Friday, 14 June 2013

Bionic Pirate!

This is my final-ish character that I made for a Skillshare class taught by Matt Kaufenberg. I had a blast in the class and I really enjoy the techniques that I've learned! I still need to make a few tweaks/fixes but it's pretty close!

I started out with a quick sketch in Photoshop CS5 which was then taken in to Illustrator CS5. There I made simple vector shapes and applied flat colors to them. Then I exported the vector layers to Photoshop where I started to add texture and details to all of the layers.

Definitely going to try this technique again!

Sunday, 2 June 2013


I'm taking an awesome Skillshare class with Matt Kaufenberg called, Character Illustration: From Concept to Final Artwork.

Our first assignment was to make an inspiration board on Pinterest. You can check out my board at:

We then  proceeded to create sketches for out pirate characters! I made some background stories for each of my sketches, check em out:

Pirate 1 - During the war, he was not only left behind by his comrades but he was also abducted by aliens. The aliens did all types of experiments on him and one being attaching a robotic arm to his body to see if it would work. Well it did  and with it he escaped from the aliens. However, when he returned to Earth none of his comrades beilived him and so he decided to become a pirate and sail the eleven seas.

Pirate 2 - Once a slave but now a free man. All his life people have tried to kill him. Some have come close but he still lives. He once was captured by biggest ship in the royal navy and it seemed as though he would die on it. However, that was no the case. He killed everyone and now he wears a cannon on his head that was once on that ship and carries the skull of leader of the ship.

Pirate 3 - He once worked as a blacksmith in the most wealthy city in the world. His business was booming and he was a very happy man. One day the royal guards started to harass a young boy nearby where he worked and he stepped in to tell them to stop. In response, the gaurds put him in jail and took away all his money that he had worked so hard to acquire. He swore vengence against the state and banded with the pirates.

Pirate 4 - An old legend. He was once the most known pirate in the world because he had harpooned and caught the great pink whale of the east. Or so he says. No one has ever seen this 'great pink whale' that he speaks of. He drinks and curses wildly but he is no amateur with the harpoon.

Pirate 5 - A young lad from a good family. Well, a good pirate family. He is not the skilled nor the bravest but he is the clumsiest. He lost his arm when he was apprenticing with a knight once and he had forgot to look both ways before swinging his sword.

Pirate 6 - A great cook but a lousy friend. He will steal your money if you look away for a second. He has been on 5 different ships and every time he was kicked out because he tried to steal from the captain.

Pirate 7 - A deranged leprechaun that was captured by pirates as they were raiding an Irish trading ship. They found hm as a baby and took care of him. He has a tendency to spit and laughs like a maniac. He scares most people away with his look but he is a sweetheart when you get to know him.

Pirate 8 - The most feared pirate in the world. He has been to hell and back. A master sword-smith and an ace with the pistol, he can defeat any enemy that stands in his way. He has horrible hygiene and a nasty habit of letting out unbearable farts.

Pirate 9 - He was born in a royal family and had his future planned out for him. Then one day his family moved to another country and left him behind. He is a lazy chap so he didn't bother to look for them. Instead he decided to become a pirate. He had a thing for exotic birds.