Tuesday, May 24, 2016

It's time to become more consistent with this blog.

Hello Everyone,

I have neglected this blog for a very long time and for that I am sorry, but I just didn't know what to say. I can't really say that I know what to say now but I feel the need to update this blog more than once a year. I should be posting  once a week now.

What are we going to be talking about... well EVERYTHING. Mostly art stuff but nothing will be off limits on this blog. This is going to be where you will be able to get to know me a bit better. There is going to be a lot of behind the scenes information and pictures.

With that said I want to start with HANDS.

Let me tell you I suck and drawing hands. I don't know what it is but they are just so hard for me. I keep seeing other artist and Twitch streamers talk about it's simple. They refer to a pack of hot dogs and when they show it, it looks great and when I try the pack of hot dogs it just looks like poop. Well, I've decided to make a conscious effort to draw hands better. I plan on doing a lot of life drawing for hands. I am starting to believe that I just need to put in some more mileage behind my pencil when it comes to drawing hands, and yes FEET will be next because I suck at those as well.

Here are some examples of the drawings and sketches I have done over the past few days.

The purple hands are the most recent. As you can see they are getting better but still. I have a long way to go. Another thing that I noticed is that there are a lot of how to draw hand tutorials all over the place but they really only go into the construction of a hand which is great until you need to render them out or make them stylized. Not only do I want to try and perfect the construction but I really also want to be able to stylize my hands so that when it comes time to draw my comics they will look like they fit into the world. 

One last thing that I will start working on is fingernails. For those of you who know my work will know that I don't really draw fingernails on my characters. For some reason they just look strange to me so I don't draw them. I know, I know it doesn't make sense, that is why I am going to start trying to put those into my drawings.

I will post my hand drawings from time to time just to keep you all updated on my progress.

I think that this is a long enough post so I will see you at the next post.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Creation of Kierra's Book.

Hello Everyone,

It has been a very long time since I posted last and I hope to correct that issue moving forward.

 As most of you know, those who know me, I am the creator of an RPCG called Dark Legacy. The one thing that I wanted to really push about Dark Legacy is the Role Playing aspect of this card game. It is truly one of the aspects of the game that sets it apart. Now with that said, NO you don't have to Role Play to play the game, but it does add to it.

I play a character by the name of Kierra Fallon and she came across an ancient book that has been influencing her towards evil. I was tiered of just telling people that she had a book and I didn't have one. I did have a hollow book that I bought from Michael's that was a place holder for what I created here. You can see that book in the image below with all my supplies.

All of the things that are in the image above except for the bed sheet, which was bought at Target, was bought from Micheal's. I have to say I love going there. It is a very dangerous place for me because I always find things that I want to buy and try and make something with. Anyway lets move on to the steps of creation Kierra's book of EVIL.

The first thing that I did was cut up the bed sheet because it was way to big for what I needed. Once it was cut to the size that I needed, I wrapped the hollow book and glued the edges with fabric glue. I never used fabric glue before buy my wife said that it was what I should be using and man, was she right. I tried using crazy glue and it just didn't work. So, if you are using fabric and you want to glue it to anything, use fabric glue.

This process was probably the easiest, which let me tell you I really didn't think it would be. Now what to do with the book. I first thought that I would cut a hole in the cover of the book and have the skull protrude through the cover. Then I realized that I would have had to cut the hole in the cover before I wrapped it. So instead I thought I would glue it on the top of the cover.

I cut it in half and yes the skull was/is made out of Styrofoam. Let me tell you that if you are not ready to have Styrofoam bits all over everything then I would recommend that you don't cut anything in half that is Styrofoam. It was like it was magnetic. It stuck to everything. It drove me crazy. On to attaching the skull to the book.

Tool of choice: Gorilla Glue. You have to be careful wit this stuff it is very strong. I had glue on my fingers for days, but it attached the skull to the cloth and the cover of the book just fine.

I may have gotten a bit to happy with the glue. As you can see it dripped from behind the skull and down the book. I was freaking out at this point. I had ruined the book...and then I got over it. I figured I will be able to cover it up some how.

Now I seem to have forgotten to take pictures of the why I am doing the next step but I will just tell you why I wanted to drill through the eyes of the skull. LIGHTS!!! I wanted the eyes to glow so I needed to have some hole to make sure that could happen.

I was truly having fun at this point and yet I had no idea if it was going to turn out ok. I now had this really weird looking skull on the front of my book and it really didn't strike me as evil or even scary. I needed to do something about that. At Micheal's I bough this tablecloth lace/mesh. I assumed that it would make it look like the skull was trying to come out of the book. After I put it on, it just didn't look right. I decided to distress the mesh and make it look like it had been around for a while. Give it and old timely feeling. I liked the way it looked. What do you think?

Time to make it look more like a book with some edge trimmings.

At this point  I needed to have some things that hang from the book. For no real reason except that it is always creepy then the scary bad guy is shuffling around and you hear the clanking of all the extras that are hanging from their body or the stuff that they are carrying.

