Some stuff I drew while in Hungary. The School Girls fighting robots doodle might have been done a while ago. The picture of the boy is a pic I did for my friend Evan who's one of my closest friends in Shanghai. Beginning of last year I helped out with the concept art and some story elements for this short he wants to produce with his studio. The studio has worked on some Hollywood stuff like Dragon Ball (I only watched after i knew he worked on it, and it's a fun watch if you can accept corny flicks like DOA, TEKKEN, Street Fighter 2: the chun Li story, the Van Damme one even I couldn't watch) and Knight as day or whatever that Tom Cruise movie was. So I'm thinking to send him random drawing every now and then to remind him he has to finish the bloody thing and do a good job of it! :) The Naomi and Poggie sketch I did sitting in this super sweet Cafe I was introduced to in Budapest. It has a sweet setup and in the back you got these comfy couches. Strange place, but a lot of Asians went there (felt at home), heard some Koreans. Was hoping for Chinese so I drew a picture about it. The Chinese should say 'I miss Shanghai'. I'm really liking what I'm doing in Poland, and maybe it's something that will change over time, but for now I hope to relocate back there. It's so crazy there. Girls carry umbrellas in the sun. You just don't get that in Europe. In Shanghai I'll miss Krakow and I'll draw sad pictures in Coffee Bean in Jing'an about Naomi & Poggie in Krakow looking cute and depressed.
So on to the technical side. The girls and Jo were done 100% in sketchbook pro, and Naomi and Poggie were done 100% in brushes. I think Brushes is probably my Choice for finished product, but sketchbook still has that something something. Don't know what, as sketching in Brushes is pretty good, and the playback feature is a super sweet way to show off your iPad. As usual all in iPad. My pencils have been gathering dust.
This was just a fun Supanova picture I did to learn a vector program for iPad called paintbook. It's a great solution to combat the resolution problem with most sketch programs for iPad, but it's still slow and laggy. But I can print this any resolution I want.
Besides drawing for money, I'm sometimes up for Charity work. This one is for a Polish kid that's ill. There's a blog web page for him, and as soon as I get the e-mails I'll let everyone know. I initially tried to do a story book like painting like the one I did before for Czu Czu. But failed and whipped up some cartoony version. A bit pressed for time, and I like the one of him running. The rest are a bit of a fail... will post up speed paint video when I know the site ;)
Well here's an image I did for a proposal for work. The sketch was done in sketchbook pro, but the actual painting in brushes. I love my iPad. Only for this reason though. I don't have to be secretive about my current job though. I see a bunch of my stuff paraded around meetings and conferences, so I can share too, but we're posting a behind the scenes blog officially too, so most my work regarding Czu Czu (English name still figuring out). The project I'm on (there's two, but regarding this pic) you can see at czuczu.pl. It's all in Polish, but it should be propper international next year (English, French and I'm hoping Chinese). Since I did this in Brushes on ze iPad, that I recomend to all artists who always carry a sketchbook around town. here's a speedpaint video :)
Haven't posted for a while. Been super busy and actually done a lot of drawings. Some I can post and some I can't. There'll be a new Polish blog about our work, and I'll be contributing there about my goings and comings more so.
This pic as usual done on my iPad. Used sketchbook pro. Just wanted to join a Leslie Nelson thread at the drawing board. Not my best pic, but I tried. Not done a caricature for a while. It kinda looks like him, but kinda doesn't. We'll see what suggestions they might have there to fix it :)
I thought I had this already up. Anyway this is the sex toy box set I did. I would love to tell you you'll see them in your favourite retailer soon, but unfortunately due to payment disputes you'll only see this here, and during portfolio sessions when I'm going for job interviews.
It has been suggested that I should do limited prints of some of my iPad art like this, and I am looking into doing some sort of art show with it.
In the mean time I can tell you that there is an art show I'm planning with an artist friend of mine I know for ten years from my Australian indy comic days :) We'll try to hold it in Summer next year, and it will be in Shanghai. There's a suitcase full of work ready now to be organised :).
this is what I did today. It's for the sex toy thing, hope they like it, need the cash now :( The B&W stuff on iPad, then I cleaned the lines in illustrator and coloured in photoshop. If I was a smart boy I would have continued in illustrator, but I'm not a smart boy.
this was drawn in ArtStudio for iPad. The finishing halftones were added in Photoshop. This was for some promotion material for Suzhou a friend is running.
I chose artstudio as it lets you make images in higher res than screen (Not by much 1024x1024), and the client wanted a square image. ArtStudio has the most tools on iPad for this type of things, and the recent update has made it lag less, and let iTunes read the files like sketchbook. Nice, but Photoshop don't read .dat so if you want .psd files you still need to e-mail yourself.
As interface and speed go, sketchbook is still best to jot down some Ideas and Brushes is best for finishing touches.
these were done 100% on my iPad using sketchbook pro and Brushes. The fake preassure sensitivity they put in brushes makes inking very good and natural. The last couple of weeks i have barely used a pencil, but unfortunately to complete projects I still need to use my real computer.
Whoa!! It worked. Some reject girl for a project. When you pay someone 1000rmb for a 2000rmb job, you shouldn't complain. There are ways of haggling with artists. And I'm not stupid to believe that the sex industry is struggling for cash and people do it for passion.
Now I'm getting more comfortable with the iPad. The rough layouts I do in sketchbook pro and I do the colours in Brushes. The VPN at work (I use the same one on my own Mac and it's fine) is just buggy.
