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This is some of the work I've been doing for the new sketch card company called Sketchlords. They specialize in original sketchcard art.

Out of the characters, Lotus, Symattra and Nyra are my creations. I have a couple other characters in the set, and will be showing more art from this project next month.

These were all done using real media. Of which almost never scan decently due to the bright florescent tones going on. The originals always look way better in person. The scanning gods just don't seems to care for me I think.
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Nice.
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NachoMon Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
Love the style and the power these sketches have!
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Revix Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A THENKE U WAD WIN THE RIFT COMPETITION WITHE THE GRIVER CARACTER FOR SHORE [link]
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stussyman Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
The cards look awesome. Make me wish i still had my Brawl decks. :(
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HanieMohd Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
What medium do you use for these, if you don't me asking?
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RyanKinnaird Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
For the black line I use Stadler pigma Pens (I use those for all my inking actually). For the colors I used a combination of Faber-Castell markers, and Prisma watercolor pencils.

I have a really really light flesh tone marker that I use to put in shadow areas first. I will blend a skin tone colored pencil color into that, making sure not to put down too much lead over the places where I have marker. The marker allows me to still put other color pencil for shadow tones (like grey or brown) with greater ease and control, as too much of the colored pencils wax causes the 'tooth" of the paper to dissipate.

I need to get me a couple of light grey markers as that would help speed up the shadow tones.

What are you using to create your cards? You get some great mileage out of whatever it is.
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HanieMohd Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
I love how vivid your watercolour pencils looks, and how you are able to distinctly make out light, shadows and contour using it (I guess laying out the shadow area with marker beforehand really works :). My experiment with colour pencils unfortunately always turn out pale and washed out (i think i need to be less cautious and just go for it XD)

I use the Japanese uniPin Fine Line pens for inkings, sometimes paired with Zebra brush pen. Sometimes I also use Idena Fineliner colour felt tips to ink artworks when I feel that subtle coloured outlines will work best in that particular compostion.

For colours I used Copic markers, combined with this cheap Korean markers I found in a local art store (its label says Master Art. It's actually kinda crappy but I don't wanna waste it so I ended up using it to blend out the Copics XD)
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RyanKinnaird Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
Well, how I start is laying down the lightest tone of watercolor marker I have. Basically blocking in shadows like doing a animation cell. Next I'll lay down some colored pencil, lightening the pressure/tones as I work closer to the highlight area. The big trick is to try and not contaminate the highlight areas, letting the white do it's highlighting job. For further work on the shadows I'll add some grays to them. Grey is a tone that you can apply to almost any area, and get some decent shadows that aren't harsh to the eye. I find it helps to have a similar color in every tone to help it seem like everything is being lit by the same light source.

Seems like you use a lot of similar stuff like pigma pens. Whats funny about the fact that you got some crappy markers, one day at the store I picked up some good ol' crayola markers just to see what kind of use I could get out of them. After experimentation I found out that their just too eye gougingly bright and florescent. Obviously for the kids and their crafts. I'm sure even the crappies korean marker is better that the stuff that litters the stores here (it's all kids crafts stuff).

Getting some fine tip markers would be a great idea though. I like the mileage you get out of them. For digital works I change the lines to colors a lot. Leaving black for defining edges only. The effect is quite nice on actual art. My skills with real media are so minimal though really that everything is a new learning process. Curse you photoshop for being so sexy! :)
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HanieMohd Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much for the awesome tips! Can't wait to try it out soon (and maybe post it up if it's not too dinky..heheh).

Oh man, I get you on the kiddy craft stuff though. The thing is that I was lucky because the place where I used to work (and pick most of these art supplies from) is near an art college, so there's quite a hefty amount of useable stuff because the shop caters to art students (at pretty good prices too!). But any normal stationary stores in the suburbs here will carry pretty crappy stuff (e.g of the overbearingly bright crayola variety you mentioned ;)). I recently moved to a smaller town and it took me ages to look for simple mounting boards! I may have to actually buy art supplies online >.<

and yes, coloured fine tip markers are wonderful for line works (though sometimes they tend to bleed on paper/card stock a bit but nothing major that can't be touched up). It's like colouring in the lineart in digital works (as you've mentioned and have done to wonderful effects in your digital colouring) - people might not realize it but it gives a nice overall look to the finished artwork, and makes the colours look even better.. I think :)

You're doing pretty good in real media so far though (heck I'm taking tips from you ;)) and totally kick butt when it comes to digital works.. so hey, being seduced by Photoshop ain't a bad thing at all XD
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illahstrait Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
I think all your work looks awesome Ryan.
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ElainePerna Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous cards!!! :dance:
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tonyperna Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful cards Ryan. :)
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wildpegasus13 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
While all of these are super cool, I think Deep Freeze is my favorite. Dynamic pose with real depth with the foreshortening.
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BezerroBizarro Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice sketches!
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Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
Nice pic. ^__^
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CaptainGenius Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
How you doin Deep Freeze?
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rongs1234 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
awesome stuff, i love the coloring
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Mongoose9634 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
lools like tons of fun
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bpisek Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
These look very cool Ryan, and I'm sure they look gorgeous up close and in person. Flesh tones ( yellows and orange-reds ) never look as they should when scanned, a digital camera is much closer.

Say, I went to Sketchlords website and only get a glowing "7". Is the site under construction?
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RyanKinnaird Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
I think they are still putting it together. The first set of cards they're doing will be out Dec, so the site should have more info and whatnot around then.
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bpisek Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool. Looking forward to seeing their website. The best of luck
with your series.:)
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bloodfoxtrue Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
make sure to give us an update on tht ;)
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WickedDawnCD Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ryan your my hero
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KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
Very cool work!
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AenTheArtist Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool! Is that color pencil?
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RyanKinnaird Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
Color pencil, plus watercolor markers.
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digitalkami Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
I absolutely love the way you shade for lighting. Beautiful work. Can't wait for more.
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Axebone Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Artist
These look great, Ryan! I had a LOT of fun working on this set...:) And, I hope you like what I did with your characters....!!
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RyanKinnaird Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
Cool, looking forward to seeing them :) (and everyone elses for that matter)
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aurielus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
just copy the bg in ps and multiply... it should look like the original work...
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jactinglim Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
great colors
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