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redehlert
06-13-2006, 10:30 PM
Another update. This is kickin' my butt. Gotta ways to go... :(
Guess this needs some background 411: the foreground predator and middle ground prey will have their respective lungs ghosted in (already started on the predator). It's all about survival and having the best set of lungs, I guess. :)

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/061306_Lungs_battle.jpg

redehlert
06-16-2006, 11:23 PM
ok....this is it folks....it's not supposed to be in color, and won't for the book...but i couldn't resist starting to add color. i think i may do this one up in full....someday. :)

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/061606_Lungs_battle.jpg

cheers!
d

BNN
06-17-2006, 07:27 PM
Wow wow wow!!

This is just beautiful!!

The simple colors actually add so much more impact to the whole picture!

Your stuffs are solid!!

Hope to see more man =D

Rebeccak
06-17-2006, 10:18 PM
Gorgeous stuff, Dave! Love the X-ray view of the dinos' anatomy. Beautiful work! :)

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

redehlert
06-19-2006, 07:45 PM
BNN - [bows] thank you kindly!
Rebecca - thank you as well! I usually don't do enviros so this was a treat, and to pull it all together was something of a challenge. After posting, I spent some time chatting with my friend and mentor, Don Barnett: http://www.donbarnett.com , on my lungs battle image and he stated that focusing using values will greatly aid in directing the viewer throughout the piece. I also got feedback from my client that he'd like the prey to have fur....so....without further pause, I present you with the revised image that has been given some tonal perspective work to focus the eye on the key elements in the image.
Cheers!
D

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/061906_Lungs_battle.jpg

redehlert
06-21-2006, 09:10 PM
I started to work on a poster of my series for this evolution book. It'd be going into the Assoc. of Medical Illustrators Annual Meeting Salon hosted in Boston in a few months for competition. I just started to work on it during lunch today...trying to get a feel for the layout. This is 18x20"....kinda big, sorry for the bandwidth foopah. In the bottom right corner, I'd list out each row's Period name and the creatures from left to right. At least, this is my starting point.
Cheers!
D

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/062106_OutofThinAir_pstr.jpg

Rebeccak
06-21-2006, 09:14 PM
David,

Sweet! :)

How big will the poster actually be? It would be a shame if the images are really tiny...

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

redehlert
06-21-2006, 09:28 PM
The size limit is 20x24" - this is currently 18x20". :)

SpiritDreamer
06-21-2006, 10:57 PM
WOW....:bounce: .........FANTASTIC LAYOUT....DESIGN ....:thumbsup:

Nice to see them all together .....really looks sharp.....great drafsmamship .....:applause:

GOOD LUCK....David :thumbsup:

TAKE CARE
Glenn

redehlert
06-22-2006, 12:20 AM
Thanks Glenn!
I appreciate the support, m8!
Cheers,
Dave

redehlert
06-23-2006, 01:06 AM
this is a salmon sketch done on tracin' paper....just had to say somethin' about it - marker on tracing paper is way fun! i originally just did the pencil work, then i wanted to see it in color. (marker plus sakura white pigment plus 5h pencil).

it's for a new project that is on oceanic salmon and how they look from species to species. :)
this is a marker concept of the sockeye.

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/062206_sockeye_ocean.jpg

cheers!
d

sturmkim
06-23-2006, 05:52 AM
Wow...:applause: <- this for your poster

and :thumbsup: <- for your salmon. looks really yammy:D

redehlert
06-26-2006, 06:42 PM
:) Thanks much, Sturmkim! Had some Copper River salmon last night....yep! Real yammy indeed!

Ok - here's another study for the Oceanic PNW Salmon series. This is the Chinook aka King Salmon. This time, I did the study as pencil and sakura pigment pen on tracing paper (see top half of image) and then scanned and worked up in Photoshop for colors and texture using Chuck,mate's tut over on conceptart.org for texturizing. I did my own texture using scales from a photo in my ref library, but the tut was really helpful! At any rate, this is just a study and I'll await my client's approval before going to final.

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/062606_chinook_ocean.jpg

Rebeccak
06-26-2006, 10:49 PM
Hey David,

Nice fish! :) Interesting to see traditional work after so many digital pieces...it must be nice. :)

Argh! You are an art machine! Lol. :)

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

razz
06-27-2006, 12:54 AM
Very lovely traditional pieces! Actually I thought they're digital before reading that they're traditional. All is said "an art machine"!

redehlert
06-28-2006, 12:06 AM
hey rebecca, thanks for the comments! yeah, so nice to do some traditional work too. of course, my sketch book is chalk full of sketches, but i'm lazy in the scan department as of late. :) art machine...me? naaw..... but thanks!

hey razz, thanks to you too! which pieces did you think were digital? i can let you know either way. :)

ok - so not much of an update, but this is a project that seemingly will never finish since more gets added to it all the time. :)
essentially, this image is for dental students and is used to point to where glands and lymph nodes are located in relation to various muscles and landmarks. this isn't 'done' yet, but it's good enough to show at least. :) the fun thing is that every time i go back to work on this project, i'm fixing it to be more current with how i see things. lol. ho hum...here it is:

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/062706_neckanatomy.jpg

cheers!
d

razz
06-28-2006, 12:11 AM
Redehlert, the salmon ones. You could fool me even now by saying that they're digital :D They are very neat, very nicely done. How big are the drawings? Seems you've put a lot of work to them.

redehlert
06-28-2006, 12:21 AM
Hey Razz,

The salmons are about 4 by 11 inches. The Sockeye was all marker and pencil save for a little photoshop action on the eye. The Chinook was pencil and white pigment pen and then the rest was in Photoshop. Total time for the two is probably around 8 hours. I just got approval from my client, so the next step will be the tight full Photoshop render to match a project done a year and a half back. The link shown below shows the poster series used to bring extra income to my client's program:

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conceptart/salmonpairs_pstr.jpg

Some close ups:
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conceptart/salmon_pstr_zmA.jpg
and
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conceptart/salmon_pstr_zmB.jpg
and
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conceptart/salmon_pstr_zmC.jpg

Cheers and I hope you enjoy!
Dave

erilaz
06-28-2006, 01:56 AM
You're an unstoppable quality machine Dave. It's nuts to see how much you output.

redehlert
06-28-2006, 04:41 PM
:) Thanks Martin!
Workin' it as much as I can....sometimes I don't feel like I do enough, bud.
Appreciate your stoppin' on in here!
Cheers,
Dave

shyamshriram
06-28-2006, 04:46 PM
Very Great and informative stuff here !
Saw ur work at Conceptart as well...

Great draftsmanship and very creatively done ! :love:

Thanx for sharing :thumbsup:

Rebeccak
06-28-2006, 04:52 PM
Dave,

Wow, that fish poster is just gorgeous! Major kudos to you! :thumbsup:

Are you going to come participate in the new Anatomy Lesson Series Workshop? :)

Anatomy Lesson Series: Body Part 1 - The Head (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?threadid=375031)

Draw/Paint/Sculpt 50 Heads in 1 Month!

Wednesday, June 28, - Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Wouldn't be the same without you! :)

Cheers,

~Rk

redehlert
06-28-2006, 07:35 PM
Thanks Rebecca and Shyam Shriram!

Yeah, it's kinda funny to see how many things to tweak in that poster now that I'm 1.5 years older in my artistic growth. :)
I'll see if I can keep up with the head studies. Kinda busy at present....but cool none-the-less!

Here's a work in progress of the approved Chinook Salmon.
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/062806_chinook_ocean.jpg

Cheers!
D

redehlert
06-29-2006, 12:36 AM
Here's an update on the Chinookie...I'm still workin' on the fins and details:
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/062806a_chinook_ocean.jpg

Cheers!
Dave

SpiritDreamer
06-29-2006, 02:11 AM
Hi...Redelert..:thumbsup: .....GREAT SALMON POSTER..:applause:

Was wondering if you used the technique on these where you start your drawing idea on
the last page of the traceing pad, and put sheet of traceing paper on top of sheet of traceing
paper , developeing your idea..colors...painting, ect. as you go along....old, but very
effective method of refineing ideas....had a teacher show me that technique years ago,..he
used colored markers....same aproach as using layers on the computer, for developement of
piece.....was just curious after I read that you were using markers on traceing paper for these
salmon...:)

TAKE CARE
Glenn

erilaz
06-29-2006, 02:42 AM
:) Thanks Martin!
Workin' it as much as I can....sometimes I don't feel like I do enough, bud.
Appreciate your stoppin' on in here!
Cheers,
Dave

Ah, the hallmark of a true artist... never satisfied. :D

redehlert
06-29-2006, 03:10 AM
I'm doing a thunderdome competition over on conceptart.org. The subject is "Welcome to the Beginning of the End".

Here's the link to see my wip thus far:

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/062806_LMS2r1_red_wip.jpg

I'm taking on a whale of an idea....pun intended. It seems appropriate at this day and age to have the beginning of the end be something like a giant cetacean, a cachalot whale (aka sperm whale) swimming on by and getting his fill off of our sun. Rather than needing to surface for air, this fella needs to replenish its internal system with solar energy. LOL So it eats the sun and leaves the system to end abruptly. No war, no famine, just poof!
Let me know what you think if you have a moment. I've been thinkin' and drawin' out so many ideas, but this is one idea and composition I feel very happy with. I brushed this up in 20 minutes with brown india ink on tracing paper with 4b pencil, scanned, inverted and incorporated the golden rectangle so you can see the plan.

Thanks for the time reviewing!
Cheers,
Dave

Rebeccak
06-29-2006, 05:24 PM
Dave,

Hey, that looks cool, but maybe a little simplistic? Also you might want to leave more space beneath the tail (I assume you'll do this digitally, so that should be easy to change if you wanted).

Hmm, I guess a lot of cheesy posters come to mind with this image :D ~ you might try something more subtle, the hell if I know what. :) Some different angle, perhaps not showing the entire whale. Not sure, really, but it will be cool to see how this develops!

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

redehlert
06-29-2006, 05:55 PM
Hey Rebecca! Thanks for the input. You're the second person in my crit crew to mention the tail crop at the bottom. I always thought it was a good thing to have something leading off the edge...(based on past instructors suggestions). I may have to reconsider this. It's true, it's simplistic...I'll work on that to see if I can bring it up a few levels. :)
Thanks for the lookie look!
Cheers,
Dave

redehlert
06-30-2006, 11:40 PM
Final version of the Salmon....

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/070306_chinook_final00.jpg

Cheers, D

Rebeccak
07-01-2006, 09:15 PM
Gorgeous work, David! :thumbsup:

When the heck are you going to put together a tut? :rolleyes: :wise: :curious:

Cheers, :)

~Rebeccak

redehlert
07-03-2006, 12:28 AM
Thanks Rebecca! And a tut? From me? NEVAHHHHHH.....
Kidding. Perhaps when I finally find a technique that I use over and over again, then it will be tut worthy. I'm just going with what I learn on a daily basis and 'trying it on for size', ya know?
;)

Cheers!
Dave

redehlert
07-03-2006, 05:14 PM
Hey Guys!
Here are a few link updates for y'all to see. Finally scanned in and began working last night for a few hours. I have the bg in place, but need to add in my planets (mercury - mars) and the asteroid belt in the foreground (as seen in the sketch).
Thanks for all the comments and crits leading up to this current standing, Rebecca. I'll be working on the whale for the next few hours of available time and then hit the asteroids and other gems. Then I'll give an overall tweak/details/etc. The whale is going to have potmarks all over it from asteroids and planets and will be blended in convincingly with the space around it. :) But now it just looks like cut/paste. ;)
Ok...to the links - several of them - process shots:

New layout/composition. (http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/070306_AhabsArm_scan.jpg)
Cleaned up sketch using a 5H pencil on tracing paper. (http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/070306_AhabsArm_scan2.jpg)
New compositional grid. (http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/070306_AhabsArm_grid.jpg)
Grid with cleaned up sketch. (http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/070306_AhabsArm_grid2.jpg)
Grid with space bg (http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/070306_AhabsArm_grid3.jpg)(all praise Donato for inspiration!)
Background by itself. (http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/070306_AhabsArm_bg.jpg)
Starting to paint the whale. (http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/070306_AhabsArm_whale.jpg)

Cheers!
D

Rebeccak
07-03-2006, 05:18 PM
Hehe, I like his cute little expression, he reminds me of a lamb :D I hope you're not gunning for a menacing look, because all I want to do is give this whale a hug! :scream:

Really like the grid, I still think there needs to be something else compositionally, you know, so you have that foreground, middle ground, background thing. :) But I'm sure you'll pull this off beautifully, I think it will all come down to the whale's texture and the overall lighting / value structure of the image.

