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Sometimes getting back into the rhythm of things is like relearning how to speak. You start off rough, learn how to form sounds, piece together some parts and mash up others to form new words and meanings. Drawing or revitalizing a project can be looked at in the same manner.

Sketches of tonight’s rainy excursion on forming characters and art direction.

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#sketchbook #sketch #art #micron #illustration #deer

If you are a lurker from Imgur (and you might be one) then the ol’ Whappity Whappity Stormtrooper meme in not lost on you… for all other’s here is a fun “in process” project for the upcoming central New York Tech Garden gallery exhibit “Star Wars vs. Star Trek: The Logical Choice”.

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Pencil drawings and roughs always come first. Notice all the smudges and eraser crud?

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Cleaning up the pencil roughs and laying down ink lines. Faber Castel brush pen and Micron ink pens are so glorious on this paper!

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Laying down red color layers. Watercolor, liquid acrylic and gosh knows what else!

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Greys and blacks are the last step along with touch-ups and overall composition checks. Thanks for scrollin’ and if you’d like to pick up a print… here’s my store for eye-candy illustration goodness!

Happy 2016 everyone! Been really busy (!) with fun projects, an upcoming gallery show,and a cool comic guest spot collaboration in the mix.  In the meantime, here’s a look how a piece starts off as a potato-quality rough sketch to a beauty of an illustration. Enjoy!

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Starting off with a very rough pencil sketch (left piece) and moving on to working in the details of piece. The overall layout of the sketch is where all the final “what if I put this here?” or “that doesn’t work” comes into play. Always, always, make sure your pencil roughs stay clean around the edges! Since this illustration is of a KV 2 (Russian military tank), I had to research different versions of the tank specs and schematics to make sure accuracy was held (where it could be).

When it comes time to start inking up (right piece), make sure you are using an appropriate inking media or utensil. Since this piece is going be using watercolor for shading and coloring… I went with a  pot of India ink and pen and supplemented it with a Faber Castell India ink pen (brush nib). Paper is white cotton rag 110lb and as creamy in texture and glorious to boot! Though I can’t name the paper (for reasons) I’d recommend either Arches (if you’ve got the bugdet) or Crane’s Lettra. Hot press will give you a smooth paper finish and cold press will give you a rougher paper finish. The watercolor and ink will react differently to the paper… so keep that in mind!

And below is the final, finished version of Boris the Soviet Love Tank! If you’re a WOT (World of Tanks) person, this one may look a little familiar. BorisTheSovietLoveTank-tattoo-rebecca-miller-illustration.jpg

#worldoftanks #wip #watercolor #fabercastell #micron #tanktattoo #tanks #militarytattoo #russian #russia #wwii #boristhesovietlovetank #soviettank #soviet #russian #illustration #rebeccamillerilluatration #wotd #wot #rebeccamillerillustration

Hot off the press! Dress up your walls this year with the new 2016 Body Oddity Calendar! Now available here. http://www.redbubble.com/people/rebecca-miller/calendars/19972345-the-body-oddity

trepanation-rebecca-miller-illustration(above: Skull Holes or Trepanation illustration)

The Bodity Oddity illustration series itself was a wonderful means to discover and explore the more curious side of vintage scientific illustration.

siamese-twins-wr-rebecca-miller-illustration(above: Siamese Twins or conjoined twins)

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The Body Oddity 2016 calendar features beautiful anatomical illustrations of the many curiosities the human skeleton structure can allow. This calendar features anatomical illustrations of a corset ribcage, Siamese Twins (conjoined twins),  bone cancer (sarcoma),  elongated skulls (lipombo), elongated necks (Kayan Lahwi tribe), gigantism, living statue syndrome (Fibrodysplasia progressiva ossificans), lotus feet (foot binding), sixth fingers, tails, and more!

#skeleton #bone #bones #anatomy #anatomical #human #skull #ribcage, #halloween #muttermuseum #curiosity #macabre #corset #siamesetwins #bone cancer #sarcoma #elongatedskulls #elongatednecks #giraffeneckedwomen #gigantism #livingstatuesyndrome #sixth finger #humantails, #otus feet #footbinding #physiology #science #weird #odd #vintage #scientific #scientificillustration  #illustration #body #bodyart #art #design #pen #ink

 

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Close-up of “Siamese Twins / conjoined twins” illustration for my upcoming 2016 The Body Oddity calendar! Stayed tuned! Its almost done!

#anatomical #bodyoddity #humananatomy #physiology #skeleton #bones #bone #calendar #illustration #scientificillustration #conjoinedtwins #siamesetwins #boneart

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A sneak peek at the 2016 Calendar! Getting the anatomical bone illustration set ready for the next round of edits! So pumped! Happy holidays n keep arting on!

#art #skeleton #illustration #2016 #calendar #skull #bones #oddities #curiosities #bone #humananatomy

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Sketch Stretch# 3 Your Parents
(Micron on 1-ply bamboo white paper)

Before we go all Freud-y on this subject, if you’d ever seen my parents together the above rendered illustration is comically (and painfully) accurate.

Curiously enough, the same simplistic facial features and the way that proportions/linework for the upcoming graphic novel project and foreshadows of what’s to come and evolve.

The project (so far) has been a simmering and swirling plot of cerebral goo and intrigue. Hopefully the (micron) pen will be able translate what’s flurrying around in my brain.

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Sketch Stretch #2 First Love

Some may hearken back to fond school day sweeties or a particular joy or pastime that completely became their primary source of existence. For me it was just after the first Batman flick came to theaters and I was hooked on the whatever Batman symbolized to a five year old.

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I had a pair of those plastic headed kiddie slippers (the ones with the spandex tube ankle cuffs) and you could not tear those things from my tiny sausage like fingers.

Secondary, this warm up sketch is an experiment in both line and tonal value. Read the rest of this entry »

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Conflict Resolution Kit
Micron on 1-ply bamboo paper white

Sometimes all you need to find yourself in the deep end is to start swishing around in the shallower light-hearted section.

#wip #nerf #conflictresolutionkit #nerf #nerfgun #nerfornothing #illustration #micron #pen #funny #humor #illo #kit #tshirtmaybe