Archive for the ‘Sketchbook’ Category

Got around to scanning a few more of the yearly planner art I have. Theres a bunch of other pieces in there that still need slight color washes before they’ll be ready to scan. Hopefully get to those soon, but have a bit of other things going at the moment.

For now, here’s the new scans, as well as an updated section in the Drawing page for them. Goal of 2014, organize and redesign the site/pages for easier access and displaying of what I do. Drawing page now.

Chinese New Year
Pretty straight forward, a dragon making it’s way through confetti littered streets.

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Independence Day

The origins, dying on the battlefield to force out a foreign ruler and claim independence.

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Halloween

The Pumpkin King

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Thanksgiving

Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Giving up their lives for your dinner table. T-Day, never forget.

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It has been a very long time since I’ve done any digital work. Mostly because I really just love the feeling or working with traditional media. However, I’ve realized that it can be very helpful in planning out larger pieces by doing some quick mock ups, as well as with some practice, I’m sure I can make some really fun digital paintings.

So far I’ve been working with GIMP, which is basically a free version of Photoshop. It works fine for what I’m doing, as is pretty straight forward as a learning tool on how to get things going.

The first one I started working with recently was based on a few sketches I’d done of a prospective t-shirt design I’d like to have printed up.

Here are the rough sketches in my sketchbook.

RockNRoll_BadASStronautSketch1   astronaut2

and then I did a very light rough sketch in pencil, scanned it and started making this.

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As you can see the image is still pretty roughly done. I’ve got some more work to do with the background design, and then line revision and sharpening details before I can have it color separated and sent to a printer.

The second one I’ve recently been working on is a character concept, the base idea was roughed out (again, in the sketchbooks), with an idea for the face and pose. Then scanned, and worked on. Background is still being sketched out.

ShifterHead  ShifterFig

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While I was playing with it, I was also occasionally flipping it, and realized I currently like it facing the opposite way. Head blown up as a second layer for detail viewing at the moment. I will be sketching more like this over the next couple months, as I really want to do more concept art work, and it seems that the digital route is preferred in that field. Also, now that I have a functional tablet again, I can actually do the detail work.

Of these two drawings, the astronaut will end up being finished as a tshirt design, going to do more revisions to get a really cool look to it. And the character concept I may end up attempting as a digital painting in the future. Will see how it looks when I finish detailing it.

Another one recently added to the little black book. New Years Eve, means different things to different people.

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More things soon, just currently in the process of finishing a lot of projects at once. Yay for work, although it means delays on updates.

Over the past year or so, my schedule has been a bit filled up with commercial work and projects for others (which I love, and is what makes my job so interesting and exciting). However,  setting aside time to work on my own art has become a priority for me. The webcomic JDGAF is actually something I want to put more time into, and set up a separate site to promote it once I get some more pages done. My paintings have been a little neglected, but I am getting some sketchwork done for upcoming projects.

This in mind, last week while I was browsing the cheap racks outside the Strand bookstore in Union Square, I spotted a weekly planner. One of those moldeskin products that is pocket sized and pretty handy, a good find and very cheap too. I already have a planner though, but decided to get it anyway and do something with it. By the time I got home I had decided I was going to use the planner as a sketchbook, and fill each page with something to symbolize the week/day/etc. The first image I created was on the train to visit family Easter Sunday, and turned out looking like this.

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I did end up sharing him on the various social media sites I use (quick snapshot), and have greatly enjoyed the interpretations that people post regarding his looks, expression, and demeanor. Was a really fun drawing to make regardless. I did learn two important things through this though. First being, that no matter that I tend to sketch very light, the ink shows through the thin paper of this planner, and second being, that even the thinnest of paint washes on thin paper tend to bleed through.

With both of those things in mind, the next sketch I did, I decided to give a full page gap between pages that I’ll be inking like this. As for the in between pages, I’ll likely go through those with some sketching in pencil. The second page was a backtrack to Saint Patrick’s day, and turned out fairly cuter than the rabbit, and a touch motivational as well.

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Over the remainder of the year I’ll be filling this up, and backtracking a bit. Although, to be honest, my memory for holidays and dates of observance tend to not be the best, so there may be some obscure holidays, interesting observations, seasonal related thoughts, etc. The work wont be quite as personal as my sketchbook tends to become, but there will be a lot of interesting and close to the heart art. Be sure to check back often and see what else comes about over the year.

Busy month so far, but here’s a good one to whet your whistle.

