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We already have 25 followers since posting the announcement of this Twitter account - that's amazing! :) Now it's time to push that number even further to 250 with our very first incentive - a raffle to win a pretty neat prize! Good luck and be sure to spread the word! 8-)


Edenspell social media02 2018 by darkspeeds



The official launch of the Edenspell Twitter account is here!



Three benefits of adding this to your watchlist:

i) You will always get official content of the series here.
ii) Content will be uncluttered - no junk tweets & messages unrelated to the series.
iii) It's free and you can always come back to browse through the archive of concept artwork - all with personalised commentary for further insight into the artistic process.

To help us gain momentum do share this via social media with friends & people with an interest in visual story telling set in medieval fantasy. I have a personal goal of getting 1,000 followers before we hit 2019 & will host contests and incentives to get it closer to the target.

Having people join Edencord has an added advantage - they will get a full page preview of the comic page's line art (on top of a fully rendered panel). There is also an opportunity to network & make new friends; share artwork & be involved in discussions of engaging story telling.


Edenspell social media01 2018 by darkspeeds


Wishing you all a Happy New Year and let's look forward to 2018 with a positive ambition to create the visually appealing and engaging stories!
Hi ya'll! Got some pretty neat updates to share with you tomorrow as we hit the New Year of 2018!

Really looking forward to it and it'd be awesome getting your help in spreading the word on the release of the official Edenspell Twitter account! People may wonder why not make a Patreon or an official website in posting content updates? The answer to that is - we plan to but it's not the right time to do so. = )

Got a ton of work ahead of me, but with the help of Gabriel
 and your support on the series we aim to complete our very first book by mid-to-late 2019! Keep in touch and I wish you all a safe, positive and Happy New Year! 8-)
Apparently it was all part of the plan...


Paradox Elson!2 by darkspeeds

Paradox Elson!2b2 by darkspeeds

Paradox Elson!3 by darkspeeds


Also! My deviantART subscription is almost up! If anyone would like to donate a subscription to keep this site goin' ad-free that would be really neat! I'll probably do a little sketch for ya depending on the size of the donation. :D

Thanks for being awesome everyone! Edenspell is on it's way to greatness in the New Years to come! 8-)

DK TheMovieFORMAT01 24-09-2017 SEP2017 by darkspeeds
DK TheMovieFORMAT02 24-09-2017 SEP2017 by darkspeeds
DK TheMovieFORMAT03 24-09-2017 SEP2017 by darkspeeds
DK TheMovieFORMAT04 24-09-2017 SEP2017 by darkspeeds





WORLD PREMIERE of Dreamkeepers: The Movie




DK-Movie-MAPofCast01 by darkspeeds
DK-Movie-MAPofCast02 by darkspeeds
DK-Movie-MAPofCast03 by darkspeeds
DK-Movie-MAPofCast04 by darkspeeds
DK The Movieschedule by darkspeeds
DK The Movieschedule2 by darkspeeds
:icondreamkeepers: had recently posted a Kickstater update from their SKIRMISH - Shadow Wars of Aunduruna campaign. It was a preview of the CAMEO CHARACTER CARDS created for the higher tier patrons (including myself).

I was very pleased with his first pass and didn't hesitate to confirm that design. I got inspired to pose in real life at home with my sword.


David-Elson Ashworth original by darkspeeds

 More fun stuff to come - I'll be compiling a set of sword poses to use for your own studies and reference! 8-)



[UPDATE] Here they are! Have fun using these for your next art project or illustration practice!


Sword Poses for Art Reference (Set 1) by darkspeeds
Sword Poses for Art Reference (Set 2) by darkspeeds
Sword Poses for Art Reference (Set 3) by darkspeeds
New & improved version! Duet with the beautiful Elisebellatrix, tightened audio, a new rap section & Sonic SFXs! 😎♥️






SONIC MANIA - Sunshine Cassette (with lyrics)



Oh dear... I've done it again!! XXD X__X;; Sonic Mania music is in my head all day long!! 






SONIC MANIA - Friends (with lyrics ft. Darkspeeds)



This song is dedicated to all my friends in the United States who are facing a chaotic time. Love. Respect. Peace.


Ten years ago I illustrated, printed, published and sold a graphic novel called 'The Grand ASHWORTH Fortune'.

Oh the horror of these pages... Please take a closer look at my:


Perspective work

ASHWORTH Volume01-CHP01-Pg13 by darkspeeds
(Upon review of the third panel, which is an establishing shot of a port town in the story, you will notice that the perspective lines are all over the place. It makes no sense. Awful.)


Rendering with screen tones and ink

ASHWORTH Volume01-CHP03-Pg57 by darkspeeds
(Bland. Boring. Lazy.)

