Sep 17, 2010


Somehow managed to squeeze this within my schedule. I really missed painting for myself! Not that I have started it from the beginning or anything; just rescued it from some sketchbook.

Since I miserably failed to get a decent light scheme working when I initially tried to painted it, I left this project behind until the right time. Eventually, it has been a good starting point to test Sam Nielson's approach to break the light into several layers. I'm definitely looking forward to attend his Schoolism course when I'm able to afford it.

Anyway, since I already know some people who are interested in the process, I'm writing my thoughts on it.

The main advantage of this approach is that information is taken into small, easier to digest pills, thus not having to solve occlusion, direct light and color all at the same time. That leaves the brain more relaxed, at list for people like me, unable to breath and blink at the same time, and everything is easier to manage layer-wise. Also, the outcome is reasonably unpredictable, which turns out to be an advantage when you are stuck like I was.

Its main drawback is that it becomes a less "intuitive" process, moving much of the work to the left brain at the expense of being slightly blind about the overall look. Of course, it can be tweaked afterwards, but painting the color layer feels quite unnatural, and it forces you to have a working, finished drawing from the get-go rather than being able to correct stuff "on the fly". It is also a bit more time-consuming.

Anyway, it's very a very worthy process to give a shot, and to meet face to face with lighting in its most raw state. Also, I must recommend never painting in a laptop; that nasty LCD screen has left me close to blind.


  1. Qué bárbaro, que nivel de detalle...contundente!
    Buenísima la luz.

  2. Oh Dios, (momento fan histérica) y yo con éstos pelos. Es todo un honor, viniendo del más grande. Eternamente agradecido.

  3. Me he quedado sin palabras, has dado un salto tremendo. Buenísima la luz, sí señor, enhorabuena Mr. Denmark

  4. Buenisimo!
    Me gustan mucho tambien los samples de color de Outcast.
    Un saludo de un expatriado a otro...

  5. Los tonos y la sutileza de la luz son alucinantes.
    Me gusta mucho que lleve las velas en los sojos, de ese modo tiene las manos lobres para otros menesteres....
    Un abrazo,

  6. los sojos???
    darle al speedwritting mientras intentas que tus hijas cenen es lo que tiene.......

  7. joer, te nos vas unos mesecines y mirate!!!
    sta genialisimamente genial!!! sigue asi!!!
    ardo en deseos de ver tu proyecto uber secreto!!!

  8. Awesome character design! Great rendering too :)

  9. Wow! Someone should make a vinyl toy of your design!

  10. wow! great lighting and concept.
    the eye is creepy, i love it!