Tuesday of this previous week I started an illustration project for Brutal Bitches Productions, a metal music concert organizing company based out of the Bronx. Was told to do something with a sexy metal chick, surrounded by carnage. But had to do it in a way that there would be enough room for the band logos and event info to not completely block the imagery.
Send one sketch, that was rejected, so then sent this one as a thumbnail, and got an okay to work with it.

“Just make it sexy, add some decapitations, and monsters, okay?”

I think I should have no problem with that, *wicked smile*. Have I mentioned that I love what I do?

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Next step was some rough sketching and then adding ballpoint linework over the pencil so I could erase and have a clean working surface, so that line art became this….

 

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The original idea was to stick to a mostly black and white image to make it very bold, and include some splashes of color, so I started working in my shading using varying grays. Pretty much just acrylic washes of payne’s gray to build up what I wanted it to look like in a basic sense.

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Then,… well it was decided that full color would be so much cooler as the band logos look pretty crazy in color and the illustration had to work with them and not be completely obscured by them. So started laying in color washes over the gray shading, and that ended up coming out along these lines.

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A few more washes to close out some of the white spots and darken some spots I wanted to set back, and then the next real part was the outlines in micron on the things that were more foreground prevalent. Basically the outlines on the figure (Metal Goddess) and her hair were in black micron, which is basically like a really fine tipped marker for line art. The background buildings and figures got touched up with more ballpoint so as not to compete too much with the foreground.

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The last thing I did before sending it off to BBP was to adjust the levels digitally so the dark parts were even darker and the color a little sharper. For illustration projects I generally go this route, because that way I’m not physically working everything so dark that it can’t be changed if necessary.

After sending the file on Thursday, yes Tuesday night til Thursday morning, was a quick turnaround for this piece (read: very little sleep) had to wait til today to see the fully edited version. With the colors and the logos it looks pretty sick indeed. All in all cool project with a fun conclusion. Hopefully the event is as metal as the poster.  \m|_    Like BrutalBitchesOnFacebook     _|m/

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Put on the headphones to block out the world, a necessity to stay sane during insane times.

Been planning out some more JDGAF comics, probably have enough to run for a few weeks by the end of the month. So those of you who have been enjoying those comics will have more to enjoy. Was doodling this fella today, a future character possibly. Made me think of the way we block out a lot of things by going into our own world, be it via music, creating art, playing games, watching movies, etc. Sometimes these escapes are necessary to avoid the stresses of modern society and the world. But sometimes our salvation from things becomes a trap in itself, blinding us from experiencing life.
Not saying this is a certainty for everyone, just observations and ideas expressed in my art (which is pretty much how that goes from me anyway) hope you enjoy.

Also, just got about 6 new skateboards I’ll be priming soon and getting painted over the next few months.

Check back soon, more coming.

JG out.

As of late I’ve been working on a few various projects, while also working. So the site updates have slowed for a bit. Some of the current things on my list are to add more gallery pages, including mixed media, sculptural works, and a page to display all my murals and set work. Might even include a page of advertising signs (mostly chalk and marker pieces) and logos I’ve done over the years.

In the meantime, between designing some imagery for clothing prints, friend’s companies and possibly my own run once I get the hang of screenprinting. I’m also doing two comics, concept art, small commissions (including some quick portrait work) and the always fun, tattoo designs.

Some of these will innevitably end up on this site as time goes. But for now,here’s a selection of various imagery from my sketchbook over the past couple weeks.

Note, some is NSFW, as my sketchbook often ends up becoming. Others, are just plain dark and strange, as anyone who has seen what I create regularly should expect.

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This first shot is a sketch for a sister piece to one of the current drawings I’m working on. The Technocristy piece for those who’ve seen the sketch on here.

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Random sketching from this weekend while working at a music and arts festival. Just flow of the mind type stuff creating some digging monster.

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This one you should certainly keep an eye out for as an upcoming piece, playing with different ideas (as usual) and looking forward to seeing this one come to light, as it’s been a recurring concept in my books.

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Small compilation of a few varied female form drawings. I’d shared this on my instagram feed after a friend mentioned that I draw women with added horns and less clothes quite well. So sharing again.

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One last sketch, this one may become a final cap on the technological drawings involving the one above and Technocristy. Will see how the sketches.progress.

That’s all the sketches for now. Also, this entire post is being put together entirely on my phone as an experiment to see how well the app works, and if I can eventually update entirely on the go. Which would certainly make the site updates more frequent. Any feedback is greatly appreciated on this one. Thanks.

JG out.