Monday, May 19, 2008
"First times with Photoshop- Rose, Jason and Bianca" ; By: Christopher Taylor
"First times with Photoshop- Young Glenn" By: Christopher Taylor
"All Series march of the Chibi" By: Christopher Taylor
(Left to right) Pandora's Paradox, Will of Two, Queen of Hearts, Relic Hunter: Riven, NEO|ARK
He is and always will be my first created character. I've neglected him because the world felt differently of him and I changed because of that. I lost the fun of drawing and to draw for myself and for others. But working on this piece today, Rose and young Glenn, I felt that again, that fun. Just thinking of the scenario the picture was drawn from, how I revamped the characters to match the style I draw today compared to how they used to look....it was fun. I want that back. I think I need to begin re-working on NEO|ARK again...
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
My page is blank. My mind is also blank.
It started a couple of days ago. I was working on a freelance project, and trying to protect myself so I don't get my work taken without pay. Inspiration slowly slipped through my fingers. I couldn't finish it, I couldn't even start it. Random sketches, work drawings, coloring,even my own comics, nothing. Not a bit of inspiration, and I haven't a clue why.
Maike took me to the comic book store here in Essen also. In hopes that maybe we can uncover something that will spark back my faith in today's comics and my own inspiration spark. We spent maybe up to 45 mins to an hour there....and I wasn't intrigued to buy not even ONE book.
I don't know what, or why, but something is wrong and I gotta fix it somehow.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
So, a few days ago I do my normal search of the Deviantart Forum to look for work I can snag. Along comes this post:
Cover Artist Needed for 2nd Novel
~spirit86 Mar 23, 2008, 3:45:01 PM
Hey everyone! I'm going to be in need of a cover artist within the next few months. I'm finishing up a novel, sending it to the editor, and I'll need the cover finished by the time that everything is finished. I'd rather find someone on here than use one of the artists the publisher provides - simply because I'd rather pay someone on my own and get someone's name out there.
The book revolves around the lives of group of vampire hunters belonging to a sort of company that specializes in killing supernatural things... I'm completely unsure of what I want on the cover and there currently is not a title.
When you contact me include the following:
+ your real name
+ samples of your work
+ your price
+ any questions you may have or additional information you may need
I'm accepting traditional media, digital media, photography, and photo manips.
Stylized is fine, but no anime.
No Anime...fine. I do other styles then anime. So I when ahead and sent a note out with the proper information. And in a few days I get a note back from them, tell me that the job is taken, and that I need to learn to read the boards.
Ok...given, DArt doesn't have a update post feature for the post, so probably they are right on that. But I'm not gonna let something like that stop me from getting in on a possible job oppertunity. I see work, I go for work. Its a first come, first go society and if I'm not fast and the best then I'm not getting the job. I was like fine, deleted the note and decided to move on with my life.
Untill today, I wake up to check DArt messages and boom! Another message from that user tell me to "READ UP"...
...Read up what?
I go back to he forum to see if something change or what...but all was the same. Then I go to the users main page...
I find this:
DO NOT SEND ME A NOTE ABOUT THE BOOK COVERJournal Entry: Fri May 9, 2008, 11:43 AM
- Mood: Irritated
It's a bad habit to get into, it's unprofessional and can be annoying to the client/employer. I'm laid back about it but many employers just throw out an application if the artists failed to follow instruction and the employer has every right to do that. An employer that gets hundreds of applications doesn't want an artist that can't follow the simplest of instructions.
Commission Contract Template free to use [link]
Yeah, most of the applications I've gotten for the position with my book cover never sent me ANYTHING I asked for. I got more applications involving cartoon styles and anime than anything else (when I asked specifically for anyone with that style to not apply, it's not what I'm looking for) and other people cursed me out because they didn't read the entire thing and got a polite denial.
Now I'm just sick of it though. To get this many messages (and all of them half-hearted) months after I announced that the position is filled is just... bad.
I makes me glad I didn't have to work with them...really if its that bad, just delete the message and move on with your life, but you gotta write out something like that for the public to see? A polite denial isn't "READ UP" or "Learn to read".
