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Personal Announcement: I’m Back (Normal Broadcasting Will Resume Shortly)

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So I’m back from my trip to the US. While I’d initially thought this trip would involve a lot of time in the Magic Kingdom, it ended up involving a lot less Disney and a lot more Japan. After putting up my earlier announcement we changed our plans to add a few days in San Francisco, which meant trips to Japan Town, New People, and San Francisco’s historic Japanese Tea Garden. If this sounds a bit one-sided I assure you I also did plenty of non-Japan related activities.

Since I’m a bit isolated here in Macedonia this trip was a great opportunity for me to visit some San Francisco galleries, meet people and discuss my work. In particular I have to make a shout out to  Micah Lebrun at 111 Minna Gallery for his comments and advice. All in all it was an amazing trip, but the constant running around, not to mention a grueling 48 hour transit time home, has left me exhausted. I promise normal broadcasting will resume shortly.

Picnic on the Grass: GelaSkin Phone Cover

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I’m thinking about getting my artwork Picnic on the Grass printed as a custom GelaSkin cover for my new phone (even though it’s only a hand me down). To be honest I see so much of my own work that after a while I can’t bear to look at it, but I’m happily surprised by how slick and professional this design looks. Unfortunately you can’t buy this for yourself, for now at least it’s a one of a kind design just for me. Eat your hearts out.

Personal Announcement: I’m off to Disney World

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As some of you may be aware, from the 16th to the 25th this month I’m jetting off to Orlando. It’ll be my first time visiting the US so I’m pretty excited, but unfortunately I now have a scary to-do-list of things that must be done before I leave. I’m going to try to squeeze in some time to queue up extra blog posts, but I honestly don’t know if I’m going to manage it. I apologize in advance to my regular readers (do I actually have any regular readers? ). In any case I hope to return soon with more art, design and Japan stuff.

The Origami Cupcake Tutorial: Part 2 Linework

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In my previous post I gave an overview of the entire illustration process. This post covers Step 1: Creating your linework.

How do you turn a messy sketch into a finished artwork? For me the key is using reference images and working my way slowly from rough drawings to a really neatly inked drawing.

Working in such a methodical way takes time, but drawing the linework is by far the most important stage of creating your artwork. I’m building the image up in layers, and this is my foundation. It wastes a huge amount of time if you try to make changes to the image once it’s been colored, I so tend to go slowly and be extra critical of myself.

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The Origami Cupcake Tutorial: Part 1 Structuring your Image

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For a while now I’ve been posting updates on my works in progress, explaining a bit about how these works come into being. But these posts were never intended as a proper tutorial… until now.

This is the definitive tutorial to making anime/comic styled artworks in Adobe Illustrator using my own method.

But before I begin with the hard stuff, let’s get an overview of the way I work and the way I structure my layers.

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Doll: Coloring in Progress

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Edit: This work has been completed.
Follow each step in the  making of this work:  Linework ColoringShading and Highlights and Extra Details and Final Atmospheric Shading.

After you’ve got you linework picture perfect you can begin coloring. While this might sound difficult I make it easy by dividing the task into different steps. These steps correlate to separate layers in your image (this is a simplification; each layer is actually a group of multiple layers).

The basic process I work by is:

  1. Create your linework.
  2. Create a layer for the base color; this is the local color, or actual color of an object.
  3. Create a layer for shadows, depending on the lighting you will probably want another layer for very dark shadows as well.
  4. Create a layer for highlights.
  5. Create a layer for lighting and atmospheric effects. Finish off your image by tweaking colors, layer opacity etc until you’re satisfied.

Everything after Step 1 can be considered “coloring”, depending on how you define it, since each of those steps individually don’t really produce anything. It’s only when you see all the layers on top of each other that you get that magical ‘Tada!” moment when you see the full effect.

So let’s get started on Step 2.

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Doll: Linework in Progress

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Edit: This work has been completed.
Follow each step in the  making of this work:  Linework ColoringShading and Highlights and Extra Details and Final Atmospheric Shading.

I’ve been working a bit slowly because I’ve been sick. But now I’m back on track with some updates.

This is a quick step by step breakdown of how I draw my linework using Adobe Illustrator.

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Website Updates

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With the new year I thought it’s time to update a few things.

In addition to my art, I’ve also been doing more design work lately. Doing things I’m not used to really challenges me, so I enjoy it a lot. While my art education revolved around traditional media, I’ve never been intimidated by computers. Since then I’ve learnt new skills, but it’s built on the strong base of drawing. Check out my Design Portfolio to sample some of my work.

In addition to my Design Portfolio, I’ve added new PDFs for download to my  curriculum vitae and artist’s statement:

Curriculum Vitae
Design Portfolio
Art Brochure

Exhibition Mock-ups

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I often wonder if visitors to this site notice that my works are “vector works, designed to be printed on a large scale”. In any case it’s hard to imagine the impact these images would have at that scale, when you’re looking at your monitor at home. That’s why I did some exhibition mock-ups for my Artist’s Statement. Hopefully I’ll be able to turn this into reality sometime soon ^^

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