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05 May 2006, 03:17 PM
These will be loose sketches both digital and analogue from my works in progress.
Feel free to critique.

05 May 2006, 12:09 PM
This I did last night, just pushing the pencil around. So first I drew the hat, and then I drew the cat. The dog was an afterthought. The lions and the gecko I did later on.

05 May 2006, 12:14 PM
This is a work in progress. meant to be an artists impression of a bar. Have decided to change to a faster workflow to deliver results though (this being for a paid job) Will sketch tightly in pencil and then render a color layer over the pencil sketch.

05 May 2006, 01:39 PM
The cat with the hat looks very good, and I also like how the guy is walking into the scene

05 May 2006, 05:31 PM
thanks alan!

05 May 2006, 05:50 PM
= )

07 July 2006, 07:25 AM
Sketches I did while testing art rage 2 and Deep paint 2. FAlling in love with Deep paint the more that I use it.

07 July 2006, 07:29 AM
Was playing with deep paint when suddenly the idea of a man in a hood with a light emitting object just developed itself!

07 July 2006, 07:36 AM
its not a gecko anymore, like some fanatasy lizard now.

07 July 2006, 06:45 AM
The face I was playing around with.

The octopus was an ooold, really old sketch that I decided to update. It will be my pet project over the next few weeks. Just to see how far I can push it.

07 July 2006, 05:24 PM
This was a sketch I did in about an hour… no thought process, just doodled and played around with the brushes. Not entirely happy with my technique though. I think I need to put in more time doing speed-paints. Really admire some of the stuff in the forums. Velinov for example… brilliant example. Back to work.

07 July 2006, 07:49 AM
Another randomoly created sketch. Was meant to be a child but ended up as a king-pin ish character. I feel I'm getting more comfortable in Deep Paint though I took the sketch into photoshop for addidional coloring.

07 July 2006, 08:40 AM
An update of the bar image I made earlier. Not happy at this stage, but had to let it go. Also attached the progress sketches. You are welcome paint over this one. Would love to see how far someone else would have pushed it.

It's a bar scene in the 70s with stone walls, and wood, flared trousers, afro's smoke-filled enviromnent, attitude and the shoes....

07 July 2006, 05:09 PM
O.K. Now I'm trying to get more serious with my workflow because I need to complete some illustrations digitally by month's end. Previously I'd sketch, ink, scan and paint (like the bar image), but I want to change that.

Bouncer sketch. Nuff said.

07 July 2006, 05:16 PM
This is a modification of a sketch I had presented to a client and had rejected (sob) The idea was to have an attractive woman waving her dreadlocks. The catch was that the dreadlocks would be made up of words that describe virutuous qualities. And becaude these virtuous qualities are deeply ingrained in the woman, in her hair, she celebrates that.

07 July 2006, 03:50 PM
Working on a children’s book right now for Kids aged between 6 and 10 about camels. I have done the layouts in thumbnail form, so this is the beginning of the final illustration. The camel being loaded with a box is a young camel. It’s a bit shy as this is the first time it’s having a box put on its hump.

07 July 2006, 03:56 PM
I decided that life is too short so, this is the (scary) development on the bouncer sketch. Trying to make it more of a story. Hmmm… I think I know what to do next to make it more interesting…

07 July 2006, 09:29 PM
The following sketches are poster concepts for an upcoming workshop for underground artists at The British Council that will celebrate the sisters (dada in swahili). So dadahood becomes a celebration of womanhood. The first sketch features a cloth design that forms the shape of Africa. I like the idea, but don’t feel that it suits the event. It’s just not as hard-edged or attention grabbing as I want it to be. In fact, I think it’s too elegant and chocolate box-ish. (

Hmmm… Just got an idea looking at the thumbnail that may help it.

07 July 2006, 10:10 PM
Updated a sketch I did earlier... thinking maybe it suits the theme of DADAHOOD. At this point I'm just exploring ideas. Woman with crazy dreadlocks ona pedestal. Hmmm... Feedback?