Anatomy


Ashworth: Side Stories_Pg01 by darkspeeds

(Even if your characters are stylised, it is no excuse to not do some serious studies on everything to do with the human anatomy: gestures, dynamic posing, facial expressions, hands, feet, clothed figure drawing. The above you have witnessed lack structure, rhythm and flow. Poses are stiff and the anatomical foundations are out of whack. Bad, bad, bad!)


Skip to today in 2017...

To the Gallows by darkspeeds

Much better. :)



Moral of the story 


Don't stop drawing, learning and improving on your work! Find your happy medium, do kick-ass work and stick with it (and learn new stuff while at it!)


10 Years ago...


10 years ago I made a comic that featured an arctic fox and his compadre - a rat. Today we see them being re-purposed for Edenspell. Awesome.

2007 To 2017 Comparison01 by darkspeeds

DK-TheMovie-PREVIEWNIGHT01 by darkspeeds

DK-TheMovie-PREVIEWNIGHT02 by darkspeeds
DK-TheMovie-PREVIEWNIGHT03 by darkspeeds
DK-TheMovie-PREVIEWNIGHT03a by darkspeeds
DK-TheMovie-PREVIEWNIGHT03c by darkspeeds
DK-TheMovie-PREVIEWNIGHT04 by darkspeeds
DK-TheMovie-PREVIEWNIGHT05 by darkspeeds


Hope to see you guys and gals there! If have any questions just let me know how I can help. 8-)


[Here comes a new update! - 11-03-2017]



DK-TheMovie-PREVIEWNIGHT06 by darkspeeds
DK-TheMovie-PREVIEWNIGHT07 by darkspeeds
DK-TheMovie-PREVIEWNIGHT08 by darkspeeds
DK-TheMovie-PREVIEWNIGHT09 by darkspeeds

BtWD-MovieNight01 2017 by darkspeeds

BtWD-MovieNight02 2017 by darkspeeds
BtWD-MovieNight02b 2017 by darkspeeds
BtWD-MovieNight03 2017 by darkspeeds
BtWD-MovieNight04 2017 by darkspeeds


It's been more than a year since David from :icondreamkeepers: introduced this comic to me via Twitter - I instantly got hooked and had to make a motion-comic featuring a memorable soundtrack, outstanding performances and compelling audio that matched the quality of a blockbuster movie. I did an audition post, gathered some of the finest voice actors and completed the project more than 6 months later. We ended all it with Premiere Night - which was our mini version of the red carpet. It was a fantastic night to remember by.



To celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Beyond the Western Deep

and Songs of the Eastern Sands (written by Alex Kain, illustration by Rachel Bennet & Jerome Jacinto - a huge congrats to you all by the way!), as well as the successful production of Beyond the Western Deep: The Movie we're going to invite you all to a session of fun and reminisce where project members will be watching the movie live on Youtube and sharing commentary on their favourite moments, as well as thoughts on the series' future.

Catch you then as we'll do our best to stay in-character throughout the show to entertain you all!


Last but not least, below is an entire archive of past journals reflecting my love and enthusiasm for the series! Something to read through to get an idea of how it all came about ever since David's tweet on the series!


BtWD - Early Beginnings

Beyond the Western Deep - A MUST READ!:star: I've Just Finished Reading Chapter 2 and...

... all I can say is this.
.............
.....
HOLY TESQUE, SHIT JUST GOT REAL!!!
.....
........... 
*a-hem*
Man... Today marked a very special day for me. I'm so glad that David pointed this webcomic out because I would have never discovered this gem of a story.
This team of Alex and Rachel (writer and artist) is amazing.
Their storytelling in impecible - from the dialogue/script to the sublime visuals (character expressions, colors, world design), I will tell you now that it is not often that I get to read a graphic novel/webcomic that really captivate my imagination but more importantly, as I've learnt from David (regarding storytelling), I really CARE for these characters.
This dynamic relationship between protagonists Quinlan and Dakkan (as well as their interactions with the rest of the remarkable cast) goes so deep, it's like I've known these guys for years and I only read about them in two nights. What ha
Beyond the Western Deep: The Movie [OPENING!]Beyond the Western Deep: The Movie [OPENING PREVIEW!]

Man, the voice acting team and myself have been trailblazing in terms of progress for this project!
I'm really excited to present this webcomic series by Alex Kain and Rachel Bennett in comic drama format and showcase just how fantastic their story is.
Share this around with those who love stories of kingdoms and conflict, epic fantasy and engaging characters.
This movie is set for release for X-mas/New Year. This will depend on how Alex and Rachel go with Chapter 2. To play it safe I'll say that this will be ready by mid-JAN 2016.
When we hit the premier date I'll host an online gathering so that we can all watch it together and talk about the story and characters created by Alex and Rachel! Just like we had one for the Lackadaisy Audio Contemplation where Tracy J Butler kindly hosted the group chat! ;)
Oh! And of course - HAPPY HALLOWEEN everyone! ^^
Narrator voiced by Fai


