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.
Created a tribute piece for Stan Lee. I emphasized on the lineart to mimic the comic book illustration style.
Some progress / close-up shots:
Last year I continued to collaborate with WhaleRabbit for the second toy in the Dualle link, Miktus. As usual my task was to create the artwork that will be printed on the box sleeves and the art prints inside. The concept for this location is the "Mischievous Forest". How do I portray that whimsical feeling on an environment like a forest?
I recalled the forest designs that I did for Mekazoo and drew immense inspiration of the color and other features from my own artwork. The toy designer wanted a tree with a white trunk to be the focal point of the piece, which made the task even more challenging in terms of painting in the sense of depth.
Here are the sleeves that were designed for this project:
Here are the thumbnails for the environment design:
Art trade with my student. He likes to design magazine / movie posters with his furry characters so I did a parody of Singapore's very own military magazine PIONEER with his OC. Here's a version without text:
First time trying out grayscale to gradient map workflow. Seems like a pretty time efficient method!
Doing quick sketches from the upcoming Infinity War movie. Spent about 3h on this. Which hero should I sketch next?
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!