Dec 10, 2012

Magic the gathering: Holy fountain

A fictional piece for Magic the gathering.

title: holy fountain
type: non standard land
colour: white

done in Photoshop

Oct 18, 2012

Warcraft: Kil'Jaeden

I put a lot of effort into this and it shows.
I proudly present my take on the demon lord Kil'Jaeden from Blizzard's "Warcraft".

Sep 25, 2012

Monster shirt design

How about a monster, or mythical creature themed t shirt ?

Aug 20, 2012

Music shirt design challenge

Another Deviant Art design challenge.
This time it was for T Shirts and the theme was "music".

The drum is the prime-beat.
Dance to the beat !

Aug 10, 2012

Cubistic design challenge

Recently there was a bigger challenge on Deviant Art, which was about designing something for a messenger bag in cubisim style and with only 4 colors.
I went for an aztec fantasy dragon. I didnt winbut I placed among the finalists.
I had a lot of alternate color variants, but of course I couldnt enter with all of them.

Adobe Illustrator

The original design

And one with gradiants.

Jul 31, 2012

Editorial style no2

Rating agencies...
I dont think much of them.

Jul 23, 2012

Editorial style no1

Here's a new style I'd like to try on some editorial projects.
Let's see how this goes.

Jul 21, 2012


A quick digital sketch.

Jul 2, 2012

Weekly clothless

This is "Weekly Clothless" reporting, we have a new package of nudity for all'ya.

Jun 21, 2012

Nude drawing sketches...not!

Ok, here are some not so nude "nude drawing sketches".
These special session are always a lot of fun.

Jun 14, 2012

Wolfs and Bears

Some wolfs and bears:

Jun 2, 2012

Slim Jim

Just you and the road,
the sound of the machine
and the radio...
That's the life of the trucker
named"Slim Jim".

May 25, 2012

Diablo 3: Portrait of a hero

Diablo 3, best sold game ever (in the first week).
Here's an illustration of the monk class.

Photoshop cs5

Apr 22, 2012

Warcraft Ogre Monk

After all of these anatomy studies, I wanted to put it to use and see how much I've learnt.
Therefore I needed something with muscles and not too many clothes.
Since I like checking designs and game development from Blizzard (World of Warcraft), I decided to go for an Ogre Monk. Ogres are not playable, but since Blizzard is going to introduce a new race and the monk class, I thought that these buddies would make quite good monks.

Here's also a work process.
I wrote down some thoughts, to make clear what I changed and why.
I'd love to see something like this from other artists, too.

Apr 15, 2012

Study: Shadows

After studying anatomy, I'm now in defining the form better and thinking in volumes.
I'm hoping to achieve this by choosing some reference photos with significant shadows
and translate them into simple "black and white" forms.
White for the areas in the light and black in the shadows.
I do not use transition areas/grayscale or lines (when they're not shadows).

Mar 12, 2012

Study: Anatomy: The hand

I think this part of the body is the one, most people struggle with. I dont like it either.
The good message, you can always check you own hands as reference.
The bones of the hand are tricky, but they follow the same rules as all bones. A bone cannot change it's form or go through another one. The arm is the static part in this study and we look at it from above. There's a mass of small bones in the wrist, but neither do we see them, nor do we need to.

The muscles of the hand are very small but the most prominent are two fleshy muscles of the palm.
The thumb muscle is actually attached to the middle finger, as well as the wrist.
The movement of the hand seems very complicated, but it follows strict mechanical rules. The illustration in the lower right shows that a hand turned to the max right/left side forms a straight line on the opposing side.
The fingers almost exclusively pull to to form a fist. They can be tilted sidewarts and pulled upwarts, but not much.
The thumb is a little different, since it can rotate. Imagine the thumb like a hinge. Looking at it from the front, it can move around in a 90° area.

Proportions and constructions: (upper right corner)
- Start with two same size boxes (slightly longer than square form) and cut off a little at the corners like shown or similar.

- The knuckles do not form a straight line, you can use a curve or the shown example.
- There's skin between the fingers which optically shortens the fingers. This is very important !

The middle finger is the landmark we need.
- The knuckle marks 1/2 of the hand.
- The 2nd knuckle is at 1/2 of the finger.
- The 3rd knuckle is at 1/2 of the rest.
- The index finger and the ring finger end at aproximately the same length.
- The pinky (knuckle to fingertip) is close in size to the middlefinger (skin between fingers to fingertip).
- The origin of the thumb lies lower than the knuckles, from above, as well as from the side.
- The straight thumb reaches the 2nd knuckle of the index finger.

other notes:
- Pay attention to the folding of skin and deforming muscles.
- A fist looks different when you hold something like a sword.
- The first line of knuckles do not move, except the one of the ring finger and the pinky, but that's not much.
- The box used for the hand gets thicker to the wrist.

