The Winners! [Sonic Art Collection Fanart Contest]Hello everyone, thank you for being patient with me! I'm going to get the show rollin' whilst Silver, Larry and Shard are helping me out re-sorting entries to be presented here!
It's been a real pleasure hosting this contest made especially for the magazine in which I have plans to print off for the Sonic Archie panel to receive as a portfolio submission at Comic Con International 2013 in San Diego, but also, to the 8 winners of this contest and Featured Artists who will be contributing towards the book.
Before I have the privilege of commencing the awards ceremony I'd like to point out FOUR IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
To the 8 winners: You will not only have your entry featured predominantly in the Fan Art Contest section of the magazine but also be given the opportunity to give me a UNIQUE TITLE and a RATIONALE for your submission (MUST BE 100 words or le
Want to say thanks to Tracy Yardley?Want to say thanks to Tracy Yardley?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Folks I cannot stress how exciting this new year is going to be.
I'm in the process of applying for an Internship at Archie Publications Inc. for the Summer of 2014. Fingers crossed that everything will go smoothly - all the paperwork from Immigration US/Homeland Security can be a real pain in the butt.
Anyways now that I'm done with the first semester at the Academy of Art (averaging B/B+ grades!); spent quality time with me best mates via :iconchemb0t: and :iconevanstanley: for Christmas and New Years; and wished my family and friends a Happy New Years it's time to make full use of my three weeks before school starts this Spring 2014.
So here's the plan.
Before I make my way to the offices of Archie Publications I'm preparing another portfolio piece to showcase.
The project is entitled PIRATE PLUNDER PANIC. The purpose is twofold - the first one has already been explained above but the second is to say a
Be Clueless, Write Awesome.Why finish anything when you might not be good enough yet?Be Clueless, Write Awesome.9 months ago in Personal More Like This
There are myriad ways to avoid completing a project, and one of them is to become the eternal student. Always learning, always improving, so that future hypothetical story keeps getting better and better... While somehow never making its way into reality.
But on the other hand, it might help to know a bit about swimming before jumping overboard. So where do you draw the line? What do you absolutely need to know before getting your feet wet with a story?
I can't speak for anyone else. But when I started Dreamkeepers, I didn't know jack about story.
I didn't know about inciting events, verisimilitude, thematic armature, pinch points, none of it.
Quite simply, I did not know what the hell I was doing. Which makes for an interesting question about my first books.
Why don't they suck?
Professional reviewers have said "the writing was absolutely golden," that they were "completely blown awa
FAQ and A: 'Which Wacom should I get?'I have about 60 notes in my inbox right now asking this question. I've answered it so many times for other people before, I really don't really know why I haven't done a Q&A entry about it. For those of you who have messaged me recently, don't worry, you're not annoying me -- same goes for the rest of you who haven't received an answer from me yet. Here's that answer for all of you right here right now.FAQ and A: 'Which Wacom should I get?'4 years ago in Personal More Like This
WHICH WACOM TABLET SHOULD I BUY?Not to sound snarky, but I thought that little article I wrote about Wacom Tablets would've alleviated some of the confusion new digital artists were having, and answer their burning questions. Unfortunately it has seemed to only caused more questions!
Many of you have asked me which model Wacom you should get versus another. An intuos medium vs large, an intuos vs a cintiq, a cintiq vs a tablet PC, etc. To answer this as truthfully as I can --- I can't honestly tell you which one is better. This is
Sonic Boom Comic Inbound! Plus Other NewsThere have certainly been more than rumbles about this going down, but it looks like it is pretty much official news. The Sonic Boom franchise will have its own devoted comic book line that will accompany the upcoming games and television show!Sonic Boom Comic Inbound! Plus Other News1 year ago in Personal More Like This
**Side Note: The cover already states that the comic is “Based off of the new hit video game and TV Series”… Just gotta love that moxie.
Sonic comic staples such as resident scribe Ian Flynn and popular artist Evan Stanley are confirmed to be working on this project. I think it is safe to say we can expect some quality material moving forward as long as those two are involved.
Here is a link to a cool little article that has a bit of an interview between a few of the “higher-ups” involved in the books creation. Within you can learn a little bit of the comics more adventurous direction as it leans closer towards comedy rather than the normal Sonic comic’s slants to drama.
Sonic Boom Hub - Contest is Live!Hey YOU!Sonic Boom Hub - Contest is Live!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
This contest is officially Live! I know a lot of you have been waiting for it, but I wanted to hold out a little bit and do something special. This contest represents the first being held by my group and is in honor of reaching the 1000 watcher plateau!
