A Raging Sea

28 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
 
Here's something I cooked up rough and fast using Artrage: a digital oil painting of a boat not remotely having the best of days. Click on the thumbnail for a bigger view of the image.

A Raging Sea
 

Illustration Friday: Dreams

26 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
 

One of my dreams as a child was to be an astronaut and explore the solar system. For Illustration Friday, for the topic "Dreams" I wondered what an astronaut, during a high-stress space walk, would dream about. Here's something I came up in the last hour.

Click on the thumbnail below to view a larger sized version of the image. Media: OpenCanvas, augmented by PhotoShop.

Dreams in Space
 

Illustration Friday: Reflection

20 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
 
After two straight weeks of cheerful pieces based on the titles given by Illustration Friday, I present to you something that's on the other end of the scale. Here's this week's Reflection.

 

Illustration Friday: Wisdom

16 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
 
Someone with great wisdom would be revelling in relaxation, high above the hustle and bustle of the tedium of mediocrity that is the life of regular people.

 

Future Player's Companion: Tomorrow's Foundation

14 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Recent News, Role Playing Games
 

TGM


GenCon Indiana
will be on later this week at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis. That's when The Game Mechanics will be launching Future Player's Companion: Tomorrow's Foundation, a game supplement for d20 Future.

Where my professional artwork in the game industry will be published. The document will be an e-book for now, and will have two other volumes following it later in the year. To see five of my ten illustrations created for the book, click to read the rest of the article.
 

Illustration Friday: Empty

09 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
 
My first Illustration Friday piece, with the title Empty. I had a bunch of concepts for this, but somehow I took the easy way out and just painted a somewhat empty room. Click on the thumbnail below to view a large image.

Empty
 

Illustration Friday

08 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
 
Last week Lilian brought my attention to Illustration Friday. It's a website that posts an idea for an artwork every week, and links the artwork you made in that particular week. Sounds like a great exercise for me and the Wacom. According to the Welcome page:

Illustration Friday is meant to challenge participants creatively. We believe that every person has a little creative bone in their body. Illustration Friday just gives a no-pressure, fun excuse to use it. No clients looking for a particular thing. No one judging the outcome of the work. It's a chance to experiment and explore and play with visual art. Curious about collage? Try it here. Never even picked up a colored pencil? Why not now? Just have time for a doodle? That's okay, we'd love to see it. You don't have to be an illustrator or an artist to participate. Just pick up a pencil, for the love of pete.
If I don't participate this week, then look for an Illustration Friday artwork next week. ;-)

 

My Faux Star Wars TV Promo

06 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 

9 PM / 8 Central


A new Star Wars TV show?

Sadly, no.

Yesterday, as I was monkeying around with Painter, I remembered that once I thought of making a opening credits-type of video of my IRC Star Wars RPG gaming group, Sabredart. So I figured, why not just do a storyboard for the credits. Then it hit me, how about a storyboard for a promo using images like the old Justice League opening credits (before they became Justice League Unlimited).

You can check out the storyboard on this SWAG thread, and as an added bonus, my good buddy Derek Jones has actually made it into a real quicktime video, which you can download from the page. (Note: Thread has since been nuked. Click here to view the video on Youtube.)

Edited: 12th June 2013

 

A Banyan Tree

05 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
 
A Banyan Tree In The Morning Sun

More scratchings with Painter Classic using the tablet, with some highlighting using Photoshop. This barely resembles a real banyan, since I drew this without any references. Note to self: use more references if you don't actually remember what things look like.

Click on the thumbnail above to view a larger image.
 

Stephan Martiniere Concept Art Gallery

04 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 
In addition to Ryan Church in my post before this, I've also noticed that Stephan Martiniere, the illustrator that was employed on a freelance basis by Lucasfilm for Revenge of the Sith, has also started to display his production paintings from the movie. Apart from that, you can also see samples from other movies he worked on, such as I, Robot, The Astronaut's Wife and Red Planet.

MygeetoMygeeto
 

Ryan Church's ROTS Concept Art Gallery

03 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 

Looks like Ryan Church's official site has updated with new Revenge of the Sith concept artwork in his pro gallery. As with his Attack of the Clones pieces lower down in the same page, his stuff here are spectacular displays of digital painting. I miss Ralph McQuarrie's and Joe Johnston's (among others) concept art from the original trilogy as much as the next fan, but I think Ryan's work make up for the former masters' absence in the prequel trilogy.

Click on his pro gallery link above to see some of his work on the movie.

UtapauMygeeto
 

A Spider-Man Portrait

02 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Comics
 
I saw Spider-Man 2 again today. The movie version of the Spidey costume is quite rich and detailed in texture, yet true to its comic-book origins... As before I wondered how a student / freelance photographer, making barely enough as it is, is able to afford to come up with the costume. Did he sew it himself, or did he make a custom order from someone. In which case, how did he hide his identity from the costumer. Anyways, it caught my attention again enough for me to try to recreate some of its texture in a piece using Painter.
Peter Parker
 

Valley Orchid

30 July 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
 
It's not much to look at, but there's something that barely looks like an orchid in the picture below. No, I don't know which species it is, only that it's yellow. And yes, there's a water-filled valley beneath it. This is my second piece using Painter Classic, scratched out with dry media mostly. Using the program is more difficult than I thought.

