Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Deep

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A little pic I knocked up for’s The Deep challenge, to celebrate the release of the second book, The Vanishing Island. The Deep is a fine graphic novel by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer published by Gestalt Comics and is well worth checking out. If the first book, Here Be Dragons, is anything to go by, The Vanishing Island should be a winner. That reminds me, I need to unlend the first book from a mate…

I had fun creating this image. Still working out my comic style for when it comes to creating my own comic HILT. The fish were fun to draw as well and at one point I was considering using all of them together. In the end I settled for an oppressive school of the second design. The deep sea aspect of the comic allows for so much scope for aquatic beasties. Must be very enjoyable.

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Borg Process

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Here’s a slide show of the process I went through to create the Borg Image.

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ArtNuggets-NickSmith-BorgHaving seen some of Ben Mauro‘s latest stuff, I felt I owed it to myself to get some Zbrushing done. I wanted to get something sculpted quickly out of Zbrush and then painted over in Photoshop. The sculpt turned out a little more tech and hard edged than I’d anticipated, which lead to a long paint over process than I was hoping for. The head, in particular, was pretty undefined and meant I had to go back into Zbrush to give it a bit of a kicking, and even then it took some serious paint over trial and error to get a result I was happy with.

Having said that, this experiment really showed me that I can go straight into Zbrush with nothing more than a vague idea in mind and come up with something interesting. Certain areas of this character I feel pretty confident in saying I would not have come up with if I’d started by sketching. I’m thinking of the ribcage stylings in particular. I’m keen to give it another crack soon.


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HILT Blog Update


I’ve finally gotten around to updating the HILT comic blog. Click on the image above to go to the blog and take a look at the development sketches for the female protagonist of the story.

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ArtNuggets-NickSmith-LoboDirty pencil drawing for the Lobo Challenge this week. It was great fun letting loose and digging into the page with a soft pencil and pushing it around with a paper stump and eraser.

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