Recent posts by petesahooligan on Kongregate

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Topic: The Arts / Logo Design?

A good solution, if you’re just starting out and can’t afford to pay someone for a service, is to grab something off of google that you like and play with it in any basic image editing program… crop it tight, play with the color levels, and so on until it looks reasonable.

I take it that you’re going to use it for your game, and that your game isn’t going to generate a lot of revenue, so you’re not really in a position of legal risk. It’s somewhat unethical, but given your level of publishing power I suspect it’s not going to rock a lot of boats.

Another option is to adjust your expectations to what you can afford and just go with a type treatment. This is a much better option because you’re not enlisting the services of another individual for essentially no return.

As someone that’s contributed services to maybe six or so collaborations, I know that it’s frustrating when the developer doesn’t deliver on their promises. When you ask people to donate to your project, you’re essentially “promising” that you’re inviting them “own” a portion of the production (even if there’s no revenue). And that means you’ll need to communicate your progress to them, and if you ultimately abandon the project, they’ll feel like their time was wasted. See what I mean? There’s more to it than just having someone give you art that they created.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

Here’s a few more I knocked out this weekend.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

Regarding the likenesses and skewed eyes and such, yeah. I paint them very quickly… about 10-15 minutes each or so. It takes longer for them to dry than to paint (and that can be irritating when I want to knock a few out). Because they’re so quick, they don’t generally hold up under scrutiny… the more one looks at them, the more they fall apart. They’re meant to be more impressionistic.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

Yeah, I went to art school and have worked in the design field for several decades (though I don’t do design or illustration professionally any more… or very rarely… just commissions for friends and companies within my current industry).

 
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Topic: The Arts / Post Whatever You Are Working On!

I like your stuff a lot, Tilty. It has a polished look to it. I’d love to see you try something. On the very outer contour… around the whole character… try a slightly thicker outline. I don’t know if it would work, but I suspect it will slam the whole thing into a more cohesive whole. (If you’re working in photoshop or illustrator, it should be relatively easy.)

Maybe on one of your next ones show it with and without. I’d be really interested to see.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

Here’s a fun one; the central cast of the 1970s sit-com Barney Miller.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

Black paint was still wet when I snapped the pic… that’s why the reflections.

For what it’s worth, I’m painting on a large roll of butcher paper (hanging from the ceiling), black and white matte acrylic house paint and cheap foam brushes of various sizes. Sometimes I will use a little spray paint or Sharpie marker.

The reference images are projected in the interest of time.

The final sizes are approximately 3-feet by 4-feet, though I have some cast banners that are 30 feet or longer.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

I do a lot of sets. I did the cast of Barney Miller, Addams Family, skateboarders, revolutionaries, despots.

Here’s Morticia Addams

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

Malcolm X’s eyes…

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

Little spray paint on this Sid Vicious. This will be showing in the Oceanside Museum of Art.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

Slightly different treatment. (I did a little more on him after I took this picture.)

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

I have about a hundred new paintings that are all over the place. Here’s one of the science fiction author Philip K Dick.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

I haven’t particularly enjoyed Kong’s Art Forum mods or their art policy, so I don’t post here much.

I’m not big on watercolor. Never much enjoyed the technique and find it too challenging for what I get from it. The trick with the sponge brush is to use it like a palette knife. Chop in the pigment; don’t “draw” like you might with a bristle brush. You can sort of see the results when you look closely at some of the the examples above. That Frank Lloyd Wright has a lot of that going on. The drips and mistakes all add character and, as far as I’m concerned, introduce a sort of lazy confidence to the image.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Post Whatever You Are Working On!

Thanks, Mme… I do stuff in other formats and mediums, but quick foam-brush paintings are quick and fun. I’ll mix it up later, but for now I’m enjoying this particular method.

I’m liking your pencil portrait so far. I’d encourage you to let go and draw loosely and lightly… let your hand go. (Kinda like good boxing advice… can’t win if you’re not throwing hands.)

You also might try—especially now that you have a new camera—to snap a portrait of your subject with good, high-contrast lighting. Print it out or trace it right off of your computer monitor. People say tracing is “cheating,” but those are people that don’t draw. Tracing is awesome and builds HUGE skills that will pay out for the rest of your life. Tracing helps you see how shapes are interpreted with drawing tools. That’s the skill behind drawing, basically, so tracing is a great way to get a snapshot of what you’re aiming for. Plus, tracing helps better see the proportions… eye position, chin shape, and so on.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

It’s hard to know exactly what you mean by “too dark.” If you’re painting, you can certainly experiment with different kinds of paint. Most of the “brown” portraits I’m using acrylic diluted heavily with water. On the last one, Bruce Lee, I switched to black (gloss… it’s all they had) house paint. I don’t like the coverage at all. After I paint it down a little bit I’ll add some water to try to get it more like ink and less like shiny glop. (The white in the last one is still acrylic.)

