Boy! What an aptly titled name for this illustration! Ha-ha! So here we are, week two of this illustration. Finished up coloring the old man for the most part, and got the chess board put back together. Drawing and inking this guy by hand has perhaps turned out to be more trouble than it was worth. Going back and editing the traced lines, I ended up rebuilding a lot of it when I could have just drawn it in Illustrator in the first place.
Most of his face I kept, and the smoke, but pretty much everything else got reworked. I'm really happy with how the chess board and pieced came out. One really nice thing about working in a vector program, is how easy it is to reuse parts.
I'm taking vacation this week, so I plan on finishing up the background for next weeks post. I think I have most of it worked out, and am looking forward to seeing it finished. Also, I'm hoping to get at least two more animals done. Don't you all feel shy about holding me accountable for my workload either! Ha-ha!
Another thing that I'm planning on starting this week, and which will be an ongoing thing, is expanding my postings to Sunday and Wednesday. When I started on the new track, I mentioned wanting to put some posts in that had an added value. I've given it a lot of thought, and have decided on adding the "What'choo talkin' 'bout, Wednesdays" the basic idea is that I look at a lot of art on the interweb, as well as a lot of blogs. Some of my favorites are ones that talk about art and artists. Introducing my humble readers to (hopefully) some new ideas, or if nothing else, at least giving you all an idea of what I'm up to and in to at the moment.
I've been wondering if it's a good idea to e-mail the people I write about, just to give them a heads up, allow them to add their two cents or possibly edit misunderstandings I have, and maybe network a little. What do you guys think? Also, I'm thinking I might change my settings to allow anonymous comments. It seems like kind of a pain in the butt to have to be a member in order to say "What up?"
One last note. My good friend, the super talented Ryan Bowlin got laid off from his job as a concept artist at Simutronics last week. He worked there for over two and a half years and has experience doing textures, GUI, concept art and even low poly models! If you know of anyone looking for a solid all around artist, please pass his name along. These times are really tough, and I feel like we all need to stick together.
Until Wednesday then, take care and be good.