I am very happy I can *finally* share this project with you!
Although I had uploaded first sketches and showed little sneak peaks before, I had to keep it quiet for over a year while working on it - and everyone who does creative work knows how hard this can be.
I collaborated with Fieldcandy to design this artwork for a new tent which has only just been launched. Fieldcandy produces colourful, high-quality tents, most of them are limited editions.
I designed and painted three artworks on huge canvas especially for the layout of this tent: The front and back piece, and additionally a lot of leaves and bushes to merge the sides so they will match up. The idea was to create a fun and colourful ‘3D’ artwork, showing the front as well as the back side of a resting tiger - instead of merely showing two different pictures on both sides of the tent - so one could walk around ‘him’.
All profits from each individual tent is going directly and exclusively to the wildlife organisation ‘Save Wild Tigers’ and will go entirely towards tiger conservation projects. Nothing better than mixing design and art with conservation!
This is the electric violin I designed half a year ago for my next graphic novel, Fisheye Placebo. You can see this original design here and Frey playing it here
This particular drawing used a 3D model that I built in Sketchup (the other two were hand drawn) which I then added a few filters and painted over to take away the stiff 3D look. All this is for testing out the techniques I mentioned in this 3D background tutorial
I noticed in some of the tutorial comments that not everyone understood why I choose to use 3D models, and asked if that's "cheating". I want to emphasize that the sole purpose of using 3D is for the sake of speed. Since Fisheye Placebo will be a fully colored panel by panel comic, it would save a lot of time to not have to draw the same background over and over again. The goal is to tell a story in a time efficient manner, not to see who can draw the best background without reference. So unless I'm lying about not using 3D when I actually am, it's not cheating, it's just a faster workflow. Nevertheless, it's still important to learn how to draw without 3D aid. I only started using the techniques mentioned in my tutorial about 1.5 months ago. Everything else before that was hand drawn. If you do not learn the old school way of drawing, you would not have the skill set you need to paint over the 3D models to make them look less stiff. 3D is not an easy way out of learning how to draw, it just speeds up the process for those who work in the comic industry. I hope that clarifies any confusion!
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