3D Printing: Round Bird

Here is a new 3D print that I've made!

I decided that I wanted to make a cute passerine bird. It took a few tries to get the design to look the way I wanted it to, but I like how it turned out.

Here's the original print, before I vapor smoothed it.

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After I vapor smoothed it, I chose to paint it with colors inspired by the Siberian blue robin.

And there you have it! 

Cheers for now.

Follow the moon

The holiday season has begun... I hope everyone is enjoying it! Here's some new art.

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Cheers for now!

3D Printing: Jackalope

I'm back again with another 3D print!

A while ago, I posted about a Jacaklope that I'd made. However, I wasn't happy with how that print turned out, particularly since the antlers were warped during the vapor smoothing process. So, here's round two!

 
 

I decided to print the model larger this time, and I used a bigger container for the vapor smoothing process. Because I was more careful this time, more of the details from the original model were preserved. This helped me while painting the face and eyes in particular.

I'm much happier with how this print turned out. Here's a comparison shot of the two.

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That's all for now!

Inktober Part 2

Here's some more ink artwork!

I've always loved cats with wedge-shaped heads, like oriental shorthairs or siamese cats, so I decided to draw some.

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Sadly I haven't been able to hold myself to an ink drawing every day, but I'm still enjoying what I'm working on! 

Cheers for now.

Inktober Part 1

Here's what I made in the first eight days of Inktober! 

I drew a lot of small Halloween themed objects on the same page, adding a bit more each day. I decided it would be fun to make them into a pattern, so this is what I ended up with.

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Cheers for now!

There and back again

Hello everyone! I've returned from my hiatus. Here's a new painting for you all.

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I also wanted to announce that I'm planning on participating in Inktober again this year. I'll be posting my progress on a weekly basis if all goes well. Wish me luck! 

Small Watercolors

How's it going? I have some small watercolor paintings to share. Here are some lemon themed items and some sea trinkets. 

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That's all for now!

Halloween 2016

Wow, my blog is already a year old!

Unfortunately my busy schedule kept me from completing Inktober like I did last year. I did make one ink piece of a tired looking lady, though. A reflection of my mood lately? :) I'm pretty fond of the gold ink, I'd love to experiment with it more.

That's all for now!

Creature of mist

A quick piece, to remind myself that not everything has to be ultra rendered or overly polished. (In particular, I was inspired by this video by Jake Parker.)

Cheers for now!

Dusk Palms

Hello again!

This piece was originally a pencil study I made from life. I ended up going in and painting it digitally since I wanted to capture the blues and pinks of the sky that day.

 
 

Cheers for now! 

3D Printing: Cats!

Hello! I'm back with something different this time.

For a while now, I've been experimenting with 3D printing by making models in Sculptris and printing them. It's a fun hobby for when I'm not working on my usual 2D art.

However, I had a problem with very visible "build lines" on my prints. 3D prints are usually made layer by layer, and the lines of each layer were very noticeable, especially after painting the model. 

 An older model I created, where the build lines are very visible. Doesn't look too nice!

An older model I created, where the build lines are very visible. Doesn't look too nice!

However, I'm happy to say I finally found out how to get rid of them completely! More on that in a bit.

Have you ever played Neko Atsume? It's become one of my favorite mobile games. Although I don't usually make fanart, I wanted to try my hand at making a cat from this game.

I started off by making the model in Sculptris. I decided to base it off of a particular pose from the game, pictured below on the top left. This cat is Pepper.

Next I printed the cat out in ABS plastic.

Then came the trick to get rid of the build lines. I can't take credit for this technique, as I read about it in a few different places, but here's how it works. I placed the model inside a closed container along with some paper towels soaked in acetone. The acetone vapors then smoothed out the outer layer of the model, getting rid of the build lines and leaving a very glossy surface.

Not only does this look much better, it provides a smooth surface for painting on. If you want to learn more about this technique or find a video on Youtube, you can search for "cold acetone vapor smoothing". As far as I know, this technique only works on ABS plastic.

After the vapor smoothing, I painted the model with craft acrylics.

 Penny for size reference!

Penny for size reference!

Finally, I sprayed the model with a matte acrylic coating. And there you have it! A finished model of Pepper from Neko Atsume.

Even though this is different from my usual work, I hope you enjoyed seeing it.

Until next time!


Update July 19, 2016:

I made another cat! This time it's Peaches.

Sleepy study

Here's a recent study I made. I wanted to experiment with Kyle T. Webster's Photoshop brushes, which are definitely fun to use! I recommend them for anyone who wants to get more natural looking textures in their digital art.

Cheers for now!

Birds and such

Hello again!

I've been drawing various birds lately... here's a superb fairy wren, a mallard duck, a mountain bluebird, and a ruby throated hummingbird. The wren, duck, and bluebird are a combination of watercolors and colored pencils made on hot-press watercolor paper. The hummingbird is digital.

That's all for now!

Glow

I've got a new gif to share!

This one is deceptively simple. The concept of having the character's hair be the primary light source was definitely tricky to paint. That said, I had fun, and adding the animations to it was a bonus.

That's all for now!

INPRNT Phone Case

Hi again! I wanted to make a quick update to share something fun.

I recently ordered a new phone case for myself from my INPRNT store. I've seen the quality of INPRNT's prints before, but I'd never seen one of their phone cases in person, so I was interested to see how it would look.

In short, it looks great! The case is slim and VERY glossy, and it feels sturdy in my hands and on my phone. The color and quality of my art came out accurately, with no blurry or pixellated bits. I was also pleased to see that the art wraps around the sides of the case as well. I'm really happy with how it came out, and I'm sure it will last a long time.

If you need a new phone or tablet case, definitely see what INPRNT has to offer. There are tons of amazing artists there, so you're sure to find something you like. Check it out!

Changing seasons

Hi everyone! I've got some new artwork to share.

This first piece is a snowy landscape in the early morning. It's actually a remake of an older piece that I made earlier this year. This turned out very different from the original!

This next piece is my first foray into the world of illustrated gifs. I've wanted to make animated illustrations for a while now, and I've finally given it a go! I was thinking about the end of the autumn, which is right around the corner, and decided to make a piece about that.

As you can see, this piece went through a few different color schemes before I settled on one.

This piece was made entirely in Photoshop, including the animations. Unfortunately, because of the way gifs work, my rendered illustrations will always look a tiny bit grainy. That said, I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out, and I can't wait to make more. I've got a lot to learn.

Cheers for now!

Inktober - Days 16 through 31

Here are the rest of my Inktober drawings! More flowers, some trees, and some Halloween themed fashion drawings.

As I mentioned before, all of these drawings were done on bristol paper with sumi ink and microns.

You can view all of my Inktober pieces together here on Behance.

That's all for now. See you later!

Inktober – Days 1 through 15

I'm finally starting a blog! Now I have a place where I can share what I'm working on more regularly.

Have you heard of Inktober? It's a drawing challenge that artists take on during the month of October, where they draw at least one image in ink every day. I haven't had the time to participate in the past, but I decided to give it a go this year.

For the first six days, I drew one of my favorite birds every day. Then, for the next five days, I drew flowers. After that, I made a few Halloween themed drawings, and a simple portrait.

All of these drawings were done on bristol paper with sumi ink and micron pens. I'll post the rest of my ink drawings at the end of the month. Cheers!