September282014

herzspalter:

There’s always at least one person whenever I post a G1 joke who doesn’t believe me and thinks I’m making stuff up, or that I’m just taking things out of context to make it strange. To prove that I am not doing that, I decided to draw an entire episode. All of this actually happens, and I didn’t even include Starscream’s amazing skill to create threads out of crunched gold and Rumble’s horrible one-liners.

Sorry for the crappy drawings, I didn’t want to add shadows and lights because I’ve been spending way too much time on this anyway.

This is the G1 Season 2 episode “A Decepticon raider in King Arthur’s Court” and it’s one of the most glorious episodes of anything ever. Go watch it if you don’t believe me.

This is amazing and hilarious and kind of why I love G1 so much! Yay 80’s animation!

September142014

fayren:

I get a lot of questions about my process so I thought it’d be cool to break down and talk about some of my steps for illustrating covers! I hope this is helpful or interesting, it’s not quite a tutorial but perhaps it’s a glimpse into my thought process.

Step 1 | Thumbnail. The point here is to do several very fast, small, drawings, so you can’t get hung up on details. Here I’m thinking most about composition and subject. I had four originally and this one was picked to get finished.

Step 2 | Sketch. I draw on top of my thumbnail, nailing down more of the actual details. I fix any proportion isssues but I still try not to waste too much time making final lines, the sketch will go away in the end, so it just needs to be good enough for me. 

Step 3 | Background Painting. A lot of lightning and mood is set by the environment, so I start with determining their background. I browse through lots of inspirational paintings and photographs during this stage, and try to get a palette in my head for the overall piece. I use the lasso tool to fill in their silhouettes with black and lock the layer transparency. The silhouette is very important for readability, so I make sure even without colors the shapes are distinct.

Step 4 | Rough Color Blocking. I block in base colors and basic lighting under the sketch layer, blocking in the different materials and colors. 

Step 5 | The Fun Part. Here’s where I just get to zone out and paint. I flatten the sketch onto the color blocked layer (if you’re nervous, you can always duplicate these layers and tuck them into another folder before you flatten and commit) and finally get to painting. The sketch eventually gets entirely painted over. Things I’m thinking about during this stage: different materials, changes in planes, drawing from the background colors. 

Stage 6 | Details. I use the lasso tool and fill to do very tiny details like scratches, small specular highlights, etc. I add some wear and tear and knock out a bit of Fulcrum’s teeth. (huhuhu)

Stage 7 | MOAR BLOOD. At this point I decided there wasn’t enough energon dripping off of Tarn and I added more on a new layer. Again, grabbing areas with the lasso tool, filling, and erasing parts of it to make it appear transparent. 

Stage 8 | Lighting Effects. I add some soft glows to Tarn’s lights, but keep his forehead light the brightest. I want it to be the main source of light in the scene so I don’t want to distract. Light is bouncing through the pink energon, so I made the light falling on Tarn’s face more pink. 

Stage 9 | Final Lights. I add a harsh white rim light to both of the figures, really pulling them away from the background to finalize the painting. 

August212014
fayren:

Well!! Some of you may or may not have seen some Transformers on the front cover of the recently revealed September PREVIEWS! I was so humbled and excited to be asked to work on it, I hope you enjoy how it turned out! I was really stoked to finally get to draw Megatron and Drift…

OH  man! I want this as a poster! It’s awesome!

fayren:

Well!! Some of you may or may not have seen some Transformers on the front cover of the recently revealed September PREVIEWS! I was so humbled and excited to be asked to work on it, I hope you enjoy how it turned out! I was really stoked to finally get to draw Megatron and Drift…

OH  man! I want this as a poster! It’s awesome!

August162014

I’m distracting you, you turd blossom!

(Source: space-bridge-to-nowhere, via dataglitch)

July272014
Botcon Flamewar sketch
A sketch I did at this year’s Botcon. Flamewar was in the con exclusive comic and she’s just too adorable (even though she’s just a recolor of Arcee.) I love her fire bra and her little fangs.

Botcon Flamewar sketch

A sketch I did at this year’s Botcon. Flamewar was in the con exclusive comic and she’s just too adorable (even though she’s just a recolor of Arcee.) I love her fire bra and her little fangs.

July182014
Fiddling with a new look for Blitzangel for fun.

Fiddling with a new look for Blitzangel for fun.

9PM
And some more Grimlock remote hoarding. He calls Ratchet Daddy, I love it!

And some more Grimlock remote hoarding. He calls Ratchet Daddy, I love it!

9PM
Another adopter welcoming a Grimlock to their new home. I hope he doesn’t chew on all those cute plushes you have. lol

Another adopter welcoming a Grimlock to their new home. I hope he doesn’t chew on all those cute plushes you have. lol

July112014
July72014
fayren:

Now that I’ve shared pencils, how about a progress gif? Hopefully I can do this tumblr gif thing right… 

Gosh I love Sarah Stone’s art. Her coloring is amazing!

fayren:

Now that I’ve shared pencils, how about a progress gif? Hopefully I can do this tumblr gif thing right… 

Gosh I love Sarah Stone’s art. Her coloring is amazing!

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