Good luck! :)

Cheers,

~RK

redehlert
07-03-2006, 06:26 PM
:) Thanks!!
I'm keepin' it 'innocent' RK....just more fun that way. It doesn't mean to end anything...it just needs to survive.
Cheers!
D

razz
07-03-2006, 06:34 PM
I'm really happy that you've showed the whole process. Great to see everything from the very start. I will sure be following this :bounce: I like it a lot!

redehlert
07-03-2006, 10:58 PM
Thanks Razz. I'll keep with the process shots on the whale piece. ;)

Cheers, D

Process shots of initial sketch that led up to the final:
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/070306_chinook_pre01.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/070306_chinook_pre02.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/070306_chinook_pre03.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/070306_chinook_pre04.jpg

redehlert
07-04-2006, 01:14 AM
Layer shots and explanation of what I was doing with each layer:
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/070306_chinook_final01.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/070306_chinook_final02.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/070306_chinook_final03.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/070306_chinook_final04.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/070306_chinook_final05.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/070306_chinook_final06.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/070306_chinook_final07.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/070306_chinook_final08.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/070306_chinook_final09.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/070306_chinook_final10.jpg

Rebeccak
07-04-2006, 01:19 AM
*Falls on floor*

What's this? A T*U*T*O*R*I*A*L*?! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

Awesome, Dave! Thanks!! Did you want to create a separate thread in the Tutorials section (http://forums.cgsociety.org/forumdisplay.php?f=199), and call it TUTORIAL - *tutorial title* - by Redehlert? Up to you. :) You could always, you know, post more Tutorials there as well. :D

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

redehlert
07-06-2006, 01:52 AM
:)

Here's an item I'm donating to the Vesalius Trust Foundation - 8x8" original drawing of a human heart - this one is set for transplantation. It's from an original sketch...I just took a few hours to take it to final. I doctored up the periphery with some white erasing and went with a slight color hue in Photoshop. Drawing done with 4H pencil, white sakura pen on Albanene Paper (which ROCKS! but you can't find it anywhere).

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/070506_heart_donation.jpg

Rebeccak
07-06-2006, 08:51 AM
David,

I love how even your professional work has an anthropomorphic quality to it, even this heart has personality, lol! :) Good to see the great variety of work which you are doing. Thanks for sharing! :)

Cheers,

~RK

redehlert
07-06-2006, 06:37 PM
Thanks Rebecca! I'm seeing that too...How funny!
So...what's this crud I hear that your workshop for the AMI meeting got cancelled? The fools. So afraid to pick up a pencil they are. Mortals. Bah!
;)

Revised poster to submit for competition. Nothing major, just updated layout and full typography in place. ;)

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/070606_OutofThinAir_pstr.jpg

redehlert
07-09-2006, 09:18 AM
Aside from a spelling mistake (space missing), I think this is where I will make my stand in the Last Man Standing. We'll see......
:)

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/070806_LMS2r2_red.jpg

Cheers!
D

razz
07-09-2006, 10:10 AM
Beautiful colors!! The style seems somehow different from your other works here, but maybe it's just me. I love how you seperated two sides, the one very hot and the other cold. Hey, I can even see a smile on the whale :D Amazing piece, Redehlert!

redehlert
07-10-2006, 05:23 PM
Thanks Razz!
I won't post the FINAL up until it's all official over on conceptart. :)
May be a few days. It's a bit more fleshed out. :)

Cheers!
Dave

Rebeccak
07-10-2006, 05:41 PM
Dave,

Awwww, it's a whale puppy! Here boy! :D Very adorable. :thumbsup:

Some minor crits ~ his jaw looks a bit broken / I don't know if whale jaws can quite do that :D and his eye seems upside down. I think if you were to push part of the whale's body back in space, the picture would have more depth ~ while adorable, the whale is a simple read, and there could be a lot more to move the eye around, as with your euroboros *shudder* piece. :D

It's cool to see you participate in all these activities, I may have to get my hide in gear and attempt the same...lol! :)

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

redehlert
07-13-2006, 07:33 AM
This is my first one of many (I hope). Approximately 1.5 hr. in Photoshop. Gotta start somewhere, right? Head 54 is by Albrecht Dürer (http://anatomy.cgnetworks.com/00_Anatomy%20Lesson%20Series/Web%20Gallery%20of%20Art%20Images/054.jpg).
I should have done this traditional to emulate the technique, but bleh.

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/071206_redehlert_head054.jpg

Cheers,
D

ps. All y'all are spankin' spectacular!

Rebeccak
07-13-2006, 07:16 PM
David,

That's gorgeous! It's great to see you in the Portraits Workshop finally! Keep up the great work. :)

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

redehlert
07-16-2006, 02:32 AM
Thanks Rebecca. :) I totally don't like it....but it's a study, right?

I'm not sure yet what I want to get out of the head study series I'm gearing myself up for. Definitely want to do things analog....that much I feel pretty sure of. That said....here's a quickie for today:

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/anatomy/071506_redehlert_head01.jpg

And here's the link to what I studied: Head 01 (http://anatomy.cgnetworks.com/00_Anatomy%20Lesson%20Series/Web%20Gallery%20of%20Art%20Images/001.jpg).

Cheers,
Dave

daWinky
07-17-2006, 07:15 AM
Hey David,

I just stopped by to say how much I appreciate your work on head # 54, really nice one:thumbsup: ...
but of course I had to take a look at some of the previous pages and now I'm totally amazed to discover your other work:eek: ...
a great thread and I definitely come back to see more of it...:)

Have a nice day!

-sabrina

redehlert
07-17-2006, 07:25 PM
Hi Sabrina,

Thanks for the comments! Very kind of you. :)

I was trying to figure out what I wanted to get out of this head series. One thing is to get better at doing master studies, but I just don't have the quality time to make this. I'm sure each head wasn't done in a few hours, know what I mean? But right now, I'm also trying to explore drawing on different surfaces, so I may just end up with some very odd quick (1 to 2 hr) studies on all sorts of various material. It's a challenge but I think I need to back out of digital for a little bit and keep exploring analog solutions. :) That head 054 was done in photoshop with a texture applied over the entire canvas towards the end to emulate the paper a bit better. I felt like I cheapened it, but it's all for learning and growth, right? Again, thanks for the support, Sabrina.

Cheers!
Dave

Rebeccak
07-17-2006, 07:39 PM
Heya Dave,

I think it will be great to see your experiments. :) I really enjoyed seeing your life drawings from a while back, and think that that's the kind of thing it would be great to see you do more of ~ especially since you obviously really enjoy it. :)

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

redehlert
07-17-2006, 07:40 PM
Topic: Welcome to the Beginning of the End.

The idea was to put a gigantic whale into outer space that doesn't mean any harm, but when it arrives in your solar system, it does so just to replenish its system on solar power and then it dives back into the deep of space and time. The end wouldn't be at our hand be it war, disease or famine, but we'd truly see how small we really are in the grand scheme of things. The result would be instantaneous. No pain....no hurt. Just end. What you're seeing is the beginning of the end. I really dig this quote by Herman Melville and it's one I stumbled across in a book on whales I picked up so as to do more realistic renderings of the critter.

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/redehlert_round1_td.jpg

It's been a fun process. Learned much!


I went up against two very talented artists. It's going to be tough on the judges....
The link to the combatants is here:
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showpost.php?p=935661&postcount=14

And to share the other images from everyone, they're in three threads. My image is in the last grouping.

http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=72419
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=72420
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=72421


Cheers!
Dave

redehlert
07-17-2006, 07:44 PM
Hiya Rebecca,
Thanks! I'm just getting so inspired with those that do analog work. I just saw this gal's work at a local gallery: http://www.audrey-kawasaki.com/main.htm .
I was overcome with her work on the wood as well as that of analog master and new friend, N8 Van Dyke: http://www.n8vandyke.com/ .
I haven't been able to go to figure drawing for a while due to projects and having family in town. I'll be hitting that again (and hard) come mid-August. :)
So...until then, I get to get sloppy and muck around in material and hope for the best.
Cheers!
Dave

Heya Dave,

I think it will be great to see your experiments. :) I really enjoyed seeing your life drawings from a while back, and think that that's the kind of thing it would be great to see you do more of ~ especially since you obviously really enjoy it. :)

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

Rebeccak
07-21-2006, 01:24 PM
Dave,

Congrats on finishing your TD piece! :thumbsup: I've looked at the entries and they are all very inspiring! :)

Thanks for those links! I am waiting for my Bookmarks section to tell me that it can't hold any more :D ~ there are so many great artists' links out there, but it's always great to find more. :)

Good luck and let us know how your entry fares! :)

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

SpiritDreamer
07-21-2006, 03:22 PM
Hi....Dave....:thumbsup:

Been waiting to see the finished piece ......FANTASTIC.....:applause: :bounce:

Reminds me of the mythology of INDIA,....Where the blink of an eye...ends and begins it all,...
over and over again.....into eternity .......:)

Really like the moby dick words that you put with it also.......GREAT JOB ...:thumbsup:

TAKE CARE
Glenn

redehlert
08-07-2006, 10:34 PM
Oops! Been absent too long again. Well, thanks for the support with my whale of an entry. LOL! BTW, I won my first round by luck or fate!! The new topic is 'The Escape'! I'm excited about the win from round 1 and will do my best to keep on top of this round with all I can muster. Really have to dial it up a notch. I'm going up against Dougbot and Shamagim so I'm really in for a good butt kickin'! This one is due Sept. 9, so I have to get my arse in gear!
:)

RK - I met Dr. Snowswel - great fella! We chatted about the book a bit. Let's discuss when you have some time, ok?

Cheers!
Dave

redehlert
08-28-2006, 09:10 PM
This is for the Last Man Standing 2.0 - round 2: The Escape.
I've gone through several concepts and ideas and have finally settled on a layout/composition that will be both challenging and delightfully rewarding. This image has about 45 minutes of color work so far (and another 20 hours to go!).
I'm going for a painterly realistic creation....gonna be sloooooowwwwww.....

