Saturday, 27 June 2015

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Done!

Wow! A whole month without posting! But I did post WIP's to my Patreon page ;)

I've been a little busy, doing various commissions and giving classes. And I suddenly decided to finish a prototype of the cards for the day where I went to see Alice Cooper again. Last Sunday.

I made a super deluxe box too. I just love making boxes!




Here are all the cards laid out on the table


And the making of the box


The "passing" of the cards didn't happen. I was supposed to give them to a crew member. But it will happen eventually. I am glad I finally managed to give a gift to my favourite musician after 25 years of fandom. In fact without him I don't know if/how I'd be making art in the first place so this is the least I can do.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Meet the band

Here are all the cards for the current band, playing with Alice Cooper. And a few "extras",  scenes played by the crew.



Follow this project and others on my Patreon page (link in the menu to the left) most posts are public (free) but they will appear there first.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Concept sketches

The other day I watched Thor and the first Avengers film. I kind of wanted to see what the hype was all about.
All in all I can't really see the point, there is almost no plot as usual but it's pretty. I simply gave up on films these days they are either bland or way too gritty for me.

But one thing I enjoy is to watch the designs and the backgrounds. Great work in these films I must say. Thinking about it I missed the fact that Odin didn't have his Ravens Hugin and Munin. Of course I went into that mode (you know when you can't sleep all night because your brain is busy?) and figured that the ravens would be able to shape shift from a regular raven into a sort of guard like figure. On my way to a convention I sketched a few ideas in the train. Then turned them into a more finished drawing.





 You can follow these processes early on my Patreon page too, only the WIP's are fore patrons only the rest is all public.




Tuesday, 12 May 2015

More cards

A couple more fan cards


See them all first on my Patreon page. (link to the left)

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Patreon

I made a Patreon page.

What is Patreon?
I find it's a great place to discover artists and talk about art, much more focused than other forums. At least for now.

I initially joined to give something back to some people who's work I liked and who did most of their work online. One example is Petra Nordlund aka Leppu. I really adore her comic and I've followed it since she first started posting it on deviantArt. I was in fact even following her before she started Prague Race.

She's a student and doesn't have the luxury to devote so much time to a personal project, and for years this wasn't necessarily going to be published. If it ever does I'll be among the first to buy the book! Meanwhile I can give her a small something monthly and hope she can devote more time to this idea.

Another example is Tracy J. Butler. Her "Lackadaisy" story is so incredibly good. Here too I've followed this for several years and bought volume one of Lackadaisy. Tracy is older than Petra and had a full time job as a game designer. Her huge following made it possible for her Patreon page to literally explode and actually permit her to quit her job and work on her books full time.

Not only is this great for her, but it also make a huge difference on the quality of the comic. It was already really incredibly good (I am envious of her skills in drawing expressive animals). But the latest pages are mind blowingly good. People tend to think that illustration is just a hobby that you can do on the side. Well, it can be, but not if you care about quality, it's a full time job and then some.

Now it is perfectly possible to follow an artist on Patreon and not pay a thing that's all up to you. I will show the same things there as I show or on other platforms, just a little earlier. And I will show more WIP's there (for patrons). Stuff that I think would bore a lot of people if they are not really into art and how it's made.

Here's a small sample:





I often do these backgrounds to paint other things on them. And sometimes I just keep them as they are. These are 50 X 70 cm

So, you can keep reading this blog you won't miss out. And you can follow me on Patreon and chat there. And if you are really keen you can even pay some patronage, for which I would be very greateful. I'm not expecting a lot of results, but if I can pay part of my expenses it would already be a huge help.

Thanks for reading me!

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Cards so far

Since I had to re-draw most of them it's a bit slow going, but I am starting to find a rhythm and a general style to tie them all up. Some of the older ones will have to be re-worked slightly and adapted to what I think will be the final graphic style.

I can't thank all my fellow fans enough for letting me use their photos, I love this little community, always there to help. I'll post a list of all of them once I am done, but you can see some pretty cool photos on Bill Crowe's site or James Williams' Flickr.


Here is a montage of all of the cards I have so far, including the fan cards. Since finding photos from the 70's to 90's and getting permission to use them is an impossible task, I decided to include some fans who volunteered.



I am doing this mostly to relax in between other projects and jobs. I need to do the stuff that pays the bills too, meaning it's a bit slow going. But it's such fun.