I get a lot of questions about my process so I thought it’d be cool to break down and talk about some of my steps for illustrating covers! I hope this is helpful or interesting, it’s not quite a tutorial but perhaps it’s a glimpse into my thought process.
Step 1 | Thumbnail. The point here is to do several very fast, small, drawings, so you can’t get hung up on details. Here I’m thinking most about composition and subject. I had four originally and this one was picked to get finished.
Step 2 | Sketch. I draw on top of my thumbnail, nailing down more of the actual details. I fix any proportion isssues but I still try not to waste too much time making final lines, the sketch will go away in the end, so it just needs to be good enough for me.
Step 3 | Background Painting. A lot of lightning and mood is set by the environment, so I start with determining their background. I browse through lots of inspirational paintings and photographs during this stage, and try to get a palette in my head for the overall piece. I use the lasso tool to fill in their silhouettes with black and lock the layer transparency. The silhouette is very important for readability, so I make sure even without colors the shapes are distinct.
Step 4 | Rough Color Blocking. I block in base colors and basic lighting under the sketch layer, blocking in the different materials and colors.
Step 5 | The Fun Part. Here’s where I just get to zone out and paint. I flatten the sketch onto the color blocked layer (if you’re nervous, you can always duplicate these layers and tuck them into another folder before you flatten and commit) and finally get to painting. The sketch eventually gets entirely painted over. Things I’m thinking about during this stage: different materials, changes in planes, drawing from the background colors.
Stage 6 | Details. I use the lasso tool and fill to do very tiny details like scratches, small specular highlights, etc. I add some wear and tear and knock out a bit of Fulcrum’s teeth. (huhuhu)
Stage 7 | MOAR BLOOD. At this point I decided there wasn’t enough energon dripping off of Tarn and I added more on a new layer. Again, grabbing areas with the lasso tool, filling, and erasing parts of it to make it appear transparent.
Stage 8 | Lighting Effects. I add some soft glows to Tarn’s lights, but keep his forehead light the brightest. I want it to be the main source of light in the scene so I don’t want to distract. Light is bouncing through the pink energon, so I made the light falling on Tarn’s face more pink.
Stage 9 | Final Lights. I add a harsh white rim light to both of the figures, really pulling them away from the background to finalize the painting.
Anonymous said: Is Atlantis aware of the Internet's City status? Has he made overtures to her? (if the Internet were to be Lost we would all be so utterly and unfathomably screwed, but I do not think that is a likely turn of events.)
I’d like to think of the Internet as something that was born with the Milliennial generation, just because I am so tired of us being shat on by all of society that I think we deserve something of our own that our parents and grandparents haven’t fucked up entirely (for now- watch out for Net Neutrality my American friends).
I mean, the first vaguely internet shaped thing was the packet networking ideas that were in France and the UK and the US all developing at the same time, then some US unis got awarded funding and made the ARPANET and sent the first message by Internet. Which then expanded and expanded into Internet Service Providers. This was the emails, the voice-calls, the idea of connection. But. Like a tunnel. You moved *through* the Internet to get out the other side to another person. And sometimes things echoed, stirring, but it wasn’t *alive*. It was a road, rather than a home.
Then. Then came a the World Wide Web.
Look up at the bar. See that www? That’s it. Any link you click on that has that? That’s the World Wide Web. This is when the Internet became a thing you can build on, rather than pass through. These are the first ‘interlinked hypertext documents’ these are the web pages, the blogs, the social network, youtube, facebook, twitter, tumblr, this is what you go *onto* when you go into the Internet. You walk into a world-wide, glistening, shining web and you start creating and building and adding to it and you know what? That’s what the Millienials are really fucking good at. Helping the Internet grow and live. Via blogs when you pour yourself into your words, or tumblr where you can post a thousand pictures that won’t ever get lost, or facebook where you can keep contact with your friends no matter how far you move away. The World Wide Web is what made the Internet a place you could live in.
This is us.