But, you make your judgement. I for one think this is just ....bleh.
Friday, May 2, 2008
Pages 16 and 17 of Pandora's Paradox- By Christopher Taylor
I'm still a bit off from finishing this first chapter of P2, more or less because of income and fining "long lasting" freelance jobs that pay well. I'm starting to pick into colorist jobs, and its not too bad. Just coloring someone else's work doesn't seem as bad as I thought especially when you have full creative freedom. I love that. Its nice when the editor or client just has full trust in your work. That way, you don't have to remind them that there is a fee for too many re-vamps. Being able to create freely is the reason why I like working on products of my own, because I know what I want, and I know what I like. So there isn't too much complications. However thats what you have to know how to fix when it comes down to it. Language of Business.
Christopher R. Taylor - Illustration and Comics
Web Galleries: Portfolio Site
The Art Institute of Philadelphia/ The Art Institute of Phoenix July 2002 - September 2005
Major: Media Arts & Animation Degree: Bachelor of Arts for Media Arts & Animation
Graduated with Honors
Computer Skills: Flash (Good), Photoshop (Very Good), Premiere (Good), After Effects (Good), 3D Studio Max (Good), Maya (Good), Microsoft Office (Good)
Customer Service Skills: Good audible voice along with clear and proper grammar pronunciation, friendly, inviting, able to handle various situations as well as stressful encounters with customers.
Freelance Project History:
Pierre-Yves Lapointe Brisson- Pixel Characters for Browser Game
Description: Created villain and hero characters for a browser game. Designed characters on paper, then re-created pixel characters in Photoshop. Pixel sheets were created there and then animated by using FLASH.
Steven First- Texture Edits for Model
Description: Client had created textures for models that needed fixing. Readjusted texture and designs to fit the models. Editing was done in Photoshop.
Windmill Games- Sven- Concept Art for Online MMORPG
Description: Designed characters, starting clothing, Mafia clothing, villains and main city for studios use to develop 3D models of the concepts. Sketched characters, penciled, inked and then colored in photoshop.
Gameforge Studios GmbH- Internet Advertisement Banners
Description: Created a set of 7 web banners for one of the studio’s popular game series using stock imagery and FLASH to help arrange and design.
Illustration and Design:
DORMWORLD – Storyboards for short animation
Description: Created 8 page, 4 panel storyboards for use for a short animation. Drew pages and then scanned into Photoshop for final edits and text matching.
Mark Krasovicki- Russian Training Manual Comic
Description: Created a 55 page Comic detailing the tasks of a Waiter/Waitress at the Temple Bar in Russia. Drew comic with pencil, then scanned into Photoshop for inking and editing. Added Russian text and word bubbles afterwards.
James Kershaw – 2 Mascot Designs
Description: Designed and Created 2 mascots based off of clients descriptions. Drawn, edited and colored in Photoshop.
Ron Brouwers – Professional Gaming Logo
Description: Created 2 logos for a professional gaming group for RTS games. Designed logo on paper, then scanned final work into Photoshop for coloring and editing. Lettering was applied through Illustrator and edits in Photoshop.
Pierre-Yves Lapointe Brisson – End Smoking Mascot
Description: Created a personal mascot for a quit smoking campaign. Designed, illustrated and colored in Photoshop.
Channel M- Princess Lucinda Short Comic
Description: Created short 10 page black and white comic for use by Channel M for their ongoing Heroine, Princess Lucinda. Created rough sketches and full illustrated pages digitally through Photoshop.
Antoine Dillard - Website - Hardcore Animation
Description: Redesigned and coded website using Flash. Designed, illustrated and coded complete layout for website. Can be seen at www.hardcoreanimation.net.
Patrick Sessoms - 8 Paged Pitch Package with Cover
Description: Created a 8 page comic with cover for a pitch package. Drew pages with pencil, inks added and then scanned pages into Photoshop for retouching and adding letters and bubbles.
Kristopher Waddell - 5 Paged Pitch Package
Description: Added colors and set mood to illustrators inked paged for a 5 paged pitch comic. Coloring was done in Photoshop.
