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Siegfried's Thread: more work coming soon

SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
edited August 2012 in Artist's Corner
Thread update 8/1/12

Some background on me I guess: My name is Kyle Gallagher, I'm a Graphic Design student in my 4th year of a 5 year program at the University of Cincinnati, and although I study design, I've always loved comics and illustration as well, and I hope to create comics and designs that people will love and enjoy every day.

Decided to make a goals section, sort of just to keep track of my progress and to use as a reference, since I write a lot of this stuff down but when I change sketchbooks I forget which one had what.

Long-term goals:
-illustrate and/or write a graphic novel
-draw everything, all the time, forever

Short-term goals:
-design t-shirts from custom typography
-make more comic strips
-follow through on more personal projects, post completed work rather than just sketches

Also, here's where some of my work can be found and will be posted other than in this thread:

Tumblr: http://rgbfame.tumblr.com/
Twitter: twitter.com/kylebunker

I don't update these often but here they are:
DeviantArt: http://siegfried14.deviantart.com/
BehanceNetwork: http://www.behance.net/kylegallagher

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  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Post reserved for pics and goals and stuff.

    After I eat some pizza.

    EDIT: Okay so I wrote these up earlier today and they are my goals for November/December. If I finish them early enough I'll make more I guess.

    -1 fully rendered character drawing (cleaned up linework, colored, shaded)
    -1 completed character drawing with enviornment
    -1 "painting" in Photoshop
    -1 new avatar
    -2 portraits, one b+w and one color
    -1 drawing of another forumer's avatar

    And now here's some drawings and doodles:

    august_doodle_by_siegfried14-d2vxvjb.jpg

    august_september_doodles_3_by_siegfried14-d31k5ob.jpg

    small_avatar_by_siegfried14-d31k8f6.jpg

    august_september_doodles_2_by_siegfried14-d31k5ly.jpg

    august_september_doodles_1_by_siegfried14-d31k5iy.jpg

    Werd_UP_by_Siegfried14.jpg

    Color_Skull_by_Siegfried14.jpg

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    baecf04784179635c6c4064726a19a76.jpg

    3e56c3a777073de20e106c17603dfd59.jpg

    808f93436b1e63d5b5df625c7325d7be.jpg

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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
  • Stupid Mr Whoopsie NameStupid Mr Whoopsie Name Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2010
    Just post some stuff duder, no need to reserve virtual space--we've got plenty to go around.

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Something I did last night, it's the first drawing I've ever successfully colored in Photoshop. I used Andrew's tutorial: http://www.teamspecialolympics.com/tutorials.php?id=14865

    kickpunch_by_siegfried14-d32ahm2.jpg

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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
  • earthwormadamearthwormadam Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Keep at it man, you've got the skill.

    Your traditional stuff is probably the most impressive to me, like the still life and the tape measure. Doing things like this will help you see and improve. Getting some pencils with darker tones will help punch things out some.

    Your doodles and digital stuff seem to suffer from the bunch of little sketchy line syndrome that people often have when they're not confident about what they're doing. But you know what you're doing, so now start drawing like you know you can.

  • NightDragonNightDragon Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    I agree with Adam. After your OP, I really was not expecting to see things like the tape measure, and skull - they're actually pretty good! You should have more confidence. :)

    For your sketches in your sketchbook...they look like they're mostly out of your head. While that's fine - you'll probably improve a lot faster if you draw more from life. Draw people from a coffee shop, at a bookstore, on a train, whathaveyou. Draw more still life. Draw some buildings.......all from life.

    Also, just a suggestion...but it might be better for you if your fully-rendered character is just done in graphite, and not colored. Trying to throw together proper lighting, proper values, and proper color together (especially traditionally, with something like...colored pencils) can be extremely difficult. To be honest, if I was going to do something like that, I'd probably do a graphite thumbnail anyway, just to get the values down before bothering with the color. I just think that based on what you're looking to achieve, it might end up being more helpful if you try it out with just graphite first.

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  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    By "rendered" I really meant "digitally rendered" or whatever.

    Is there a better word for that?

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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
  • winter_combat_knightwinter_combat_knight Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Siegfried wrote: »
    and I'm a shitty artist

    Well the tape measure and skull drawings completely crap on that statement. You're nuts.

    Your sketchbooks are nice. good creative ideas (most important thing my opinion)
    still life skull is really good too.

  • amateurhouramateurhour Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    How did you turn that pencil of the tape measure into the black and white?

    I would really like to know how you did that. It looks great.

    Thanks.

    Here's what I do...
    The Vac - My Science Fiction Epic
    Fortune Pancakes - My Gag-A-Day Comic
  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Thanks for all the compliments people, I just don't have a lot of confidence because I'm not as good as I want to be right now.
    How did you turn that pencil of the tape measure into the black and white?

    I would really like to know how you did that. It looks great.