BtWD Character Painting Processes

  Quinlan Painting Process:star: Quinlan Painting Process
  
  


That was a lot of fun! Need to practice more to get better and faster at it!
Tomorrow, it'll be a little break from commissions - I'll be working on the Beyond the Western Deep: The Movie project. Getting down to more than 10 minutes of audio so far! Woo!
The day after tomorrow I'll start work on the next set of 'painting' commissions - one from Jason Bronkowski and one from :iconstrykeforce2005:!
:star: Speed Painting Exercise
In preparation for my next couple of commissions (that will require plenty of digital painting), I'm going to warm myself up with a speed painting exercise of what
Dakkan Painting Process:star: Dakkan Painting Process
 
 


:star: A Handsome Otter!
Took longer than I thought for the sketch! lol Dakkan's fun to draw! X3 Time for bed. Will finish the painting tomorrow when I come back from work in the morning!
 

:star: Red-Oak Bo Staff
I couldn't find a pose on the net suitable to what I have pictured for my next speed painting exercise featuring Dakkan from Beyond the Western Deep (another awesome protagonist to the series)!
So I decided to gra
Hardin Painting Process:star: Hardin Painting Process
 
 


:star: Role-playing as Hardin? (Hardin's Resolve)
Actually I was in the middle of taking a reference shot for my next Beyond the Western Deep illustration to put more hours into my digital painting milage. :D
I'll be using this for my next speed painting:


And because I had a spare moment with the camera I decided to recapture the scenes I played in person for the Beyond the Western Deep: The Movie project.
:D


Darkspeeds-as-Hardin03 by darkspeeds
You can listen to the prev
Janik Painting Process:star: Janik Painting Process
It started with off with a quick session of myself posing for photo references. :D
I pictured Janik holding a thick hardbound book that she carries with her on her early journeys as ambassador (perhaps a Diary? a Travel log? The book of Vulpin politics? Who knows. One thing is for certain, on this illustration I wanted to show her behind a backdrop of desert suggesting that she is near the Vulpin capital of Navaran - Nessa.
Anyways back to the photos - and oh look, guess who reads Usagi Yojimbo? X3
 
I decided to stick with my third photo which is pictured below. I also used ART POSE ap on my I-pad mini to assist me with how the light bounced off the figure from a certain angle and thus creating all the forms of light and shadow to be rendered. These two references will be my primary guide to this speed painting session. 


BtWD Music Commission to Hugo Junstrand

Beyond the Western Deep - Overture:star: Merry Christmas ~ (Part 1) A Composition To Share!
First and foremost, may you and the family have a festive Christmas holiday!
It's been a crazy month of preparations for the holidays and I'm sure that many of you have purchased gifts for loved ones and written a good ol' fashioned X-mas card to compliment your thoughts and warm wishes.
You will know that I've been working on the an audio production for the past few couple of months based off the webcomic series by Alex Kain and Rachel Bennett entitled: Beyond the Western Deep.

Well it is still in production and I can happily say that I'm halfway through completing the Prologue chapter and Chapter 01 so far - the total audio length comes to 30 minutes long!
I was in love with the seri


BtWD Updates, Previews, and Premiere Night


Beyond the Western Deep - The Long Journey Ahead:star: Beyond the Western Deep - The Long Journey Ahead
This project has been in the works since October 2015! I spent over 50 hours on casting, promoting and audio production and so far it's coming along great! 
I even did some paintings:
   
And commissioned :icontoxodentrail: to compose an overture for the webcomic series.
So if you combine all the additional contributions I'd clock over 70 hours of work. It's been a labour of love being a fan, and I wouldn't have it any other way. In fact, this experience wouldn't have been possible without :icondreamkeepers:'s recommendation on Twitter many months ago. 8-)
Anyways just a reminder - I plan to get the movie complete sometime in February, which is next month - gee the year is coming along quick! Right now I'm waiting up on :icontdcpresents: & :iconkobb: to have the HIGH RES images fo
Beyond the Western Deep -A Dark Storm Draws Near:star: Beyond the Western Deep -A Dark Storm Draws Near
It's been a while since I made an official update of this project! Just got back from an amazing vacation to North America and I'm ready to get back into the game to finish this off once and for all! 
I aim to have this complete by June. Spread the word of this awesome web-comic series that is Beyond the Western Deep by Alex Kain (aka :icontdcpresents:) and Rachel Bennett (aka :iconKobb:).
Enjoy the stellar performances of:
FunFamilyGame as BEVAN
Darkspeeds as HARDIN
YamatoGuru as ASHTOR
TheTigerwolf55 as QUINLAN
Fairfieldfencer as KENOSH
Wolfblade93 as DAKKAN
Darkspeeds & Kovabomb as CANID SOLDIERS

We're getting close!! BtWD movie premiere night!:star: Watch me swing a Sword like Ashworth!

