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#921 Postby Storn » Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:56 pm

I used to partake occasionally in a contest over at Ten Ton Studios. I had a lunch hour free and thought I would do my first Ten Ton Studio challenge in several years. If you are a member of Ten Ton, you get to vote on the winner. This week's challenge is Superboy. The challenge just started and runs to 9am Thursday. Not a lot of time to get stuff in. But it is always fun to see what is produced.

Link to Ten Ton Studio Superboy challenge here: http://www.tentonstudios.com/forum/inde ... ic=10773.0

I did my entry in pencil, ink and color pencil.
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#922 Postby Storn » Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:56 pm

Anyhow, I got asked to do a goblin who is a PC and is a kick ass monk for a D&D game. That is a cool concept. The patron was even specific with the pose. So I hope I did the kung fu goblin justice!

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#923 Postby Deskepticon » Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:41 pm

That is one buff little dude... like Glenn Danzig

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#924 Postby Storn » Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:21 am

Deskepticon wrote:That is one buff little dude... like Glenn Danzig


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#925 Postby Storn » Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:22 am

So, my mother in law died last week, early Monday morning, to be specific. Sad, but expected. She was 80. Much beloved. I was in Puerto Rico for the funeral and just got back in last night, late. But right before she died, I had done some artwork for commissions, the two superhero pieces.

Happy accident time! I totally had a dyslexic moment and the Honey Badger commission called for a male. But in my brain, I thought I had read female and I drew Honey Badger as a woman villain. (It was the term "Honey" that threw me, so sexist of me). The patron really liked it and didn't take me up on my offer to redraw her as a man after I found out my mistake.

I also really like the Cloud concept. He is a shapechanging, digital entity who resides in the Cloud. That is a scary concept, guess you have to lure him out to like rural-off-the-grid New Mexico or Canada in order to truly defeat him. Good luck with that y'all.

And I fooled around on a painted piece after watching Steve Prescott's painting video with heavy body acrylics. After pestering Steve and asking a few questions about heavy body acrylics, which I had never used, I went and got a couple of tubes (burnt sienna, white, black). I had doodled that drawing in my toned color sketch book and despite it being fairly thin paper, I went to town with the acrylics.

The underpainting is the heavy body acrylic, but the color work was done with some guoache I had lying around. Bottom line; I really like the Liquitex heavy body acrylics, they stay wet a nice long time. Easier to blend and mix. So thanks Steve!

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#926 Postby Storn » Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:51 am

My entry in the latest Ten Ton Studios weekly challenge; The Riddler.
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Remember, you can swing by Ten Ton Studios and see all the art and even vote on your favorite (hint: vote on mine, that would be nice), later this week (after 9 am Thursday till 9 am Friday).
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#927 Postby SGT Anjay » Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:05 pm

Oh that's nice, I like how the pose is thoughtful yet somehow flippant, perfectly conveys the attitude. Also, the more understated yet notable use of ?s on the clothing, completely in contrast with the bombast of the ? throne. :1xyxthumbs:

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#928 Postby Storn » Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:37 am

SGT Anjay wrote:Oh that's nice, I like how the pose is thoughtful yet somehow flippant, perfectly conveys the attitude. Also, the more understated yet notable use of ?s on the clothing, completely in contrast with the bombast of the ? throne. :1xyxthumbs:


Thanks Anjay, some very nice comments. I'm very happy you spent that time writing them!
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#929 Postby Storn » Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:28 am

A fun private commission that I got to do. A Star Wars character, ex-imperial scout/sniper. I don't have a ton to say about it, although it was a totally digital creation. Usually I do a pencil sketch, but this time I wanted to work a bit more with my cintiq. The initial scribbles where done on separate layers, along with some reference that patron gave me. I did this at work during lunch over a few days. The camo texture was provided by the patron.

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#930 Postby Zero Mostel » Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:22 pm

She looks like a sexy techno version of a ShadowKhan
As the chicken said to the lion, "You knew the job was dangerous when you took it."

