Had a bit of artists block lately, but look! I think I'm over it. *crosses fingers* XD
I loved drawing this! It was such a nice feeling to get away from clean lines and planning and just paint haha XD.
Last month I completed a short course with the Australian Writers Centre called Creative Writing Stage 1. It was a really good course and helped jump start and improve my writing. I've always been writing stories and world building since I was a kid, but never took is seriously until now. Starting up a blog and posting my art on social media made me feel a little more confident in what I'm doing. It made me think I should write something officially and , who knows, maybe publish one day. I usually don't care for my horrendous spelling and grammar when blogging, but I'm going to start putting a little more effort into polishing my writing on this blog and not being so casual.
Since I've completed the course, I thought I'd share the weekly assignments I had submitted. I've also started the second part of the course called Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques. When I finish this one, I'll also share what I wrote.
I've decided to skip Assignment 4 as it was a plot analysis of To Kill A Mockingbird. XD
This drawing had been sitting on my hard drive for so so many moons. I neglected it cause Photoshop was driving me up the wall with lag, but I decided this past few weeks to just fix that... and uh, to reduce canvas size. It's such an obvious fix, but for some reason I'm obsessed with having large files. Ahem.
This was a lot of fun to do though because I've never done something so complicated before with so many layers and details. I started by making a really rough skeleton in Google Sketchup and then popping that dodgy thing into manga studio and working on top of that. It worked out pretty good! Here's the process:
And some close up shots:
The Final Image! I put a couple of interesting things in there: a snake, a werewolf's hand, a jar of eyeballs and a tiny octopus.
An awesome friend was able to refer me to someone looking to have a mural done for her son’s bedroom. I was so excited to be given this opportunity! My client wanted a humpback whale mural inspired by the whale mural from San Francisco. It needed to be one of a kind and unique, while also staying true to my client’s vision of the beautiful flying whale, with colourful fish and an overall dreamy atmosphere.
It was a new and exciting experience because I’d never done a mural before and I knew I wouldn’t be painting it. Instead I wanted to create it digitally and then have it printed, this way it would be more affordable and easily to edit and change. We started off with getting the right measurements for the wall, and then we worked up a concept. She wanted a mother and baby whale and the silhouette of Melbourne in the background and lots of colourful fishes.
From there, I got to work searching and questioning and finding quotes for affordable printers who could print and install murals. I was able to find a fantastic affordable printer who could print and install the mural.
After that, the design process started and I hopped into photoshop and made a huge file. Because I’m all about the huge files, not so much the lag tho. But working on such a large scale in photoshop wasn’t too hard because I came up with a pretty good system of having every little element on a different file. And even then it wasn’t the size of the wall, but big enough to make sure when it finally went up on the wall it looked crisp and detailed.
I did lots of research into fishes and used references to make sure everything looked realistic and believable, and I documented some of the process on my instagram. It turned out so amazingly! Bright blue and the colours are saturated and everything looks so crisp and I’m very proud of the whole thing. It was a couple months of work, but we did it!
If you would like to contact me for a mural commission, or any custom design/art work, please let me know! I'd be glad to make your vision come to life. You can contact me on any of my social media platforms.
If you would like to purchase a print, apparel, journal or anything really with this design, then head over to my Redbubble! XD
So!! I've been out of touch for a little bit and have a bunch of art kinda sitting unfinished on my computer, so I decided to start finishing stuff. This is one of them! I had this whole plan to draw tiny hacker fairies all over the place but got, uh, a little lazy and left them out. Anywho, its a more modern drawing considering I spend 99.9% of my time drawing fantasy stuff haha. XD The mouse pad was inspired by Sea Lemon's pixel art mouse pads tutorial! I love her videos, they're so inspirational!! Go check 'em out. ;D