Christi du Toit // Graphic Art

Blog of Christi du Toit. Illustrator. Graphic Designer. Extreme Music Enthusiast. Cat Person. Cape Town, South Africa.
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So, I’m busy with this thing that involves me drawing a bunch of skulls in different ways. Still many to do. #skull #skulls #dark #illustration #digitalart #photoshop #wacom #art #contemporary #artnerd

Put up a new project on Behance. The Lost & Found, part 2. 
Figured that it was time for a bit of an update. 

You can see the full project here:

Since my animation is black and white (besides little red cheeks), I decided to do a mini illustration of how the character would look in colour. 

Boom! A a few bits and pieces of my college animation assignment. It’s coming along. Loads needs to be done though, but I thought I’d share some of the working shots. 

Having some trouble with some of the movements and stuff, but I’m getting a bit better with each new scene.
I’m really not an animator, but I’m having a pretty fun time, and I’ve learned a lot over the past few days, just wish we had more time to work on this.

Hats off to all animators out there - I envy your skill and patience. This animation stuff is NOT easy. And it’s a lot of work. Like, A LOT. Kind of enjoying it though, in a morbid deadline stress kind of way. It’s coming along. Don’t think it looks THAT terrible for my first proper animation though. Just added one of the many scenes here as a preview.

Still very unsure about how this animation thing is going to play out, but I did a quick illustration for the title scene.

We’re going to be doing a 60 second animation at college over the next 2 weeks or so. Just to confirm, I study graphic design, not animation, but we still touch on it, which is pretty damn rad. Started messing around with a few new things in Photoshop that I haven’t tried before. This should be fun! :D

A small selection of a few old and new illustrations, drawings, and doodles I did, either
done as personal, or practice, pieces, or were never used for their intended purpose.

Some helpful advice to all Wacom users! 

After doing some research I realised that I wasn’t the only one noticing how quickly the Wacom Intuos 4 eats away your pen nibs. Simply put, this sucks, considering those little pieces of plastic come at quite a steep price.

Is there a way to save some bucks by making your nibs last for ages? Yes. 

Is there a way to control your digital linework even more in the process? Double yup. 

This tip isn’t limited to Intuos 4 users, and can dramatically change your experience with doing digital inking/painting. 

I read through a million forums and watched a million videos on the topic - even considered making my own nibs from trimmer wire (worst idea). Loads of people seem to be complaining about the Intuos 4’s rough working surface, which could easily be compared to working with a pencil on a piece of sandpaper. 

The easiest, quickest, and most cost efficient way is to just take a piece of paper (I prefer thicker watercolour paper), and cover your tablets working surface with it. Cut it down to size, and tape it down with some masking tape.

This gives you a softer, more wear-friendly canvas to give your nibs a break. At the same time this gives you the feeling of working with a pen/pencil on paper, as opposed to plastic on plastic, giving you loads more control with your strokes, and simultaniously extending your nib life substantially. 

Hope this helped you guys as much as it did me.

Happy arting!

Christi du Toit. 

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Digital Illustration Timelapse // Christi du Toit

Watch the drawing process video of this here:

T-Shirt graphic for Australian band, Gladstone. // Christi du Toit

Those of you who keep up to date with the periodic crap that I post on Twitter may have seen that I’ve been practicing doing things a little differently to what I’m used to, to both speed up my work flow, and teach myself a different way of approaching illustrations. 

Been messing around with drawing straight into Photoshop with my Wacom tablet, as opposed to working with pen on paper, and then scanning in the images.

Any comments or any other feedback is welcome.


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