Process Video – The Birthday Animals

Here’s a new video for an old work of mine. This was supposed to be for a friend’s birthday but I got too carried away as usual. I really like this piece because it’s really cute. My concept was to throw in some cute animals carrying a cake which I twisted around until it became this. It could’ve been weirder and more original(especially the cat) but still, it was good practice.

Again, sorry for the quality of the video. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to upload any real HD videos because my internet isn’t really that fast. Also, sorry about the random pop-ups in the video. As you can see, my process is very messy for this one.

This isn’t a tutorial but I hope you guys learn a little more about my techniques.

Also here are a few tips for digipainting stuff like this:

-Make sure that you have finalized your character designs if you are going to tackle on a complicated scene like this. I wasted time redesigning the bunnies on the spot.

-It’s better to get references first before actually starting unlike what I did.

-Separating the characters from the background is very helpful if you want to put details on the background.

-Use custom brushes for fur! It took me a while to realize that my hair brush wouldn’t work well for fur. You can download my brush pack at my interactive portfolio for the fur brush I used.

Thanks for watching!

This took around 15-16 hours to finish spread through a week, I think.

Music is by the awesome Alexander Blu! (creative commons)…

Project Crow – 2

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I last updated. 🙁

Doing video-editing freelance work sure is tiring and distracting from doing my art. But, hey! Here’s an update to the helmet of project crow! I wasn’t supposed to make a realistic face but I just got carried away since I remembered telling my friends that I would draw a guy’s face next so, here it is! My first male portrait(head) illustration! ( This took around 3 hours  )

I learned a lot from Adonihs and Rahll from DA. Cheers!

Project Crow Progress – 1

Hey guys! Sorry for not posting these past few days. I was really not in the mood to do any art even if my brain is full of new ideas. haha.

Anyway, as you guys have noticed, I’m more of an illustrator than a concept artist right now. That brings me to create this new piece! Well, it’s not really done yet since it’s just concept art. I thought I should try my own design on a futuristic soldier since its really popular in the movie and game industry.  I might turn this into a story of its own, who knows? For now, it’s called project “Crow”.

That’s it for now, gotta keep postin to keep this ball rollin!

-Deiv Calviz

Breaking into the field

What advice can you give someone breaking into this field?

The best advice that I can give is to be persistent. It took me a very long time to break into the field and it was really a matter of the right people seeing my work. To that end I would recommend getting a simple and professional looking website and being very active on the forums. That is the best way to get exposure. Of couse this does not matter if your work is not up to a professional level. You have to be very honest with yourself about how good you really are. A very small but strong portfolio is much better than one with some mediocre pieces thrown in as filler. I would rather see five good pieces than ten okay ones. Finally, send your work to EVERYONE! You never know what is going to happen.

This was taken from the FAQ section of Dylan Cole. He’s just an awesome matte painter you can’t miss!

Well,  I’m in a slump lately. Doing all the coding and fixing of my websites really tried me out. Although I have lots of ideas right now for speed paints, I’ve still got some priorities I need to deal with first like getting a real job! I’ve been researching where I should apply and how I should live my life so, yeah. I might try out post production first before digging deeper into digital painting since it’s the most feasible option right now in this country.

-Deiv Calviz

*EDIT: Well, this isn’t too much of a big thing, but for me, it is. I was just asking around the net when Rahll from DeviantArt replied. He told me this:

“People come across my portfolio, or a friend or previous client recommends me. The best advice I can give you is to post your work in as many places as you can online, and network with other artists”

It just strengthens the thought that Dylan Cole said and, I guess, it’s the ONLY WAY for me to follow if I plan to break into this field.

I’ve got a LONG way to go then. 🙂

Originality of Concept

“The idea of ‘originality of concept’ being the highest value in art is a legitimate one. “

-Craig Mullins

just a phrase to remind me…
I must admit that a lot of my works are just shallow eye candy. Gotta get back to that creative mood again SOON!