I’ve been an artist as far back as I can remember, but didn’t start doing it professionally until I was 13 years old. Since then, I’ve been selling original work & doing freelance commissions on and off. My influences include, but aren’t limited to, pro wrestling, anime, manga, comic books, and video games. As of right now, I’m doing everything 100% digital. Prior to that, I was doing artwork via pencil & paper, and that’s how I taught myself initially. I’d like to start making a living as an artist. All of my jobs till now were to subsidize my progression & self study as an artist. And while commissions, freelance, and original sales are nice, it’d be better to have a consistent income via art. Currently, I’m doing original art and selling it via online merchants. Also, I’m accepting requests again for commission work, all of which can also be delivered via the online merchants. The pieces I’ll do are Ads, Logos, Pinups, Portraits, and Scenic. Also, my original work is available for licensing to companies that want it. Just send me an email, and we can discuss the detail accordingly.
I had been wanting to do this for awhile, and finally found a program that can run on my CPU. The program is the free version of BSR Screen Recorder 5. I’ll try to keep doing more of these from here on out, and may even stop doing the blog altogether. Anyways, here we go. I wanted to do a piece on Marvel Comics’ Isaiah Bradley, as well as Patriot, his descendant. While trying to figure out what exactly I was going to do, I came up with the idea to do them both together, and add Josiah X into the piece. So, the first image in the video is actually the conceptualization I made in Sketchbook Pro, and used as reference. Using that reference, I started on Isaiah first. Outside of the shoulder strap & boot covers, I basically used the uniform from the comics. The pants specifically were just what I threw on him, as I couldn’t find any consistent images, whether he wore the Cap tights, or standard issue WW2 combat trousers. The collar is also colored black instead of blue. The second picture is of Patriot. Again, the uniform is basically the comics version, with the boots just being a little wider, and parts of the blue a little darker. And the third character is Josiah X from The Crew. Most of the pictures of Josiah were basically him in the Captain America uniform, and I didn’t want to just draw that. So, I found a picture of him with Cap’s shirt, and regular street clothes, and drew that instead. Next, I started the emblem for Isaiah. This is the tattoo on he sports on his right arm, as well as his shield. After the emblem, I get the ribbon and other features before I move on to the shield itself. With everything done separately, I open them up in Photoshop, and combine them accordingly. Afterwards, I make Patriot’s shield, and open it in Photoshop, along with Patriot. From here, I combine the two, as well as adding Isaiah’s emblem to his collar & belt. I actually made a red, white, and blue background, but forgot to record it. It was boring and uninteresting anyway. So, with everything mostly done, I put the pieces in place, and resize as I want to see it. To end the piece, I open the picture up in Sketchbook Pro, and add the final shadows to finish it off. Music from freemusic.com, and the track list is as follows; 1-Abort Underscore 2-Dangerous Climbing 3-Royal 4-Pistolero 5-Together We Stand Merchandise http://www.artybuzz.com/member-detail-view.php?memberID=678 http://euvari.deviantart.com/ http://1-david-johnson.artistwebsites.com/ http://www.zazzle.com/euvariDuration: 08:21
I had been trying for awhile to do this, and finally got around to it, so, here it is. 00:00-00:56 The beginning of the video is a picture I used as a watermark for awhile now. It became a bit of a trademark symbol, and I’d decided to redesign it. I wanted to keep the symbols & numbers, but change everything else. So, I traced over the original in Sketchbook Pro 2010. At the time, I had Youtube.com playing in the background, listening to The Young Turks. That’s what those clips are, pieces I tried to cut out, but missed em’. 00:56-01:16 Here, I had no idea where I was going. I just started doing another “Cold Run”, trying to figure out where I was going with this. None of the stuff I did up to this point I liked, and eventually hit my stride a few seconds later. 