Friday, May 08, 2015

Scootin' ArtShark

Here's a sneak peek at the next ArtShark for the upcoming email newsletter for my school in Burbank along with a look at how the graphics developed. ArtShark is the long standing mascot for the Academy.

How it will look on the header...


Here is the reverse process starting with the final colored design...


Flat color with colored line and no dimensional shading...


The line was colored after the flat color was added to the image...


The final line drawing was scanned and cleaned up digitally in Photoshop...


It began with the original concept sketch...

2 comments:

Pat Caldora said...

Great drawing, Charles! I love it when you show the step-by-step process of your art, it gives it a more detailed structure.

I just started getting the swing of Photoshop earlier this year (believe it or not) and I still find myself struggling when drawing on the program. Maybe it's because I'm a fledgling at the touch-sensitive Cintiq which makes it harder for me to draw. Charles, do you got any tips on how overcome such shortcomings in Photoshop by any chance?

Also for fun, I recently did a drawing of Tiny. I used a blue colored pencil for shaping the design, putting emphasis on the gesture and such. I then used a brush pen to ink the drawing (blue pencil and ink somehow don't bode well together). I looked at your great work on the character as inspiration and as reference for the character. What do you think? I definitely need to improve my inking (my professor says so as well) and I would've loved to done this digitally:
http://pasqualemcaldora.deviantart.com/art/HERE-COMES-TINY-532219036

Charles Z said...

Hey Pat.

Here's some pointers to keep in mind. First and foremost, take your time. When using blue pencil, try to create a thorough foundation for the final black line. The impression I get from your sketch is that you rushed it. There's not enough there to support what you're looking to do with your brush pen. So relax, take your time and give the drawing everything that it needs for a complete final expression.

When I draw using this technique I strive to be thorough. Once I have something solid, and all the information is there, that's when I take the next step and complete the drawing with a final line medium.

I can see in your other works that you are talented and that you draw with confidence. There's a lot of positive aspects in your art. Next time approach your blue pencil sketches with the same determination and thoughtfulness and you'll get an improved result. Good luck!