Thursday, 24 February 2011

Within Temptation new drummer unmasked!

Within Temptation have finally revealed their new drummer! and here he is!

I dunno if Ill have to add him into my drawings but Ill just have to see.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Band members sketches

 These are just some of the initial sketches I did for this project of the band members these detailed versions were just me learning how to understand their facial features so that I could then more easily draw them in a more simple way.

Sharon den Adel

Robert Westerholt

Martijn Spierenburg

Jeroen van veen

Ruud Jolie (Sketchbook page of all the different studies)

Below are the less detailed drawings of the members. I only managed to get three done.

Jeroen van veen

Robert Westerholt

Martijn Spierenburg

Visual Journal sketches

These are just some sketches Ive done here I have added a textured background to them on Photoshop which I think looks quite nice on them :D

Friday, 18 February 2011

Tara McPherson

The Silent Hero
Oil on Linen
24" x 20"

Tara McPherson is one of my favorite contemporary Illustrators/Artists. I really love her style of painting. And what I really love about her work is that its mostly produced using traditional methods. The characters in her paintings/Illustrations have both an Inocent and dark look to them. Here are some examples of her work.

Some pages from her  Fables: Diaspora 

The Witching #1 of 10
10" x 15"

The Witching #6 of 10
10" x 15"

The Gloxinia Trance
Oil on Linen, Stretched Over Panel
10" x 8"

The Day's Eye Trance
Oil on Linen, Stretched Over Panel
10" x 8"

This World Turned Upside Down
Oil on Birch
20" x 24"

The Forget-me-not Trance
Oil on Linen, Stretched Over Panel
10" x 8"
You can see more of her art on her website here

The Unforgiving Song Previews

OMG I cant belive it!!! The songs sound AWESOME!! I CANT WAIT for the release lol! :D

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Monday, 14 February 2011

Graphic Novels

Ivan Flores (Graphic Artist) 

Twilight Graphic Novel (Adapted by Young Kim)

This is drawn in Manga/Anime style

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Musical Characters

To help inspire my ideas for turning the WT Band members into characters. i have been finding this a little difficult as I am used to producing detailed drawings I have often gotten carried away drawing the band members and therefore I often find that it becomes too detailed. I have to find a way of drawing the band members and characters in a more simple way so that I am able to easilly draw them several times in the sequence keeping then looking the same. In order to aid me in this I have been looking at other music artists that have already done this.

Some years ago I saw this music video by Linkin Park for the song "Breaking the habit" Linkin Park is another band I like and I particularily love this song. The entire video is animated in a Anime style. I was interested to see how the Band members were turned into characters for this video.

Here some images:

Screenshots from the video

Drawing of the band members for the music video

Below are some other examples of music artists that have been turned into characters.

Sum 41

The Black eyed peas

The Black Eyed Peas' characters have been designed in a vey minimalist way, using blocks of flat colour and designed in a way to make it look pixelated, I found this very interesting to look at. When I find some other examples of other music artists that have done this I will add it here.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Romano Molenaar & Nei Ruffino

I have been having a look at some of these works by Graphic artist Romano Molenaar. He is a Dutch Graphic artist That creates art for comics such as Witchblade, Darkness and Xmen. He is the artist currently working with Within Temptation on the art for their new concept album that is due for release next month. For my project I plan to create a short graphic novel preview story to promote the album release, hopefully done with a CD with printouts and wallpapers.

I have just been looking at some of his art for inspiration as I am suffering from a mental block just now. you may find this a little strange but I am not really a comic book fan, I used to love the style of drawing but now I quite hate it. I dislike the samey streotypical style of drawing that everyone uses, there's no sensce of individuality/personality or style (From what Ive seen of graphic novels/comics anyway). The main problem I have with graphic novels/comics is how highly sexualised the women are with the massive boobs with revaling outfits that are very suggestive, I am quite sick of seeing this as I find it treats the women as objects, which I hate seeing and that is what I wil NOT be doing in my novel.

The previous rant above  brings up the question: why am I creating a graphic novel if I dont like them? (Well not keen, hate is a strong word) well as im sick of seeing the same style of drawing for graphic novels/comics over and over again I plan to do my own short graphic novel with a twist. My own way of drawing and layout, I dont want it to look like a copy of what Romano is doing BUT my own take on what the band is doing with this album. I really hope this goes to plan and I also really hope this does the band justice as I hope to share my work with them. Talk about presure! I dont quite know were to start with this so thats why I have been looking at this work.

When researching Romano's work I found that he doesnt always colour his work himself. He sometimes does the line work and Nei Ruffino a professional colourer does the colouring, I found this quite interesting. Although I really like his line drawings in a way I prefer them to the coloured ones, As I really like the detail in his lines drawings and the raw unfinished qualities of some of them. Here are some examples of his work. In the mix are some befores and afters. (I found it uite hard selecting these as some of his work contains partial nudity but anyways these are the ones I dont mind too much.)


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