sketchbook: jouste

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  • jouste
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    @GsKanible:
    well there goes any hope i have of becoming a professional archer drawer :{. thanks for the pointers on the bow and hand placement. i'll take that into consideration when i sketch up another bow guy.

    @slingshot:
    dude thats a really great idea! i'm gonna have to use that in the future when i draw these guys. like after a quick flying swipe the pterodactyl will loop around and gulp the head down. i never even thought of that thanks alot.

    so i've been a little behind due too a buy weekend but i decided to do a heavily armored guy on a flying mount for the shivalry idea. he's like a legendary warrior and flies a dragon.

    now i know what your gonna say. "hey jouste you unbelievable jackass, that's not a dragon, thats a crocodile with bird wings" well i am aware of that. and frankly i'm sick of dragons, but wanted some more flying reptiles so i decided to design my own dragon.

    and before you crazy physics guys get on my ass about the amount of weight those wings are having to lift, let it be known that winged crocodiles are totally magical and awesome and eat the laws of physics for breakfast.

    the dragon is holding a "reaper-bomb" that is used to raze enemy towers and bases. they're made out of a hodgepodge of leftover weapons and scrap iron and would totally ruin your day with a bunch of shrapnel.

    this took a few hours in sketchbook and although its a little busy, its getting
    closer to what i would like to start doing/

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  • Japhir
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    very nice stuff! thanks for the compliments too :D.
    Only crit I can come up with is that it's kind of hard to read the shape, it took me a while to figure out how the beast was and to spot it's rider. maybe have a go at making a colored version?
    looking forward to more!
  • kor
    Hey man, love your stuff. Fun sketches !
  • jouste
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    @japhnir: yeah dude i totally agree with you, i got too focused on details and didn't even realize how much my sillouette and readability bit it when i spent that much time on a sketch. oh well live and learn.

    @kor: thanks for the boost man! i'm loving your sketchbook. some really great stuff. you're quite the demon with value.

    so here's a rough of one of my older characters that i wanted to re-visit during lunch, her name is gill-o-tina and she's an octupussheadian, a race i totally just made up on the spot. so she's like your generic chick assassin except she can vomit ink all over you and totally gross you out (unless you're into that kind of thing).

    i kept her belted up with knives and a sporty top. sometimes just succumbing to the basic human shape helps me rethink how awful some of my drawings truly are.

    i tried to stay soft and loose so i could potentially take her a little further on a later date. again in alias sketchbook, around 45 mins in 2 sessions.

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  • Slingshot
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    I looked a your gill-o-tina chick and she made me think man she might look cool with an electric eel whip.
    Ink puking nice!
  • jouste
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    @slingshot: another great idea man, consider an electric eel whip in her arsenal for sure! you keep this up and i'll have to crack open your skull with an axe and take a look at what else is swimming around in there, good suggestions as always ;D

    been a bit since i posted due to things beyond my power, but here's a quick attempt at adding some color to one of my images, i kept it pretty loose and wanted to warm up my line work.

    so this is like another type of mounted guy, kind of my version of a manticore but more like a really really ugly lion with bat wings and like super venomous spines on his tail. that guy on top is totally using a magic weapon of some sorts that either barfs lightning or gives really embarrassing hair-cuts, i haven't decided yet.

    i think my next few sketches are going to be a little more functional and on the conceptual side of drawing. kind of my favorite things to work on cause i get to draw those little arrows that point out notes and make it look like a way smarter drawing than i could have completed otherwise.

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  • Ged
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    yes! colour! looks sweeeet.
  • Japhir
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    amazing! love the expression on the face of the "manticore"! definately go with the embarrasing haircut weapon lol :D.
  • jouste
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    @Ged:
    thanks for the boost, my coloring has got a loooooong way too go but i appreciated the comments thanks

    @japhir:
    on expressions: i figure all you need to do is get one expression down, do it over and over, on all your stuff, even the things with no eyebrows. this one expression will be used on every drawing you do and as long as you don't tell anyone you'll get away with it forever... wait... goddamnit...

    so over my lunch (20 mins sketch 20 mins color) i drew up another mount, this one is pigasus the hell boar-n, the rider is wielding the fabled "ugly stick" of many jokes and insults of old. this flying boar is really bad ass cause he's been hit by a bunch of crap and is totally not caring.

    i'm a fan of the tusks and the ratty vulture wings, again my colors need a loooong way to go but i feel that you gotta start somewhere, and what better place to start then a hacked together slop fest of chroma.

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  • Slingshot
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    I am vote for the magical weapon that gives really embarrassing hair-cuts.

    Thanks Thanks allot, now I am craving bacon. If the boar was real that man would need a ugly stick to keep me from turning his boar into bacon right now.

    Only crit: The leg looks like it is floating tho, the brown part looks like the saddle because the guys arms have Grey cloth and the pants are not Grey too. Kind of deceiving.

