View Full Version : TUTORIAL - Figurative Concept Pieces - by Gangus

02 February 2007, 05:59 AM
Hi fellow CG members- I have put together a collection of my more stylized figurative illustrations based on the popularity of the styles recently shown in the 2D illustrative thread.

Here are a series of drawings, scanned and then presented using Photshop to dress them up and give them a sense of unity. Everything I pencil is done with sepia berol pencils - I start with a light yellow and then working sepia tones. Every now and again I'll be in a mood to draw with the blue berol pencils too. I ussually work on bristal illustration paper.

I may be doing a workshop where I will go into more depth and detail on how I go about producing my figures and giving them the kind of stylized character that I like to have in my illos. If you are interested in the possibility of this please write to Rebeccak and let her know.
If not please feel free to contact me if you have any specific questions.

Hope you like the images, and may want to see and learn more in a potential workshop.

02 February 2007, 06:02 AM
Here are some more along the same basis- Please feel free to visit my CG portfolio and view the images larger and in colour.

02 February 2007, 06:05 AM
A continuance of images, again I apologize for having to click on the thumbs.

Hope you like- these are part of a concept base- Having a good solid foundation in anatomy really comes in handy - even when you are drawing things that aren't human - you'd be surprised how much of a difference that makes.

02 February 2007, 06:07 AM
more of this concept line. They ended up being sculpted and used in a Hasbro figurine game.
Sometimes we as artist are blessed with fun openly creative projects- this being one of them.

02 February 2007, 06:10 AM
Hi all,
Sorry for the delay in presenting the tutorial to go with these images.

If it'll make it up at all I'll add more concepts on the back end of this thread (I believe currently page 4 or 5) as well as a larger version in colour and a larger version of the tutorial in my portfolio.

Please take everything I say with a grain of salt - in that it might not be the best traditional way to approach drawing, but it is what I have found works well for me. I do hope that you may find some inspiration or tips or approaches useful from this thread.

Some of the points noted are based off having new artists write me from my site with similar questions regarding illustration. Als observed by myslef from asking to see where they are currently (which I ussually do-no point in offering advice if you don't know what level the artist is that you are giving advice to)
The most common areas that I have found over the years is that there is a reluctance to loosen up with the figure and let it flow more naturally. More than oft samples seem stiff and rigid in their pose- standing straight as an arrow upright without a sense that they are supporting their own weight confidently.
The most common advice that I offer is:
-get into an anatomy class, and really make the most of those warm up gesture poses (the 10 second to 2 minute poses- ussually at the beginning of the class) If you can learn to win this initially battle when approaching an illustrative problem, then you are most likely to win the war.

-My second piece of advice is to come and visit CGtalk as often as possible, this anatomy thread is exceptional as a valid work of reference.

-And last is Draw More!! I am guilty of this just as much as the next Joe. The more you draw the more comfortable you becaome with how anatomy works. It doesn't even have to be human anatomy or anything born of this world. If you are comfortable in your own "drawing skin" that you really understand how joints work and distrubute weight- you can convincingly pull off everything from aliens to dragons. I often get caught up with work and life- rarely finding the time to just sit down and draw- It really shows when it comes time to put pencil to paper (ussually in the quality of my work and in the pain and agony that it takes to get my ideas on down and looking good)

I am going to leave the digital portion of my tutorial to the upcoming workshop hopefully to intice as many of you as I can top participate ;)

At the end of this thread I will reply to everyone on an individual basis who was kind enough to write in, support this thread, show enthusiasm towards a workshop and vote.

Hope you enjoy the new images and tutorial.

See you in April,


02 February 2007, 06:28 AM
Here I'll be adding internal thread links for images added later by Gangus:

New Images by Gangus: (

New Tutorial by Gangus: (

Tutorial addition_part 2- Dressing up a Drawing Digitally (



Stunning work, and thank you very much for posting this Tutorial. It's tremendously useful and your drawings are gorgeous.
I may be doing a workshop where I will go into more depth and detail on how I go about producing my figures and giving them the kind of stylized character that I like to have in my illos. If you are interested in the possibility of this please write to Rebeccak and let her know.

If not please feel free to contact me if you have any specific questions.
For those interested in a Workshop led by Gangus, please post your interest here instead of contacting me. I've no doubt that there will be interest - any of your contributions are appreciated. Thanks once again! :)

EDIT: Gangus' Workshop would tentatively be scheduled for April. I try not to make any promises about dates since things can always change. However if you would like to be notified of any upcoming Tutorials / Workshops on the Anatomy Forum, including Gangus', subscribe here:

Notification of New Open Figure Drawing Workshops / + TUTORIALS - SUBSCRIBE HERE! (

Also, there's more information to come, so subscribe to this thread! :)


02 February 2007, 09:34 AM
Bring It On!!! Please Do!!!

02 February 2007, 09:42 AM

Very nice images , well done :]


02 February 2007, 09:47 AM
Great work ! Thanks for the tons of inspiration!

02 February 2007, 09:51 AM
I'm declaring my pure and authentic love.
I can cook for you alllll the italian dishes you prefer, also for a whole year but PLEASE, start the workshop !