    Thanks.
    It was a bitch, I'll tell you that much.

    It was from this project here, where I had to draw out the object, then make the object in Illustrator, and then I had to render it and make a graphical representation of it.

    Basically I just scanned in the linework and went over everything with the pen tool. The black and white shapes on the final was just a matter of filling areas with black and deleting other parts.

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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
  • NibCromNibCrom Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Nice stuff, man. Keep practicing.

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  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Some doodles and sketches of stuff:

    chairsketch_by_siegfried14-d338d75.jpg

    facedoodle2_by_siegfried14-d338d4r.jpg

    figuresketches2_by_siegfried14-d338d3a.jpg

    figuresketches_by_siegfried14-d338cvn.jpg

    facedoodle_by_siegfried14-d338cr7.jpg

    rachelsketch_by_siegfried14-d338cl5.jpg

    And this is possibly a sketch of Fug.
    fugsketch_by_siegfried14-d338cat.jpg

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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Made cleaner lines in photoshop, also kind of fixed his arm and hand. It could perhaps use work. I might try adding color, I dunno.

    fug_lineart_by_siegfried14-d33hfpe.jpg

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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    a_fugitive_by_siegfried14-d33is8q.jpg

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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
  • Linespider5Linespider5 I told her on Alderaan nothing else was going on.Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Watch that hip. Something happened in your transition from sketch to colour...overall the design is damn near identical, but finished, somehow that right hip juts out a little too strongly. Looking at it again, I think the line weight on the torso in the sketch seemed to emphasize the spinal relation into the hips more, shaping the body more cohesively, and that didn't quite carry through.

    The colouring is quite excellent, though-the shading is subtle but evident, and your choice of tones are pretty strong. Keep it up. :^:

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  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    This thingie is coming along. Still gotta do the sky, clouds and shit.

    xmas_draft2_by_siegfried14-d34s94r.jpg

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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    All done! I'm pretty proud of myself on this one. This can only lead to bigger and better projects!

    christmas_2010_by_siegfried14-d350cbb.jpg

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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
  • Angel_of_BaconAngel_of_Bacon Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited December 2010
    I might suggest toning your entire palette with some kind of blue/violet color, and maybe add some very very very pale yellow suggestion to the lights. Right now every object is colored with just their local color (ie: snow is white, grass is green, etc.), with some black mixed in to create shading. Unfortunately, a great deal of what the color of an object looks like it based on the lighting situation, not just the local color.

    A good start is to figure out your lighting setup and tone the palette accordingly.
    http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/2008/05/toning-palette.html

    Time for a very quick and dirty paintover:
    I'm going to go with a bit of an exaggerated blue here for toning, (an entirely truthful color reproduction of a night scene light this would largely be very dark greys and blacks, and not very romantic), and adding a very small touch of pale yellow to the moon color/light.

    Sieg_xmas.jpg

    By spreading the blue across the board, everything in the picture becomes visually unified; by adding the lighter white/yellow, it allow you to use light as a means to point out what is visually important to the composition. This may seem like a complicated thing, but the fact is it makes the picture easier to read- which becomes apparent if you look at it shrunk down:

    Sieg_xmas2.jpg

    On the original, the composition gets distracted by all the shapes made by the snow and the grass, and the snow and clouds and moon all blend together tonally, making things seem somewhat visually chaotic. In the second, it becomes simplified to the point where all the things that are lit are shown as prominent- the moon, the soft forms of the tops of the hills, the couple (the rim light on the couple should be more pronounced now that I look at it shrunk down, actually, to pop them out more- which shows the value of the exercise of looking at a picture shrunk down.

  • earthwormadamearthwormadam Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Yep on the original there just isn't anywhere for the eye to focus, and with the edit you can kinda just soak in the image as a whole, and the merry Xmas becomes more subtle and effective.

  • Angel_of_BaconAngel_of_Bacon Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited December 2010
    the merry Xmas becomes more subtle and effective.

    If you say so, I just painted over it because it was in the way, haha.

  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Thanks for the help, I really wanted a critique like this but nobody was really offering anything up until now. I'll have to take that into consideration and work on it when I get back from vacation. Unfortunately I won't be able to work on it until next week though.

    On a side note, on the monitor I was working on everything was a little darker in value, for example the snow was supposed to be like a 20% grey or something to help reflect the night theme.
    I have so much trouble getting my monitors to display the same color settings, and even then somebody else's monitor displays differently from my own. Is there a way to take care of this, or a specific setting most people use or something?

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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
  • Angel_of_BaconAngel_of_Bacon Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited December 2010
    No, there's no real standard across monitors, unless you're talking about the very expensive kind used to check colors for print previews.

    What this means is that you can't rely on your 20% grey looking 20% grey everywhere. Luckily, however, the eye doesn't rely on absolute value in a picture to look correct, (ie: "That value is 30% grey when it should be 25%! Waaaah!") What is relies on instead is relative value (ie: "That value is lighter than this other value over here").

