Monday, February 11, 2013

Some More Classwork...

Welcome back,

     This week has been hectic to say the least. Sleep wasn't really an option, but I did manage to get some Walking Dead in with the wife last night, so YAY ME! This weeks lessons revolved around the basics of Adobe Illustrator, and how it differs from Adobe Photoshop.

I must admit, from a glance, you assume they are the same program, but once you get into the guts of it, it is vastly different. It's ability to render graphics at an accelerated rate smashes photoshops abilities IMHO. I am still having some issues using the pen tool on Wacom pads, but that is going to clear up within weeks at the rate I am learning. It is a simple matter of  de-selecting the pen tool every time I go to make a new line, yada, yada, yada (insert boring technical analysis).

Below is some of the basic work I did while in class, hope I get to look back and see how crude it was. Enjoy!

Batman Poster (Mock Up)

This Piece was from basic clip art I found, and meshed it all together to make an alternative to the Batman poster from last weeks basic lesson plan in class. I think it turned out OK. If anyone knows who the artist who did the clip art is, let me know so I can give him credit.

Valentines Day Background

This is a Valentines Day background I did to learn the "Live Trace" tool to make silhouettes and other things similar to it. Not the best work, but a great way to learn how to go back and forth from Illustrator to Photoshop.

Photo Manipulation through Adobe Illustrator Using the "Live Trace" tool

Above is more use of the Live Trace tool using Illustrator. I messed around for a while using several different versions of this but I thought seeing the color vs a black and white would show the massive amount of nuanced contrast that can be created using the Live Trace Function of this program.

Smiley Face Icon

Of course I couldn't leave class without goofing off a little. Above is a .PNG I created to learn more of the gradient tool and other things. I thought it was funny so I share it with you so you can enjoy it too.

New Logo I Created

One of our assignments was to create a logo for our work. I was a little lost as I already use a Logo that my colorist made for me, but to finish the project and get the grade, I made this. I actually like it and several in class thought it was very clean and bold. I am interested to hear what any of you think. I will attach it to my work from now on until I come up within something else I like.

That's all for this week, I will try and throw some more comic stuff up this week, just busy with homework, and raising kids. Thanks for dropping by, keep checking in.

Cliff England Comic Art
"Stupid is a choice.." - Jim Brown

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Welcome back,

     Again, this is a previous work I did but since I am still re-populating this blog with material, I thought it would be a good idea to try and get this on the blog. Obviously this is Spawn. I grew up with Todd McFarlane's work. I originally saw his stuff back in Spider-Man in the Early 90's. His work was a huge change from regular comic artists. I always thought it would be a huge headache to ink his work because of all the fine detail he put into his artwork, but that's his style.

I imagine Mr. McFarlane's style comes as second nature to him by now, and as such I hope to someday be able to have my own unique style that is as recognizable as his was to me as a child. Considering I am an old fart now, I don't have much time to do that, but hey, a man can dream... lol.

With that being said, enjoy my version of Spawn...

Spawn is Copyright Todd McFarlane, All Rights Reserved

Cliff England Comic Art
"Stupid is a choice.." - Jim Brown

Monday, February 4, 2013

Some More Photoshop work...

Due to school, my actual drawing time has been reduced so I can get some sleep. But during class this week I was able to put together a project that I thought I would share with you. Below you will see what was to be a Noir' project. I first did it in color, because color makes images look better impo, and I thought if I made it black and white then turned it into a Sepia version it would look good. It did. I actually like the black and white/Sepia version more than the color, but hey, you make up your own mind. Enjoy!

Batman is Copyright DC Comics, All Rights Reserved

Thanks for dropping by, and I hope you keep checking in from time to time.

Cliff England Comic Art
"Stupid is a choice.." - Jim Brown