02 February 2007, 09:56 AM
NICE! - may I make the skeleton serpent guy in 3D and add him to my portfolio?


02 February 2007, 10:29 AM
great stuff, interested too!

02 February 2007, 10:29 AM
seriously awesome stuffs!!! :thumbsup: would love to learn more from you!

02 February 2007, 10:43 AM
amazing work WOW So happy you posted
I'll be thinking about them for days

02 February 2007, 10:55 AM
Oh wow master thanks alot :bounce: ... please put some detail and the first steps here if it may ...
thanks alot ... :thumbsup:

02 February 2007, 11:23 AM
now these are some kickass images Gangus.Thank you for sharing.Love your style!There's a tiny little old-school graffiti feeling in them sometimes, i find.Anyway, all my thumbs up!!:beer:

02 February 2007, 11:37 AM
A workshop in this thread right? I'd be interested though. Great concept works Gangus! I like these much more than some some of you other Illos of those planes based images, even those are hot too!:thumbsup:

02 February 2007, 11:54 AM
wow very inspirational stuff man...and so much detail.
amazing work

02 February 2007, 12:25 PM
Originally Posted by gangus
I may be doing a workshop where I will go into more depth and detail on how I go about producing my figures and giving them the kind of stylized character that I like to have in my illos. If you are interested in the possibility of this please write to Rebeccak and let her know.

If not please feel free to contact me if you have any specific questions.

Well.. of course we are! Your work is amazing! Delicious creatures, outstanding design and great attitude! Waiting for more! :)

02 February 2007, 12:28 PM
I don't get it ...

Where is that tutorial you guys are talking about?

PS : wonderfull images...

02 February 2007, 12:32 PM
wow what a sketches! amazing amazing amazing! ... umbolivible.. i cant choose the best - because all are..
im waiting to:)
i have a question:
how this tutorial works - what we(young padawans: ) do (-ofcourse in first draw; ) ?
Are we waintig for precise exercise?
Is this work step by step with time limit etc?..

02 February 2007, 12:33 PM
Amazing Work Angus!

Im here to droll and to show some love! :love:
Someone tell me when the workshop starts hee hee hee

02 February 2007, 12:38 PM
Great work! You gave me an impuls t draw!

I can't wait for it. Thanks a lot!

02 February 2007, 12:47 PM
Back on the front page.
Well done Glen as you know im a big fan.
amazing work. your skill is jovian.

Well done, man you are well overdue a Choice Award in my humble opinion.

Take care bud.


02 February 2007, 12:59 PM
Great works! I love your style! :thumbsup:

02 February 2007, 01:19 PM
those are wicked eh! :D
but yeah, where is the tutorial?

02 February 2007, 01:22 PM
I'd be totally interested in a workshop! I love your style, these drawings are just awesome!

02 February 2007, 01:42 PM



02 February 2007, 02:05 PM
Thanks alot for this great drawings :)
You are an amazing artist Glen
Keep it up

02 February 2007, 02:07 PM
I love the art in the dungeons and dragons books:)
Nice retouch for us mortals.. Shar prevails!

02 February 2007, 02:37 PM
Hi guys,

Gangus' Workshop would tentatively be scheduled for April. I try not to make any promises about dates since things can always change. However if you would like to be notified of any upcoming Tutorials / Workshops on the Anatomy Forum, including Gangus', please subscribe here:

Notification of New Open Figure Drawing Workshops / + TUTORIALS - SUBSCRIBE HERE! (

02 February 2007, 03:08 PM
It's been a while since someone's work has actually stunned me, made me sit back in my chair and just stare.

Amazing work, Gangus. And yes, workshop, please.

02 February 2007, 03:17 PM
WOWWWW...this dinitely keeps up my desire to draw and learn!

Thank you Gangus!


02 February 2007, 03:35 PM
Hi guys- I thought I would post a quick reply to settle a few questions (I'm at work right now and can't put a more detailed response at the moment- but will do so later on tonight- addressing those who have posted more personally)

Thanks so much to Rebaccak for plugging this tutorial and the potential of the April workshop. -I hope hasn't caused you any unneccessary headaches by directing requests to you- terribly sorry for that. Thank again for helping me set this up

Second: the tutorial will - be coming- I will be adding a couple step by step shots on the weekend so please stay posted to this um :)

Third: There will not be a project for this post but more in the Workshop that I will be doing at a later date (Hopefully April as already tentatively mentioned) - though until them I am always more than happy to chat with everyone and offer crits and talk anatomy.

