Monday, 30 January 2012

Illustration Friday~ "Forward"

I just found out about a website called Illustration Friday that seems to be chocked full of really great illustrators and artists.
Every week everyone links there drawings all based around one central theme, the theme this week being "Forward".
I think I might just have to join in with this every week, seeing as I had a whole lot of fun working on this drawing.

In other news, I made this earlier today as well:
I also made myself an account on a website that allows you to sell art prints, iPhone cases and all sorts of good stuff!
Good stuff like this!

I'm sure anyone wearing that stuff would look SUPER cool.

Have a look at it all here!

Saturday, 28 January 2012

University, Working on a Book!

So something that has taken me by surprise is just how much I have been getting in to my University work this past week.
I've always enjoyed my Uni work but most of it was enjoyed with an air of reluctance.
Since my course seems much more strongly aimed at graphic designers, most of the tasks were given seem much more suited to that title than that of an illustrator, so there always seems to be something I would prefer do no matter how good the project is and I feel that probably made me put a little less effort in to my work.
This term our tutor has decided to let us chose our own projects and it has already really improved my work ethic.
Its given me a chance to pick something that lets me go all out illustration.

As another very, very lovely addition to that, my Drawing Studies tutor who I have previously mentioned is pretty darn cool has pretty much given me a kick up the backside and got rid of the excuses I have been using to not work on my books.
I've been determined to have a book finished in time for Thought Bubble this year, but Helen talked to me in my last lesson and told me that if I get a book finished in time she will take it and sell it at a book fair in May!
As an added bonus that is what my Drawing Studies project is, so I dont have to worry about work nearly as much now.

I've been working pretty hard, doing a lot of research and doing plenty of drawing, to prepare for the book.
It seems a little daunting trying to make the entire thing in little over a month, especially since I have no idea how I'm going to get it printed yet, but I suppose learning all that stuff will add to a good grade when I hand all my work in later on.

I'm trying to remember to scan drawings a bit more often now too, so look at my DeviantArt or Tumblr to check out all of that, heres a few of the thing's I've done!

p.s: Lately I've been looking for more sites similar to DeviantArt, a place where I can upload my drawings and get feedback and opinions and just generally share it with other people.
DeviantArt is fine and all, but there are a lot of people and fads on that website that really bug me, so I'd like to try find something a little more... adult I suppose?
Most sites like that I've found are full of kids or charge a monthly fee (that I cant afford)...
So if you know of anything like that, please let me know!
Monday, 16 January 2012

Asura's Wrath & Doodles

Really got in to my drawing today, just doing random doodles mainly and then eventually getting in to a bit of work on a personal project I've been working on these past few weeks.
I did some pretty good work until my damn pen ran out for which I dont have any ink left over.
I'm going to see if the chemist near my house sells syringes so I can re-fill the empty cartridges I have from the bottle of Indian ink I have.

For anyone who recognises the happy looking man with spiky hair in the page full of random doodles, I played the Asura's Wrath demo the other day.
I've really been looking forward to the game, its incredible over the top-ness really caught my interest.
Its like Dragon Ball Z on some kind of hallucinogenic drug.

The demo really ruined a lot of my excitement though.
The game is every bit as crazy as I was hoping it would be, and I really like the visuals of the game, but the actual gameplay was horribly underwhelming.

I was expecting it to be a little bit like God of War but with 90% of the game revolving around the huge fights like the Hydra or the Poseidon fight at the start of the third game.

I really cant stand that weird lock-on shooting mechanic, and it seems like everything was just repeating a few actions until you had done it enough to earn a QTE.

The game could still be pretty fun, but I think its been knocked down from an eagerly anticipated game to a wait til its cheap on a sale game.

Tis a shame.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Amhlaidh, Mighty Hunter

I don't have much to say in this post, I have to hand in lots of Uni work tomorrow so I haven't been up to a great deal of interest these past few days.

I have had the odd bit of time for some personal work, and what I intended to be a very quick doodle turned in to a drawing I got quite obsessive with that you can see below.

He is Amhlaidh, mighty hunter!
And he has a bit of arthritis in his elbows.

p.s: I am completely aware of his two left hand problem, it was either a horrible horrible hunting accident, or by the time I noticed it I couldn't be bothered editing the drawing.
I'm going to believe the former.