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DMAC Is Too Damn Busy To Draw

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  • DMACDMAC Moderator mod
    Finally getting this underway...

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  • DMACDMAC Moderator mod
    Steps 2 and 3: clean line art and flat colors.

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  • OllieOllie Registered User regular
    Fearsome AND delicious!

  • see317see317 Taco Count 2017: 48 Registered User regular
    Royal icing breath weapon, most delicious crowd control ever.

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    Well except what see317 said. That guy's always wrong.
  • KoopahTroopahKoopahTroopah The koopas, the troopas. Philadelphia, PARegistered User regular
    Tack me onto the list of fans you have on PA. Your linework is truly awesome. I read that you do most of scrap in 4H, does that mean that all of these are sketched on paper and then digitally scanned to be colored/altered? I'm in the market for some new brushes for manga studio and wanted to know if you used digital pencils or brushes too? I'll probably pick up the Frenden mega-pack when I get home today and would like your opinion on it. Look forward to seeing more of your work!

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  • DMACDMAC Moderator mod
    My process for things like this usually starts with a sketch in 4H, sometimes tightened up a bit with an H if things are really loose to begin with. I then scan that rough drawing and adjust the levels a little to end up with something like this:

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    At this point I usually flip things in Photoshop and see if everything still looks okay. It's amazing how different things can look when you flip them left to right. I'll often end up making minor adjustments to things like eye placement, correcting skewed bits, etc. and then I print out a black and white copy to trace from.

    I have a cool little light table at home which I then use to trace the line art onto a new piece of paper in H pencil. Once that's done, I scan the final pencils and color in Photoshop. The majority of what I do uses the standard hard round/soft round brushes in Photoshop but there are some cool brush packs out there.

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  • NakedZerglingNakedZergling A more apocalyptic post apocalypse Portland OregonRegistered User regular
    Dmac...i like that your process is pretty much based on straight up awesome drawing skills. No tricks or cheats with photoshop or anything. No crazy brushes. Just hard work, steady hand, clean lines and default brushes. Thats damn inspiring! I think too often people (myself included) get so caught up with trying flashy new stuff, that they don't take the time to nail the basics and deliver wonderful art like you have here.
    Thanks for always sharing your amazing talent!

    (how the hell do i get on your christmas card list!!! lol. Those are AMAZING!!!!!)

  • DMACDMAC Moderator mod
    If you remind me in December next year, I'll see what I can do.

    I pulled the muscles in my lower back last week and spent the next 4 days in bed barely moving. I decided to celebrate my ability to sit upright again by doing some superhero sketches.

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  • NakedZerglingNakedZergling A more apocalyptic post apocalypse Portland OregonRegistered User regular
    Awe man, im going through back issues too. Had to go to the ER because i literally couldn't get up. It was not cool. Still not sure whats wrong. MRI and sonogram on wednesday. I hope you're recovering well. I know the pain SUCKS. Your work is as tight, clean, and beautiful as ever!
    I like these last 2 having a hint of texture in the line, or is it slightly transparent? Either way, i love them.

  • NakedZerglingNakedZergling A more apocalyptic post apocalypse Portland OregonRegistered User regular
    Awesome as always.
    DO you take requests? if so i would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see you do some Invincible characters!!!! Omniman, Allen, Conquest, Mauler.....omg...im making myself giddy thinking of them in your style! lol.

  • DMACDMAC Moderator mod
    Yeah, those would all be fun to draw.

  • lyriumlyrium Registered User regular
    DMAC your technique is so solid and your workflow so smooth, I find myself wondering, at this point what are some things you still find challenging?

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  • NakedZerglingNakedZergling A more apocalyptic post apocalypse Portland OregonRegistered User regular
    He can't whistle. Seriously. Its sad. He smushes his lips together and blows. Nothing but wind.

  • DMACDMAC Moderator mod
    lyrium wrote: »
    DMAC your technique is so solid and your workflow so smooth, I find myself wondering, at this point what are some things you still find challenging?

    Hands are still something I struggle with. Dynamic poses, group shots, settings... There are certain things that I really enjoy doing (portraits/busts and character/costume designs) and I really haven't put in the work to get good at some of the things that fall outside of that comfort zone.

