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Hi guys! I wanted to share my new online skillshare class: Character Concept Art: from thumbnail to final design.

I've teamed up with skillshare to bring you guys a class all about character concept art. There are videos and a complete project guide to guide you through the steps, from initial thumbnails right through to the finished article. I'll talk about brushes, thumbnails, posing, refining, detail, texture, what clients expect: pretty much everything I can stuff in there. I'm in the midst of putting this together and I'm being as thorough as possible to really try and give you a good sense of how I do what I do. 

A little extra info: The classes consist of various short videos explaining the steps behind the character concept work and there is a written project guide to accompany the class. It's not a live event so you can watch whenever you want to. You can submit your work into the student gallery so other members of the class can discuss the work and give feedback if they wish to. I myself will be looking at the work but I'm won't be providing individual feedback for everyone who takes part. It's a self initiated project. 

The class is currently open for enrollment and will be released on the 8th October. For those of you who sign up early there's an extra 10% discount with the code ERLYBRD

If this class goes well I plan on putting more together in the future explaining other techniques :)

Character Concept Art: from thumbnail to final design.

Hello my lovelies! Time for another one of those rare journal entries. :la: 

I'm on the hunt for a Concept Artist to join the atomhawk ranks! The studio currently has an opening for an Intermediate to Senior concept artist role, and it's regularly us Concept Artist already working there that sniff out applicants. I myself surfaced from the DA community so it seems like a good place to start ;)

I've worked at the studio for almost three years and I can assure you it's pretty rad. So, if you think you have what it takes, please pass on your work / portfolio / information! You can comment here, send me a note or email me at charliebowater@hotmail.com

Again, the role is Intermediate / Senior, so if you're after an Intern or Junior role, now is not the time I'm afraid. But keep your eyes peeled. 

A few T's & C's: "The job is full time and would involve relocation to Newcastle/Gateshead, UK. All applicants must be holders of UK or EU passports as unfortunately we are not able to offer sponsorship for a work permit at this time."

Go, go, go! Don't be shy.


 
Hi guys!

Just another quick update to let you know you can now get Limited Edition Fine Art prints from my Etsy store; www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CharlieBo…

All prints are limited to a run of 50 each, and it's the only place you can buy hand signed and numbered prints directly from me. It's also the only place certain prints will be for sale, period.

That's all for now! :heart:




Video Interview - Realm Kickstarter

Wed May 8, 2013, 11:10 AM


I recently shared a little artwork from The Realm; a project I've been involved with at atomhawk for quite a while now. You can check out the kickstarter campaign here; www.kickstarter.com/projects/9…

There was a fresh update released today featuring a video interview of yours truly! It's pretty strange seeing myself in video format, but here you go! Listen to me ramble:



I'd love to see the project backed, it's most fun to work on. Enjoy! C:

Woah, an update! + New Website

Thu May 3, 2012, 12:31 PM


I know. It's one of those updates where I talk about how much I suck at updating. Despite the lack of journals, I would like to say that I read every single comment and sometimes remember to actually reply. I'll work on that.

Anyway, onto business!

I finally got around to making a new website!

I haven't had a website since my college days, so uh... a few years ago. I've essentially grouped together all of my flotsam and jetsam floating about in the sea of the web into one place.

You'll find a fair bit of unseen work on there, and also a small gallery of some of my Atomhawk work. There's a resources section where you can download my brushes and tutorials.

There *will* be an FAQ, I'm still working on that. If you guys have any burning questions, ask away and I'll try and include any relevant answers.
Let me know if there's anything you guys would like me to add to the site.

Other than that, you can keep up with me over at twitter and tumblr. Stay groovy, guys.

Commissions Open

Tue Sep 13, 2011, 11:24 AM


Hello sausages, it's been a while yes?

I'm opening commissions for a little bit! All the official info can be found here: charlie140588.deviantart.com/j… but in a big, short and sweet nutshell these are the types I'm offering:

BUST / WAIST UP: £110 = $180
eg: Commission: Shala by Charlie-BowaterCommission: Ember by Charlie-Bowater

FULL BODY: £200 = $320
eg: Commission: Lilith by Charlie-BowaterCommission: N'evaliah by Charlie-Bowater


If you're interested, please read the info. I only accept paypal, so please ensure you can pay using that method and have the funds available! I don't accept points. Please drop me a note with as much info about your character as possible.