Go to my deviantART front-page, scroll down a little and look to the left - there you can play my video tweets! 
Swinging a sword is liberating and a great way to stay in shape! Also it is a nice way to inspire yourself if you got a character in a story that is enchanted by the sword. Get inspired everyone! ;)

Or you can use the following links:
https://twitter.com/Darkspeeds/status/736411138028539905
https://twitter.com/Darkspeeds/status/736408084252221441
https://twitter.com/Darkspeeds/status/736412054379061248
https://twitter.com/Darkspeeds/status/736418286158503937
:star: I can't believe it...
This video link says it all...
One hour and ten minutes in total... My longest 'The Movie' and comic drama to date. This is surreal. Can't sleep, I'm getting an adrenaline
Beyond the Western Deep: The Movie:star: Beyond the Western Deep: The Movie - The Aftermath
These past few days have been fantastic - the feedback I got of the project was amazing. So I thank to all of you who have shared their feedback on the production qualities, the cast performances and overall reaction after watching it completely.
I got three more videos to share - I highly recommend you check out the interview (Part 2 vid) and also the "One Last Hoo-Hah!" video.
Enjoy and get inspired people!


Beyond the Western Deep: The Movie CHATROOM! (Part 02 - Interview with Cast and Creators!)
Beyond the Western Deep: The Movie CHATROOM! (Part 01: Pre Meet-up)
:star: Beyond the Western Deep: The Movie

:star: LIVE-STREAMING NOW!! X3 Come join us!
Click on this link and go to the LIVESTREAM link to start chatting with us and listen to us! On

Medieval-Jam banner DEC2016 by darkspeeds


Join us this SUNDAY (8th JAN 2017) on Picarto, 11am PST!



[Click here for information on how to be part of the workshop and how to become an active guest!]



Medieval-Jam! Session #5 happenin' in 18hrs time! Featuring guest artists :iconchichapie: :iconkuurion: :iconantonrus: :iconchrissketch28: and more! Come join us in the chat room when the session starts. Be sure to bring in a sketch book and pen - or even your tablet - and let's improve on our gesture drawings together! ;)


2 x 10 minute Illustrations


Edenspell - Pond by darkspeeds 

:iconchichapie:
Jerome01 by darkspeeds

:iconkuurion:
Ryan01 by darkspeeds

:iconantonrus:
Anko01 by darkspeeds

:iconchrissketch28:
Chris01 by darkspeeds

:icondarkspeeds:
Elson01 by darkspeeds


Session5-b by darkspeeds


:iconchichapie:
Jerome02 by darkspeeds

:iconkuurion:
Ryan02 by darkspeeds

:iconantonrus:
Anko02 by darkspeeds

:iconchrissketch28:
Chris02 by darkspeeds

:icondarkspeeds:
Elson02 by darkspeeds


30 minute Illustration


Session5-c by darkspeeds

:iconchichapie:
Jerome03 by darkspeeds

:iconkuurion:
Chris03 by darkspeeds

:iconchrissketch28: 

Ryan03 by darkspeeds

:icondarkspeeds: 
Elson03 by darkspeeds
Medieval-Jam banner DEC2016 by darkspeeds


That was another awesome get-together with keen and dedicated artists of all levels. We have one thing to in common - to improve in our illustration work! And what better way than to host a workshop and build up on our fundamentals of figurative drawing and gestures!


Join us again next SUNDAY (8th JAN 2017) on Picarto, 11am PST!



See you then and let's aim to build up on our illustration mileage! ;) (Wink)


[Click here for information on how to be part of the workshop and how to become an active guest!]



20 minute warm-up (via Croqui Cafe)



:iconkuurion:
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:iconchrissketch28:
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:iconchichapie: 
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^fb9364c34524649c95564ef3d9fddbc83800187f99455c02b by darkspeeds

:icondarkspeeds:
Watercolor28b by darkspeeds


2 x 10 minute illustrations


Priestess   6 by mjranum stock by darkspeeds Sophia By Bellemortesorcha-d9fqa7z by darkspeeds

:iconkuurion:
^9fa1cbdc3c0a9d4c89cc1c592bdf36621114982aaccb70fd0 by darkspeeds^16f80f785a7319112e7440df3dc7f65398f4c949dea5c9dcc by darkspeeds

:iconantonrus:
Untitled-1 by darkspeeds^fa9d1b700aa5a375106472fda54e5c11fc170c13eff1ffedc by darkspeeds

:iconchrissketch28:
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:iconchichapie: 
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:icondarkspeeds:
Watercolor28d1 by darkspeedsWatercolor28d2 by darkspeeds


30 minute illustration


Horseback Archer 19 By Syccas Stock-d51jun3 by darkspeeds

:iconkuurion:
^5cc00042dcb8c5c4d850e13014bd6660159d7218842a0bc57 by darkspeeds


:iconantonrus:
^bbd9ce88aa07c5b99e83edb0fba5832b45b7d91bb57f98869 by darkspeeds
:iconchrissketch28:
^3544e0e404dcb26c0a1505f92c8bf8422cb285a77613e1d7e by darkspeeds

