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I’m seeing a lot of new faces which is rad. Here’s some work to give you an idea of what I like to make.

Hint, monsters. Lots of monsters.

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I’m an and fella with a leaning. I’ve been at it over fifteen years and I’m still learning every day.

A lot of my work is NDA, but here are a few recent doodles and some client work for my .

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Long thoughts on the #ideation, #thumbnail, and #sketch phase of drawing. Show more

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Some more recent . Rejected client thumbnails and sketchbook leavings.

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My favorite tool is an iPad Pro with a Pencil.

I wrote a long form article about just how freeing it is to be able to create from anywhere a while back and it’s held true since, I’m happy to report.

Whether in a coffee shop, on a plane, or on the balcony of a hotel room — I can anywhere with no compromises. And all those places are preferable to art studio house arrest.

frenden.com/post/167372727092/

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This is my first attempt at After Effects — it was a blast. I want to reuse the fading title and laughing self portrait for some Twitch graphics eventually. This was about two weeks of night-time tinkering to make.

And I kinda just wanna animate all the things I draw now, even if just a little. I keep meaning to check out the new Blender, 2D paper doll tools. Those look great.

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I’m seeing a lot of new faces which is rad. Here’s some work to give you an idea of what I like to make.

Hint, monsters. Lots of monsters.

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This is the final sketch. This ended up being five minutes of work that could’ve been fifteen without the dark value anchoring the form and making subsequent color choices easier.

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This is the same approach I take to line/ink work — fearlessly drop in dense areas of black first and the rest will work itself out. I only wish I’d been smart enough to do the same with painterly/mass work sooner.

Here’s a video sped up 2x to show just how quickly and shoddily you can throw mid-value colors at a piece so long as the blacks are decent to start.

Same process as the earlier barbarian toot but done hastily.

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Spotting dense blacks and cast shadows first gives you scaffolding to drop the rest of your mid-value colors in later.

Value reigns over hue and saturation with an iron fist. If it’s right, the other two can be super out-there and work.

It’s not a profound thing, but it bears repeating.

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Slimer doodle from about three AM a night ago.

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So many new folks. I genuinely like Mastodon, so I hope that keeps happening.

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Whew. I just added 200 new brushes to my Clip Studio set. And redid nearly all existing tools to operate better on big files and slow PCs/iOS.

store.frenden.com

I'm glad that's out. I've been working at it since last August. Always nice to cross a long term project off the list.

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Working on the couch with the iPad Pro and watching Overwatch League.

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I've always liked my ninja turtles leaning more towards turtle than ninja.

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A favorite dexterity and creativity warm-up of mine is to quickly scribble random shapes and then try to make something from it.

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If you use (4.0+) and want to help me test out some inking tools, you can download them here:

dropbox.com/s/2d4frpkctgfei3s/

I'd love feedback on whether or not they load properly, etc.

Don't redistribute. They aren't ready for public consumption.

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I'm not sure what started the thing, but, sure, I'll bite.

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I've been buying a metric assload of traditional art supplies lately. Sometimes it's just so much easier than digital in a way that is intuitive and hard to relate.

You put the thing what makes the mark on the paper and it makes the mark.

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I usually don't cross-post, but I think this video demonstrating a new tree branch brush with randomized segments is a bit long for Masto.

twitter.com/FRENDEN/status/962

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CHARACTER CONCEPTING

The best advice I’ve gotten on character design was to start with silhouettes and use a brush bigger than you feel comfortable with.
The big, unwieldy tool helps keep you loose, doesn’t allow you to obsess over small details, and ensures your silhouettes read at distance.

I give myself permission to make really terrible things, heck, I aim for it -- your taste will kick in and restrain those tendencies, but having permission to fail is so freeing.

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