I'm not sure how many slots I'll be taking, I guess it depends on the interest. I know my prices aren't cheap, but my time is sparse and precious!

Cheers guys : )

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A Personal Interlude

Tue May 17, 2011, 3:51 PM


A blog entry that I decided to share here, too. It's been a while since I've shared anything personal on DA.



"My name is Charlie and I share my art on the internet. That's generally the extent of what most people know about me. Besides trivial things like my favourite bands and my love of certain caffeine laced beverages, of course.

I don't generally share the more personal aspects of my life with the world. But, I seem to have reached a point where I'm willing to…. at the moment, anyway. I'm jumping on this current state of mind and sharing a bit more about myself.

My name is Charlie, and my other name is Charlene. Nobody calls me that.

For the entirety of my adult life I have pursued a career in art. Growing up I wanted nothing else and although I knew I'd never give up, I was never sure I could actually achieve it. I was, however, very determined. Last year I got the job I wanted. I'm a concept artist. I work with great people and I love my job.

It does leave me wondering where I'm going to end up years down the line. I had always figured that it would take me a long time to get here and yet, here I am. I've had a clear set of goal posts for a long time and now I've reached them… they're moving again. Not a feeling I like.

The goal posts are always moving. As to where they're going? I have no idea.

I have a very, very small group of friends. It wouldn't be too far off the mark to describe me as something of a loner. But, I'm okay with that. I had shitty friends in the past and these days a few good friends is all I need.

I have an awesome family, and like most, they're a little dysfunctional. I dislike being away from my dysfunctional family, yet I think it's good for me, at the same time.

I've had the company of five dogs throughout my life, one who stole my heart. I killed three fish, not intentionally.

I like sloths… and red pandas."

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Atomhawk Art Book

Tue Apr 5, 2011, 8:22 AM


Hi guys!

Just a little update about an upcoming art book from the studio I work for atomhawk!

I can't say I make a habit out of advertising anything, but after getting my hands on my own copy of the book I can safely say it's awesome. Anyone who is a collector of artbooks, like myself, might get a kick out of this. It's stuffed with wicked art and it's up for pre-order!

This is volume one and there's plenty more on the way :)

You can preview the contents of the book and pre-order it here *shop.3dtotal.com/books/photosh…


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Over and out!

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It’s a long shot, I know, but I’m dipping my toes in the water to see if I have any followers who are in Newcastle or there abouts? If I can drum up enough interest, I’m going to try and start a regular sketch group. This is a local thing, I want to socialise with people a bit more, I still don’t know many people here and it’d be nice to change that. If you’re in my neck of the woods and are interested, drop me a comment, note, email, whatever! (charliebowater@hotmail.com)

I don't bite, honest!

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Hello my lovelies! It's been a hell of a while. My last journal update was back in July and a lot's changed since then, so I'm due an update right? I'll try and keep it short and sweet.

Most notably, back in September I moved up to Newcastle upon tyne to start working with the lovely guys at Atomhawk. It was a crazy couple of weeks, relocating super fast, moving away from my loved ones and settling into art 9 to 5, but... I love it! My time there has flown already and it's awesome, I get to paint all day ;D
I can't wait to start sharing all the stuff I've been working on and I will as soon as I can.

In other news! If you pick up the latest ImagineFX issue, you'll find my art on the cover! It was seriously awesome to be asked to paint a cover ;)

There's a tutorial from me and if you ever wanted to see my work at 100% resolution, pick up the issue!

Lastly! It's almost five years on Deviant art for me now, where the hell did that go!? So thanks for the early 'birthday' messages.

I'll try and keep up a slow trickle of art ;p

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Thanks a million!

Thu Jul 29, 2010, 9:34 AM


Phew, I truly suck at journal updates! It would appear, however, that I hit the 1,000,000 pv mark. I've never really made that much fuss over page views but I feel I should pipe up and say a big thank you! So thanks for the continued support dudes! My journal might suffer from a lack of updates but I'm constantly updating my Tumblr blog. There's more art floating around on there for those interested.

You can still watch my Video Tutorial if you have the slightest of interest. Brush and palette available below. I'm thinking about another tut at some point in the future. You guys are asking me to cover sketching more so I'll try and do that!