Mar 7, 2012

Study: Anatomy: The leg 4

Finally, the foot !
Let me tell you one thing beforehand:

>> Nobody ever looks on the feet.

Just in case you still want to draw feet, let's go on:
The entire body rests on the two ends of your legs, more precisely, the ankle. From there on downwards, the weight is divided to the heel and the rest of the foot.
The ankle is the joint on which the food rotates and although it's quite flexible, it doesnt really move that much. Try it out yourself, how far in each direction can you actually move your foot ?

The upper left diagrams show bones and tendons etc.
The first one is too short though, the second one is better.
Remember that the foot is an arch, horizontally and vertically, check the figures in the middle.
According to Bridgman, the toes are not all the same when drawn roughly. The pinky (1) and the big toe (3) step downwards in lesser steps than the others.

Mar 6, 2012

Study: Anatomy: The leg 3

I'm not quite sure how this part of the leg is called in english.
I'll just go with "leg", although that feels quite unprecise.

The views are the same as in "study: the leg 2"

1 - outer view
2 - front
3 - inner view
4 - back

Once again I used "the human machine" by Bridgman and luckily this part of the body is really simple, so the doodles weren't that hard to decipher, this time.

- the ankles on the leg are different in height:
high on the inside, low on the outside.
- it's the other way around with the calf, which is basically consists of two muscles.

Mar 4, 2012

Study: Anatomy: The leg 2

While the back was a surprisingly difficult area to deal with, I knew that the knee would be hard. I never really knew why a knee looks the way it does, which made me quite uncomfortable drawing them.
Bridgeman's drawings are (once again) too sketchy and flat to get you far. Google wasnt that much of a help this time.
I really had to search to find drawings or photos that helped me.

The first line up there are rough sketches on how the knee works. The actually possible movments are really restricted.

1 - outer view of the knee
2 - front
3 - inner view
4 - back

I'm still unsure about the entire knee area, but my feeling got a little better. The anatomy in these drawings should be aproximately correct, but dont look onto proportions yet.
I didnt pay attention to it.

- with a straight leg you can imagine the knee as a box or square inside the leg
- the knee form you see, are the ends of the thigh- and the leg bone.
- the kneecap works as a landmark for the area, since many muscles of the thigh and the leg are attached to it.

Mar 2, 2012

Study: Anatomy: The leg

I think we have enough torso studies now.
It's time for some legs.

The thigh is build very similar to the arm.
On the front side is a triceps (tri = three), consisting of a bundle of three muscles, to straighten the leg.
The triceps on the back of your arm does exactly the same.

Of course the counterpart is the biceps (bi = two).
Logically it is placed on the opposite side of the leg / arm to pull on the bones so the joint forms an angle.
It's really simple.

About the illustration:
1: back view of the thigh
2: outer side view
3: front view
4: inner side view

The part that takes practise (as always) is to understand the forms in a threedimensional way.

Mar 1, 2012

Study: Anatomy: The trunk / torso 5

The hip bones are difficult to grasp.
They have a really complex form and the drawings out there vary every time. I found a couch or something like that, which quite resembles the form we need.
In some darwings tutorials I've read to first draw the hip as a tilted box,...well, it kind of works.

On the side of the hips we have just a few muscles.
Gluteus Medius (between the upper edge of the hip and the leg bone)
a smaller muscle on the right side of the medius, which follows the same direction and
Gluteus Maximus (your sitting flesh, from the scrotum to the leg bone).

- The hip bone is like a cut in the body. There's no muscle stretching over it. they just start from it to the upper torso or to the legs.
- The lower end of the Gluteus Maximus is not on the same heigt as the lower end of the hip bone. The Maximus is lower.

Feb 28, 2012

Study: Anatomy: The trunk / torso 4

I thought the shoulderblade deserved a seperate study;
to be more precise, the movement of the shoulderblade.

1 - Relaxed
2 - Pulled back
3 - Pulled up
4 - Pulled up + Rotation because of the lifted arms
5 - Relaxed Sideview
6 - Pulled to the front

In an earlier piece, I quoted an illustration from G.B.Bridgeman that displayed the shoulder ring as a scale, that's not right though, I think. If it was like a scale, you wouldnt be able to pull up both your arms at the same time...or maybe I just miss a point. I guess it was to simplyfie the matter.