At any rate - here's my wip! I know....I know...shouldn't show it, but I like how things work over here for the CGChallenges, and want to do the same on this one, but over here....under the CA.org radar. ;)

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/082806_redlrt_theEscape.jpg

Cheers,
D

razz
08-29-2006, 09:37 AM
Wow, very nice new start. After the one with the whale I was waiting for more stuff from you like that. And now here it is. I like the composition and your attention to detail. Really great, can't wait to see some more :bounce:

I love this way of painting a lot. Drawing a sketch with a pencil and then painting on top of it. Only I didn't succeed in controling Painters' Watercolors :shrug:

You're doing a great job. I don't know hos those challenges in CA work. But I see that you've chosen to do something with the ocean thingies in both peaces. May I ask why?

redehlert
08-29-2006, 05:34 PM
Hello Razz,

First - thanks for the vote of support! The sketch/paint integration is a tough one to finesse...eventually, it will be all paint with subtle show throughs of texture in the end. I've a ways to go. :)
Second - good question. My initial concept for 'The Escape' was outerspace-based. If I would have done that, you'd have seen an outer space theme. LOL. At any rate, since I've been doing more animals (evolution series and salmon), I've opted to continue to expand my understanding of wildlife and see how I can put it into an illustrative format. I've gone from monumentally huge (whale) to this very intimate true to life story of an octo escaping death by using its escape techniques: auto severed limb, color shift (to be illustrated), and ink (to be illustrated).
I have a friend who is gearing up to write a children's book that needs to be illustrated - it's all about animals. So, I must be subconsciously working on animals more to be prepared. :)
I'll post a new update after lunch today!
Cheers!
Dave

Rebeccak
08-29-2006, 05:38 PM
Heya Dave! :)

Nice to see you here out from under the auspices of the TDome ;) ~ my main suggestion really might be to exxaggerate the perspective of the pole, make it more blurry / drift off into the haze so that the sense of scale and vertigo is increased; as well I'm a bit unclear as to what is escaping, and what the tentacles belong to ~ is the octopus escaping because the other two animals are battling it out? It might be nice to know more of what is happening. :)

Cheers,

~Rebecca

redehlert
08-29-2006, 07:13 PM
Hey Rebecca!
I'm planning on a slight variation of the octo to hit the z-plane a bit better and suggest a parallel position to the pole - can't believe you're calling Jesus a pole. ;) That's a statue of Christ of the Abyss. :) It's from one of the many refs I located on this subject - that's a bit of symbology coming through in my work. ;)
The final will be easy to understand what the severed octo limb belongs to....one of the limbs of the octo is indeed severed in my drawing. See....octos can escape in one of three ways: ink, color and automotized limbs that jerk and boogie to draw a predators attention whilst the octo slips away. Hope that makes sense. :)
Cheers!
D

Rebeccak
08-29-2006, 07:29 PM
I cannot believe I thought the big J was a pole :D ~ my apologies! :D

redehlert
08-29-2006, 09:00 PM
ROFLMAO! I know....it will make more sense later. :)

redehlert
08-31-2006, 11:30 PM
new octo - faintly placed for now until i work on it.
been hammering out the statue and getting the elements in place....slow process. about another hour or so of work here.

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/083106_redlrt_theEscape.jpg

cheers,
d

Rebeccak
09-01-2006, 01:20 AM
Heya Dave, :)

I'm not sure yet about the abbreviated framing of the piece, the elbow of the statue barely extends right now beyond the border; I think to make a statement you might really want to extend further beyond the border if that is the effect that you are going for. I think one thing that might help get away from perhaps too pastel / basic a palette is to look at underwater photos, Cris was showing me some great photos (general photos, not underwater, but you can search) on pbase, and I browsed through and found some just incredible natural shots:

http://www.pbase.com/paskuk/my_favourite_shots

http://www.pbase.com/paskuk/image/65391311

This might give you a more dramatic color range and help add more vibrant punch to your piece. :)

Cheers,

~Rebecca

redehlert
09-11-2006, 12:51 AM
thanks for the links, rk...appreciate the assists as always!
last night, ok....friday day....i got completely fed up with my 'escape' painting and opted to do something different. it's based on a root 2 rectangle with the top panel consisting of a profile story and the finishing element being the big escape scene down below.
the top frame will have a title or a quote and then there will also be text stating the following: ink jet; self severed limb; and color shift - those are the three main ways of escape with an octopus.
at any rate, the image supplied is my fooling around with ink and gouache on film....just a few hours of work....some photoshop lighting added already. nothing fancy and no real definition as of yet....just base elements.

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/091006_redlrt_escape.jpg

crits are welcome. :)
cheers,
d

Rebeccak
09-12-2006, 12:03 AM
Dave,

Tried to post earlier - kept hanging. At any rate, one thing I'm not sure about with these is the borders - I really think the pieces might be more interesting without them. I'm not sure a big purpose is served by having them, and I think dimensionally it has the effect of flattening things out. I think you might want to push the relationship between the major similiarly shaped objects in the larger piece below. Looking forward to your update! :)

Cheers,

-Rk

redehlert
09-12-2006, 12:26 AM
Hey Rebecca,

Roger on the borders - I just slopped them in there so the scan would read something opaque. I'm a big fan of letting things escape the borders....is this something that is flattening it out right now?
By pushing the shapes, could you explain a bit more of what your vision is?
Thanks for your time!
Cheers,
Dave

Rebeccak
09-12-2006, 12:44 AM
Hey Dave,

I'll try to do a paintover later - am running out atm. I would basically say that both the tentacle and the eel are at the same angle - try to make their relationship more dynamic by playing with the comp (much easier to do digitally, of course). Back in a bit!

Something else I notice with your comps generally is that you tend to do close up crops of the figures / creatures - which leaves the subject matter very centralized, and the viewer has nothing else to look at. You might want to play more with more spacious compositions (the downside is that then you have to paint much more of a background, heh). ;)

Cheers,

-Rk

redehlert
09-13-2006, 12:57 AM
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/091206_redlrt_theescape.jpg

getting a bit closer...the quote is just an fpo.....i'll have to ask kris for her best rec for type to use and will get a lesson on kerning et al. ;)

hopefully this is a bit more open of an environment, rk. on the right track?

cheers!
d

Rebeccak
09-13-2006, 01:01 AM
Heya Dave,

I think atm the story is unclear - why is the eel attacking a disembodied tentacle? :D I think the picture needs to explain itself better. :)

Cheers,

-Rk

redehlert
09-13-2006, 01:05 AM
so it is unclear that the eel is attacking what he thinks is the primary target while the primary target gets away? would it be better if i had a numbered list that says:
1. ink screen
2. self severed limb
3. camoflauge
but written more elegantly of course.
lemme know whatcha think. ;)

Rebeccak
09-13-2006, 01:14 AM
Dave,

I think that if I didn't know the theme, I would just think that the eel was eating a severed limb - I wouldn't make the connection that this was a clever ruse by the escaping prey. :)

I don't know how to make that more clear through just the image - that is your challenge, daniel-san! :)

Rebeccak
09-13-2006, 01:22 AM
Here's a quickie paintover - hope it helps! :)

Totally just a suggestion...

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Anatomy%20Thread%20of%20redehlert/David-02.jpg

redehlert
09-13-2006, 06:52 PM
hmm....interesting idea....really opened up environment. i'll consider this carefully rk. thanks!
btw, based on comments i've received, this image will be rotated CCW 90° and will have a bit more of the octo added in (an eye and some of the mantle). lastly, the extra arm you drew in is the auto severed limb. ;)
cheers!
d

redehlert
09-13-2006, 08:41 PM
;)

i'm really diggin' the direction it's in now. a ways to go to tighten things up, but i believe this is how it'll play out.

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/091306_redlrt_theEscape.jpg

crits - bring em.
cheers!
d

redehlert
09-14-2006, 07:33 AM
btw, after some suggestions and personal thoughts ---- i'm takin' all text out. ;)
i'm also adding a panel and adjusting the current inset a bit. this way, it will flow as: the attack, the diversion, the escape. 1,2,3. a suggestion by good man anticonnor on ca.org.
i'll keep ya posted!!
cheers!
d

Cris-Palomino
09-14-2006, 09:12 AM
David, very interesting work...I love your techniques and palettes. It had the feel of going for a graphic novel with the break up of the borders and text. Having had experience in the Comic Book field and a great love for graphic novels, it's very fun to see what you're doing...but it will be interesting to see where you end up in this process.

Cris

redehlert
09-14-2006, 04:20 PM
Hello Cris,

What a treat it is to have you here in my poorly updated sketch book. ;)
I wanted to take your class so I could learn Painter better....but alas, I was too slow.
I'm definitely going in the graphic novel direction and am trying to pull a little bit of Drew Struzan into the mix.
This has been a rewarding project as I start to find myself and my work actually communicating a bit better and being free to explore. Being a med illus usually means anal retentive. :) I'm tired of being 'ar'.

Cheers!
Dave

redehlert
09-14-2006, 10:00 PM
ok....so i've added a new panel, omitted the text and redid a few elements including the escaping octo - peeps wanted more cowbell....er...octo 'head' showing, so there. :)
at any rate, here it is (sans text!) --- does it work without the text? me thinks so.
now i just need to focus on the eel and zoom in to tighten things up. been working at 33% of actual for now.

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/091406_redlrt_theescape.jpg

cheers,
dave

Rebeccak
09-15-2006, 06:22 AM
Heya Dave!

Damn, I'm liking this much better. Only thing is, I can't tell if the tentacle snapped because the eel did damage, or if it was aquatic seppuku on the part of the escapee. :) Maybe you want to make that clearer in that second insert / panel.

Cheers, :)

-Rk

redehlert
09-15-2006, 04:15 PM
thanks rebecca!
....hmm....since there aren't any ragged tears (like a bite) on the arm in the second panel insert, but more of a puckering as shown, i believe the vast majority of viewers will get it. but trust me, i'll consider this as i start to dive in closer for tightening up and changing things. :) really appreciate your continued input on this!
cheers,
d

Rebeccak
09-15-2006, 04:23 PM
Ah, gotcha! :)

Hey, you gotta participate in this one: :D

Anatomy Lesson Series: Body Part 2 - The Torso (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=405198&page=1&pp=15)
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=405198&page=1&pp=15

May be a great chance to loosen up and go for the gesture, my friend! :)

Cheers,

-Rk

redehlert
09-18-2006, 09:27 PM
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/redehlert_round2_td.jpg

thanks for all the help guys! may the chips fall where they may. you've been gems on this project...

cheers!
dave

redehlert
09-21-2006, 11:20 PM
blue pencil on tracing paper during ride into work this morning and some fun in photoshop during lunch.
nothing fancy....just out of the head silliness.

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/092106_doos.jpg

cheers,
d

bumskee
09-21-2006, 11:23 PM
oop don't think we see that very often.. character stuffs dave. And you know what? you should more of them! :) how did u go with ur LMS? well just by looking at those, I am sure u did awsome.. heh. can't wait to see them on monday mate. Hope you are doing well!!

cheers, Min

Rebeccak
09-21-2006, 11:25 PM
Dave!

Gah, I forgot to reply to your post - your piece turned out beautifully, and the story is much more clear. Nice work with that! One thing you might try with some of your pieces is graying down some of the colors - many of the colors in your concept art pieces seem to have the same saturation level, and you might want to vary that to really get certain areas to pop over others.

Would be great to see your participation in the torsos workshop! :D I really think you'd get a kick out of it. :)

EDIT:

BTW, there are some great art blogs I've been finding, one of which is:

http://www.nathanfowkes.blogspot.com/

With a few others listed here (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=407734).

I also think you'd enjoy checking this out:

http://www.myamericanartist.com/

Cheers,

-Rebecca

redehlert
09-25-2006, 03:27 AM
Hey Min! Thanks for the character support. I'm intending on getting back to the figure drawing and these are fun exercises, to say the least. I've been considering the purchase of bleeding edge clothing design zines for their incredible characters and use them to spring board off of. I'm feeling a lot more at ease with my lines and development of form....so, yeah...you'll be seein' more of these!

RK! Hey gal....thanks for the added tips - the color sat as a tool to lead the eye is perfect! I was using dark and light this round - really trying to paint with light - but I totally see your point! Thankee!

Before I forget, here's some work done for a pharmaceutical company....mechanism of action (moa) direct (four stages) and indirect. The direct is shrunk down but would be the same size as the indirect image. All for powerpoint presentation. Labels and arrows have not been included in this review.