    Like the color sketches so far.
  • adam
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    I sit beside this man for 8 hours a day and I swear its like watching Merlin cook up spells. Keep on' keepin' on Jesse.
  • EricElwell
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    I like how you capture the baddies with very simple forms... instead of random craziness .

    Just curious, you're not doing these for anything in particular? just for fun? This has been a really fun series .. getting me all motivated to try something similar :)
  • adam
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    Jesse what the hell does your signature say? Surely thats not your name?
  • jouste
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    @slingshot:
    man the haircut weapon is getting a lot of attention. i'll have too look into that... and yes, bacon is amazing.

    @ericelwell:
    actually its kind of a pet project i have going on with a really good friend of mine. initially its was going to be a simple game but now its leaning more towards a digital trading card game. which is awesome cause i love tcg's ;D

    but get on drawing stuff right now if that's what your thinking about doing! if this stuff gets you going on something that'd be great! keep me posted on whats happening and maybe we could do a sketch trade or something.

    and yeah i prefer simple shapes cause i'm not a very complicated person

    @brome:
    tanks for the boost dude, and as for my signature i've taken the liberty of noting it in a jpeg at the bottom of this post for those who are interested, like you apparently.

    so i did another quick rider guy because i hate posting in here without an image regardless of quality.

    so this guy's got the fabled "bee helm" basically a bee-hive with two eye holes cut out. with this helmet you get stung a bunch but can control bees and get access to as much honey as you want (i needed an edge over bio-shock). he's also wielding a sword (wow jouste... real original buddy...).

    the mount is the winged crocodile from a few posts earlier. i'm pretty sure its going to go through a few more revisions until i'm happy with it. maybe i should start doing those conceptual drawings like i said i would.

    anyways this took longer than i liked and i like less of it than my other ones, but that's alright cause i learned a lot and got to draw a beehive on some guy's head. and below is my signature broken down for those who give a flying pig.

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  • aesir
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    been really enjoying your work. I think I'll have to make a simple beast and rider for a few fun animation tests.
  • Slingshot
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    what! your signature is a cigarette smoking shark? wtf
  • EricElwell
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    it would make a nice little fish skeleton
  • jouste
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    @aesir:
    tanks for the boost man ;D, and i saw your stuff and i think you should totally do an awesome beast rider animation. you gotta do a decent gnashing animation. i swear to god there isn't enough good gnashing animations going around and you may be the person to fix that problem.

    @slingshot:
    damn right its a cigarette smoking shark, is there a problem?

    @ericelwell:
    for sure, it does make a strong fish skeleton. maybe... a little TOO strong...

    so here's another mountable creature idea; yes, you guessed it, its randy the red-nosed pain-deer. these majestic ass-kickers fly without the aid of wings so they can totally punch the crap out of their foes.

    and getting on the business end of those antlers will totally ruin your day, and pain-deer's are also notorious drunkards and are real jerks at parties.

    the rider has got a fly-by slicer shield that can deal some mean damage as well as a bull whip.

    i had fun drawing this guy and really wanted to keep the shapes simple on the mount because after it was noted by ericelwell i really found myself liking the process, plus it means i can barf some colors on it quicker and move on.

    dancing between alias and PS. around 20 sketch and 25 col.

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  • Ferg
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    ah man, so awesome. You inspire me to loosen up my stuff... my art, that is. These latest color pieces are great, you've got a good eye for color. Some kind of LOTR-esque bandit riding a polar moose? Why not. I'd hit it.
  • Jaco
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    That shield, so cool
  • kiril0t
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    Awesome, this is getting me excited about drawwring, tanx. its so fun.
    love the intitial crock sketch.
  • jouste
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    @ferg:
    good to hear that you'd hit it my man. and i'm stoked that you're thinking about trying out a looser approach. i find that i am to loose and free from in my drawings and they end up looking as sloppy as a bulldog eating mayonnaise. i constantly try to remedy this but as it turns out, i'm far too lazy.

    @Jaco:
    thanks for the boost man. yeah i'm a fan of the shield as well. i'm actually going to do a closer and more detailed version of the thing. i imagine the wielder doing a really quick fly-by and dicing off a head or something equally awesome and gory.

    @kiril0t:
    great news man and thanks for the boost. and you BETTER damn well get excited about drawing. it's the only thing that separates us from the animals

    so it has been a bit since posting but there was things going on so i'll do better next time.

    here is my version of a chimera, i skipped the lion head cause i got manticores so let's just say that the goat head ATE the lion head like a cannibalistic ozzy ozborne and chubbed up a bit. the snake tail is a great addition that keeps animals from chasing their own tails and looking like jackasses.

    now the pain-apple-flail (aside from sounding like a delicious dessert) is adambrome fault. he said that if i didn't fit a flaming pineapple into my next post that he'd use his super admin powers and erase my existence on these forum's forever. (ed. note - you're lucky Jesse, I was this close || to banning your sorry ass) so i put it on a chain and called it a pain-apple (yeah i know i just posted the pain-deer but nobody ever said i was above stealing my own ideas).