Okay, onto the details then! I’ve gotten a lot of good feedback about the prize structure of my previous contests, so I am going to mimic my patented Early Bird Prize structure that I rolled out way back when. For those of you that are new to BroDogz hosted events, please do keep reading as it is a little bit different than the normal prize structure you guys might be used too, but it does promote a lot of interest and fun! ^^
First things First!
Contest Start - RIGHT NOW! (Sonic’s B-Day!)
Contest End - (Friday) August 1st 2014
(That's about a month people!)
For this contest, I want you guys to try and be ambitious. The theme for
An Artistic Challenge - Traditional Painting! Your next Artistic Challenge - Paint Your Friend with Acrylic/Oils/Gouache!An Artistic Challenge - Traditional Painting!8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Go on, give it a go - I dare ya.
Anyways so far so good! This is very good practice for me, and the same goes to those who watch my artwork. I strongly encourage you to take a break from doing digital stuff and get hands-on with a brush, dabs of good old paint straight from the tube, and onto the canvas. Challenge yourself and learn how you can render more effectively with light, colour and a bit of intuition!
Enhancing the quality of your journalsHello, deviants!Enhancing the quality of your journals4 years ago in Personal More Like This
In the last couple of weeks, we've been rolling out changes to the journal system, and with the introduction of the Journal Portal, your journals now have the potential to be showcased in the Footer of deviantART or in the Popular section of the Portal –- something that could draw tons more eyes to your work!
So, how do you make a journal that’s worth sharing? Even if reaching a wider audience isn't your goal, these tips will help you get better feedback and spark more conversation, which is one of the best things about our vibrant community.
megturney's Top 7 Tips for Enhancing the Quality of Journals:
#1. Write what you’re passionate about
Love black and white photography? Let’s talk it! Do you have a deep philosophical discussion you're itching to bring out to the world? Fluffy and serious blogs alike, the most important part of any journal entry is showing your audience
Lackadaisy on Patreon (Congratulations Tracy!) Lackadaisy on Patreon (Congratulations Tracy!)Lackadaisy on Patreon (Congratulations Tracy!)4 months ago in Personal More Like This
Awesome news to share, Tracy J. Butler has exceeded beyond her milestone goal of working on her Eisner-nominated webcomic series full-time, all thanks to the support of fans and an initiative called Patreon. A big congratulations to her for making the brave and bold step into creating comics full-time whilst quitting her job (from the gaming industry) in the process. Here's a video to check out as an introduction to her initiative:
If you haven't heard of Patreon then I'm sure you're familiar with the concept of 'crowdfunding' or initiatives like Kickstarter or Indiegogo. The elements are similar but the difference is that the money you put in for the initiative is focused more-so on the individual/creator rath
Comic News Galore!! Comic News Galore!!Comic News Galore!!2 months ago in Personal More Like This
It's my second day off work, and I spent the whole day helpin' mom with house chores - it was very therapeutic! Life back home in Australia right now couldn't be more sweeter.
In other news let's talk about a few awesome things that need updatin' and sharin' - comic related news that is!
Dreamkeepers Kickstarter - 60K reached!!
To David and Liz - CRICKEY!! What a stella achievement so far and with only a week to go on their campaign to release their latest Dreamkeepers graphic novel! Their KS campaign has also reached the top-100 most funded comics projects in Kickstarter history so a huge congratulations to them on that front!
If you're into your epic fantasies, richly detailed comics, highly engaging cartoon characters with depth an
Composition Studies Composition StudiesComposition Studies1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Do me a favour to any artist who are watching me now and would like to improve the way they design and present their final artwork.
Go to your local museum/fine arts gallery (preferably the national branches or the ones in the big cities), make it a field trip and learn something that may perhaps be a significant benefit to your art studies.
Book your student discounted fare online, grab your backpack filled with sketchbook and whatever drawing tool you're comfortable with (graphite, microns, watercolors etc...), get that bus ticket, go get some fresh air, and some exercise while at it - make this an investment worthwhile.
Be sure to check out the policies of the art gallery/museum before you do any sketching in public, some have very strict rules about drawing in the public galleries, while some are more flexible. Be aware and be prepared on your field trip at all times.
When everything is good to go, walk around the gallery, observe and find pa
REAL HANDY: Two Screens, Mirror, Anatomy Know-how REAL HANDY: Two Screens, Mirror, Anatomy Know-howREAL HANDY: Two Screens, Mirror, Anatomy Know-how1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy everyone. For those who are about to watch it - you're in for a treat, regardless.
Now, to share with you some tips.
