Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My First Tutorial

I made this over the course of 3 days. It is a tutorial for the Charizard sprite piece below, or rather this image is just the proof that I made it, it's currently only on sale for Fallen Sword at the moment. But I'm sure it's only a matter of time before I release it for free. Or you could follow my blog and I'll send you a link for you to enjoy ;)

One major issue I had with making this tutorial is that I had saved about 2/3 of the way through, and when I had finished it was about 2 a.m. so when I was closing stuff out I accidentally shut it down without saving that last third of the tutorial. So in reality, it soaked up an extra day to complete.


Monday, May 24, 2010


This is the second installment of a project I am calling "The Big Three" which of course consist of the 3 original starter's final evolutions for the pokemon series; Charizard, Venusaur, and Blastoise. Since you've already seen Charizard and Venusaur, I'm sure you're at the edge of your seat with the final piece, Blasoise, yet to be released. So try your best to hack my PB account so you can see a preview.

This will be my absolute favorite piece of this project. The colors just feel perfect with this sprite. The text was originally just "Charizard" but when I sold it someone actually posted some Japanese for the undertext. I believe it's pronounced "Sei no Takusestu" or something along those lines. Haha I'm only in first year Japanese at my school I have a long way to go before I can read that.

Anyway, If you haven't guessed already I finished the Blastoise one as well. It's a bit more like the Venusaur piece but i attempted to recreate the same C4D effects that Charizard had. Without a doubt I failed miserably. I may end up just scraping and redoing the whole piece, I am just not satisfied with it yet.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Here's a signature I finished last night titled "Imagine". It's the first piece I've actually completed using a stock in about a year. The stock image was fairly overused, but I think I might have brought it to new "light" haha you see what I did there? Yeah I bet you did. I followed a tutorial out of a resource pack I found on my new favorite graphics forum, GFX Heaven. If you want to know more join, and have your work critiqued by some of the webs leading artists.


Monday, May 17, 2010

Landing On Mars

This was a piece I recieved as a gift some time ago. I was merely bidding on Full Rights, but he surprisingly turned over creator's rights as well. As is customary, I edited the piece to suit my liking. This was the first time I ever tried a Photomanipulation technique, and consequently, it's my favorite outcome. Yes, I added the planets and most of the stars you see. There's really not much else to say about this piece so i'll just fill space... dfa sldiht arutharuhgoisadfjg;oaj f;g oasdfo;kgja;skodjfa ;o sdjfoaijuwer;ljkas dhasio dhfgakjsgo;sadkjas;df;lasdjf asdfjasklgjkldfmgdfjhise nmvklearn vo;sdfvk lsdfjvklsd mfg;ksjdfgjklsdfklg sdklfjg;osijdfgo;ijskljfaklwe jfoaisjd foajsdfkjaskjtprk'pfd'f 'kokfgdkj' s df g sdf gs'dfjg; sdk;fjg;klsjdfgl;ksjdf;gjiseriojgtsoierjgosijergoi js er gserj gsoiejrgoisjero;gjise;orijg;sijergiojser g se;ro i gse;or igjs;oie rg o;siejrg ;oisejro;gijso;ijer;oigjs;oije;roijisjk ajwe;k ojsdgjesarngioserjkn mawoeiu awef aw ef aw ef aeiofga rwgoiarjhg;asdg;aoirjgoiajk fajweio asjdf'akmwetij aodjifnawke rntaisdfjawioje rtiojawe f awd


Friday, May 14, 2010

My European Friend

This is just a request from a friend that I finished a few nights ago. I attacked him for his gold via PvP and he won't leave me alone now haha. But I'm not complaining too much, I like making friends wherever I go. However, I'm willing to bet it's some 40-year-old Romanian Pedophile.
Anyway, although he cannot speak english too well he somehow figured out how to order an avi through me in english. Being rather impressed I mustered this little number up for him. Yes, I topazed the hell out of the Background, but thats because it was a picture of a crumbling blue wall. I think I altered that to suit my needs rather well if you ask me.
Fortunately, the client has a bit of a big mouth, no offense. Which means I should get a whole new set of clients to cater to.


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Abstract Floater

This is what is known as a floating signature. The reason it "floats" is because it's on a transparent background, adding a proper drop shadow to the piece gives the illusion that it floats wherever you post it. This particular floater was for a SOTW with a "Psychedelic" theme, so I chose an abstract style since that was as close to psychedelic as one could be without LSD or shrooms. This attempt was completely done by hand with only 1 effect C4D used for ambient lighting. This is also a perfect example of why I love the Liquid filter, it practically defines this piece.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010


This is a piece I just finished yesterday. I noticed that most of the major bidders on avatars were women, bidding on girl themed avatars. Although this isn't the best piece that I've done with this style, I think it should fetch big bucks on the forum. And from now on, only women themed avatars.
I'm definitely not a fan of my lightsource work on this piece, but I do love the focal and her pose. I think my biggest problem with using this style is that I cannot find any new C4Ds to work with. Although you may not notice it, I've used the same 2 or 3 C4Ds for all my new works.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Kingdom Hearts

So much for my hiatus... This is the piece I just did last night for Spiiderxse's contest on Fallen Sword. His theme selections ranged from Halo 3 to Kingdom Hearts so I chose the latter of the two, since almost every Halo render has been used 9,872,634,598,726,345 times.
I think I am finally starting to figure this style out, although I wouldn't recommend remving the Black and White gradient map, the colors are shit. Even though they can easily be redone, I would still think the gradient map looks better.
Well a friend of mine that sits next to me in my first period just saw this and wants something of his own, so expect another post tomorrow.
As for the dreaded comfort zone, I think anytime you use a style where you cannot do everything with your eyes shut, you're stepping away from it. But in this case, I took a giant leap off a 20-story building to escape my CZ. Well, stay tuned for tomorrow when I reveal Zach's new banner


Tuesday, May 4, 2010


This piece, by FAR, takes the "favorite sprite signature of all time" award. This glorious piece of work contains roughly 30 layers, but captures perfectly a Venusaur gathering energy for a powerful Solarbeam.
Up until the very end of creating it I had him just sitting on a mound of solid green, which made it look very plain. I thought some grass was in order, he is after all a grass type pokemon. So I went back through all my layers and made necessary corrections so that grass would show up easily without having to do tons of recoloring or gradient mapping. The grass was unexpectingly, the most difficult part of the tag, probably due to the fact it was added in the end. The toughest part of the grass addition was trying to match it with the lighting and making it fade out seamlessly so that it won't distract the viewer.
I went out of my comfort zone a few times during the course of this creation, mostly because I was using photomanipulation skills in a sprite signature, which is very uncommon. Also, when it came to placing the C4Ds around Venusaur's flower, I was at a loss when I started with it, and had to experiment 3 or 4 times before I got the desired effect. It just goes to show it pays to have patience and experiment.