Art technique books I have

Someone asked me the other day which art technique books I would recommend, and it’s not necessarily an easy answer.  I’m very picky with those kinds of books, and there are so many out there that what works for you might not work for me.  But I thought I’d at least throw out a few that are almost always on my desk, open or otherwise. All of these are available everywhere, maybe even in your favorite bookstore.

First off, a series of books by Burne Hogarth.  Dynamic Anatomy, Drawing Dynamic Hands, Drawing The Human Head, and Dynamic Wrinkles and Drapery .… Read the rest

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Photoshop: fun with warping

My good friend Kirk Alberts suggested making my blog partly about design and art techniques, so I thought I’d give it a try.  This one’s on Photoshop’s Warp abilities.

One thing I missed from using Corel PhotoPaint all the time was the warp abilities that Photopaint had.  There were certainly ways around that in Photoshop, and maybe I just missed other easier ways.  It might have been that I didn’t like how they worked.  But I use it quite a bit in CS3, and it’s fantastic.

One thing I do a lot is use textures. … Read the rest

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The light at the end of the tunnel

If things go according to plan, I'll have the vast majority of current projects off my plate once and for all within a couple of weeks.  That includes a Flash game, a programming gig (ick), and my very first sequential arc. 

I'm just about done with the short seven page graphic story, one which I'm past deadline on.  It's been a real challenge, but in the end it might help me find who I really am as an artist.  The story uses two different styles, an illustrated reality for what's currently happening, and a more abstract/digital style for the flashbacks.  It's been fun, but now I really know what I have to work on to get better at this.… Read the rest

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