    What this means is that as long as the values make some kind of rational sense on one monitor that's not obviously totally fucked up, it will generally look ok on most monitors, because the color/value settings on monitors generally effect their entire value/color range, rather than specific spots. A monitor won't arbitrarily make one color more blue without making the rest more blue; it won't change the brightness of one color without changing the brightness of all colors, it won't increase the contrast on some values and not others; this means that no matter what, the relative values and colors always remain the same.

    So when it comes to this picture, the monitor is no excuse; 20% grey the snow may or may not be, but it doesn't matter because it's still so bright compared to the sky and the ground, that it appears to be glowing. Conversely, it would be possible to make a picture where the darkest value is 20% grey and still look believable, as long as the relative values were maintained.

  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    I understand that it's all relative, it's really just the aggravation I felt when I get it the way I want to on my laptop and monitor at school then after I upload it and go to my parents house it looks way brighter than I want. From there I start thinking, "does everyone see it this bright?" And its upsetting.

    Again, thanks for the paint-over sample and advice, it just sucks that I won't get to try it out until at least Wednesday. I really enjoy digital work much more now that I'm getting the hang of the software and how to do stuff.

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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Some potential covers for my portfolio to be emailed to potential employers:



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    The final product will be up within a week when I work out all the kinks.

    EDIT: Forgot the white cover.

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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
  • NibCromNibCrom Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Any reason you have the date on there?

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  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    My school is on quarters so I put the current quarter there sort of just for reference.

    I guess it doesn't really have a point.

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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
  • NibCromNibCrom Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Yeah, I would take it off it isn't for school. Some companies hold on to portfolios and resumes, I don't think I've ever seen one with a date on it, only on cover letters.

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  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    See spoiler tag for a bunch of shit. With the exception of one picture on the albums page I still need to take, give me any feedback because I hope to send this shit out saturday.
    Spoiler:

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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
  • harrykharryk Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Oh, you're welcome.

  • NibCromNibCrom Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Looks really nice, man. Do you know what kind of jobs/companies you're applying to? I think you have a good general portfolio going, although it would be nice to have it customized depending on what kind of job you're applying for.

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  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    NibCrom wrote: »
    Looks really nice, man. Do you know what kind of jobs/companies you're applying to? I think you have a good general portfolio going, although it would be nice to have it customized depending on what kind of job you're applying for.

    I would love to make two portfolios, one like this where it's a more conservative and design-friendly approach, and another that exudes more of my personality. Only problem is I really don't have time for it.

    And via UC's Professional Practice Program, I can only upload and send one portfolio anyways. :/

    But the design firms I'm applying to include:
    -Christie's (NYC)
    -Gallagher & Associates (DC)
    -Hornall Anderson Design Works (Seattle)
    -Kate Keating Associates (San Francisco)
    -Landor (Chicago)
    -Two Twelve Associates (NYC)
    -Vanderbyl Design (San Francisco)
    -Minelli (Boston)

    And a couple in Cincinnati. There are a surprising number of graphic design jobs in Cincinnati.

    On a side note, which of the two final pages do you like? I prefer the first one but a friend suggested that I make it more like cover slightly.

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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
  • NibCromNibCrom Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I like the second one. It's more dynamic. But use the one that makes you comfortable. Good luck!

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  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Drawings from last week:

    img006e.jpg

    img001qx.jpg

    img007tm.jpg

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    img004u.jpg

    img003ct.jpg

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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Doodles from last week, just putting them here in my thread. I am definitely starting to see a general improvement in being able to start drawing more easily and drawing for fun a little more as I progress from week to week.

    img001ss.jpg

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    img005wy.jpg

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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
  • JeckalHydeJeckalHyde Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    What are you going to carry on with that music logo thing?

  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    It's for a school project, designing a logo type dealie for a band or person or whatever. I have a lot more variations, I haven't really nailed it down yet.

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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Preview of a little personal project:

    brandoncharactersketche.jpg

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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Doodle bump

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    I'm gonna be making comics next month! Hold me to that!

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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Some of the variations for my logo:

    btmidraftsc.jpg

    btmidraftse.jpg

    btmidraftsd.jpg

    Still needs some tweaking but that last one is about done. I'm essentially just going to make the serif font a sans-serif.

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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
  • SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Now introducing my personal project, "RGB fame." I've just been experimenting with stuff and hopefully a comic will help me improve. I think it already has helped quite a bit.

    rgb_fame_1_by_siegfried14-d3dgicn.jpg

    rgb_fame_4_11_11_by_siegfried14-d3f53t2.jpg

    rgb_fame_4_25_11_by_siegfried14-d3f549p.jpg

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    Kochikens wrote:
    My fav is when I can get my kiss on with other dudes.
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