Shadowness - jbcasacop http://shadowness.com I am a visual artist currently employed in the field of game development. I am proud of being a Filipino. I admire those who lead by example. I do not... en Kampilan ni Makabo http://shadowness.com/jbcasacop/kampilan-ni-makabo <a href="http://shadowness.com/jbcasacop/kampilan-ni-makabo"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item6/183960/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />At last! I've finally made my first fantasy painting for this year! This is my own interpretation of Makabo, that badass tikbalang warrior who happens to be my favorite character from the graphic novel Skyworld, created by Ian Sta. Maria and Mervin Ignacio. Right now they have this Pin up shout out thing going on. This is the colored version of my entry. I hope you like it! Additional notes: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Several custom brushes Approximately 20 hours Tikbalang - a supernatural creature from Philippine folklore commonly depicted as having the head of a horse and the body of a man. Kampilan - a popular single-edged sword widely-used in the precolonial Philippine Archipelago. If you look closely at the kampilan Makabo wields in this image, you'd notice that it's decorated with okir-based patterns and three alibata characters namely, "ma", "ka", and "bo". Larger view here: http://jbsc.deviantart.com/#/d4mrifs Tue, 24 Jan 2012 18:43:16 -0500 Tour Jete http://shadowness.com/jbcasacop/tour-jete <a href="http://shadowness.com/jbcasacop/tour-jete"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item6/169503/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Tour jete: the painting. An artwork showing a combination of representational and non-representational elements to convey rhythm and movement. I studied ballet for six years before I took up fine arts. Yes. Six years before college. That was more than a decade ago. I weighed 120 lbs back then. I could no longer execute most of the movements that used to be part of my daily routine. Aaaand... I have gained a lot of weight! Now I'm a little over 180 lbs! Hahaha! I still remember some of the steps though. Like tour jete, for example. A jete is a leap in which the weight of the dancer is transferred from one foot to another. Tour jete is a variation where the leap is executed while turning. The dancer in my painting isn't actually leaping but I decided to go with the title because the girl in the reference photo I used looked like she was preparing to execute a tour jete. I could be wrong because I haven't trained for so long and I've most certainly become rusty. Technicals: I would like to give credit to crisfx and env1ro of DeviantArt whose custom watercolor brushes I used in this painting. Adobe Photoshop CS5. Reference photo used: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2151/2395946725_1b066435c5.jpg Tue, 13 Dec 2011 10:15:47 -0500 Groundswell http://shadowness.com/jbcasacop/groundswell <a href="http://shadowness.com/jbcasacop/groundswell"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item6/163479/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />One of the three paintings used in posters for talks given during the 22nd Philippine Advertising Congress. The series of paintings were commissioned from me by Leo Burnett Manila, one of the country's leading advertising agencies. This year's theme was "Change The Game" so they asked me to execute three paintings reminiscent of art typically done for fantasy-themed games. The particular talk promoted by this poster was: Groundswell A talk by Charlene Li Social media guru Best-selling author The final print of this poster does have copy on it but I don't have that file because my friends at Leo Burnett took care of copy placement. This, my friends, is what has kept me off the grid for most of October and early November! It was a very challenging experience because I'm really not used to painting images as large and as detail-heavy as this one. I couldn't have pulled this off within the time frame which I did if not for the guidance of my friends at Leo Burnett. A toast to Mela Advincula, Alvin Tecson, and Carl Urgino! I really enjoyed doing this series! I was robbed of sleep for many nights but it was worth it! To the people who were able to attend the Ad Congress and saw my artworks in mural form, I hope you liked them! ----- (c) copyright 2011 Leo Burnett Manila Sat, 26 Nov 2011 21:31:21 -0500 How Cool Brands Stay Hot http://shadowness.com/jbcasacop/how-cool-brands-stay-hot <a href="http://shadowness.com/jbcasacop/how-cool-brands-stay-hot"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item6/163477/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />One of the three paintings used in posters for talks given during the 22nd Philippine Advertising Congress. The series of paintings were commissioned from me by Leo Burnett Manila, one of the country's leading advertising agencies. This year's theme was "Change The Game" so they asked me to execute three paintings reminiscent of art typically done for fantasy-themed games. The particular talk promoted by this poster was: HOW COOL BRANDS STAY HOT A talk by Joeri Van Der Bergh Best-selling