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Will Color For Food

Comic book folks,

Just wanted to announce here that I am available to help someone with coloring work if they need it. Been off work for most of the summer due to the cancellation of a project as well as League taking a break. Gave me time to work on my own stuff, but now I need to start earning a living again. Should you need a page or two taken off your hands, contact me directly. You all know my email address right?

Thanks in advance!

Still Painting Dolls

I posted my first painted miniature quite a while ago. Since then I’ve kept at it, falling ever more so into the hobby gaming fandom. Here are some of my latest painted figs.

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I am currently running a WarMachine/Hordes league at the office and my tabletop game collection is outgrowing my storage space. What are you guys up to hobby wise?

Show Me Yours
Show Me Yours

Been kind of obsessed lately with seeing the creative spaces / workspaces of people in different fields like at this site:

http://grid.vsco.co/search/workspace/images/1

So show me what your workspace looks like. Take a photo now. Don’t clean up to make it look cool. Let us see how it is when you’re in the thick of things. And it doesn’t have to be a home studio. Kiko, it’d be great to see your space at PA. Anyway, here’s where I color, translate, and design.

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Technical question for you Photoshop heads

So, here’s a question for you Photoshop gurus. How would you try to emulate this type of shading, where there’s this grainy texture? It’s often seen in vintage Art Deco illustrations.
My example is more modern, but it’s the same idea.
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As you can see, it’s not a simple matter of the textured shading fading away, the grain gets more sparse.

Thoughts? By the way, I would very likely create my artwork in Illustrator, then bring it into Photoshop to try to fashion this type of shading.

You Know You’re Old When…

You throw out your back vacuuming… Trying to get League colored this week is going to be hell.

    Corsett: check
    Pain Relievers: check
    Compress: check

**Sigh**

Oh, and one more thing….

Coincidence? I think not.

Throwing out an IDEA

Still a bit on self-imposed embargo for social media, but something popped into my head whilst working; inspired by James’ recent need to purge his book collection, and also looking at my own collection either going unused or unseen in storage at my parents’ home, I got this idea of us former WS colorists spearheading some type of charity cause to collect and donate books from artists who don’t think they need or want their books anymore and somehow making them available to needy art hopefuls or something of that ilk. Seeing as must of us in the Cadre don’t have kids, it’d be nice way to pass on this collection of knowledge and inspiration to future generations instead of trying to sell them for a significant loss or burning them outright.

Anyway, I need to get back to work, but let’s talk amongst ourselves and see if we can grow this idea.

Shinjuku Station

Took me a sec to figure out how they got this shot. It is really fascinating.

Adam Magyar, Stainless – Shinjuku from Adam Magyar on Vimeo.

Fruits of Labor

Happy to announce the completion of the latest League of Extraordinary Gentlemen standalone graphic novel. This one again featuring Nemo’s daughter Janni and….NAZIS! Well, Alan Moore Nazis. Should hit stands first quarter of next year!! Tell your friends. Tell your family! There’s food and treats at the Pixie Pantry and the Good Witches Bakery!!

Miscellany

SDCC 2014
I mentioned before that there was some talk about possibly attending next year’s Con with the League creative team. After some frank discussion with the folks at both Top Shelf and Knockabout (UK), we came to the conclusion that supporting my airfare there was not really financially feasible. So, sadly, I will most likely not attend. We’re keeping lines of communications open on the off-hand chance someone wins the lottery or comes into some extra cash; but more than likely I won’t be going. Thanks Jeromy for offering to put me up at your place, though. Would have been great to have seen those of you who would attend.

Japanese CG
Been mulling on this because I really hate the fact that Gatchaman looks so bad (and worse the more I see of it) narratively and visually. And I was listening to Brad Bird’s commentary on The Incredibles while working and he said exactly the problem with Japanese CG: “The computer tries to make everything look small, weightless, clean, and shiny.” That was it. They’re not doing the problem solving at the computer level that Pixar and other big CG places spend a lot of time, money, and energy solving—even for mere seconds on the screen. Harlock is faring a bit better, but you can still see of those elements pop up here and there. Thank you Brad Bird. Now I can sleep.

The new Batman.
Ben Affleck. Good actor. Better director. Can’t see him as Batman if Daredevil is any clue. My pick would be Jim Caviezel. If you need someone to go up against Supes, it needs to be Jesus!

Nice in-game UI

Just saw this. There’s a lot of great stuff going on here, but what really impressed me was the in-game UI. Maps, updating maps, inventory & skill management all nicely integrated into the gameworld without ever taking you out of the experience. Well done Ubisoft. And the graphics are incredible; makes me even more angry that Gatchaman can’t even do this level of visuals.

Do you remember, Steve?

Warning, may cause flashbacks and uncontrollable fits for the CG sensitive.

Oh, Phil, you thespian you…

Samura at work

For you Blade of the Immortal fans… a rare glimpse of the reclusive artist at work.
He does something very interesting with a damp cloth over the graphite shading he put down earlier. I guess that’s what gives his artwork its distinctive look

Sienckiewicz Dungeons & Dragons

Holy Shit! That’s all that came to mind.