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/091906_INFa_DMOA_series.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/092006_INFa_IDMOAsm.jpg

Fun work....done in Illustrator and wrapped up in Photoshop. ;)

Cheers!
Dave

redehlert
10-18-2006, 05:08 PM
ok...now for the cool poo....
my dino/evolution project has hit the book shelves.
i have several copies, but unfortunately they are going to family members and for competitions. ;)
but you can have your very own copy! the paper used in the printing soaked in a bit more than expected - hell, they didn't even tell me what kind of paper they were using - that's a nugget of wisdom to keep in the cap so you know how much dot gain to account for. but, all the figures and graphs are there in black and white...er.....mother of pearl(!) and i have my name on the title page....woo hoo!

Out of Thin Air - book linky linky to Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Out-Thin-Air-Dinosaurs-Atmosphere/dp/0309100615/sr=8-1/qid=1161186963/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-2600682-1867945?ie=UTF8)

Out of Thin Air - book linky linky to Barnes and Noble (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&EAN=9780309100618&itm=5) - this link has a bigger picture of the cover....I didn't do the cover art, btw...but I dig it. ;)

cheers!
dave

Rebeccak
10-19-2006, 01:14 AM
Dave,

That is AWESOME! Big congrats and a big hug to you for all your hard work - I'll have to get this! :D

Cheers,

-RK

NR43
10-19-2006, 06:55 AM
redehlert / David,

wow
you're an incredible artist.
Your thread here is very refreshing... it's good to see some "other animal" sketches among all these anatomy threads. After all, us humans are not alone on this wonderful planet :)

I must say I did really enjoy those bic n marker sketches earlier in your sb.

Congrats on the book btw

kind regards,
Johan

Cris-Palomino
10-19-2006, 07:36 AM
Hey, Dave, congrats on the book! Credit is such a cool thing, innit? I'm glad you gave the second link...I was already at Amazon trying the cover going "what gives?"...heh.

Your eel piece really came out great. I like the composition and the colors. I especially like the use of light. From the last you showed to what you submitted, you can really see the punches you gave it.

Great work.
Cris

redehlert
10-19-2006, 04:38 PM
hey rebecca!
many thanks! it feels good. really good. my wife is putting together a new poster that already looks phenomenal! tons better than the version i did. she's going to get print quotes on this poster production and i've requested that all profits will go to helping worldvision.org - we support a boy from uganda already. it'd be nice to help out more. the great thing is that my art can give something back to education as well as to community.

ps. did you get the pm i sent you?
---
johan, welcome to this space!
thanks for the kind words...right now, i'm trying to let chaos/randomness flow undeterred and allow coincidence to shape my thoughts and creations. this is brand new for me. it's kinda of like surrendering to it. i used to get really fed up with how what was in my mind was not coming out on the page, but that's because i'm fighting myself and not letting things flow. i also didn't bend easily to other's input, but i've changed this in the past 6 months and the results are heart warming and inviting. so, all that soap box said...i am grateful for your kind words and enjoy that i can give you a refreshing look at some aspect of art and hope you will return again and again.
---
cris, you're thoughts are well received. yes, the book is great! i was so pleased to get a stack of them and sharing this news with family and friends is an early christmas gift. ;)
thank you for the comment on the eel piece. all i can say is that i learned a boat load about myself in this piece. as stated above, i allowed open crit sessions to help guide my hand and allowed inspiration to flow unfettered. i did learn that i've got a long way to go before my 'message' will come across to everyone (or at least the judges!)....can't win them all, but in my heart, i did win because i got a great experience out of it.

welp....gotta blaze! i appreciate your time rebecca, johan and cris.

cheers!
dave

Rebeccak
10-19-2006, 06:58 PM
Heya Dave,

Good to hear you're spreading the Dave lovey goodness to other parts of the world ;) - I think that's an incredibly noble thing, so many kudos to you. :) BTW, stay on the lookout for my new project - it's a joint venture with Mechahatechimp - www.foundationalarts.com. I'm hoping it will be up soon. :)

Cheers,

-Rebecca

redehlert
10-19-2006, 09:45 PM
the zip-a-dee-doo-dah
with a smile on its grill, this happy-go-lucky creature careens through the interstellar void of space and time traveling incredibly fast.
you know it's near when the following song pops into your head followed by a quirky 'boom' after it passes.

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
My, oh my what a wonderful day!
Plenty of sunshine heading my way
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay

Mister Bluebird on my shoulder
It's the truth, it's actch'll
Ev'rything is satisfactch'll
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
Wonderful feeling, wonderful day!

thus, it is called the zip-a-dee-doo-dah creature.

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/101906_cow64.jpg

cheers!
d

redehlert
10-31-2006, 10:09 PM
spent a few hours on this series and just seein' where it would take me. all colored pencil.
cheers!
d

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/103106_fabfive.jpg

Rebeccak
10-31-2006, 10:10 PM
Haha, just saw this elsewhere and I love it. Beautiful work, Dave. Happy Halloween. :)

redehlert
10-31-2006, 10:41 PM
hoho!
you doooooo exist!
hey rebecca, thanks! btw, did you get my email i sent to you?
the one with the artwork attached?

cheers!
d

Rebeccak
10-31-2006, 10:43 PM
Hiya Dave,

Yah, I did get your email - sorry I have been totally MIA as of late - thesis show goes up soon and I'm working my buns off trying to whip up some artwork...eek!! :P

At any rate, yeah, the article will be coming together shortly...w00t :D

redehlert
10-31-2006, 11:12 PM
good luck with the thesis!!!
what's your subject/topic?
glad to hear the art got to you okay....nothing to be too proud of, but it's all learning, right? ;)
cheers!
dave

FateBringer
11-01-2006, 03:37 AM
HI Redehlert

hmm, seems i haven't posted here before, anyway always looking, love your work :)
great job on the fab 5 :thumbsup:

Mark

redehlert
11-14-2006, 01:01 AM
this was goin' on in my sketch book and in the work in progress section over at ca.og, but i'm it's 'done'...
i figured that showing process is a good thing to share, so it's here as well.

some background:
doin' work on the ocean form sockeye salmon. last time i did a chinook salmon. it's amazing how much your style changes in a few months. that chinook was done roughly 4 months ago. ;)
this project will be for print, screen (classroom projection) and web.
i'm working this up at 5 by 12 inches at 600 dpi. big file, but i get the most range of use by working this big. it pays to have a strong computer and plenty of ram. ;)

this is the final - same as number 9 (down below), only biggah.
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/110706_sockeye_10.jpg

redehlert
11-14-2006, 01:01 AM
here's some progress shots - updated as i went through it...
10.31.2006 -
Start is my initial concept drawing on tracing paper with colored pencil, sakura pigment pen and blue marker - this was done about 4 months ago. i've already painted over the tracing paper outside of the salmon shape.
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/103106_sockeye_00.jpg

01 - i converted this image to grayscale to make sure i get the lights and darks just as i want them. adding in the color later will be a breeze and will be done in glazing fashion.
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/103106_sockeye_01.jpg

02 - i've started to work in the tone. i have two windows of the same image open, one large and one small so i can see how this image is developing from close up and afar.
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/103106_sockeye_02.jpg

redehlert
11-14-2006, 01:02 AM
11.01.06
03 - i've started to finesse the head, pectoral fin and dorsal fin. this is where things start going a little bit slower and a lot more exciting. ;)
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/103106_sockeye_03.jpg

04 - a little more work on the dorsal fin, pelvic fin and caudal fin. the self portrait thingy took up a section of my day, so tomorrow, i'll hit this salmon proper.
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/103106_sockeye_04.jpg

redehlert
11-14-2006, 01:03 AM
11.02.06
05 - oy...this is where things get tough...how much scale work does one show to convince the viewer it's scaley, but not being anal retentive and doing each scale - my client doesn't have that kind of cash. ;) at any rate, i did some scaling, omitted a pelvic fin (recollect not having one in the chinook salmon, so it was paramount to keep it similar). also, the chinook had a texture to convey scales, but i'm not goin' that route this time. i want to see what my eyes can do. lastly, i've started to drop in some color.
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/110206_sockeye_05.jpg

06 - more color and white masking to define the shape better. i'm stoppin' here to show to the client. just a few layers on top of my grayscale version, easy to go back and change things if needed.
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/110206_sockeye_06.jpg

redehlert
11-14-2006, 01:04 AM
11.03.06 - proof sent to client last night. got feedback and felt that it'd be fun to share what a client can say about a piece that is being worked on. the next proof i send will address these matters:
David,
Definitely in the right direction.Maybe rotate the eye a bit so it is looking forward more rather than straight out. Also, the region of the belly under the pectoral fin extends down too much. I think this is a consequence of having photos taken of fish on a flat surface. This also results in some appearance of indentation along the side. If the fish were in the water it would seem more rounded. I have attached a photo Richard Bell took of a chinook at the Seattle Aquarium. The light is not great but I think it might show something of the curvature of the body.
Thanks for your efforts,
Tom

07 - so i went to work on the eye, the under belly and the general dimensional quality of the salmon. it's true, lying on their side, the salmon definitely flattens out, kind of like a female breast in a lying down pose - the breast shape displaces and gravity takes over, especially in voluptious women. i also did some more glistening highlight work and tried to envelope the salmon in a 'sleeve' of slickness.
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/110306_sockeye_07.jpg

redehlert
11-14-2006, 01:04 AM
11.07.2006 - got a response from my client along with some peer review. minor edits! adjust eye color - too bright...needs to be more of a gold with a pinkish rim; small barb in front of adipose fin (rear top of fish) needs to be removed; ridges near pectoral fin should be smoothed out. that's it! so i went back to work and made the edits as well as several other tweaks.

08 - shows the tweaks before color correcting and smart sharpening.
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/110706_sockeye_08.jpg

09 - shows the final after i did an adjustment of the levels and smart sharpened 3 times under the advanced setting of 25% sharpen each hit.
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/110706_sockeye_09.jpg

that's it! about an 14 hours total (not including the initial sketch or scan).

redehlert
11-14-2006, 01:05 AM
here are 4 close ups of the sockeye. :)

head:
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/111306_sockeye_head.jpg
side of body:
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/111306_sockeye_side.jpg
dorsal fin:
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/111306_sockeye_dorsal.jpg
tail:
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/111306_sockeye_tail.jpg

Rebeccak
11-14-2006, 01:07 AM
Holy crap, that's awesome, Dave! Thanks! :thumbsup:

NR43
11-14-2006, 06:35 AM
Man that is one hell of a fish :)
The detail is amazing!

It's also very interesting to get some insight in how communication occurs when doing this kind of profession.

Thanks for sharing redehlert

redehlert
11-14-2006, 08:24 AM
hey rebecca! coming from you - that's a hefty compliment! thanks!

hey nr43! ho ho! i'm glad you like the images as well as the client interaction - thought that was a worthy addition. ;)

cheers!
d

Cris-Palomino
11-14-2006, 09:37 AM
David, that's a wowser of a fish and a great tute....thanks much.

Also, absolutely adored your Fab Five!

Cris

redehlert
11-15-2006, 05:34 PM
hey cris! thank you! glad you like the fab five too. :) for some reason, i did a doodle of mr. spock in a racing t-shirt last night....perhaps i'll finish that up - it's in the vain of the fab five. ;)
cheers!
d

AztcFireFlower
11-15-2006, 09:56 PM
Hey Redehlert,

What a niciiiice step by step development of the salmon. Beautiful final. I like that you showed hyper close-ups on the painting design. The eye has a living glow to it. Great to see process of work. It sounds like your client was cool and helpful to work with. In scientific illustration, is the pressure to complete a project a bit less intense than film or advertsing? Little by little I'm picking up awesome painting tips from all you digital pros. Thanks for sharing.

anandpg
11-27-2006, 11:32 AM
Hi Redehlert! Just went through your thread from the start..... you are awesome!!:bounce: You have turned out a formidable body of quality work here! Cheers!!:thumbsup: and thanks for the inspiration!!

redehlert
11-30-2006, 12:41 AM
Heya! Sorry...don't mean to be adrift with not providing timely responses. Thanks you both for your kind words!

