From Script to painting, the N15 Enforcer


One of the future projects we have looked at undertaking at Digital Raven, is a reboot of our first collective project which was a Star Craft video.  Several months ago I set out to re-image the relatively short script, and tweak it into a series of web shorts.

Based on the fact that we are not focusing on Space Marines in full armor I had to come up with a weapon that would fit into normal unassisted human hands.  Using the Impaler as the base model and looking at some of my favorite “futuristic” looking guns I came up with the N15 Enforcer.

First let’s look at the C-14 Impaler, designed to be wielded by 9 foot tall power suits.. needless to say, I needed to come up with something that fit this style, but was smaller.

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So step one was to look at guns in a simplified form… in this case as silhouettes.  I also dragged in a P90 and a KRISS, as they are two of my more favored futuristic weapons.

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Based on those I came up with this outline of the N-15 Enforcer…silsfinal

Here is the Enforcer with all the detail lines added.  silsdetails

In a lot of way the detailed line version is a pretty good guide, for a prop maker, to get a handle of how to put it together.  But often times it is a lot better to get the entire idea, coloration and details down before passing it on here is the value study of the Enforcer.
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Here is the values color shifted a bit and a lot more the edging detail worked in.. details

Here is the final gun design with textures added.

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Enjoy!

-TheGrav

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My Little Monsters: Cthulhu


 

Some of you might remember the MOAR Monster, it was an original acrylic on canvass painting that I worked on and release several months ago.  It was the first in a series that I have decided to call “My Little Monsters”.

Based on some of my personal feelings, that as I progressed through formal art schooling I lost touch with the “little kid” element and imagination of art and making creatures.  Replacing the void it left with technical skills and rules.  I will never be able to look at a piece of art I did as a kid and not see all the mistakes, but I can work on more creatures with an open mind!

Continuing with the more cartoony theme of MOAR Monster, here is the second sketch which I will soon begin to commit to canvass:

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This time I decided to do a more traditional Victorian Horror monster and used HP Lovecrafts famous “Cthulhu” elder god as the basis, but sketched him as  a baby or hatch-ling.

I will continue to add creatures and monsters and aliens to the My Little Monster Series, I have even considered taking this a slightly more fun route and doing an traditional “A is for Alien” style set of 26 art pieces.  I hope you like this one, keep an eye out for more posts as I work on this one, and eventually the original canvass on sale at my ETSY store!

-TheGrav

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Sketch Dump


It’s been a few weeks since I manged to post a #sketchaday, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been sketching!  Here is some of my daily sketches from the last few weeks:

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I am a huge fan of Cyberpunk, Steampunk, and Retro Sci-fi Styles, this is a piece I doodled awhile ago and finally got around to redoing. sad_spaceship1

Spaceship Designs, for the Solarian Race(They will get their own post soon!)sad_talon

 

Halfling Sorcerer from a Pathfinder game I played in.  Did the sketch in preparation for racial art paintings in my Homebrew Worlds wiki. ShipConcept

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Here are two older ones, from the tail end of 2012.  A female Goblin to go with my Gobo-series.  I will do a full post on the soon. tribalseahorse copy

 

And a very quick tribal Seahorse sketch done for a client(and not used).

More Soon!  I am still Sketching, just bad at post! 😦

-TheGrav

The MOAR Monster…


An artist, an 18 month old, a sketch book, and a stack of crayons.  I was acting as a nanny to my roommates kiddo a few months back, and as an artist myself I liked to encourage him to take crayons to paper and go nuts.

We ended up doing a hybrid form of collaborative work.  I would sketch a line, he would scribble, only stopping to choose a new color and pointing to where he wanted me to place my next set of lines.  It was an exercise in showing him, how and where to color, but it became a freeing experience for me.  (As in not on the walls!)

As artists we lose a certain amount of boundless artistic freedom the more we attend any sort of formal training.  You always have a teacher or peer telling you how “that doesn’t work”, or “that is not atomically correct”, or my favorite “you have to learn the RULES before you can break the rules and be artistic.”

WE ARE MAKING ART, not doing brain surgery.  There isn’t supposed to be a “wrong” in artistic expression, it is a way of letting emotion and feeling leak from your soul into the world.  Going through formal training I spent a lot of time learning rules and concepts, and they have made me a better designer, a better painter, a better marketer, but not a better artist. Art School did more to teach me to lock away my creative urges in a cage of technical rules.

Sketching with a 18 month old, unlocked all that bullshit.  It helped me free up my talent,  and then let that talent flow through the techniques and tools, to become something awesome.  Our combined doodles led me to do this sketch, which I later applied to canvass.

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The MOAR! Monster.  pretty simple idea, just a monster I might have sketched in 4th grade, on the corner of a  math homework assignment.  Going to an art school is a good idea, and experience, it is the teaching that needs to change.

Jay, one of the best and most influential artists and teachers I encountered while attending formal classes, He had this rule.  if you ever had to defend or come up with a reason for something in your art, just blame aliens.

