Hi there! This is a new experiment Mr.Craig is going to try as an even easier way of bringing you examples of student work and to keep his image set organized and useful. Let me know if you are using it, if you find any problems or dead links and if there is anything you would like to see!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Post Apocalypse Character Design Sheet

Character Design Sheet – Please submit by email to nccart@gmail.com

1.      1.  Describe the setting into which this character fits. Include at least 10 images from your Visual reference file. 2 of the 10 images must be photos of your own transportation/habitation project and your  landscape (or alternate where discussed) portions of the project. Any other projects or designs you have that relate may be included in this image file as well.

2.       2. Who is your character? What is their story? Are they representative of the world in general or are they a particular exception? Explain.

3.      3.  What are the defining visual Characteristics of the Character – how do they support/connect to the above story?

4.       4. What equipment/costuming/additional details help to reinforce your context/characterization?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Step by Step Digital Art (step 6 THE FINAL STEP!)

Tyrion Lannister snow.jpg 
At this stage, I added detail to his fur coat, and shirt, and also using a spray tool to give the illusion of snow. I focused most of the snow build up on his head and shoulders as that's where the snow would naturally fall and build up.  
Tyrion Lannister complete.jpg
This is the finished painting, and the last detail that I added was a little bit of fog coming out of his nose and mouth, because I wanted to give the allusion of it being cold outside. I also added just a bit more snow to the picture to add the finishing touch. 

That's it! the final painting is all done!

Happy painting! :)  

Step by Step Digital Art (step 5)

Tyrion Lannister scruff.jpg 
In this stage I added the strands of hair and his stubble, while adding more highlights and shadows to his face. A good tip when painting hair is to not have it all go one way, as hair naturally falls in different ways and sometimes in clumps. (Looking back on it now, I shouldn't have added all those strands because his hair will eventually end up looking straw-like with all the different highlights going in different directions. 

Also, when I went and painted his stubble/facial hair I used a different tool, the spray tool to get my desired effect. Using the spray brush, it gave the opportunity to generally give him shadow, where his beard would be. Instead of drawing each individual hair on his face, I sprayed his jawline and mouth area so I wouldn't have to tediously spend my time painting his facial hair.


Step by Step Digital Art (step 4)

Tyrion Lannister base done.jpg 
It's a big jump from the previous step, but I fixed his eyes once I had all the colors laid out on the canvas. This is what I meant by generally laying color on the canvas, there's little to no detail but it gives you an idea of what colors you should be painting with, and at this stage you can also pick your background color (I chose a grey blue to go with the color scheme of what he's wearing). In the next step, we are going to be adding the shadows, highlights and detail such as strands of hair. 

This is a good time to adjust anything you don't like (I changed his eyes as I said previously, as I wanted him to look more stern). 

Step by Step Digital Art (step 3)

Adding another layer, I began to paint his skin, clothes etc. It's not a very good picture of the progress I've made but it shows how I began painting.I generally started to paint the area around his eye, using little to no detail just to map out where the color is and what colors should be where (for example, the skin under his eye is a darker shade than his cheeks from where the shadows sit). You could also make another layer as you start painting, but this is just an option, you don't have to make another layer if you don't want to. (A good trick to digital art is to flip your canvas, it may sound strange but it helps you see your painting from a different perspective and can help you find anything you want to fix.)
Tyrion Lannister.jpg

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Step by Step Digital Art (step 2)

The next step on our list of things to draw is the shading and some detail. This step in a nutshell is to help you later to know where to paint your shadows later on, and is used as a template. I still used the same brush as in the previous step, as I felt no need to change the brush. I added some detail in his hair to understand where the hair naturally would fall. When adding the shadows, I made a new layer so if I need to erase a shadow, I don't erase the whole image.

I also added the shadows of where his stubble/beard would be so I can add some shadow on his chin and jawline. At this stage you can also fix any facial structure issues (nose for example) if you need to or adjusting the eyes.
Tyrion Lannister shadows.jpg

Step by Step Digital Art (step 1)

Now, to start off with your digital drawing you might want to start up the laptop and graphic tablet and get everything up and running. Next when everything's powered on, open up your paint program and a blank canvas should pop up when everything's done loading. Next, make a new layer so you can actually draw on your canvas (at this point you should know if your tablet needs to be calibrated if the brush is drawing strangely, also if you're left handed).

Getting on to the actual drawing, you should start by picking a brush from the tools you have at your disposal, I picked the mechanical pencil and used a dark grey color so I could roughly sketch out what I want to draw. In this case I chose to draw Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones as he's one of my favorite characters and an interesting person to draw.
 Tyrion Lannister rough sketch.jpg
So, roughly sketching out his face, I generally drew his facial features with little to no detail in the picture, but just enough to give me the general idea of where everything would be (for example his eyes, nose etc). The nice thing about digital drawing/painting is that you can use the 'undo' button when you make a mistake or mess up, instead of having to erase everything.

Sadly, you can't see where I drew the circles that map out the basic shapes of his face as I forgot to add in that part when making this tutorial. I also didn't bother to draw in each individual hair as that would take to long and would also be kind of pointless as later on, we're going to add that in. Net, we move on to some shading and small detail.