There's been a lot of work as of late via a clase here at CGSociety called "Monster Character Painting" with Don Seegmiller. Here's a series of eye studies and creature ideations for this class. :) Using Painter and Photoshop - should be pretty evident which one is which. I'm learning Painter right now...thank God for Don's tutorials and brushes. :)

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/112206_eye23_redehlert.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/112406_eye05_redehlert.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/112406_eye06_redehlert.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/112506_eye32_redehlert.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/112606_eye12_redehlert.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/112906_eye09a_redehlert.jpg

redehlert
11-30-2006, 12:43 AM
first week continued....create "eye-based" creatures. the first one took me the longest....the remaining 5 are studies ranging from 1 to 2 hours.
a mixture of photoshop and painter. :) i'm learning a lot just from the studies and don's instructional tutorial/videos on how he paints.

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/112606_eyeM_redehlert.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/112706_eyeM2_redehlert.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/112806_eyeM3_redehlert.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/112806_eyeM4_redehlert.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/112806_eyeM5_redehlert.jpg
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/conart2/112806_eyeM6_redehlert.jpg

Rebeccak
11-30-2006, 12:47 AM
Truly amazing stuff, Dave, I love how these reflect your personality. Keep inspiring! :)

anandpg
11-30-2006, 03:44 AM
Wow!! damm cool creatures! Like the last one most... really sweet!!:)

aggie93
11-30-2006, 03:35 PM
Love the eye studies. They look amazing! (No pun intented)

razz
11-30-2006, 06:22 PM
Wow. I mean, WOOOoowWW!! Amazing stuff. The eyes look astonishing, especially I like 06, because of the colors. Ok, I'll drool for a few hours now :drool:

Gunilla
11-30-2006, 06:46 PM
Hey! That's some amazing eye studies you got - and the monsters are really sweet, great work!
Where is the workshop you mention? I can't find it - is it in the CGworkshop area?

redehlert
12-01-2006, 06:42 AM
hey rebecca - thanks! seriously...thanks!

anandpg - you too! thank you...yer too kind!

aggie93 - lol....i love puns! cheers!

razz - i like 6 too....painter is fast becoming a good friend. ;)

gunilla - good question! it's hidden. look for don seegmiller under the workshop instructors...it's the only way to find it. :)

cheers!
d

redehlert
02-09-2007, 09:03 PM
been away a long time, but in a week i'll post everything i've done during the monster painting course. it wraps up next week.
in the meantime....
a portrait of a friend of mine from photo in painter - 2 hours.
this may become a service in the office, so i'm gettin' my practice in.

cheers,
d

Gord-MacDonald
02-10-2007, 05:05 AM
beautiful work!

Gord

redehlert
02-12-2007, 07:50 AM
thanks gord. ;)
i'll post more stuff in the next few days....
here's another head study for now. 2 hours in painter using the square hard chalk media....that wasn't easy. i'm trying to venture into painter more....
cheers,
d

redehlert
02-13-2007, 07:39 AM
another head study in painter - 2.5 hours, soft pastel/soft cover brush.

redehlert
02-14-2007, 08:04 PM
so i did this silly dawg sailing concept for my office to possibly use for this university business technology event operating under a pirate theme. it's called UW Biz Tech 2007 with some piratey diddy slogan.
well...the original small fry version got approved and will be 36x48" as well as postcard size. so....here's an additional two hours on it to upsize it from 4x5" and refine a bit. scrunched up some white paper with creases vertically and horizontally, scanned in, brought into painter, set layer to 'gel' and voila...instant parchment. the little scroll at the bottom is an homage to sir johnny duddle's 'ye pirate muncher' - it will have pirate text in there soon.
at any rate....life - it's funny.

redehlert
02-16-2007, 04:50 PM
hey all!

well...it looks like my octopus entry got third place in the voting (out of 12 entries) for this 2dartist challenge on concept art for 2D Artist magazine. The topic was a humorous rendition of an animal - this month was an octopus. This means you'll be seein' a tutorial on how my octopus was created in the april issue of 2DArtist (http://www.2dartistmag.com/) along side the 2nd and 1st place entries. yeah! what fun!

i even get to pick out a free gift from http://www.3dtotal.com/shop/
what to get...what to get? :)

cheers!
d

Helzon
02-24-2007, 04:59 PM
Hey boss, figured i might as well be where the party's at. :)
Can't wait to see the tut you got brewin. Im shoving
my hemispheres around just to make room for all the
edjacatin you're gonna pack into it.
My best as always.
Cheers!

Icey
02-24-2007, 06:23 PM
You really are a fish lover :) Very cool rendering!

redehlert
02-26-2007, 05:02 AM
ahh....my good buddy mike! thank you for being here. your presence is most welcome!
and icey....thank you.

here's a small study from today. ;)

redehlert
02-26-2007, 07:14 AM
a note - i've trashed numerous images from my ftp site. consider it a cleansing. all future posts will be via thumbnails and or special scenarios. thank you for your patience and understanding.
all the best,
dave

Helzon
02-26-2007, 12:27 PM
Dave I must say what a wonderful progression this is for you.
The forms are beautifully consistent and the segments show their
full volume. Splendid work man. Could almost see it chewing away at the stem.
Cheers friend!

Rebeccak
02-26-2007, 07:31 PM
Dave, what is this I read about on CA regarding your not doing concepting anymore? I must admit I was shocked, you're such an avid CA'er! Honored that you're still posting here, but just curious as to what's up in your world. :)

Cheers!

redehlert
02-26-2007, 07:31 PM
Thanks Mike,

This moleskin watercolor pad my wife got me is a true traveling gem. Surface texture is going to afford a lot of subtle development and research into studies from life and nature. Gonna be a good time.
Cheers and thanks for the support!
D

redehlert
02-26-2007, 07:58 PM
Hey Rebecca - sorry about that...I would have posted a response in line with mine to Mike's in my sb thread. :)

Yes, it's true, the CA.org chapter in my life is over, but I will apply what I've learned from that site. CA became a bit obsessive for me. Ok...it was overwhelming to say the least and I let many things in my life become shadowed as a result. I also had a recent experience as a lecturer at a local program with a large gaming focus and I realized how different my mindset was from the aspiring student body. That was a bit of a retrospection and an epiphany that I needed to realize the potential in me and channel it a bit better.
I have opted to stay here because CGSociety has a wholly different energy. Seemingly more professional and extremely diversified professions are projected here. Over the years (since 2002) I have realized that CA is a fantastic forum, but also garnered the impression that CA was more about MassiveBlack. MB is a company I have the utmost respect for as visionaries, but there were so many aspiring artists that wanted to become them and emulate their style. I just wasn't in the same boat, but I made some amazing friends along the way!
I tried so hard to become accepted at CA but at the same time, I gave up so much in order to achieve any sort of status. That said, I'm humbly going about my life, reorganizing and repurposing myself to a higher set of standards and try to make right what I have sorely wronged.
That's a bit abstract, but it's the best I can offer you, RK. :)

All the best,
Dave

Rebeccak
02-26-2007, 11:50 PM
Heya Dave, replied to this by email, but thank you for the response here :) - so interesting about the change, but I'm glad you'll be posting here, always enjoy seeing your work! You may bring over a lot of fans and friends, hehe - always enjoy seeing an injection of new talent. :)

Cheers!

redehlert
02-27-2007, 12:53 AM
hey rk, i'll respond to your very insightful personal message tomorrow....i promise. and thanks! your thoughts are spot on. :)

in the meantime, here's a wee bit more time with mood, lighting and composition for my office's poster to be exhibited during biztech. phrasing is still in progress. ;)

cheers!
d

Rebeccak
02-27-2007, 01:10 AM
Hiya Dave, no problem and I am glad to hear what's going on in your life. No doubt there are good things ahead, just so long as you don't kill yourself trying to achieve them. ;)

Really liking this last piece - your imagination has always been intriguing to me. There's always a sense of enjoyment / whimsy in your pieces which I think are indicative of the artist. :) Really like the border and the meld so far of type and illustration. With respect to the illustration here are a few things which imho I think could use tweaking - and of course these are just opinions. :) The lower portion has a bit too much dodge / burn effect which might be softened with a bit more painting. Hehe, one thing I notice is that the pup's tongue is a bit *cough* phallic, dunno if that is just me but atm I kind of have to suppress a smile. :D I think the lavendar / yellow theme could be played up more in subtle ways - I really like the top portion and how the paints are mixing there. Really nice hues and subtle use of blending modes.

Looking forward as always to seeing your updates! Cheers :)

Cyanid
02-27-2007, 09:18 AM
Nice sketchbook here, missed it somehow. Of course I saw your stuff on CA.org :)
I agree with you on the CA part, i think. It stays an awesome place of inspiration though...but the whole community is more constructive over here (at least for beginners like me).
Nice illustration, that last. I like the treasuremap element in it.
I'll keep an eye on this thread :)

redehlert
02-27-2007, 09:57 PM
:) thanks for makin' me smile rk! i've been told that i tend to put phallic things in my work subconsciously. oy! gotta stop doin' that. here's a revision with a bit more work on the typography. it's a small size post due to the thumbnail 'k' size constraints - but trailin' off beyond the propeller are 'design' 'illustration' 'websites' and 'photography'. i'll probably need to add 'posters' to the mix too. :)
at any rate, thanks for the feedback!

hey cyanid - welcome to my thread. i agree....better crits over here...less butt pattin'. ;)

cheers!
d

Rebeccak
02-27-2007, 10:19 PM
Hahaha, definitely liking this better Dave! ^-^ It's loads less phallic, and you know what that means...

I don't I just thought it sounded good there. :D
Definitely liking the lower portion better and the type. The 'UW' is a bit hard to read but I suppose the given audience will understand that pretty quickly. :) Looks pretty nice, maybe give the edges a little more lovin', but other than that things are looking swell, skipper!


Cheers :)

redehlert
02-28-2007, 12:59 AM
hahaa....rk...you're funny. :)

ok, final answer - approved and ready to roll out to press. i hand tooled the typography in case you're curious.
final size 36x48".
posted to my ftp site so you can see it a bit better.

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/art/022707_uwcs_bt07.jpg

by the way, i'm not sure i mentioned it before, but this is the site for the event:
http:www.washington.edu/biztech

no....and i mean no....we didn't have anything to do with the art on the site. in fact, our poster is to show the 'competition' that they would be better off with our solutions and not who they hired. you don't want to know how much that art cost the client. ho boy. nuff said. ;)

cheers,
dave

Rebeccak
02-28-2007, 02:58 AM
Looks really good, I really like the type resolution on this. Thanks for posting the larger image, that's much easier to view! :)

Lol at the art on the site...gee, Dave, you think you can beat that? ;) Well I am rooting for you, perhaps I can make an angry phone call? :D

Damn I'd love to see you do a really refined children's book. With your spouse's excellent typography skills, I think it could be killer! I'd definitely buy it. :)

redehlert
03-15-2007, 07:43 PM
Hey Rebecca,

Thanks for the complement...appreciate that. The poster went over quite well with several booths asking for the actual poster saying it captured the spirit of the event. I believe we're going to be making the image into small prints (or large if someone wants it) as well as wallpapers for screen.

As for children's art...I'll be taking a class this summer on creating a 32-page children's picture book and we'll go from there. Currently reading a gem of a book on the industry right now. ;)

An aside, tomorrow I'll be posting a PDF of the tutorial I wrote for 2DArtist Magazine. My PDF is not the final layout that 2DA will create, but it will hopefully give you some sense of how I like to work (at the moment).