author The final print of this poster does have copy on it but I don't have that file because my friends at Leo Burnett took care of copy placement. This, my friends, is what has kept me off the grid for most of October and early November! It was a very challenging experience because I'm really not used to painting images as large and as detail-heavy as this one. I couldn't have pulled this off within the time frame which I did if not for the guidance of my friends at Leo Burnett. A toast to Mela Advincula, Alvin Tecson, and Carl Urgino! I really enjoyed doing this series! I was robbed of sleep for many nights but it was worth it! To the people who were able to attend the Ad Congress and saw my artworks in mural form, I hope you liked them! ----- (c) copyright 2011 Leo Burnett Manila Sat, 26 Nov 2011 21:29:21 -0500 The Future of Media http://shadowness.com/jbcasacop/the-future-of-media <a href="http://shadowness.com/jbcasacop/the-future-of-media"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item6/163472/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />One of the three paintings used in posters for talks given during the 22nd Philippine Advertising Congress. The series of paintings were commissioned from me by Leo Burnett Manila, one of the country's leading advertising agencies. This year's theme was "Change The Game" so they asked me to execute three paintings reminiscent of art typically done for fantasy-themed games. The particular talk promoted by this poster was: THE FUTURE OF MEDIA A talk by Atty. Felipe Gozon CEO and CHAIRMAN, GMA Network Eugenio Lopez III CEO and CHAIRMAN, ABS-CBN Manuel V. Pangilinan Owner, TV5 The final print of this poster does have copy on it but I don't have that file because my friends at Leo Burnett took care of copy placement. This, my friends, is what has kept me off the grid for most of October and early November! It was a very challenging experience because I'm really not used to painting images as large and as detail-heavy as this one. I couldn't have pulled this off within the time frame which I did if not for the guidance of my friends at Leo Burnett. A toast to Mela Advincula, Alvin Tecson, and Carl Urgino! I really enjoyed doing this series! I was robbed of sleep for many nights but it was worth it! To the people who were able to attend the Ad Congress and saw my artworks in mural form, I hope you liked them! ----- (c) copyright 2011 Leo Burnett Manila Sat, 26 Nov 2011 21:19:03 -0500 Dark alley - my procedures http://shadowness.com/jbcasacop/dark-alley--my-procedures <a href="http://shadowness.com/jbcasacop/dark-alley--my-procedures"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item5/137555/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />I don't have a new batch of speed paintings today. Instead, I'm posting a documentation. I don't want to call it a how-to since I have no intention of imposing my techniques upon others. It's more of a "How I did it" kind of thing. I might also put this up on my blog. I hope you guys find this useful somehow. :) Fri, 23 Sep 2011 22:31:45 -0400 Speed paintings - 09.22.2011 http://shadowness.com/jbcasacop/speed-paintings--09-22-2011 <a href="http://shadowness.com/jbcasacop/speed-paintings--09-22-2011"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item5/137554/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Here's another bunch of speed paintings in which I used pretty much the same techniques as I did in my paintings yesterday. I was aiming to do another four but managed to produce only three. Again, these are exercises in which I applied the color and Gestalt theories. These are all loosely based on photographs but still, no hues nor textures were lifted from the references. I made use of the lasso tool, the brush tool, the line tool, and the shape tool. I hope you like this bunch! My references: Dark alley - http://fictivefunk.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/dark-alley-unattributed.jpg Old bridge - I lost the URL again! Damn it! This is not a good habit to have! I will find the source image again and post the URL here when I do! Volcanic burst - http://i.hexindia.net/theosin/i/2008/01/volcano-picture.jpg Inspired by the most recent blog posts of Robh Ruppel. Fri, 23 Sep 2011 22:26:40 -0400 Speed paintings - 09.21.2011 http://shadowness.com/jbcasacop/speed-paintings--09-21-2011 <a href="http://shadowness.com/jbcasacop/speed-paintings--09-21-2011"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item5/136652/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />This is a series of speed paintings I did during down time. The scenes depicted here are all based on photographs I gathered from Google Images. Why I did these paintings: My objective here was not to copy exactly what I saw in the references but rather to "re-calibrate my color perception". It's not that there was something terribly wrong with it. I just wanted to be able to paint these by images mixing and utilizing the colors that I was seeing from the reference photos. In other words, colors based on my judgement. Throughout the entire process, I imposed three rules upon myself. 