    The thing I'm struggling with most lately is just finding time to do things for myself. Between a full-time day job doing graphic design, a part-time teaching job, and random freelance gigs (mostly for friends and previous clients at this point), I don't have much time to draw for fun or practice. It's something I've always struggled with but it's especially bad at the moment.

  • NakedZerglingNakedZergling A more apocalyptic post apocalypse Portland OregonRegistered User regular
    Teaching is cool! What ages do you do? adult?

  • DMACDMAC Moderator mod
    I'm teaching 300-level university courses in "Visual Presentation". The fall semester covers traditional hand-drawn concepts starting with basic forms in perspective and moving on to complex organic shapes, shading, and finally color. "Traditional" covers both pencil and paper as well as software like Sketchbook Pro and Photoshop.

    The winter semester moves into 3-D rendering using Rhino 3-D and also focuses more on presenting your work through things like posters and PowerPoint presentations. I've been amusing myself making slideshows for the class (this is part of my presentation on presentations):

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  • OllieOllie Registered User regular
    edited February 2015
    I would totally take a class taught by Prof. Calvert.

    edit - "totally," not "rotally."

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  • DMACDMAC Moderator mod
    It's my second year teaching and I'm definitely feeling more confident about it. I'm meaner than I was last year.

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  • earthwormadamearthwormadam Registered User regular
    So happy I got one of those swanky cards. A DMAC class must be pretty dang cool. Love all these comic character busts, though it does make me hungry for a two page action shot spread with dynamic poses and environmental perspective!

  • NakedZerglingNakedZergling A more apocalyptic post apocalypse Portland OregonRegistered User regular
    very nice sir!

  • acadiaacadia Registered User regular
    Your art has such believable weight.

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  • EncEnc A Fool with Compassion The Land of Flowers (and Dragons)Registered User regular
    acadia wrote: »
    Your art has such believable weight.

    Yeah, when last I popped in here I stared at those two hulk heads for like 15 minutes trying to figure out what gave them such a huge degree of solidness. All of these headshots are fantastic, but I think so far my favorites are the Stephen Universe ones.

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  • DMACDMAC Moderator mod
    edited April 2015
    Enc wrote: »
    acadia wrote: »
    Your art has such believable weight.

    Yeah, when last I popped in here I stared at those two hulk heads for like 15 minutes trying to figure out what gave them such a huge degree of solidness. All of these headshots are fantastic, but I think so far my favorites are the Stephen Universe ones.

    Thanks (to both of you). It probably comes from my time designing large-scale 3-D props. The things I drew had to actually work as 3-D sculptures so it taught me to think of the things I draw as existing in real space rather than just lines on a page.

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  • MabelmaMabelma Registered User regular
    Amazing work man! Love your busts, and your colors! Have you ever made a timelapse of you drawing? I'd love to see your process.

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  • DMACDMAC Moderator mod
    Thanks. It's something I've thought about. I'm about due for a hardware upgrade and might look at getting a little camera set up for overhead filming.

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    Boss Monster 2: The Next Level is now live on a certain crowdfunding site. It just went up today and they've already met and exceeded their funding level so they have 2 weeks to hit ridiculous stretch goals. I did the art for the Limited Edition packaging only available through the funding campaign.

    If you haven't played BM1, I highly recommend picking it up. There's also an app version now available on most platforms.

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  • KoopahTroopahKoopahTroopah The koopas, the troopas. Philadelphia, PARegistered User regular
    I just looked up Boss Monster because of the Penny Arcade Staff Podcast, and rememebered that you posted about it here yesterday.

    Game looks fun. I like how Boss Monster 2 can be added to the original Boss Monster or played stand-alone. Also pretty great art and nostalgic design.

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  • MabelmaMabelma Registered User regular
    DMAC wrote: »
    Thanks. It's something I've thought about. I'm about due for a hardware upgrade and might look at getting a little camera set up for overhead filming.

    Wait you do this all traditionally? That is insane I thought these were fully digital images.

    Have some time, check out my blog
  • DMACDMAC Moderator mod
    Mabelma wrote: »
    DMAC wrote: »
    Thanks. It's something I've thought about. I'm about due for a hardware upgrade and might look at getting a little camera set up for overhead filming.

    Wait you do this all traditionally? That is insane I thought these were fully digital images.

    Pretty much everything I post is a pencil drawing scanned and then colored in Photoshop.

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