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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Digital Concept Art That's Worth Every Pixel



I'm always looking for inspiration for my next piece of digital art and here are few digital paintings and concept artists that stood out for me. Since I've had a bit of free time during the summer, I wanted to work on some digital paintings using digital photography. In addition to checking out the forums for anything relating to visual effects (VFX), digital painting, matte painting or even digital photography (which I've been taking a liking to recently). I'm heavily influenced by matte painter and concept artist just for their wide range of imagination into their paintings.

Each digital artist below reflects a different style when it comes to composition, colour grading and over all completion of artwork. I'm sure having an all digital artist exhibitions with these guys would be awesome, possibly even having official canvas prints or digital prints of these would be great for purchase. Selling art online and making art posters for talented digital artists to get their work on different mediums must be exciting for any artist, digital or traditional.

As for digital art software used today, these include the likes of Photoshop, Corel Paint, SketchBook Pro and Painter. These are mostly 2D programs but are extremely powerful when it comes to control for digital painting. Check out some awesome digital artwork from these artists below who certainly deserve the recognition. These guys are good digital painters and I think that's a great foundation to start your career.






Ivan Khomenko // Freelance Concept Artist




I really like the colours and contrast of this digital painting, it's really working for me. You can check out more of his digital artwork on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Ivan.Hamen





Wojtek Fus // Freelance Concept Artist



This one caught my attention because of the compositions for each piece. Each character design had a piercing gaze that made each digital artwork stood out. Don't just take my word for it check out more of Wojtek's work at http://www.artstation.com/artist/Fus



Brandon Liao // Concept Artist at Riot Games



For Brandon's work, I really liked his character design concepts, especially his dynamic compositions for each piece. You can check out more of his work at Brandon Liao Art Blog



Anna Maystrenko // Freelance Concept Artist



You can find out more artwork from Anna at Anna Maystrenko Facebook Page



Mars // 3D Artist



You can check out more of Mars work on Facebook over at https://www.facebook.com/MarsMars3d



What websites do you use for inspiration? Leave it in the comments below and I'll check them out.



Darvin K. Manwah: Matte Painter & Digital Compositor
Online Portfolio, Personal Blog and ACM SIGGRAPH Portfolio Review Mentor


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction



Hey Hey Hey,

Aaaaaaaand I'm back. I've been on a break for a while more so because of my work at Zoic Studios and with its crazy episodic TV Shows and deadlines. We recently wrapped on several TV Series such as Once Upon a Time, The Hundred and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland which were very VFX demanding but rewarding when it was finally over. Now that the Visual Effects, Computer Animation and basically all 3D Computer Graphics work is slowing down, I'm looking to be back with the blog full time along with some new personal projects this Summer. In addition SIGGRAPH is on its way and this year it is being hosted at the Vancouver Convention Center, just a block away from Zoic Studios.

So to kick-start this blog again, I'm jumping head first with Michael Bay's Transformers 4: Age of Extinction. I've always found the Transformers Franchise to be enjoyable and to just be able to switch your brain off for 2 hours. When is Transformers 4 coming out you ask? June 27th which is actually only about 4 weeks away. And if you can't wait that long then you can play Transformers games such as Transformers Universe by Jagex over on Facebook, it seems to be catching on recently. Also check out the Transformers Youtube Channel with all the HD movie trailers and latest Transformers Toys. And if that's not enough then check out the Transformers TV Series with Hasbro.

For me the current Transformer that seems to be most recognized by the audience is Optimus Prime and secondly it's Bumblebee. But besides the Visual Effects cast how about the Transformers 4 trailer's leading live action cast members which include the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Ken Watanabe, Stanley Tucci, John Goodman, Kelsey Grammer, Jack Reynor, Peter Cullen and Bingbing Li. Pretty impressive line up of actors I'd say but I'm hoping this one makes it worth the theater price. Check out the latest Transformers 4 HD Trailers below.





Transformers 4: Age of Extinction Exclusive TV Spot (2014/05/30) Friday





Additional Transformers 4: Age of Extinction HD Posters & Images






Darvin K. Manwah: Matte Painter & Digital Compositor
Online Portfolio, Personal Blog and ACM SIGGRAPH Portfolio Review Mentor