It keeps surprising me where do you all people come from, especially since by my own standards I haven’t been very active lately. Hope you enjoy following my stuff for a while. For anyone interested in what exactly will be uploaded here, this blog is my main art blog where I upload all things I consider worthwhile, elsewhere I have a dumb&doodle blog, inspiration blog and instagram for sketches and such. I also have facebook page where I put news, finished works and personal favorites.
As for lack of updates, I’ve been through some major life changes lately, and my daily job as graphic artist at Rovio Entertainment / animation takes rest of the cake. Things are steadily getting better though! Which also brings me to asoiaf/Beyond the Wall fanzine.
Fanzine is currently about 70% done, only lacking the cover which will be done by me, and some print adjustments. I know I failed the original deadline, but currently it looks like zine will see the daylight in January. I’ll upload some previews soon. Stay tuned.
Thank you for everyone who stopped to say hi, or bought our stuff! I had a table with Joiku and Claystorks, and Tracon was a lot of fun! There was even a Legend of Zelda piano concert, and I sat next to a bearded Finn-cosplayer and we both cried like any true dorkbutt adventurer would.
Damn, I love your traditional art stuff. How do you digitalize it, with a scanner? Camera? They look so good compared to what scanning this sort of stuff usually turns out
I scan everything, in either 300 dpi or 600 dpi. My scanner is Canon Lide, pretty basic scanner. For a good scan, big enough resolution is a must. I also use Photoshop’s photomerge tool, if the picture is too big or doesn’t scan nicely on the first try. It works so that you scan the same picture multiple times from different angles/parts and photomerge can automatically put the pieces together, seamlessly. That’s how I’ve scanned pictures as large as half meter long on paper with basic A4 scanner.
Then there’s some adjustments to do. Levels/curves tool is the key for nice contrasts and intended colors. Don’t worry about the background, just do adjustments for the picture itself, like all the textures and brush strokes you want to keep. For clean-up, I use eraser or brush and paintbucket to clean up the background (which usually is empty/white, in ones I’ve recently scanned). I just want to keep the textures for the picture, but I have no need for textured white space. With paintbucket’s “contiguous” and “all layers” options it’s easy to fill background area with white on new layer, because it recognises the lineart on the layer beneath. Just remember to toggle the tolerance for right results. That’s why most of my sketches look textured and rough, but the background area is neat and white. Hope this is any help!
Hi! I'm sorry to be a bother, but where did / do you go to school? (It's just that I'm thinking about studying graphic design somewhere in Europe and I'm looking at different possibilities.)
I’m still enrolled at Aalto University of Art and design, graphic design department (graduating, err, eventually…). I think it’s pretty safe to say our department has very high standards and quality teaching, at least in BA, though there are lot of exchange students in MA so I assume it’s internationally acclaimed too. Based on what I’ve heard from graphic design studies abroad from classmates, they’ve all implied our school has way better courses and professors.
I personally have mostly positive things to say about classes and professors I’ve had, but for foreigner, Finland is tad expensive country compared to many European countries. I asked how exchange students get by, and they have to find some work in Finland to get by. Also, lot of them think Finnish food is pretty awful :D don’t like root vegetables and potatoes in various forms….
Hi! I was wondering if you would ever offer your corvus corvidae illustration as a print. I would sure like to give you money for it. :)
Thank you! I am making small batch of art prints of it tomorrow, in size 11.69 × 16.54 in (A3) but hopefully before July’s sci-fi and fantasy convention I’d like to make 50 x 70 cm (19.7 x 27.6 in) prints of it too, since there’s lot of details that probably work the best in original size. I’ll put up a notice online once I’ve gotten them printed, they’ll be available for international shipping too.
I use references a lot, but I hardly never draw with image next to me and copying directly from it to final work. I need references for different reasons. One is that if I don’t understand the structure of what I’m drawing, I look it up. Secondly I google up a lot imagery related to certain era, style, medium or color schemes.
References are sort of guideposts on the way to the finish, like “hey this is cool aim for this!” but the work mutates along the way depending how medium, my technical skills and imagination fill in. I guess creation process at it’s best is like drunkard on a track, you sorta need to focus on the track, what you want your artwork to look like, but also give space for shortcuts, stumbles and occasional brainvomit.