Segueing from Laura’s adventure

This post doesn’t have a main theme, just adding to Laura’s trip and the following comments. Below is my account from 2008.

Laura mentioned she was afraid to climb Angels Landing, but this is the view from that vantage point. It was a grueling zigzag hike towards Angels Landing. When I arrived at the start of Angels Landing, I overheard many people say they were too scared to continue on to Angels Landing, despite how long they’ve already hiked to this point. My intention was to stay at the top until I could shoot the sunset, but I didn’t realize the cliffs were blocking the sun as it set, so I knew there wouldn’t be a visible sunset.

It started to get dark fast, so I quickly ascended back down. Unfortunately, the trail looked very different when going back, so there were a few moments where I ended up at the edge of a cliff. I started to panic, because I knew my flashlight wouldn’t help me at all trying to retrace the trail. I kept looking for the chain that threaded its way along the trail as a sign of the trail. It kept eluding me because the end of that chain was behind a rock. Once I found it, I started racing down the trail, which probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do, because at one point, there was a lower ledge that I jumped down to. Normally, I would have cleared it with no problems, but I failed to take into account the 25 pounds of camera gear sitting on my back. So, when I landed, the extra weight on my back sent me toppling forward, while both my left and right side were the edges of a cliff. After I cleared Angels Landing, I raced the rest of the way down and managed to catch the last shuttle leaving the park.

I mentioned before, when I failed to get the permit for the Wave, I went to Devil’s Garden. This area is know for the interestingly shaped rocks left behind from erosion. The road was so rocky that I got a flat tire there.

The next morning, I replaced the flat tire, went back for the lottery and won myself a permit. However, the permit is for the next day, so I spent the rest of that day exploring some nearby rock formations. This is one example of the myriad places one can explore that is not well known to visitors. I also wanted to stay there for the sunset, but there were these tiny black bugs that kept biting me. At one point, I was at the edge of a cliff, waving my arms around to shoo away those critters. I think their intention was to get me off balance and fall of the cliff.

I’ve never hiked a trail quite like the Wave. Since the trail is not marked, you have to rely on a pamphlet that they hand out, which includes pictures and text to explain how to arrive there.

I spent most of the trip in Utah, but I made a last push to Arizona to visit the Antelope Canyons. I normally hate joining tourist groups, but in order to visit the upper canyons, you need to go with a tour group. That’s because they passed a law after some tourists drowned from a flash flood. As it turns out, it was an awesome experience.

Looking at my photo, you would think there weren’t many people there, but truth be told, it was packed. But the tour guides were amazing. Not only were they able to work around each other, but they knew exactly which spot and which time to shoot. I also appreciated the fact that the tour guides were Native Americans, so the profits went to them.

Okay, so I mentioned several times of me standing on cliffs when taking photos, and since Ben asked to see them, these are what I have at the moment.

This was the second time that my girlfriend (Yufen) and I visited this tiny island. When we first visited, she was so petrified of watching me walk down the slope of this cliff. As time passed, she started to get used to seeing me dangling from cliff edges. Now, she’ll even join me, provided that I’m ahead of her (see image below).

This one was at a tiny island on the north part of Scotland (Orkney Islands). Yufen was clever to take this photo that not only showed what I was shooting, but also where we were.

Most Funnest!

Some of you who aren’t on Google+ or don’t visit often…should take a look at Jeromy’s podcast. It is decidedly “most funnest.”
And for some of you “gothic cowboys” there’s a part you should pay close attention to :D

A Question for the Colorists

Though, those of you who have experience can answer too.

“How many of you are using a Cintiq? And what size?”

I ask because I saw this:

But $3700!! If I had that kind of money, I wouldn’t need to color funnies. That is the dilemma…

New Tool



Finally got myself a prime lens. It’s going to be a lot of fun working with this as I have mostly done photography with some type of multi-range lens. It will also be refreshing to have a really wide aperture. The 18-105mm lens that came with my Nikon was an f5.6 at 50mm!! (f3.5 at 18mm) and I can tell you that by dusk, if I didn’t crank up my ISO to 1000 or more, I would get lousy shots free hand. And forget about low lit interiors like a restaurant or bar. It was the death of a snapshotist like me. Now I am going to enjoy the simplicity of a single focal length with a wide aperture. Fun days ahead!

Oh, if you check the metadata of the photo, you’ll notice I took the photo with an iPad. These are the days in which we live.

League is finished.

Just put the finishing touches on the final page of the third and final chapter in League: Century…almost a year after I received the first scans. After this, I am going to take a long break. I already know what I’ll be doing next…but that’s a secret for now.

feature

My feature is finally online here:

http://www.silverkris.com/

Not much to say here. I know a photographer who is friends with someone at the Singapore Airlines travel magazine staff. They eventually contacted me about doing a small feature on me. I have zero expectations out of this, but it’s kind of neat/weird to see my own photos in public publication (online and print).

Hopefully I’ll be able to receive copies soon.

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