Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Chibi DONE, but started another one...

I'm too worked up, gotta dive in and finish this Chibi Dana & Nola sucker. 

But first .... 

here's an idea for a painting -  it threatened to be just another abstract, 

but let's see if i can't try something ELSE ..

this is actually the back of an old watercolor on some bristol board...  i doodled this woman's face, then got uninspired and tossed it.  since the woman's face seems like every OTHER sam kieth 1800s profile, 

i'll cover it with something (hopefully) better.. These paint drips can be a background might help, or just go nowhere.. we'll see.. 

more abstract shapes..

enough already - 

let's try some doodle of a women's faces on a new piece of bristol.  

not sure which of the two face i like better.  checking faces out upside down (or in a mirror) sometimes helps me spot how badly the eyes can float off the face, 

probably just go with the one i hate the least.. 

in this case, the lower left. 

i wanna work the teal brush  color into some sort of dress she's wearing. Going for a THICK black contour line around her figure, but these grease pencil isn't bold enough. 

that's better.  wow. well, i did say... *thick* didn't i? 

think i can make it work though.. see what i mean? about the feathery teal color looking like a 'dress' she could be wearing? 

now let's try this.. hand rip the outer edge, 

then cut the rest out. 

Now here's a question i'll throw out to you guys... i'll paste the woman on the right over the page on the left.  

So here's the two options... which looks better? Top? or Bottom? 

I know, it's subjective, and sorta depends how 'subtle' ...'busy' or 'interesting' you want your background image. 

i'll think about it myself too, then paste it in later this week. 



Let's finish off THIS bit of madness. ...

...so at least you won't have to keep staring at this sucker in so many posts! 

sorry,  i just CAN'T add a buncha blood to the second chibi girl's head -

don't worry, i'll come up with something else cool though... rather than brains...

i get enough gory brains shots doing on 30days - wait, those are vampires. not zombies.

sorry. i'm an idiot -  always mix vampires and zombies up.

I finally popped for a new ipod. ( yay!)  Music fuels art, so i CAN'T go without music..

Here's a trick i use.. letting your brush get dry then blotching the brush hairs... It makes a slightly dry 'diffused' look.  i use it a lot to balance out my slick think line.

You can also use it with colored ink too.. see how the blue blur in her jeans has more motion now?

Oops, forgot this pic of what's in the 2nd Chibi's head - TA DA- plushy stuffed animals! No, nola didn't lose her jean color, my photos just got out of order..

Now here's the colored version.

I know, the splatter fluid on the ax's *supposed* to be pink bubble gum splatting.  but it's printed a little dark..

so maybe it looks sorta bloody after all. * sigh *

But, hey.. the cute little plush toys spilling out of her head..

..kinda cute right?


NWilson said...

I think the paste-in composition on the right works better. The other draws the eye to the strong shapes in the background. Just a thought. What do I know?
Great stuff all around. I'm always amused to read your apologies for not posting often enough. You're practically a posting machine from my point of view.
Always a pleasure.

cody said...

I like the bottom one. The 2nd picture is insane like the cute madness.

scruffy said...

tend to agree with the others. The background with the thick purple splotch draws the eye in like the candlyland tar pits and you lose a turn or two trying to get out. Unless you wanted to make it into something that she was contemplating....?

the danman can said...

The comment above is great.
This is sickeningly cute.
Sorry if it's been discussed in a previous post - is this for a project or just for fun?

Sean said...
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Sean said...

I think the 'Top' background offers a nicer counterbalance to the figure and seems to have a bit more directionality and form than the 'Bottom' one. If you want to make sure the figure gets all the focus, I'd go with the 'Bottom' one, but I think the 'Top' one is more interesting overall.

Anonymous said...

I would buy a poster of that in a minute !


Anonymous said...

bottom. It hallows light aroung the character making her the focal point. The picture looks more cohesive and the pattern is more delicate. Top one is too jarring.

Anonymous said...

* halos

i can't spell

Aaron Desira said...

Bell bottom jeans and platforms on an axe wielding nut huh? I wonder why you chose to dress it that way- I would say Ive seen plenty of angry looking people in the street in this get up. The whole thing oozes charm and bubble gum as with everything you post. happy holidays

Sam_Kieth said...

Thanks guys... Yeah, it could have gone either way i guess. Like you all said, less right or wrong, and partially more just what effect your going for.

In the end i opted to lighten the one i did choose to make the eye to to her face more.. but it's cool to be able to throw something up on here and get feedback so quickly.

You know, i love abstracts, but there's no getting around.. even the most abstract subject matter (face, figure, tree, whatever) is somewhat more compelling than an abstract by itself. It doesn't mean you can do abstracts too, but i guess even if it's just a single drawing, i still catch myself 'telling a story' in a picture.

Both Rube Goldberg, Rene Magritte, Normal Rockwell all did 'single panels' (or paintings) that hinted at a whole situation, i consider these guys all storytellers too.

Do you think it's just finding a compelling subject to look at, however we choose to illustrate it? Or does the subject itself even matter?

Am I over-thinking he whole thing????? (which i tend to do) - what do you guys think?

Marcus Collar said...

in no way are you "over thinking"

and in a way since the back pages of the maxx were in some way like what the internet was about to become (yes im rambling)

you seem like a genuine person grounded in their form

like a samurai


(forgive the caps)


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