Thursday, April 12, 2007

April 12th EVA wip

Well, I've been quite busy lately, and have not had much time to work on my own stuff. But I do have some things in the works, as well as the sketch of the day still going (although behind a bit).
I've had a few questions about how I work, wether all digital or not. I mainly sketch on paper first although i've been trying more lately to start 'on the box'. I'm also looking into a Cintq tablet to help that :-)
Usually I'll start in ballpoint pen or do a small thumbnail and then blow it up as a guide. I'm not big on overlays, but I do at least one depending on how tight it needs to be. I also still do some of the drawing part in blue col-erase pencils and then scan those in and change them to black and clean up the line work to taste. I'll then put the line work on a layer (photoshop) on top and make it in 'multiply' mode. The do the color on a layer below. This keeps the lines from being covered up. Then as the color blocking becomes tighter and more detailed I may erase out some of the lines or make them less aparent. I used to have lots of layers, but have found I work faster if I flatten some layers as i go so I'm only working with 2-3 layers. One layer for black lines, one layer for color, and another on top for highlights. other times I may do all the shading in grayscale, and add the color with an 'overlay' layer so i can easily adjust colors later if needed.
Well, if you have any specific questions, please ask through the comments below or through my email.
In the mean time here is another 'work-in-progress' image I've had on the back burner. Now that Transformers has been made a reality, i can't wait to see what a Evangelion or Macross film would be like!


cjkovalchuk said...

Alex, I am so pleased at your artistic endeavors! I tell our elementary students about you all of the time. (yes, I am still at Clarion) May your creative muse be long lived. Ms. "K"

Anonymous said...

Way Cool! I'd love to see that!

Marvision said...

Hello Mr.Jaeger,

Wow, I just want to say your work is amazing and truly inspiring. Last week I watched the new Transformers movie for the first time and man I was hyped! and I'm still anxious to go back to the theatres and see it some more!..Big props to your designs! I love 'em.

I recently read your article on CG Networks. Awesome. I agree that now that everyone's seen Transformers live, I'm eager to see Evangelion or Macross on screen live.

I'm curious, who are your big influences and fav artists growing up?

Also what DPi resolution do you usually work at?

Thank you for any pointers.
-Marvin M.-

ps. I soo want a Cintiq tablet right now, haha.

Marvision said...
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Alex Jaeger said...

hi Marvin!
Thanks for your comments and for writing!
To answer your questions, I usually work at 150dpi, it's enough for
concept work, but for larger print work I double that to 300dpi. Since
film is only 72dpi, 150 is plenty.

Like mentioned in the article, Syd Mead, Joe Johnston, Ron Cobb, Ralph
McQuarie were all my heros growing up. They all have that cool but
functional aesthetic to their work which is what I truely enjoy. I can
believe that the worlds they draw could exist.



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