I have been working on pixel art lately and today I created these a retro console-like or to be more specific a Gameboy-like system's user interface (UI) with a game playing within it:
Robotics is an interesting subject to cover in terms of design. Robotics were with us since the sci-fi days of the early 20th century if not beyond and made popular amongst popular comic and TV series even before the advent of the computer.
However, with the recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and subsets of machine learning and deep learning, the potential for robotics has grown exponentially. In Japan, in particular, robotics are a huge, thriving industry with an amazing array of possibilities shown.
If you follow this blog, you may have noticed my last post (older versions here) updating my 'Warriors Find Magical Crystal' digital illustration with graphic design bells and whistles, such as a ray-traced version. I have decided to put this raster version of it into Adobe Illustrator and see if I could trace it well and maybe add some special effects onto it.
I think some of the versions that resulted from this experiment turned out pretty well or at least interesting. I also have the PDF files for each of them saved and as they are vector filed they should be easily printable. I am actually thinking of printing some myself and taking a photo for you all to see how they look or turn out as printed.
You may recall that I have worked on a digital illustration with warriors, or in the original form a single warrior, who find(s) a magical portal or crystal (there are two versions of objects which I've created). However, I have some updated versions of this piece now and this includes a ray tracing variant you can see below:
There has been a lot of updates since the last blog post, however Weebly has been acting really funny, so we were not able to update the blog. However, these problems seem to have been fixed. We also have been adding many different graphic designs to the news section and even added a new news post related to graphic design with the themes of robotics and quantum mechanics, which we will showcase with a wide range of revisions in an upcoming blog post.
I have updated three older digital illustrations that started as pixel art in two cases and a hand-made drawing in the third. Below are some of the new versions worth taking a look at (the last is just a variation of third with Van Gogh’s Starry Night theme).
You may have seen my last blog post, related to fantasy art and role-playing game (RPG) games. Take a look at the character holding the hammer in the background from those designs. I drew him some years ago from a Wonderful historical magazine called All About History about the Battle of Hastings.
The article had an image of a man holding a weapon on the upper right hand side I drew on paper using lead. I have later went over this character this digitizing him and hence why you saw him in my fantasy piece recently.
I have been working on transforming another former hand-drawn (with some pastels thrown on top) artwork of mine into a digital illustration. The artwork was done very quickly and really when I just first started to pick up art again, thus the proportions were totally off (like of the warrior figure).
However, I liked the overall idea of it some and saw potential in transforming it digitally into something more relevant. Thus, I used a combination of two different apps as I usually do on the iPad, Procreate and ArtStudio, because combined they pretty much can replace Photoshop and its various filters and options. But with the added ability to use a stylus or Apple Pencil in my case.
Here is the end result of what I achieved after wdding two former assets or character to the piece besides the main hero. I will display various variants of this including them wearing various armor I devised and have stored as layers along with my original vision of just having the main hero in the cave. The title of my original piece with one hero is Warriors Find Magical Portal if the light-hues object is showing and Warrior Finds Solace in a Magical Crystal if purplish structure is displayed; while you add an ’s’ to warrior for the versions I later created with all of the characters included.
Recently, I have been experimenting with this iPad tool or app called Adobe Capture. It allows for the creation or various 3D shapes, such as balls or rectangles, as well as repeating patterns out of designs. I used some designs I created previously from scratch to see how they would turn out when run through this software’s algorithm and here were some of these results:
I then inserted some of these patterns into Procreate and Artstudio to add more intricate designs on top of the patterns. I then combined some of these patterns and shapes as well. Here are some of the graphics that were the result of that:
In recently found some older graphic designs I created related to AI and decided to improve one of them or the most advanced version I had. It includes aspects of Internet of Things (IoT) such as a smart car and a smart refrigerator alongside more abstract ideas related to AI and ML.
Here are the graphic designs I came up with:
I call these the “The Lone Warrior” series. They are artwork that I created from scratch originally as a pencil drawing and traced over on my it pad using Procreate and the Apple Pencil. I then inserted them into Illustrator for some interesting results that I further worked on. Here are some of my samples I came up with of “The Lone Warrior”: