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Storn last won the day on February 6 2015

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    art monkey
  • Birthday 11/22/1966

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    Illustrator, including freelancing for this company

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  1. Spotify: Bring it on home to me. Otis Redding.
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    The cranky thread

    Thanks for looking out for us artists.
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    I'm tired of superhero movies, but...

    I would love to see a balls out Legion of Super Heroes Netflix-like show. 12 or 13 episodes. ... but i think it might be better animated. That way, you won't kill your budget simply on location and set design before you even get to the sfx. I would love to see the Power Pack. But I think that would be exceedingly difficult to pull off... to be able to have gravitas and appeal to adults, while still maintaining kid friendly fare is NOT simple at all. I think Invincible is tailored made for a series or movie, because it builds on the superman motif/history and yet would be totally approachable for anyone who doesn't know the Invincible world. Because the beginning of the series, you learn as the protagonist does. Adam Strange, even though he is really DC's pastiche of Buck Rogers... just because I think we could use some more planetary romance/sword and planet movies.
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    Storn's Art & Characters thread.

    Across 110th Street Ten Ton Studios has their new weekly challenge up. http://www.tentonstudios.com/forum/index.php?topic=10784.0 This week it is Misty Knight. Now, I'm not a huge Iron Fist/Power Man comic book aficionado, but the very first thing I thought of when I read the challenge was Bobby Womack's amazing soul tune, "Across 110th street" (I've yet to see the movie, although I payed homage to the movie poster too. Tunage here: https://youtu.be/UOg_8hCC4u4). I met my wife and lived in Spanish Harlem at the ages of 19-21. I lived on E119th street, Harlem was close by. Watching Luke Cage on Netflix was like going home for me. Luke Cage is my favorite Netflix Marvel show so far and I LOVED Jessica Jones and Daredevil. I was a bike messenger and would often cut through Harlem from Spanish Harlem to pick up packages at Columbia University (and then bike downtown). One time, I even delivered to the Apollo Theater! That was a thrill. So I am paying homage to stomping grounds of my youth. Now, I wish I could get some of those empanadas from 116th street. pencil and inked on marker paper, scanned, digital colors
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    Storn's Art & Characters thread.

    Mos likely, I love gouache.... but I wanted to play with acrylic. I often mix gouache and acrylic anyway... but this was about playing with my new heavy body acrylics.
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    Storn's Art & Characters thread.

    Thursday night is my game night. One of the other players is the amazing artist, Steve Ellis, http://steveellisart.com/. We often talk art, share tips, what we are working on and the like. This last Thursday, I came with a 1/2 sheaf of this thin yellow toned paper I had found at Hobby Lobby, because we both like working on toned paper. To give to Steve so he could play with it too. He, totally coincidentally, brought me a 1/2 sheaf of gray toned paper which had some tooth to it and some real thickness, like 80 lb or something. The yellow that i gave him is really thin, only good for sketching, although the piece below that I doodled, was not inked, it did seem to hold up to some inking I did in the corner. I really like that yellow paper is not so dark that my prelim pencil lines are tough to see, which happens in anything nearing midtone paper. But it is still dark enough that white pencil or white ink still is a viable way to work in the lights. I did two sketches (see below) Thursday night, one was of our actual player character, Xian Xiang, our diplomat turned spy turned ship captain in our Uncharted Worlds game. And the hatchet guy. I gave Xian to our player Mike and so the snap is with my iphone, the color of the background with this paper is much more french gray than the tan that the iphone picked up. The hatchet guy was scanned this weekend and so it shows a bit closer what Steve's gray paper is like... but still came out a bit lighter and warmer than in real life, but it is off by only 5%. But Steve's paper has quite a bit of texture. Which I don't love when I go with toned sketches to some kind of digital finish, because I tend to work with multiply and that texture can sometimes look crappy. But because the paper was fairly thick, how would it stand up to acrylic paint? Quite well, I think. The paper did buckle just a small amount due to me using thin washes at time. Steve Prescott (another fabulous artist: http://prescottartblog.blogspot.com/ who I happened to go to school with) turned me onto some heavy body acrylics of late and I'm enjoying them. Can't wait to use them as an underpainting for an actual oil painting sometime soon. I love when art is play, because that is when some cool learning happens.
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    Storn's Art & Characters thread.

