This post is long overdued.
I first posted this series of artwork created to coincide with the Lunar New Year (which took place early February this year) on my Instagram page but I didn't find the time to do a proper post here on the blog. So here it is, in its full glory:
Like many artists, I was super inspired after watching Spiderverse late last year. I really love the art direction of the movie and the way each shot is composed and set. While not a huge fan of chromatic aberration in general (the effect was used awfully in Netflix's Sabrina in my opinion), I appreciated the application in Spiderverse. The effect seemed appropriate for the frame-by-frame visual eye-candy overdose that the filmmakers were going for.
In creating the above fanart, I set to emulate the film's art style. Coincidentally, it aligned with the style I am currently exploring in my art as well (using blocks of solid hues with little to no blending). In preparation for the above piece, I also did simple sketches and paintings. I have never painted black people before and I took this opportunity to learn more about achieving that particular skin tone.
I have been meaning to improve my ZBrush skills in preparation of possibly teaching the subject next year. If you follow my art, you will know that I dabble my feet into 3D once in a while. During my days in DigiPen, we were taught 3DS Max and ZBrush. I really want to improve my digital sculpting skills and eventually move on to high level texturing via Substance Painter.
Last month, I enrolled myself into the Justin Goby Fields' Schoolism Introduction to ZBrush course. However, due to the ongoing Inktober event, I didn't really have time to invest all my time into the assignments. In this post I will share with you what I've done for the first assignment.
The assignment is to sculpt 5 busts. I tried to be a little ambitious and added colors and lighting to better present the final image. I also purposefully selected subjects that were different from one another. Some of them turned out pretty bad while others were fine. Stay tuned for more diary entries of my assignment progress.
First time trying out grayscale to gradient map workflow. Seems like a pretty time efficient method!
How is Taylor Swift related to these puppies? Absolutely nothing.
The Taylor Swift sketch was sitting in the depths of my harddisk so I decided to use it in a random illustration. Here's wishing everyone a great year of the dog!
Old man Logan caricature practice.
While it's not my favourite superhero movie or even X-Men movie (I thought DoFP was better, for the sole merit of being able to accomplish so much within the duration of the film), it is certainly the best film I've seen this year. I love the relationship dynamics between Logan, Xavier and X-23.
Did you like the film?
Did a painting of Gordon Ramsay for the Schoolism class I'm taking. Happy year of the Chicken! Original sketches of Ramsay and other citizens below:
I've uploaded the rest of the Mekazoo artworks (both 2D and 3D) into the "Art" category. Be sure to check it out! I've also shifted the "Art" section back to being the homepage. I will be preparing to transit out of The Good Mood Creators in the coming year.
I'll leave you with a Dwayne Johnson caricature sketch I did yesterday.
Week 5's assignment was to do a colored painting of Anne Hathaway. I posted the initial sketch I did on the Level Up! Facebook group, my Facebook page and my Instagram. The 2nd sketch won by a huge margin so I decided to bring that to a final render.
For this assignment, we were taught to use a technique where you create another Photoshop document that acts as a palette for color mixing. We were also instructed to use a limited color scheme. I chose the Split Complementary combination of Green, Orange and Purple for this piece. I think the technique is pretty effective in achieving nice skin tones.