Blast from the Past - Too Late

This is the first entry in a series of posts focusing on one piece of my early work at a time. It was originally titled, Too Late. I honestly don't remember why I called it that, I guess I thought it was deep or something. Silly me. I drew it in 2003 as a sophomore in high school. I was about 16 years old. I was really influenced by Anime/Manga at the time. But I was horrible at drawing those  big, teary, ANIME I casually hid them in Link's bangs.


The Legend of Zelda © Nintendo

  • Drawn on sketchbook with #2 Pencil.
  • Inked with a ball point pen.
  • Scanned into Adobe Photoshop Elements.
  • Inks enhanced with contrast and brightness settings. Inks layer set to multiply.
  • Colored digitally with lasso tool on new layer underneath inks layer.
  • Standard brush used to create shadings.
  • Finally, "cutout" filter applied to color layer to give the polygonal color effect. Same filter applied to inks layer as well.

During this time I considered myself a PHOTOSHOP FILTER WIZARD. Seriously, I depended on software enhancements to make quick, good looking art without actually spending the time working hard. I strongly recommend manually working on your image because the time spend is well worth the effort in the end. Sloppy and speedy filters are easy to detect (well...if you use photoshop a lot).

A BLAST FROM THE PAST is a series following my growth and development as a digital illustrator. The featured works are not by any means my best, but an example of progression and new learned styles. We are all fond of the amazing work we see by our favorite artist. It's good to know that they weren't always so skilled, nor are all of their works considered "masterpieces". I hope by sharing my early work, I can encourage fellow artists to persevere and work hard to develop their professional styles.

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