:iconchichapie: 
^182ca0c31db48d65a1b63abae52ba31b6d1cc4b758a8d9405 by darkspeeds

:icondarkspeeds:
Watercolor28e by darkspeeds
Watercolor26a by darkspeeds
Watercolor26c by darkspeeds
Watercolor26e by darkspeeds
Watercolor26d by darkspeeds
Edenspell - At Dusk by darkspeeds
Just so you know, for those who are keen on seeing regular updates from me all you gotta do is follow me on Twitter

You can go to the front page of my deviantART, scroll down for a bit and find the Twitter section - then click [Follow (@)Darkspeeds]. Make sure you got a Twitter account so that I can reply back to you. 

I rarely post on deviantART nowadays - however I will be utilising the journal posts to make announcements of events and such.

So catch me on Twitter or alternatively you can click on the [Follow :heart:] button on my PICARTO channel to get instant notifications on my livestreams. I've been doing livestreams on a regular and this is an opportunity for you guys and gals to catch up with me in person - ask away any questions and discuss about stuff! If you're lucky I'll get you in and chat with me live! 

Keep in touch and here's to a Happy New Year to you all coming real soon! 8-)
Medieval-Jam banner DEC2016 by darkspeeds


Time for another workshop to work on gestures and dynamic poses of the medieval kind.


Join :iconchichapie: :iconjerijune: and myself as we guide you through a live workshop covering 25 minutes worth of warm-ups,
2 x 10 minute sketches and a final 30 minute custom drawing of your choice based on the given pose.


If you have join us for the session offline AND completed your 30 minute drawing be sure to tag darkspeeds on Twitter and I'll retweet your work AND share it on the next deviantART journal update!


Join us on Picarto, 10am PST!



See you then and let's aim to build up on our illustration mileage! ;) (Wink)


[Click here for information on how to be part of the workshop and how to become an active guest!]




Star! Medieval-Jam! Session #3 (Post workout)


Another lovely session we had this week! We had a lot of guests joining us at in the chatroom - the usual regulars and also alot of you guys and gals came from the Beyond the Western Deep community! We even had the writer of the series :icontdcpresents: join us with fellow Salmon Party goers as I was sketchin' characters from the series for the remainder of the session! Hope to have your company again next week!


20 minute warm-up (via Croqui Cafe)


:iconelisebellatrix:
Isabel 01 by darkspeeds
Isabel 02 by darkspeeds
Isabel 03 by darkspeeds

:icondarkspeeds:
Elson01b by darkspeedsElson01 by darkspeeds


2 x 10 minute illustrations


Forest Maiden   Stock Model Reference 41 By Faesto by darkspeedsRoyal Red   6 By Mjranum Stock by darkspeeds

:iconelisebellatrix:

Isabel 04 by darkspeeds

:icondarkspeeds:
Elson02 by darkspeeds

:iconchichapie: 
Jerome 02 by darkspeeds

30 minute illustration


Dori Warrior 1a By Jagged Eye-d707c9d by darkspeeds

:iconelisebellatrix:
Isabel 05 by darkspeeds

:icondarkspeeds:
Elson03 by darkspeeds

:iconchichapie: 
Jerome 03 by darkspeeds


We're going to be doing another one next week so come join us once again! I do believe that :iconchichapie: :iconkuurion: and :iconlimro: will be joining us again as active-guests (usually hosting a max of 3 of them at any one time). Register your interest still (via Twitter or deviantART) so that I can compile a list and in case certain regulars could not attend can join in the next one ~ first come, first serve basis. 

Medieval-Jam banner DEC2016 by darkspeeds


Time for another workshop to work on gestures and dynamic poses of the medieval kind.


Join :iconchichapie: :iconkuurion: and :iconlimro: and myself as we guide you through a live workshop covering 25 minutes worth of warm-ups,
2 x 10 minute sketches and a final 30 minute custom drawing of your choice based on the given pose.


If you have join us for the session offline AND completed your 30 minute drawing be sure to tag darkspeeds on Twitter and I'll retweet your work AND share it on the next deviantART journal update!


Join us on Picarto, 10am PST!



See you then and let's aim to build up on our illustration mileage! ;)


[Click here for information on how to be part of the workshop and how to become an active guest!]




:star: Medieval-Jam! Session #2 (Post workout)


Once again I had the pleasure of learning and admiring artwork from both my active guests and artists who joined us for the livestream last night. Thank you for your patience and for your participation! Come browse through below for the comparisons, you may learn something invaluable based on the way we apply our strokes and how many we use to complete each exercise! 


