Hey folks! This month is exploding with mermaid art for the hashtag #mermay. It’s a lot of fun seeing the art world play with a fun idea together as a community! Here is my first contribution! Thanks everybody and have a wonderful day!
Hope your week is off to a great start! Here is one of my newest pieces! I took a different approach in painting this one black and white first and then going layer by layer, transparency filter by transparency filter, to create the colors.
A value and color comp chart is extremely handy because it gives you an opportunity to check out which colors and lighting effects achieve the mood you are aiming for. Here is the value and color comp chart that I created before going onto the final illustration.
Hurray! Here is my latest character design. Meet Lady V.
Praise the Lord, this character was a lot of fun to design! She’s a charming scoundrel. She’s part of a story that I am creating. See if you can pick out the different periods in art that I was inspired by for her! There are actually quite a few…
Technically speaking, the process for the final character design is basically as follows and was created digitally in Photoshop:
Draw line work.
Paint flat local colors on new layer underneath line work layer.
Go back to your line layer, select and isolate the line work and paint it so that it compliments the local colors, such as using a lighter brown around the skin, or a darker brown around the eye makeup.
Above both the line and color layers, create shading with a Multiply layer – Keep it simple. Once painted, reduce the opacity of the shading layer as needed.
Above that layer, create highlights using an Overlay layer. Again, reduce opacity as needed.
Use one of your textures that is painterly and really vibrant in color, clip it to your character’s shape and play around with transparency filters such as Overlay. Test out the different colors in hue/saturation, and play with opacity until it gives an effect you like.
Keep experimenting with your piece until satisfied with the final design, and tah dah! Have fun digital painting!
P.S. Some of the concept artwork for her costume design variations were created in Procreate using a soft and textured technical pen.
Life has been really blessed and very productive! Currently, I’m working on a class with SCAD that gives a lot of leg room to the students to choose their project directions to help build up our portfolios. With this in mind, I’m working on creating a lot more in the way of pre-production artwork including character designs, value and color/lighting key studies, prop designs etc. for the story by Hans Christian Andersen “The Brave (Steadfast) Tin Soldier.”
This story has been in the back of my mind for a long time. It has a very sad ending, but if it were to be envisioned for a full-length movie, I’d like to imagine and create a happier solution to the end where the tin soldier actually does get the girl. For the class, I plan to design the Black Goblin (the jack in the box) and the Tin Soldier.
As an extra curricular project, I designed over the weekend this character named “Poecan” who is the canary poet. In the story, the narrator mentions that at night, while the other toys come alive, the canary also wakes up and starts speaking in poetry. His character is limited to this small reference in the whole plot, but I thought he might turn out to be a fun character to make more significant to the story.
Thanks for reading and I hope to post more visual development work soon!
Over the past few months, life has been intense and busy, but extremely rewarding. I’ve created a few character design sheets and look forward to making more. Here are just a few recent works for visual development. Let me know your thoughts!
Hope you are doing well! I’ve posted this work before but had to bring it up again! Have you tried alcohol inks on yupo paper before? It is incredibly fun and – if it behaves – it can create amazing landscapes for imaginative worlds!
This one I had a lot of fun with. Alcohol inks are very temperamental and dry quickly, so act fast and go with the flow. One of the biggest things that can be both an advantage and a problem is that the inks can “bloom” (pushing the colors away). However, if you have a straw handy, you can blow on it to create cool patterns, like the shrubbery at the bottom of the image. I actually used a paper towel to help smudge the inks along in order to create the log. Also, if you have a spray bottle handy, you can spritz a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol into the air and then bring your piece nearby the spray – just barely so you get a few of the starlike effects, similar to salt for watercolors. For the characters, I used pen and markers to fill in the color.
If you have any great tips for alcohol inks, let me know!
All the best to you and God bless!
Artwork Private Eyes are Watching You by Brittany Edsall
One of the most beautiful art forms in the world is drawing. It has such fluidity and motion, and almost seems to breathe.
Recently, I went down to Atlanta to hear a few people from Pixar share about their experiences with the company. (I survived I-85 – thank the Lord! Glad to be alive!) While I was waiting to enter the auditorium, I met several other students from SCAD. It was a joy to hear their goals in animation, production and visual development. One of the biggest things that made an impression on me was that they too absolutely loved the beauty of drawings. It was wonderful to be in such a community of artists!
As I continue in visual development, the character design works by artists such as Jin Kim and Carter Goodrich have been such inspirations. They know exactly how to bring out the emotions and quirky uniqueness of each character they get to create and know. Each personality has a history, likes, dislikes, convictions, vices and qualities. That is what I want to bring out in my work.
Here is an example of one of my characters. I don’t want to give a name for him or synopsis, but rather his personality to show through – who he is, and all of the above.
Thanks everyone for your support! Let me know if you have any tips on character development! All the very best to you and God bless!
Long time no post. Thanks for waiting and some exciting things have been going on over the past few months. Back in September, I closed my gallery and immediately started up my Masters in Illustration program with the Savannah College of Art and Design. It’s been intense and I am enjoying it!
The reason for the masters program is to hone my skills as a Visual Development artist. My passion is for art in the film industry and through my work, I want to make a difference and inspire others. Artists like Glen Keane, Jin Kim and Brittney Lee have been big inspirations to my life and work. While I’ve been keeping quiet on the blog, there’s been a lot developing in the studio. Most of the art you have seen on the blog has been along the fine art route, but here we go. I’m finally going to start posting my visual development works and character designs.
On the side, I have been writing a few Christian fiction novels as well, and some of these character designs are for the people in the stories. Also, some of my character designs are depictions of people who I know and some are simply for the joy of the art. So many personalities to explore and get to know!
Currently I am illustrating a children’s book for a local author so I will probably be posting some of those pages along the way as well.
Thank you everyone so much for your support! Have a marvelous weekend and God bless!