The Valley Orchid

Oh, by the way, check out this amazing colour-based optical illusion. It's quite amazing, especially the third one.
 

Arise, New Graphics Tablet!

29 July 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Recent News
 
New Peripheral On The BlockThe other cool stuff I bought the same day I bought the table is this Wacom Graphire 3 graphics tablet. In fact, I've been wanting it for many years now that when I finally have it in my hands, I didn't have the heart to remove it from its box and plug it in for FOUR DAYS. This morning I finally did it.

After getting the tablet up and running with my computer, I proceeded to install the bundled Painter Classic software. When I finally ran the program, my blood went cold. All the colours were screwed up! It took me about 30 minutes before I decided to increase my monitor's setting from 16-bit to 32-bit colour.

Only then did I let out a sigh of relief. I grabbed the stylus, played around with the controls a bit; then tried playing with different brushes and tool on different layers; finally wiped the slate clean and proceeded to paint this:

An Oasis

My first Painter-made art ever. My technique is still way out there. It's gonna take some more practice to get myself up to speed with the new tablet and software. Ultimately, I believe that my work will go much smoother and faster on the computer.

Addendum: I just remembered that I had Open Canvas prepared for action in my computer. So, a mathematical equation came to mind. Graphire3 + Open Canvas + Hisham's Tired Imagination = ...

Bernhardt Baker
That's one of my favourite DC superhero from the late 80s and early 90s, Animal Man.

Addendum 2: This is so much fun I can't stop myself.

Some Random Volcano
 

Tales of the Prototype and the Table

28 July 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Recent News
 
Look at the pretty colours!Last week, we printed out some of the prototype pages for the first ever Hishgraphics e-book. To be honest, prior to this I do have a fair amount of doubts about the project. In my mind, I estimated that perhaps this would have a 20-30% success when it's eventually released into the wild.

 

The Cliff In My Mind's Eye

19 July 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
 
So after drawing a dozen or so robots and a couple of cyborgs for a freelance client, I thought I'd take a break and draw a quick pencil sketch of this seaside landscape which real estate value would no doubt be way over my head should the location exist. I figure this would be a fantastic place to cook fried noodles. Anyway, enjoy.

The art, I mean, not the fried noodles.

The Crescent Cliffs
 

ArtRage, A Terrific Painting Program

20 June 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
 

I was randomly browsing when I suddenly found this fantastic piece of digital art on the net. It led me to a digital painting program from Ambient Design Ltd. called ArtRage. It can simulate realistic brushstokes on canvas or paper, as if you were really working with oil or acrylics. And it even gives you tiny congealed globs of paint if you move the brush in a certain angle. The colours will mix realistically when different paints overlap.

Today, I tried my hand at it, using my trusty mouse in lieu of a graphics tablet, and here are the first two attempts at freehand painting, with no visual references. I'm really having fun with this and will have to practise more to refine my technique which currently sucks... the best I can with a mouse.

Scott's NajuridenDesolate Scene
 

Old Blue Harvest Fanzine Art

14 June 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 

When I was studying overseas back in the early 90s... very early 90s... I became acquainted by snail-mail to one Mary Jo Fox who was, with her friend James Addams, the publishers of the Star Wars fanzine Blue Harvest which ran for 21 "episodes", another fine way of saying "issues". They had a plethora of articles that you can read from, such as an interview with Michael Stackpole and A New Hope Special Edition review from way back when the EU was cooling down from its initial Big Bang.

Although it ran for years, I only provided art for the fanzine in its early days, mostly for its back cover right below the "Next Episode On Blue Harvest" blurb they usually have there. Here are two of the black and white artwork that were featured in the magazines:

 

Termite Damaged Paintings

05 May 2005 | Hisham | | Recent News, Artwork
 
Last few month I was locked in mortal combat with a termite infestation. Last month, the pest control people came and finally they were vanquished. But the damage done was irreparable. Lots of my books and notes had to be thrown out, including a folder filled with my water color paintings from when I was in Form One.

Click on the link to see three samples of the artwork that was destroyed.

 

Homemade Computer Generated Landscapes, You Ask?

05 May 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Trawling The Net
 
You've seen it in the movies and television. Camera swooping down on artificially-made terrain. The terrain resides in the mind of the computer, and so does the camera. If you ask, can I do this on my home computer? Can I generate an artificial landscape and have it look near-photorealistic? Can I make green fields and snowcapped mountains and beaches and islands and desolate rocky coastline? The answer to that is yes, with Terragen.

And it's freeware! Just download, install and you can start to build landscapes like this nifty sunset snowscape I made:

Aglostine
.

More images in the rest of the article.