20 minute warm-up (via Croqui Cafe)


:iconchichapie: 
Jerome01 by darkspeedsJerome02 by darkspeeds

:iconkuurion: 
2GdB8mh5 by darkspeeds

:iconlimro:
Limroto1 by darkspeeds

:icondarkspeeds:
Elson01 by darkspeedsElson02a by darkspeeds


2 x 10 minute illustrations


1 by darkspeeds 2 by darkspeeds


:iconchichapie: 
Jerome03 by darkspeedsJerome04 by darkspeeds

:iconkuurion: 
Kuurion02 by darkspeeds
Kuurion03 by darkspeeds

:iconlimro:
Limroto1b by darkspeeds

:icondarkspeeds:
Elson02 by darkspeeds


30 minute illustration


3 by darkspeeds

:iconchichapie: 
Jerome05 by darkspeeds

:iconkuurion: 
Kuurion04 by darkspeeds

:iconlimro: 
Limroto2 by darkspeeds

:icondarkspeeds:
Elson03 by darkspeeds


We're going to be doing another one next week so come join us once again! I do believe that :iconchichapie: :iconkuurion: and :iconlimro: will be joining us again as active-guests (usually hosting a max of 3 of them at any one time). Register your interest still (via Twitter or deviantART) so that I can compile a list and in case certain regulars could not attend can join in the next one ~ first come, first serve basis. 

Two more things to point out - Drawing Faces for tonight will be cancelled as I have some personal errands to run at the time. I'll try to include this program for next week!

Finally I'm in the middle of creating one more workshop to run on a weekly basis as part of everyday practice for artists. I'm interested in working on COLOR and LIGHT application on comics and painting (portraits/landscapes) in general. But I still haven't figured out how to compile something useful and relevant within the 1.5 hr workshop just yet! Watch this space for an update on the new program coming soon!

Jam2 by darkspeeds



I want to thank :iconlimro: :iconscottfraser: for joining me as active guests for this workshop, we had a fun time drawing these. I would also like to thank the people who joined us offline in the Picarto chatroom - and drew along with us! 

We used the QUICKPOSE site for the first part of the exercise - 10 x 2 min sketches of faces for a warm up.

:iconlimro:

Limroto Face01 by darkspeeds

:iconscottfraser:

Scotty01 by darkspeeds
:icondarkspeeds:

Elson Face01 by darkspeeds

Next we used these faces as references for the next exercise. Using the same angle from the models we had to draw 4 expressions - MAD, SURPRISED, HAPPY and SAD. On top of that we were forced to replace those models with another character (OCs or existing). We only had 5 minutes each. This is what came out of it.

:iconlimro:

Limroto Face02 by darkspeeds

:iconscottfraser:

Scotty02 by darkspeeds

:icondarkspeeds:

Elson Face02 by darkspeeds

And finally we ended up with a 20 minute portrait - focusing all of our energy in capturing the essence of the portrait with the given time. Values were to be established.

This was the model we had to replicate:

Combined2 by darkspeeds


:iconlimro:

Limroto Face03 by darkspeeds

:iconscottfraser:

Scotty03 by darkspeeds

:icondarkspeeds:

Elson Face03 by darkspeeds


And that's it! Another opportunity to practice on drawing faces under pressure. 

For your information next SUNDAY, 17th DEC 2016, 10am PST, I'll be hosting the next session of Medieval-Jam! I can confirm that :iconchichapie: and :iconkuurion: will be joining me as active guests so there is much to look forward to!

As for Drawing Faces for next Monday, if you are keen on becoming an active guest then PM me on deviantART or Twitter - serious artists only (make sure you have good internet connection, a decent mic and webcam)! I will finalise the decision on whether you get picked or not. No exceptions.

Good luck and I'm looking forward to your participation!

Jam2 by darkspeeds


Last night's workshop on gesture drawing and dynamic poses was a success!

As part of next year's weekly ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP program here's the next one that I feel is an important area to touch base on: Drawing Faces!
In a Fine Arts sense, it is considered as portrait drawing where the artist is able to replicate the life-likeness of a person's facial details and expression.

The face is one of the most expressive parts of the body, so it pays well to excel in this area especially in character/concept design and making comics.


Star! This is how it's going to work (follow these instructions to join!)



STEP 01: I'll be using my PICARTO CHANNEL to host the session. Click here and use this browser to look into what we'll be drawing each timed interval.

STEP 02
: You can also join in the session as an active participant by chatting and drawing with me LIVE on my Picarto Channel. I will be making an announcement via Twitter and confirm our special guests to join privately via exclusive Google Hangout link.

It is important that your MUTE my Picarto Channel if you're joining us live to avoid having two audio outputs - hence create that inconvenient (and annoying) 'echo' effect. 

Also if you are joining us live please be respectful of one another. Feel free to interject your thoughts as we're drawing live but be mindful that you'll be on your own to make the most out of the session till we have our BREAK intervals to discuss on feedback and sharing tips. Also you are not obligated to join us live! You are more than welcome to draw without having to have your presence live! When you're confident to engage just click on the Google Hangout link above!

