Monday, 3 October 2011


Thumbnails from the current project. In the top image, I'm changing small details from the pictures found on my influence map to help generate ideas. In the second image I'm experimenting with the use of silhouettes and various poses. The third image is more of a focus on particular parts of the body. The fourth image is a look at the skeleton, including a arm-to-wing picture and a cowl-like head drawing. In the last image I experimented with the manipulation of the skeletons, using the lower leg dual boned structure as a way of a creating a new usable leg style.


  1. Hey Jake,

    Third year Leo here – looks like I will be your mentor for your first year! I’ll do my best to keep an eye on here and help out when I can, otherwise just make a @Leo post or leave a comment at my blog if you really need some help/advice -

    I see your taking your first steps in digital painting, which can be tricky at first to get used to. Keep at it, as perseverance and practice is key, and it can be an invaluable tool later down the pipeline. You may find it easier to simply start painting your subject in by building up shapes and forms, rather than trying to sketch out the outline first.

    Also, its always best to scan drawings rather than take a picture on a camera. At the moment, its hard for me to see your thumbnail ideas and really get a sense of its potential. I know it may sound tedious but really you want to present your work/ideas in the best light possible. There’s nothing worse than having a wonderful sketch that goes unrecognised due to poor image quality. I believe there is a scanner down the hall from the base room if you don’t have one at hand, and Photoshop can always be used to help clean and bring the image quality up.


  2. Hi Leo,

    Nice to meet you. I'm quite new to digital painting, I'll be trying to use it as much as possible whenever I can. The issue I have though is that I sometimes struggle to work from that method. The method I'm referring to being the building up of shapes and forms. Maybe it's just something I have spend time on.

    And thank you for the presentation advice. I struggled to find good lighting and camera, settling for what I had. I'll take advantage of the scanner though, next time. I did also use Photoshop on the images, changing the contrast and brightness but it didn't make any outstanding difference.

    I've also checked out your blogspot, and your work is simple amazing. Your current project reminds me of my final project from my last course. I too focused on the differences of a black and white wolf, though yours is clearly better.

    Anyway, thanks again for your time and help. It's nice meeting you.

  3. You too Jake, thanks for the compliments. I'm pretty excited with the project so far :)

    I can help out on bringing the scanned images up on photoshop, a general quick fix can be to use Image > Adjustment layers > Levels or Curves. You can then play around with the sliders to adjust the contrast this way, and you should be able to get the sketch to pop out better. There is an auto button if your struggling, which can help but just be wary of this by adjusting the opacity of the layer.

    Of course, you can only do so much which is why its important to get a nice quality scanned image to start with.

    Hope this helps, I'll probably see you around uni one day :)

  4. Hey jake :) good pictures i really like them, but heres just one tip. when scanning or taking a pictures of your drawings make sure they are easy to look at. try and darken the tone of the drawing so its easier to pick up on the blog post. its very simple and its gonna get you some wicked posts. so blast more drawings out and POST POST POST! ;D

  5. Just updated the images. They look a LOT clearer. I'll go back to some of my other posts and update them too. Thanks for the help guys, really appreciate it.