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Shadow Cat and Colossus

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Since I’ve been showing pretty steady updates of the Shadow Cat and Colossus piece I thought it’d be fun to put it all in an animated gif.  From thumbnail to final, you can watch the piece come together one step at a time.

On a related note:  I installed the demo of Adobe Captivate so that I can film myself working on my next piece — I just have to decide what that’s going to be.  To that end, I may post some candidates over the next week and let the good people of the internet weigh in.

Exciting!

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Shadow Cat and Colossus: Part V

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After staring at it all day, I really only found a few small (but critical) moves to make to bring this piece to a satisfactory finish.  Of course the more I look at it the more I’ll find that I want to change, but I have to let go sometime.  The work is never really good enough and that’s okay.  That’s what keeps driving many of us forward.

May the images your mind is capable of conceiving forever be better than what your hands are capable of constructing.

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Shadow Cat and Colossus: Part IV

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I think this piece may be done, but I’m going to sleep on it.  Chances are I’ll find a few things here and there to fiddle with to make the piece stronger — I usually do.  (Well, I usually fiddle at any rate.)

This is kind of the most important step in many ways.  Sometimes you’ve gotta paint, and sometimes you’ve got to walk away to gain some distance and perspective.  I’ll do whatever fine tuning I need to do tomorrow when I’m able to see things more clearly.

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Shadow Cat and Colossus: Part III

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After a little more time things are looking pretty solid.  If I had to guess, I’d say I’m about halfway done at this point.  But sadly it’s the back half that — as I slow down to make better choices and fine tune the details — takes the longest amount of time.  I have a vague idea of what I want to do with the background, but haven’t really begun to think about it with any amount of seriousness.

Backgrounds: ugh.

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Shadow Cat and Colossus: Part II

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Here’s the first in progress shot as I was plugging away at this piece.  Most of the hard work with these is figuring out the value strings — once that’s done it’s just a matter of rendering, which, really, is the easy part.  At this stage I can also tell if my color sensibilities are WAY off, so it’s in my best interest to kind of knock things in.

As far as roughing-in goes, this one went pretty quickly.  Next up: the fun stuff!

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Good bye, Sanity!

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There are thirty-seven days left until the Rose City Comic Con, and last week I was concerned that I wasn’t going to have enough to show.

My original plan was to spend the last two weeks in July drawing and then spend all of August coloring what I had done.  However, in those two weeks I managed to do twenty-four new drawings (pictured here) ; if that wasn’t enough to keep me busy there are about forty-three drawings from my sketchbook I’d like to do — and another seventeen or so that a friend suggested.

Needless to say, I won’t be able to color eighty-four drawings in thirty-seven days, but it will be interesting to see how many I can get done.  So much for feeling like I didn’t have enough work to show.

-Valentine

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Where does she get those wonderful toys?

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I’ve been absent; I apologize.  To help remedy that a friend of mine called me out.  We made a pact that we’d each update our blogs four times a week.  I had been hoping to keep sketches off of this blog, but she forced my hand.  Oh well.  Worse things have happened.

Said friend owes me a hat.  She owes me a Russian Batman hat.  So…

-Valentine

P.S.
DC owns Batman and they do a better job with it than I ever could.

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I am Iron Man!

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This is an oldie (but a goodie) that I drew ages ago and never sat down to finish. Truth be told there are a lot of those that I look to finish up in the coming days. It’s no big secret that I’m a massive nerd, so I suspect this is just another in a long line of fan art inspired drawings that will be coming your way.

Iron Man belongs to the wonderful people at Marvel comics. (Obviously.)

-Valentine

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Up, up, and away!

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Merry Christmas to one and all!

When I turned in my pockets there wasn’t much to be found, so I reverted to my childhood and made her gifts this year. I’ve never been much of a DC man myself, but my mom has always had a fondness for Wonder Woman. The choice seemed clear as to what direction I should explore – besides, it’s been quite some time since I’ve done any kind of fan art.

Wonder Woman belongs to the good folks at DC comics.

-Valentine