Fourth-Just a quick thanks to all the amazingly inspiring posts and responses thus far. I'll have some more goodies to add to this thread.

Thanks again,
I'll talk to you guys more soon


02 February 2007, 03:46 PM
Cool man. I look forward to this. Your drawing are so cool man. I just love the style. Awesome!!

02 February 2007, 04:09 PM
Awesome Stuff!

I very much like the quality of your work... across the board.

Would definitely like to see a workshop, please!!!

02 February 2007, 04:53 PM
So much evil, draw some cute-stuff man! . . . But now I do remember the great bunch of Valhalla cartoon drawings. I really like the cat character on the right hand side, that's the quality that inspires me.

You're a very splendid artist.

02 February 2007, 04:56 PM
WOW - amazing sketches Gangus! Nothing new there :) Can't wait for more and looking forward to the news about the workshop :):bounce:

02 February 2007, 05:21 PM
I love the Superman :love:

02 February 2007, 07:00 PM's very coooooool

02 February 2007, 07:04 PM
Hi there !

Glad to see you're inspired !
I believe that workshop will be a great success !

Best wishes ! Cya !

02 February 2007, 07:57 PM
Great work, Gangus - i'm definitely looking out for the tutorial and the workshop; because i have no idea how you can draw like that!

02 February 2007, 09:31 PM
Nice work! Yes, if you ran a tutorial on your process or how you do what you do I'm definately interested in knowing about it!! So, count me in!


02 February 2007, 12:10 AM
Originally posted by gangus: I hope hasn't caused you any unneccessary headaches by directing requests to you- terribly sorry for that. Thank again for helping me set this up
Absolutely no worries! :) Heh, just didn't want to get deluged with a huge number of requests. :D No problem at all, I think it's pretty clear there's a ton of interest for your Workshop. ;)

02 February 2007, 06:33 AM
Count me in. I would love to learn those techniques

02 February 2007, 07:21 AM
I adore and admire your work as hell, the level of detail and great balance in those images are just A W E S O M E, I could stare at your art for years without geting bored.
How old are you?

BTW: I insist and insist again, when are this guys gonna give you well deserved CG Award??? when when when????

02 February 2007, 02:54 PM
Ha! Wow! very nice work very very nice work....

we are not even worthy to look upon it...

thanks for sharing....


02 February 2007, 12:20 AM
Oh, God. What can I say? I can only repeat three words: The Workshop, please!! :bounce:

02 February 2007, 05:20 AM
Amazing art, purely amazing.

02 February 2007, 06:00 AM
amazing work! i need this tutorial badly.

02 February 2007, 07:18 PM
AMAZING WORK! I especially like the Norse characters.

Please do a workshop! If you do.. I'm there!!!

02 February 2007, 11:27 PM
Here is the new pieces as promised- plus the ones that I removed at the beginning of the thread to make room for the tutorial:

Hope you like :)

02 February 2007, 11:29 PM
Here are the two that I removed for the tutorial in case someone never got a chance to view them all- remember they are all larger and in color in my portfolio on this forum.


02 February 2007, 12:11 AM
Hi Guys,
First of I want to thank Rebaccak again for being great to work with and talk to- looking forward to working more with you on the workshop.

Conkrys:Hopefully I'll be able to bring it.

unclehrum:thanks dude.

Krimble2000: Always an honor and a pleasure to be an inspiration

CyborgJA: Sounds awesome, lets set that up imediately. I must warn you that I am extremely passionate and overbearing, plus there are some hair issues that you might have to get used to. (very magnum-esque) Let me check with my wife to make sure it's okay, but as long as your cooking italian dishes I don't think she'll mind so much ;)

Diabolos: Cool! If you do- I would love to see it and potentially have it sent to one of those rotosculpting places to have a prototype made of it. I've been hoping a baddass modeler would be interested in doing this with either the superman or Thor piece from this thread.

anim_ziggy: cool, keep an eye open for it.

AzoiC: Anytime, feel free to write- I'll check out your portfolio as soon as I can.

T4D: Hope your still thinking of them, glad they were able to get in your head like an annoying song (mine is the damn theme to mission inpossible- I'f I'm behind the wheel of a car when it strikes- things get dangerous)

Ehsan: Thanks dude- still feel I have a long way to be considered a master of any sort :)
your work is progressing amazingly BTW

OKMER: Thanks Okmer, glad you like the style in these.

beelow: Hope you like the tutorial I just added. You gave me the idea of doing the next Victory Gal with this particular style of mine- Hope you keep an eye out for the next one.

redmonkey: Thanks- I allways love putt'n detail- sometimes ad-nauseum

Icey:waiting for your questions. Glad you like! :)

LunaticuMaster: Sorry for the confusion- hopefully you get this repoly and comeback to this thread to see the tutorial.

