Today I was clearing out old files out of my computer at work, a sort of new year's cleaning, and found this cubeecraft file that I'd started and never finished. As I'd stated in an earlier post, I'm a fan of, almost, everything Godzilla and four years ago I set out to make a Godzilla cubeecraft figure during some office down time.
Here's a good look at all the parts to make this figure.
I you would like to print out and build one, you can click on the link to my devianART page below and download a hi-res version. Print it out, cut it out, put it together!
Today was a day full of NFL Conference Championship games and weren't they doozies! Congrats to the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks!
Well, during all that time I did a little work on the first skateboard design and completed the finishing line work.
Hopefully, this design will be popular. Then I can get a TV to put in the room where I do all this work. I'm pretty sure the neighbors are sick of me blasting the television surround loud enough for me to hear it from the other room.
The next project is going and I haven't finish the previous one yet. All my close friends know how much of a fan I am of "The Big G" and with the new movie coming out soon I'm overly excited! So, here's a peek at the next skateboard design.
To further prove my love for all things Godzilla. Take a look at the front plate of my car.
It's that time of the year when the workload at the day job is very low until time for production of the next 1600 page catalog. So, between now and then, there are a few small items here and there that need to be done for the online version of the catalog. In between those there's a lot of time just trying to keep my eyes open. It's at this time I was slapped in the face with inspiration:
I got to staring at the 2014 calendar poster that was produced for one of the 5 catalogs we produce annually that's pinned up on the wall in my cubicle and was motivated to draw.
I'd been trying to create an image for a skateboard design and this was it! I quickly opened up Adobe Illustrator and created a scaled down skateboard template and printed it out. Pulled out my mechanical pencil and began sketching.
Next, hurry home and scan it for digital inking in Manga Studio and coloring in Photoshop.
Stay tuned for the final result. Looks like I'm on great start to keeping my 2014 goals.
Here we are at that time that we all make our lists of goals for the the new year. About 90% of us never follow through with them and about 8% of us manage to accomplish some of the goals. An even smaller percent complete them all.
So, on that note, here are my goals for 2014!
I want to weigh 145 lbs. This will, by far be the hardest one for me to accomplish. Why, you ask? I'm not trying to lose weight... I'm trying to gain! Yes, you read that right... I'm trying to gain weight. I'll let you think guess as to how much I currently weigh.
Make some money! This is just as hard as me gaining weight. LOL!
Save some money. You'd think this would be my number one but this one is quite easy to pull off. I've been doing this one for the past 2 years with slight ease. Here's a hint as to you as to how YOU can pull this off too, if this is one of your goals. If you're just trying to save up for Christmas shopping, then all you need do is put away, at least, $10 a week. I'll let you do the math and then you'll understand. Just think if you put away more than $10 a week what you'd have at the end of the year.
Draw, paint, draw, paint and draw and paint more! I want to produce, at least, one illustration a month. That will give me incentive to...
And there's my list of things I want to accomplish for 2014! Of course there are many other smaller goals I'd like to get done but in order for those to be achieved these main 5 have to get done.
Let me know what your goals are for 2014.
And as for that "make some money" part, I've got my new logo tee up for sale now!
Months ago I was uploading some artwork to my deviantART profile and came across something that is a part of the site that got my interest. The site has an online art application called deviantART Muro. With it, you can sketch and paint your own illustrations and save them for future posting and/or printing or whatever you wish to do. You can even import existing images in and perform basic editing. But what I most enjoy is that it comes with a "replay" function! After you've created an illustration you just click on "Watch Redraw" and then relive the experience!
Take a look at what I've been able to do with it. The application isn't perfect and it doesn't compare to Photoshop or Manga Studio but if you like to doodle it gets the job done.
It's an amazing 25° here in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and there's about an inch thick sheet of ice on a majority of the streets here! A perfect opportunity to finish up my latest portrait.
Here I've added the shading to the arms and added the flame or "light".
Added the glow around the flame and a yellow halo and lower the opacity of the starburst pattern. At 100% the dark starburst is over-powering and I want to give the appearance of coming out of the darkness.
Here I've added small bright yellow and orange highlights onto the eyes and added a bit more detail to the jewelry on the finger and wrist. Also added a bit of yellow and orange highlights to the hair.
Add my signature and we have the final piece.
I really do like Manga Studio 5 and looking forward to creating some more challenging artwork. One thing I really like is that you're not limited to doing everything in just Manga Studio. You can still export your illustrations to Photoshop as layered files to edit and then reimport them back into Manga Studio and vice-versa!
That's it for now! If you're interested in purchasing a print you can do so here: