Inktober 2016 – Garrus

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hey, it’s time for Inktober, and I’ll try to participate with at least 15 pieces this year :) Depending on the quality, I’ll post the pieces here, but if you want to see them all, you should check out my instagram :)

Here’s my take on Garrus, my first attempt on being bold with the ink and use lots of black! For Garrus’ face I used a steel nib and ink though, to get the small details.

Working on SPEJS #3

Hi, sorry I’ve been a bit absent on the blog, but I’ve been trying to get together a script for SPEJS #3, get some character turnarounds and concepts ready and such so I feel confident about starting to draw the thumbnails for the chapter. I’m trying to come a bit more prepared this time around and we’ll see if that’s a good or bad thing ;)

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What I will try to do more from now on is to sit at the studio since we have no internet connection there = less distractions, and I can hang out with other comic artists and get inspired. I found a good setup where I bought a small and cheap computer that I can hook up with my Cintiq, meaning I can carry the Cintiq from my home to the studio and use it there with ease. This solution was a lot cheaper than the Surface I was looking at, and it had about the same specs :) So yeah, pretty compact, but it works really well this far!

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So these are looks of the turnarounds I’m working on right now. I’m almost done with Gav’s and then I’ll do Ragna as well and some props, and then I’m all set :) I feel pretty pumped about starting to work on this chapter, and a little scared at the same time. I always want to do better than last time and am afraid I’ll be disappointed with my stuff, hehe.

Also, I would really like to do a rollup/banner for SPEJS to use on the upcoming cons I’ll attend! I’m hoping to squeeze that into my schedule before November comes, I’d love to bring that to Örebro!

Quest for a background style

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The past week I’ve been struggling with finding a good style for making the backgrounds for the coming chapter of my comic SPEJS. I haven’t been too fond of the lineart type of backgrounds I’ve been making, but I want something that fits the cartoony look of the comic. Also, I needed to get my sense of colours a bit better, and decide on a style for the part of Aeros City where this chapter will take place. Phew, a lot of things to think about!

For the architecture, I’ve been looking a bit at Sovjet architechture, and I also realized that Vällingby city, where I hang out quite a bit, actually looks pretty futuristic, so I kinda borrowed some shapes from that ;)

For the coloring style, I wanted something painty and simplistic, and stumbled upon this blog post with Power Puff Girls backgrounds, which I thought looked amazing, so I eventually did something similar to that.

And finally, I still have a hard time with colours! But I found this great tool, Paletton, that helps you create color harmonies! I love it!

Below are all the tests I did, and you can see that I’m struggling, and nothing seems to look quite right:

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This was finally the background style I think I will continue to use:

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There is still some work and fine tuning to do, but I’m glad I’m getting closer to something I like :) It looks simple and detailed at the same time and doesn’t take away too much focus from the characters.

Do you have any tips on good tools for colours and/or inspiration (either by art style or reference photos)? Tell me in the comments :)

SPEJS – Star Trek AU

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So, today’s the 50 year anniversary of Star Trek! I don’t call myself a die-hard fan, but I really enjoy TNG and some of the TOS (and I want to see more Voyager!), and the old films are pretty enjoyable too!

Since I’m making my own sci-fi-comic, and I sometime describe the tone of the comic being similar to TOS, I decided to let my characters from SPEJS dress up in Star Trek uniforms! Swagata, being the leader in SPEJS, is of course the captain while Ragna and Morwen are security/redshirts. At first I was a bit hesitant to use the TOS uniforms because of the mini skirts, but then I remembered that Kirk’s shirt often gets ripped to shreds, so well…

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…have a redshirt Gav whoose shirt fell off ;D

(I know, no blue shirt, but I think Swagata would be the SPEJS member most worthy of a blue shirt, but she’s the captain, so…¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

Fan art: Prim (Magic Advisor)

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Here’s another fan art and web comic tip! This time I drew Prim, the super fun villan from the web comic Magic Advisor/Magikonsult, yet another comic with a great cast and an awesome sense of humour (with a big sprinkle of the occult)! <3 I took some liberties with her outfit though, but I tried to keep it to a style I think Prim could appreciate :)

Fan art: Pello (Immortal Nerd)

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So, recently I’ve been reading the web comic Immortal Nerd, and I really like it! It’s a light hearted sci-fi comic with great humour and a really adorable cast! My favourite must me Pello, the big softie that hates to shower XD  So yeah, here’s a fan art of the dude! If you think he looks interesting, I urge you to check out the comic as well <3

Watercolor crystals

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Here’s another watercolor painting I’ve done recently, this time with a crystal theme :) I’ve tried to make some studies for crystals and got some really nice tips from my friend Diana while hanging out at her place last week :)

I started doing some pen and paper studies by looking at some illustrations and photos of crystals (a google search on “crystal illustrations” will give you a treasure of images), then I looked at some tutorials for rendering crystals a bit more. Here are some interesting tutorials:

Pikishi (Deviantart)

Jesus Conde (Youtube)

I did this study in watercolours, but I’ll most def do some digital studies when the weather gets a bit colder over here :)

 

 

Watercolor galaxy

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I tried to experiment a bit previously with making a galaxy in water colours.The scanned result look a bit odd to me, but I really liked the outcome for being my first try at it :)

I followed a few tutorials to make this galaxy and can recommend the these ones:

Tiny Nebula by Tillith (Youtube)

Galaxy Effect Watercolor Tutorial (blog post)

I think these two posts were both very easy to follow and pretty inspiring. A thumb of rule I guess was to not be afraid of working with a very wet canavas, because I got some really interesting patterns going on then :) And as always, practise makes perfect, and I’m definitely going to try and make more galaxies like these :)