All the best,
Dave

redehlert
03-15-2007, 10:11 PM
this is a project that has been trying on my ability to see something through to the end. multiple revisions on little things and my head wasn't in the right place. feel bad for my client because as a result, this project has taken forever. it's all about canine cyst development via impacted hair follicles. when i show the other two figures, you'll get it.
at any rate, here's a quick look at a figure without any labels.

[edit March 21- just added the intermediate illustration to this series, post approval of the BW vector line art.]

cheers,
d

Rebeccak
03-15-2007, 10:24 PM
Good to see you back, David! :) The paw illustration actually to me looks pretty nice, the paw looks painted beautifully. Sounds as though you are up to some exciting stuff! Looking forward to seeing the Tutorial. Feel free to post it to the Tutorials Forum if you wish as well! That would be great if you have the time / inclination, but it's not necessary. Looking forward to seeing more of your stuff!

Cheers :)

redehlert
03-16-2007, 04:11 AM
As promised, the octopus tutorial is made available here:
http://www.cognitionstudio.com/art/redehlert_2DArtist_OctoTut.pdf

I'm only going to post it here out of respect for 2D Artist magazine. I have approval to post it in my sketchbook, but don't want to detract from the final product.

Enjoy!
Dave

NR43
03-16-2007, 09:42 AM
I've loved your art from the moment I saw it and it's not changing :)

Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

bumskee
03-16-2007, 11:16 PM
RARRRR HEY dave! :D thought I pop in and say "hi"
so.. yeah.. HI...

:)

you doing well? where's ur latest stuff tho?

Intervain
03-17-2007, 06:29 AM
Hi David! That's a fantastic tutorial - thanks so much for sharing! I won't even go into the gushing over your work ;) :bounce:

redehlert
03-21-2007, 04:53 PM
Hey NR43 - thanks for such a nice complement! Glad you liked the tutorial....should be out in 2DArtist come April. ;)

Hiya Min! - doing well! Working on some spot illustrations for one of the top advertising companies here in Seattle, but you wouldn't believe what they're for...golf! Yes, yes....not only can I speak medical and legalese for doctors and lawyers, but now I think I can speak golf and have doc and lawyers attention 24/7. I know about particular grass, the best golf balls to use and laser leveling. In short, I'm doing more commercial work and am gearing up to dive into the children's art market. The 'latest stuff' is probably missing unless it was posted directly through the CGSociety upload option. I deleted everything from my FTP site to start over as my exodus from CA.org. ;)

Hey Intervain - glad you liked the tutorial! Gush over my work....puh-lease....don't inflate my sparsely tufted melon. ;)

I updated my dog paw illustration series a few postings back. Last one is being worked up today.

Cheers!
Dave

Rebeccak
03-21-2007, 05:33 PM
Dog paw illustration is looking great, very polished ala classic Dave style - great to see! :)

Helzon
03-21-2007, 07:30 PM
Great work bro, really high quality.
Can't wait to see what graces these fine digital SB pages next.
Cheers!

redehlert
03-21-2007, 08:37 PM
RK and Mikey - thanks!

I think it's safe to share the golf spot illustrations. There isn't an NDA and we hold © to them...just don't want to jinx it. :)
They'll be used in a brochure as 4 color printing with 2 PMS inks (background color and 'wash'). They're going to be used as 'initial caps' (roughly 1 inch tall or wide) to accompany key text details. The brochure is pretty sweet lookin'.
At any rate, here is the refined series.

Cheers,
D

Rebeccak
03-22-2007, 03:08 AM
Lovely work! There's a nice sense of calm to these. Makes me want to just go out and relax on the tundra. I mean, parking lot. :D

redehlert
03-23-2007, 07:02 PM
Thanks Rebecca, this was a fun project!
Parking lot indeed. ;)

On another note - great Friday news! I recently did a series of cover concepts for a couple of innovative researchers where I work. They were submitting to Nature magazine and they allow article authors to submit cover art. To make the cover means two things: the content and the art are of a caliber that best represents Nature. Well...this will be on the cover of Nature in two weeks. :)

What is going on? The quick skinny is this little green hormone that allows the two proteins (big blue, smaller magenta) to come together and stick like glue. My image shows the 'reaction' of the adhesion.

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/art/032307_nature_cover.jpg

Something like this can lead to many more projects like it.
Cheers!
Dave

Rebeccak
03-24-2007, 12:05 AM
Congratulations Dave! That is awesome news! :) This looks very cool, are there 3D elements here? It has a sort of ZBrush look to it, it would be nice to know your process.

Cheers! :)

redehlert
03-24-2007, 12:23 AM
Thanks Rebecca!

Yes, there is some 3D work involved - that's the molecular model component.
The clients have used crystallography to determine the molecular make-up/details.
There are awesome applications out there that can take the data and render the model in 3D space so you can see it as various structures (eg ribbon, opaque, transparent, ball and stick , etc). Brain storm session with the clients hammered out in real time how we would compose the layout from one of the researcher's Mac iBook. Then I received three files, the blue protein, the hormone and fatty acid and the magenta protein. From there, the rest was Pshop and Painter magic to reaccess the colors that would have the most punch and still be in the proper CMYK gamut. A lot of fun to be had. I did four concepts...this one was the most direct solution whereas others incorporated the rhodopsin plant from which the research was based. ;)

Cheers!
D

Rebeccak
03-24-2007, 12:25 AM
Wow. You had me at "rhodopsin plant" :D - lol. Thanks for the great explanation! Well I'll look forward to seeing the others then. :)

redehlert
03-24-2007, 12:49 AM
Here are the other three concepts...tried to incorporate a visual that married well with Nature....they use a lot of photography and this plant photo was taken by one of the researchers....nice photos!

Cheers!
D

Helzon
03-24-2007, 12:58 AM
Well great gravy...i turn my head for a second and you're posting
like a madman....
Got nothing but love for these newest installments.
This is you in your med-illo sandbox boss having a ball and
it shows.
Best to ya.

Rebeccak
03-24-2007, 01:01 AM
Very cool. These sort of remind me of space images. :) Definitely like the delicateness about these, I think they work quite well as a group. Kudos!

redehlert
03-24-2007, 08:50 PM
Hey Mike! ;) I'll post when there's good stuff to share. looks like i've had a stroke of good fortune lately and wanted to share the love. cheers mate! oh...by the way, i got my 'free' book from 2DArtist - it rocks! It's entitled "Concept Design 2: Works from seven LA Entertainment Designers and seventeen Guest Designers" - very cool!

Hey Rebecca, many thanks. Yeah, that's exactly how I think of molecules - a part of inner space. I'm glad that came through as I'm trying to visualize our innerverse. ;)

Cheers!
D

redehlert
03-26-2007, 11:55 PM
This is still in the final review stage, but it's okay to show.
This a recap of the dog paw imagery that will be used in a power point lecture series. These will be used in print and repurposed accordingly to fight page specs. Nothing fancy, but it was a good project to finally get through. I had some mental blockages on this one. Mostly with respect to the estimate I provided...I ate some time on this.
Cheers,
Dave

redehlert
03-26-2007, 11:56 PM
This is an alternate where all three steps have been combined.
Options are the spice. ;)
Cheers,
Dave

Rebeccak
03-27-2007, 01:41 PM
That's coming together fantastically. I love the painterly look you've given to a scientific illustration. Very cool stuff! :)

redehlert
03-27-2007, 04:15 PM
LOL! Thanks Rebecca....
Your comment made me smile.
Ultimately, I'm trying to bring sexy back to biomedical illustration. Hahhaaha....!

Cheers,
D

Intervain
03-27-2007, 05:09 PM
it's awesome to see how much work actually goes into these illustrations one is used to looking at as if they were a coloured table of facts :) never thought I'd enjoy staring at the insides of a dog's paw in my life ;)

Rebeccak
03-27-2007, 10:35 PM
LOL! Thanks Rebecca....
Your comment made me smile.
Ultimately, I'm trying to bring sexy back to biomedical illustration. Hahhaaha....!
Lol - this reminds me of a Simpson's episode (http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:3jpfcmaiRRoJ:en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Simpsons/Season_13+%22sexually+attracted+to+fire%22+%2B+the+simpsons&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=us), in which Lisa is describing the screamapillar which is "sexually attracted to fire..." ROFL :D

redehlert
04-04-2007, 07:54 PM
Hey Intervain, thank you for your kind words! I really like the work you've been doing - especially the fabric+folds in your figures! Choice!
Ahh Rebecca, I do remember that one. ;) Thanks!

And....here's a link to see the cover in nature:
http://www.nature.com/nature/index.html

It appears as though they desaturated my blue protein by 50%, but that's okay....can't force issues too much.

Cheers!
D

Helzon
04-04-2007, 08:18 PM
Too true on the desat bro...liking your posted version here much more.
But many kudos nonetheless for the starring role...;)
Cheers!

redehlert
04-13-2007, 10:20 PM
Thanks Mike - appreciate your support. :)

Here's a few Painter ink jobs I've done - roughly an 1 hr to 1.5 hr tightened up in Pshop. Use is for 'Gathering Safe Shellfish in Washington'. They'll be rouhgly 3x3 at 600 dpi for final printing.

Cheers!
D

redehlert
04-13-2007, 10:21 PM
Here's one more - a duo of Horse Clams. God only knows why they're called that. ;)

Cheers!
D

Rebeccak
04-13-2007, 10:29 PM
Gorgeous work Dave! What types of brushes are you using for these?

redehlert
04-13-2007, 10:52 PM
hey rebecca!
well, for the cockle, pink scallop and horse clams it was three brushes in painter:
1. tiny spattery airbrush - for a bit of random yet focused spatter texture.
2. don seegmiller's variable spatter skin - this is even more spattery and random.
3. scratchboard tool - for all line work.
the rock scallop is the most recent one and i really got into this one by using items 1 and 2 above and then:
4. variable chalk from don seegmiller - it picks up textures wonderfully of which i used two textures: a) knotty paper and b) underwater vision.

thanks for the compliment! i had to match older pen and ink styles since the new ones are in addition to preexisting ones. i turned it up a notch on the rock scallop because i had the actual item in hand and wanted to really see what i could churn up. mike (helzon) has gotten me on the scracthboard tool kick as of late. :)

cheers!
d

Rebeccak
04-13-2007, 11:48 PM
That's awesome Dave, it's a beautiful series. :) Great to see you've got your groove back! :)

redehlert
04-14-2007, 12:32 AM
thanks rebecca!

a quick question - which do ya like better? the original horse clam or the new one shown below? i'm trying to get a better fix on the linear grooves of the clam shell. this was using the scratchboard rake tool.
appreciate the review!
cheers,
d

Rebeccak
04-14-2007, 12:38 AM
I like em both, but the new one definitely has more graphic punch. New horse clam ftw! :) (just my opinion though) ;)

redehlert
04-17-2007, 07:56 PM
LOL - thanks Rebecca... I think they're a hit with the client too. I need to modify the height of the horse clam by 8% - how's that for exactness. ;) Told ya scientific illus was very specific. Okay, okay, I said anal retentive, but I appreciate the exactness more so today than I did before. ;)

Cheers!
D

redehlert
04-19-2007, 11:54 PM
here's a work in progress of illustrations for a database tracking system of vascular tumors involving the skin.
doctors would mark on the bodies, faces, hands and feet where the lesions are within this digital database application my client is creating and over time (childhood onward) they would chart any changes.
this database is from infancy to adulthood, but we opted to use a 7 yr old as a baseline model.

it's a cool little project that required purchasing the fairburn children 3 book photo series from a company in vancouver. this completes the fairburn set here at the office since we previously owned the female, male and situations/hands series. the photos are from the 1970's, but they are great for head/body shots that need to be shown in various orientations.

tracings from photos with refinement, scanned and rebuilt in illustrator. yes, tracings...had to lego the ego on this one for the sake of budget constraints. :)
the images will be 1x1 or 1x2" for final. itty bitty, but in an onscreen format only.

cheers,
dave

Helzon
04-20-2007, 12:26 AM
Clean solid linework bro, what can be said?
Jiminy...I like the fact that the hands aren't simply flat orthos.
Kudos!

