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danielnyariillustrations:

Demon(s)

My contribution to Hero Complex Gallery's 20th Anniversary Hellboy show Friday May 2nd in Los Angeles, California. It's an honor for me to be chosen to display for this show as Hellboy was my favorite comic growing up and a huge influence on my work.

Below are process shots divided into five steps I generally follow with every piece I do. 

Step 1: I divide the page into subdivisions based loosely on Andrew Loomis’ “informal subdivisions” in which you divide the space unevenly allowing you to visualize compositions more creatively. This is purely a creative endeavor and not a mechanic one. The tweaks I made to the process drastically reduce the numbers of angles possible which is inherently limiting but I usually function best when there are less choices and it forces me to come up with more creative solutions.

Step 2: Look for the composition. This is where the divisions help. If you have an idea in mind an image starts to form. I had a general idea in mind here. I love two things specifically about the Hellboy series. One; its unbelievable cast of monsters and demons and the idea of its protagonist constantly struggling against hordes of them, larger than life. I knew I wanted to depict that somehow. Secondly, I love Mike Mignola’s compositions. A favorite trick of mine and one that works since the dawn of time; from classical paintings to comics is the vertical placement of a figure against a blank background and a secondary compositional element that runs diagonally behind the primary vertical element. Look at Mignola’s covers. You will usually find this formula and a variation of it in almost every single one. So the idea became Hellboy on the bottom of the frame “topped” by a cast of demons and monsters.

Step 3: Once I visualized and finished the sketch, I brought it into Adobe Illustrator where I began building the illustration. I say building because I don’t consider it drawing any longer. It’s more about moving and dragging shapes and broken up shapes around sticking as closely to the original grid as possible.

Step 4: I rarely ever have a color scheme in mind so when I transition from outlines to shapes, I usually work in grayscale that allows me to build the values I will follow with the colors. Since I only work with flat shapes, this is usually tricky as I need to be careful about creating contrast everywhere without much of the color feeling too flat or not coherent to the image I want to build.

Step 5: For this piece I wanted to stay relatively true to the Hellboy color schemes Mignola uses. A bright red to make Hellboy stand out from the rest of the characters on the same page. I rarely work with such a dark palette so this was fairly new to me. Essentially three weights of color here. The warm grays of the demons, the yellow accents and the red of Hellboy. Finally I usually bring the final piece into Photoshop if I need to add adjustment layers tweaking hues and contrast.

Final also shown with original grid.

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victoriousvocabulary:

OPOROTHECA

[noun]

place to keep fruit.

Etymology: Latin.

[Alexei Antonov]

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Mia Marcinko   |   http://miamarcinko.com

"I made these illustrations for a brochure about the war in my hometown, Sarajevo."

Graphic designer based in Trondheim, Norway. Focused on graphic design, editorial design and typography.

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soltreis:

standing in the middle of everything hurtsthe center is the loneliest placethat’s why, even if it hurts, go somewhere out thereI might be there too

soltreis:

standing in the middle of everything hurts
the center is the loneliest place
that’s why, even if it hurts, go somewhere out there
I might be there too

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tdylan:

Amazing Backgrounds from 101 Dalmations

Walt Disney Studios, 1961

Ken Anderson, art director and production designer

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juncen:

monthly drawing for Lohas Magazine

juncen:

monthly drawing for Lohas Magazine

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ancientforesttemple:

Tatsuyuki Tanaka

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davezissou:

Kerascoët’s covers for Beauté with scans of the original art for the 2nd and 3rd tomes and the cover design for the first.

I think Kerascoët’s use of green ink is very interesting as a way to define lines and spaces meant for color while maintaining information within the image that black ink would otherwise compromise. It’s a smart method with using green to define the sky against the cloud and especially with the amount of creatures drawn heavily with black, the green prevents her from losing the shapes and figures to black and also from committing the all too common aural line around figure that would completely destroy the eerie mood of the third cover or the delicate detail of the comb going through black hair in the second.

This book looks great. Please come to America. I don’t care if it’s translated or not.

This book is coming out from NBM this Fall. All three books in one oversized volume, coming out around the same time as a larger collection of Miss Don’t Touch Me. It’s called “Beauty.”

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mrockefeller:

Yet another environment for “Dragonfly Holiday” - This time I drew the distant cliff-side residence of Paul and Lucette. Ok now for an interior…

mrockefeller:

Yet another environment for “Dragonfly Holiday” - This time I drew the distant cliff-side residence of Paul and Lucette. Ok now for an interior…

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darkbeautymag:

More Images: http://bit.ly/1tS2QZi
Photographer/Makeup: Pelkių TylaModel: Uršulė Gužaitė

darkbeautymag:

More Images: http://bit.ly/1tS2QZi

Photographer/Makeup: Pelkių Tyla
Model: Uršulė Gužaitė

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supersonicart:

Jardley Jean-Louis.

Illustrations by Queens, New York based artist Jardley Jean-Louis:

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beautifulbizarremag:

Incredible painting by Henrik Aa. Uldalen

beautifulbizarremag:

Incredible painting by Henrik Aa. Uldalen

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kiuchitatsuro:

Illustration of a Chinese dumpling restaurant in Tokyo for a monthly serial novel.

kiuchitatsuro:

Illustration of a Chinese dumpling restaurant in Tokyo for a monthly serial novel.

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