STEP 03: Make sure you have a sketchbook ready and a pencil/pen! If your'e using your computer you are encouraged to use your digital tablet or Cintiq/tablet monitor! Be sure to also have water and a snack with you as we'll be drawing and concentrating for a full hour.

STEP 04: Have fun! Enjoy it as if we're in class, just like when I had my figure drawing classes back in the Academy of Art University days - that is the atmosphere I'm trying to replicate here. If all goes well we can make this a regular scheduled thing! I aim to do one of these a week for the new year of 2017! 


Star! The Program


We start our session with quick formal introductions and such. This should take 5 minutes, give or take. Then we dig right into warm ups of 10 x 2 min sketches of random faces. This warm up exercise takes 20 minutes. 

We then take a 5 minute break (toilet break, snack, stretch etc).

Next I'll be selecting 4 random faces from my archive as well as 4 random facial expressions to replicate. I'll be using the Facial Expressions Buddy Sheet as a guide as seen below. 

Facial Expressions Buddy Sheet for comics/cartoons by darkspeeds

This is how the screen will look like for this part of the exercise.

Untitled-12 by darkspeeds

From here we got a total of 5 minutes to spare for each expression type. The other aspect of this exercise is that you get to customise the portrait by replacing it with a character of your choosing. In other words you don't have to draw the live model you see on screen. So let's say we do the senior above as an example, I will go for a drawing of my character ASHWORTH looking 'SURPRISED' drawn from the FACIAL ANGLE of the model (which is a profile shot). Hope that makes sense!

We then break again for a few minutes or so before we move onto the final exercise - a fully rendered portrait in 20 minutes (to the best of your ability).
The portrait will be pre-selected from the archive. You must draw from the photo of the model provided. You can do this digitally or traditionally but it MUST have value. If you are confident go for colour. 


Hope you can join me for the first ever session of Drawing Faces! See you there. 

Medieval-Jam banner DEC2016 by darkspeeds



Success! Woo! And what a lovely session that was! I think keeping it to a max of 4 online-live participants will be a good limit to set for each session.

This week's participants included:

:iconlimro: :iconjerijune: :iconchichapie: and :iconkuurion:


This week we studied from this episode of Croquis Cafe for nude/figure drawings. A combination of 5 x 1 min, 4 x 2 min and 1 x 5 min poses.



:iconlimro: 

figdraw Limroto01 1min by darkspeeds
figdraw Limroto02 2min by darkspeeds

:iconjerijune:

figdraw Jerijune01 1min+2min by darkspeeds

:icondarkspeeds:

figdraw Darkspeeds01 1min+2min by darkspeeds

:iconchichapie:

figdraw Jerome Jacinto01 1min by darkspeeds
figdraw Jerome Jacinto02 2min by darkspeeds


5 min sketches


Barbarian Warrior J   3 By Mjranum Stock by darkspeeds F1166a38576a48b3f1f37fecfaeda8cf by darkspeeds
Duell 7 By Syccas Stock-d4mrsmr by darkspeeds

Nobleman Stock Iv By Phelandavion-d6rfw9q by darkspeeds


:iconlimro: 

figdraw Limroto03a 5min by darkspeeds
figdraw Limroto03b 5min by darkspeeds

:iconjerijune:

figdraw Jerijune03a 5min by darkspeeds figdraw Jerijune03b 5min by darkspeeds

:icondarkspeeds:

figdraw Darkspeeds03 5min by darkspeeds

:iconchichapie:

figdraw Jerome Jacinto03 5min by darkspeeds

:iconkuurion:

figdraw Kuuribro03 5min by darkspeeds figdraw Kuuribro03a 5min by darkspeeds
figdraw Kuuribro03b 5min by darkspeeds


and finally...

20 min sketch


Final Shot   Drawing Reference By Senshistock-d5m9 by darkspeeds

:iconlimro: 

figdraw Limroto04 20min by darkspeeds

:iconjerijune:

figdraw Jerijune04 20min by darkspeeds

:icondarkspeeds:

figdraw Darkspeeds04 20min by darkspeeds

:iconchichapie:

figdraw Jerome Jacinto04 20min by darkspeeds

:iconkuurion:

figdraw Kuuribro04 20min by darkspeeds


I love how everyone had their unique approach to each of the exercises - not one illustration looked the same. Great job guys!


I hope to do one of these every week! I will try to aim for one every Sunday but if I'm working a shift that day I may switch it up to Saturday/Monday.

Thanks once again to my special guests and to all of the people in chatroom who also join us offline the Google Hangout! Your positive feedback was very much appreciated too!

For more information on this initiative check out the journal post below. See you next Sunday! 

