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May Contain Traces of Evil Genius [Nov. 27th, 2005|08:44 pm]
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I'm afraid real life is getting a little too real for me right now which means I'm going to have to leave off the artwork again for a while. I'm not sure for how long. So this will be the last bit for while.

These were posted to comics_fanart last week. This a an alternative version of events in Teen Titans #29, scans of which were posted to scans_daily by memphis_letters.

Title: Rescue
Fandom: Teen Titans
Characters: Tim/Jason/etc...
Medium: PhotoShop
Content: Nothing you won't find in a DC comic.
Rights: as you please, just give credit.

Page1 – 417x650 JPEG 102KCollapse )

Page 2 – 456x650 JPEG 102KCollapse )

Doodles – 600x307 JPEG 102KCollapse )

Page 3 over Everything – 460x424 JPEG 100KCollapse )

Detail from Page 2– 459x650 JPEG 100KCollapse )

And once again I'm reminded of why I try to avoid sequential art, it's just so draining x_x

Here are some icons of the Kon Smash doodle:
01. 02. 03. 04.
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Busy [Nov. 18th, 2005|01:56 am]
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RL is starting to get in the way of things. Or maybe VR is... one or the other. However I should have something for Monday or Tuesday.

A peek at some work in progress...Collapse )
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We'll be there soon... [Nov. 10th, 2005|05:41 pm]
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A little something for the Redwingers...

Full image – 459x650 JPEG 100K - SFWCollapse )

I won’t put this in teentitan_slash, which seems to be the rallying point for the Redwing AU, because it's not technically slash.

[ Lyrics by Stony Sleep ]
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Kontact [Nov. 10th, 2005|12:10 am]
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Recently posted to comics_fanart.

Title: Safe
Fandom: Teen Titans
Pairing: Tim/Kon
Medium: PhotoShop
Content: fully clothed boy-hugs, Worksafe.
Rights: as you please, just give credit.

Safe – 459x650 JPEG 101K - SFWCollapse )

Detail – 459x650 JPEG 101K - SFWCollapse )

Boy-Organs! – 300x400 GIF 17KCollapse )

I may have overworked this one a bit, the whole image getting cluttered by that background - detail is nice but not when it starts to draw attention away from the (dare I call it) action. The buildings are just basic two-point perspective with some vague photo references of New York. I don't think I've seen Kon look quite like this but at the same time none of his current depictions seem to suit my style. So this is my Kon-El... Mel-Kon-El, if you will ^_^

I think I'll try something simple next.
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I suck at art [Nov. 5th, 2005|10:49 pm]
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We had guests for a week so I've fallen behind on everything including artwork – all my self-imposed deadlines out the window. But, I have just finished a new piece of comics!Titans slash which I'll post to comics_fanart this week..

I really need to do something for teentitan_slash but my confidence has been shaken.

I had a BB/Cyborg sketch all ready to go which I'd set aside while I finished the last Jinx piece. Thing is, I went back to it a couple of days ago, just to take a look, and it turns out to be the creepiest thing ever! I honestly hadn’t noticed while I was working on it, but now it just feels really awkward. I don’t think there's any way I can save it. Which means I'm at a loose end after I post my Tim pic.

I want to do an Aqualad piece and I was thinking of another Terra pairing, but now I'm sinking into a funk over the BB/C thing, starting to second guess myself on every idea.

Oh, yes! There is good news! I now have teh broadband! :D

I experimented with BitTorrent last night and downloaded the lo-fi version of the latest Teen Titans episode, 'Snowblind'. Thing is my upload limit is pretty tight meaning I can’t seed anything for too long. It would cost an extra €160 a year to get unlimited upload - it doesn’t sound like much until you put it on top of the €420 we're already paying. Ireland sucks at broadband -.-

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Hi Jinx [Oct. 27th, 2005|07:42 pm]
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Recently posted to comics_fanart.

Title: Casting
Fandom: Teen Titans Animated
Character: Jinx
Medium: PhotoShop
Content: A bit of cleavage, Safe For Work.
Rights: as you please, just give credit.

Casting – 650x459 JPEG 101K - SFWCollapse )

Detail – 459x650 JPEG 101KCollapse )

Chibis – 360x400 GIF 26KCollapse )

I've been dipping into my cloud collection again for the background and plasma effects. The bg was created with the blur, motion blur and pallet knife filters, and a couple of gradient layers to give it colour. The plasma used the same cloud photo but with the paint daubs filter (just mess around with the setting and you'll find how I did it). I painted around the rough outline of the shape I wanted first and let the filter decide what to do with it.

And this was also posted to boostle:

Menace – 300x300 JPEG 30KCollapse )

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Starfire/Raven/Battle-Proof Lip-Gloss [Oct. 20th, 2005|06:57 pm]
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Recently posted to comics_fanart.

Title: This Choice
Fandom: Teen Titans
Pairing: Starfire/Raven
Medium: PhotoShop
Content: Slash, suggested nudity, suggestive pose, Not Safe For Work.
Rights: as you please, just give credit.

Full image behind cut – 650x459 JPEG 102K – NSFWCollapse )

Now, to make this more than an X-post...

Detail Image – 459x650 JPEG 102KCollapse )

I think it's safe to say Raven is becoming my OTP (One True Playa).

Raven/Starfire Chibis – 400x386 GIF 35KCollapse )

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Lost It [Oct. 8th, 2005|05:18 pm]
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Now, you see, this is what happens when a fan artist loses their mojo...

Failed sketch of Kon-El – 312x450 JPEG 31K – SFWCollapse )
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Oops! Almost Forgot [Oct. 4th, 2005|06:09 pm]
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Posted to teentitan_slash last week:

Title: Lessons
Fandom: Teen Titans Animated
Pairing: Robin/Speedy
Medium: PhotoShop
Content: Pretty safe, except for that southbound hand...
Rights: as you please, just give credit.

Full image behind cut – 650x459 JPEG 101K – SFW(?)Collapse )

Detail of Robin's odd expression and Speedy's smirk.

Detail image –650x459 JPEG 101KCollapse )

And here's a close up of BB chibi cherub.

Detail image –400x281 GIF 18KCollapse )

And finally some bonus bad taste courtesy of Speedy:

Trick Arrow – 400x283 JPEG 51KCollapse )

That's it for a couple of weeks, or until a get a decent heap of sketches to work on.

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Time Out [Sep. 27th, 2005|01:32 am]
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I'm going to have to take a break from the fan art soon, before I burn out on it. I'll have something for teentitan_slash this Wednesday but I don’t have any finished sketches to work on for the following week which pretty much means there won’t be anything. If I start forcing things through now I'll just start producing dross, so it's time to take a step back and work on my own stuff for a while. I'm sure it won't be for too long.

Found this guide to making art through 43Folders which has some excellent advice.
1. Quality through quantity. Don't get hung up on making this one piece good -- make ten and one will certainly be pretty good.

2. Do NOT mix generating and editing. When you're making a piece, don't stop and get judgmental half-way through. If it's a piece of crap, get that piece of crap out of your system -- don't try to fix it mid-flow. Finish it, move on.

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6. "Get through your first 50 failures as fast as you can." I don't think that we should be shooting for a place where we no longer make crappy art. A good artist is one who's in motion making lots of art -- you only think they're so much better because they produce so much quantity that their pile of "good art" has also been able to accumulate. For every piece of crap you create, you're one step closer to getting something you really like.

Worth a look if art is your thing.

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