Rebeccak
04-20-2007, 12:30 AM
I agree with Helzon, very pretty linework! You're the pro! :)

redehlert
04-20-2007, 12:46 AM
thanks guy and gal,

yeah...the last thing i wanted to do was another stinkin' standard anterior/posterior/side view scenario. time to put a little bit of feeling into these...they're kids! ;)

appreciate the support!
now i'm off to go draw up plenaria. :)

cheers,
d

ikuru
04-20-2007, 07:20 PM
hey Red, loong time no seen dude. No more Cows huh?

redehlert
04-20-2007, 08:26 PM
yup, my man....no more cows. i'm on to goats and sheep. wait. that's sounding strangely southern. hmm....i mean, i'm on to shells and planaria. ;)

cheers!
d

ikuru
04-20-2007, 09:05 PM
well, hope to see you back there some day, Its allways a treat to see something heartfelt and humerous ammong thoes big beasts most seem to fouccus on. ;) Im on to chow myself.

redehlert
04-20-2007, 10:23 PM
hey ikuru,

sorry, but you won't see me around the ca.org parts any more. i'm only on cgsociety now.
good luck with chow - it's a good character builder. ho ho! i'm crackin' myself up.

cheers!
d

redehlert
04-24-2007, 12:43 AM
yep...here's an award winner - doodlin' fun in illustrator formed a fun shape that wanted to be patterned. go ahead...do your room up this gem. freak out your parents or loved one. ;)

cheers,
d

NR43
04-24-2007, 06:26 AM
lol
it would certainly boost up the imagination instantly... creatures with tentacles coming out of the walls etc... :D

redehlert
04-24-2007, 10:52 PM
lol....totally, johan! i see tentacles and eggs.... ;)

here's an update to my children database, now with feet! i know they look like 'older' feet, but sometimes it's the best one can do with limited time. ;)

cheers!
d

ikuru
04-25-2007, 10:40 AM
hey ikuru,

sorry, but you won't see me around the ca.org parts any more.
d

....how come?

redehlert
04-25-2007, 04:16 PM
it was time to move on, mate.
i was spending nearly 4 hours a day either working on conceptart 'fun' projects or checking the postings of friends and other artists are just surfing, admiring, longing, deflating myself, you name it. this means that while yes, i created some cool work, i turned my back on things that really mattered. it was a form of obsession or escapism.
i realized that this chapter needed to be over so as to get back those 4 hours a day and cultivate them back into my life, wife, family, friends and business. i've maintained some wonderful friendships that have come out of conceptart, but on the whole, i came to see the site as more of a butt pat or a who's who and i didn't need that in my life anymore.
as a result of moving on, i no longer wonder who is 'outdoing' me in the art world. i have more time for business - building my practice to garner more clients, more projects, and of course, more money. :) i have more time to dedicate to my wife, someone that is committed to making me good and i am committed to making her good. also, i don't fear art or the making of art anymore. i used to be a perfectionist, but that perfection is dissolving. paradoxically, perfectionism doesn't result in creating better art - it keeps you from it out of fear. to quote Shawshank Redemption - "it's time to get busy living, or get busy dying." i'm going to chose to get busy living.
i opened my heart to the prospect of moving forward and the universe has responded by providing me with awesome new prospects that were seemingly impossible before. in short, or long....this seems to be a bit long-winded(!)....i'm in a better place calling cgsociety my main home to share art with a society that is beyond just concept, but is really an area for professionals to have a good community and grow as peers, not as competitors.
i hope that all makes sense. ;)

cheers!
d

ikuru
04-25-2007, 05:21 PM
actually what you just said does make allot off sense to me. Im sort of recognising my self in that sort of story. I had the privilage of starting my own company some 6 months ago, and I spent hours and hours infront of the computer just berowsing this forums, on one side it does help me to develope my skills, but on the other hand I actually have a sore but from all the sitting, backpains and elbowproblems etc. You write something "smart" in this forums or post something "nice" and you get all obsesive about logging on to read the replys etc. Its not really healthy, well some of it is kind of nice but like you say I think if I foccus on the work that pay my bills etc (im gonne be doing a comicstrip now for a while) it has little to do with what you spend ages at the forums doing...

Some of it is good and some of it is simply not healthy, and yeah it does get quite competative and stupid too in a way. I was browsing that Massive Black thread the other day and it sort of hit me that Im never gonne be that good (maybe) but then I dont need to... I might be the best lets say comicstrip creator or whatever I dont need to bust my ass working some 40h hours on some monster pic just to get some respect and replys. ;)

Anyhow, I think your creature stuff came through as verry humerous and originall and I hope you pursue that childrenbook thing. I dont think its out of reach, your paint is allready on that level and beyond, you just need to show your stuff to the right people, get lucky or find a good story or make it all yourself. ;)

Rebeccak
04-26-2007, 02:01 PM
Heya Dave,

First that illustration is looking sweet, really nice job with that. :)

Second it's been really interesting to read your discussion with ikuru, and I am glad that you're happy and healthy! I think sometimes people lose sight of the fact that concept art isn't the be all, end all. There are simply tons of other art forms out there, and having a focus on concept art alone I think can be limiting unless you are completely sure that that is the art form for you. I think CA is a great place, but there are far more people who want to be concept artists than there are actual positions. Competition is good but not when it becomes more important than your enjoyment of the process. I know that obessive competitiveness is the fastest route to getting burnt out on art - I practically wanted to 'quit' art after undergrad, because the competitive nature of my school zapped the fun out of my biggest occupation. Fortunately art didn't 'quit' me, but I think I have a much healthier outlook on things now. It took a lot of lessons to get there, though. :)

Cheers!

redehlert
06-07-2007, 12:45 AM
in an attempt to drive more journal/magazine editorial cover art my way, we're doing a large format (96x44") billboard to showcase a recent accolade (yes, making the cover of nature is just that) and seein' what comes of it. :)
sorry it's kinda small to view the fine print, but you hopefully can get the 'grabber' elements and the 'call to action' in a quick glance.

hope all is well!

cheers,
d

Rebeccak
06-07-2007, 12:50 AM
Look at the pretty colors! ;) Heya Dave, glad to see you back. I'll be around a bit more now that I'm settling in - work it!!! :)

redehlert
06-07-2007, 05:48 AM
lol....pretty colors indeed! thanks rk. :)
cheers!
d

redehlert
06-14-2007, 10:41 PM
Here's a sketch of what I worked up today for this enormous HIV Life Cycle project that will be done in flash with the help of another local medical illustrator.
This is a close up of a Host cell's nuclear pore. It will be used as a step for the viral DNA to gain access to the Host's nucleus for integration.
I've got a bunch of other images too, but I don't think they're as neat-o as this thing-a-ma-bob. :)

Cheers!
Dave

NR43
07-20-2007, 11:30 AM
Hey how's it going?

Pretty busy I suppose
Anything new you are allowed to show us perhaps?
Just curious ;)

redehlert
07-20-2007, 03:25 PM
howdy! it's going. been busy around here for summer! i'm teaching and really enjoying the students, working my uw gig four days of the week, and then i'm hammering on projects left and right in the personal biz. i don't have much to show, except this one quick paint job done in 4 hours for a medical legal case. hope that will satisfy for now. :)

hope you're doing well!

all the best!
d

NR43
07-20-2007, 07:44 PM
lovely!

don't work too hard ;)
enjoy yer summer

thanks for sharing and take care
:beer:

redehlert
08-01-2007, 10:54 PM
Thanks mate!

Things have been crazy around here. I'm finally going to part time at the UW Creative Services as my wife will become lead designer at Lost Luggage which allows me to give the freelance a bit more effort. Teaching is going well right now and the projects I have goin' on are most interesting.
I failed to put this one up a while ago - almost a month old now, but here you go anyway. :)

Cheers,
D

redehlert
08-01-2007, 11:18 PM
And here's a refined look at a postcard mailer targeting more clients along this editorial format. Layout and body copy by your truly along with help from the missus. :)
It's 8.5 x 3.66" and will be printed on a durable glossy card stock. :)

Cheers,
D

NR43
08-02-2007, 06:10 AM
wow, didn't know there were such things as implants for eyes :-?
what does it do? it doesn't seem to have anything to do with vision itself according to where it is located, or does it?

I bet you learn a lot working as a scientific illustrator :bounce:

It's great to hear all is well!

redehlert
09-04-2007, 07:20 AM
Howdy!
It's called a Ganciclover implant and it delivers a drug (the tab) over a period of months, I do believe. That's about all I know, truth be told. I don't always have the luxury of getting to know my projects in depth. Just enough to tell the story and then move on. :)
I learn quite a bit as a medical illustrator and scientific illustrator...no doubts there.

Okay...update time. I'm now 50% at the UW and 50% freelance. It's going very well!
Here's a jpeg of an illustration I'm doing via freelance. It hasn't gotten final approval, but it's tons better than the samples provided me. I used Painter, Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. Osirix was a big help in getting a good head shot - long live Osirix! The brain is from a physical model that I posed to get just right and the arterial anatomy was developed using Osirix as well as all of my anatomy books. Oy vey! Something so simple and yet so complicated. Diameters of the vessels had to be correct as well as the branches.
There you have it!

Cheers,
Dave

http://www.cognitionstudio.com/art/090307_STAMCAillus.jpg

redehlert
09-20-2007, 11:09 PM
first three creatures (of 100) for the centennial cow. was informed through the grapevine of this event and got the okay from my boss (the missus) to do this. spending about a half hour on each of these. doing them at approx. 2x final size at 150 dpi. you're seeing these at the original size.
enjoy!
d

NR43
09-21-2007, 06:13 AM
Hi!

the centennial cow
what's that? *blushes*

your brain illustration looks a lil bit scary to me, thinking about what happened to Glenn Angus recently, but ofcourse I cannot find anything to crit :)

It's great to hear that your career is on a roll.
Always looking forward to the next post here

Ciao

Cyanid
09-21-2007, 09:22 AM
the centennial cow is a CA.org thing...topic 100 of the Creature of the Week consists of doing 100 thumbnail creatures.
Very nice work. Are you going to do all the 100 thumbs in a white background? anyways, lovely stuff.

redehlert
09-21-2007, 04:52 PM
hey nr43,
yes...tragic about glenn. i knew exactly what happened from a med illus mind-set once i read the story. sometimes it sucks knowing anatomy and pathology. it made me sad to know that i won't see glenn's art continue to stun me with his talent.
career is on a roll, sure enough...been pretty steady but now it's turning up the heat even more. :)
cow 100 is indeed 100 creatures.

hey cyanid,
thanks! i've got 4 done and another one started. all will be on white backgrounds. adding in scenery only decreases recognition of the creature's silhouette and that's goal number 1. then painting in the details and bumping contrast in a few areas of interest is goal 2. of course, actually creating 100 creatures is goal 3. ;)
i'll keep updating this in groups of three as i do them.

cheers!
d

redehlert
10-29-2007, 08:47 PM
so i bailed on doing the 100th COW due to time constraints/conflicts with work/class.
but i have been doodlin'.
here's three links.
Two for IF topics:
Grow (http://www.cognitionstudio.com/art/102507_CS_IF_grow.jpg)
Trick or Treat (http://www.cognitionstudio.com/art/102907_CS_IF_trickortreat.jpg)
And this link is to Penelope (IF moderator) Monster Mash 2007 (http://penelopeillustration.com/projects/halloween2007/gallery.html). Go to page 7 of the series and toward the end of the collection you'll find my monster.