James Ives - Wedding Illustration
Description: Created Illustration based upon the Client and his wife for use on their wedding invitations. Drawing was created from photo reference, then brought into Photoshop to finish line-work, and color.
Alex - Console Dealer- Mascot Design
Description: Client wanted Mascots to help advertise their website for games. Designed sketches from descriptions, then made final line-art and colors in Photoshop.
Pinup Illustrations- Sexy Nuns
Description: Designed 2 illustrations for use in a collection of "Sexy Nun" drawings and illustrations to be sold. Sketched, then digitally inked and grayscale colored in Photoshop.
Curtis Lawson - History of Comics - Day of Comics Museum comic
Description: Created 2 pages in my style for used in a collected anthology comic of various artist about the history of comic books.
COZMIC- Tattoo design
Description: Design a memorable tattoo design from popular game Character Mario for the client. Sketches made, then pencil work and inked before brought into photoshop for color.
Marc Dahlem- Cartoon Book Project- Zeusinger
Description: Created illustrations to go along with a Germany Humor book to be pitched to publishers. Designed characters, sketched, penciled and inked illustrations before brought into Photoshop for final edits.
Celtic Minstrel- Web-comic- Trillium School of the Art
Description: Weekly web-comic for Drunkduck.com. Created characters from clients description and sketch and pencil pages for the web-comic weekly. Drawn then colors pages. Edits made in Photoshop.
Anthro-Furry Character- Action Illustration B&W
Description: Designed the clients character for use in story/website. Sketched, penciled and then greyscale colored in Photoshop.
Zach - Black and White Character Illustration- Collection Website
Description: Commissioned to draw clients character in my own style for presentation on a collection website gallery. Sketched, penciled and inked the illustration before final edits were created in Photoshop.
Tone Chambers- Dr. Dre Illustration for Inspired Music CD
Description: Illustrated a cover for the design of Music inspired by the music artist Dr. Dre. Illustration was drawn, and then imported to Photoshop for color.
Yann Lülfz – Logo for local Member Group
Description: Design and created logo for use of a Members group. Logo will be used for stickers, advertisements and other assorted material for use in the group. Designed fully in Photoshop.
Will Beatman- Flash Animation for Website/ Spinning Record on Projector
Description: Created a short, repeating flash animation for use on a new website called “VIBE & SYNC”. The projector and spinning reel were to match the logo for the site in colors. Transferred logo into Flash and designed 2 projectors for the client to choose from. Once one was chosen, I animated the spinning film reel and movie reel onto it and added the logo of the site to the record.
Alessandra Davola- Fairy Tale Illustration
Description: Created an illustration based on a description for personal collection.
Drew the rough draft, then penciled the image for scanning and colored on the computer.
Cory de la Guardia- Zuda Comics Contest/Pitch Entry- Minimum Wage
Position: Pencilist/ Inker/ Colorist & Lettering
Description: Created an 8 Screen Pitch entry to Zuda Comics for Cory de la Guardia’s Minimum Wage. Designed characters from reference photos, rough pages, pencils and inks, then scanned into PC for Color and Lettering layout.
Greg Wilkinson- Mascot for Website www.staticprogress.com
Position: Mascot Designer-Graphic Design
Description: Designed a Mascot for used on music web space from a design the client had originally created. Mascot was drawn, colored and optimized for use on the web.
Todd Guilmette- CD Album Booklet Artwork
Position: Graphic Designer for Album Book
Description: Designed Music CD album artwork for the client’s second music cd. Booklet included Visible Cover and back cover containing the client’s personal character. Style Matched main character into a created BG from description, inked then scanned into PC for color editing. Client ended up not using in the final product, however services were paid for.
