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Artist Trak's Stuff - Updated 11/17

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by TrakNar, Apr 22, 2011.

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  1. AzureAngel2 Force Ghost

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    Wow, you have been busy!!!
  2. TrakNar Force Ghost

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    Apr 4, 2011
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    Yep, I've been getting into the habit of drawing sketch cards. Now, if only my wrist would allow me to draw more than one or two a day before becoming a problem...

    Anywho, I have more.

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    Corran for the EU Challenge.

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    Jabba stuffing his face.

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    A Tusken Raider.

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    Chewbacca.

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    Cad Bane.

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    Guri, for the EU Challenge.

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    Xizor, for the EU Challenge.

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    An obscure little insect Jedi from the Young Jedi Knights series, whose name I can't recall.
  3. AzureAngel2 Force Ghost

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    You really put a lot of sweat and effort into that EU challenge. I hope I am healthy enough to do at least the once for Wedge in the weekend.
  4. Corellian_Outrider Admin FF | Art Curator | Oceania RSA | CR of NSW

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    You are really on a roll here. I do love the strong contrast of the pieces and not to mention some SOTE love there. The lil alien is cute though I haven't seen those species before, wish I could help with the name.

    Be sure to rest your wrists! Don't want them to burn out and break on you!
    Last edited by Corellian_Outrider, Jan 22, 2013
  5. TrakNar Force Ghost

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    I found out more information on the little insect Jedi. He came from Junior Jedi Knights: The Golden Globe, was never named, never given a gender, and there were two. They were described as "large black flies" and they "buzzed happily" when they lifted their weights.

    These sketch cards are addicting to draw, and I've been wearing a brace while I draw, so that's been saving my wrist. I have four more, drawn within the passed couple days.

    In order of drawn:

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    Watto

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    Poggle the Lesser

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    Wedge Antilles

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    Beyghor Sahdett, also known as the Verpine Jedi.

    The insects are the most fun to draw.
  6. Corellian_Outrider Admin FF | Art Curator | Oceania RSA | CR of NSW

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    Ahh, that explains it. I didn't know there was a JJK series, I'm only partially familiar with the YJK series. You could always create a name for the species for your use until.. or if an official name comes out.

    I really should try doing sketch cards, I'm keen on trying them out. I love you latest set. Good seeing Watto again and Wedge is my favourite Rogue Leader. Your comment about insects and the Verpine Jedi got me thinking of armour... I should write the thoughts down somewhere so I don't forget when I get time to draw.
  7. TrakNar Force Ghost

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    Once you start drawing sketch cards, it may be hard to stop. I measure and cut my cards from Bristol board. A 9 x 12 sheet can yield nine cards. So far, I've measured and cut three sheets of board, and I'll soon need to measure and cut a fourth, as I have about four or five cards left in this batch.
  8. Corellian_Outrider Admin FF | Art Curator | Oceania RSA | CR of NSW

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    That's quite good, I can work quickly with the smaller size though sometimes I end up using all of the space depending on the subject matter. How are you finding the inking process? Does the board absorb the ink well or does it spread/run?
  9. TrakNar Force Ghost

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    Apr 4, 2011
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    Bristol board is great for inking. Comic art boards are generally the same type of paper as Bristol board, and they hold inks very well. I've used acrylics on Bristol board before without a problem. It's very versatile.
  10. earlybird-obi-wan Force Ghost

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    What size are those nice cards in centimetres?
  11. TrakNar Force Ghost

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    8.5 x 6, give or take a few millimeters. My measurements aren't perfect, so the cards aren't all the exact size.
  12. HanSolo29 Manager Emeritus + Official Star Wars Artist

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    You have some really nice details in your cards and great contrast! You said you were using ink for these?

    Also, I recently discovered something pretty neat that might save you with cutting up Bristol board for your cards (that can get tedious after a while). Strathmore now makes pre-cut "artist trading cards" in different paper weights for a variety of media. I saw them at Michael's the last time I was there and I picked up a few packs of the Bristol vellum ones to try them out.

    Here's a link for them at Dick Blick: http://www.dickblick.com/products/strathmore-artist-trading-cards/
    Last edited by HanSolo29, Jan 23, 2013
  13. TrakNar Force Ghost

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    I'm using inks, mainly. Pigma Microns and Faber Castell PITT artist pens, their eight-piece "manga set." Nice selection of gray brush pens.

    Hm... those card packs are cheap! Looks like I'm gonna buy some cards! Thanks for the link! I rarely am able to get anywhere near an art store these days, as I lack a car and getting my dad to drive me is nigh-impossible, even for just local trips. I'll need to pester him for a trip to AC Moore.

    As for the ones I've cut myself (which are nowhere near perfectly straight in any way and are various sizes)... I'm tempted to sell some of them, or pack them in an envelope and send them to Topps.
  14. TrakNar Force Ghost

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    Well, I'm still using my hand-cut cards (have one more left), but I bought pre-cuts. In the meantime, I've got a few more cards drawn.

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    Working my way through the Empire and other galactic scum.

    EDIT: Oh, here's some others that I haven't posted yet.

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    Kyle Katarn and Callista were already posted in the EU challenge, but here they are again.

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    Last edited by TrakNar, Feb 7, 2013
  15. Lord_Dubi Jedi Master

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    All of these are great, good job :D
  16. TrakNar Force Ghost

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    Thanks. I'm now using the pre-cut Strathmore cards. Aside from simply not having to cut my own, and the cards not having my hand-drawn guides from when I cut my own, they feel pretty much the same in terms of texture. They feel slightly thinner than my regular Bristol board, though.

    Anywho, working my way through the bounty hunters...

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  17. earlybird-obi-wan Force Ghost

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    Great sets of cards and I have begun on them too. Thanks for giving the size. Found out that the cards used on our archive-boxes are a few millimetres larger but very nice to work with
  18. Mazzic Force Ghost

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    These are really spectacular! I love the bold, high-contrast look you've achieved with ink and brush pens! Would love to see more Expanded Universe characters!

    Keep up the great work!
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  19. TrakNar Force Ghost

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    Thanks. I'm hoping some day to become official and have my name in red. Just waiting on that call from Topps... I send them images every month, so it's not as if they'll forget about me.
  20. Goodwood Force Ghost

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    That is absolutely stunning work.

    Here's to more exposure for the less-memorable figures. Will you be making a Cal Omas card?
  21. TrakNar Force Ghost

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    He's currently not on my to-do list. I could add him, though. I have a few characters queued up, first, and then I plan to tackle characters randomly again. Unfortunately, since Cal has a canon face, I can't go the Dr. Claw route anymore. :(
  22. Goodwood Force Ghost

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  23. AzureAngel2 Force Ghost

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    Dark and wonderful, as your Bedlam story! =((
  24. TrakNar Force Ghost

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    Got more sketch cards. Two for the Sketch Jam and a Palpatine.

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    I went nuts with the stippling on Palpy.
  25. TrakNar Force Ghost

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    A couple of sketch cards from the Sketch Jam.

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    They're a bit... too happy.
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