Brushes matter, too. I’m using cheap sponge brushes for these. When you have good viscosity in your paint, you can control how dark your darks are, (or lights), by how much paint you’re applying. Different brushes behave differently. Brushes with long heads (the bristles) and a fat belly (the back end of the head that holds your paint in the brush), are generally better at modulating quantities than those with very short bodies and narrow, stiff bellies. Do a google image search for watercolor brushes versus oil brushes and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

Whether you’re working with paint, pencil or digitally, you should understand that there are very few things in nature that are truly black. Pupils and the inside of caves are probably it. You should avoid using black unless you’re cartooning. It destroys realism.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

I’m just taking things as far as I can before they break. I have years of experience doing technical illustrations, so working really fast and sloppy is refreshing.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Post Whatever You Are Working On!

The projector is on and casting the image onto the wall. Again, I can’t take a picture of the projection because I have to turn the lights off.

Here are the tools I’ll basically be using. I have an assortment of cheap sponge brushes and some black acrylic that I mix up by the batch. One batch generally gets me through three or four paintings. I use an old plastic butter container. Not shown is my white paint that I keep in an artichoke heart jar. Protip: If you store your paint in a glass jar, don’t tighten the lid too much. The paint will dry and the lid will get stuck.

With the biggest brush I start laying in some of the broad areas. I try to be loose and aggressive, not noodling around with every little detail but rather trying to block in the basic shapes very quickly. I had to stop to take this picture.

After I have all the biggest black areas chopped in with the big sponge, I go wash it out.

I strongly recommend water-based paints like acrylic. It’s cheap and easy to clean. When I’m done with this batch of paint I’m going to experiment with black house paint. We’ll see how that goes.

Now I’ll go in with the smaller 1" foam brush and hit the details. The eyes are always always always the most important thing to get right. I usually start there because if I screw them up too badly, I’ll save the time wasted by doing other parts that I like a lot. If the eyes don’t work, I toss the painting out and start over.

Here’s what it looks like now that I have the interior parts done with the smaller brush. You’ll notice that any one of the little shapes doesn’t really look like a person, but the sum of them all turned out pretty nicely.

Now I get out my white. I try to go as little white as possible. Less is more, I think.

The white goes in to give the eyes character, build up the other parts. White generally gets used on the brow, eye socket, tip of the nose, lips and chin. Marr has a soft mouth so I didn’t build it up much. I throw some crazy white along the edge to give the whole thing casual interest.

That’s it! It’s done. Start to finish, 12 minutes or so.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Post Whatever You Are Working On!

Here’s the subject. It’s Johnny Marr, guitarist for The Smiths. I love his music and he’s got a cool face. Also, I grabbed photo reference that had lots of contrast in it. That’s important when you’re using a cheap projector. I usually print a few references per sheet to save paper and time.

I have a handy little projector table. This thing is awesome but they’re hard to find. You can stack books on a chair or whatever. I like to prop my images at a slight upward angle so the subjects end up being a little bit thinner on paper. That’s just a personal preference thing. You can shoot your image straight at the wall or even at a severe angle for some crazy distortion.

So I line up old Mr. Marr and put the projector over him. After the projector is on and the lights are off I’ll adjust the scale, focus, position, and all that. I can’t take a picture of that because it’s too dark.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Post Whatever You Are Working On!

Here’s a quick tutorial I just did. I did this painting literally in the space between the last post and this one (plus wrote this).

First, here’s my set-up. I’m using 3’ wide butcher paper from Home Depot. It’s about $15 for a massive roll. It’s in the paint section… it’s drop-cloth paper. Good stuff. Cheap, thick, and toothy. You’ll notice that I have it hanging from the ceiling like a roll of toilet paper.

So I pull down a few feet and tape it directly to the wall.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Post Whatever You Are Working On!

The portraits I use photographic reference. I often project the image onto the wall to get the proportions and likeness right. I don’t want to sit there all day and noodle over “getting it right.” I just want to paint the thing and move on. You still have to “see” what you’re trying to get, but using the projector removes a whole stage of pencil noodling that I don’t have time for.

You can pick up one of these things for about $60. It’s totally worth it if you want to paint large. (These pieces are 3’ wide by 4-5’ tall. They’re pretty monstrous.)

Google search for “Artograph” and you’ll find these things if you poke around.

Digital projectors run from $200+, though they’re coming down fast. That would be a big step up but worth it if you were serious.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

Ian McShane

Johnny Cash

Frank Lloyd Wright

Colonel Sanders

A creepy Orville Redenbacker

Lance Mountain

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

My friend Stan Shaw

My friend Chris Sharp

Aldous Huxley

Tom Waits

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pete's art dump

Not sure what’s new and what’s already been posted, but I think these are all new:

Mace Windu

Mr. Rogers

Charles Bukowski

Kim Jun Un

Benito Mussolini

 
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Topic: The Arts / Post Whatever You Are Working On!

Still painting a bunch. Here’s Mace Windu.

 
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Topic: The Arts / New rap lyric video

Gravediggaz!

Pretty good stuff!