In the mail, the poster print has just arrived a few days ago from Society6 with a glossy surface appearance which is expected. Because of the price alone, it’s quite reasonable for those who like to keep it simple and put on the wall. But for those who prefer something a bit fancier, the art prints are the way to go due to the archival photo paper stock and print quality. I’m pleasantly surprised at how well this came out as a few other pieces of mine are now included in the poster category besides art prints.
Just recently, I had noticed that my Society6 store now has offered a new wall art in the form of a poster which is a cheaper alternative to art prints for those who may be interested. They measure in 18 x 24 inches in size at around $20 which is a very good deal especially when special sales occur weekly.
As you can see the photo below, one can find posters in the menu section seen here.
And in the next image shown is a screenshot of my actual piece now available as a poster print. Art prints tend to be a bit more expensive but the paper quality is photo archival stock however.
I just ordered this poster and will see how it looks once it arrives in the mail within a few days or so. From there, I’ll have an update of it on my Instagram and here as well. Not only did they have posters but wood block art which is a pretty cool thing and something that I also have available in one of my images with the Oni Demon. Exciting stuff!
As a new addition to the design gallery, the competitive squad shirt for the Vermont Fencing Alliance has been recently completed. A fellow fencer once approached me about how she had nightmares of a squid holding several blades and that I mentioned how I could draw it, considering the ‘lovecraftian’ nature of tentacles and dark art that compels me. Due to the club’s recent slight restructuring of the team that now includes all adults and teenagers instead of just the Junior Team, a new identity would be in need to show a sense of unification and attitude.
I set out to go with the Kraken and add in a pirate’s patch along with four blades. As tempted as I was going to make it seem like the goddess Kali, that decision led to restraint to focus on the actual weapons my club uses ranging from electric epee and foil while saber wasn’t the specialized discipline. I added in the pirate’s cutlass instead just for the fun of it. And once it was finished, it went to a Redbubble account owned by my coach so that anyone in the club can purchase it without need of going to a local shirt manufacturer.
Also, stickers are part of the store offering which I’m planning to buy one for my next sketchbook!
Years ago, I had Painter 9 for my older Power Mac G4 desktop tower and enjoyed it, however it had an antiquated brush engine that lagged badly especially for inking sequential art until Clip Studio Paint came along which saved me a lot of trouble. The original CSP I had was entirely in black and white and then they released a color engine with new brushes that rendered Photoshop and Painter almost pointless with a focus on comics and fantasy illustration. It was a godsend. That is, of course, until Procreate arrived for the iPad Pro market that became a very strong contender, impressing me big time. Recently, I downloaded a trial version of Corel Painter 2019 and thought they did such a nice job fixing the brush engine and it shows. I’ve had no trouble using the brushes on my 2010 iMac workstation with my Wacom Intuos4. However the tablet didn’t have multitouch which made the process very awkward, now that I’m so used to my iPad Pro’s workflow. I’m seriously contemplating replacing my Intuos with a new Wacom 16 inch Cintiq or an XP-PEN tablet which is a bit cheaper and gets the job done although I’ve never seen or used their products before. I need to make sure my iPad Pro to desktop flow goes smoothly with multitouch so I can use the tools better because the Intuos 4 does tend to put a crimp to the projects. Corel painter 2019 is a big update and quite expensive, however it’s UI layout made it a bit awkward to switch around brushes and other functions despite the short keys that are available. The art in the following photos I did are not meant for finalization but as a test drive on the software. I’ve had less than a few days in the trial and just wanted to experiment with it out of curiosity. I do recommend Painter for those who are used to the interface and have experience in the painting realm. For now, I’ll be sticking with Clip Studio Paint, Procreate, Paintstorm, Sketchbook Pro and Concepts as my main tools of choice.
In the very early 1990s, I was fortunate enough to grab copies of the vaunted Aliens book 2 series that were four issues long, illustrated by the excellent Denis Beauvais who has inspired me at the time with such vivid colors and masterful use of lighting. Before that, Dark Horse Comics brought out the first ALIENS comic done in black and white by Mark Verheiden and Mark Nelson which I also loved. But it was the second volume that cemented it as a masterpiece of tone, grit, and horror with ‘cinematic’ flair.
At the time, I didn’t have an airbrush until a very talented neighborhood friend of mine showed me his Iwata brush which opened my eyes on how it worked. He explained to me that Denis’ work was airbrushed and hand painted which perplexed me at first until he demonstrated its use while connected to a large floor air compressor that was silent. I was hooked and eventually got an Iwata airbrush from my parents as a holiday gift which I’ll never forget.
It was to my amazement that Beauvais had a recent interview at an AVP Galaxy site which fascinated me and confirmed the use of his medium of choice while discussing his views on digital versus analog. Not only did he do the series, but was also responsible for the famous Dragon magazine cover showing ‘Bridge of Sorrows’ which I also own an issue of.
And to this today, that very same airbrush I own still works intact, originally made from Japan. I do want to stress that it had been years since I last used my airbrush in the 1990s up until recently earlier this year painting two fencing masks. I had to rebuild my airbrush set up from scratch with a new air compressor and new paint.
I plan on doing more of it in the future since it’s such a fun medium to work with, in my opinion, that digital airbrushes don’t come close to in terms of texture and quality.
Old school never dies.