Couple of concept paintings here. Both are done more or less on a single layer, excepting some glow effects and sketch lines. I tried not to spend too much time on either, but they took longer than I would have liked. Rendering is something I need to practice more.
First I’ll show the Scarecrow, my favorite between the two images here:
I used a website called conceptstart.net for the idea. Scarecrow is a villain from the Batman DC comics, but the design isn’t that much different from a normal scarecrow, so it’s not necessarily fan-art.
Up next is a landscape that I randomly started painting. It’s more of a sketch than anything else. I’ve been having to do landscape backgrounds for a game recently, so that was probably the inspiration, to see what I could do outside of a paid situation. Personally, I don’t really like the result:
I should have focused more on the composition from the beginning. Unfortunately I just started painting a bunch of mountains and had to start from there. I’ll probably try something like this again to see if I can get a better result.
One more note: I added a new url to this site. So now there is the original jumpingmonkeyart.com, but also joshmillustration.com as well.
So yeah, digital watercoloring… kinda. I originally sketched this traditionally with a mechanical pencil, then inked it a few days later. I let it lie around for a while and decided to re-sketch the drawing digitally. That sat for a few days as well, as I was really stuck on what to do with the piece.
Recently I’ve been approaching digital art, especially since I’m using Sketchbook Pro, as a kind of traditional art simulator, adding textures, using weird brushes, stuff like that. So I was messing around with some brushes from the weekly Sketchbook Pro blog and noticed that one of the oil painting brushes seemed kind of watery.
It took me an hour to paint the final image. I think there are probably better brushes that I could have used, but in some areas it actually looks pretty nice and watercolory. If I was to go back and fix some stuff, I would desaturate and lighten some of the colors, and also sponge the middle areas to get those dark edges like watercolor in real life. I’ll keep experimenting. I really like the concept of a digital watercolor brush.
Here’s a pixel drawing I did of the portrait, which I almost animated:
I did record the process of coloring the wolverine portrait, but I want to make a few more videos before I restart my Youtube channel, which, by the way, I might try to upload some tutorials on.
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I’ve been lucky enough to work on some fun jobs lately. Unfortunately, I can’t show them all, but here’s a couple of the pieces that I can.
These are for a Youtube channel called Less energy. The guy was cool, not picky, and very easy to work with. Here’s the review he gave me:
“I got Jumping Monkey to do some YouTube artwork for me. His work is very affordable and really professional. He understood what I wanted and delivered a better product than I could have imagined.”
-William, Upcoming YouTuber
You can email me at email@example.com if you want to commission your own work.
Here’s a pixel drawing I did as a test for another job. I always looked down on pixel art, but now I get the appeal. It’s REALLY addicting. And actually very easy once I figured out the resolution. The program I used for this, and probably other pixel art in the future, is called Affinity Photo, which has a special pixel tool that makes the process much faster and simpler.
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This was a random sketch, which I ended up inking, then messing around with the colors and textures. It still looks a little plain to me though. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how I could turn the sketch into a finished illustration. This was as close as I could get.
Here’s a couple more sketches. See the last sketch here: https://jumpingmonkeyart.com/2016/04/27/creepy-bearded-guy-sketch-new-site-preview/
Take a look at me new site here: View Site (Remember that it is still missing stuff and has not yet been upgraded to get rid of the Wix ads. I do need people to look over it and give me some advice. The website is not meant for phones yet.)
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I don’t like these pictures as much as the real thing, but whatever. There’s probably something wrong with the way I lit it.
You can preview my new site here: View Site (Remember that it is still missing stuff and has not yet been upgraded to get rid of the Wix ads. I do need people to look over it and give me some advice. The website is not meant for phones yet.)