Posts Tagged ‘ digital ’

Helix Industries Height Chart (WIP – Silhouettes)

I decided to make a height chart for some of the characters from Helix Industries. It quickly turned into something resembling a police line-up, which is fitting because I think only three of the characters here aren’t criminals in one way or another (and two of them are fairly amoral).

It’s still a work in progress. I decided to try a tip I was given a long time ago and draw the characters’ silhouettes first – this is something I often struggle with doing because I worry too much about proportions, but I found that a) starting with vague stick figures, and b) having the height markers in the background, helped a lot with that.

I’m not going to tell you who the characters are right now, but I’ll give you some more info when I post the final version.

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Helix Redux

I’m working on re-doing my old webcomic, Helix Industries. So far I have a bunch of thumbnails (about an inch and a half tall and mostly consisting of stick figures, but thumbnails nonetheless) and I’m working on character designs. Here are a couple of portraits of the two protagonists that I did a little while ago now – I’ll try and post more development work when I do it.

There’s probably a lot more I could say about this redux and the difficulties of re-writing an idea I’ve had in one form or another since I was about ten years old, but it will have to wait for a later blog post when I’m not quite as ill as I am at the moment.

The Magpie of Ressurection

So this blog has been pretty quiet for a while. Quite a bit has happened – basically, I’ve started at university and am now over half way through my first year. It was all very big and scary, and then it was big and exciting, and now it’s pretty much just big. But I’m really enjoying it – I’m learning a lot and I’ve met some of the most lovely people I could have hoped to meet.

I thought it was time I ressurected this blog for various reasons. One reason is that I need to get my art out there for people to see. So, every wednesday, I’m going to post some of the art I’ve been working on the week before. It might be something I’ve done for my course, or it might be some personal work, who knows.

This week’s offering is one of my first experiments with Adobe Illustrator. I’m still getting the hang of the program, but so far I’m really liking the way it works

Magpie on a branch.

EDIT: It doesn’t look as pixellated in illustrator, I swear. I’ve just spent half an hour trying to get it to export in a way that doesn’t kill the resolution, and the only way I can figure out is making it a PDF. (Or converting it to a jpeg or tiff in Photoshop, but jpegs compress and I can’t upload tiffs here.) So, if you want to see the original high-res version, click the link below.

Magpie