This week's video is all about a simple technique you can use in your drawings to make your characters' eyes pop. Stylization is, for me and many others, the most entertaining aspect of character drawing. But, before we stylize, we should understand anatomy. Today's video focuses specifically on drawing areas of light and shadow on the eye. Enjoy and happy drawing!
This week's video will give you a close look at my sketching process. It involves quite a lot of drawing, erasing, and drawing again. I call my way of sketching "reactive." That is, I work best by drawing roughly, observing what works and what doesn't, and making changes accordingly. Thankfully, digital painting allows me the luxury of endless revisions ;)
I hope you character designers-in-training out there will find this a particularly useful video. Happy sketching!
Dreamside's vivid colors don't come so much from using more intense hues, but rather the relationship between objects within scenes. This natural phenomenon is sometimes called "light bounce" and is one of the most complicated aspects of the book's illustrations. Understanding natural lighting is very important when creating believable scenes.
Have you ever noticed that the color from a bright, boldly-colored plastic will sometimes seem to bleed onto adjacent surfaces in bright light? This is because objects reflect light to varying degrees.
In today's video, I go through a very simple and basic example of light bounce in a scene made up of basic shapes. Then, I demonstrate its application in a Dreamside illustration. It's not easy to convert 3D shapes into 2D drawings and doing so requires lots of practice. But, I believe effective lighting is one of the most powerful ways to create stunning imagery.
Another development diary showing off the nearly-finished progress on the final spread painting for Dreamside's fourth chapter. Enjoy!
Today's video is just a quick update regarding a publisher pitch my agent and I are assembling. Nothing specific to announce yet, but I wanted to keep you updated on every step of Dreamside's release plans. Hopefully we'll know soon enough whether Dreamside will be released independently or through a publisher. See you next time!