Terrific Girl - Thursday Night Livestream Recap

February 27, 2014 1 Comments

Tonight's Thursday Night Livestream went off with out a hitch, only oad 3 or 4 people the whole time but hey, really appreciate having them there! A little note to folks not aware but the new livestream setup does not let me record, so if you miss a live stream event you miss it. No recap for later :) Just for your info for future streams. Luckily I take some screenshots along the way cause I find the process interesting and useful to go back and study for future work. So enjoy the recap below, a free-style redesign of the client's OC 'Terrific Girl'. Before she was a yellow, red and blue goody-two-shoes heroine resembling classic mary marvel or ms. marvel. Which is good adn I wanted to keep the peppy good girl goody two shoes aspect. But I think what I ended up doing was going in a powerpuff girl direction all while stream lining the T logo and her outfit. I dig it and hope you do too! Enjoy the steps below!

The tight pencil sketch as far as I wanted to take it knowing I was going to be inking it. So in this case I left alot of the final refinement and details to the inking stage.

Since this was a one-off free-style design (aka no advanced designing and changing) and the client was in the chat watching, I took an extra min and slapped some color design on the character. The character was originaly brunette, but I had blonde in mind when designing her that plays off the yellow of the costume well. I liked the red too and even worked back in red into the costume from the original design. Where in the other two I dropped the red completely and added in black (which was not on the old design). 

We went for the costume with no red, and though leaning towards red hair color waited to the final color stage to make the decision. But the costume/ design were all OK'd be the client.

Popped the pencils into Inkscape and inked up the character. This time playing with a slightly different style of tracing out the contours in most areas but no interior detail lines. Most noteably on the body, legs, hair and arms. Then once inked, tossed it back into photoshop.

Heres the flat colors, with the brightness turned way down. I do anymore like to do highlights working from darker color lighting. Brings out nicer highlights. And then accent them with some shades. But at this point layed down all the colors. And then had gone through some color options for the hair but the client decided red looked best, and I agree. 

Finaly, shades, highlights and background gradients were applied. As well as color balance and additional spot highlights. And shes all done! Go Terrific Girl go!

Hope you enjoyed this step by step breakdown of the process from tonights digital character art demonstration and see you out next Thursday 830pmEST for the next EWG Livestream!

Comments or questions about the process and steps? Comment below!

Jumping Boy Migrating


(Will take another week or two to get all the links fixed - please bare with the transition)

I want to officially release and announce this morning the migration of Jumping Boy to the EWG website. The overall plan, thought about and brainstormed over the last month ( but considered for much longer ) is to house everything 'Eryck Webb' under one roof. And when the time comes to produce ebooks and or printed books have it all under the EWG label. The better traffic and exposure at eryckwebbgraphics.com over any other sister page can't be ignored. So I believe intellectual properties like Jumping Boy, Run Of The Mill, Bump On A Log and any other original Eryck Webb creations can only benefit from being here where theres a constant stream of traffic and activity from EWG fans and clients. The other page often wandered along in obscurity getting little if no attention over the past two years.

While Jumping Boy's migration will ultimately be a gradual process through February to get it all setup properly, thank you for your patience with the crazy links and confusion while it is under construction. All the pages are live on EWG if you click 'Jumping Boy Comic' in the menu on right - which will bring up an archive of all the pages - however the links navigate to the old JumpingBoy page currently. All that is left on the migration is to fix all the links which'll just take a week or so and eventually will setup proper navigation to the comic from the main menu. 

Integrating Jumping Boy into the whole of EWG seems to be a natural move at this point and can only help improve the comic and overall EWG brand.

Please feel free to give ideas, suggestions, complaints and other feedback in the comments below. And thanks for your patience while I get it all setup on this site!

Jumping Boy - 8.10 - Incoming

February 26, 2014 0 Comments

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Comic Notes:

Thanks for sticking with the series, its got a longgg story road in front of it :) Enjoy and Jumping Boy will post Mondays as usual but Thursdays only when I have time.

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Lucha Libre Fett - Mascot Design Development


Love mascot design. As its not a regular feature on the ol' pricelist I haven't done any official character/ mascot design in a while. So this was a LOT of fun. Working on a new Mascot and logo for nerdgasm.net - heres 8 preliminary explorations of combining a 'EWG Dewd' style chibi character with 1 part boba-fett and one part lucha libre! I tell ya, the design of fett's helmet and the general look of lucha libre wrestlers goes together quite well. So here I played with body proportions, arrangements of facial features versus the design of boba-fetts mask and encorporating boba-fetts costume colors/ segments into wrestling uniforms.