    so again i think i have gotten a good idea of what i want from my rider series and its time to move onto some more fleshed out core sketches instead of these weird attempts at color studies.

    so i'll be posting more sketchier stuff up soon. this image was done in about an hour dancing between PS and sketchbook

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  • Japhir
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    lol your designs get crazier every time ;). looking forward to the new sketches!
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    @japhir:
    tanks for the boost man. i'm hoping i can keep up the pace on these sketches and back too the "one a day" type of thing.

    so here's jack asstronaught, one of my characters that's stuck with me for a while. he's in space (hence the space beer) and everyone in the universe has become a bounty hunter so it gets a little crazy.

    i made him up cause i thought it would be funny if the universe could become stagnant and die if there wasn't anything going on to "mix it up". so the idea was that the universe picks some poor bastard that's doomed to be a crap magnet. like the worst things happen around this guy; cosmic storms, alien kidnappings, galactic wars, all seem to follow this guy around to keep the universe all stirred up and healthy.

    enter jack-asstronaught; a donkonian weapon's runner. the most bad-ass smart-ass in the galaxy. he's got a cool magno-blaster as his main side arm, but he's using a typical ray-gun in this image. the attachment he's adding is a trans-dimensional disruptor, so when it disintegrates someone it takes out any copies of the victim in another parallel dimension free of charge.

    so my space genre had a few more goofy guys like this that i may draw later on, they are a lot of fun to do and the stories i had going for them all involved some kind of super violence. and super violence as we all know is the only thing that separates us from the animals.

    about 40mins in all

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  • adam
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    Jesse - have you ever taken your concept linework further and cleaned it up? Not that I don't love your sketches, I am just curious how'd they hold up with weighted single lines.
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    Sill liking you sketches, keep rolling em out!

    I love your shark signature I was not being a hater, just baffled that your signature was a shark.

    Funny stuff.. the chimera and pain-apple-flail pic, I love the "ax head" you are putting on stuff, in odd places like the helmet and on the pic before that the shield. The guy with the ax helmet should be a chef when he is not jacking fools with food, using his helmet to cut vegetables.

    jack asstronaught: make the laser gun be a pump laser gun. Like a Pump shotgun but with a laser :)

    I agree with Adam Brome on the post above /\ /\
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    @adambrome:
    the next step in these things will be a more polished approach. i never try to polish things to much because i find that i could never get anything done because i would need to keep iterating.

    @slingshot:
    good call, i'm all about chef warriors. and combining lasers and shotguns is probably going to be the greatest accomplishment of the human race. so good suggestion pal.


    so here's another old character of mine i actually got some writing in on. he's lobstradomus, the warrior prophet.

    after a pile of war and other crap, the earth got really hurtin'. mutants all over the place, even deities and gods got all screwed up looking. the world is ending and all hope is gone. enter lobstradomus, the lobstarian warrior prophet hailing from the toxic oceans. lobstradomus wields the left claw of his god and has forseen a healed world and is ready to fight his way too that premonition.

    but basically he's a goofy looking lobsterman who wields a big claw-gun. he had a myriad of other characters, all equally strange and poetic. a little over the top but i always liked hyperbole when combined with lobstermen.

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    oh god i'd love to model that! very cool! the way the cigarette sticks between his "lips" is hilarious.
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    @japhir
    thanks for the boost and i'll see about getting a character sheet of the guy up soon if you'd seriously like to take a bash at it. its aways awesome when your work gets more people stoked on working ;D.

    so here is an idea i got from misspelling "motor-head" in an email once. so lets say that our scientists totally grafted nuclear engines onto genetically modified cattle because the idea is over-flowing with awesome. what could go wrong? perpetually eating, breeding cattle with the strength of of 12 robot man fighters? sounds pretty awesome to me.

    but then DUN DUN DUNNNN!! something went horribly wrong! the herd became bigger and bigger! its atomic appetite consuming everything in their path! they took to space in search of more grazing grounds and use their huge reserves of energy to blast through the cosmos in a horrific swarm of bastardly bovine!

    so its kind of crammed into my jack-asstronaught space genre but i think it would have to be a little more obscure to really work with a talking donkey spaceman, but we'll have to see.

    i just drew one here, but you get the idea, they'd be pretty scary i figure. got this guy done over lunch (35mins) flipping from PS to alias sketchbook pro.

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    jouste wrote: »
    @japhir
    thanks for the boost and i'll see about getting a character sheet of the guy up soon if you'd seriously like to take a bash at it. its aways awesome when your work gets more people stoked on working ;D.

    Seriously? if you'd do that i would absolutely model him. :D. i'll even let you determine the specs for it ;). first i wanna try modeling a gun though for the mini challenge. something non-character every now and then should make me appreciate modeling characters more ;).

    I love the storys you write up about the characters by the way, they are entertaining and funny too :poly120:
    keep it up!
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