Shadowness - pictsy Up and coming artist with a love for traditional and digital materials. en What Is That <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br /> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 11:19:22 -0500 Stepping Out <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br /> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 11:18:03 -0500 Over Here <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />With all the excitement surrounding the recent Doctor Who episode I have seen a lot of fan art in commemoration for the 50th Anniversary. In this spirit I have created my own piece of fan art. I recently watched the Predator franchise again - including the rather bad Alien Vs Predator films. I have seen the first two countless times. They may have their faults, but I find them very entertaining nonetheless. Also, the Predator is one of the coolest movie monsters ever. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 11:16:40 -0500 Off Duty <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br /> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 11:07:16 -0500 Fixer <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br /> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 09:14:44 -0500 The Crush <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />My (third and final) entry for the November 2000AD Forum Art Competition. This month is 2000AD Spin Offs. Go check it out, there are loads of excellent entries. I had the composition of this decided upon before choosing the character. I thought I would have to sift through loads of back issues of 2000AD to find an appropriate character. Then Halo Jones popped into my head. I love The Ballad of Halo Jones, it is one of my all time favourite comics and the idea of the Crush is brilliant. During an inter-stellar war, Halo is sent to fight on a solid planet the size of Jupiter. Because of it's size and gravity there are massive time distortions so 5 minutes in the Crush (the planets surface where the gravity isn't being countered) can be weeks in real time. I struggled with this picture, though. The characters face never seemed right to me and I was constantly changing it. I was trying to a younger version of the squad leader but was neither happy with my choice of the style I was using. I eventually decided to choose a different character that was more apt and have heavy shadows on the face. As an experiment it turned out well but it is not what I had pictured in my mind at the beginning. I am now re-evaluating the direction my artwork is currently taking. I have started doing more work in my sketchbook and I want to try something a bit different. More along the lines of The Hackman and Lucky. I didn't win. The Ballad of Halo Jones is property of Rebellion. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 06:15:37 -0500 Lucky <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />My (second) entry for the November 2000AD Forum Art Competition. This month is 2000AD Spin Offs. Go check it out, there are loads of excellent entries. This was the first idea that I had for the competition and it sparked loads of further ideas. I don't remember my reasons for doing Voidshaker first, however. For those not in the know, this is parody spin-off based on 2000AD Rogue Trooper. The "Friday" Rogue Trooper. I've written at length about this version of Rogue Trooper before. I didn't win. Rogue Trooper is the property of 2000AD and Rebellion. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 06:13:38 -0500 Voidshaker <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />My (first) entry into the November 2000AD Forum Art Competition. This month is 2000AD spin offs. I had trouble thinking what to do at first but then I suddenly had a flood of inspiration. To the point where I could no longer choose just one. This is one of the first ideas. Voidshaker from the story Atavar. I don't know how this would work as a spin off. It would certainly be interesting. Mostly it's just one big excuse to do Atavar fanart. I have used the current 2000AD comic ratio to create this image to give the sense that it could be a teaser within the pages of the Galaxies Greatest Comic. Overall I am happy with the outcome of this image, but I'm now looking forward to moving on to something different. I didn't win. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 06:11:46 -0500 The Hackman <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />This picture represents me trying out loads of different ideas. First off I wanted to test my inking skills. This was an interesting experiment and I think I learned some stuff - or perhaps just became aware that I'm better at than I thought. In the end I think next time I try to to inks in this manner I may take a different route. I think adding a bit more detail to the artwork and then having simpler colouring might something cool to tryout. I just have the feeling that this particular piece has ended up with a somewhat generic comic book feel. That's kind of cool because I didn't know I could do generic comic book stuff. The next thing I wanted to try out with this picture was the colouring. I had a little go at something different when I was painting Uncouth Company. Adding a greyscale layer over a colour layer and then using a mask to give a washed out colour effect. It worked well for the background in Uncouth Company and it worked OK for all the colours in this picture, but I'm not entirely happy with it. I think I'm going to return to exploring my colouring method from days gone past. It's good to know that I can achieve certain effects with a masked greyscale layer. Lastly I was using this artwork to have a go at recording and making a time lapse video for a YouTube channel. I really liked my progress gif of Uncouth Company and Peril, but there is so much missing from them. It can be really helpful to look back and see what I did if I want to try and achieve a similar effect in the future. Plus I like time lapse videos of people making artwork. Although editing the videos is proving to be a pain so I haven't uploaded it and might not bother if no one is particularly fussed. So onto the content. I have finally reached a point in my re-reading of my 2000AD comic collection where I picked the comic up after a five year hiatus back at the end of 2006. One of the stand-out strips from that seasonal special was Kingdom. Created by Dan Abnett and Richard Elson this story saw the introduction to genetically engineered canines protecting a land they call Anarchticy. Abnett and Elson have paired up before for the wonderful Atavar series and return to form with Kingdom. It is a shame that over the last six years there have only been three Kingdom stories. I think I read that a forth is on its way and is long over due. This has to be my favourite strip written by Dan Abnett who is more famous for is work on the never ending Sinister Dexter and what I consider a less than stellar run on Durham Red. I think that even the much maligned Sancho Panza was better than those. Kingdom and Atavar seem to demonstrate Abnett's strengths and Richard Elson's artwork is compelling and consistently enjoyable to look at. Pictured is the character Gene the Hackman. Kingdom is owned by Rebellion and 2000AD Wed, 04 Dec 2013 06:09:59 -0500 Uncouth Company <a href=""><img src="" /></a><br />My entry to the 2000AD forum's art competition for October. The theme was "1800AD - Steampunk 2000AD" and under advisement from my eldest brother I want for a war themed picture (he suggested Rogue Trooper, but having done that for the previous competition I said Bad Company would be better). I had a look at some paintings of 19th century British military and got an idea of a basic composition. Then it all started going wrong. I haven't had this much trouble with getting a picture started in ages. It took two weeks before my initial rough sketches started to look good. The whole project has been mired with frustration and disappointment. Then it was the last week before the contests close so I was up against the clock. This really didn't help matters and I may have panicked a little (missing something obvious I should have done to speed the process up). When it finally started taking shape and looking presentable I was unable to tidy up a multitude of faults that were bothering me from the start. I tried out some new ideas that worked out well and others that were disastrous. There are some things I am really pleased with in this picture and some I find embarrassing. Lessons have once again been learnt and this is the first time I have ever finished anything like this - so for a lot of firsts, it is good. Featured are the characters from Bad Company, created by Alan Grant and John Wagner initially although credit should (imo) be given to Peter Milligan for reworking the concept and writing it and to Brett Ewins and Jim McCarthy. At the back we have Wallbanger. Infront of him (left to right) we have Mac, Kano, Danny Franks, Thrax and Joe Scummer. In front the them (again, left to right) appear Dogbrain, Trucker, Malcolm, Mad Tommy, Shrike and Flytrap. I didn't win. Bad Company is the property of Rebellion and 2000 AD Wed, 04 Dec 2013 06:08:30 -0500