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EllaFontElves!

EllaFontElves

Introducing the elves – Ella at the front of the picture and Font at the back riding on Barry. 😀

This one started life as an inked piece of line art –

And ended up in Photoshop for colouring. I went for a lot of nice inked textures, especially on Barry and then once again opted for an animated look with the colours.

We have merchandise featuring this piece available on our Redbubble store – everything thing from clothing to phone cases and clocks. You know you need the EllaFontElves in your life! – Check it out here – EllaFontElves Merch

Let us know what you think and if you would like to see more of Ella, Font and of course Barry in the comments.

Jack.

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It’s A Kinda Magik!

Magik – Illyana Rasputin of the X-Men

I’ve been experimenting with digital artwork recently and it’s something that I’m going to be working on a lot going forward. The possibilities excite me and the work is proving to be the very satisfying as well as challenging – and I do love a challenge.

I still love working traditionally of course and one of my favourite ways of working is creating inked line art. I enjoy the control I have over the pens on the paper, I find the process soothing even if it does make my hands ache like mad. I’ve been told most artists are masochists, maybe it’s true. 😉

I thought it would be fun to combine my hand drawn inks with digital colouring and so went about drawing this image of Magik –

(The original inked artwork is currently available to buy in our store – http://www.reddlife.com/shop/)

She has always been a very interesting character and her current costume design is one of my favourites. I very much wanted to create a cartoonish / manga-esque image of her with detailed ink work for texturing.

I then took it to Photoshop and after playing around I decided I wanted a more animated look to the colours. I can do realism with traditional media and was enjoying the different feel of the digital effects. I had a lot of fun working on this and even decided to throw in some random textures from photos I took just to see what would happen –

I’m really pleased with the results, even though I know I would do a few things differently if I did it again. I’d love to know what other people think so please feel free to leave a comment on this post.

More artwork and experimentation to come.

Jack.

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Psylocke – X-Men Sketch Card

The X-Men from the 90’s era are and always will be my X-Men, the characters and the stories are very dear to me and although when I imagine of any of those characters nowadays I still picture them in their Jim Lee outfits I do very much like some of the more recent costume designs as well.

Psylocke had one of the most skimpy, revealing costumes during the 90’s and I still love it. It was very much of it’s time in comics, but it did also capture her personality as she almost revelled in her sexuality and how it affected those around her. Whether turning people on or just making them uncomfortable, it gave her an edge over other individuals and at the same time seemed to give her a thrill. You also had the fact that the body she was in wasn’t her own – her mind was switched into the body of a Japanese assassin called Kwannon. The fact that she enjoyed her new body, but didn’t feel connected to it in the same way probably resulted in her not feeling as protective of it physically/sexually as she did her own natural form. Of course, the costume could have been designed that way for simple fanboy titillation, but surely that couldn’t possibly have been the case. 😉

She has had several updates through the years, but always eventually seemed to revert back to that 90’s look or something very similar. I’ve felt for a long time that she needed a new look. Something a bit more subtle and practical but still striking. The costume that she has been given for the Extraordinary X-Men series really hit the nail on the head for me. She looks like a ‘proper’ ninja superhero now and the design is practical, sleek and elegantly form fitting. Soooo, I just had to draw her –

I’ve been playing in greyscale again recently and I drew this all in pencil. It did take a while to get the tones right and it was a pain to photo, but I am happy with how she turned out, there’s a lot of subtle detail on the piece in hand. I think at some point I may need to draw a larger colour piece of Psylocke in her new costume, but for now this one captures the look I wanted.

The original sketch card is currently available for sale in our store here – http://www.reddlife.com/shop/

What do you think of Psylocke’s new costume? Let me know in the comments and hope you like the new piece of artwork.

Jack.

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Going Old Republic!

Shae Vizla – Mandalorian bounty hunter from Star Wars –

I’ve always loved the Old Republic era of Star Wars (well frankly I love all eras of Star Wars), but I am pretty sure that I haven’t ever drawn any characters from that particular timeline. I thought I should change that and because I have been into Mandalorians just lately Shae was the perfect choice.

Apart from being in the actual SWTOR game as a companion character (which I’m still bitter about not being able to play because I’m on a Mac), she also features in the amazing CGI trailers for the game. If you haven’t seen them, you absolutely should check them out – just search YouTube, it’s worth it.

There was also some merchandise featuring her including a 3.75″ action figure from Hasbro. The figure itself was very nice, lots of detail, articulation and accessories – the head sculpt however was not pretty, not at all. Luckily she came with a helmeted head as well. 🙂

I decided to draw this on a SketchLife sketch card and wanted to approach the piece in greyscale with pencil shading. As I worked on her I added black ink to a few areas to crispen up some details and to create a more dramatic look. I wanted a stylised form of realism for her.

 

Please drop me a message in the comments and let me know what you think of this piece and what other Old Republic characters you would be interested in seeing as I would definitely like to draw some more.

This original artwork is currently available in our store here – http://www.reddlife.com/shop/

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Halloween 2016 Sketch Card Set – SOLD OUT!

Hey All,

I’m so happy to say that our Halloween sketch card set has already sold out! I know there were only very limited numbers of these, but it has been quite a while since I have done anything like this and the level of support has been overwhelming. Thank you everyone, it really means the world to me and I hope the collectors who picked up the packs enjoy their cards.

Regards,
Jack.