This is first round of idea variations, and could lead to any mix match and changes of sorts. Nothing here is final by any means. But I think its off to a strong start!

References were boba-fett pictures, lucha libre pictures, mucha lucha cartoons and various studies of chibi art and other cartoons.

Will be streaming/ working more tonight.

February 25, 2014 0 Comments

Will be working late tonight (with a Supernatural new episode intermission) - will have stream on if folks wanna check out continuing comic page inks and colors work. Till then - break time!

Will start around 8 probably go till done to stay on schedule with the TODOS!

Concept Art Warmup - Javelin unbound


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Concept art is the basis of my warmup this morning. Getting this scene/ image down on 'paper' so to speak. When I write comics/ stories I tend to have specific scenes in my head that I get really excited for and then just have to figure out how to bridge the story from one of them to the next. This is a very powerful and definitive scene I have in my mind for Jumping Boy down the road - what its all leading up to (well one of many). So, I hope its not a spoiler by any means... just a sign of things to look forward to, and will probably raise more questions/ theories than anything. So yeah.

I know jumping boy struggles in quality due to my limited time to work on it and it being spread out week to week so often it may seem incoherent or random. But it all goes together with one big master plan in mind. Just gotta cut out the fat and stick to the heart of the story. I'm also learning character writing and story telling along the way, so I'm hoping it will only improve with time. 

Thanks to those who enjoy the story each week. Its only getting started, we're stilli n the 'jumping boy finding himself' arc now. Theres sooo much I have to wait patiently to get to.

Jumping Boy is a weekly webcomic series written and drawn by Eryck Webb

Better Get Your Gasmask On

February 24, 2014 0 Comments

Finished illustration for a client's story. A fellow injured soldier is going to need a gas mask on for the advancing gas attack. The challenge for me on this one was trying to be accurate as possible on all the little details with the squatting soldier's uniform and what have you

I also felt like the more subdued palette made it a bit more real / serious

Family Portrait - Super Hero Style


Finished xmen/ marvel comics style family portraight - I imagined like they were posing on the deck of a helicarrier or something. Fun stuff and enjoyed having the client out to see its creation live several points along the way. Helps with on-the-spot color changes and corrections too. 

Digging it. Onto the next!

Jumping Time


Took time this morning to get warmed up before work, with an emphasis on having fun with whatever i drew. Naturally I drew jumping boy but had fun with a very stylized execution of the depiction. Somewhere between chibi style and adventure time style me thinks. Maybe some sponge-bob? Any-who interesting haha, and was fun so goal was achieved. Onto work rest of the day

Jumping Boy - 5.9 - Prep Work

February 23, 2014 0 Comments

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Comic Notes:

Will get the next page up Thursday if able. If not then def next Monday. Thanks for reading.

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Picarto new official stream of EWG

February 21, 2014 0 Comments

After last night's fail on Livestream's part, and previous fiascoes with the stream-giant. I have switched over to Picarto. I am very pleased with its light weight on system resources, and its crisp clear picture, lack of commercials and ease of use. I however have issues with its chat so on my dedicated EWG Livestream page I have utilized the chat from Livestream. The comments will not be visible if watching the Picarto stream on the Picarto site, and WILL be visible but the video will not if on the Livestream site. But for my dedicated Livestream page on the EryckWebbGraphics.com site, it will work perfectly. This I believe will only serve as an improvement for all future live art demos and events. Check it out, comment on the comments threads on the bottom of the Livestream page itself, give your impression, review, honest opinions! I will adjust accordingly if some people are having issues with the size/ setup etc. Seems to run best on chrome/ Firefox. My wife could not even use it on Internet Exploder last night. Whats with that Microsoft? I think this will be a massive improvement to the EWG stream experience for fans and clients and look forward to the next sessions :)
Check out the live page here: Click To View Livestream Page
Sessions will appear offline until broadcasting. There will no longer be recorded sessions.

Will add a link eventualy for previous recorded videos on Livestream

Stanley Lau (ArtGerm) interview by Sycra


So much respect for Stanley Lau - great to hear the wisdom of this digital art master - from him directly. A short interview that is definitely worth the watch for any artists out there. He is the creator of Imaginary Friends Studios and their work is literally all over the place. I also hear he teaches a class or two and no doubt those students are very fortunate people to be learning from easily one of the best. But I personally love his attitude about always growing and striving for the next new thing or improving for your art. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSmof0MizBM#t=1879

New TNC No. 30 released today!


