Every Week! Robotic Madness - Free Web Comic by Jason May - Robots, Butterflies, Monsters, Evil Robots and Much More!
I haven't really been keeping up with my weekly art blog, but I have been uploading a weekly web comic for quite some time. I'm hoping to start posting art there each week on a Wednesday or a Friday. Hopefully I can start fitting that into my schedule along with freelance and family life.
Today I sat down and worked out a design I'd been planning for a while. I wanted to design a mermaid holding a cheese burger. I do a lot of surfing and my surf buddy and I had come up with a legend of the mermaid burger. Essentially, the burger mermaid preys upon hungry surfers when they are finished with their sessions. I also want to use this graphic on the new wood handplanes I've been shaping. Folks use them to body surf with. It gives you extra lift while your flying down the face of the wave. Here's a sample pic of the graphic as well as a guy handplaning. Pretty cool, right?
I've been doing a lot of freelance work which is cutting into my personal sketch and art time. I hope to have some more art for you soon, but paying the bills is certainly a huge perk at the moment!
There are heated debates on scanning line work. Grayscale? Bitmap line art? Personally, I scan at a very high resolution and usually convert a super high res grayscale to bitmap with Photoshop. It's not quite as simple as it sounds. I use a variety of techniques to get my final result, but today I decided to see how different the same image looks between grayscale and line art.
In the grayscale case, I used the 'levels' option to push the blacks and whites to their limits. Here is the side by side comparison. What do you think? We're talking print size of course, so if you zoom in on the bitmap you're going to start to see some stair stepping.
ART OF THE WEEK
Welcome! So, this is where I'm going to try and do a drawing, painting, sketch, sculpture, etc.... every single week! Maybe more than once and probably occasionally less than once. If you have a request, please click the 'contact' link above and fill out the form. Thanks for dropping by!