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Assassin's Creed: Identity - War of Cambrai by boc0
Assassin's Creed: Identity - War of Cambrai
Last year has been an amazing year for me artwise. Among other things, I got to work with Wideshot on the Assassin's Creed franchise (Identity in particular), which was of course an incredible experience. Now that the NDA is lifted I can finally show some of that work, so here's one of two pieces I did for it. The War of Cambrai.
INSPIRED by boc0
I've had the honor of being published in the new Artorder's INSPIRED book. It's a collection of works from over 30 international artists, which was made possible by Jon Schindehette. Give that man some love, he's a true giant in the illustration business! Follow this link to pre-order it: the-artorder-store.myshopify.c…
Hourglass by boc0
Practicing values and lighting. Used a mix of different references and materials from Wiki Commons, what a great part of the internet to get lost in.
Morning warmup study by boc0
Morning warmup study
Morning warmup study (after a photo, but I forgot where the original is, anyone?)
Subterranean City by boc0
Subterranean City
An environment (and tutorial) I did for 3DTotal's 2DArtist magazine. It has also been published in their latest Digital Painting Techniques book which you should definitely check out:…
The kickstarter for Woolfe is finally live! Go ahead and check it (back it) out, my mug is even making a debut in the video. Feel free to share, it would mean a lot to us!…

And on another note, I've recently had the pleasure of working with Tokkun Studio! They're launching an Art School TV Channel with great footage 24/7. There's an incredible team behind it, so be sure to check that out too!…
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: And So I Watch You From Afar
  • Reading: The Giver
  • Watching: The Bridge
  • Playing: Woolfe


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LJEKC Featured By Owner 2 days ago

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naeloj Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
Hi there!

I stumbled across your gallery and I must say it's quite impressive. I admire your skills in environnement and even more your B&W portrait and the study you did of values and color as I have some practice in those field so I'm more able to judge. I'm a huuuge fan! I'll watch you from now on!

I wonder if you have any piece of advice concerning value and use of colors. I only recently discovered the utility of values (being self taught can sometime make you slow to realize stupid thing!). Since then I'm a little unsure of how to proceed with my digital painting... I used to put some colors on the canvas and refine them till it look like something, but there is no way to be sure of your value that way. I found some tutorial online about starting with a grayscale painting and then add colors with new layers with different mode. I tried but I'm not convinced by the outcome at all. Do you have any pieces of advice concerning that matter?

Thanks a lot for your time! I'm looking forward your next paintings!
boc0 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the kind words! I really appreciate that!

Yeah, values are a suuper important. I'm self-taught myself and once I figured out the importance of values, the quality of my paintings increased a ton. Basically, the 'rule' is that if your values are off, your painting looks wrong, but if your colors are off you could still sell that as a stylistic choice. So values should always come first, and that's the reason why so many painters start out in b/w (traditional painters often do the same with a sepia toned underpainting). It makes it easier to spot mistakes in your values if you're not distracted by the colors. It is a bit more difficult to add colors to it afterwards, that's true, but keep tweaking those color layers and blending modes and you'll get there eventually. Another approach can be to start out in color, but toggling the image to b/w every once in a while, to check your values. There's not really one right way to do it to be honest, and I myself switch between different approaches too.

I wrote a tutorial about it though, so that might help even more:…

Good luck, and keep it up! You'll get there!
naeloj Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
You're most than welcome!

Thanks a lot for this complete answer. I went through the tutorial and I can't wait to put it on practice! It will really help me a lot. And about Layers mode, I think it's just like every new medium... I have to grow accustomed of it and then I won't even remember how I was doing without it. :) Maybe this idea of starting with colours but switching in grayscale during the process will be more accurate for me.... I have to try to sort that out! :la:

Thanks a lot!
boc0 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome!
BUDDHIonDVA Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
All of your arts are just aweeeeesome !!!
I love the rich texture of your paintings.
They are not like regular muddy digital paintings,but they are so much similar to traditional paintings.
So they are look so natural.

What are the brushes you are using?
How can I find a brush set like that?
Do you have any speed paintings on youtube?
or any tutorials?

Thank you
boc0 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey thanks! Yeah, I have a tutorial up on Layerpaint:…
There's a part about brushes in there too.
BUDDHIonDVA Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
Thank you very much for the reply.
It is hard to find a somebody who reply....
I'm going to check it now.

Thanks again..
Grim-Grinning Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I came across your feature in the ImagineFX December issue; your work is fantastic!  Do you have any advice on someone who is mainly traditional making the switch to digital painting?  I super struggle on getting things to blend without it becoming muddy, and a lot of my work always looks flat.
boc0 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I really appreciate that! Yeah I kinda came from a more traditional background myself too. I always try to aproach my digital paintings like I would in traditional. Start out by getting your tools working right (fiddle with your Wacom settings until it feels like a pencil or a brush) and then just don't think about the software your using. Use Photoshop as if it's a regular canvas, select colors as if you were mixing them with paint, erase as little as possible, that sort of stuff. Basically it's just trial and error until you find your ideal process. Hope this helps!
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