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  1. Here's another one of the pieces from my work for the Shadows in the Void rulebook, featuring the mysterious Esh Aven.
  2. I decided to go ahead and post up another image from this series (with client permission of course!). This was my original version. For print I ended up lightening it drastically at the client's request.
  3. I bought a large format Caravaggio book when Borders was going out of business. It is currently hiding from me.. probably with my copy of the Divine Comedy :(
  4. Ah, no worries.. I have studied both. I actually have a copy of the DaVinci sketchbook but the Michelangelo book I was referencing was on loan from the local library. TBH, a lot of their drawing look really similar to me. If you like that style check out some Caravaggio too.. I honestly think I prefer him to DaVinci and Michelangelo..
  5. Looking good! I think I might've done some studies from that book (or at least one that featured those Michelangelo drawings). That miniature makes me want to get my brushes out (for something other than inking especially :P ) The Sith looks pretty good. I wouldn't get too hung up on copy/not a copy.. especially if it's not something you're going to sell. Some of my most helpful studies have been recreating drawings and paintings or drawing from statues.
  6. Thanks XHerman, I've enjoyed working on this project and just submitted another image.. probably the most hours I've ever put on a piece. Working on a moody sunset piece right now for that same (7.. I said 6) series of images. As much as I have liked this, I can't wait to be done too. I'll post some of the others if the client approves them otherwise they have to wait for the game to launch.
  7. I like these, your edge control is admirable
  8. Humming along on this project. Hopefully wrapping up soon. This was the first of the 6 image series that will be the illustrations for a Polish space battle game.
  9. I was taught by my HS art teacher to make wet palettes using old tupperware.. What he showed us was to take an old flat container like a sandwich container or similar, cut out a piece of plastic or really anything rigid. Wrap that in paper towels and wet it with tap water (yes tap water). Use it for your blending, seal up the container to preserve your mixes, then toss it (or peel off the paper and re-wrap for a fresh palette). I know this doesn't help with your current issue but I think the problem with any sort of long term wet anything is that regardless of using any sort of purified water is that time and exposure to any foreign element is going to introduce microorganisms into the environment. Putting a sponge in a wet container is literally how you make a petri dish.
  10. I like the linework on that sketch. The lines of the armor make me want to see that character mounted on a horse or something for some reason.
  11. I've been hosting my images between Deviantart, blogspot, and Facebook. So far I've been lucky and they've all behaved (somewhat). Good luck getting it sorted.
  12. Thanks Highlander! We just moved back to San Diego about a month ago. I also replaced my graphics tablet with a graphics display.. still trying to get a handle on that. Trying to juggle that with my family and bodybuilding is taking some getting used to. Once I hit my stride I'll have more to show here :)
  13. Thanks Xherman. The arm I draw with is numb and randomly spasming.. I'm on a lot of muscle relaxers so it'll be a while before any new art is made. I keep trying to sketch but it's very frustrating.
  14. Big study dump incoming I did some quick environment studies to help prepare for the above. Highlights from gesture drawings Some perspective studies Photo study Robot concept study - Rotato the Walking Furnace Still Life If you folks like seeing study progress like this I can post more :)
  15. Your art reminds me of a Ian McCaig/Miyazaki love child. Thanks for sharing!
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