Sraszek: Glad you like the sketches- The tutorial is there to get you thinking and interested -I'll have more tutorials and specific exercises that I will give you feedback on in the upcoming workshop- probably April. More to come.

Sulamoon: Thanks! look forward to seeing you in the workshop in April

adiere: It inspires me that I can get others drawing.

Lman: Yeah I've been extremely welcomed here to see the front page as much as I have- it keeps me pushing myself. I apreciate the props on the award. Someday (hopefully)

Simon3D: Glad you like the style :)

ares623:Sorry again for the delay on the tutorial- I meant to do it right away than some personal and professional stuff came up- Hope you get a chance to check it out now.

Roja: Thank you so much- look forward to seeing you there.

SpiritDreamer: Thanks for visiting the portfolio- there be some more goodies up there soon :)

elnady: I'll try and keep them coming- some are older pieces ressurected from the coffers- Hopefully be adding more recent work soon.

Hordak: Thanks dude. That is what first inspired me to draw as a kid so it was awesome to get to do woirk for the new deities books. Glad you apreciate the Shar piece

siouxfire: Wow, ,what a truly inspiring comment, especially considering the company kept here at CG. Thank you so much

Liquidik: "WOWWWW...this dinitely keeps up my desire to draw and learn!"
It's funny, but getting such a response does the same thing for me.

michael-olszak: thanks dude.

botched: Thanks- hope to see you in the workshop :)

snowkiwi: I have some more cute stuff- I'll certain add some- Glad you liked the Valhalla post- it was one of my favourite endevours- the one thing that I thought I would have gotten an award for. (oh well) You and I share ther same tastes- the cat is one of my favs as well.

Intervain: Thanks- I'm sure Rebeccak will do an amazing job in keeping you guys updated about the future workshops.

Taibatsu: That is a special piece for me- drew it in a hotel one night while at a show- Mike Kaluta ended up picking it as one of his favourite pieces in the show at Gen Con a year later. It's hanging in my sons bedroom.

olya: yourself nice portfolio- always good to hear from a fellow Canadian :)

Djampa: Thanks I hope it goes well-being my first n all- I am going to studies previous workshops to see what works best.

batte812: Well the tutorial is at the begginning of the thread but the true secret of drawing like that is tons o shrooms...just kidding. Check the tutorial out at the begginning- read the post before it_ I think there are some decent pieces of advice- stuff that I wish someone would have told me 15 years ago.

zdparker: Thanks- Check the tutorial out at the beginning of this thread- it's up or visit my portfolio. If memory serves correct I believe you have posted in my guestbook- I will reply to your question there. Thanks again.

Seppuku: Sounds good- started trying some of the tips I put in this tutorial and I will see you in the workshop.

betito: ah my friend you are always so kind to me. To answer the age question- you'll have to send me a pm- I don't want to give too much up ;)
Thanks again for the callout for an award- it's nice to have so many people looking out for me.

norvman: hah! not worthy? If you knew how much of a ponce I can be at times you wouldn't say that :)

Blassing: Don't worry -I'm all in for the workshop- just want to make sure you guys get the most from it- I'll try and have it ready for April.

AdmiralRa: Thanks!

levin: The tutorial is at the begginning of the thread now- sorry to make you guys wait so long- please read the attached reply as well. Or feel free to check it out at my portfolio here.

ThreedyModeler: I'll certainly do my best with the workshop- Hope to see you there.

Thanks again everyone!!

02 February 2007, 12:58 AM

Thank you! :) I've added to my post on the first page ( of your Tutorial links to your new images and tutorial images. I'll update that post as necessary if you add additional images. That should make it pretty easy to find stuff within the thread.


02 February 2007, 05:03 PM
Glen - can I ask what kind of a pencil you're using [I mean how soft]? I always have problems choosing those - I think i went through an entire arsenal and usually am happy with the col-erase ones but I'm always happy to hear new tips and suggestions... Thanks for the tutorial - looking forward to more and more ;) :bounce:

02 February 2007, 06:12 AM
hey glad to see you put up a tutorial on cgtalk,i stil follow your thread closly on conceptart. i'l b waiting for your workshop cause i'l join it for sure

cheers and thnx for sharing:thumbsup:

02 February 2007, 10:31 AM
Can't wait for the workshop man. It always takes so long... very enthusiastic about it. Can't wait man (ohh, did i say that already) :) Take care of yourself man, your art truly inspires us newbs a lot :)


02 February 2007, 07:56 AM
Glen - can I ask what kind of a pencil you're using [I mean how soft]? I always have problems choosing those - I think i went through an entire arsenal and usually am happy with the col-erase ones but I'm always happy to hear new tips and suggestions... Thanks for the tutorial - looking forward to more and more ;) :bounce:

Be happy to answer your question:

I like to draw with those sanford col-erase pencils that you mentioned. I ussually start with a light version of the colour that I am going with (If it's blue than I start with the light blue) If I am going sepia than I start with that yellow_ochra one.
Once I have my basics started out than I move to either the darker blue or Sepia brown wone.

