Lunch with Painter. Considering going by the nickname ‘Clumpy Brush’ in all professional and romantic correspondence.
Edit: Changed the screenshot to the image itself, as Windows was doing something rather horrifying to the greens. I was forced to flee in terror.
A little ways to go still, but having a properly calibrated monitor helps a lot.
Study of an Etongi technician, the conversion from human complete. The species is an ideal reminder for the distinction between predator, prey, and fodder.
Thinking about stylization and the potential for gesture in simplification. There has to be an alternative to anime or fellating Pixar’s corpse.
Nervous sketching. Thinking about this and that.
Voices in the dark. Thol Cipio has some quality time with his growing madness. It’s not really his fault, what with him being trapped on a derelict vessel for ten years alone. It’s bound to get on anyone’s nerves.
Mech/power armor study. Trying two things here: Messing with using a Photoshop brush where pen pressure controls both size and opacity, and exploring the grey area between anime and DARPA. It probably came down a little closer to the former than the latter, but I suppose I can always address the deficiency with some tan paint and a gritty voiceover:
"War. War has changed, except that war never changes, which was a change. War. We were entering a new age that was yet timeless, because it was second hand and smelled funny. Because in the darkness of the dark, there is only… darkness."
(Cut to a prerendered animation of something grey and brown with a depth of field effect and lots of bloom. Hero with good hair and a hint of mascara looks grim and is too cool to look at the camera.)
The Basilisk glides silently sunward, her iron turning to gold in Saturn’s glow. The seventh boat of the Cockatrice class, she was analogous to the torpedo boat and the submarine of more familiar seas. Armed with long range rockets, she could deal a lethal (if inexact) blow to ships and installations many times her size.
Another illustration for Spacecraft of the First World War.
Painted sketch of a hovering microcar design such as you might find in Titan City. I did this as a test in Photoshop CC to see if increasing my RAM from 8GB to 16GB would improve painting performance to where I could start transitioning away from CS4 to the newer brush engine. I like the results. While I may see myself using Painter more often going forward, Photoshop is still not a tool I would choose to do without.
Painter 2015 test. My FX-6300 might be adequate after all, but the performance settings needed tweaked. It still needs more RAM, of course.
Trying out a new technique, or rather a refinement of an old technique, on a section of the next painting.