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Post by Alfisti on Sat 15 Apr 2017 - 20:45

It seemed like the thing to go with that three piece suit. =P

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Post by Alfisti on Fri 19 May 2017 - 19:00

And, the ultimate result of idle meeting sketching...


They're going up north... in what is, I think, now their third Audi.

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Post by Thescarredman on Sat 20 May 2017 - 3:07

Nice work, Alf. Glad you finished it. Is 'going up north' an expression of some sort?

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Post by Alfisti on Sat 20 May 2017 - 6:04

Thescarredman wrote:Is 'going up north' an expression of some sort?
I was watching Get Carter at the time, in which Michael Caine goes "back up the North", in this case going back up to the north of England.



I strongly suspect that, at this particular moment, Jethro is letting some native northerner slip into his speech on the phone.

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Post by boomer_gonz on Sun 21 May 2017 - 1:33

Very nice...and that is a Greener that Monty is loading I trust?

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Post by Alfisti on Sun 21 May 2017 - 7:59

boomer_gonz wrote:Very nice...and that is a Greener that Monty is loading I trust?
To be brutally honest, I'm not entirely certain. Shotguns are not something I know much about, so I looked for reference pics and found something that looked about right and was of British manufacture.  sweat

To be fair, I suspect Monty doesn't care that much: when J+M are scrounging up firearms, so long as it goes bang in the correct direction when they pull the trigger they're pretty happy. I'll take Greener though, it would suit them.

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Post by Alfisti on Mon 5 Jun 2017 - 0:49

So, I spent the weekend at Ozlockcon, which meant there was only one choice for this week's Monday Musing...

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Post by taerKitty on Mon 5 Jun 2017 - 17:34

I feel honoured to watch your style mature over the years, friend. Your command of shadow and tone are exemplary, and you've mastered telling a story with merely the eyes.  Keep on growing.

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Post by Thescarredman on Tue 6 Jun 2017 - 16:37

Did MMs really start as quick sketches knocked out to keep your hand in when you had nothing big to post? These are wonderfully done. I'd need forever to duplicate one by any method, even back when I was actually drawing. Thank you for continuing to treat us with these.

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Post by Alfisti on Wed 7 Jun 2017 - 2:28

Thanks chaps.

taerKitty wrote:Your command of shadow and tone are exemplary, and you've mastered telling a story with merely the eyes.  Keep on growing.
Because they are generally monochrome, these have been really good for getting better with light and shadow, even if translating that into colour is taking a little more time. As to storytelling, while I've not posted them here, there are a few characters (the BMW personifications and, especially, young Higgins/MV Arcadia) which have begun to develop their own loose stories. Which is fun, and gives me something other than J+M to draw now that I've also decided to avoid posting stuff of Lettie and her crowd.

Thescarredman wrote:Did MMs really start as quick sketches knocked out to keep your hand in when you had nothing big to post?
"Quick" is a relative term, each of these can take anywhere from a few hours (for the really simple ones), to the better part of a weekend if I get carried away. sweat

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Post by Alfisti on Thu 8 Jun 2017 - 5:37

Speaking of Melbourne and Monty, quick one with an even quicker background...


Done partly to get it out of my system, and also because I was forcing her to sit down for an interview over on dA.

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Post by Thescarredman on Thu 8 Jun 2017 - 17:49

Hm, like the way her nose turns up. Your idea of a 'quick background' is a serious labor for other folks, Alf. You do a lot with a few strokes.
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Post by Alfisti on Fri 9 Jun 2017 - 19:32

Heh, oddly enough part of the background exercise here was trying to figure out how to do more with less strokes. I'm sill in awe of the likes of Kome or RadoJavor who seem able to create these spectacularly complex backgrounds with a minimum of strokes and blending.

Also, for the record, while I don't particularly get along with Kancolle, I don't think I'll ever get sick of Kome's version.

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Post by taerKitty on Fri 9 Jun 2017 - 20:20

Alfisti wrote:I'm still in awe of the likes of Kome or RadoJavor who seem able to create these spectacularly complex backgrounds with a minimum of strokes and blending.

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Post by PSVT on Sun 11 Jun 2017 - 19:49

Very beautiful work on both pictures of Monty, Alfi! And yeah, if this is your definition of quick work on a background, then you're doing way better than most.

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Post by Alfisti on Mon 12 Jun 2017 - 4:44

Cheers PSVT.

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Post by Alfisti on Fri 11 Aug 2017 - 8:14

I swear if I never have to draw another diamond again it will be too soon...


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Pretty much just an update to the old evening gown and necklace design I had for Monty, whilst also tying into a Monday Musing

And, speaking of Monday Musings: most of the time I try to keep J+M out of these things, except when travelling but it's just occurred that I think I completely forgot to throw up these two which got done while I was over in Japan at the end of last/at the start of this year (being on holiday may have had something to do with that)...

So here was New Year in Tokyo:


And skiing in Hakuba (I fell over, a lot, in fact I suspect Monty was quietly horrified at just how poor my showing actually was):

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Post by ElfenMagix on Sat 12 Aug 2017 - 18:24

Love the work, Alfisti! And that comment about diamonds - so true!!!