Two extra Screens - Super handy when you can display reference photos from your personal archives for your projects. As you can see here I'm focusing solely on Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill) for the moment, he is after all the focal point. It's totally okay to use a lot of references for your finished illustration - the more visual info you have to make a convincing illustration the better. Thanks to :iconchemb0t: for inspiring me to get those extra screens where otherwise I would have never have done so on my own. Also :iconyuski: here is another example of how I do my stuff using the two screens to it's full advantage.
Homework is homework...Blimey, just when I thought I had time to work on some fun stuff (I wanted to draw Bean and Bark for :iconKikiFlamer but now it's... 5:55AM in the morning...Homework is homework...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Though I will admit that these exercises (which will be assessed - and boy am I aiming for those A's! Took me two days to complete) were quite fun to do - insightful and challenging all the same!
Elson's Homework for Carla's class 12 by darkspeeds
Elson's Homework for Carla's class 13 by darkspeeds Elson's Homework for Carla's class 14 by darkspeeds
Elson's Homework for Carla's class 15 by darkspeeds
Elson's Homework for Carla's class 16 by darkspeeds
So yeah hope this visual on what goes behind the scenes in
Double Contest (3300+ Points prize!!!)DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE TIME!Double Contest (3300+ Points prize!!!)5 months ago in Personal More Like This
THE CONTEST IS VERY LONG AND IT'S
DUE DATE IS EXTENDABLE, IF NEEDED.
I've been planning a contest (and saving enough points for it) for a looong time, but after all the efforts, I'm finally able to organize something for you too! ;D ...IT'S CONTEST TIME!!!
Y'all can participate! To join the contest you just need to make a journal entry and REPOST my journal and/or REBLOGGING it on tumblr (because why not?). Once you did that, you can join!
An important thing for your entries!
Add this tag to your tag section while submitting your entry:
This time I won't make a regular contest, but a DOUBLE THEMED contest, with a bonus surprise! And, of course, you can join BOTH the contest themes, trying to win this amazing bonus! ;D
well... let's go straight to the point!
HERE YOU'LL FIND THE ENTRIES
1ST THEME: LOVE TRIANGLE
And the Winners Are...! (SONIC BOOM contest) And The Winners Are...!And the Winners Are...! (SONIC BOOM contest)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Congratulations to the following (in no particular order)!
:iconKazukiTheLeonhearted: :iconRally-the-Cheetah: :iconCosmicSix: :iconkirissland: :iconMorayK: :iconleonarstist06: :iconsonamycomic: :iconjack3dragon: :iconblader3000: :iconsky-the-echidna:
And an awesome thank you to everyone else who made the effort to draw each concept in their own unique style! I enjoyed looking through those and it wasn't easy pickin' out my favourite entries - everyone did a really good job!
Also, a change in rules for the free sketch, you can pick either:
i) A drawing of a SONIC BOOM character doing something with you (your original/fan character)
ii) A sketch of your favourite character from ANY series - e.g. Doctor Who, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Professor Layton, Sherlock, One Piece, Klonoa etc.
So yeah take your pick and PLEASE PROVIDE A REFERENCE (link them here).
I'll do my
My thoughts on Sonic Boom! (I'm a Kid Again!) My thoughts on Sonic Boom! (I'm a Kid Again! ~ 2nd Update)My thoughts on Sonic Boom! (I'm a Kid Again!)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Just had some awesome dinner and I've read up on your feedback. Thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts, and I'm happy to have provided my positive perspectives on Sonic Boom - optimism is a good thing to have in life, give it a go where you can!
Also, shoutout to :iconHappyAggro: for handing me this link on a quick summary of what's legit on the whole franchise as well as link to the latest updates of Sonic Boom when they come.
And oh my god, I felt like a kid all over again when I saw these!
Seriously THIS kind of stuff, concept artwork, was the main reason why I got myself a pencil and a paper on that very day (when I turned on my brother's SEGA SATURN to play SONIC JAM)
The Advantage of Three Screens! The Advantage of Three Screens!The Advantage of Three Screens!10 months ago in Personal More Like This
As many of you know I'm currently working on Geo's commission that involved the production of two character sheets. Having more screens means you have the ability to hold more visual information at any one time. I potentially have another screen but it's not in the form of a monitor but my ipad mini.
I just want to show you how beneficial it is to have this visual information when you're illustrating or working on a project for a client.