Good Morning! 
A new TnC webcomic was released today! We've hit number 30, which is a big deal for any strip series! Acheivement unlocked! Your prize is more funny!

 Big things come in small packages!

Thursday Night Livestream 2-20-14

February 20, 2014 0 Comments

See folks tonight 830pmEST for two digital art demos. The first will be start to finish one character commission of a client's elven girl OC as a one-off redesign as I draw. Will start with some thumbnail sketch/ rough layout process. Then move onto tight pencil sketch, and full color overtop. The second will be the finishing of pencils in progress on another client's two character piece and full color applied to that.

Programs used will be Photoshop and Inkscape

Come watch the session, listen to the tunes, draw your stuff whilst, take notes, ask questions and talk geekdom with other viewers in the chat. Always good stuff.

Show starts 830pmEST and goes for 3-4 hours. Show can be watched at the all-new/ updated EWG Livestream page here!

New Jumping Boy 5.6 Posted Today


Check out the new page of Jumping Boy posted today! Chapter 5: 'Consequences' Page 6 - 'GMan',  is ready to read! Jumping Boy, is an original webcomic Created Written/ Drawn by Eryck Webb

Jumping Boy - 8.8 - G Man

February 19, 2014 0 Comments

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Comic Notes:
Think I'm getting where I want to be look wise. See you Monday!

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Elf Girl Warmup - Digital Gray Paints

February 18, 2014 0 Comments

This morning's warmup - spent way too long on it but was really exploring methods techniques and medium a bit. I think she came out a bit more blank-stare and mediocre than I meant for her to, but not bad. I like the 'carved' look of the hair and the rendering o' the nose/ around the eyes n stuff. Ah wellz! Daz what warmups are for. Onto work I actually get paid for. 

Also! Thursday Night Livestream this week will be 830-1030pmEST and will be an elf girl character - one off redesign of a client's original character. Will be fun, hope to see folks there. Will be updating the EWG Livestream page by then to have a bigger view window/ chat area so be sure to bookmark the EWG Livestream page on this site and come back thursday at 830pmEST!

Happy Presidents Day from Gundam Lincoln

February 17, 2014 0 Comments

So, this is what happens when I want to draw a mech in the vein of patlabor or gundam but also want to do something presidents day related. Wielding the mighty american-flag-themed battle axe with moves such as 'state of the union finishing move' and 'four score and seven slices ago oppression attack' and the 'american pride melee defense' - this mech fights to abolish slavery and fortify america, not as the union and confederacy but as the united states of hell yeah.

Have a good Presidents day n stuff.

Jumping Boy - 8.7 - Electric Eye

February 16, 2014 0 Comments

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See you next time!

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Valentines Day Sale Over

February 15, 2014 0 Comments

 Thanks to all who took advantage of today's 'flash sale' for Valentines day. All orders for this sale would have needed to be emailed to me so I can invoice you by midnight. The time has passed and the sale is now over!
 Was more successful than originally anticipated so thank you for that. Slots will be on hold for a few weeks. But sales like this might pop up here and again depending on when its appropriate. Thanks again to all who participated in this sale, your orders will be updated on Order Tracking Monday and will be completed in the standard 3-4 week turnaround period. As its a normal commission item technically, everyone will get pencil proofs. And can make changes at that point. Then the pieces will be finished up a week after that.

Anyways thanks as always for your support, it encourages more opportunities to save money on art like this. Have a great weekend and see ya next week!

Formal Event Breakdown - Process Steps


The Daily Slots are done for at least a week or two while I catch up on some big projects that came in this week. But they've been great exposure, practice and discipline. I also feel like I grew a bit in the realm of the full color over pencils commission style. And happpy to say I ended this week's on a high note! Really happy with the 'two out to a formal dinner/ gathering get cornered by shady characters' type pic I did here. Based on a story the client wrote. At first it felt like a challenging commission request but it came together petty cool. And instead of 'shadows' of looming surrounding men, I thought it might be cool to actualy have them crowding the viewer to focus on the main characters. cool stuff. Enjoy the process steps below! Slots will return soon as it makes sense to do so. As most orders I have 3-4 weeks to tend to them all slots demand daily attention and right now thats just not a good idea. So will open them up when jobs slow down a bit in a few weeks.

Tight Roughs (oximoron?)

Tight Roughs of the two main characters

Centered them, roughed the foreground/ bg

Tight pencil lines

Dark pencil shades with the textures n stuff

Finished piece with color applied!

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