1. No using of the eyedropper tool to pick hues from the source images. The objective is to force the eyes to see and to paint and draw accordingly. 2. No zooming in on the source images. No zooming in on the actual paintings until the detailing phase which is about 1/4th of the painting process. The objective is to put the Gestalt theory into practice. In other words, to see the forest for the trees through avoidance of fixation towards excessive detailing. 3. Only a maximum of 2 hours per painting is allowed. For the first time, I painted using not only the brush tool but also the lasso tool and the line tool. I have to admit that I've never done blocking as extensively as I did here. Nor have I spent a lot of time with color mapping in my previous paintings. When I started doing this series, I felt I was a little beyond my comfort zone. But I'm pretty happy with the results. I didn't expect to complete 4 paintings in a row. References: Castle on a mountain - http://roaringworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/edinburgh_castle.jpg Misty forest - http://pixdaus.com/pics/1236519127jpRKgrg.jpg Tidal splash - lost the URL. For some insane reason, I couldn't see it in the image search results! Will update once I retrieve the URL. Warm lit clouds - http://www.naturfoto.cz/mraky-fotografie-6243.html Kudos to all the photographers whose pictures I used as references here. Wed, 21 Sep 2011 12:16:45 -0400 The witch is mine. http://shadowness.com/jbcasacop/the-witch-is-mine-2 <a href="http://shadowness.com/jbcasacop/the-witch-is-mine-2"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item5/132028/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Only recently have I realized that my portfolio here on Shadowness did not include any sequential art samples so here goes. This is another page from the indie graphic novel my friend Josh and I are working on. I don't want to spoil the story so I'll just say the young lady is Dorothy and the one whose head is on fire is no other than The Wicked Witch of the West. Here they are conversing moments before something big takes place. I'd love to show you a lot more but this is the last sample page I'll post. From now on, the only stuff I'll be posting that's related to our project will be character model sheets. I've got to keep it under wraps until completion moving forward. :) Adobe Photoshop CS5 Many many hours. I've lost count. I hope you like it! :) Sat, 10 Sep 2011 11:27:38 -0400 Dance of the knife http://shadowness.com/jbcasacop/dance-of-the-knife <a href="http://shadowness.com/jbcasacop/dance-of-the-knife"><img src="http://shadowness.com/css/text-censored.png" /></a><br />The period of time from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries was the most difficult for any practitioner of magic in the western hemisphere. Those years are considered to be the peak years of witch-hunts that resulted in more than a hundred thousand executions. Witches during those harrowing times had different approaches towards the threat to their kind. While some resorted to surrender and repentance, others opted for direct confrontation. Still, there are others who considered escape to be their best option. Among the many witches known to have continued the study of the dark arts in pursuit of refuge, Catharina Walden's name remains arguably the most-surrounded by mystery. Legend has it that she came from a line of magic practitioners who have dedicated their lives to the research of rituals and spells that allowed travel to the world of spirits. The most-enduring of the many stories about Catharina is the story about The Dance of the Knife. According to several accounts, The Dance of the Knife was the last ritual that Catharina performed. Designed for teleportation, the ritual involved a ceremonial blade that only their clan is said to have possessed, and a familiar spirit in the form of a vulture. The dance included in the ritual was not a choreographed kind. The movements of the body, particularly the hand that held the ceremonial blade, were guided by the movements of the performer's familiar. Landing on the knife hand was the familiar's way of signifying the end of the ritual where the performer must stab herself in the chest. The Walden clan is said to have claimed that by doing this, the performer is able to conquer all limitations imposed by the physical plane. What happened to Catharina Walden after performing the ritual is unknown for her body was never found, nor the knife that she used. Pieces of jewelry, amulets, and the fossilized vulture at the site where she allegedly performed the ritual are the only artifacts suggesting that she did exist. This remains the subject of debate among scholars today. ARTIST'S NOTES: This is my entry for ImagineFX Weekly Art Challenge #244 - The Witch's Familiar. As for the story, I couldn't think of a better way to show the idea that came into my head while I was painting this so I decided to make another piece of fiction out of it. If you have the time, please check out the art challenge. http://www.deviantart.com/users/outgoing?http://community.imaginefx.com/forums/359117/ShowThread.aspx#359117 Wish me luck! Adobe Photoshop Around 5 hours with many breaks in between. Tue, 06 Sep 2011 18:36:55 -0400