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* stretch stretch * Gah! Had a nice break! Went to the beach, caught some fish, got serious leg sunburn but all in all had a fantastic weekend XD It was coupled with the news of a job for me, a marriage for my sister and a great birthday for my mum! So I’ve been surfing a high!! Onwards though – to art and beyond!

Haven’t even touched Goliath yet so it’s under the carpet somewhat. Only new work is some ‘Daily Sketch Group’ sketches which I took part in on http://www.conceptart.org:

DSG 1540: Seasonal • PITIFUL, SHACKLED, DUNGEON-BEAST’S HEART GLOWS THROUGH ITS CHEST:

DSG1540-by_effenndee

Eagh! Poor thing… >_< Oh wait… Aww DANG! I forgot to flip the pic back around again DX Er… um… yeah… this particular creature has a heart on the right of its chest. It’s just this particular one >_>……. totally…

DSG 1542: Characters • BEEFY SCARY BIPED IN RAGE POSE & ITS CUTE SMILING LITTLE BUDDY

DSG-1542-by_effenndee

I think for this I should have added more ‘sound effects’ to make it work better ^_^;; Ah well, learnt for next time!

Working on some other projects on the side but need to know whether I can put works online for them or not XD

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Quick update~ been busy as a bee today =)

Found a great ref photo for bg! This will be the first ‘grays first’ image I’ve made with a background planned from near the beginning haha. Exciting stuff!!


Goliath_C_by_effenndee

And I worked out how to make it so you can click on the pic for a slightly bigger version since the whole 500px width limit doesn’t help in a landscape image har har

*flees the scene*

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It’s the weekend! And so much to do! Been searching for suitable backgrounds for Goliath and the Dragon (still working titles) and want it to be aerial but with interesting lighting. You know how you get those pictures of thunder clouds where some of them are almost black against light hit foreground ones? Something like that.

Onwards to google image search! There are so many pictures of clouds to get ideas from XD Getting great ref images helps so much with image creation I’ve found. You can’t always get everything you want or need but you get enough and can fill the rest with your imagination =)

I have a possible cloud set up going but wanted to show the character placement so far so here it is (flipped Goliath around XD):


Goliath_B_by_effenndee

Hmm hmm, today I am going to go for a walk… I need to get out of my room =3

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Don’t ask… XD

So! Got a sketch that I want to turn into an action pic (Oh my gosh! An action pic!??!!). Yeah… don’t do action pics often so… yeeeep… let’s see how it goes!

Here’s Goliath (I didn’t pick the name! Someone else did! It’s a working title!):

Goliath_A_by_effenndee

I’m thinking… dragon… a nice big angry dragon chasing him in the air bwahahaha *shrugs*

Got pose and muscle reference from some posemaniacs pics and then general wing refs from pics off google image search.

Nice shading tutorial here: Advanced Shading Reference by Brandon McKinney

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Ah! It iz compleeeete! Or at least I am saying I don’t think I could work on it anymore without completely reworking it… so time for something new aye?


Tribal_Model3_by_effenndee

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Okay, so the latest work I’ve been spending time on (Tribal Model – see previous posts) I decided to submit to a couple of critiquing art forums in order to see how to improve it.

Some things that came up:
– neck way too long
– hair too… fake or not in the same artistic style as the main body which is distracting
– colour/lighting good but may need to try something new (I tend to pick the same colours every time >_<)

So! I worked on reworking the hair and shortening the neck but decided to leave the colours the same… The final grays are as follows:

Tribal_Model_F_by_effenndee

I used photographic reference for the hair from general google found examples of back lit frizzy hair. Took ages! But worth it I think =)

Neck was only shortened a tad hehe.

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