GABRIEL VERDON

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Here’s my daily sketches from the week of September 9, 2014 - September 15, 2014. I had some extra time so I put together a few more polished character concepts.

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Anonymous asked: What kind of practice would you recommend to get a better understanding of form and space in art? Figure drawing? Any exercises you can recommend?


Answer:

I’ll focus on form, since I’m not clear on what you mean by space. Do you mean depth and perspective, positive space and negative space, arrangement of subjects in an environment?

As for form - figure drawing is always great, and definitely helps with understanding form and shape. I did a weekly figure drawing class for a couple years and I learned a hell of a lot from it.

I would also recommend sculpting. I have a container of Magic Sculpt epoxy clay next to my desk which I use for sculpting little figures for my sister and occasionally other things which I use for reference. I’m a big believer in tactile learning and I think understanding form with your hands definitely translates over to being able to recreate it by eye.

Another thing, which might sound a bit odd or unorthodox, is miniature painting. I used to do quite a bit of it when I was playing Warhammer as a kid. SImilar to sculpting, I think going over and applying colour to actual 3D objects and moving them around in your hands helps develop that kind of dimensional understanding in your brain.

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Anonymous asked: posts ur crushes?


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I haven’t crushed any enemies lately.

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thegoodlookingcorpse asked: I head a about you from Markus (aka EpicNameBro) who worked on the guide for Dark Souls 2. Love your work, congratulations on making history!


Answer:

Thank you! It was definitely a fun experience.

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Anonymous asked: Which program do you use to paint your pictures?


Answer:

All of my artwork is done in Photoshop CS5, with a Wacom Intuos 4 tablet. I’ve never used any other drawing programs.

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valeriaherklotz asked: hey can i submit something for you to paint? or is this not ok?? best wishes from Berlin


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I suppose I can’t actually stop you from submitting ideas or suggestions, but I certainly can’t promise or be obliged to paint anything you send in. Almost all of my time is spent working on my own artwork, my own videogames, my own programming projects, managing my own websites, doing art projects for friends and family as gifts, and sometimes doing contract work.

But, if you can send in an idea and put forth some effort to convince me why I should paint it, I’ll certainly consider it. Do your best!

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Anonymous asked: what inspires your paintings? a lot of them remind me of assassin's creed (Connor Kenway in particular) and seeing your work with Dark Souls, I guess I'm wondering if video games have an influence on your art? Your work is stunning.


Answer:

Thank you very much. I certainly have been greatly inspired by a few particular videogames, and I would assume that growing up around them has influenced what I find interesting and what kinds of things I like to draw. I love Dark Souls, but I wouldn’t necessarily say it has a remarkable influence on me visually, however it is something I constantly think about when working on game design, which I do as a part of Bridgeburner Project. Shadow of the Colossus and Ico are huge for me though, especially regarding character design, motion and movement (that game had tremendously vital animation), setting design, and scale. Ocarina of Time is also something I find myself referring back to occasionally when painting or drawing things with a fairy tale flavour.

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thesteventu asked: Hello! Do you know what's happening with the facebook daily spitpainting group? It seems to have disappeared?


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I’m not sure; I haven’t been keeping up with it. I have been seening posts from it on tumblr though so I believe it’s still going. I’m still doing daily sketches, just not as a part of that group.

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dont-fear-the-keeper asked: Your art is so phenomenal. Such atmosphere. You're an inspiration, flat out.


Answer:

Thank you! I really appreciate the support.

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