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How To Reference A Murderbot


Tommy Arnold

I’m working to finish up our discussion of chimps and gnats for next month, but since it isn’t ready yet I thought we’d take another look at reference photography: specifically, the nuts and bolts of creating reference photography to be used for illustration work. Recently I had the pleasure of illustrating an omnibus edition of The Murderbot Diaries for Subterranean Press, and in the process of sharing some of the finished paintings online I got…

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Defining Locks: Hair As Storyteller


Winona Nelson

November 21, 2020 - I am in love with hair. All kinds of hair—straight and long, short and spiky, curly and huge, braided or dreadlocked. Beyond being such a beautiful representation of human diversity and self-expression, the silhouette of the hair makes for a fantastic compositional or character design element. Long, straight hair can be used to create leading shapes to bring the viewer’s eye to the face. Voluminous, curly hair can add drama and can function as a framing element for the face. Spiky hair and tooth-like triangular shapes add a sense of action, much like a shouting word balloon in a comic book. Hair can tell you what kind of person this character is, both in a literal sense and a more abstract sense. If you think of hair literally, it conveys genetic and cultural heritage. The…

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