I ussually go over my drawings a third time with a mechanical pencil (ussually a .5- the average size) and work in some outlines and build up some final darks with a 2H-B for the darkest areas in graphite. Odd to add this over top the col_erase work but you end up with a real cool looking finished piece this way. Sometimes If the hatching works really well_I'll leave the craphite out -or if I am feeling particularily lazy that day :)

Thanks for writing in- I'll continue to add to this post- so please come back and visit sometime.

PS - Kudos to living in Montreal- beautiful city. I was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario...not so beautiful city- good people though.

02 February 2007, 04:21 PM
wOOOOOOOooooW!!! Amazing work increiblebleblebleee!!

02 February 2007, 08:52 AM
What about the paper? Which one do you tend to use? do you use like a normal paper to do thumbs or sketches and bristol paper to do the final drawing?

02 February 2007, 10:05 AM
Very helpfull topic, its always interesting to see how an artist works

02 February 2007, 07:50 PM
Hey Glen! Thanks very much for the info - really appreciate it!

Cheers :)
p.s. yeah Montreal's a really beautiful city :love:

02 February 2007, 03:11 AM
Hey guys,
michael-olszak: The paper that I prefer to work on is that bristol smmoth illustration paper that comes
in the 14 by 20" pads. I tend to do my thumbs on yhr same page out around the corners of the illos space so that I can always refer back tothem without digging through reams of old paper.

As brand goes I am pretty oblivious to any major differences as they go- so long as they are aproximately the same stuff- (Depends what Michaels or Hobby Lobby) happens to stock at the time- I think right now I have a Canson pad o paper. Hope this answers your question.


No problem Intervain: Glad I could be of assistance - let me know if you ever have any other questions.

02 February 2007, 06:16 PM
Very cool. I'm glad you put these up and I'm adding my name to those looking forward to your workshop.

02 February 2007, 07:14 AM
Hi Guys,

I have decided to add to this tutorial and give you more insight into the kind of things I will want to address in the upcoming workshop.

I hope you enjoy this, and can hopefully get a few tips or tricks to add to your arsenals.
If there is nothing new to you here- I hope you enjoy this for shits and giggles.



PS -I am posting a larger full compilation of this with the final piece and another character concept to the 2D gallery- If it gets in please check it out and show your workshop support :)

This will also be viewable with another larger related piece in my portfolio here on CGtalk.

02 February 2007, 07:15 AM
Here's the final piece.

It will be posted larger in my portfolio if you want to get a closer look.

02 February 2007, 09:17 AM
Oh Glen, this is fantastic! Thanks for sharing! If only I could draw like this *sigh* I love the character, really sneaky look [made me think of Uriah Heep LOL - he's the villain] I also love your masked girl that you've put in the portfolio:bounce:

02 February 2007, 12:32 PM
cool man. thanks for the answers and the tut man. this really helps.

02 February 2007, 02:29 PM
Beautiful work. Thank you for the additional tutorial! :)

LOL Al Gore's internet...the one made of tubes? :D

EDIT: A serious question :) - I would be interested in knowing how you learned to draw - what methods you found the most useful, and whether you have always drawn in this style, or whether it evolved as a result of study of a particular kind of artform. Also I am curious to know the kind of study you generally recommend to other artists who are interested in drawing the human form in a stylized manner.


02 February 2007, 03:01 PM
God I am so glad you included an explanation as to your wonderfully textured backgrounds as this was something that really enchanted me about your drawings, but I did not dare to ask, because it seemed a bit ignorant to ask for the bg with so wonderful concpets in the foreground, heh...

Also, noone else seemed to wonder which made me think that I gotta be the only noob out there who does not know how to do it...:D


02 February 2007, 06:17 AM
Beautiful work. Thank you for the additional tutorial! :)

LOL Al Gore's internet...the one made of tubes? :D

EDIT: A serious question :) - I would be interested in knowing how you learned to draw - what methods you found the most useful, and whether you have always drawn in this style, or whether it evolved as a result of study of a particular kind of artform. Also I am curious to know the kind of study you generally recommend to other artists who are interested in drawing the human form in a stylized manner.


Thanks Rebeccak,
Excellent question. Sorry if I couldn't field it right away.
Not to discount my high school teacher (probably one of the meanest ol bastards you would find in the catholic Canadian school system- but extremely influential) my college experience
and professors I would have to say I am self taught.
There are some deciding factors that have greatly influenced my style. As with past artists I have naturally been influenced by my peers and those before me.

To give a basic run down- As a young'n - My greatest inspiration came from the elegant linework illustrations of Jeff Dee and Rosloff from that old purple hard cover Deities and demigods book for Dungeons and Dragons. They are tough to find - but man the simplicity of the gods drawn in there and the strength of their poses are still a real influence in my work today.

Next I went to University and frustrated by the overly "fine art" approach and the general dislike of my attention to detail and sense of realism I ended up studying as an art history major. There I fell in love with the art of Alphonse Much and Maxfield Parish. I found the same sense of designed elegance that first grabed my eye in the deities book.

I then went to college for Graphic Design (yeah I know still not directly related to fantasy art or digital painting and concept work- but boy I sure am getting older) Ironically it wasn't until I started teaching at the same school years later and being forced to teach a basic
Design class, for which I was originally loathe to do -being more an illustrator at heart.
It was here where I learned myself -to apply the basic principals of design towards every piece that I worked on.

Another huge step in the self teaching process was to finally come into contact with a similar style real life fantasy artist. Arnie Swekel- A popular Magic artist and D&D illustrator need help with some jobs he had at the time. It was a huge thing for me to see his original drawings- I changed that day seeing that actual pencil on board- with a new found sense of direction and a friendly hand into the industry I began drawing more and more.
(Later in years I like to think I paid some of my debt back to Arnie by pushing him to paint onthe computer- but it is tough to equal inspiration like that-especially at that time in my life where you start to think it is impossible to make a living doing something you love)

From there I slowly refined and refined my style until it began to take it's own form. Ironically (again) I still do not see "style" in my own work. I just see it as "my stuff" everyone tells me I have a drawing style but I really don't see it- where as I could look at someone like Miracola or Velinov and say now there's a style.

If I were to recomend a study for anyone seeking to draw with a certain style- I would say three things:
1) Draw more! These workshop and anatomy forums are great to push you to do that- but you have to be continuosly drawing the figure until it becomes second nature- then I think once you are comfortable enough in your rendering that your style will emerge. Often I don't feel that people focus enough on anatomy (myself included) It helps in drawing everything. Understanding how the body holds itself, the joints support and counter support the weight- will help even the oddest of creature designs themselves have a sense of style and believability.

2) Go and see other peoples artwork in person. standing a foot away from an original and seeing the actual hatchmarks- the places where they made mistakes, and the impressions in the paper or board make all thew difference in the world. The same goes for learning to paint. Seeing Lockwood's original oil paintings actually helped me work out in my mind how to paint better digitally. They are that impressive.

3) Network and learn from your peers- I now get the pleasure of working alongside some great artists at Raven as well as get excellent feedback from this forum. I share an office with Mitch Cotie ( who is an awesome very stylized artist himself- who has greatly influenced my work in the past 4 years. Also getting to work with a friend and peer from the entertainment community with lighting and animation experience ( has really made a difference with how I approach each composition as a lit scene. There are some serious talents here on CGtalk if they make themselves availabe I suggest picking up whatever tips or inspiration from them that you can (I sure do)

Oh well, I hop this answers Rebeccak's question and gives you guys some insights on how I draw the way I do.


02 February 2007, 06:38 AM
Heres another pencil- you can check out the larger version in the blueline that it was drawn in at my cgportfolio.

Please stop by the 2D finished section if you want to see it painted- should hopefully be up by Saturday.

Hope you like,


02 February 2007, 04:13 PM

Thanks so much for the in depth reply - that is incredibly insightful, and I think rings true for many people wanting to create realistic work in a university system devoted mostly to 'fine art'. It's great to see this level of traditional work with an explanation of your background as I think it's an encouraging benchmark and example of what is possible with pencil, paper, and practice (the 3 P's) - very much looking forward to your Workshop in April. :)

One more question, if you get the chance - are there any specific anatomy books that you might recommend to others? And are there more influential artists whom you might name?

Cheers :)

02 February 2007, 02:52 PM
Hey Gangus. My girlfriend just baught a new X-BOX game (Marvel Ultimate Alliance) you made the artwork for it right? Cool stuff man.

02 February 2007, 03:29 AM
michael-olszak: Yeah I had a big part in it, but there were a ton of other great artists involved on staff as well. Awesome game though eh? It gets to be a real blast when you start kick'n up the serious powers, team combo and special fighting moves. My favourite is summonning a whirlwind with Thor and then calling down lightening with his hammmer while they are helpless in the air. I never grow tired of it :)

Thanks for the questions.
If I could submit a list of musty have anatomy books they would be:

Anatomy for the Artist by Sarah Simblet ISBN 0-7894-8045-X
George B. Bridgman Contructive Anatomy ISBN 0-486-211-4
George B. Bridgman Complete Guide to Drawing From Life ISBN 0-8069-3015-2
Oddly enough I still find that old "How to draw the Marvel Way" excellent for
those still struggling making their anatomy dramatic (sorry I don't have the ISBN)

and then I would basically suggest studying from your peers as well.