01:17-03:28 I got the basic outline the way I wanted, and started playing around with how it would look on the numbers & letters. After got a little more of what I wanted, I started erasing lines to clean up more of the picture. 03:29-03:41 Here, I decided to use black, white, and gray instead of red, green, and yellow. As I started laying down the colors, I noticed the need to close some of those open areas. 03:42-06:11 At this point, I started trying to modify the image some. I added to the edges and put some grays in the blacks on the outer edge. This turned out to be the finalized version, and I decided to move on from here. 06:12-09:08 Here’s where I started the main piece I wanted to do. The main reference was from Will Smith’s Lost And Found 2005 album cover. The references surrounding that picture are from random pictures of the Marta Train Station, Downtown Atlanta, and Underground Atlanta. The basic idea was a picture of me, in the middle of the day, resting between meetings. The bags is supposed to be a kind of messenger bag, used to carry my art portfolio, and supplies. 09:10-09:13 Right here, I started drawing the background. The first thing I started on was a pillar for the body to lean on. 09:13-10:37 Here, I was trying to figure out which background to use. I looked at three of the backgrounds I had available, and tried to go with those. From there, I started doing a small sketch in the lower left corner of a possible background. Once I got a grasp on what I wanted, I started trying to lay down some lines to follow later. 10:38-14:19 I started coloring the body at this point. The background remained untouched beyond that point though, as I wanted to save that for later. I closed Sketchbook Pro, and saved the info for later. 14:22-19:12 Opened Paint.net and loaded the saved picture to continue. I use this software because it has tools that aren’t available in Sketchbook Pro, like the straight line tool. The first thing I started was coloring was the pillar. Afterwards, I started in on the floor. I still needed to use the previous pictures for reference, and that’s what keeps popping up. Next, I start on the left wall. By the end, I just start to put the final touches on the wall & floor, before I save & switch back to Sketchbook Pro. 19:13-19:59 I wanted to isolate the body from the background, and so I tried to outline it in Sketchbook Pro. Once I’ve got what I wanted, I save and go back to Paint.net. Now, I start erasing the outline, and covering up the colors behind the pillar. Saved and went back to Sketchbook Pro. 21:00-21:00 A piece I did of Piccolo from the Dragonball franchise. 21:27-23:40 Started putting furniture into the restaurant window. At first, I put those lines down via the straight line tool. Eventually, I went back and drew lines down manually, in the window and farther in the background, to follow later. After all the lines are down, I filled all the colors, saved, and switched back to Sketchbook Pro. 23:41-33:08 Loaded up a photo of a Marta Train, and started sketching. Finished up and loaded in Paint.net. From here, I started laying down lines with the straight line tool. After I finished the train, I went in and added a train station background. Next, I loaded the train into the background, and resized it as necessary. Afterwards, I touched up on a lot of the stuff that was left over. Software used is as follows; Sketchbook Pro 2010 via Autodesk.com Paint.net via GetPaint.net ZD Software Screen Recorder via zdsoft.com. AVS Video Editor 4 via AVS4U.com Music from http://freeplaymusic.com/ Track listings;. Hip Hop Fused Vol 1 1. Bring It On 2. Changes Happen 3. Conflicting Emotions 4. Leave Me Alone 5. Lifestyles 6. Needing You 7. One Step At A Time 8. Smooth And Strange 9. Take Me Home 10. With You Now Hip Hop Fused Vol 3 1. 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I started doing another piece before this one, and ended up abandoning it. I’ll come back around to it some time in the future, but I moved on to this. So, lets get started. I began with the concept shown in the very beginning , and went from there. For what I wanted, there was going to be a large background, similar to the one I used in the Patriot picture. So, I took the Green Hornet emblem, and made a large poster like picture from it. Next, I started on a picture of The Green Hornet himself. The outfit is only similar in that he’s wearing a fedora & trench coat. The details on the outfit overall where added as I illustrated it. Here, I began illustrating a Tommy Gun. I know The Green