Now we are talking. Black beads and skulls, yep that is what I'm talking about. Once again all these things were bought from Micheal's. I now wanted to make the "pages" of the book look like pages from a very old book. This wasn't exactly easy because will there weren't any actual pages so I had to cut them in. I also thought "hey it's paper." I could burn some of it to make it have more texture to it.

Well there is a lot of wax on these fake books. Nothing burned down but it took a very long time to singe that book.

Now it's time to add some useless extras.

At this point I had been working on this book for far too long, but it still didn't feel finished. I still wanted it to feel more old and well...evil. It was time to reach for the cobwebs. My wife wasn't to happy that I got this stuff but man does it add the effect that I was after.

In the end this was a fun experience. A lot of learning happened. A lot of clean up and a lot of prying my fingers apart from glue. The end result was worth it. I am very glad that I made this prop for my character in Dark Legacy. Check out what it looked like all put together.

For those of you who are thinking about making something for your characters in Dark Legacy or just cosplay in general I recommend you go for. It adds so much to your character, I am glad that I did.
Well I guess that is all for the creation of Kierra's book. If and when I make something else I will be sure to let you all know. Thanks for stopping by and OH, WAIT!!!

You all haven't seen the book with the lights on. Wait till you see this.

I am no where close to being a professional prop maker but this was a lot of fun and the payoff was great. The book was well received at the Dark Legacy tournament. Once again if you are thinking about doing something like this, do it. You will be happy that you did.

Thanks for checking out this post and I hope to see you in the next one.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Starting the Blog back up.

Hello Everyone,

I noticed that my last post was in 2012. That is just a shame. Sorry about that.

So what does this mean. Well I am going to start posting here again. I have realized that I was always trying to come up with something very important to say, something that would, I don't know, help or inspire people and well I don't always have those things to say.

I think I am going to go in a new direction and make this more of my journal. A place where I can go and put down my thoughts on what is going on in the world, put my art in front of people and maybe even help and inspire someone.

I am going to keep this one short and sweet.
See you with the next post.

Friday, December 21, 2012

What happened to the Monday Meeting posts?

Hello Everyone.

To answer my own question, since I posted the first Monday meeting post I didn't have any Monday meetings. It was rather funny. School is going to be starting back up on the 7th of January. Since it is the first week of the quarter I don't think we are going to have a meeting on that Monday but the next week we will. So that means that Monday meeting notes will start over again on the 14ht of January.

Here is something completely different. Dark Legacy: The Rising was released in the New York Comic Con in November. Since then well nothing much has happened in terms of marketing or promotion because I was waiting until the new year. Starting in January you will be seeing a lot more post on Facebook, Twitter (@ksp_darklegacy) and the this blog about Dark Legacy. I am supper excited about this product. I can't wait to go on tour with it. The first big convention Dark Legacy will be at is Megacon in Orlando Florida March 14-16th. It is going to be fantastic. I have a lot of exclusives that I am going to be giving away. If you can make it to Florida come find me. I will be battling with Magic the Gathering in the gaming section.

Even though I haven't don't any true marketing and promotion, some of my students got wind of this game and bought some of the decks and started playing. Since that day it has started to spread like wildfire. I was very ecstatic to see people playing the game even though I didn't set it up. It made me think that I have something good going on here. Because of that I decided to host the first ever Dark Legacy Tournament.

It was very short notice but there were 11 participates at this Tournament and a few other people told me that they would have been there but because of the short notice they missed it. Oh well I will have to get them on the next one. But, even though it was short notice the tournament lasted for eight hours. It was a fantastic event. I would like to thank everyone who participated in this event. For those of you who were wondering if there were prizes for the top players...yes there were. Some pretty good ones if I might add. If you want to know what they were come to the next tournament and ask me. I will be more than happy to tell you.

How about some pictures.


Evan concentrating in his first battle in the Dark Legacy Tournament.

Here is Damian scouting out the competition.

Akasha was the only girl to be at the tournament and she was kick a lot of butt there.

A well stocked playing mat. He might actually have the advantage. Wait a minute is that a Magic the Gathering box. Could this a convert from Magic to Dark Legacy? Let's hope so.

Another well stocked playing mat.

Dennis at the beginning of one of his battles. Do you think he is going to win.
Leo was the first person to win the this tournament and he did it in only 30 minutes. That is 15 minutes shorter an average game of Dark Legacy.
These three players were in the running for first place.
These three players were in the running for third place.
Here are the first through fourth place winners of the first ever Dark Legacy Tournament.
The winner of the tournament was Evan Copland. He then wanted to play me. We played, I won. Just goes to show you...don't mess the the creator of the game.

The bracket towards first place.

The bracket towards third place.

This is the current official standing of players in the Dark Legacy universe. Hopefully soon we will have new people who are going to be on this board.

So there you go. A nice little update on the newest creation from Kaiser Studio Productions. Only time will tell where we go from here. Thank you for being part of the journey. See you in 2013 or maybe sooner. Either way have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.