A list of some of my other favourite inspirational artists where figure creation is concerned

I'm a huge fan of the pure figurative and natural expression of pose from the God of Illustration - Frank Frazetta.

I love the flair of Simon Bisley

In terms of meeting a perfect median of looseness to tight rendering a good friend of mine from accross the drink a guy called Greg Staples often inspires me (even though we don't keep in touch as much as we used to) check him out at
tell 'm Glen Angus gives his highest regards.

For the zainyness factor I love drawing inspiriation from:
Glenn Barr
Joe Chiodo
and Joe Sorren

If I could have a drawing conscience/guru (kind of like that guy "Icepick" that Magnum
P. I. -sorry showing my age- would always go to when he is in a real fix it would be:
Brandon Kitkouski at

Hope this gives you guys a good frame of reference for where I am mentally when looking for specific inspiration

02 February 2007, 09:26 AM
Can't wait to get further in the game to see all of this. Unfortunately i'm not really a gamer. i usually start a game, play it for like an hour and then get back to the computer to check CGtalk or play with photoshop :) never to touch the game again.

I love Simon Bisley's art as well man. the way he draws the muscalature is just amazing man. Frank rocks at it as well of course!!

so when you were learning to draw did you like, copy some of their work or just kept it aside you to refer to their rendering techniques?

what i usually do is download some pictures of models from the internet and draw them. what do you think of that approach. any tips??

I recently bought an anatomy book and draw the bones and muscles from it. is that better.

sorry for al the questions :)

02 February 2007, 09:43 PM
Appreciations for the material you've put out already, and and especially the depth of your response on your history of with drawing.

I really like the piece Hel in your gallery. I have not seen many pieces visualizing her and you've done an amazing job. I didn't expect a brown palette to work so well for her... any scraps of visuals I had were definitely in blues :). Victory Gal- Angel of death is also engaging, especially with the context of your similar pieces WWII plane pieces.

Look forward to the workshop :)

02 February 2007, 08:05 PM
Hiyas, Gangus! I originally posted this message in another part of this forum but was encouraged (By Becca :D ) to post it in this thread instead, I guess it's because the style I am aiming for is a mix between the one you got and some other pencil artists out there.

So here goes;

I started pencil drawing rather recently and I've been doing a lot of studies lately. However, when drawing without a reference I struggle with creating clean lines. I always got a pretty clear idea of what I'm aiming at with the picture but when I try to draw it I do these small sketchy lines all the time and it bugs the hell out of me. They completely ruin the picture and after a few erases the paper I'm working on is pretty much wasted as well. My current pencil goal is a sort of exaggerated anatomy. I also got a problem of implementing the anatomy knowledge I'm supposed to get from the studies I do. Without references I constantly get it all wrong even if the mental image is correct. My characters also end up unnaturally stiff and in poses that suggest they are dolls or suffer from rigor mortis :/

Can you perhaps give me some pointers on how to start drawing without references as you do, how to develop my pencil confidence and get cleaner lines? I don't expect an answer that will magically turn me into a fully developed artist (we never do develop fully either for that matter), but perhaps something along the way of what I should study and more importantely HOW I should implement this knowledge.

I got a picture as well to show an artist who got a really crisp style and obviously knowledge of anatomy. It might be inked but I'd like to believe that this picture didn't originally start as a nest of lines as my pictures tend to. I'm speaking of the picture now, not the model. :P (

I hope this doesn't isn't a too time consuming question.

Cheers Gangus, I hope I can attend to your workshop in April. :)

02 February 2007, 09:45 PM
Hi Wasker,

Be sure to thank Rebecca for sending you to me- I always apreciate helpinh other artists if I can. Let me do my best to address your problems.

First- I do keep material around me for reference. I never really draw from a model or a photo to produce my images (though I am going to try that in the near future for shits and giggles with this professional model in Chicago) But I do keep a ton of reference nearby (I believe only a few replies of mine before this - I give a list of books that are great to have)
It's nice to have a couple of anatomy books on hand to help you remember how certain joints or muscle groups come together. Don't feel bad- it's not cheating. A lot of pros out there will only work from photo reference- some of them will even light board poses down as a base. I tend not to do that myself, because I also enjoy the pushing of the human limits and the development of style in the form. Using a little help to make sure you are getting some fundementals down -I believe- is very acceptable.
Another big part of it is you have to keep drawing. Draw so much that you become perfectly comfortable with understanding not just the proportions and visual info of the figure, but more- how it can hold itself, what types of attitude body language can convey, how everything works together to create that sense of balance and believability. Then think about stylizing. I think you are trying to fly before you can walk.