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Post by Alfisti on Sun 13 Aug 2017 - 6:08

Thanks Elfen...

And yeah, diamonds... though, frankly, anything transparent can be tricky to do nicely, but diamonds were particularly problematic. sweat

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Post by PSVT on Wed 16 Aug 2017 - 21:10

Awesome work, Alfi! You did a pretty good job on those diamonds, notwithstanding. There are so many changes and shifts in the light with real diamonds that replicating them exactly is a tough ask of anyone. Saying that, they're certainly fitting for Monty. I wonder who they're stalking at the Gala? Laughing

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Post by Alfisti on Thu 17 Aug 2017 - 5:51

Honestly, I've no idea who they're stalking at the Gala...

I do like diamonds on Monty. She rarely wears jewellery but, when she does, its the type that could single-handedly bail out a small third-world nation. That said, actually designing for her can be tricky as it needs to be expensive looking without being ostentatious, sleek and a centre point without being overt. Possibly doesn't hurt that the dress and necklace were intended to be worn together.

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Post by TeaTimeNinja on Thu 24 Aug 2017 - 9:13

I swear I haven't logged into this site in like 6 months. I LOVE all your sketches, man. Your attention to detail without sacrificing the overall visual appeal to your work knocks my socks off every time.
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Post by Alfisti on Fri 25 Aug 2017 - 4:47

Thanks mate. For about the last 18 months or so I've been trying to make sure I put out a drawing a week. Just having that consistent output seems to be helping a lot (or, at least, I can see changes happening, which is good enough for me sweat )

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Post by TeaTimeNinja on Fri 25 Aug 2017 - 9:03

Alfisti wrote:Thanks mate. For about the last 18 months or so I've been trying to make sure I put out a drawing a week. Just having that consistent output seems to be helping a lot (or, at least, I can see changes happening, which is good enough for me sweat )
So you carry a sketchbook with you? I can definitely see your improvements.
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Post by Alfisti on Sat 26 Aug 2017 - 5:52

TeaTimeNinja wrote:
Alfisti wrote:Thanks mate. For about the last 18 months or so I've been trying to make sure I put out a drawing a week. Just having that consistent output seems to be helping a lot (or, at least, I can see changes happening, which is good enough for me sweat )
So you carry a sketchbook with you? I can definitely see your improvements.
I've carried a sketchbook with me everywhere since highschool. Not that its use is always consistent as I only have Friday through Sunday for drawing (Monday to Wed being writing, and Thrus another project I'm helping a friend with), and especially since I've been making an effort to get more practised and comfortable with digital sketching, including for the weekly stuff. Often it sees more use if I'm away, which drove me to start trying to pay more attention to getting the traditional works neater, rather than treating them just as a rough base for digital work.

Glad some movement can be seen though sweat

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Post by Alfisti on Mon 9 Oct 2017 - 2:28

One from the weekly sketches: Katherine doing Katherine things...


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Post by Thescarredman on Mon 9 Oct 2017 - 3:09

Party-crashing seems to be becoming this young lady's trademark. She and Raych should get together.
And, as I said on DA: she needs her own story. Maybe when your Letty fic is done...
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Post by Alfisti on Wed 11 Oct 2017 - 2:34

Thescarredman wrote:Party-crashing seems to be becoming this young lady's trademark. She and Raych should get together.
And, as I said on DA: she needs her own story. Maybe when your Letty fic is done...
That could be an... interesting... moment.

Could be waiting awhile for the Lettie fic though: first draft was finished last month, and now I'm staring down the barrel of 12-18months in editing. ^^;

On a different note, one of the reasons it took the month to go from draft to getting properly stuck into editing was that I was working on the picture this was leading up to:


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Post by Thescarredman on Wed 11 Oct 2017 - 10:57

Oh, it's all clear now. So, the Arcadia and Miss Higgins are part of the universe of Monty+Jethro, and by extension, your version of the GsG Universe. Oh, the plot bunnies...
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Post by Alfisti on Thu 12 Oct 2017 - 2:28

Thescarredman wrote:Oh, it's all clear now. So, the Arcadia and Miss Higgins are part of the universe of Monty+Jethro, and by extension, your version of the GsG Universe. Oh, the plot bunnies...
Well, yes and no. I don't really picture them as being part of each others' stories. On the other hand though, there's nothing that would mechanically prevent their sharing the same universe so...

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Post by Alfisti on Sat 21 Oct 2017 - 19:28

Went to Motorclassica the other weekend with a mate... his partner couldn't make it to be adult supervision. I'm astounded we escaped without buying anything:


...because, you know, we've never talked each other into buying dumb stuff we can't afford before.

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Post by Thescarredman on Sun 22 Oct 2017 - 20:33

"We can't afford it." As Vee says, he is so married.

Great work as usual, Alf. Your ability to suggest complete backgrounds with just a few lines never ceases to amaze.
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Post by Alfisti Yesterday at 4:24

Pretty much, in everything but... well, I can't say "name", because she already uses his so... you know what I mean. =P

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Post by tremec6speed Yesterday at 16:57

Great art as always, Alfisti.  Nose on both Monty and Jethro seem a bit more detailed, pronounced. Very interesting the over all effect and look it has on their faces
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