For this work, I checked several videos on youtube.
I recognized that the shoulderblade does move, but not as much as I thought before. I still dont have a clear vision of how the muscles deform while the shoulderblade moves, but that will hopefully come with more practise.

- I got nothing this time ^^°

Feb 27, 2012

Study: Anatomy: The trunk / torso 3 (Back)

The backside of the torso.
It seems so flat and empty at first, but if you want to understand the muscles it's really difficult.
I didnt draw any of this without reference, some proportions might be off here and there, though.
It's good enough for a starting point.

The first detailed one is to get a feeling of the body's form, while the one on the right is more to shematically show the positioning of the back muscles.
1 - Trapezius Muscle
2 - Latissiums Dorsi (one muscle, not two)
3 - Shoulderblade

The 3 illustrations down there show the muscles of the shoulder, which is really tricky, but in rough it's just one big boulder of muscle, that acts as a landmark on the back.
The shematic sketch and the shoulders can be found in George B. Bridgman's "The human machine", the detailed one has a reference on google somewhere.

I have a better understanding of the shoulder and the back now, but I still dont quite understand how and when the shoulderblade moves. I have to check on this some more.

What's to note ?
- Like mentioned in an earlier piece, the shoulderblade is embedded into the back instead of attached to the ribcage. It's only connection is at the collarbone.
- The most prominent back muscles are the two thick strings left and right of the spine.
- The next is the shoulder / the muscles on the shoulderblade, which stretch or deform while moving the arm and are bordered/covered by the Latissimus Dorsi below and the Trapezius and the Deltoid above.

Feb 23, 2012

Study: Anatomy: The trunk / torso 2

I would have liked it better to edit this piece into the other post about the torso, but that would be too much text in one post, so I have to split it up.

The first part was about the bones of the torso, the ribcage and shoulders, to name them.

This one is about the muscles, as you can see.
In case you wonder, the red area shows rather flat zones, which is intersting when you have to add light and shadow.

So what's there to note ?

- The breast muscles are attached to the breast bone / collarbone on the one and to the upper arm on the other side.
-The abdominal muscles are not multiple muscles, but one big muscle band that is attached to the ribs/breastbone above and at the pelvis on the lower end.
-The saw shaped muscles (serratus anterior) are attached to the ribs and the shoulder blade.

Used George B. Bridgman's "The human machine", as well as google and wikipedia

Feb 21, 2012

Study: Anatomy: The trunk / torso

behold my new piece of study:
The torso / trunk or to be a little more precise:
The shoulders.
Most illustrations you will find in George B. Bridgman's "The Human Machine", but copying these will already improve your own skills. Once again, the book alione wont help much, you need to work deeper yourself and research other spources as well.
I was surprised how difficult it can be to find a good picture of a ribcage. The one above is not totally acurate.
The angle in the middle is too narrow, I think...or too round, maybe both.

If I got it right, the shoulder ring is rather stiff and moves like a balance.

- The arm is attached to the shoulderblade, not the ribcage
- The shoulderblade is imbedded into the back, rather than attached to the ribcage or smth.
- There are 12 ribs, but only the first 6 are attached to the breast bone (sternum), the lower 5 are indirectly connected to it and the lowest rib has no connection at all.
- All ribs have a connection to the spine.

Jan 24, 2012

Study: Anatomy: The arm

It's time for some studying again.
I bought a piece of George B. Bridgman's "The human machine", had it laying around for some time and finally found the time to actually make use of it. It's not a guide for drawing, rather than an explanation of how our body works and how to make it a little simpler for the artist.
Sadly quite some drawings are so rough or incomplete, it's hard to decipher them.
I daresay some are plainly wrong, so I had to google around and check on anatomical models to actually get it.

Jan 19, 2012

School book style: Time for coins

Slice of life:
You go into the supermarket, to get the milk you forgot, the other day.
You stand in the line and it feels like forever and right when you think, soon it's my turn, the old lady in the front starts digging for her coins.

Jan 9, 2012

School book style: Disco

It's party time.
I'm experimenting a little with coloured outlines and more colour diversity.

Jan 1, 2012

2012, here we go !

First day of 2012 and I already have a new piece to show.
I tried a slightly different pen this time. (It's thicker and softer)