I'm really liking this as an art tool. I just hope they wont charge $500 for an app when they fix the resolution limit.
here are the other girls finished. Came out a lot better than I expected :) Especially the cheerleader! Anyway got a second batch to do now. Will try on ipad, but might resort to still using old methods... :(
Some iPad drawings. I swear I had more... It's a great art tool, but quite frankly, for that price, I would imagine it's just for a niche like me. Anyway, the blue pic was done in sketchbook pro. The iPad is great for spy drawing. When I'm sitting and doodling in my leather bound sketchpad with my pens and pencils out, the person is usually clued in what's up and they are uncomfortable. With an iPad they assume I'm surfing the web and being a pretentious douche. The other pic of Lili from School Girls fighting robots, was done in Brushes. A pretty neat drawing tool. No propper export feature like sketchbook pro, and sketchbook pro has finger gestures I'm used to. Anyway I hope within a month most my drawings are done using iPad. The pinch zoom and generally drawing with my finger is a lot more intuitive than I imagined. Just need to finish these other girly pics at the moment :(:(:(
These were some of my first drawings. The panda and spitting girl were done with a Stylus, and the other girl was me trying to ink over a sketch on iPad. The thing is still not 100% for me, but the convenience of working on the go really makes me want to get the hang of it. When I'm at a coffee shop with my sketchbook and pencils and pens, everyone wants to look and have to feel a bit self concious. With iPad they think I'm a pretentious douche surfing the web. I might try what my friend Tim McEwen does and sketch people in public. They wouldn't think I'm sketching anymore :) I drew the Panda while trying to log on the web at Starbucks. The iPad is not a netbook. It is a big screen iPod touch.
Finally, posting up some of my iPad pictures. My Wacom is dying and not doing it's job right, and an intuos tablets are pricey, and the cintiq is about the price of my computer so I was looking at some alternatives, looked up stuff on the internet and played with some before and took the plunge and bought an iPad. I'm a critic of the iPad, because quite frankly I still don't know what it is. Most gadgets have a main functions and stuff they do rather competently on the side. My Nokia is a phone, but it plays music and some OK games and descent happy snaps, my iPod plays music, and is a hard disk and movie viewer too, and my digital camera captures descent home movies too. The iPad has no main function, but being a a screen that does some stuff quite competently. In my situation and lifestyle and work, the iPad is my best option. I do most my drawing outside work, and the stuff needs to be digital. I have to say I think the iPad is good at that, but I'm a super niche market. For all the other stuff the iPad does, my Dell mini does everything better and faster at almost half the price. The touch screen is neet, but I preffer e-mailing and surfing the web with a keyboard and mouse. The touchscreen I'm not a fan of. As for games? It costs more than a PS3, and besides some casual games the format doesn't suit what I play. Except Monkey Island.
So I'm not highly impressed with the iPad, but for what I want to do it's great. Some of the art programmes on it are super sweet. Only gripe is that most only let you work at the resolution of the screen, so you still need your desktop for commercial work, though I'm guessing some of the vector programmes might work fine.
I have Artstudio, Brushes and Sketchbook Pro. I used sketchbook pro before, and it is the best sketching programme on my Mac. The animatic I have a couple of posts before was done with sketchbook pro and after effects ;) And on the iPad it's even more comfortable, and actually all my drawings posted are done with that.
The only con I have with sketchbook pro, that it won't let you draw bigger than big size, and when you zoom in it becomes blurry. I preffer the pixelated option of Photoshop and Artstudio on iPad. Other than that sketchbook pro draws lines with practically no lag, it has a heavy set of options, and let's you put images from itunes straight to your desktop. With other software needing you to e-mail yourself if you want to do anything with it. It's actually a hassle, as gmail on iPad won't let you load up attachments.
Artstudio is best on user option, but the pencil lags a bit, but you can have an image a little bigger than your screen. Nothing too serious or impressive, but it's better, and Brushes is not so intuitive, and I need to play with it more.
Adobe have a sketch programme called Ideas, it's free, and vectorises your images. No layers though, it's pretty simple tool, but still pretty cool.
Overall I bought my iPad with a stylus. My stylus is crap, it's rubbery, small and has a fat tip. try to draw with the side and it doesn't work. I find using the finger actually quite good. These images all done with my finger :)
there's a t-shirt design contest on this Chinese website. As you can see I want to do something with this Chinese girl thing. I don't know it's kinda interesting and maybe when I get it right it could be a good shirt. Right now it's not. I think I fucked the colours up.
drew a couple of pictures that were fun. The S&M monkey cam from the previous commissioned piece. Thought he was cool. The other's are vauge resemblences of things I see in the street. Lot's of Chinese girls and even some dudes use umbrellas to block the sun. And I also saw a cute girl spitting. The other pic is just that I used to (Still do, but not as much) see a bunch of people let their kids pee on the street. The other weekend a saw it twice and for the first time on the subway. Still it's not a common occurance in China.
So I don't mind doing fun commissions, and this was one of them. They really want it illustrator, but I'm just not good with it, so I did it in high res 500dpi photoshop. Hope it's OK. Oh, yeah... it's a little sexual... I don't think so much though. I've been exposed to too much.
I could have done these last year, but I think it was earlier this year. It was to be submitted to some magazines. The feedback was only positive towards the art :( I agree though, and I should have followed the normal syndication guideline of 20 strips. This thing has no rythim and can't even think of a way to logically continue it for too long. I posted this on my other blog, but I come here instead. Maybe oneday China will open it.