Lastly, you can still ask away on Formspring me and I'll do my best to answer. More art on the way soon, over and out!

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BRUSH!img192.imageshack.us/i/brushu.… To the people who still ask how to install this - READ BELOW!
Here's the brush I used for the painting (all of it). For anyone that wants it. Open it in PS, Edit > define brush preset. Go in to brush settings > other dynamics and enable both the opacity and flow jitter to pen pressure. Spacing 10%.
That's it!

COLOUR PALETTE: You can download the colour wheel from here: cghub.com/scripts/view/74/
As for the rest of the colours in there, if you really want them you can lift them from a screen grab here: img260.yfrog.com/i/swatches.jp…

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Tutorial.

Sat May 15, 2010, 5:22 AM


Okay, here it is! My Video Tutorial. It's not too long, around 30 minutes of time lapse with me chatting / trying to give advice / effing rambling! Hopefully I don't sound like too much of an idiot >_> The time lapse is of the painting that I continued to work on (through livestream). It's in HD so the quality is quite nice. The tutorial doesn't go through to the end of the painting. It just covers the way I paint, if you want to watch more of it, the rest of the painting is available to watch on demand through my Livestream channel. I'm not sure how helpful my attempt at a tutorial is, but hopefully it'll answer some of the questions I get! :)

p.s. I'm sorry I called you a dick Camtasia! I MEANT Cam Studio >___>

Any more questions? Formspring me !

Thanks for watching my LS too guys, I'll be doing more in the future.

BRUSH!img192.imageshack.us/i/brushu.… To the people who still ask how to install this - READ BELOW!
Here's the brush I used for the painting (all of it). For anyone that wants it. Open it in PS, Edit > define brush preset. Go in to brush settings > other dynamics and enable both the opacity and flow jitter to pen pressure. Spacing 10%.
That's it!

COLOUR PALETTE: You can download the colour wheel from here: cghub.com/scripts/view/74/
As for the rest of the colours in there, if you really want them you can lift them from a screen grab here: img260.yfrog.com/i/swatches.jp…

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Help for Hades + Llamas! :3

Fri Apr 2, 2010, 1:46 PM


I don't normally do this, but my darling darko-art is in need of some help! She needs to raise some emergency cash to keep her beloved kitty - Hades. She's offering commissions, so if you want to help out and get yourself some bitchin' art in the process...

May I direct you to:
Jienyi - IRL Comm by darko-artbekamonster by darko-artGiga by darko-art

"So I just found out I have exactly 15 days to somehow come up with $300 or our apartment complex will make us get rid of my kitty.... I need help, guys. Like, a lot of it. That cat's my baby.
So I'm opening up commissions. Please help if you can."

Some help would be awesome

:heart::heart::heart:

As for me, I'm still kicking around my blog and answering any questions on formspring.
P.S. I love the llamas! :la:
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Ask me anything - Formspring.

Thu Mar 25, 2010, 1:40 PM


Smidge of an update! I'll probably live to regret it, but whilst I'm in a good mood - if there's something you want to ask, art related or otherwise, ask me anything. Formspring me

Other than that, I'm still updating my Tumblr blog  regularly.

:heart:

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Just a little update!

Back in January (22nd to be exact!) I had my DA 'anniversary' so to speak. Four years on DA. : ) I missed the exact date because I suck! LOL. But I wanted to thank all of my watchers, visitors, everyone! I get a lot of support from DA and it's entirely to blame for starting the digital art bug in me. So thank you :) Also a huge thank you to the crazy people who buy my prints. :heart: Here's to another four years!

On another note, although I rarely update my DA journal, I have started up my own blog on tumblr - one which will be updated almost daily. There'll be a lot of artwork up on there that will never see the likes of DA, more sketches, wips and works that never quite get finished. It'll all be on there. Along with little random snippets about everything : ) If anyone on tumblr would like to mooch, my blog is here: charliebowater.tumblr.com/

ALSO. Pleeeeeeease recommend me some awesome tumblr blogs to follow, I'm always looking for more! If you have your own, link me my pretties :3


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Finally! Updates & Photography

Fri Jan 8, 2010, 8:48 AM


Hello 2010!

