Posted in Comics
on March 6th, 2014 | No Comments »
This is the 5th and final print I’ll be selling at LSCC. It’s the two X-Ladies, Psylocke and Storm, with their X-Force costumes by design prodigy Kris Anka.
This took a bit of time but I did most of the coloring overnight in one sitting. I was gonna render the faces with softer shading and use hard-edged shading for the outfits and stuff but, surprise, I’ve gotten terrible at rendering again so I went with a flat color and a light gradients for skin tones. So let’s add another thing on my to do list: do more painting looking stuff on Photoshop.
Still some prep work left for the con (a little over a week from now!) so maybe I can get back to some of my regular stuff. There’s one more thing I’ve been chugging along on which has me pretty excited. It’s out there but I haven’t really mentioned it anywhere but soon!
Posted in Miscellaneous
on March 1st, 2014 | No Comments »
I’ll be at LSCC on March 15 and 16 at Artist Alley table #A96 so if you’re in the area, do stop by and say hi! Here’s a lowdown of what I’ll have there.
I’ll have the following for sale as A3-ish size prints (many thanks to those that voted in my poll regarding these):
|XIX Salon del Manga:
|Psylocke and Storm:
If you’ll be attending and you want a print of something other than these 5 pieces drop me an e-mail at svonbuchwald(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll be happy to make a copy of it just for you. Keep in mind that I may not have high res files for some of my earlier stuff at this time but most of my newer stuff is good to go.
I’ll be having around a dozen to 15 of each print. The price for these prints is still undecided but I’ll try to make them as cheap as possible. The original inked art for the Dark Judges piece will also be up for sale. It’ll be quite pricier though, again, the exact amount is still undecided.
I’ll also be selling ink and copic commissions on the show floor on A4 bristol (like the one above) and they’ll run for £50 a pop. I don’t know how busy I’ll be (if at all) but I can do pre-show commissions as well. Just shoot me an e-mail to the above address, I’ll complete it prior to the show and then just stop by to pick it up. :)
Hope to see some of you guys/gals there!
Posted in Comics
on February 27th, 2014 | No Comments »
These guys are so freakin’ metal.
I did this specifically for London Super Comic Con and I’ll be selling prints of this along with the original art there. Just one more drawing I want to finish for print purposes (hint: it’s Kris Anka Psylocke and Storm) and I’ll be off to the presses. The deadline is looming in but I’m feeling confident.
But anyway, these are the Dark Judges: Death, Mortis, Fear and Fire. I penciled and inked it traditionally as I mentioned but colored it digitally. I quickly realized that my usual cartoony, hard-edged shading style wouldn’t fit with these dudes and the line art I did so I went with something that was a bit more render-y. Worked out well, considering it’s a not a method I use often. Seems a bit dark but I’ll be sure to make print tests to make sure everything looks great on paper.
Posted in Sketches
on February 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »
And so starts my new sketchbook: Pink.
Doesn’t look the right shade of pink once scanned but hey, I tried. It’s nice to work with a lighter color, sometimes it was easy to get lost with the turquoise I used for the last sketchbook.
But anyway, this is a pretty decent start though I honestly don’t draw on my sketchbook much anymore.
Posted in Animation
on February 14th, 2014 | No Comments »
“Africa. Mexico. Sicily. Tijuana. India. Osaka. Indo-NE-sia.”
I can’t even begin to describe my love for Bebop or for the episode that perhaps best captures the spirit of the show: Mushroom Samba.
This was done for the Cowboy Bebop Fan Zine and, at first, I was gonna do a Spike, Vicious and Julia piece. I laid out the page and it looked nice enough but, you know, boring. There’s a lot of Spike and Vicious stuff out there so I quickly switched gears and used the 17th episode, Mushroom Samba, as my groundwork.
There’s definitely a lot going on but hopefully I was good enough at separating all the various elements so it doesn’t look like a mess (unlike this other piece I’m working on. Ugh!).
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on February 1st, 2014 | No Comments »
I’ve been working on this other piece that’s been fairly time consuming and, basically, I’m taking a break from it by working on smaller stuff. This is for Project Rooftop who are celebrating 8 years of awesomeness.
