Monday, February 20, 2017

Great Art Books!

In an earlier blog response, I was asked for advice for good art books to help people learn better and if they really work. I thought hard about that and figured it would be a great blog subject to touch on. Keep in mind that everyone has a different learning and teaching style and many art books ARE NOT instructional, but rather, a showcase of an artist's talent. Sometimes that may inspire and sometimes, unfortunately, it can send people running in despair; losing hope that they will ever be that good. My focus will be on the art books that are instructional.

There are TONS of art books and it's impossible to cover them all, so I will focus on a few that have inspired me the most. Many of us start that way, with a core collection of books that help us find other on-par learning sources. That's the key here- to use these books to branch out to others that suit your needs.

So here's my list in no particular order:

Jack Hamm - Drawing the Head & Figure
This is one of the most important books in my artistic development. Jack Hamm is extremely versatile stylistically and he breaks down realistic details effortlessly. He covers anatomy, how clothes respond to the human body and does so in a variety of mediums and styles. This book is part of a larger series, so if you like this one then check out the others.






Bart Sears - Brutes & Babes/ Drawing Power
Bart Sears is a comic book veteran known in the industry for his work on Justice League Europe and on his monthly drawing column in Wizard magazine called Brutes & Babes. It was on this column that he taught the more technical aspects of comic book art that has rarely been touched on. The most popular subject was his teachings on achieving his very dynamic and detailed superhero anatomy. This book is a compilation of his Wizard columns although there seems to be a new more complete book in the works soon.



 

John Buscema - How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way
Here is another book dedicated to comics but this one goes beyond, as John Buscema was a traditional fine artist who happened to end up in comics. This book started it all, as most of the comic book world copies what John has laid down in these pages in an easy to understand way. This is great for beginners who want to learn how to draw in an exciting way.





Scott Robertson - How to Draw
This is absolutely the most technical book on my list. IT'S A BEAST. It's one of the greatest, if not THE greatest book ever written on the subject of perspective. There's no human anatomy here, just all incredible mechanical draftsmanship. Scott Robertson is simply on another level and once (IF) you get through this book, you will be as well.






Michael Leek - The Encyclopedia of Airbrush Techniques
When I was learning to airbrush when I was 14, this book was invaluable. It opened my eyes to the commercial potential of the airbrush beyond the little t-shirt shops that were so popular in the 80s and 90s. This book formed the basis to my coloring style that I still use to this day but digitally in Photoshop.







The next few books are honorable mentions that I don't personally own but I have flipped through them and/or know their instructional influence in the art community:

Burne Hogarth - Dynamic Anatomy
This book is one of the best guides for rendering anatomy. Praised by critics and teachers alike for more than 40 years, this award-winning reference is recognized worldwide as the classic, indispensable text on artistic anatomy.







Andrew Loomis - Figure Drawing for All it's Worth
Another classic, Andrew Loomis is revered for his clean, realistic style. His figure drawing raised the bar and this book teaches you how to do the same.









James Gurney - Color and Light
This book is a must have. It's probably the greatest book for light and shadow study in a variety of mediums, particularly in color. The techniques, once learned, are very easy to apply to concept art and other subjects that don't exist in real life.








So there you have it! I'd love to hear from other artists out there who've gotten books that have influenced them and made a stylist impact on their work!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Kwami and Kids: Part 2

So I've gotten the next two books in the mail of a children's book series that I've illustrated!

It's called Kwami and Kids and it's authored by Wanda Jenkins-Clemons. The series is a collection of stories that follows a diverse group of kids as they learn about the morals of life through Christian values. There are lots of positive lessons throughout so if you can, please support the cause and pick them up on Amazon:

Book 3: https://www.amazon.com/Kwami-Kids-Patience-Christian-Principles/dp/1943343705/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1487459403&sr=1-3

Book 4: https://www.amazon.com/Kwami-Kids-Forgiveness-Christian-Principles/dp/1943343713/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1487459403&sr=1-2

Monday, February 13, 2017

FINI! Project 45 Outro!


So... over the past few months (years lol) I've been uploading a couple of animation pictures for a project called Project 45. It's a space adventure created by my sister and me. Well, all the pictures have been finished and compiled into the video that you see above!

Please check it out for a taste of things to come!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Anniversary & Heidinger update!

Wow! Today is the 2 year anniversary of my very first blog post on Sept 15, 2014! Ironically my company, Enigma Resolve LLC, got it's legal paper work on Sept 14, 2004 meaning it celebrated its 12th birthday on yesterday and I celebrated my own bday on the 9th!  Funny how that works. So yea, VIRGO POWA! 
Just to celebrate a bit, I'll post a very small snippet of the work in progress on my comic, HEIDINGER! Happy Bday to us, thanks to everyone that hangs in there with me and enjoy the exclusive sneak peak:
 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Kwami and Kids

One of the best things about working freelance as an artist is being able to work with a wide variety of people. My clients come from all walks of life and have their own personal stories, accomplishments and even turmoils. They all have dreams of their own and I get to participate in them and help their dreams come true as well.

In 2014, I had the opportunity to meet a talented author by the name of Wanda Jenkins-Clemons who commissioned me to illustrate her children's book Kwami And Kids. Along with another artist, Angelica Russell, we brought Wanda's characters to life as they learn lessons about morals, sharing, love, etc. through their adventures.

Many times I am bound to secrecy about such projects until they have been completed. Imagine doing something great that you CAN'T tell anyone about! The excitement of being able to see the finished product or even tell of my involvement to others sometimes becomes unbearable. Projects don't often turn up until a year or more later, IF they ever do. Sometimes the wait is so long that I've forgotten all about it and I'm as shocked as anyone else when it finally pops up online or in stores. Sadly, a lot of projects, even though I'm paid for the work, fade away and never get released.

I'm very happy that Wanda's project has 'seen the light' and she can share her vision with the world. I got my proof copies earlier this year and the books look amazing! The story is serialized, so there's more to be released of her characters in the future.

Please show some support and pick them up on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kwami-Kids-Christian-Principles-Children/dp/0989089223

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Logo Illustration...

Here's a portrait that was done for a friend who wanted a logo design. He wanted something that was more illustrative and emphasized his 5 string bass; he's a killer player. 100% digital airbrush in Photoshop CS3.