Storn Art Reboot

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Re: Storn Art Reboot

Postby Jeff Wilder » Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:29 pm

How about "Facet"? References both gems and the face. Love that portrait.

BTW, that pic alone is enough to sell me on your next PDF portfolio, Storn. (I'd also love to see the magic-user I commented on upthread ... ) Let us know if it becomes available?

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Re: Storn Art Reboot

Postby peregrine » Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:51 pm

Cloisonné for a name

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Re: Storn Art Reboot

Postby Pól Rua » Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:18 am

Or, if her name is Julia, Juliette or Julie... she could be known as 'Precious' Jules.

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Re: Storn Art Reboot

Postby Libra » Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:59 pm

Ah cheesy puns, the life-blood of fun comics. :lol:
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Re: Storn Art Reboot

Postby Pól Rua » Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:39 am

Libra wrote:Ah cheesy puns, the life-blood of fun comics. :lol:

So many of my characters have pun names. I can't resist them.

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Re: Storn Art Reboot

Postby Libra » Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:37 am

Who can? :wink:
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Re: Storn Art Reboot

Postby death tribble » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:39 am

peregrine wrote:Cloisonné for a name


I have used facet already so this is a great idea. Many thanks.
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Re: Storn Art Reboot

Postby death tribble » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:40 am

Pól Rua wrote:Or, if her name is Julia, Juliette or Julie... she could be known as 'Precious' Jules.


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Re: Storn Art Reboot

Postby Pól Rua » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:03 pm

Because, sir, I am a whimsical scamp! Haha!

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Re: Storn Art Reboot

Postby peregrine » Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:33 am

death tribble wrote:
peregrine wrote:Cloisonné for a name


I have used facet already so this is a great idea. Many thanks.

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Re: Storn Art Reboot

Postby Storn » Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:13 am

Jeff Wilder wrote:How about "Facet"? References both gems and the face. Love that portrait.

BTW, that pic alone is enough to sell me on your next PDF portfolio, Storn. (I'd also love to see the magic-user I commented on upthread ... ) Let us know if it becomes available?


Yup, portfolio just came available. See next post for link.
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Re: Storn Art Reboot

Postby Storn » Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:18 am

First off, lets get the marketing/business thing out of the way first. Its been some time, but I just released another clipart Portfolio from LPJ Designs, the 24th! And this is a big one, 8 pics of art!!! I really appreciate all the commissions that I get, to continue to be able to provide this reasonable priced art for indie and small publishers. So thank you all who give me your character concepts to bring to visual life.

The link to the the portfolio is here: http://lpjdesign.rpgnow.com/product/113 ... Storn-Cook
and remember, you can preview the entire portfolio (or any of them) before buying, so you know exactly what you are getting.

Next up, Paul C. has me take concepts I've already illustrated, from his games, and put them into actual scenes. It is a ton of fun and Paul's descriptions are excellent and I think I've really gotten better at painting from the practice.

First up, Vampire and Tiefling vs. Dryder. This is my first all-acrylic pic I've painted in quite some time. I use acrylic often as an under painting, but after talking to fellow artists, Jeff Szuc and Steve Ellis, I decided to use clear matte medium as my glazing medium, instead of water. I tend to like to sneak up on color with glazes and tints. With water, I always got this kinda blotchy glazes and tints and wasn't happy with it. With matte medium, I got a nice even distribution and it handled like oil paint. Score!!!

And I decided to not really go for a cover format, allowing myself to use all the space, especially at the top for action.
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Commissions are my experiment time. And this next one was a real experiment for me. I did the WHOLE thing digital. Now, I tend to do somewhat tight pencils for paintings. Here are the pencils for VnT vs D above.
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V n T vs D sketch
Then I went in on that and did a fairly tight underpainting. But here is my digital sketch, which, was made possible by my cintiq and Manga Studio 5 made the perspective stuff really quick. So, really sketchy and loose. Paul asked for a stone golem, which I slipped sideways in concept to a stone marble golem.
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This painting is "designed" to be a cover, even though there is no actual product for it to be on. But after the Dryder painting, I didn't want to get lazy in thinking about that.


And here is the finish. I really like Manga Studio 5 more and more. I used it for about 70% of this digital piece, bouncing to Painter and Photoshop for specific functions. Manga Studio's pencil and oil tools are few, but I really dig their them. And the blending tool is as good as Painters, which I love...and far superior to Photoshop's.
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So. There you have it. A peek behind some recent experiments. And by the way, these are both available as prints at: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/stor ... 5803&page=
Also, if there are any publishers who want 1st print rights at a reasonable rate for either (or both), drop me a line at storn.cook@gmail.com. These won't ever be in a clipart portfolio, as too much time went into them as well as the specificity of their narrative.
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Re: Storn Art Reboot

Postby Storn » Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:24 am

Long Hiatus

I've been very busy this summer, some of it not art related, some of it was. Went on a very nice vacation to Salem, Oregon with my wife to visit her daughter. Had a wonderful time.

Came back to Grassroots here in Ithaca (Trumansburg), NY, 4 days of bands from around the globe. Just 4 miles from our house. Unfortunately, Millie, my wife, got some kind of allergic reaction to something and we ended up waiting in a lot of medical waiting rooms. She is fine now. We are not quite sure what triggered it.

And I've been working on doing "plates" (re: backgrounds) for a movie... off and on. Which was really fun and difficult. Lots of new terminology to learn, lots of hard mental thinking trying to marry the actors in front of the green screen to the creators vision of what the background was supposed to be. Really neat job. I hope to share some of that soon.

Right now, I have 3 Legend of the 5 rings card art on my table and I'm pleased with how they are coming out. I'm doing 2 traditionally (combo of acrylic underpaint, oil finishes) and 1 digitally. But all three start out as pencil drawings.

Commissions really took a back seat while doing the movie job. But I've gotten a couple done recently for Death Tribble, both anthromorphics. One, of course, is a bit of a pun... courtesy of DT. I do love a bad pun! Presenting Hippochondria. Zebra was kinda interesting, because the description pushed him towards "Brick" archetype instead of the speedster like archetype. I love going against type. Check 'em out!

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Re: Storn Art Reboot

Postby Jeff Wilder » Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:11 am

Good to have you back! I like both of those a lot.

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Re: Storn Art Reboot

Postby death tribble » Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:16 am

Storn wrote:But I've gotten a couple done recently for Death Tribble, both anthromorphics. One, of course, is a bit of a pun... courtesy of DT. I do love a bad pun! Presenting Hippochondria. Zebra was kinda interesting, because the description pushed him towards "Brick" archetype instead of the speedster like archetype. I love going against type. Check 'em out!

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The Zebra was done for another poster 'elsewhere'. Whereas the Hippo was done as a brick type and we went for fat. Coincidence that they are both African based but the guy who came up with Zebra may want to use the Hippo as well.
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