Well guys, I think imma do it.
I’m gonna open myself up for some quick digital sketch commissions
$15 for a B&W w/ziptones single character sketch
It’ll be digital but hi res enough for you to print off on 8.5x11 inch if you like
Shoot me a note here or an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
[Will make a great gift! ;)]
Hey everybody! It’s about that time again when I set out the artwork examples and put my artistic abilities on the table for sale!
RULES AND LIMITATIONS
• I will draw just about whatever you like as long as it’s not excessively gory or a fetish of some kind.
• I’d prefer to take payment via. PayPal before starting a commission, that way if any complications prevent me from finishing it, I can give a refund.• Be polite to fellow customers, let’s not start any drama okay?If you have any questions or wish to set up a commission, then you can send me an Ask or Mail.Happy Holidays, and enjoy whatever it is you celebrate with style!~Lusey
yes yes YES!!
I feel like not enough people are upset by this. Everyone is obsessed with the “Wicked” musical…but rarely do I hear a complaint about how they changed Fiyero from an exotic tribal prince with dark skin, to some caucasian frat boy. Does this not seem like an obvious discrimination that doesn’t even attempt to hide itself? If you ask me, the Wicked musical is a joke… I don’t even understand why people like it so much… the entire point of the original story is just dashed to pieces. (Thank god there was at least one set that had a black Fiyero)
I really get steamed when it comes to all the romance involved with the musical… Yes, I get it…people get excited over love triangles and crushes, but barf…In the book, the only romance you saw during their time at Shiz was Boq’s crush on Galinda. Where are all the philosophical discussions? The political activism? I dunno… Long story short, the musical is a joke, and the book is gold.
Enough rant…more onto my personal fandom…. I absolutely loved the sudden (and really unexpected) affair between Elphaba and Fiyero. He was such a minor character in the beginning..having him pop onto the scene as the main love interest made him suddenly so intriguing.
I think my little doodle there actually captured pretty well how I imagine him to look. (Though I got his tattoos wrong.. I drew them as triangles and then realized they’re supposed to be diamonds)
I think he’s way sexier as a dark, exotic prince of a far away tribe :>
I also wanted to throw in a doodle of Ephie too, to see if I could capture her look… Didn’t quite get it…but she is HARD to capture. Everyone keeps drawing her so pretty, but we gotta remember that she’s initially kinda hard to look at… Pointed “Vultures beak” of a nose, pointed chin, sharp and gaunt cheeks…yet still beautfiul in her own right. I think if I keep trying, eventually I’ll capture what’s in my head. I’m glad I got Fiyero though :D
My old student portfolio for Visual Development (Character Design) based on “Wicked”
Because I often receive questions about portfolios, I thought, well, maybe it would be helpful for some to share my own personal experience accompanied by some visuals. Namely, my own portfolio I submitted to transition from the Animation department to the Visual Development department of Disney Feature Animation.
Now one thing that I will mention here as a disclaimer, and something that will probably be reiterated through out this post is that this is only my personal experience, and there is definitely not any sort of “formula” to make a portfolio for the Disney’s Vis dev. Portfolios that look nothing like this, share no common element, is just as likely to get you into the vis dev department. The acceptance is made by a committee of people, and not just one person’s personal taste or criteria.
Way back in the summer of 2007, I was an artistic intern at Disney. (Mainly 2D character animation, but also some story and vis-dev on the side.)
I was having lunch with one of our mentors at that time, Claire Keane, in which she gave us some advice on structuring a visual development portfolio.
One of her suggestions that stuck to me was to take one story, and dedicate the entire portfolio to it, as if you were developing that into a feature film.
This idea sounded good to me, because it made sense. It’s a semi-simulation of the kind of things you would be doing as a professional artist at Disney anyway, (which gives the reviewers a much better, reliable idea of how you would perform as a contributor) but it also gives the spectator a slightly more immersive viewing experience, as they are taken through one continuous story, with characters they understand, rather than having to adjust to brand new content with the turn of each page.
The many times I have reviewed portfolios, I have also found it a slight handicap to have to ask the artist, “Now, what is this thing from?” 4 or 5 times in one portfolio.
So in 2008, while I was working on Princess and the Frog, (still as a full time student at Calarts), I started on this visual development portfolio. I chose my story to be Wicked, the musical, which I am sure many of you are familiar with.
Now one thing before I elaborate further…
If I thought sharing with you my Frozen artwork was uneasy, showing this portfolio (which is my student portfolio from many years ago)… I honestly cannot shake the embarrassment.
But, as Tarkovsky once said, artists are there to serve.. And for one thing, after years of deciding never to show this portfolio on a public platform, I came to the conclusion of this; that it was always rather difficult talking about the type of portfolio that gets you into the doors of the animation industry, and because portfolios are so visual, visual accompaniment just makes more sense.
And for another, I always liked to see other artist’s various stages of development. Obviously nothing here represents me currently, but more shows where I used to be in the past.
When I look back at this portfolio, obviously I see so many flaws in terms of draftsmanship, design choices, character choices, taste etc, and I want to fix them all. But again, the purpose of this post isn’t to show who I am as an artist right now, but to dig up my past and say “Well this is how it happened for me in the past.”
Here is part 1 of the portfolio. I know for some it may be frustrating to have this divided into 2, but the nature of tumblr posts seem to want things kept short. So I’ll try and post part 2 of the portfolio as soon as possible. I want to say within the next day or two, but there’s just never knowing with when I’ll get another free moment.
I think what is probably most important to show in your portfolio is a strong draftsmanship, a good taste in design choices, and a special intuition for characterization.(I’m speaking for my own criteria when I review portfolios, and I don’t claim to represent anyone else’s.)
As you can see I also tried to pay attention to the presentation of the portfolio, which is why I tried to design the layout of it with the theme of “drawer of a Shiz student”.
I’ll probably try to address some of those things that I mentioned in future posts perhaps.
I hope this old student portfolio of mine gave you a better idea on who to shape your own. One thing I would recommend is to not copy exactly the method I used to form a portfolio, but see it more as a solution that will hopefully help you come up with your own solution on how to structure a portfolio.
Next up is Part 2, with some development designs of Fiyero, the Wizard, the Flying monkeys etc
How does it feel, to be the necessary evil? To be the last resort?
Really happy with how this turned out. Learned some new stuff and got inspired watching Josh Burcham’s (dcjosh) livestream the other day. Hopefully my inspiration can stick with me and I can get some more things finished.
An example of a grand magister of Pandaemonium, the capital city of Hell. Despite their overall demonic appearance, the dukes and princes and royalty carry themselves in high esteem, usually wearing garments of fine satin and silk adorned with gemstones and gold. This magister in particular wields a cane made from the femur bone of an apprentice that didn’t live up to his standards.