11/4/07

Absentminded sketches




Here are a couple of digital doodles I did between real work and a goblin I drew while on the phone this evening. The background drawings were done for fun and experimentation, and they truthfully aren't very well thought out or executed, but they served their purpose. After I hung up the phone, I decided to scan the goblin and play around with some color for a few minutes.

I never know if the color actually improves a drawing or if it just makes it something different. Without exception, something is lost when color is added. Hopefully, something more is gained, otherwise there is no point in the color. My color skills aren't the strongest, so I have unfortunately hurt the lines more often than not. I need to figure out a way to capture the immediacy of the pencil drawing while still bringing everything to a clean, colorful finish. It is my endless struggle.

J

21 comments:

Adam said...

Just how long is "a few minutes"? Great stuff as always!

Leprechaun_Smurf said...

Very cool work. I've alway felt that something is lost when art gets colored.......hence why I enjoy collecting original art..... but I've always enjoyed your coloring jobs. Keep the art coming! :)

Joshm said...

I think your doubts in your coloring might be something rectified by coloring more, but honestly art is subjective and some people will like the colors better and some won't. I guess I like both, but something about the pencils that speak to me on the goblin piece. Nice backgrounds paintings too.

Scott Forbes said...

I understand what you are saying, in terms of color potentially ruining a sketch or an illustration. The goblin turned out well, but it develops a different feeling than the original pencil rendering had.

The paintings are great because they are made up of shapes that make up the painting. Although it might not look photorealistic (and it shouldn't) it is still understandable.

JRiddle said...

That is realy awesome... Excellent job!!!

Jay Cam said...

thats great work!
~Jay's World!

Paul said...

:) Those background sketches have a beautiful sense of light!! And great compositions for quick work.
I know what you mean about struggling to balance colour and the qualities of pencil lines. It's horribly tricky.

I have to say, although I love your digital painting, I think your cell shading and subtle colour choices do your pencils most justice. Heavier rendering just doesn't naturally suit your clear-line style. Since the art of the line is reduction, putting in what the line has already reduced doesn't often work 100%

Paul said...

P.S. An endless inspiration for me when looking at treating pencils with digital colour is an animator called Tatsuyuki Tanaka, I don't know if you already know his work, but here's a bit of it...
http://www.kojimorimoto.net/fr/studio4c_tanakat.htm
These little thumbs don't really do his work justice, but hopefully they give an idea.

Joshua Middleton said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone.

Adam, I spent about 10-15 minutes coloring the Goblin. Usually, no less than half of the time I spend coloring is spent on experimentation. Even on the simplest of pieces, I burn a lot of time on trial and error. I have learned a fair amount that way, but it is nice when I occasionally know what I want and just lay it down without all of the second-guessing. It doesn't happen as often as I'd like.

Paul, I am a big fan of Tanaka. His art book, "Cannabis Works" is filled with wonderfully subtle drawings and color. If you don't already have the book, run out and get it!

Thanks,

J

jason quinones said...

great landscapes!

bob ross would be proud!

"...happy little tree friends..."

Adam said...

Thank you. Another quick question, what program do you use for your coloring? Photoshop, Sketchbook Pro, or another?

Thanks again.

Guillermo P. Mogorrón said...

Awesome work again, specially the landscape.

sho said...

Those backgrounds are really beautiful Josh !

Paul said...

Hey Josh, yeah I do have Cannabis Works, it's sitting on my shelf just to my right! :D Every time I look in it I find something incredible that I missed last time.

I don't suppose you know if he's done any other artbooks? I've seen his animated short on the Studio 4C collection Digital Juice, but I can't find any more of his work :(

I also wish there was more of a vogue for artbooks outside Japan! I'd love to have a beautifully bound & designed book of your work for inspiration ^_^

Urban Barbarian said...

Great... I've missed a whole slew of great art!

I gotta say, it's pure joy visiting your blog and seeing this stuff. You're always an inspiration. Your art has this magical quality that takes the viewer someplace special.

Okay, I'll go back on my meds now...

libra bear said...

Everytime I look at your color work I'm in awe. I really like the goblin, I think the color makes it look different, Iappreciate both on an equal level. As for the landscapes, there beautiful. It does what its supposed to. Its nice to hear someone as talented as you still has their struggles.

Dominic Bugatto said...

Wonderful stuff.

Iggi Art said...

Hello, i´m Chilean illustrator. Your work is very good. You have a own style, unique. The facture it´s too detailed (sorry my english), a new form to see the fantasy. Cool.

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www.iggiart.blogspot.com

kangel said...

wow!!! very nice... i love it :)

a_a said...

Hey Josh!
Thanks for commenting on my blog, and for the kind words! Art's always better when the subject matter is personal i think.. but yeah it's true that a line drawing is very strong as opposed to colour because it leaves more to the imagination, but I think your colours rocks too!

JojoMonster said...

wow i love the way you color your work. simply amazing man. keep up the great work :)