I recently made the transition from inking by hand, to inking entirely in photoshop. It has taken my art to an entirely new level. It's great when you can step out of your comfort zone and embrace changes. It has improved the quality of my line work and my overall finished product. Above, you can see that I am inking over the lines of a scanned sketch. Next, I start dropping the colors on separate layers beneath the inked layer. Then, I add some shading, highlights, and the final step below is filling in the black lines with colored lines. Take a look below at the finished custom DJ character for DJ Steve S.
Don't Quit Ya' Day Job - The Animated series is a work in progress. I am in the process of putting a kickstarter page together to raise the funds to create the pilot episode. I got tons of new artwork to show and lots of great stories to tell. I will need your help to get the word out once the kickstarter page goes live in October! I will keep posting!
Added this finished Demonic DJ Steve S. Check out some more designs added to the Hip-Hop Page!
Well, Halloween is about 7 months away, but the monsters came out ahead of schedule! I always enjoyed designing halloween themed illustrations, so when I was asked to come up with some, I went to work immediately. In the latest commission by DJ Steve-S, four characters were designed. Three dressed in their devil costumes and one spinning on a demonic looking set of turntables. Since the sketches were approved last night, they are well under way to being colored. I will work on adding some cool lighting effects when I get started. A cool tip for great lighting reference is to take some pictures of yourself with a flashlight lit underneath your face in a dark room. I took over 15 photos and ended up with so many great shots. The toughest part of coloring for me has always been figuring out interesting light sources and how the shadows are cast. I am really looking forward to coloring these samples up. Stay tuned for updates.
Then Sean Met Khalid is a thought provoking and at times quite hilarious musical that tackles racism in a refreshingly different manner. It is the story of a middle-class white family who adopts a black baby, Sean White. Life seems "normal" for Sean until he comes across an interview between Sean Hannity and the late Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad. The characters are startlingly relatable; the scenes are uncomfortably close to home and prompt immediate self-reflection. With the help of powerful songs, the show cleverly tackles white privilege in a very accessible way, delivers a powerful message without preaching. http://www.hiphipheredia.com
Then Sean Met Khalid was inspired by and references the following scholars: Dr Khalid Abdul Muhammad, Dr Amos N. Wilson, Dr Joy DeGruy, Sistah Soulja, & Eduardo-Bonilla Silva & Keith A. Neequaye. Then Sean Met Khalid is a clear call to arms to rise above to the veiled racism in America.
Here is an article about the show: http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_20054482
Upcoming showdates below:
Crossroads Theatre at 5 Points
2590 Washington street
Denver, CO 80205
April 7th 3:00pm & 7:30pm
The We're House
5763 Arapahoe Ave Suite P
Boulder, CO 80303
April and May 2012
The 18th Annual PTO Conference program in Berkeley, California.
June 1st 2012 (We were selected!)
NEW YORK CITY, NY
(Location TBA) Aug 2012
I recently created the opening credits for Danny Hastings new comedy and romance film THE LOVE POTION. The movie will premiere on MTV Tr3 for three consecutive days begining on Friday, February 10th. Check your local listings if you're on the west coast.
Heredia Designs Blog
Random posts and updates about what's going down at Heredia Designs, LLC Studios these days.