Medieval-Jam! Live Figure-Drawing SUNDAYS 10am PST

"You'll never improve your game if you don't put in the hours"

That is true in the art world, it's really about getting your foundations right and building up on the mileage you put into your illustrations. I remember this when I was study in The Academy of Art University in San Francisco back in 2013. One of the best things I've done in my life.
I miss going to class where we get to draw live in a class full of eager and talented artists. The live models were a delight to draw, we had the choice of nude or clothed. It was a very raw experience, one that you will remember for the rest of your life.
We're moving onto 2017 next and I feel that at this point in my life I'm going to try to up my art game and also attempt to engage with the online community a little more.
I'm going to test out this initiative in which I'll call for now - MEDIEVAL JAM!

:star: This is how it's going to work (follow these instructions t

Medieval-Jam banner DEC2016 by darkspeeds



"You'll never improve your game if you don't put in the hours"


That is true in the art world, it's really about getting your foundations right and building up on the mileage you put into your illustrations. I remember this when I was study in The Academy of Art University in San Francisco back in 2013. One of the best things I've done in my life.

I miss going to class where we get to draw live in a class full of eager and talented artists. The live models were a delight to draw, we had the choice of nude or clothed. It was a very raw experience, one that you will remember for the rest of your life.

We're moving onto 2017 next and I feel that at this point in my life I'm going to try to up my art game and also attempt to engage with the online community a little more.

I'm going to test out this initiative in which I'll call for now - MEDIEVAL JAM!


:star: This is how it's going to work (follow these instructions to join!)


STEP 01: I'll be using my PICARTO CHANNEL to host the session. Click here and use this browser to look into what we'll be drawing each timed interval.

STEP 02
: You can also join in the session as an active participant by chatting and drawing with me LIVE on my Picarto Channel. I will be making an announcement via Twitter and confirm our special guests to join privately via exclusive Google Hangout link.  

It is important that your MUTE my Picarto Channel if you're joining us live to avoid having two audio outputs - hence create that inconvenient (and annoying) 'echo' effect. 

Also if you are joining us live please be respectful of one another. Feel free to interject your thoughts as we're drawing live but be mindful that you'll be on your own to make the most out of the session till we have our BREAK intervals to discuss on feedback and sharing tips. Also you are not obligated to join us live! You are more than welcome to draw without having to have your presence live! When you're confident to engage just click on the Google Hangout link above!

STEP 03: Make sure you have a sketchbook ready and a pencil/pen! If your'e using your computer you are encouraged to use your digital tablet or Cintiq/tablet monitor! Be sure to also have water and a snack with you as we'll be drawing and concentrating for a full hour.

STEP 04: Have fun! Enjoy it as if we're in class, just like when I had my figure drawing classes back in the Academy of Art University days - that is the atmosphere I'm trying to replicate here. If all goes well we can make this a regular scheduled thing! I aim to do one of these a week for the new year of 2017! 


:star: The Program


We start our session with quick formal introductions and such. This should take 5 minutes, give or take. Then we dig right into the first (and very important) exercise. The Classic nude/figure drawing session!

This will vary from time to time but I will be utilising either of these channels for each session.

Croquis Cafe  (sample below)




New Masters Academy  (sample below)




The session can range from 30-40 minutes. We get to draw nude figures and listen to some relaxing illustration music - usually classical/bossa nova/slow jazz stuff!

We then take a 5 minute break (toilet break, snack, stretch etc).

Next we dig right into my own custom session of Medieval/Fantasy inspired figure drawings!

I have gathered an archive of professional/amateur models for poses that fit the above category. They contain both nude and clothed, but mostly clothed.  I will slowly be adding more in future but for this exercise I'll be hand picking 4 poses from the collection and we'll be sketching these at 5 minutes per pose with a 30 second break in between to catch a breather.


Untitled-1 by darkspeeds 


We'll be using a LIVE timer. This is how it looks like:

Untitled-2 by darkspeeds

Keep in mind you DO NOT have to draw exactly what you see! Use the poses as a guideline. You can visually imagine and draw your own original characters and have them clothed accordingly to the image we'll be studying!

Last but not least, once we've done all four we will be taking a one minute break before moving into the finale: A FULL TWENTY-MINUTE ILLUSTRATION!

This is where I strongly encourage you to customise with a character from your own comic series/concept art! 
During this medieval/fantasy inspired session I'll also be the DJ, playing a customised playlist - I'll do my best to keep it engaging!

This is how the screen will look like when we're drawing from my Picarto channel.


Untitled-3 by darkspeeds


At the end of the session you should end up on your sketchbook/digital file with:

30-40 minutes of nude/figure drawings (minimal 10 drawings), 4 x 5 min quick drawings of medieval/fantasy inspired characters and one 20 min detailed drawing. 

Furthermore I'll be posting my drawings on the respective journal AND you are more than welcome to send your drawings to me to be presented alongside for comparison!

Hope you can join me for the first session! Speak soon!