Our SVS Virtual Studio December 🎁 2019

  • BTW I love that you keep doing the monthly virtual studio. I am always working on something on the side of my actual job and enjoy sharing and looking at other people's pieces.
    Below is my favorite piece this year, it was back in October when astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch were part of the first all-women spacewalk. I was using CS6 when I updated my operating system and the software stopped working (something about 32-bit and 64-bit). Therefore, I took the opportunity to do a color pencil piece. TOOK FOREVER! I remember when I was able to do a whole drawing in math class. Astronauts-Web.JPG
    Anyways, below another piece that I'm currently working on. I am trying to get better at editorial illustration and composition. It's been tough, I feel like I want to do all, visual development, character design, and editorial illustration. We'll see where 2020 takes me!

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    @josegalue25 Drawing in math, those were the daysπŸ˜‚. You got some great dark black with the color pencil drawing. πŸ‘

    We used to have only one virtual studio post. It was too popular and got REALLY big. The monthly makes it easier to talk, the threads don’t get lost in the jumble anymore. I’m glad you like it πŸ™‚

  • I try to take part in as many drawing challenges as I can every week, and one of them was to draw your favorite Christmas movie. This was my first foray into digital gouache in Procreate. Hope you all like it!


  • Just starting to wrap up on a set of scenes from a book I'm writing. Will be using some of these for an illustration competition as well. I call this one 'Black Dahlia'. I'm really happy with the way this piece turned out (my favourite for now). I have also been experimenting with the Kaleidescope Lime Pro app for background patterns. I use my own illustrations to generate different designs.

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    Finished scene. Practising a little bit of everything, background sky, snow, winter outside colours, animals and thinking about making portfolio art for picture books and board books.
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  • After thinking about it, I think my favorite piece this year was the one I did in March for Sterling Hundley's Live Ideation class here at SVS. I didn't get to go to art school, so working with someone like him was something very out of my reach. But because of SVS I was able to have a little slice of what that experience might've been like, and I learned so much in such a short amount of time.

  • Really tryin' to focus on a process that I can follow every time.


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    Taking what I learned from slowvember, a few master studios, and mixing it all in with my process and this is the result.


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  • Finally able to get to a project where I need to create groups of animals for 9 posters, and just completed the first group tonight. Also, I think sometimes you just have to illustrate a happy pig.


  • Oh, and I forgot to share my favorite piece that I worked on this year. It was this Adventureland poster, because it let me define a new detailed, retro style for myself in vector, while limiting myself to 7 colors. Also hippos.


  • @Chip-Valecek wow! That's really good! I'm impressed!

    Here is my favorite piece this year. I like it because I learned a whole lot about inking doing the class with you guys and the characters really evolved into recognizable little mice.

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  • @chrisaakins Continuing the theme of mice gettin' into trouble πŸ™‚

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    I took a long break from drawing and participating in the forums after being discouraged about my art but now I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. I don’t know why I didn’t think of doing flash cards sooner but while trying to teach my daughter the alphabet it just seemed like the obvious project to rejuvenate my drive to become an illustrator. I think I’ll change the font before I finalize them but this one is my favorite so far.

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  • @Chip-Valecek Chip this looks great - keep doing what you're doing man.

  • Working on a new story with my pal Peanut Butter!


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    Color and value studies before I start the finals.
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  • For something totally unrelated to anything else I've done, I just finished a little Christmas village out of foam and cardboard for my wife this past week. Got the lights wired up this last weekend.


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