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The Comic has Launched!

May 10, 2011

Hi everyone,

You all know that this blog has been pretty quiet for quite some time. I wanted to hopefully pay that off by letting you know that my silence is broken with the launch of my comic, Xenon! After almost 5 years of mulling and revisions, the webcomic is now alive. Head over to www.xenoncomic.com to check it out and please let me know what you think. It updates every Friday! This will be the last post on the Art of Devin. Thanks for coming along with me on the journey and I hope you will continue with me at the new blog and webcomic!

Regards,

Devin

P.S. From now on, you can catch my blog posts there. Everything from this blog has been imported over there!

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Lots going on

March 16, 2011

Hey everyone,

Sorry for the radio silence as of late. I promised an update on the contest last week and I apologize that I did not deliver on that. It appears that Xenon didn’t make the top 100, unfortunately, but it was a great opportunity and got the character a lot of exposure. Thank you to everyone who voted!

In other news, I got a new job as a senior web designer for a corporation headquartered here in Greenville, and this is my second week on the job. So far so good, it’s just so quiet here! Other than that, the position offers a lot of creative license and I am getting to contribute input to marketing efforts and present ideas a lot, so I am definitely happy about that!

With the comic: Right now I am working with the Brotherhood of Comic Artists leader to get our site ready for launch. You’ll be hearing news of an official launch date soon, hopefully. In the meantime I will be getting Xenon and the BOCA website ready for your viewing pleasure. Have a great week folks!

April Cometh

February 22, 2011

Hi everyone,

A quick update on the contest: Xenon just might have finished in the top 100 and it’s thanks to awesome, supportive people like you! Thanks to everyone who voted. I will update you all on the results when they hit on March 3rd!

So April is right around the corner, and that means that the release of the comic is hanging out on that same corner, staying out of trouble of course. I digress. The Brotherhood of Comic Artists is committed to releasing our comics in April at www.brotherhoodofcomicartists.com and that means it is time to do some serious marketing. So check out the following spots:

www.artofdevin.com/xenon – Landing page for info and updates about the comic book. Potential future home of this blog.
www.brotherhoodofcomicartists.com – Future home of the Xenon comic book as well as several other new properties being released in April. Bookmark it!

Be sure to click the links at the landing page to follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

New Equipment and New Software

December 28, 2010

This Christmas brought a very unexpected but welcome change to my line-up of equipment. My wife’s parents gave us a new laptop for Christmas! It is a 17.3 HP laptop that practically has a normal keyboard, complete with a 10-key pad, which is a big plus to me. So far it has been a dream come true.

One of the greatest things about the laptop is the power it has under the hood. It has a Pentium Dual-core 2.3ghz processor in it, 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB HDD. It is officially the most powerful machine in the house. That immediately makes me say “I can work on my artwork on this thing!” However, working on any of the artwork for the comic on this machine means that I had to figure out a free way to do so, as my Creative Suite license is for Mac OS, not Windows.

Enter the Gimp. The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free alternative to Photoshop. Now, factory GIMP going toe to toe with Photoshop, it definitely isn’t as good. However, there are some mods out there that cater specifically to the needs of illustrators and digital painters. One mod, called “Gimp for Painters”, which was created by a Japanese user, adds what is called the Mixbrush to the toolset. This allows you to mix colors on the canvas, something that Photoshop CS4 cannot do.

Next is Gimp Paint Studio (GPS). This addon by Ramón Miranda adds a lot of custom brushes and presets to Gimp that makes it easier to jump in and start sketching and painting. One thing I have noticed is that Gimp seems to be more lightweight, which makes it somewhat faster. Also, working at tabloid size (11×17) at 300dpi seems to run a LOT smoother than it does in Photoshop. Not only does it run more smoothly, but it also renders better zoomed out. You’ll notice than in Photoshop, you will tend to get a lot of aliasing when you zoom out to arbitrary percentages. Gimp does not do this. At least not Gimp for Painters.

I haven’t done any full-on digital paintings just yet, but I have done a couple of sketches. So far I am impressed with this laptop and surprisingly impressed with Gimp. I might just have a new illustration environment! Sketches are below.

All digital sketch done in GIMP for Painters with a 2H pencil brush

All digital sketch done in GIMP for Painters with a standard round brush

Gimp for Painters

Gimp Paint Studio (Download version 1.4 on the right side of the page)

Sneak peek at the first issue

November 7, 2010

So, first off, I apologize that I haven’t posted in two weeks. However, a lot of action has been happening in the mean time and I have some great news.

First: I got a new (used) car! Previously, my wife and I were making it off of one car and two very different work schedules. This was taxing to my energy as I would lose sleep during the week and on the weekends with having to take her to work and pick her up. Now I have more time to create so you can rest assured there will be more content here.

Secondly: I have been passing the outline for the first issue around and have been getting some great feedback. Guess what? Now it’s your turn to let me know what you think. I wanted to let you folks have a chance to check out the second half of the first draft. Just a little back story: Our main character has been framed for treason and left for dead in deep space. Page 15 picks up with his rescue and some foreshadowing as to who he is. Have at it below!

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Long time no see!

October 17, 2010
Claresa and I on wedding day.

Claresa and I on Wedding Day

So it’s been almost a year since I have posted to this blog. I have been busy in the mean time at least!

I don’t think I posted it last year when it happened, so I think it is worthy to mention that I got married last year in July!

That’s me and my beautiful wife, Claresa in the picture on the right. If you’ve been here before, you may have seen the illustrated version of her that I did about a year and a half ago. Compare this photo to the illustrated version of her in a previous post and let me know what you think).

So back to business. What business you say? Artwork, and more specifically, the comic book.

The comic book has gone through some major developments since last year. I am now working on the script for the first chapter of what will be an online webcomic. The goal right now is to have the comic up by the end of January 2011. And you can keep coming right back here to see concept art, posts about the journey to launching the comic, as well as sneak peeks at character profiles.

I plan on trying to work on the comic a little tonight while I still can, so I am going to leave you with a digital sketch. More art to come tomorrow!

 

Crusader Concept Sketch

Digital Sketch

 

Entering the blogosphere

January 12, 2009

Hi everyone,

Welcome to “The Art of Devin”. This blog is about my artwork, my walk with Jesus, and how He’s always expressing his mastery of the Art of Devin.

Here you’ll find posts by me of artwork I’ve created, or of artwork I respect, including photography, illustration, and paintings. Especially look for posts of artwork for my upcoming comic book titled “Crusader”, I’ll be looking for feedback as the dream is realized. Also, be sure to check out my photography section for those interested in a highly talented, low-cost photographer. You may contact me at devinwsmith@gmail.com if you’d like to book me for an event.

Thanks,

Devin

P.S. Thanks Tony and the Art Lessons from God crew for inspiring me to start this blog!