Okay it was created in 1989 by the Englishman Tim Berners Lee. The guy from the London Olympics Opening Ceremony? Anyway. fuck off America and your ‘anti-Net Neutrality’. Because you know what he wrote, when he created the web?
"This is for everyone."
That. That is what made the Internet breathe for the first time. Because guys, that is so fucking beautiful. Because it is for everyone now. Yeah there’s cats and porn but you know what. There’s community. There’s people out there taking stories back and remaking them and telling them to new audiences. There’s people taking textbooks out of expensive universities and putting them online because education is for everyone. There’s people using the very freest thing in the world to free themselves, via revolution, via asking for help, via information and eye-witnesses and hashtags. There’s people recording kid’s first walk or their Grandpa’s last because we don’t have to forget that anymore. There’s people who are very alone reaching out across the web and finding someone else reaching back for them.
So no, Atlantis is never, never, never going to ever turn the Internet. Because she is the greatest thing humanity has done since libraries. She’s the ultimate expression of humanity I have ever faced and I don’t even think Atlantis would be able to comprehend her or her nature, let alone try to turn it.
And considering most of the stuff I’ve written about has happened within our generation? Most Cities probably don’t know that the Internet is alive yet, including the Lost ones. It’s just us, and Hong Kong, and a few other Cities realising that the world is such a massive, massive place.
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I blinked one day and when I opened my eyes, it was normal to have an American army battling Americans on American streets. No one even calls it a war. But it is.
Don’t forget this crazy shit actually happened.
Don’t forget this shit is STILL happening
-And I’m Emily.
We make “funny videos” on the Internet.
-But soon, we might not be able to.
…net neutrality is in jeopardy. Net Neutrality is the principle that says ISPs can’t discriminate between different types of traffic.
That means that…
…whether you’re a bedroom music producer, a couple on an amateur porn site, or just someone with a start up idea - you get access to the same users as Netflix, Facebook or Amazon. On the Internet, anyone can succeed.
…America’s ISPs wanna set up a pay-for-play system where rich companies pay extra to get to those users first.
If this happens…
…instead of a wonderful playground if innovation that it is now, the Internet will become like cable TV where you can only get stuff that’s been pre-approved by a bunch of old rich guys.
Ten years from now…
…your Internet bill could be a bigger “fustercluck” than your cable bill.
Now, you might be thinking…
…isn’t the government supposed to protect me from fragrant doucheholery like this?
…the former chairman of the FCC (government agency that’s SUPPOSED to protect you) is now the cable industry’s head lobbyist. And another former cable industry lobbyist is now the CURRENT head of the FCC.
…we can’t trust the FCC to make the right decision on their own. That’s why WE need to protect the Internet we love. The chaotic, AWESOME, often quite weird, place where literally everyone’s voice can be heard.
In a few months…
…the FCC will approve this festering soal of proposal unless we speak up. The Internet is one of the few places where human voices speak louder than money. So while that’s still the case, let’s use those voices. Go to DEARFCC.ORG and tell them to protect Net Neutrality. Thanks for doing your part to protect the Internet.
Contact FCC at https://dearfcc.org/
IF DEARFCC.ORG IS DOWN, simply go to good oldhttp://www.savetheinternet.com/
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Wherein Rick Berry discusses neurophysiological underpinnings of perception and cognition at MIT
or..What causes one image to grip the imagination as opposed to those that don’t? This is a pragmatic talk by Rick on how to foment creative production for any enterprise requiring original vision. All are welcome. MIT Johnson Athletic Center / THIS SATURDAY, Sept 13 3:45pm RM 2 Register @ BostonFIG.com
LET ART THINK Talk by Rick Berry at Boston Festival of Indie Games
If you are in the Boston area, go and listen to Rick. Trust me on this. You can thank me afterwards.
Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.
(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)
Please do it. This one is important. You may not think YOU are important (you are, by the way) but if your representatives know that you care about how they vote, and if you call, and the person before you calls, and the person after you calls… then they vote to keep the internet the way it is.
DOOOO ITTTTTTTT (said in the reassuring voice of the thing under your bed when you were tiny)