Monday, January 26, 2009

chow #144

Ok, so last post was a character of the week submission at So is this one. I'll give a quick rundown on what that means. CA is a web community of artists, illustrators, concept artists, and (mostly) wannabes (like me). The forum community is huge with people from all over the world helping each other out for the most part giving critiques and such. Anyway, its cool. they have weekly activities there. Character of the Week, Environment of the Week, Creature of the Week, etc. they have a moderator that comes up with an idea say par example: post nuclear apocalyptic siamese twins that work as protectionists, extortionist, and mercenaries. Then every one illustrates this idea and submits it on sunday. there are specific rules like it has to be at least 3/4 figure and so on. After it gets submitted a moderator makes cuts and then members vote on their favorite. Typically its the professionals (or near pros) that win. I have yet to make it to the voting round. Im not too worried I have only entered two, the siamese twins (above) and the caterpillar (below). Actually, its only pissing me off in a good way. I just want to work harder. It gives me competition. I like it. My current goal is to make it to the voting round, then win one.

On another note, is going to be seeing a major facelift in the coming days... Look for it next week, its going to be sweet.

Also, don't forget about the Everglades Comic...

Monday, January 19, 2009


An illustraion I did for the weekly character contest at

My imaging of the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Adobe Illustrator

So I have long been using photoshop and Painter to make pictures but I never tried out Illustrator. Maybe it was because I didn't know what graphic design was until about half way through college or maybe I just never needed to use any vector drawing. Well anyway this is my first attempt at using Illustrator.

I really struggled with the user interface and the controls. I guess I went into it expecting Photoshop and its definitely not the same. It is kind of neat the way you have a workspace around the active picture area. It felt a lot like making a collage in real life. The eagle is from a photo I took of a lamp post at Union Station in DC.