Friday, November 2, 2012

Tutorial: Color [Step by Step]

 "Tutorial" might be a little misleading, this is more of an insight into my process.

I'm not sure who this will be useful to but I figured I'd do one of these anyway. I guess if nothing else it gives you a rough idea of my process.

[A] Here I have the linework, which in this case I drew entirely in PS, nothing exciting here yet.
[B] What I've done here is I've locked the line art layer and set the blending mode to "linear burn", this is how I achieve my color holds.
[C] Here I apply the "flat" colors, probably the most tedious and un-enjoyable part of the the whole process.
[D] This is where it starts to get fun, here I apply cel style shadows with a deep blue or purple.
[E] Now I add some highlights and gradients. With the highlights I set the layer blending mode to overlay and use white or a light grey.
[F] At this stage I want to give my shadows more of an authentic "animated" cel look, so I duplicate my shadow layer and apply a gaussian blur of about 7-9% whatever or whatever feels/looks appropriate at the time.
[G]Another fun part, applying some mood lighting. What I do is I select my shadow layer (CMD+Click), then Invert (CMD + i) Then while your selection is still active click on your flats layer, select the magic wand and (option + click) OUTSIDE of the flat colors, this will deselect everything exept the selection you need to make your lighting, while the selection is still active create a new layer over or under the lineart (over is probably better) and fill or use the gradient tool to cast some lighting, use a bright color. I'll bet none of that made sense lol *sigh*
[F] Here I add a few more effects, blurs and such. To bring out more color I'll flatten everything, duplicate the layer, set the duplicate layer blending mode to HARD LIGHT, 50% opacity and apply a noise filter. FILTER>ADD NOISE>MONOCHROMATIC (set values to whatever suits you, then apply a Gaussian blur of about 40%, all of this together should give the image more color and a smooth animated look. Also you can play with color adjustment to intensify the mood of the image.


I hope that made sense to somebody lol

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


I've always been fascinated by the art style in Gorillaz music videos, I've played with this style a few times. This is part of such an experiment I started a while ago but got bored of. I'll most likely re-work the idea at some point.


I think this might be the first time I've drawn Cammy, it was fun.

Con sketches


Monday, October 15, 2012

How To: Draw Hellboy

Hey gang, here with another step by step. If you have any questions please raise your hand, and I'll do my best to answer. First things first this isn't a tutorial in any strict sense, just showing my current drawing method and process.

[A] I start of with a very lose shape, shapes are a great starting point for any drawing. Also a few divisions lines for a sense of where things are gonna go.
[B] Here I start build up the sketch over the previous, again really loose and rough.
[C] I draw in the clean lines.
[D] Some color applied.

Perhaps I'll do one on how I use shapes to create my characters.


HELLBOY! I haven't drawn him in a while.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Punisher Con Sketch

A Punisher sketch I did over the weekend at Armageddon Expo. It was fun and challenging, I came up with three quick sketch ideas for the piece and this one was the idea my buddy Jeff Cruz thought I should do, also suggested I incorporate a skull in there and I liked the idea. I rarely do anything as tonal as this, I'm more comfortable with lines so this was fun and educational.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012


After years of procrastinating on doing a tribute to my all time favourite Adult Swim show I finally got around to it *PHEW*.
It's not my most solid work, the composition is pretty wonky so I'll probably be making a ton of edits on this, but I had to get it out of my system for now. Hope you digs!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012


Yeah, I'm stuck with this one. Halfway through coloring I realised it wasn't carrying the same energy and personality as the sketch, I might either have to redraw it or just come back to it later.

Hey there pussy cat.

A work in progress, inspired by the Catwoman works of Adam Hughes :)


Really fun doodle last night, I love luchadores so I had a crack.

Model Sheets 01

Some rough design work.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012