White Eye Studio-Lawrence White- Colorist for Comics
Position: Flatter and Colorist
Description: Flatted and added color detail to comics being published by the Indie Comic label White Eye Studio. Preview of Comic can be seen here http://www.whiteeyestudios.com/our-comics/final-hour/
Cotton Snourth- Maglenda’s Errand Girls-Manga Comic Pitch
Position: Pencilist/Inker/ Color Grayscale & Lettering
Description: Created a 6 page pitch comic for Louis Badalament’s Maglenda’s Errand Girls. Created Character Designs, layout pages, penciled and inked pages, then scanned into the PC
Mark Krasovickis- Sample Colored Comic for Website
Position: Pencilist/Inker/ Color & Lettering
Description: Created a 5 page sample comic in color with cover for use for a freelancing Comic artist web space. Comic will be seen as an example of what the website is set out to do, which can be seen here www.craftycomics.com .
Sebastian Blasiak- Kidslab- Character Designs and Illustration
Position: Character Designer- Illustrator
Description: Created and Designed Characters for use in an Educational Project about water aimed for Children aged 7-9. Characters were then set in a illustration that would be used for the final presentation of the project.
Broken Souls Press-Short Story Comic- Donald Black
Position: Pencilist/Inker/Toner/Layout & Lettering
Description: Based of a story from a writer under BSP label, Curtis Lawson gave me the script to fully illustrate 10 comic pages to be used in an Anthology devoted to Horror stories as well as a magazine for horror comics.
Brian McKee- Book Cover
Position: Illustrator/ Cover Design
Description: Designed cover for book of short stories entitled “At the Gates of Heaven and other Short Stories” and for “Krishna in the Park- Selections from the diary of Carol Sheaves”. Books can be seen here: http://stores.lulu.com/raydude
Christopher Rama Rao- www.LoveandBetrayal.com Web-comic
Position: Concept Artist/ Pencils/ Inker/ Colorist
Description: Work on comic panels for online comic. Design Characters and backgrounds while applying them to script that was provided. A panel every week.
Rob Giorgio- 360ep, Inc
Description: Worked on two projects within the company and designed characters for use on t-shirts and websites.
Antoine Dillard- Hardcore Animation.net (Website)
Position: Web Designer
Description: Designed and created interactive website for display at Hardcore Animation.net. Website designed and created in Flash.
Mark Tioxon- Getting Girls the Anime Way (Book and website)
Position: Concept Artist/ Lead Artist
Description: Designed and created the cover image for the book in use of sales. Also will be used as graphics for the website.
Mangamix Studios- Team MAXIMUM
Description: Redesign characters for use in a poster to advertise for their comic. Designed poster for production and distribution for promotion purposes.
Arizona Independent Animation Project
Position: Concept Artist/Lead Artist
Description: Designed characters within one of the studio’s main animation projects. Also designed promotions and album covers for distribution at Conventions.
Sean Allan: Music DJ
Position: Album cover designer
Description: Designed an album cover for his next music collection album.
Willow Cottage Studios
Position: Lead Artist
Description: Character Design for lead character in production. In process of working on Storyboards for script.
Description: 8 Paged pitch comic for Ken Faggio. Created Character Design, penciled and inked pages, toned and texted pages.
Position: Character Artist
Description: Have drawn various characters for use on web space on BBoyBunker.com.
Glen L. Down Elementary School Festival
Position: Caricature Artist
Description: As the day progressed, I was hired to draw paying customer’s
portraits in my style of art.
2 publication pieces in DOT, DOT, DOT magazine 2001-2002
Best of Show: Phoenix Anime Convention
Awarded for digital Artwork: A man and his Gun
Books and Publications:
Künstler und andere Nervensägen : Written by Dr. Michael Dahlem
Link to page: http://www.michaeldahlem.de/
Final Hour : Various Artist and Writers
Link to page: http://www.whiteeyestudios.com/our-comics/final-hour/
Mysterious Visions: Volume 3: The Essex- Story by: Curtis Lawson, Illustrations by: Christopher Taylor
-Link to page: http://www.dimestoredistro.com/mysteriousvisionsafterhours3-p-1033.html
Manga/comic: NEO|ARK Volume one
Link to page: http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=555055
Endless Journeys: Book of published photographers work published.
My work: “The Falconer” ISBN: 0-7951-5247-7