SeanE - October 2004 AOM!

tammymc · September 29, 2004 2:13 pm

Who is 'SeanE'? SeanE is Sean Ellery; a high school teacher of geography/socialstudies at Como Secondary College in Perth Western Australia. I'm also a husband, step-dad, and a guy with a hobby in colouring comic art which some people feel the need to occasionally pay me to do, but mostly it's just for me. How long have you been rendering/doing computer graphics? About two and a half years now. My first ever comic colourd pic was when I got an old copy of photoshop 4 and saw Penguin_Commando's pencilled Christmas elf here on Renderosity. I felt that I'd be able to colour it and so gave it a bash and have never looked back since. This elf pic is still in my renderosity gallery on the very last page. It took me about 6 hours all up and looks so pathetically bad now. :+) Do you have traditional art experience? I have always done art in some manner or kind. From making up the annual yearbook at highschool to just drawing for myself. I started to study art/design at Curtin university in 1986 but for various reasons the lecturers decided that I didn't have "it" and got quite upset when I confronted them about just what "It" might be....I left soon afterwards and never completed the course. Since then I suppose I've been subconsciuosly working to prove them wrong. Since people now want to offer me money to do this artwork I guess I might have finally done that. :+) What are you currently working on? I've just completed a commission piece for a Lecturer in Lismore TAFE New South Wales Australia of his 'Void!" character. It was drawn by Andie Tong and I was asked to colour it. The next project is another commission piece for David Rivera (The Samurai picture in my gallery was for him as well) and afer that I may get to do something just for fun again if nothing else comes up. What software/equipment do you use and why? I use photoshop 5.0 mostly and sometimes get my hands on a friend's copy of photoshop 7 to some assorted effects 5.0 won't handle. I can't afford the horrendous price Adobe want to charge to upgrade to Adobe Photoshop 7 etc for myself. What do you think your best piece of work is and why? The "Mexicali" picture which was drawn by a guy in Mexico who goes by the online name of "Elsevilla" I got the skintones just pefectly on that picture I feel. The "Cici" picture by Joe Benitez would run a close second to that one. Why do you like to work with 3D software? *laughs hysterically at the thought of being able to afford 3D software* - I have the free copy of Terragen but have no idea how to use it yet. Does anyone know of any tutorials out there? Who/what inspires you? I look at other comic artists artwork and try to work out how they did it. Steve Frichow would be a good example of this. How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning? This is where it all started for me. I look at others comic colouring or just colour techniques in the 3D gallerys and try to get ideas from there. Supafly and Jtron here have been an immense inspiration for me and what I do. Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists? Practise, read the tuts online, and then practise some more. cheers Sean
Be sure to check out SeanE's gallery! Click on 'AOM 2004' on the sidebar to learn more about Artist of the Month and to view our past winners.

Article Comments


rockets ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 29 September 2004

Congratulations Sean! I just viewed your gallery and it's very impressive.

Bobbie25 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 29 September 2004

a hun WTG xoxo

derrys1969 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 29 September 2004

I've seen Sean E's stuff. Utterly amazing. Huge inspiration to us all.

Kaos1982 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 29 September 2004

Your art is very professional.

Esclece ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 29 September 2004

CONGRATULATIONS! You're great at what you do and I'm sure you'll be able to afford Photoshop 7 in no-time :-)

ravenwing75 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 29 September 2004

Top stuff, there are many out there who failed art in some way, all it says is the teachers didnt like your work, not that everyone else didnt. Your work is awsome and you have shown that over and over again. Congrats!!

Firebirdz ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 30 September 2004

Fantastic Artwork! I love comics and you really deserve this honour!

jddog ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 30 September 2004

Bravo ! ;)

alzartz ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 30 September 2004

Sean I have been watching your works progress for a long time now, and feel your colouring skill are second to none. You do such GREAT work Don't ever stop

MistDragon ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 30 September 2004

Just discovered you by seeing you had won AOM! I loved looking at your gallery, you are truly talented! Congratulations!

DarkSkills ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 30 September 2004

Nice work! I always look forward to seeing what you'll create next.

Charmz ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 30 September 2004

Congratulations Sean, your work is always first rate, and an inspiration to those of us just now learning to color our own work.

umutov ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 30 September 2004

I am proud of you!!! You have done just the way how I showed you to. Lol just kidding pal!!! I wish I had half of your talent and patience when it comes to my gallery. I love your work and it is great to have someone doing something different then just naked women picks.

bitplayer ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 30 September 2004

Sean, I just recently got "into" comics after many years away. I was drawn back in by the amazing artwork in several of the CrossGen Comics series (recently filed for bankruptcy). I would compare your coloring favorably with the work done by the artists at CrossGen. Find yourself a writer, a penciler, and a letterer -- and a solid story -- and you could be a full-time professional. ... as long as you didn't mind starving until you got established. But, with your obvious talent, I think you could get enuf work to keep you busy full-time if you pursued it diligently. Of course, maybe Perth, Australia is a bit off the beaten (comic book) track.

Shoshanna ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 30 September 2004

Congratulations Sean, it's nice to put a face to the man behind such wonderful work. Keep creating :-) Shanna

SpiceBunny ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 30 September 2004

congrats! you sound like a great guy, plus with that nice coloring talent to boot too!

SoulSearcherr ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 30 September 2004

I have never seen your work before until today..WOW..what talent..

vshane ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 30 September 2004

Congratulations, I love your work!

Metonicus ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 30 September 2004

Hey! Cool! Someone I know (casually) [ok I only have him on my favorites list...] Congratulations. Someone finally made it on the AOM who deserves it! LOL.

Evchen76 ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 30 September 2004

Hey Sean!!!!!! Congrats!! hugs Eva

Razorcut ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 30 September 2004

Great gallery. I enjoyed viewing your first posts and seeing how much you have changed in just a few years. Great work!

skullmonkey2078 ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 30 September 2004

Congratulations Sean!

sacada ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 30 September 2004

An excellent collection of works. Well done and congrats.

Dsan ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 01 October 2004

Excellent! Very well-deserved! Can't wait to see more of your awesome coloring.

Dall400 ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 01 October 2004

Congrats sean, well deserved!! Dall400 tips his stein to SeanE Cheers, Jesse

arata ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 02 October 2004

Love your work, man. Keep up the good work, mate!

uzma ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 02 October 2004

Ur work is awesome!

3Dream ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 02 October 2004

Congratulations Sean. Very well-deserved! Fantastic galeria.

specs2 ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 02 October 2004

Hey buddy, great to finally see the man behind this. I'm still waiting for an entire comic of ya ;)

Sjonnie ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 02 October 2004

Coool, Your work looks awsome. just started photoshop to trie it too.