    Here is a doodle, I was experimenting with a very loosed pencil sketch. I wanted to see if I could work with that when I went to the paint. I tend, especially with fantasy, to be a "bit" tighter with the pencil work. But I was quite happy that it came out the way that it did. The face changed a bit, now looking at it, I like the angle of the pencil a little better than the finished. Although I like the paint application in the face. Ah, I'm picky. This piece, plus 4 others, are my latest Fantasy Clip Art portfolio from LPJ Design, available here: http://lpjdesign.rpgnow.com/product/207458/Image-Portfolio-Platinum-Edition-39-Storn-Cook The preview of the Portfolio wasn't working for a bit, but it is working now.
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    Storn's Art & Characters thread.

    I thought I answered this, but it did not show up. Absolutely use the artwork on your own site(s). AFter all , it is more advertising for me. Also, I've let folks publish the commissions as long as I can still use them in my own clip art portfolios, so I can continue to make a little bit of lunch money on them down the pike.
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    Storn's Art & Characters thread.

    Scimitar and Buckler, variant on Sword -n- Board. Here is another lunch time doodle. Going for some rich colors while trying to make it readable. Hope I succeeded. I like working in vignettes like this, with the negative space allowed to exist almost abstractly.
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    Storn's Art & Characters thread.

    Your guess is as good as mine... but that would track. I didn't get specs on the race/culture, just some reference with that blue skin color.
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    Storn's Art & Characters thread.

    A fun private commission that I got to do. A Star Wars character, ex-imperial scout/sniper. I don't have a ton to say about it, although it was a totally digital creation. Usually I do a pencil sketch, but this time I wanted to work a bit more with my cintiq. The initial scribbles where done on separate layers, along with some reference that patron gave me. I did this at work during lunch over a few days. The camo texture was provided by the patron.
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    Storn's Art & Characters thread.

    Let me tell you about my character.... I hope y'all don't dread those words. At least this time, this character concept comes with a picture! In my Thursday night role playing game, we are just starting out with Unknown Worlds, a Apocalypse Engine game ( like Dungeon World) but the genre is science fiction. Pete, our GM, had been reading the Expanse books and is now watching the show and it is a big influence on our game. So, set in our solar system, no Faster than Light, no Artificial Gravity. Earth has a lot of rocks dropped on it by Mars 5 years ago and it is a Mad Max sort of place. Luna has become the banking Switzerland of the solar system after Earth "fell". Mars is a techno marvel, terraforming happening at an amazing place, one can walk outside without breathing equipment for short periods. My character, Tremaine "Trey" Sinclair, is from Europa. Europa colonies are in the buried oceans under the ice, and are heavily into the bio-sciences, including gene splicing and manipulation. Trey is Homo Aquaticus, he is amphibian, can breath under water, notice the gills and webbed, large hands in the picture. He is a pilot (both submarine and starship) and yearned to see the outside world. Left Europa to explore the "other" oceans (both stars and Earth's own oceans). He is the pilot of the "Flying Fin" which was a museum on Earth as it was one of the first Europa probe ships (both starship and submersible), recently salvaged from the Atlantic off of Africa, by a Luna corporation with the Trey and the other characters help. It is a really interesting game as Unknown Worlds really lends itself to easy character creation with totally interesting results. The world building we are doing is awesome! I look forward to next week quite a bit!
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    Storn's Art & Characters thread.

    My entry in the latest Ten Ton Studios weekly challenge; The Riddler. Remember, you can swing by Ten Ton Studios and see all the art and even vote on your favorite (hint: vote on mine, that would be nice), later this week (after 9 am Thursday till 9 am Friday).
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    Storn's Art & Characters thread.

    Thanks y'all for the kind words.