Monday, August 20, 2007

Avalanche-Digital Art

Hi folks--trying to get back in the swing of posting after a lot of recent hectic summer events! Will post more soon about TCAF, which was great--in the meantime, here's a jpeg of one illustration from a recent job--for educational publishing. The client request was "graphic novel style"--so I tried out all-digital this time, including the inking stage.


Blogger the doodlers said...

Hey Paul! Here's a link to the Flickr group I started for TCAF 2007:

You're in there... Good seeing you and thanks again for the excellent sketch in your book. Lovely.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Paul Rivoche said...

Thanks Arna, I had a look and spotted my mug! Nice photo pool.
Great seeing you and John, TCAF was really fun!

4:59 PM  
Blogger Michael Cho said...

wow! That looks fantastic -- I can't believe you inked that digitally! What do you use? Cintiq? Wacom?

Great seeing you again at TCAF as well. It was also fun meeting your uber-talented daughter.

4:47 AM  
Blogger Paul Rivoche said...

Hi Michael, I used my 6 x 8 Wacom tablet...a Cintiq is very high on my list but I don't have one yet, sadly. I've been experimenting with custom brushes in Photoshop, which I find makes a big difference. Nothing that special, I just found that there are better brushes-brush tips-- you can make than the default round brush. I sort of backed into this because I started epxerimenting with doing line animation BGs in Pshop.

I found it, suprisingly, a lot of fun and faster than brush and ink....extremely awkward at first, but then suddenly it "clicked" and it wasn't such a struggle any I won't abandon "real" tools but use a mix...I could waffle on but you know what I mean. Digital is so much better for layering/roughing/adjusting/pasting/fixing.

11:54 AM  
Blogger Dave Dick said...

Nice drawing, Paul!

2:24 PM  
Blogger Paul Rivoche said...

Thanks Dave!!

5:38 PM  
Blogger Dik Pose said...

Oh man Paul, I need to learn how to make those brushes!!! This looks great! I wouldnt have thought that was all digital. I love brish and ink, but if I could do my work all digital, I think I could speed things up!

Love the composition and energy. Another wonderful post Paul.

And thanks for posting a nice, big version. Now that I got a better look I have a question...

...the right arm on the foreground character... the interior line work is really heavy, what was the thinking there? I like the boldness, but it was a little distracting to me when I opened the big version.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Paul Rivoche said...

Hi dik...glad you liked has a lot of advantages although I still like traditional of course. Just that with digital you can change/edit/add easily..or put in textures (such as on his shirt or the mesh on the tent)...or warp...or reuse elements...also I use "paste into" a lot...

To me what matters is th end result, although, for work that would be popular it'd be nice to still have an original...

...but in this case it was a frenzied rush to get the stuff done, a whole bunch of spot illos plus this splash in a very short time period. I kind of went by the seat of my pants--that's why I went digital:no time to pencil out on board, ink, then scan, etc etc---.hence the bold inking too, I just went ahead without fussing too much. I'm sorry the heavy bits on the arm are distracting--worked for me as shadow areas--I thought the other heavy black areas (tree, mountains, hair, etc) balanced it out...but you never know...the hard thing is being objective, isn't it?

All in all a bit of an experiment...encouraged me to try more this way. Probably work even better once I get that Cintiq...

11:00 AM  
Blogger Max said...

Hi Paul, It was great to finaly talk in person, wish we'de had more time to do so.


4:20 PM  
Blogger Paul Rivoche said...

Hi Max, Nice to meet you too at TCAF; I feel the same way, it was very busy wasn't it? In fact there were lots of others I regretted never getting around to meet or say time I guess!

4:45 PM  
Blogger warren said...

Wow this piece is really solid!

I'll have to ask you flat out - what were the new brushes you discovered? I just started doing boards digitally and I'm figuring out PS2 as I go...still such a newbie.

Too bad I missed you guys at the TCAF! I was way out of town that weekend. Sounds like it was a good turnout!

1:18 PM  
Blogger Paul Rivoche said...

TCAF was great. Busy and so on...still haven't gotten a post together about it....

Hey Warren, if you want me to tell you my spiel on the brushes, please feel free to just call me up sometime...that's the best way probably to go over it. I'm usually here in regular working hours. I'd write it out but it takes a lot longer and is less interactive. Once you figure out how to set it up it's not that big a deal. I'd also love to hear about the Cintiq, since I'm gonna take the plunge soon.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Roberto Zaghi said...

I find this illustration amazing! Digital or not, great inking! (it is hard to me to understand the difference at this high level- likely if you didn't mention I wouldn't have understood that's fully digital)
Very inspiring art - congrats!

1:11 PM  
Blogger Paul Rivoche said...

Roberto, thanks for the kind comments! Also I visited your blog and like your art! I added you to my links, thanks for adding me.

2:27 PM  
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