Thursday, November 11, 2010

a little color please

Hello! Sorry for the delay on responding or posting. I've been hibernating in my studio trying to get ready for CTN along with finishing up some freelance work. I've been developing personal work and trying to add some color to my portfolio...
left to right - Trot, Button Bright & Cap'n Bill

Above is my take on characters from Frank Baum's fantasy novel called 'Sky Island'. Like his Oz books the Sky Island world lends itself well to visual development. Doing characters in full color is a process I'm still developing and wanting to get better at... Below is a moment in the story where Button Bright is looking for his magical umbrella in the evil rulers treasure chamber, that of course is guarded by a blue wolf =] Hope you enjoy and please, any feedback is always welcome. Thanks.

the treasure chamber

29 comments:

Dave Armstrong said...

These are great! I especially like the design for Cap'n Bill.

Michael Yates said...

colors and character design are so great! Really inspiring stuff

Chenny said...

these are fantastic! love the colors...the blue wolf panel is so moody, brings you right into the story!

Isaac Orloff Illustration said...

the light on the tip of the wolf's nose is a great tough. good idea.

Anthony Holden said...

Isn't Baum's material golden?
These are fantastic.

Alexander said...

awesone characters and illustration.

I see more!!

Tibo3D said...

how can i say....WOUAAAhouuu!!
just great!!

Mark Kjærgaard said...

Ageed the Chap'n Bill is awesome, the shape language around his beard and trousers is right on the moneymaker, with simple graphic shapes. Also like the subtle complentary colors in the treasure chamber Blue Wolf >< Button Bright.

shamil said...

nice designing..i like d lighting too

Haylee said...

I always well up in awe of your work, Willie. Spectacular work!

Also, I hope to see you again at this year's CTN!

Gabby Zapata said...

Wow. Totally speechless! Amazing inspiring work!

Tooninator said...

keep fighting the good fight, Willie. It's great to hear that someone as talented as yourself is still on the hunt to improve.

By the way, those characters rock.

willie real said...

thanks guys n gals! i'm having fun with this one. Anthony, Sky Island's world is a bit different. The Island is divided into two parts...the blue side and the pink side. this treasure chamber belongs to the ruler of the blue side, the evil boolooroo (lol, i love it). it's awesome and it's a short read. frank baum himself considered this his best work...

haley, i'll see you there! =]

Bobby Pontillas said...

Heck yes!!! Those characters look great! So appealing.

Cal said...

These are beautiful - colours are fantastic! Cannot wait to see more of this work =]

Scott C. Gwynn said...

Look behind you Button! Never mind the magical bumbershoot get out of there! Color test successful. These designs are wonderful.

Scott C. Gwynn said...

Look behind you Button! Never mind the magical bumbershoot get out of there! Color test successful. These designs are wonderful.

Patrick Moore said...

Cap'n Bill is my hero!

Juny said...

hello, Willie.
I am a student now taking Oliver's layout design. He often shows ur works to us as an great example, I am so attracted by ur line quality and creative layout drawing, ur diner posted at the second floor of Powell building is my favorite.
may I ask, what kind of material u usually use? general 2B pencils or orange color pencils? I also impressed by ur skill of using colors. not like always blending colors very smoothy but u do have a clear shape of shadow.
anyway, I love all the pieces in ur blog, all of them are well designed. awesome.

Jelter said...

Great designs. Really like the design of everything in the second one.

Freddy Carrasco said...

the light on the wolf's snout is what did it for me. awesome piece!

What is this place? said...

FARK! Willie, beautiful stuff man!

Xavier Yabut said...

I like your character designs, these characters need to be in a movie!

willie real said...

ha, thanks bobby. miss you guys.
juny, thanks soo much =] tell oliver i say hi and and thank you for the compliments. i was a fan of vermillion pencils for a long time. when i start a new drawing i like using lighter colors just in case the design changes etc. hope this helps? oh and i cant say how much thumbnails do a lot for your work... you resolve soo much right there in those small rectangles =]
thanks again for your wonderful feedback guys!

Mike Lee said...

Damn Willie! These are beautiful!!

Line Illustrations said...

love it !

Luispa Salmon said...

El concept esta DEMASIADO IMPRESIONANTE...Que hermosura de mood

Trevor Spencer said...

this is SOOOOOO great!! thanks for sharing man :)

Toyebot said...

So so fantastic! Love the expressions! thx for sharing!