Hornet, carries a stylized pistol, but I wanted to give him a weapon that represented a sort of mafioso feel. And so, the Tommy Gun it was. Kato was literally done exactly like The Green Hornet. I just made up the costume as I drew it. All I knew was that I didn’t want it to look exactly like the chauffer uniform Bruce Lee wore. So, I gave him the Chinese vest with the hornet emblem on the back. Then, I started Lenore "Casey" Case, Brit Reid’s secretary. The only thing I changed here was from the original concept piece. Here, her dress is red instead of green, and her hands are in her lap, instead of back in the resting position. And finally, The Black Beauty. I don’t really do much outside of people & landscapes, and I had drawn this car like five times before buckling down to do it. With that finished, it was time to put everything together. Well, that’s about it, The Green Hornet, with Kato, “Casey”, and The Black Beauty. The music tracks are all from the Green Hornet OST from the T.V. series, all except the last one, which was the full theme. You can purchase the soundtrack here, http://www.amazon.com/Ost-Green-Hornet-Billy-May/dp/B000FG6364, at Amazon.com. Here are the track listings below: 1.Four Hornets 2.Kato 3.Casey 4.The Black Beauty 5-The Green Hornet Full Theme Merchandise http://www.artybuzz.com/member-detail-view.php?memberID=678 http://euvari.deviantart.com/ http://1-david-johnson.artistwebsites.com/ http://www.zazzle.com/euvariDuration: 10:14
This is a picture of Steve Rogers, the original Captain America and Marvel’s resident Super Soldier. I was introduced to the character via the Captain America & The Avengers video game on the original NES. That lead to my introduction to comic books in general, but that’s a story for another time. I start off with the concept as always. It’s Steve standing at the bottom of the page, with another image of himself as Captain America, behind and to the left. The concept is completed with his Vibranium/X factor shield behind them both. Next, I start my illustration of Steve Rogers. The uniform used here is his current Super Soldier version in the comics. Then, I start the illustration of Captain America’ as seen in the upcoming movie. This uniform is a sort of hybrid of the original 616 uniform, and his WW2 BDUs from the Ultimates comics. Afterwards, I start on the shield. This didn’t take long, as I knew I was just going to use the circle tool and stack multiple layers. From here, I proceeded to color the illustrations I already had. I did all the colors in Sketchbook Pro, and transferred all the pictures into Photoshop for the final process. Music Tracks listed below. 1-While The Nation Mourns 2-Tank Battle 3-Captain America animated theme 4-Cap’s Marvel vs. Capcom 3 theme 5-America, Fuck Yeah Merchandise http://www.artybuzz.com/member-detail-view.php?memberID=678 http://euvari.deviantart.com/ http://1-david-johnson.artistwebsites.com/ http://www.zazzle.com/euvariDuration: 09:53
This is what I started before I got to the Green Hornet picture. I had, for a while, wanted to do a picture of the X-Men’s real 1st Class. There were so many starts and stops with this, and I finally got around to this and finished. So, here we go. For years, he was my favorite of all the X-Men. This picture of him has a uniform that I slapped together, right up to the point of finishing this piece. It’s literally an amalgam of various uniforms over the years, most notably, the 90’s version mixed with the Ultimate version. With Angel, I had been trying to get his full body in the picture, and just never could. I just decided to draw the whole thing and figure it out later. His costume isn’t mine at all, just a costume I saw online while looking for reference photos of him. Beast’s uniform is based off of a uniform I saw from an artist who’s name I can’t recall. It’s basically the same for the most part, with the exception of the neckerchief, which I got from Frank Quitely’s design during Grant Morrison’s run on The New X-Men. Iceman’s uniform is based mostly on Frank Quitely’s design as well. It’s the exact uniform with the exception of the hoodie, I added that myself. Next, Phoenix. Really nothing special here, just a picture with her regular Phoenix uniform. And finally, the Chairman himself, Professor X. I used the wheel chair from the 90’s X-Men. Yes, the large, bulky weaponized wheel chair. The Blackbird & X emblem are the last pieces of the picture. Afterwards, I went through the motions, combining all the pieces in Photoshop. ~~~MUSIC DISCLAIMER~~~ I have nothing to do with any of the music played in this video.Im not the owner or creator of any of the songs.You can listen to the songs on almost any music player. 1)Pryde of the X-Men Theme Song 1989 2)Why Ask Questions-Finale-End Credits by Michael Kamen 3)X-Men the Animated Series Theme No SFX Merchandise http://www.artybuzz.com/member-detail-view.php?memberID=678 http://euvari.deviantart.com/ http://1-david-johnson.artistwebsites.com/ http://www.zazzle.com/euvariDuration: 10:21
