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?
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
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?
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
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?
the tuts online, and then practise some more. cheers Sean
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