Our SVS Virtual Studio APRIL 2020🐰

  • I've been making a lot of new brushes. In the past I had adapted quite a few brushes from other artists, so I figured one big step I could take is create a whole set of my own.

    Here's one of the first ones playing with some of those new textures. I'm not super comfortable with it yet, but I like how some of them are starting to feel.

    I'm basically just doing a piece, then adjusting the brushes, then doing the next piece, etc. The hope is that in a few more images I'll be able to dial them in.


  • My wife said the first lamp looked a little bit...anatomical...so I changed it up a little. I like it even better. In my imagination, it would light up below with one tug, above with two tugs and both with three. Brushed nickel base with a hematite and glass shade.

  • Played again with my angel this evening. Tomorrow I might wake up and be horrified at this but I’m plunking it here and resting my eyes overnight. 😜


  • Reimagined Goldilocks for 2020. Just a fun personal project after a chat with some coworkers gave me the idea.


  • Amazing @jdubz!

  • Did a tribute piece on behalf of Tomie DePaola recently passing.

  • @Jeremy-Ross Your tribute is beautiful!

  • More progress from the prop design class. Also, this is a lot of work. Far more than I would have thought. And curved lines are hard. I did discover the use of the ellipse creator. My inking is woeful but I could not keep a steady hand.
    Oh well. I still like the design.
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    Still have a cup, a reading device, and a chair to go.
    All for a future where a professor of thermodynamics and energy transfer is actually a superhero who converts heat into kinetic energy. Basically he pulls the heat from the environment and uses it to move things with his mind. The energy had to come from somewhere, right? Also, that gives him the ability to both freeze things and stop fires and explosions. My backstory is that he got his powers and then studied hard to understand them becoming a world-renowned physicist in the process.

  • Just swinging by to say that I’m entirely flabbersmacked (or is that gobsmitten?) by the amount of skill and imagination to be found at SVS in general and this thread in particular. Love seeing all you guys and gals incredible work! (When I grow up I wanna be just like yous!)

    Happy Saturday, everyone!


  • @Jeremy-Ross Thanks! I'll be honest the colors I'm not totally happy with and I don't know why. Maybe I went too far into the warm tones or something? I feel like when I paint in Photoshop it turns out more garish than when I work in Procreate and I'm trying to figure out why.

  • Last night I pulled in my sketch/linework to that same image above and repainted it in Procreate real quick - it's a lot more rough, but immediately I feel as though I like how the colors came out in Procreate versus the PS version.

    Looking at these two I think I'm over-saturating the tones in PS, and by the time I'm in it I can't tell the difference. The backgrounds are pretty similar color-wise but the character is WAY more saturated when I see them side-by-side.


  • Thank you very much @chrisaakins! 9 hours of pure meditation! I listened to an endless church choir soundtrack too, which was nice and relaxing.

  • Hi @jdubz, although I like them both, I can certainly see what you’re saying. The Procreate piece feels more balanced, whereas the PS version brings my eyes and attention to her hair. I suppose it depends on what your mission is. Either way, beautiful piece!

  • Working on an album cover for a client who raps about peace, politics, the environment and also plays the fiddle. πŸ˜ƒ 42b031dd-60ab-4185-93ef-d59c049fc3d8-image.png

  • Spending the day watching canceledcon and doodling. Another personal project inspired by one of the cats sneezing in my face.


  • Posted in another thread but worked on my first angel and then did another one. Gonna do more I think. AT least I'm doing more illustrations with a theme of hope to help get me through current times.



  • @SunnySommerset


    I deleted the background foliage and started over. I really concentrated on a lot of illustrations I've seen. I did a highlight color layer and a shading layer. Looked at it for a while and thought it needed more white - so I did a "white pop" layer behind the mouse, both birds and some of the central area. It looks okay on the screen but when I print it - it looks muddy - and that is mainly the foliage. The characters blend into the background. I did this on Procreate and I really made sure not to have high saturated color. I have another drawing I did of a cat and I like how it prints. It's got the right amount of contrast. Any tips on getting a better handle of on this?


  • @jdubz I'm going through this as well.
    I like your Procreate version. It's loose and more painterly. The colors look good - I don't think they are over saturated. Have you printed it? Curious as to what you think.

    How are you picking your colors on Procreate? After watching Will Terry's live coloring sessions ( only 2 of 3 though) I started my new project differently. I really made sure not to have saturated colors -- I'm using the Value Control on the color generation. What are you using?
    I should probably watch a tutorial on creating colors in Procreate. (!) lol.

    I am using my iPad Pro and Procreate by default because - I cannot do long periods of time on a desktop - with photoshop. πŸ™‚ I'm committed to figuring out the iPad-Procreate combo.

  • Monochrome Month Prompt for today was Giant in the Garden. Reminded me of some of @Braden-Hallett work. So I went with some Megafauna and thought about some of the lessons/tips from his live stream! Another big thank you, Braden!

    If you didn’t get a chance to see it live I recommend watching it when he posts it πŸ˜ƒ


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    Practicing another character

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