Today is the 5-year anniversary of my wife and I getting married, and so I've been doing a bit a reflection, which led me to writing this blog entry. I was looking through some of my old art, and I decided that it would be cool to share it online!
I've been doodling my whole life, but it was a concentrated two-year effort that actually led to me finding an art style in which I could be productive on the scale and quality that I desired.
2009-2010: Pen, Ink, and Watercolors
These pieces are typical of me 3-4 years ago. I would use a fountain pen with indian ink to create an image, and then I would color it with watercolor paints. I was very pleased with how these turned out, but, using this method, I took way too long to complete an image. I needed to find a better, more efficient method to express my ideas. On the way, I also created these fan images from some of my favorite games:
2010-2011: Trying Pixel Art on for Size
Considering that I had in mind to do big projects, I went from fully traditional art using a fountain pen and watercolors to another end of the spectrum, pixel art, thinking it would be fun and fast. I was wrongish.
Pixels turned out to, indeed, be fun, but the constraints of it prevented me from getting across the ideas that I wanted. I ended up just making a bunch of icons of things I liked or that I thought represented my ideals. I also tried to see if using a ballpoint pen instead of a fountain pen could make we work faster traditionally. THAT turned out to be a huge leap forward for me. I also started to play around with some narratives that I had floating around in my head:
(This story may yet see light under the Orbital / Primeval project)
(The world this little guy comes form will most definitely see light under the Orbital / Primeval project)
Ball Point Pen and Water-Color:
2011-Present: Sharpies + Digital Color
I REALLY enjoyed making the characters you see above, but it still irked me how long it took to color with watercolors. Then I made my last leap forward with these pieces...
...and these two that I've already posted (together with alternate color jobs):
You can see that I started to experiment with brighter, more shocking colors now that coloring took so little time. This directly led to me beginning the Lightning Dog comic, and, the rest is history! I was finally creating content at a high enough quality that I thought it looked cool, but it was also speedy enough for me to start completing projects.
I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of my journey to what I'm making now!