Grow was a fifteen minute sketch and an hour of pshop.
Trick or treat is all digital in pshop and was about 4 hours total.
Monster is roughly 4 hours in painter.

Cheers,
Dave

Rebeccak
10-30-2007, 04:57 AM
Heya Dave, killer work as always. :) Looking forward to meeting you in Seattle! Bring it on, I say. :)

redehlert
10-31-2007, 06:24 PM
thanks rk...ya know, nothing special...work has been kickin' me in the pants and the class i'm taking 'intro to ad concepts' is really sparking my visual and written library.
heck...add to that the idea of goin' back to school to get an mba...well...i'm all over the map right now. dunno how my wife keeps up with me. damn gemini that i am. hah!
see ya in january!
cheers,
d

redehlert
11-09-2007, 12:16 AM
Sorry this is tiny, but I'm hindered by the max upload size of images. Long story short, this is a 22x28" poster for an event at the UW called BizTech. The upcoming event is centered on a 'Space' theme. Faculty and Staff at the UW attend this event. The earth, moon and space/stars are all separate elements composited together. I was able to leverage free 3D models of the earth and moon via Google 3D Warehouse and Photoshop CS3 Extended. Space shots were freebies too. Logo done in Illustrator.
Cheers,
D

redehlert
11-10-2007, 12:13 AM
ooh....ahh....a simple little figure focusing on a macrophage and the fun that happens within it when capsase-1 is activated. adobe illustrator in 3 hours. one of my uw client projects. this is about as 'concepty' as i'm able to get right now. joy of joys.
cheers,
d

redehlert
11-15-2007, 07:36 PM
finally some illustration work. :)
this is one of two figures for a surgical article regarding access concerns for a posterior cruciate ligament repair. this image labels key items to be aware of, along with general anatomy.
red line mechanical pencil on tracing paper (2 hours), scanned at 600 dpi with 3 passes to get a solid scan. rendered in pshop (2 hours). of course, this is after several concept sketches to get the details just right. :)

cheers,
d

redehlert
11-16-2007, 09:12 PM
Here's the follow-up figure showing the vessels moved laterally to better visualize the PCL avulsion. Same rendering protocol as the last image in previous post.

Cheers,
D

Rebeccak
11-16-2007, 10:42 PM
Those are gorgeous Dave! I expect some lessons from you at the Workshop. :)

redehlert
11-17-2007, 04:55 PM
...lol...the only lessons you'll get from me are to have you watch the masters at the conference. ;)
i'm glad you like them tho....i'm pleased with them too!
hope you're doin' well....see ya in january.

cheers,
d

killermachine
11-19-2007, 11:50 AM
hi d:buttrock:
spent whole day lookin thru your work an all i can say your gr8:bowdown: i feel yours is the most different sketchbook iv seen, since the purpose of your drawings is slightly different.keep on rockin lik this:applause:

regards
KM

redehlert
11-21-2007, 08:00 PM
Hey KM,

Thanks for the kind words! Well...an entire day in my SB?! I hope it was time well spent. I know I'm one of the odd ducks here and knowing you're supporting me is very well received. Thanks again and best wishes!
D

redehlert
12-08-2007, 08:21 PM
hey all...not too much goin' on as of late, but i did complete these two figures yesterday for a client's grant proposal. it's all illustrator with a smidge of photoshop editing in the final output stage.
been going to figure drawing the past 3 weeks and am starting to find my groove again. maybe one of these days i'll post them.
hope everyone is well!

cheers,
d

NR43
12-09-2007, 08:41 AM
been going to figure drawing the past 3 weeks and am starting to find my groove again. maybe one of these days i'll post them.

that would be great :bounce:

Really curious to see life drawings from a perfectionist like you :)

redehlert
12-09-2007, 06:31 PM
trust me....when it comes to figure drawing, my perfectionism checks itself in at the door so the rest of me can just go in and learn. i go to a monday night class and each time it has been one pose and clothed. i'm not sure what tomorrow night will be like, but i'd like to do some shorter poses too. i find myself only focusing on the head and shoulders (the bust) with the long poses...must be a fear of doing the full body. lol!

okay...i'll get some stuff photo'd and uploaded later.
thanks for your interest!

cheers,
d

redehlert
12-15-2007, 12:29 AM
hallway poster for work - the vector line art was a purchase from istockphoto that was tweaked to meet our needs in terms of size, color and elements. it's 92 x 44" at final size.
enjoy and happy holidays!
d

killermachine
12-15-2007, 04:36 PM
hey Red,
the new image is so full of energy and life i love it.its my desktop wallpaper now :D

tc
Amry

redehlert
12-15-2007, 06:48 PM
hey amry,

thanks, but i can't take the credit for the illus....only how that illus was utilized and reformated. the chap that did the illus has numerous holiday vector illustrations that you can download for a fee and repurpose for your needs. in this case, i wanted a crisp, dynamic display that would allow for some subtle manipulations in color palette and details and allow for our tagline to be readily visible - 'merry creative'. :)
here's the link to the original image: http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup.php?id=3959980 .
that way you can see the before and after. sometimes, just finding the right image is all it takes to make a marketing ploy work. art direction is an art that i'm learning.
if i had a few hours to create the piece, i would have. the content is killer and i think the one element that would have taken a while to prep is the ornament. the rest of the stuff is fairly basic illustrator creation. this guy has great ideas tho, and just had to go with his solutions in this case. :)

all the best!
dave

killermachine
12-16-2007, 07:16 AM
hey
saw that and i think your touch ups really made it better :thumbsup:

redehlert
12-16-2007, 05:29 PM
well then! thanks amry!

cheers!
dave

redehlert
12-24-2007, 06:35 PM
here's a little snapshot of a portion of my composition for Conceptart's Last Man Standing III, round 1: Underneath It All.
My concept is strongly based on mother nature with a play on a fetal development and its umbilicus leading/forming to the stem of a dandelion that goes to seed and start the process allllll over again. :)
my compositional grid is based on da Vinci's "Annuciation" painting, but on the vertical rather than horizontal layout.
i've only got a few hours of digi painting in so far...will keep ya posted tho.
cheers and happy holidays!
d

redehlert
01-14-2008, 05:46 AM
just some brush pattern fun. nothing major. 15 minutes of goof off.

cheers,
d

redehlert
01-14-2008, 06:36 AM
okay...so here's a quickie concept for a wine label called 'table dance'. i know...i know. we didn't come up with the name. you should see the concepts my wife came up with...she used some of my illustrations (e.g. "the good, the bad and the ugly kids" and "welcome to the beginning of the end" whale illustrations - see my portfolio for these). she also did some of her own designs that were awesome.
long story short, the client didn't go for any of the ideas. they wanted a guy (e.g. waiter) dancing on tables. fyi - target audience is women age 30-40 that shop at whole foods in the midwest. the solutions they wanted were so 'see say'. duh.
this was my hour long attempt at reaching the target audience through a concept i hope makes sense. it's for their 'red' table wine. all pshop....just searching for textures, rhythms and ambient flow.
okay. enough for tonight...safe to say, this project didn't go any further. deadline/turnaround was 2 days. hahahahahah.
oh well.

cheers,
d

Rebeccak
01-14-2008, 07:08 AM
Heya Dave,

Great to meet you at the Workshop, and truly you are as funny IRL as online. ;) Good stuff, miss seeing your more creative stuff, but I think with the millions of projects you have going on, it's turn will come round eventually. ;)

Cheers!

redehlert
01-14-2008, 03:08 PM
hey rk....right back atcha! great to meet you as well. thanks for lookin' at my page of doodles too. tryin' to loosen up a bit. ;)
guess i can show you the COW i did on monday night after the revelations event. put 1.5 hours into it...just something fun to do since carl (lander) had already entered his piece - which is slotted to win by a landerslide...lol!

Topic: Metamorphosis - ugly to beauty:
Concept: hoo-haa to ooh-ahh
so...there's this ugly, lumpy, asymmetrical beastie named a hoo-haa that does something quite interesting, at least i think so.
on its 8th day of life it implodes. literally. it implodes. and then it's an aah-ooh beauty, you see!? symmetrical, all aglow, ethereal and whatnot.

cheers,
d

redehlert
01-14-2008, 08:56 PM
client project at the UW that was just finalized.
painter and pshop. labeled in illustrator.

cheers,
d

killermachine
01-15-2008, 05:25 AM
hey that hoo haa to aah to ooh idea is really an interesting idea :P keep up the creativity :D

redehlert
01-16-2008, 02:31 AM
hahah...thanks!
okay...whipped this up this afternoon for one of my medical legal cases. figured it was time to show some of this schtuff.

first image is the CT.
second image is the CT with my illustration over it.
third image is a close up of my illustration.
used as a letter size exhibit (8.5 x 11 inches) to cause the defense to settle (as they most likely will).

cheers,
d

Rebeccak
01-16-2008, 04:54 AM
You had me at Ligated and transected infrarenal aorta.

redehlert
01-16-2008, 10:01 PM
hahahah....funny, rk. :)
just wait to you see the new version. i'm awaiting approval, but it's much more dramatic than the first one. i was playing it 'safe' and have new data from the radiologist expert to work from.

coming later....

cheers,
d

Intervain
01-16-2008, 11:45 PM
I like the ugly to beauty piece ... is the etheral whatnot a fractal or did you just paint it? if the latter than woah :buttrock:because it does look like a fractal piece!

... now how does it feel to sit and paint a tumor for hours? - sorry that question just kept me preoccupied and I had to ask it :) Super works as always!

redehlert
01-17-2008, 12:42 AM
hey intervain....
the 'beauty' is actually an ornate brush that i used, mirrored, layered and so forth. i wanted it to appear as a fractal pattern (because they're beauties, eh!?).

painting tumors or pathology in general is wicked cool. i wish i could do that all the time. there was a period in my budding med illus youth where i wanted to create a coffee table book filled with pathology drawings. i'm sure it would be on every coffee table in america and beyond. probably right next to the waste basket for any sudden urges of vomitous. ;)

cheers!
d

redehlert
01-25-2008, 06:57 PM
studies a la android. spent a few hours last night thinking cellular and anatomical and attempting to generate rhythm and flow. i may continue to explore these and add in hues and then temperature...but who knows. :)
all photoshop using custom brushes and my brain and Moby in iTunes. :)
i'll post two in this post and then the other two following this one.

cheers,
d

redehlert
01-25-2008, 06:58 PM
here are the other two....

Intervain
01-27-2008, 03:27 PM
those are really cool! Yeah I have a thing about fractals LOL... the last two look like a combination of fractal renders and Andrew Jones put together, shaken and stirred :) Great!

redehlert
01-27-2008, 06:06 PM
thanks mate!
practice, practice, practice!

cheers!
d

redehlert
02-04-2008, 12:29 AM
here's the final art for Lynda.com's "Photoshop CS3 Extended for Biomedical Research". My initial concepts paid off and I had a lot of fun working back and forth with friend and senior art director for Lynda.com, Don Barnett. it's good to work as a team and let each team member have their way with the art.

you can see a better size of this image in my portfolio...just click the linky under my avatar. :)

cheers!
d

Rebeccak
02-04-2008, 12:31 AM
I like the android-esque experimentation, would love to see you put your own spin on that though :) - miss seeing your more illustrative / narrative work but I know that you're pretty busy (*cough* ADD) :D - cheers dude!

killermachine
02-04-2008, 03:53 AM
had a lot of fun working bath and forth with friend and senior art director

lol cudnt resist it
but im liking this new work.its attracting me like a bug attracted by bug lights :D

tc