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Over the summer, I collaborated with G.W. Smith of Thee-Gartisan Works for his steampunk photo book. When he told me he wanted one of his books to be in comic book style with colored pencils, I was super excited! Finally, I got to do a big project with my favorite and strongest medium.

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We begin with the original photo. In the foreground, we have our dark heroin tearing off a cyborg’s arm. Everyone else watches in disgust, except for the little lolita fairy sporting a smug grin.

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Then onto Photoshop, where I overlay a reddish gradient to unify the color scheme. It makes it easier when I move onto the colored pencil stage. Also, I thought it brought out the anger and horror in our two main character’s faces.

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I did a handful of paint-overs to construct the scene according to my client’s needs. The easiest part was adding more foliage to create a ground for the title text. Hardest part was making all the figures fit into the comic book layout.

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Pencil outlines to be approved before I start inking and coloring. Drawing the portraits in comic book style while keeping their likeness made me a little nervous. As usual, I was afraid some audience would criticize how it looks “too anime”. Thankfully, the only comparison I got was with Archie comics.

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Now to move Channing out of the way.

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Plowing through the fun part of coloring in the figures. The details in steampunk outfits are incredible, so it was a challenge to determine what main characteristics to fully render.

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Filling in the background one section at a time. I like starting from one corner and gradually move out so it doesn’t overwhelm me. Slow and steady wins the race.

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Channing being my lazy understudy (thank god he didn’t leave in paw prints).

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Finished!

Now I can offer colored pencil projects to new clients with this piece as a sample. I enjoyed the process from start to finish.

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Bonus image of my unfinished tattoo flash project. It’s been collecting dust for what feels like a decade, but I figured I’d post just to say it’s still a thing (although I’m actually not too far from finishing the set).

-aKino

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All goats are assembled at the Matterhorn Mini Golf! A little blurb from the Canton Compass for some local hype here. I’ve had the process photos (and then some) sitting in my phone for the longest time. Sorry for the lack of updates, but they will e v e n t u a l l y make it on this blog.
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Whomever took these photos did a great job making it look real grotesque.

-aKino

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Hey y’all~

Here’s a potential publication shot of my commission for Matterhorn Mini Golf.

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I’m proud of his chest piece. He’s simply titled, “Frank” because “Frankengoat” was too long for me. My client and I agreed that he will be the goat kids love and parents hate. Needless to say, he is VERY different from the other artists’ goats.

I can’t wait to see his placement on the course with others! Will be uploading process photos soon.

-aKino

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After scribbling down many ideas, I end up going with covering my goat with creepy crawly hair and then some. The owner of Matterhorn Mini Golf was very open and told me “creepy is good, as long as it’s not offensive”. Still, I figured I’ll e-mail here the designs to protect the families and their children (I say that as I cringe).
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The colored version is scarier looking than the full body sketches.

-aKino

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I’m a really bad blogger. Lately, the most I do on the internet is answer e-mails and bookmark reference images. Since there are so many people pouring their feelings out online, it feels gratifying to keep things to myself. Anyways, before I start ranting:
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Go to my new sketchbook blog to see shots of my amateur tattoo portfolio! Finished products will be cleanly scanned and posted here.

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I will be painting a goat for Matterhorn Mini Golf! It was a little bigger than I expected, but it’s a good challenge. Contemplating whether I want to keep it simple and go straight to painting or add any sculptural elements to it.

Thanks for stopping by.

-aKino

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I got paid for a birthday commission! A friend of mine wanted a silly portrait of her boyfriend riding a stegosaurus. It’s a pretty straight forward project and post, so here are some pics with a few comments:

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The most challenging part was his face not only because he loves to photo bomb with crazy expressions, but also because my dingy, childproof brush kept fraying. If I had a professional calligraphy brush, I’d have more control over small details in tight spaces. I felt ridiculous squatting in front of the easel and trying to keep my hands from shaking.

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The palette reminds me of summer; left side is a night at a festival and the right is a day at the beach. Thankfully, she didn’t mind how the painting ended up with really saturated colors. I guess that’s what happens when you rush through color mixing.

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As usual, I tend to think I do a better job sketching than the actual painting. Two things I should do next time: 1) after doing a monochromatic underpainting, work with a limited color palette and add color variety with glazing 2) offer colored pencil and mixed media commissions instead of a plain painting. Like I’ve said before, I think I’m better at drawing than painting anyways and they look a whole lot more interesting. Of course, that isn’t to say I don’t enjoy painting. Drawing just happens to be more “me”.

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Well, I just received a text from her saying, “He LOVES it!!” It’s a mission accomplished. I don’t paint nearly as much as I should, so this project was a great excuse to get back in touch.

-aKino

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Posted new tattoo designs I did for my co-workers on the website. As usual, brainstorming sketches are posted on my sketchbook blog. There will definitely be more tattoo posts in the future!

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-aKino

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