As for the sketchy lines- It's all about doing those gesture sketches first on a seperate piece of paper. Do a ton of quick studies until that one that is trapped in your head gets on the page be it by luck, pure perseverance or from a drug induced state (just kidding-kids don't do drugs-elmers glue works just as good) Once you have that (and believe me you'll know because it'll be loose but still convey that attitude.) then lightly transfer that onto some sturdy paper (illustration bristol- it can take more of a beating from earasers)
Which leads me to another reason I use the stanford colout pencils to draw with- pencil in the basic shaps in a lighter blue, and then once you are happy with them - go in and stregthen your line quality with the darker blue. Now your earlier scribbles in the lighter tone- you will see will be the very thing that gives your final piece character. People may apreciate your final piece more if they can see part of the journey that it took to get it there right on the paper.

I hope this helps.

As for the example of the other illustrator- I'm pretty sure he's from france and does unbelievable work strictly designing figures. If you want to know who depresses me- it's guys who can draw like that :)


02 February 2007, 09:50 PM
Thanks a ton for the answers to both questions, my apologies for being MIA, I did get your pm and I've just gotten behind with emails / pms etc., but it's always a pleasure to read your thoughts and it's great to hear your responses. :)


02 February 2007, 12:46 AM
Beautiful - Just Beautiful!!!


03 March 2007, 12:15 PM
Well I think there's nothing that I can honestly tell you except that I'm here, drooling in silence.

03 March 2007, 07:28 AM
Here's an example that shows with enough sketching you can eventually stumble onto something greater. This old sketch is the first brainchild of the Victory Gal series in that it was the first time on paper that I decided to try and merge plane and female together.

It was more a literal approach to the idea, but still the initial thought nonetheless. I have just posted this at a higher res if you want to get a better look at it on my portfolio- but also recently finished the final paint of it (due to it's historical creative significance) to add to the Victory Gal series- currently awaiting validation to the 2D galllery.

03 March 2007, 10:53 PM
I have trouble finding a concept artist like yourself that can pull off such dramatic poses while displaying fantasy content like vikings, dragons, etc. Most of the time fantasy drawings are stiff and rigid, showing a pose or snapshot where yours are very stylized and suggest movement and animation. Very inspiring work!!!

Working at Raven must be a blast. 15 fellow classmates and I had the privilege to take a sneak peek at the facilities last December and I must say we were all absolutely blown away with the talent and quality! Plus let's be honest, Marvel Ultimate Alliance is pretty much an amazing game. :)

Plus, doing all that while representing the frozen tundra of Wisconsin! A+! :thumbsup:

Keep the tutorials and suggestions coming, I think we all can benefit from an expert such as yourself!

03 March 2007, 08:58 AM
Hey Gangus,
Just found your really wonderful thread. Don't want to take up too much of your space here, but I have to comment on this great sketchbook.
Most generous in the time you give to explain and show your working process, a valuable insight into an artists thinking. I am always on the prowl to pick up anything I can use here and there from talented artists, like yourself.

I'm currently pouring over concept art books, reading about artists processes, checking out lotsa tutorials and exploring the digital brush in Photoshop and Painter. BTW- Frazetta is what sparked my lifelong pursuit of character design. His work and influence is historic to illustration. So many young artists have been inspired by him without even knowing it.

My goal is to become a proffesional concept character artist, asap. I have much to experience, yet, but I hope to one day have the opportunity to exploit what skills I do have in a proffesional creative capacity. Which, makes this thread invaluable for the information presented.

Thanks for posting those tutorials. Love understanding why certain approaches work. Very helpful and inspiring.
I find all your advice most interesting and true. Indeed, asking alot of questions from more experienced folks has become key in helping expand my skills and knowledge. Thanks also, for turning me onto work from artists I had never known about. Greg Staples and Brandon Kitkouski's, WOw! Their digital paints are beautifully approached.

You bet, Gangus. I'm going to be looking out for the start of your workshop.

P.S. Regarding Waskers' question. Perhaps, the model concept designer had scribbles and threw a paper over it to pick out the clean lines of the design. A traditional animation clean-up technique, which is similar to your suggestion, esp. using the Sanford blues, which is also used for animating proir to clean-up.

04 April 2007, 05:02 PM
Hey any news on when the workshop will start??

04 April 2007, 02:12 PM pictures all are great......especially those sketches are so wonderful....:thumbsup: :thumbsup: words......*****5 stars ....:bounce: :bounce:

06 June 2007, 12:05 PM
don't want to be disrespectful but does anyone know hat the status of this workshop is?
i know glenn's situation, just wondering what's going on...


07 July 2007, 06:17 AM
I am very saddened to report that Glen Angus, great artist and mentor, has passed away.

All our best to his family.

07 July 2007, 08:09 AM
Indeed RebeccaK,

he was really great in his artwork and help in the figurative arts , and always helped folk out constantly. He is one of the masters of digital art now.

I hope his wife and kids will be alright

07 July 2007, 08:56 AM
I'm shocked and saddened at his passing.
My best to his family.

Indeed, his thoughts and work will continue to inspire many many artists.