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#931 Postby Storn » Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:14 pm

Scimitar and Buckler, variant on Sword -n- Board. Here is another lunch time doodle. Going for some rich colors while trying to make it readable. Hope I succeeded. I like working in vignettes like this, with the negative space allowed to exist almost abstractly.

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#932 Postby Storn » Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:55 am

Here is a doodle, I was experimenting with a very loosed pencil sketch. I wanted to see if I could work with that when I went to the paint. I tend, especially with fantasy, to be a "bit" tighter with the pencil work.

But I was quite happy that it came out the way that it did. The face changed a bit, now looking at it, I like the angle of the pencil a little better than the finished. Although I like the paint application in the face. Ah, I'm picky.

This piece, plus 4 others, are my latest Fantasy Clip Art portfolio from LPJ Design, available here: http://lpjdesign.rpgnow.com/product/207 ... Storn-Cook

The preview of the Portfolio wasn't working for a bit, but it is working now.

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#933 Postby Storn » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:46 am

Thursday night is my game night. One of the other players is the amazing artist, Steve Ellis, http://steveellisart.com/. We often talk art, share tips, what we are working on and the like. This last Thursday, I came with a 1/2 sheaf of this thin yellow toned paper I had found at Hobby Lobby, because we both like working on toned paper. To give to Steve so he could play with it too. He, totally coincidentally, brought me a 1/2 sheaf of gray toned paper which had some tooth to it and some real thickness, like 80 lb or something.

The yellow that i gave him is really thin, only good for sketching, although the piece below that I doodled, was not inked, it did seem to hold up to some inking I did in the corner. I really like that yellow paper is not so dark that my prelim pencil lines are tough to see, which happens in anything nearing midtone paper. But it is still dark enough that white pencil or white ink still is a viable way to work in the lights.
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I did two sketches (see below) Thursday night, one was of our actual player character, Xian Xiang, our diplomat turned spy turned ship captain in our Uncharted Worlds game. And the hatchet guy. I gave Xian to our player Mike and so the snap is with my iphone, the color of the background with this paper is much more french gray than the tan that the iphone picked up. The hatchet guy was scanned this weekend and so it shows a bit closer what Steve's gray paper is like... but still came out a bit lighter and warmer than in real life, but it is off by only 5%.

But Steve's paper has quite a bit of texture. Which I don't love when I go with toned sketches to some kind of digital finish, because I tend to work with multiply and that texture can sometimes look crappy. But because the paper was fairly thick, how would it stand up to acrylic paint? Quite well, I think. The paper did buckle just a small amount due to me using thin washes at time. Steve Prescott (another fabulous artist: http://prescottartblog.blogspot.com/ who I happened to go to school with) turned me onto some heavy body acrylics of late and I'm enjoying them. Can't wait to use them as an underpainting for an actual oil painting sometime soon.
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#934 Postby Storn » Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:28 pm

Across 110th Street

Ten Ton Studios has their new weekly challenge up. http://www.tentonstudios.com/forum/inde ... ic=10784.0

This week it is Misty Knight. Now, I'm not a huge Iron Fist/Power Man comic book aficionado, but the very first thing I thought of when I read the challenge was Bobby Womack's amazing soul tune, "Across 110th street" (I've yet to see the movie, although I payed homage to the movie poster too. Tunage here: https://youtu.be/UOg_8hCC4u4). I met my wife and lived in Spanish Harlem at the ages of 19-21. I lived on E119th street, Harlem was close by.

Watching Luke Cage on Netflix was like going home for me. Luke Cage is my favorite Netflix Marvel show so far and I LOVED Jessica Jones and Daredevil. I was a bike messenger and would often cut through Harlem from Spanish Harlem to pick up packages at Columbia University (and then bike downtown). One time, I even delivered to the Apollo Theater! That was a thrill.

So I am paying homage to stomping grounds of my youth. Now, I wish I could get some of those empanadas from 116th street.

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