Friday, May 19, 2006

Two more..

Here's two more quickies.. The first one was fun to do, because Max was sitting next to me and we were goofing around. I think it shows. It doesn't really make sense.

The second one is probably my favourite so far, although it only took something like 20 minutes.

I've literally done dozens of these in the past days, most of them aren't really worth showing though. I still feel like I'm barely scratching the surface of the whole approach.

Take a look at the "finished section" of ConceptArt Forums, there have been some fantastic threads lately. Off the top of my head, I strongly recommend checking out the threads by James Kei, Marko Djurdjevic, JasonChan, Carl Dobsky, Gezstar, RasselTassel, steak-tron and Aleksi.. I'm sure there's more to look at. They are all on the first page as I'm typing this, so go get'em while they're hot.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006


Today I watched the Gnomon DVD "creating unique environments" with Scott Robertson.
Basically, he scans some very quick marker drawings, loads them into one file in Photoshop, plays with layersettings and -opactity, crops a part of the whole mess that looks exciting to him and starts painting. The whole prcess is very happy-accident based and you never really know what you'll end up with..
Well he seemed to have tons of fun doing these sketches, so I tried it myself. After running into some problems (because I'm using Painter7, he's using PS:CS), I finally "got it" and did two speedpaintings. It was amazing and so much fun. I can't believe I never tried something like that before...

Here's the markermess for the first one:

And what it looked like a good 30 minutes later:

...I was HOOKED.
So I did another one.


One hour later:

This is fucking awesome. It makes me paint things I would've never thought of myself. It really tickles my imagination and forces me to be creative.
Thanks to my brother (I think it was him..?) who gave me those markers for christmas years ago.. I never really used them up until now. Thanks man!

More to come!

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Color practice

Today, I painted a sketch I did weeks ago, I'm very happy with how it turned out, considering I did not use any ref/mirror/model. This is the updated version, people said it was too red, so I played with the colors a bit. This is a speedpainting, around 40 minutes I guess..

Been doing tons of pencil stuff, most of it is too big to scan though and my camera sucks at taking pictures of drawings. It's boring stuff anyways, anatomy studies and other crap. I might post some thumbs and smaller sketches I did for bigger pieces.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

What summer feels like..

So summer arrived in Berlin and it's awesome. Yesterday, I tried hard to get this year's first sunburn but I still look pale and sickish..
The weather lures even the hardest of the hardcore geeks out of their holes though, so I don't really stick out.

I'm looking forward to sitting in the park and sketching, drinking, chatting.. hard to believe that I used to be a winter-person.

Been listening to a lot of great music, which also feels different in summer. Lots of Kings of Leon (Thanks to Valentin for that one), some Sufjan Stevens... but there's one song I've been listening to all day. It's Jim O'Rourke's "Fuzzy Sun" Which I found on Feed Me Good Tunes yesterday. It's fucking awesome.
I dunno if it's ok or not to host the song somewhere, I suggest you just head over there and grab the track..

Here's a weird thing I painted today:

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Sketchbook doodles

Hey there, sorry for not updating..
This blog thingy has been acting up lately, when trying to upload pictures and posting stuff.. that combined with my extreme laziness and ridiculously short attention span caused the lack of bloggy goodness. I'll try to change that.

Here's two random pages from my small (A5 size) sketchbook.

Also, my buddies Valentin and Max each got themselves a blog, go check them out right now, these guys kick some serious ass.

If you like good music, you might enjoy Beirut. I will not try to describe their music, I'm not good with that kind of stuff. You can download some tracks from their website, I highly recommend "Postcards from Italy", which is the greatest song I've heard this year.