My last journal was the beginning of November last year @_@ So I'm officially due for another! I hope everyone had an awesome Christmas and New year. I myself did, despite catching the flu. Mmmm, germs. I don't really know if I'm the kind of person who sums up years that have passed, life just keeps on rolling. If I were, I'd say 2009 was a rather mixed bag. I had some nice accomplishments with my art but I lost some important people that year too. I'm definitely ready to grab 2010 by the proverbial horns and hopefully get closer to where I want to be by the end of it! I don't have any new resolutions, but rather a renewed sense of what I want. So bring it on!

That's my whole 2009 piece done. I really want to push myself with my art far more this year, so hopefully you'll be seeing much more from me. I'll also be openning up commissions pretty shortly. ;)

It's not really a 'Charlie' journal unless there's a little something about Muse. The countdown has officially begun again! I'm off to see them at London's Wembley Arena later this year in September. I'm already salivating at the prospect. Salivating.

Now, Photography? Photography!
I've had a second account for a long time now, around 2 years. Back when I was in the whole 'I hate my name! Oh noes' stage, which I got a grip on and then got over. I made another account, which I've now figured out what to do with. I don't post any photography on this account aside from my ID's. Mainly because, that's not what anyone watches me for. But, when I'm not 'arting' or working, a lot of the time you can find me prancing around with a camera, attempting to capture the random snippets of my life. Now, I'm not actually any good it, but I thoroughly enjoy it just the same. So, when I'm not here, you can find me lurking around on my other account:

Qhuilla
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Take off by QhuillaSummer o'nine by QhuillaMushroom ll by Qhuilla

There isn't that much there right now, but there'll be more. : )

Anyway, that's all for now!
Much love guys.

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Muse aftermath!

Thu Nov 5, 2009, 3:44 AM


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FINALLY. FIIIIIIIINALLY I have seen my favorite band live! MUSE. One day I will stfu about them but until then - Last night was every shade of epic! Every god damned shade. Getting to the arena was an absolute nightmare. The traffic was insane and made me so late, I was fairly convinced I was going to miss the beginning, which would have resulted in some serious rage! Thankfully they started later so I didn't miss it. I made it by about ten minutes >_>

They were everything I expected and so much more. Unsuprisingly, they are so amazing live, so much better! I didn't think I could love that band any more, but I was wrong. My mind is thoroughly blown. Sheffield Arena was a litte small in my opinion, so I'm so looking forward to seeing them at the NIA next week. Bigger crowd, woo!

Pictures! Thankfully Amy took a few pictures, I was far too busy practically screaming my lungs out. All of the guys were fantastic and it was fun to see Matt being his energetic self!

This was a little drum & bass jam with Chris and Dom, which was thoroughly awesome.
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The man himself, Matt, singing Unintended. :heart:
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The set was awesome but felt like it was over far too fast! ;_; They played Feeling good, which was a suprise. I didn't think they were going to, but squealed like a little girl when they did! Clapping out the start to Starlight was just awesome and Knights of Cydonia was epic. The whole damn thing was brilliant and the piano sections were just amazing! :lol:

I'll shut up now. LOL. Roll on next week for round 2!

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Updates

Tue Nov 3, 2009, 3:01 PM


Eventually I'll update my journal without having to mention anything about death. I'm sick of it! Sadly not yet, I lost my adorable Dog of almost thirteen years today, Cola. I'm really upset over losing her, she was completely adorable and I will miss her little face soooooo much. :(

*sigh*

On a far brighter note, the day that I have been anticipating for months has almost arrived. Tomorrow - I see Muse! I'm so incredibly excited and after the cruddiness of the last few weeks, I intend to enjoy myself as much as possible. Bring on the thousands of fans and partial deafness please.

Apologies for all my whiney journals as of late, everything good seems to be tainted with loss this year. Sucks muchly, hopefully this is the last of it! Brace yourselves for a post Muse journal. I'll try and get some pictures 8D.


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Back home!

Sun Oct 18, 2009, 2:34 PM


As you might have already gathered, I'm back in Old Blighty. I arrived home yesterday morning and the time difference made for some immense tiredness. I'm scraping together a journal about my trip before I lose the will to do it. We all know how terrible I am with journals.

Before that though, unfortunately I received some bad news at the end of my holiday. A good friend of mine, one of the people I work with - James Whirledge (or Whirlers as he was affectionately nick-named by us) sadly passed away. He was brilliant, he had a heart of gold and was wondefully funny. He was just 18, the baby of our group at work and he will be sorely missed. We all love you Whirlers.

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As I said, I'll tell you guys a little about Florida! I did have a great time, even through that abnormally hot october weather. You get a jumble of pictures due to my laziness. I got up to quite a lot while I was there so I won't go through everything, just some highlights. I went to the parks of course, they were fun but oh so tiring!

Tiny pictures because I'm mean, obviously. First is dolphins! once again, obviously. We went on a two day trip, starting the Florida Keys. This was Dolphin Cove in Key Largo, and even though I find the idea of swimming with dolphins a little overdone, it really was amazing. It was a memorable experience, as you can tell by how completely retarded I look in that second picture! I swam with the two biggest dolphins in the facility, LB & Ding, who were massive ._. The only downside to that day was a woman with a full set of gold teeth, she scared the crap out of me.

Next up is the Everglades! We went there the following day and went on an Airboat, very noisey and very fun. Driver managed to soak just about everyone on the boat. How nice she was. The last stop on the trip was an afternoon in Miami. Back onto a boat for a tour, which was fun but stiflingly hot.

Another favorite from my holiday, was hand feeding Giraffes in Busch Gardens. They were so cute and really, I never knew lettuce was so appealing.

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I got some great souvenirs whilst I was there. My favorite being a completely awesome, framed print of the original Back To The Future movie poster. It's my favorite film ever and I swear I would have dribbled if it wasn't so disgusting. It has pride of place on my one wall not plastered with Muse stuff! I got an epic Spongebob cushion, although my slight thing for spongebob isn't something I talk about often 8D. I have a couple of other things too, but I think that's enough talking for now.

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Out of town :D

Thu Oct 1, 2009, 11:24 AM


Just a quick journal entry to let you guys know I'll be gone for a while! Heading off to the U.S. Of A in the morning.
So if I don't reply, I swear I'm not being horribly ignorant. I'll be back on the 17th. Until then my pretties! :heart:

I may partake in a little twittering whilst I'm gone, twitter.com/charliebowater. :lol:

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In keeping with my usual Muse obsessed fashion - the video for Uprising just came out and in glorious Muse style, it's bonkers! One word. TEDDIES >8D

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Video for the UK: www.mtv.co.uk/artists/muse US: muse.mu/news/article/500/watch…

I'm sure one day someone will get sick of my Muse problems and put me down. But until then! Let the good times roll. :lol:

New album!? UMPH. :heart:

On a far more art related note. A few days ago I stumbled across Artician: www.artician.com/
Which is a really nice art site. Check it out and get yourself signed up. You can find me on there now too : ) charliebowater.artician.com/
I like it and the profile pages are just yummy. Om nom nom.

Other than that I'm still working on commissions! Trying to get the remaining ones finished before I go to Florida, which I'm really excited about - two weeks to go! 8D I'm going to see the AAR the same day I come back home. 10 hour flight and a concert in the same day! Jet lag PLZ. Should be much fun! My body can take a little abuse I guess. Then I'm counting down to Nomvember. MUUUUUUUUSE tour <3

Enough rambling for today I guess.

Van Daemon's Town by tycareyApocalypto by 88grzesthe Queen of Hearts by ArioaninditoFireball by jeffreylai

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Update, commissions, twitter!

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 1, 2009, 10:28 AM

:bulletyellow: Commission Info      


Just a very quick update to bump the last one off my page.

A few people have been asking for my commission info latley. I realised I'd no longer got the link on my journal, but it's there now! and commissions are open right now, so anyone who's interested just drop me a note.

Imagine FX issue 46 is on sale now. I finally got to see my feature after hearing a few people telling me about it. It was nice to see and I'm really happy with it : )

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You can also find me on Twitter now. twitter.com/charliebowater Rambling like a gooden'. Twitter is seriously crazy lol!

I'm so in love with Mazzy Star right now! Some of the most beautiful tracks ever! :heart:
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and that's it from me for now! If I survive this bloody heat wave we're having, I'm sure there'll be some more art from me soon.

Wish me luck! D:

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