Art: Turkey Sketch

I’ve begun the design of custom headers for holiday themed portal action in Plymouth State University‘s portal. Here’s a quick turkey sketch I did with my Wacom tablet in preparation for a Thanksgiving themed header. I’m still a little undecided on what I plan to do with the header as a whole. I have a few weeks to figure that out, I suppose :)

Turkey

Fun With My Wacom

Orv Desktop Background

I’ve been having some serious fun as of late with my Intuos Art Pad. Honestly, I haven’t done much drawing since my Alien Sketch back in July. I didn’t realize how much I was missing ;) Well, ever since getting back into Star Wars, I’ve had an urge to do more drawings…well, actually drawings have been asked of me and I’ve happily obliged.

I’m pumped and ready to hone my skills even more…From these sketches I can tell that I’m pretty rusty but things will come around! Here are a few of the other drawings/crests I’ve done as of late:

Rokir Family Crest Etah Phoenix Faces Kosk Qel-Droma Battle Team Crest

Drawing: Mejas Doto, Dark Jedi Master

Here’s an image I did for a member of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood, a Star Wars club on-line with a focus on computer gaming, writing, and roleplaying. Anyways, this member collects images of his character and thus commissioned one from me. Here’s the final product:

Older Mejas Doto

Along the way, I saved various steps I took while creating the image…its interesting to look back and see the progress.

Mejas Doto Step 1
Initial sketch, general layout for the character.

Mejas Doto Step 2
Darkened in certain areas, defining key parts of the Jedi Master. Created the face and head markings.

Mejas Doto Step 3
Finished basic darkening, began coloring in the skin.

Mejas Doto Step 4
Defined clothing and colored under-tunics.

Mejas Doto Step 5
Defined cloak and clothing even more and continued coloring.

Mejas Doto Step 6
Finished clothing definition and coloring.

Mejas Doto Step 7
Thickened lines, shortened middle finger, filled in gaps, added a black background.

Mejas Doto Step 8
Fixed hand and added Force lightning…blue lines, Gaussian blur, faded brush strokes.

Mejas Doto Step 9
Drew lightsaber and added blade. Defined right hand a little more.

MejasDoto
Original final rendition with sweet red background.

Older Mejas Doto
Re-done final rendition…aged Mejas Doto appropriately…he’s no teenager as the previous version implied.

Thats all she wrote! The picture took about 6 hours on my Wacom Tablet. Much fun was head and it was good to break the tablet in again! Its been far too long.

First Intuos3 Sketch

I just bought an Wacom Intuos3 9X12 USB Tablet for all my art and doodling needs. Here’s a brief description on what the product is:

Intuos3 gives you the power to quickly and professionally edit photos and create digital artwork by turning on the full power of Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, and over 100 other leading software applications. Intuos3 tablets now put ExpressKeys and Touch Strips right at your fingertips for convenient keyboard shortcuts, scrolling, zooming, brush size control, and more. Wacom’s Penabled technology gives you the natural feel and superior performance of Wacom’s patented cordless and battery-free tablet technology. You’ll find that using an Intuos pen, mouse, and tablet gives you more control, comfort, and productivity. Alternating between the comfortable Grip Pen and the ergonomic five-button Intuos3 mouse reduces repetitive motion. It’s an easy and natural way to work.

It just arrived and I installed the drivers, plugged the sucker in, and fired up Adobe Photoshop to give the thing a whirl. Here’s what I did in my first 2 minutes:

First Intuos3 Sketch

The thing is extremely easy to use but will take a little getting used to. I’ll be posting more on the tablet when I get a better chance to sit down and play. So far, I like the way it allows me to be have sketchiness that is common in rough drawings on paper…makes it seem real. The pen is pretty comfortable and the thickness of the lines is influenced by the pressure you apply to the tablet. To erase stuff…simply flip the pen upside down and erase like you would a normal pencil. That is just cool. Once again, the eraser is influenced by pressure.

Anyhow…more to come.