Year in Geek 2018

From comics to books to live podcast tapings, this was my year in Geekdom.
2018 was crazy for being a geek and here are the highlights of various events I attended, participated in or covered for different media sites, as well as some of my digital drawings. Lots of fun and I look forward to 2019.

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Happy Holidays

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step 1. Line Art

To make sure that 2017 starts on a creative and positive note I wanted to end 2016 with an artistic thank you to everyone who was there for me as I became an honest man.

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step 2. Flat Colors

This post includes the stages of creativity for my Flower Power illustration.

Working off of my iPad I used Adobe Draw to create the  basic black and white line art. The next stage of this was filling in the flat colors. A note about the creative process, the  green of the shirt was a happy accident, in making sure I filled all the open spots I used a green background and realized how good she looked in green. Even a digital drawing has an organic aspect.

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The last stage was adding  shading and details to the figure and her clothing. To give her that pop and personality I used Adobe Capture to create the flowers in her hair and on her shirt. From here I used Adobe Creative Cloud to transfer the illustration to Adobe Illustrator to clean up the image and create a more portable png.

With the final image done, I uploaded the illustration to Canva.com to add my Happy Holidays message and some random “snowfall” to give the seasonal feel. Enjoy and here’s to staying creative in 2017.

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Digital Art of The Flash Cast

Since getting my new Jot Touch stylus, thank you folks at Adobe, I’ve been drawing up a storm.

Wanting to do something different I picked one of my current favorite t.v. shows, The Flash. I  pulled some images from the web of the cast and got to work. For this first round of drawings I only did 5 images of the cast, sorry Catlin next time, but I do hope to do other cast members on my next go around. Another part of the exercise was to work on shadows and color.

Enjoy the full individual images in the  Computer Art gallery and as always please let me know what you think.

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Getting My Adobe Draw On

 

The past few days I’ve had some time to work on my drawings. I’ve included two of the illustrations I’ve done using the Adobe apps Draw and Capture on my iPad. The two illustrations are based on images I’ve collected over the years. I’ve written about the benefits of Draw before, this post is more about the uses of Capture.

For months I’ve had this app on my iPad and just never used it, but today I was looking thru emails and saw an upcoming Adobe Draw live stream event. To prepare for it I did a quick search for tips to help improve my technical skills, when I came across a tutorial on adding patterns to illustrations using Capture. It was a very straightforward technique so I incorporated it into two images that were close to completion but I felt were missing something.

 

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Cosmic Diva

A found picture of a friend of mine became the Cosmic Diva, my first image where I used texture in the background with the Capture app. Using the app, I took a quick pictures of my jeans and the tiles in my room to created some very basic patterns. To complement this image I used the jean pattern, adjusted the density and the colors to make the background more vibrant.

 

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Cosmic Voodoo Lady

With Voodoo Lady I used an image of Erykah Badu as the muse for my cosmic sight-seer. For more of an interesting spin, I used the tile pattern to give her pants some pop and the jean pattern from the first image to make the background more vibrant and tie it into the Diva image.

Below are the original picture of my floor tile and the vector image after being processed thru the Capture app.

Stay tuned for more images but for now you can check out my earlier digital drawings in my portfolio here.

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original image
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vector image

 

W.I.P. or Still Working on Getting the Lines Right

RDW.Character-Tests-Drawing-2It’s been a few weeks now and I’m still getting a feel for the digital aspect of creating something. Don’t get me wrong I’ve made a gang of vector drawings using Illustrator, but mostly with a mouse. I’ve used styluses before but the programs just didn’t feel as intuitive as a pencil and paper for me.

And then came Adobe Illustrator Draw.

As I’ve mentioned in my last post, I’ve been able to work at a pace that I haven’t felt in a long time. Draw helps me translate all the sketches I’ve wanted to create into a digital format in a very short amount of time and with ease. I’m still working on a learning curve but the best part of this app is that it is very much like drawing mixed with the best parts of vector art. I still need to find a stylus more suited to drawing as I want a level of precision only vector drawings give me. RWD2

Which brings us to the subject of this post, this particular drawing has been reworked a few times in various mediums, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Red Devil Woman. RDW is a character I’ve been messing around with for years. The basic idea behind RDW is that she is a recurring force of destruction that pops up when history need a push to stay away from being too peaceful, the ultimate historical jump-start. RDW is always a woman who the force passes to, moving from country to country, woman to woman, always by transferring her horns and not everyone wants to have this power to cause chaos. RDW is the match, the fuse and the dynamite.

If you use this app and have any suggestions for a stylus please pass along.