Shots of my Workstation
Screens 01, 02 & 03 (Left, Middle, & Right)
If there is a downside to having three screens well I guess you can say that it will eat up more on your energy bills (not much in the US but in Australia electricity
Designing a City... And Imitating Bast?? Designing a City... And Imitating Bast??Designing a City... And Imitating Bast??1 month ago in Personal More Like This
First and foremost thank you to all who have been postin' their feedback and words of encouragement on my previous journal! It's really nice to hear your thoughts on the Edenspell project, it's something that I don't take for granted. Do be patient as in the following months I'll be focusing on building the foundations before I even hit any of the legit sequentials to the story.
I'll be starting off with the most important thing that will connect the reader first-hand - the characters (you would have seen a portion of it for Ashworth as I try to answer the 'Ten Questions To Ask Y
Silver's Boxers 2: Electric BoogalooHowdy y'all!Silver's Boxers 2: Electric Boogaloo2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's time for another Ghosts of the Future contest. Specifically, another boxer design contest!
Here's what's going on-- once again, Silver's gonna be running around in his undies throughout issues 12 and 13, and I want you guys to design the decoration on said undies! The winning design will be used in the comic.
Here's the template:
Send me a note here on DeviantART with a link to your finished design. Try to include "BOXER CONTEST" in the title, so I don't miss it.
There's no need to ask me if you can enter, just do it.
The deadline will be MARCH 1.
-This time I'm limiting entries to one per person.
-Keep it PG-13; nothing overly sexual or hyper-violent will be tolerated. Keep strong language to a minimum.
-To keep things simple, the template provided here will be the only accepted medium for entries.
-As with the previous contest, comedic entries will be favored.
-I'd going to have to draw this OVER AND OVER, s
Who I am at Thirty Years of Age Thank you, for your kind words & encouragement.Who I am at Thirty Years of Age3 months ago in Personal More Like This
Guys and gals, I will keep this brief right here before I get to my main topic - I'd like to share a thank you to all of you who wished me a happy 30th birthday this year. I've already had an excellent time with family back home, work colleagues and my special friends from overseas (three of whom I still plan to catch up on my days off for a Skype call).
I'm going to give some shout-outs (from the deviantART community) before I move on to some special comments that I've received and saved up since coming back home to Perth, Western Australia. The comments that I speak of revolve around my other life as a proactive freelance illustrator working on art commissions; sharing creative projects, blogs and videos that still continue to inspire others to this very day.
To the talented writer :iconkafelnikov: & :iconFreakova: for their extended comments on my recent journal.
How to render 'Shadow the Hedgehog' with charcoal!Hi guys and gals!How to render 'Shadow the Hedgehog' with charcoal!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Seriously I want you all to give this a try. You'll learn something awesome and end up with a kick-ass finished drawing.
What you need:
Charcoal pencil (2B or 4B)X-acto knife (for the kiddies, be very CAREFUL when using this to sharpen your charcoal pencil)Willow/Vine charcoal (alternatively you can use this instead of the charcoal pencil and X-acto knife combo but you won't get the precision you need for the finer details)Sand paperKneed eraserPrecision eraser (something like the Mono Zero Eraser on this site - alternatively you can cut a regular eraser and make it pointy)Printer and paper (go to the Sonic Channel site and download ANY of the official Sonic artwork that is prepared specifically for rendering)Tissue paperYour index finger or thumbEnthusiasm!
Contest entriesHere you will find all the entries for this contest! ;D I'll give your entry just a subjective comment for now. A comment that has NOTHING to do with the final judge (that will be objective and based on the criteria I described in the main journal).Contest entries4 months ago in Personal More Like This
Don't forget to add the #foxpopdoublecontest tag to your entry! It's essential ;D
1ST THEME: LOVE TRIANGLE
2ND THEME: HOLLY THE GLOBE TROTTER
Step-by-Step with Leonarstist's commission! Step-by-Step with Leonarstist's commission! (edited!)Step-by-Step with Leonarstist's commission!3 months ago in Personal More Like This
Remember how it started as a thumbnail?
I sketched it out at work during my break. I wasn't too happy with the initial 'Spider-man-esque' poses (look at the thumbnails on the other page and the sketch on the left I drew on my workplace's notepad).
I then decided that the thumbnail I drew at work was the one to go with. So I went back home to scan the drawing, import it into Photoshop and used my Cintiq for the rest of the way (in other words it'll be a digital illustration compared to the more traditional method of full pencilin' on paper, scan and import for a complete render on Photoshop). I got my image, pasted it on a new canvas, flipped it, and quickly laid out the elements - Elliot's main character (Jacob), the thugs, and the logo. Elliot intended to use the final image for his comic cover so he conveniently provided his title logo for me to use as a