So recently I was asked to leave Fly Racing because they did not want to keep developing as much product. So on that note, I have decided to open my freelance business back up and take on projects. I have created a very small sampling of products I have done through the years. I have designed for several major companies and have done a wide variety of design work. If you’re interested in working with me please send me an email and I will get in contact with you to discuss your design needs.
First Hi to everyone that still visits my blog. I want to really focus some time on revamping and doing some new and fresh art for all my supporters. In the last few years since I have been working full time again I have kind of let things go and I have not been producing many final pieces of art. As you can see in my instagram feed I am still sketching a lot but no finished pieces. When i was producing final pieces I was traveling to hot rod shows and I always needed something fresh. Now I think it is is time to shake off the dust and get back at it. My first goal is to finish the Hot Rod Car Themed Card Deck called the Burner Deck. If you haven’t seen me working on it I am hand inking each piece for a card deck I am going to produce and all the proceeds will be going to a Charity by the name of Redeeming Love. They are an organization that helps victims from the Human Trafficking trade here in the US. So I am very energized to get that thing launched. Then after that I have a few things I would like to do but I need to give it some thought and time to see what is next. In the mean time check out my instagram feed to see more updates just look for that link in the upper right hand corner. Here are a couple images from the card deck project below. Talk soon
So here are all the nitty gritty details for the sketch book launch. This is in celebration of reaching 5000 followers on Facebook and reaching over 3000 on Instagram. So I thank you all for your support and I hope I have inspired, helped and motivated a few artist out there. I know myself have learned a lot from the community. So I truly thank God my friends, family and followers for their support. This past year and half has been a challenge since my battle with depression and all your support spurred me on. So as a thank you I am uploading my sketchbook for everyone to download. This sketchbook will be offered as a pay what you want for it. Including the price of free . Now if you feel the sketchbook has inspired you and you feel it is worth paying for you can donate any amount. If you don’t have the funds for it you can have it for free, I just ask that you do one thing for me, share it with others that will appreciate it . I would really like to launch a new entertainment vehicle book in the near future and this will help fund that project. I would also like to update my video recording equipment to do some more live videos for my Youtube channel. So thank you again and the sketchbook will launch on Nov 9th and I will put up the link.
So I posted the Thruster Cycle just recently and I felt good about it. After examining and looking at it I felt it needed a little more work. I got a little excited about what I was doing, but I did not stop to evaluate my layout. This post is how I went about self critiquing to make this a better piece. My point to this post is not only to push myself to improve, but to show others how to look at your own work and critique it yourself. It is very valuable to ask other people about your work, but you need to ask people that can give you good feedback. Don’t look for the friend or family member that is going to tell you it looks cool.
When I first approached the digital painting again I tried to treat it as if I had never seen it before. As if someone came to me and said “how would you improve this?” So I started checking my perspective and my background image. I put some notes on my original image so I can go back and take a look at each area of the image. To check my perspective I made my two vanishing points in Photoshop. Here are a couple images below showing how I corrected my perspective. Perspective is really a key element in making man made objects look solid and grounded. It can be tedious and boring but once you understand it, it will improve you work tremendously. It is a foundational skill that will make your work look more confident and grounded.
So to start I looked at my image and made a few quick notes. I was critical on the image and highlighted areas I felt were not working. Then asked myself why I felt they were not working. Took notes and started to address problems I could see. I went back to my original sketch and started to take care of the perspective issues. Some of the things could be left alone but I felt they weakened the design a bit. The main area I felt was weak was the back side of the engine as it drooped down in the back. Then the ground shadow under the bike was out of perspective. I did not use that final shadow in the final piece but it does set up my initial drawing and it was off.
This image below is how I set up my perspective grid to fix my original sketch. Yes I should have done this in the first place, haha but hey i got a little excited.
Here is the image after I corrected the perspective issues
Now you can see after I fixed a few issues with the initial sketch it makes a more solid design. For the next post I will try a different rendering method and share that in part 2. If you have anything to add or any questions fill free to ask in comments below. Or you can visit my facebook page and ask me questions there. So keep drawing and learning, and if you dug this short tutorial please share it with others out there. With respect Dwayne Vance