07 July 2006, 02:44 PM
I changed the color of the original sketch. This may liven things up:

O.K. Now I have commenced on the final poster design by completing a pencil drawing of the lady in the desired pose:

07 July 2006, 08:28 PM
almost done and happy with the fabric layer:

will pick up womorrow and render the lady.

07 July 2006, 10:40 AM
And the final image. Worked on it all day yersterday and part of today morning. I'm not entirely happy with it, but the deadline is here, so it has to go.

07 July 2006, 09:25 PM
well i think the last image took abit out of me. maybe the learning curve. maybe burn-out. I dunno. been unable to really focus and create anything since. well.. except this....

07 July 2006, 12:16 PM
I want to do another lady for the DadaHood workshop that will look a bit like the first one, but more refined. Here is the pencil sketch:

07 July 2006, 08:09 PM
First update. I feel strongly about this one. just blocking in the colors for now to get a feel for the overall composition. There will be prints on the left side where currently there is dead-space. I don't know what to call her yet.

07 July 2006, 11:04 PM
Battled with the image for another 2 and a half hours then i realised that I had her back wasn't working. Same thing with the original skin tones. this is as diry as it gets from this point on I'll start filling in details and tightening it up.

07 July 2006, 07:29 PM
This is my entry for the DSF. 45 min.I was walking down the street early today when...
I was walking down the street one day when...

07 July 2006, 08:35 PM
Abother DSG entry. Took me 45 min Splat. I mean, flat.

08 August 2006, 08:13 PM
These were character ideas for a pitch. Kids (10 and 5 respectively) with a posiive attitude towards life. Each has attributes that make them special:

08 August 2006, 08:51 PM
Nice work, be careful with the anatomy though, the bodies you're drawing are nice but they are lacking bones (collarbones, shoulder bones, ribs....)
Nice sketches overall :)

08 August 2006, 06:07 PM
Finally a crit! You deserve a prize!

Thanks Dianae, I feel a little bit guilty (because I should have focussed more on the anatomy on some of these drawings) and very humbled, but the you are absolutely right. the anatomy is off on most of these figures :(.

For the dadahood series (ladies with cloth) I felt like I should have done the Figuratively speaking workshop but the job had to go so... the bad anatomy had to stick. Instead I focussed on the drapery. Will update the completed second painting soon. I will try and brush up on the anatomy of the figures in subsequent efforts.

The free sketches are just... free sketches. For some of them (like the kids) the clients want a more loose almost cartoon style.

But i really should consider getting my anatomical facts straight for the times when I'll need to have them straight. Now where's that anatomy forum...

08 August 2006, 08:30 PM
I lost the painting I was working on earlier this week thanks to a corrupted file.

Then I had to come up with a poster that will talk about the misconception of what hip hop is.

Here is the second sketch. I'll add bling and a crowd using different techniques. It'll end up a montage of images. Some sampled from photos. Some 3d Generated.

08 August 2006, 09:44 PM
This is the completed poster image... well, this version is going into a promotional leaflet so I get time to complete it to my satisfaction. Completed in crunch time in Photoshop and featuring sampled photographs and 3d objects.

I wanted a commercial almost POP feel to it.

08 August 2006, 03:13 PM
This is as far as I get with this image. This image took a while to complete
because I lost the first version, so i had to regroup and do and do it again, working off the sketch. I had wanted to do 3 or 4 of these by this weekend, but will have to hold off the other images to a later time. Over the next month though I'll be doing more... hip-hop-ish images.

10 October 2006, 05:32 PM
This size comparison started as 3 individual concept designs created for a Kids book im working on. The target is 6-9 year olds. For these designs I wanted to develop an understanding on camel anatomy as well as design the personalities and gestures for the 3 camels in the story. Baby camel is slightly clumsy while mama camel is strong but a little bit cautious in her approach to life. Papa camel is this large and strong figure who has made many trips across arid and semi-arid areas.

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