So the way I do these redesigns is that I rough out the nude figure in blue, then I layer the costume on top with red and then I do the finished line art with black on top of both. I don’t usually do preliminary stuff, I just design right there on the page. This time, I picked a kind of pink/magenta for the costume design and as I was designing it, I thought the dark blue with the magenta outlines on top looked pretty good so I did the line art in two separate bits, figure and costume, with different colors and kept it that way.
In terms is redesigns, it’s nothing crazy thought I definitely tried to channel some of Ramon Villalobos‘ work. Love that guy. That was intentional from the get go, the other unintentional thank you goes to James Jean and his amazing Batgirl covers which I later realized I was kind of emulating here.
Posted in Miscellaneous
on January 30th, 2014 | No Comments »
A few noteworthy things happened online to me these past couple of weeks.
First of all, my entry for the Salon del Manga poster got a Daily Deviation on deviantART the 18th of this month. Pretty excited about that as it’s the equivalent of getting some real cred on that site. That piece skyrocketed in terms on favorites and comments and it’s now my most favorited image there. I also got a ton of watchers that day so thanks all.
Then a bunch of my Mario Versus Series got posted on Kotaku which, again, is pretty nice since it’s one of gaming’s biggest blogs out there. Most comments were sweet, a few gave me an honest laugh and even the inevitable hatorade, though brief, was enjoyable in its own way. The header to this post is actually the very same image that Kotaku used. So thanks once again to Gergo Vas for getting my stuff out on such a large podium.
Last but not least, my Mario stuff also got posted by the UK’s ShortList. This is fitting as I’ll be in the UK’s own London Super Comic Con this March and it’s good to raise a little awareness about that there. They were even kind enough to mention that little detail. So many thanks to David Cornish for contacting me about that as well.
Good stuff all around.
Posted in Illustration
, Video Games
on January 26th, 2014 | No Comments »
I’ve managed to squeeze this in between the billion other things I’m currently doing. It’s been over two months since the last Mario fight so it’s been a long time coming. I like how this turned out and I learned some new Photoshop stuff in the process which is always a plus. It’s missing the mandatory MK blood which is ironic being how violent some of the other Mario fights are. The plan was to add the blood in Photoshop later on but without any cuts or bruises in the line art, it seemed silly to add blood just for the sake of it. I mean, where would it be coming from? So yeah, lesson learned there.
I have a big piece coming up so I’m putting these Mario fights on the side for a bit. As for who’s next, well, I just played the new Devil May Cry and I absolutely loved it so (bracing for the backlash) maybe DmC Dante?
Posted in Sketches
on January 15th, 2014 | No Comments »
And so, over two years after I started it, do I bring my Turquoise sketchbook to a close. For a while there, I could knock out one of these books per year but not this time (hence The Long Goodbye, get it? Like the Chandler book? Right? SEE? Oh, forget it…). The only reason I can imagine why this particular one took twice as long is because I’ve had a penabled laptop for a while and that’s taken away time from my pencil work. I’d also like to think that I put a little more time into every sketch now.
In broad strokes, as far as this sketchbook goes, I see a ton of improvement from the first pages compared to the last. It’s two years of improvement so that makes sense, I suppose..
So let’s bid a warm farewell to the Turc and let’s welcome (as soon as I get some pages in) my new sketchbook, Pink.
Have a look at all the scanned pages (and see if you can notice improvements yourself) here.
Posted in Comics
on December 28th, 2013 | No Comments »
This month has been very busy and extremely strange in so many different ways but I wanted to get this out there before the year’s end.
Next March I’ll be in London Super Comic Convention‘s artist alley and I’ll be carrying art for the above series which I’ll be aggressively pitching by then. I’ll be selling a few prints (two of which I’ll be doing specifically for the con) and doing commissions on the floor. This is my first time with my own table at a convention so I’m terribly excited and, somehow, only slightly nervous about the whole thing.
I have a literal checklist of stuff I want to complete before then so no commissions until after the con (save for two which I’ve previously agreed to).
In a couple of months time, I’ll be running polls for suggestions on what you’d like to see as prints (keep in mind that anything I don’t sell there I’ll gladly sell online) but feel free to start now. :)
I wish you all a belated Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2014!