Art Recap: February 2020

A little late, but here’s what Jonathan Price Art has been up to last month. I can’t say I was as productive as before, but I produced a bit for myself as well as for several clients.

The biggest thing that came out of February was my try at YCH Commissions. What are they? Glad you asked. YCH stands for “Your Character Here”. The idea is that the artist (me, for example) creates poses without any real descriptive details, basically thumbnails or mannequins of poses, and clients pick the one(s) they’d like to see their characters drawn in. Then, after payment, I draw their characters in the pose(s) they picked. I charged low since it was my first time doing it and I didn’t expect the challenge to be all that great since the poses were predetermined. It went over pretty well.

Here are the poses I roughed up.

I didn’t initially plan to use them for YCH commissions. This has become a habit of mine as of late–when I don’t necessarily feel like working on any big illustrations but I want to keep my stylus moving, I just pull out one of my thumbnail sheets (which you can download for free from here) and scribble some ideas or poses. But then I thought, hmm, should I try YCH? So I did, and a few people, mostly on deviantART, responded in droves.

Pose 21 was especially popular.

But it wasn’t all YCH all the time last month. I also had some other commissions, including another from ‘the Redbubble client’ as he calls himself…

This design pushed me quite a bit, but it was fun.

There were also a couple of RPBs, one I did color and one I will eventually color…

And a commission which was unfortunately abandoned by the client. They paid a deposit so my time wasn’t completely wasted, but I did the work and would have appreciated being paid in full. Oh well, that’s why I don’t work without at least getting a deposit.

I uploaded this image to my Redbubble store so if you like it, you can get it printed on stuff.

In other news, I’ve been thinking about trying something (kinda) new. It’s not the first time I attempted it, but I decided to give ZBrush a serious try. I’m looking into a serious course to get myself up and running. I find myself continuously fascinated by the artists creating stylized figurines using ZBrush, artists like Dylan Ekren, Matt Thorup and Shane Olson, and I want to try it too. I know it won’t be easy, especially when my current progress looks like this…

…But I’ve been thinking lately that one must go where the energy is leading. I don’t know if I’m going to be making comics and the like anymore; it’s certainly not something I feel motivated about these days. Every time another ZBrush artist’s work pops up on my feed, I get excited, so I’m going to try it. I want to see my characters in 3D, as toys, figurines, board game pieces…so yeah.

I think that’s it for now. I’m continuing to make progress and will have more to show next month. Thanks for reading!

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