail and Concept

Thumbnail and concept work

I start with a pen to make the first sketches, just playing with layout and overall look.
With a pen I can't focus on detail and it's great for just getting the idea out of my head.  
After my initial concept, I take what I like and then make a small 3x5 inch drawing to flesh the original idea out.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Untitled Project MPP2 Visual Story 119


Friday, September 20, 2013

Tsukitora Process: Watercolor Painting Steps

Painting Process from left to right.

1: Image on watercolor paper
2: Blocking in
3: Early stage(everything is the color it should be)
4: Push colors (especially the darks which is key for watercolor)
5: Final colors and focus on details

bottom final image large


Monday, September 16, 2013

Untitled Project MPP2 Visual Story 118

Out of Breath

Friday, September 13, 2013

Tsukitora Process: Final Drawing to WaterColor Paper

Final Drawing to WaterColor Paper.

I scan in the final drawing and enlarge it to about 20 inches by 28 inches.

I then go to a local printshop to get the enlarged image printed. (note: I can print it from my home printer but the image would need to be chopped up)

Then using Saral transfer paper with the enlarged print on top, copy by hand the image onto watercolor paper.  For this image, I used 300 pound Strathmore Rough Watercolor paper.

With the image on watercolor paper; I then tape the paper to a large wooden board using water activated gummed paper tape. This is to prevent the paper from warping too much.

Now it is ready to paint.

This part of the process can sometimes be the least interesting, but I think it has its own joy.  In a strange way it is the calm before the storm, before starting my freak outs and second guessing that I do for every painting.

I usually let it alone for a few day, but put it somewhere I can see it, and just imagine all of the possibilities!


Monday, September 09, 2013

Untitled Project MPP2 Visual Story 117

Can't Hold On

Friday, September 06, 2013

Tsukitora Watercolor Process: Sketch

Tsukitora Watercolor Process: Sketch

This year I did two large watercolor paintings, and this is the first of the two.
Some of the work was easier because it is companion piece to the Torasora painting that was done a couple years ago.  Torasora was set in the daytime and to me represents the sun; Tsukitora is the reverse image and represents the moon.

As always the process starts with a sketch.
Top:       Tsukitora sketch
Bottom:  Torasora sketch


Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Untitled Project MPP2 Visual Story 116

Can't Make it