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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
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)
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!
'GET A LOAD OF THIS!!' says Dr. EggmanWant to listen to Dr. Eggman?'GET A LOAD OF THIS!!' says Dr. Eggman2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Check out how he sounds like for my latest Sonic comic drama project: 'Dr. Eggman & the D.E.L. Grandmasters'. Dr. Eggman is voiced by Mmichael154, a VMA (Veteran Mobian Actor) of Darkspeeds Studios.
While I'm editing his voicework I'll be applying the same procedure of audio editing and quality control for recordings for another comic drama project that is based off the highly acclaimed indy graphic novel saga - Dreamkeepers.
Characters featured will include: 'Sacrificed Girl', Paige & Tinsel! They will be voiced by newcomer <b>
Silver's Boxers 2: Electric BoogalooHowdy y'all!Silver's Boxers 2: Electric Boogaloo1 year 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
Advice on becoming a better artistI get asked by a lot of younger artists (and moms and grandmothers) for advice on getting better and becoming a professional comic artist. Hopefully this will help. Ask me more questions if I'm not clear enough and I'll try to post more about what I think makes a good artist and how to become a professional in the comic industry.Advice on becoming a better artist2 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you're not already aware, I'm a self-taught artist with little to no schooling on the subject. I thought I knew how to draw when I was a kid and I thought that drawing from shapes and building your characters out of forms was stupid. I don't know what the proper term for this is so I'm going to refer to it as construction drawing or under drawing throughout this post. My parents had purchased me some how to draw books, I also went to art class, and both of these tried to get me to use construction drawing techniques. Unfortunately I didn't understand the value of it and thus rejected it. I didn't need to build a tiger out of blocks, circles,
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-how9 months 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.
Who I am at Thirty Years of Age Thank you, for your kind words & encouragement.Who I am at Thirty Years of Age2 weeks 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.
FAQ&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&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
Be Clueless, Write Awesome.Why finish anything when you might not be good enough yet?Be Clueless, Write Awesome.6 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
Sonic Boom Hub - Contest is Live!Hey YOU!Sonic Boom Hub - Contest is Live!10 months 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
Celebrating Diversity #45With St. Valentine's Day behind us, let's take a look at some marvelous artwork that isn't all about love.Celebrating Diversity #451 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Blue Calm by almostacrayon The Flower by ArthurBlue
The Feeling of Blue by Questavia
Heart of the River - Leather Great Blue Heron Mask by windfalcon water ink by dreamsCrEaToR The Blue Mermaid by Nabilum
An Artistic Challenge - Traditional Painting! Your next Artistic Challenge - Paint Your Friend with Acrylic/Oils/Gouache!An Artistic Challenge - Traditional Painting!5 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!
March/April 2014The Digital Art TeamMarch/April 20141 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Drawings & Paintings and Mixed Media
Drawings & Paintings and Mixed Media
Drawings & Paintings and Mixed Media
Drawings & Paintings and Mixed Media
Photomanipulation and Mixed Media
Photomanipulation and Mixed Media
3 Dimensional Art and Stereoscopy
Text & Typography
Sci-Fi and Space Art
Digital Art groups
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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!The Winners! [Sonic Art Collection Fanart Contest]2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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
The Advantage of Three Screens! The Advantage of Three Screens!The Advantage of Three Screens!7 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
My deviantART StoryMy deviantART Story9 months ago in Art Features More Like This
I fell in love with deviantART from the moment I was drawn to it. It's light, life, mystery and magic.
I spent days, weeks, months, years wandering and being mystified, amazed and entirely in love with all that surrounded me.
It was the community of people that kept me excited, kept me inspired, kept me aspiring to be someone better than I was. Even in the darkest times, the community has helped keep the lanterns lit.
I've been taken to amazing places, worlds, lives because of the family I've grown with on deviantART and every thing that's been shared with me and everything I've been able to share with you. It's been a journey.
And here, today, I'm still as captivated as I was when we first met.
Happy 14th <3
Lackadaisy on Patreon (Congratulations Tracy!) Lackadaisy on Patreon (Congratulations Tracy!)Lackadaisy on Patreon (Congratulations Tracy!)2 weeks 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
Plush Commission InfoLast update 19/10/14 Commissions are CLOSED, I will be re-opening late January.Plush Commission Info3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Before commissioning me please make sure you read and understand the following information. By asking for a quote and commissioning me you are agreeing to them. Refunds will not be given out from misunderstanding of my terms of service. If your unsure of anything just ask.
What I will make:
Original Characters, Anime, game and cartoon fan art plushies, animals, made up creatures, hybrid animals, humans, Anthros.
*If the OC does not belong to you the owner must sent a note giving me permission for me making their oc for you.
What I wont make:
Overly complicated designs, Disney characters, Homestuck characters, mature plushies (sexual), things I feel I can not make or that I am uncomfortable with.
All prices are in British pounds (GBP) only.Prices do not include shipping costs, please keep shipping costs in mind when orders. Plea
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
Three New iPhone Cases Now Available!There was an overwhelming demand for the iPhone 4/4S Tough Case that featured my Howling Wolf Pair design as well as inquiries regarding when I'd be able to offer a larger selection. That day is now here. In addition to the original case which featured the design in white on a black background, there is now a Howling Wolf Pair case featuring a black on white background as well as two all new cases.Three New iPhone Cases Now Available!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
These polycarbonate cases made to fit the iPhone 4/4S are durable and handsome and can be purchased through ViaVoottoo here: http://www.viavoottoo.com/collections/tribal-wolf-tattoos
I am OPEN for custom COMMISSIONS, please check ou
Commission Information!OTHER INFO:Commission Information!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Remember to look through my gallery to get yourself familiar with what to expect, as well as some of the past commissions I have done at Trello!
The commission process usually go like this:
1. You file an inquiry to me
2. I give you a very brief sketch of your idea
3. You approve / made changes until you're satisfied and pay
4. I finish the rest and I post the finished product
All payments will be in USD and paid in PayPal via firstname.lastname@example.org and full payments are required after sketches are agreed upon on both sides. Refunds will be based on the percentage of completion.
Commissions usually take a few days to finish, but in any case, expect them to be done within a week after payments have been made. If I can't make it, I will alway
SONIC BOOM: Unwrapped! ArchiveWelcome to Darkspeeds' Sonic fan comic and manga archives, hosted on DeviantART.SONIC BOOM: Unwrapped! Archive1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Making these pages took years of hard work, motivation and support from a wonderfully blessed community. ^_~
A convenient list of projects are listed below. Please select the series you wish to observe.
Also, a HUGE thanks goes to :iconhappyaggro: for volunteering in tidying up and reformatting this archive. It looks beautiful, more organised, and all links have been up to date as of today, 27th February 2014. Thanks again HappyAggro, this means alot!
SONIC ADVENTURE 2 FANCOMIC TAILS AWAY SONIC BOOM: UNWRAPPED!
2013 Art Summary Video! Watch here!Figured the art meme wouldn't do it justice, so here's the video of this year's best from me.2013 Art Summary Video! Watch here!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Thank you everyone who was there to support me and made it possible, because it wouldn't have been possible without you.
(also, slight bit of something extra at the end)
It would also be appreciated that if you like the review to fave this journal as I won't be posting the regular deviation. Thanks for everything, and 2014? Let's do it.