“Why is this guy floating?  That isn’t physically possible and so it is just bad execution of this assignment…”  ..because it matter what the subject of the SHADING assignment is doing when the assignment was to shade a scene of the artist’s choosing. My physics professor, liked a lot of the odder sketches I did, because I kept a good concept of the PHYSICAL world in mind when I create Science Fiction and Fantasy Art.

When the physics teacher says “yeah if we could float it would look like that…”  the art teacher who didn’t take advanced science or math classes can STFU.  Anyway Jay’s rule: aliens, the dude can float cause of aliens.  Here is a teacher that attempted to unlock all those rules and let students do whatever.  However Jay was the One good teacher, we need more like him.

I am not alone in having creativity stifled by formal education.  Not because we are incapable of executing the given assignment to the fullest ability of the techniques taught; but because the professor, personally, would have chosen a different subject matter.  It would be like me teaching a class on color theory and telling a student her execution was bad because I, personal, don’t ever choose to paint puppy-dogs and sunshine.  Then turning to another student and telling her she did a good job because she painted Zero Suit Samus killing a metriod.  The Subject matter of the painting has NO impact on the use of COLOR!

On the subject of color… here is the finished painting:

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The entire project was very freeing, and inspired me to continue with a series of “my little monsters”  trying to capture that cute and simple style kids sketch.  Everything I learned in 4 plus years of different art classes, and it takes an 18 month old to show me how to grow as an artist and painter.

Yeah education in America might be broken.

-TheGrav

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Teaching an old painting new tricks…


So a few years ago I started trying to paint an underwater scene, some of you might remember this…

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We are just gonna do the TL;DR version here.  Don’t like it, wasn’t for me, needs to be finished/changed.

Being that Octopuses are one of my favorite animals, and that I wanted to play a lot with color and form I decided on a blue ring octopus as a subject.  In case you aren’t familiar with these guys, here are a few pics!

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Here is my process on teaching this old canvass new tricks…

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Here I have used sharpie to mark out where I want to octopus to be, and with that done I have laid in a lot of the background coloring.

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Next I paint out the area that will be the octopus with white.  Paintings is about layering, and as the background is dark already, I don’t want to layer a light color like yellow, as my final painting will end up darker.  Here I am making sure that I get a nice solid, light yellow color2013-02-02_14-46-13_650

 

Not quite done yet, but here is where I am as of this morning!  More to come soon!

-TheGrav

 

How I Kill myself with indecision


I have been working on my portfolio site for what seems like years… although it has only been a few months.  The idea is to have this stargate like device the floats in the midst of planets, the planets making up the “artsy” links for the different sections of my site.  This works out pretty well.  Using HTML5 and CSS3 I am able to get a quarter gate, in the bottom left corner, with planets positioned around it to look awesome!  In 1920 x 1080…

The problem is with a Liquid Layout as soon as it is re-sized… everything goes to shit.  Well not everything, using some CSS3 trickery I was able to back the background starscape and the gate itself re-size and maintain relative position, but the planets go all to hell and back.  An unfortunate reality that modern web-designers have to take into account is that most people still prefer to view a webpage at 1024 x 768, whether that is their default screen-size or they prefer to browse in windowed mode so their boss doesn’t catch them.

This leaves me with a few options… write something obscenely javascript heavy, that registers the user’s screen-size and spits back the page.  This also requires a lot of coding, as CSS has to be generated for each size detected.  Or I figure out a simple solution for now, and get to finishing.

What this really means is that I am gonna repaint the gate… as I am now centering the navigation page in a 1020px box, rather than having it adhere to the rules of a traditional liquid layout.   For those of you new to Worldcrafter, here is the original gate:

Warp Gate, Digital Painting, Ryan Berry

 

And here is step one of the revision:

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Wheee!!! Painting time!

-TheGrav

Oh Snap! Planets!


I have been trying to figure out how to finish thegrav.com.  I need planets, in two sizes, I know that much… after that I will need to sit back and think once again.  This means I need to paint a few planets.  So I set out to paint 6 planets in total.  I figured this time around I would try to reach out with social media and poll some of the people that follow my art page, in order to pick which planets I was gonna use.

The six choices I have given my fan are: A Metal World, Ice World, Living World, Desert World, Volcanic World, and a Dead World.  I however don’t get off easy, I still have to paint all 6 before I can really ask anyone to vote!  So far I have finished three!  Check em’ out!

 

Head on over to my Facebook Artist page!  Throw me a Like, and vote for your favorite!

http://www.facebook.com/ArtofTheGrav?fref=ts

-TheGrav

Miss a Sketch a Day, do a painting…


Sketching is the way I make sure I practice and get just a little bit better each day; at times however, like yesterday, I miss a day because I am working on a painting

A few weeks ago I released a series of sketches I was planning to turn into paintings, all involving mice.  I began with the wind mouse, mainly because this is the only painting in the set that has a tie to a season.  Here is what I have so far.

 

As I have mentioned before the Devil really does plague the details in my work, so I have a bit more I feel I need to do in order to call this guy done… then I think it is time to move on to Fire!

To see more of the art I am working on head over to my Facebook artist page! : http://www.facebook.com/ArtofTheGrav?fref=ts

-TheGrav