Thursday, December 31, 2015

A review of my year 2015

Hello dear visitors,
now that this year is about to end, I thought I would do a little review of my 2015 from the art side of things. I won't post every picture I made for each month, that'd be a little bit too much for one entry.
As I write I am not prepared and I am curious myself what I will find. So let's begin...


This year started kind of unique, because I was in Japan until January. Unfortunately it was a bad start too, there was some private trouble that gave me this gloomy feeling for a while. But this sketch here is one just for fun, that I made into my sketchbook. It was a granny in front of the supermarket who suddenly asked if I was an american. It sounded like she wouldn't be happy to see me, if I was from america...
I have a bunch more sketches that I made in Japan over here in my Tumblr.


The serious abs and arms lady was done in February! No matter where I posted it, people always only commented on the body. Some thought it's pretty badass, but many said I should make her more feminine. I still like her as she is, since I didn't give her this very muscular body on accident...



Wow...nothing but random stuff that I never finished, just like this one below.


Found some character designs and this one, wich is probably I did that month...


Probably the best one in May was my Alissa White-Gluz Fanart. Browsing my Tumlr archive I seemed quite busy or productive at that time and I also created my Twitch channel. I remember putting a lot effort into it and now I am not even streaming! Guess that's something I should put on my list for the next year.


Another month that looked quite productive and full of sketches like this one or the animal sketches.


Looks busy again! I did this spaceship design / digital painting that still remains in my portfolio. But I also sketched Dinosaurs and started with YouTube Tutorials, the first one being about re-designing dinosaurs.


Many portraits like these or the Angela Gossow portrait and this one too:


I was working on book illustrations for the Yamete project, did this commission here, this shotgun, a couple of sketches and WIP's, finished this character design and also this one:


Didn't find something better than the portrait of Elizabeth Banks for October. The rest was mostly random... Here's the portrait in steps!


Oh yes, it's the Sandra Bullock Portrait! It also looked like some people liked the tutorial, I'm really glad about that. There were also sketches and weapons that month. But I would still like to mention my little spirit boy and this one.


This month. The last thing there was, was the Mike Ehrmantraud Portrait, this time with pencil on paper and not digitally along with a timelapse video. But also this (OC) character Portrait, this spaceship, these kinve concepts and this environment here:


I think I did a good amount of work, though I never think it's really enough. And it seems like I was most productive in summer, but also winter wasn't lazy. Just in the first two months it seems like I have been stuck and spent too much time on things that shouldn't take that long, I think I remember how I was struggling with character rendering. But I solved it now, as my latest designs were pretty satisfying to me and without bigger problems in the workflow. That's a good thing.
So what's the plan for next year? The answer to myself is: Keep it up, make more YouTube videos and tutorials, use that damn Twitch channel and finally start streaming (especially since there's the creative channel now and no more restriction to game content percentage) and finally get somewhere with my art! 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Spaceship over Skeglin

Good evening!
Yes, it's really me with a new entry! Now that Christmas is over, I have more time to work on my stuff again. I started with this one about one week ago but never got to finish it until today. Around Christmas is always such a busy time... 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Pencil Drawing Timelapse Video

Good evening!
Now here comes the video to the Portrait drawing I posted three days ago (see the entry "Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) Potrait"). I decided not to add any audio comments this time, since there wasn't anything planned or something I really thought about to create this portrait. It's just something I do for fun and practice, when I should actually should be doing other things instead. But it's relaxing and we all need to relax some time, agreed?
Well I hope you like my video and that you'll take the time to watch it, it's not very long.
And if you do like it, maybe share, like and subscribe! 
See you around guys!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) Potrait

Hello again,
it's been a while this time, you know the holiday season keeps me busy with other things recently. But I hope it'll be a little bit better with the weekend coming. At least I don't have big plans until christmas eve. So today I also didn't have much time to spend on drawing or painting, so I did a pencil drawing into my sketchbook. It's a character that you may be familiar with if you know "Breaking Bad" or "Better Call Saul" and he is one of my favorites. I recorded a video of my drawing process, but I am not sure yet if I will also add audio commentary or not. Because I don't really know what to say about a portrait drawing process. Though, if you have anything you would like to know or that you would like to hear about, please leave me a comment! This one took me about 45 minutes, also not sure if the video should be in real time or if that's boring...

Friday, December 11, 2015

Xzopilae Empire Forces (XEF) Knife Concept Designs

Good evening folks,
can anybody tell me why I am so tired today? At least I still got these knives done. Some slighty differ from the sketches but I think it's better like this and I am satisfied. Up to the next one (but not today)...

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Salomis – Character Portrait

Good evening,
I am so done for today. But real quick just one blog entry before I go to have dinner. I finished the improved character portrait of Salomis (Warhammer 40K P&P RPG) from this over this to what you see above. But I also worked more on the character from yesterday and turned this into this:

It's for another RPG, Star Trek as you can see, though I have no idea. But whatever, I am so guilty of being a nerd. I want to call it "nerdist".

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Just A Character

another character, but I didn't put too much work into her (yet), because it had to be quick. I am okay with only the face being kind of what I imagined and will probably do some more on her, especially the clothing, some other day. But her name is Alex. Done in Photoshop with the help of a ZBrush model that I sculpted...

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Xzopilae Empire Forces (XEF) Knife Concept Designs

Hello there,
here we go again, today I was in the mood to work a little more on my personal project (wich still doesn't have a name). This time I designed some knives for the Xzopilae Empire Forces.

If you want to see more of that, so far you can check out the XEF Guns and my Hilda (character).

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Arctic Station

What kind of station is it? And why does it look so lost?
Is everybody staying inside because it's so frikkin' freezy cold outside or did something terrible happen? Or maybe just everybody is on holiday. Everything is possible.
Between start and end of this piece I had some break where I did my character model instead. But today felt like a good day to do it. Not too sure if I am done or if I'd like to detail and refine a bit more or maybe add something. Let's see tomorrow...

Friday, December 4, 2015

Character modeling in ZBrush – WIP 3 –

Good evening again,
today I was working on my model again. She has a shirt now and jacket and boots and... well below you can see why I always only show you screenshots from the face or upper body. She has no pants, that looks... interesting.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Character modeling in ZBrush – WIP 2 –

Good evening!
Guess I will never be satisfied with the hair but I think the rest is okay like this. Gonna keep it. Now I think I want to try on some clothes. But I don't promise anything, I am still learning ZBrush (that's why the struggles) and one of my problems – besides hair – are clothes. But I don't want to sculpt bald characters eternally...
Oh yeah, did I mention that this is Salomis? My Pen & Paper RPG character. She has a blog too, but it's in German.
See you around (hopefully)!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Krita test/review (Mac OSX)

Hello and welcome (back)!
Now the video that I was talking about in yesterdays's post is online for you to watch. Hooray!
In this video I am sharing my first impression on the art and digital painting/drawing software Krita with you. When I recorded this video, it was really the first time for me to open that program and I just got into it. Learning by doing, you know? So it's really a first look into the program and depending on the person, how quickly and easily (or not) this piece of software and it's environment can be understood. 
Well I don't want to take anything that I'll tell you in the video anyway so, I'll just let you watch it now. Please enjoy!

PS: When I tested more programs (suggestions welcome), I might also do a text-based review here on my blog that compares all the programs I've been testing. So check back and like and comment, I'd be highly appreciated.