I’ve come along way since last year when I created Apex. Recently, I have enjoyed applying the techniques I use in my charcoal and gesso work to my digital art. It gives me a certain satisfaction that I don’t get when I do traditional line art style comic work. My plan moving forward, at least with this first chapter of Apex is to use what I have learned in both physical and digital media to determine my overall style for the book. I suppose I'm really starting to get a feel for how I like to do things. I guess this is what people call "finding your style". I'm after something a little more "raw" and "gritty" for this book.
Here are some concepts I worked out at the beginning of the year. Writing the story felt natural to me, deciding how I wanted to do the art, however, hasn’t been the easiest. I wanted to take a more serious approach with the character, counter to what my original concept was. I think there is a place for the more comical Apex (I still think that it would make a great comic strip, but for the sake of not confusing an audience I think it’s best to do one thing at a time) So for this first book, this is the direction I am moving.
This is my first attempt at a T-pose. I follow a lot of guys that do concept work in the games industry so I did my best to follow ques from that. I'm still working on my coloring technique for this style of digital painting, but I think I'm moving in a good direction.
I plan on making regular updates on my progress here and on my YouTube channel over the next few months, so keep an eye out.
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