BACK TO THE BASICS // HOW MISCHIEF HELPED ME UNDERSTAND BETTER MY CURRENT TECHNICAL FLAWS

Recently, most of my colored work is pixel art. It’s been a while since I did a full colored non-pixelart illustration and I started to feel an overall rustiness whenever I tried to do it. That was the main reason I forced myself to do a piece for this month’s Mischief challenge – Robolovin.

What I enjoy in Mischief is how it strips you from shortcuts like layer modes, filters, textured brushes or blending tools. It’s direct approach to drawing and painting forces you to consider everything and not rely on aiding tools to correct your mistakes. That’s exactly what I was looking for: a direct test with no turn arounds.

Doing this piece made me realize how much I need to go back to the basics and practice lights/shadows, color shading and color values. I spend double the time testing things and correcting mistakes to still not be at all satisfied with the final result. The “later I can quickly fix this” personal bad habit that I gained from Photoshop or Gimp caused my initial rush to paint without clear thinking of the result I wanted to achieve. With this, only later I understood the lack of harmony caused by some mistakes and how much work was needed to repaint everything.

Although people seem to enjoy this illustration, on it I just see the lack of depth of field, where background smashes the foreground causing a weird flatness, or how the sunlight’s source isn’t evident, where besides one or two hard shadows, everything else has soft shading as if there was a cloud covered sky, filtering all the light.

Clearly it’s time to revisit Matt Kohr‘s CTRL+Paint’s tutorial library and Sinix’s youtube channel and get back to practice. Expect in the near future a lot of digital painting exercises being posted here. Meanwhile, I hope you still enjoy the illustration for it’s idea. That little girl sure loves her new tree-house.

ILLUSTRATION // SERRA D’ARGA CONTADA ÀS CRIANÇAS

Last year I had the pleasure to work on a children’s story called Serra d’Arga contada às crianças (Serra d’Arga narrated to the children) by Susana Brás Santos.

Can’t wait to have another opportunity to illustrate stories, specially for a younger audience, it’s always challenging but really fun to do!

GIRL

Have no idea why I forgot to post this when I made it. It was a quick study practice serving as a break from a long time doing pixel art. My values and blending techniques are rusty. Need to doodle more…

done using Mischief, as always 😀

FEBRUARY’S COLLAB CHALLENGE // STATUS UPDATE

Hello everyone! I’ve finally managed to finish my sketch for our monthly collab. Also, already got two submissions for our group picture, from Marek Jarocki and SomePX.

We need more adventurers for our quest! Don’t forget you have the full month to doodle 🙂

FEBRUARY’S COLLAB // THE GROUP PICTURE

This idea bumped in my head yesterday during the night and I thought you guys might find it interesting enough to participate! Here’s the deal:

Draw yourself in whatever style you want based in whatever universe you feel like it, as long as it represents the full body. The idea is to then gather up all self portraits and make a group picture similar to these: 1st example // 2nd example

To help you understand the underlying idea, just imagine that this group picture is taken right before the start of an adventurous quest where you are one of the participants (an elf rogue, a cyborg ninja, anything really…)

I’m thinking that it’s probably better to do it black and white, without background, so it creates a better harmony between the elements and is easy to assemble.

So… what do you think? Hit me up with your suggestions, through Twitter/Facebook or using the contact option on the blog.