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This is where I post musings, designs, experiments relating to my webcomics.
Watts Atelier : Head Phase I
So it's on to head phase I! Layins, skulls, Asaro heads, all the way up to the Reilly head abstraction.

Watts Atelier : Fundamentals I and II
So I've started this course on Watts Atelier online, it's an amazing place! Thoroughly enjoying the exercises and I am getting better quickly. I am happy found that site, what an amazing online resource! I am looking at doing this for the next few years, at least for the first few hours every morning.

So here are some photos from my homework for Fundamentals I and II. It really starts at the beginning: sharpening pencils, hehe!

Computer-generated perspective grids
I continued work on Javascript code that helps me generate perspective grids.

vPoint Introduction
vPoint is an online utility that allows traditional artists to create perspective grids and construction lines to support their hand-drawn art.

vPoint Documentation
vPoint is an online utility that allows you to create an image with perspective grids and additional construction lines. The image can then be printed and used as an underdrawing on a lightbox for example.

The aim is to help speed up the process of creating perspective grids and construction lines as a basis for a drawing using traditional materials. The grids and construction lines can be placed quickly and it doesn't matter if the vanishing points are far away from the page.

Note that vPoint is currently only supported on Chrome and Firefox




Freehand Ellipses In Perspective

I found this amazing trick yesterday: a Youtube video by darthfurby (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INTcLy18Tms) in which it explained how to create 12 points on a circle, in perspective. I've since worked out that it is an approximation, but a very good one.

You start with a perfect square and draw diagonals fron opposite corners. This gives you the center point. And you draw the horizontal and vertical line through that center point, dividing the square into four equal squares, also giving you the first four points on the circle:

Some more recent art
Some more art. These were originally sketches in a sketchbook, which I traced, inked and colored into these finished pieces.

A tylically Dutch windmill:

Customized pens
Part of the fun of making art is making your custom art tools. Here are two pens I customized.

Responsive design, and my progress
A caricature of George Lucas. I am thinking of practicing caricaturing a bit more, as that will help me push poses and expressions in my stories.

Some recent art
Some finished drawings based off warm-up sketches. I just love Mike Mignola's art and keep being inspired by it.

Some more panels copied for practice
Here's another batch of panels I copied for practice. I decided to make them tonal studies and to try to use only three main tones.

Copying panels
One of the things I'm trying at the moment is copying panels from existing comics pages, for the purpose of study and practice. I get to practice penciling, inking and coloring and I'm hoping constructing poses and worlds and how to suggest things will seep in through osmosis. I'm also taking a colorist course at Comics Experience at the moment and also a course on how to create a story through images, panels at the Sequential Artists Workshop, both great places to learn the craft.

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Watts Atelier
Practice makes perfect.

Sketchbook
Practice makes perfect.

Tutorials
Cool tricks I discover on my journey.

vPoint
vPoint is an online utility that allows traditional artists to create perspective grids and construction lines to support their hand-drawn art.

Note that vPoint is currently only supported on Chrome and Firefox

Art
Non-story-related art.

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