Video games introduced me to comics, via Captain America and the Avengers for the original NES. I gravitated toward Captain America himself, and have gravitated toward like characters every sense. But, while Cap brought me into comics, his partner, Sam Wilson, The Falcon, was who I latched onto. Reading his origin got me hooked immediately. A black guy who was studious and academically proficient & athletic, while also being a trained martial artist, going to college, and returning home to help the defenseless. In other words, The Falcon was everything I was as a kid (nerdy black kid doing combat sports), and represented what I wanted to be as an adult. He was “my” Spider-Man so to speak. Unfortunately, I soon found out about the retcon of “Snap” Wilson fairly soon afterwards. This was not the hero I wanted to identify with. I didn’t want to be an ex pimp and convicted felon. And so, The Falcon, and Captain America for that matter brushed aside. All the comics my mom got me of them, I threw away, I sort of took the retcon personal and wanted nothing to do with the characters, or the company, Marvel, for years. Time went by, and my interests expanded beyond comics and, at one point, heavily into animation. One of the shows I took a liking to was Static Shock. I was way passed the age demographic of the show, but it appealed to me for the same reason that The Falcon appealed to me years ago. The character of Virgil, was basically me in elementary school & middle school. Sometime around season two, I learned that the show was based on the comic Static, published by Milestone Comics, which I completely missed out on after having left the scene years ago. But, in looking for back issues of Static, I was introduced to the writings of Dwayne McDuffie. While I still enjoyed Static, I was now looking for more stories written by this McDuffie guy. His stories were more & more of what I had wanted years ago as a kid. Stories about people that I could see myself reflected onto. Stories that showed the vast experiences of my culture that rang true, as apposed to what I was avoiding; an interpretation of said from an outside spectator who couldn’t, for the life of them, write anything but the most familiar stereotypes. Because of Dwayne McDuffie, I had been brought back into comics. I followed McDuffie’s animated work until the end of the Justice League tv series, and into the DC animated films. I hadn’t followed his comic work as much, but I stayed up to date with what he was doing overall. For years after the Static Shock animated series, I wanted to catch up to Mr. McDuffie, and thank him for the stories he’d written over the years, even though I was put on to them much later than they were released. I also wanted to thank him for inspiring me to pursuit my own creator owned projects, as I never would’ve if it weren’t for his work on “Icon”, “Hardware”, and the “Blood Syndicate”. I actually had the chance on a few occasions, but chose not to follow through, rationalizing that I’d talk to him “next time”. Well, that that got more serious than I had intended. I’ll get back to the schedule fan art in due time, but, until then, rest in piece Mr. McDuffie. Your work influenced more people, of more ages, than you could ever know. ~~~MUSIC DISCLAIMER~~~ I have nothing to do with any of the music played in this video. I’m not the owner or creator of any of the songs. You can listen to the songs on almost any music player. 1)Static Shock (2000-2004) 2)Teen Titans (2004) 3)Justice League (2002-2006) 4)Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (2010•2011) 5)Ben 10: Alien Force (2008-2010) 6)Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010) 7)All Star Superman (2011) Merchandise http://www.artybuzz.com/member-detail-view.php?memberID=678 http://euvari.deviantart.com/ http://1-david-johnson.artistwebsites.com/ http://www.zazzle.com/euvariDuration: 10:14