woensdag 8 november 2017

Webcomics mania

Hey guys! How is it going? I had a new obsession lately: making web comics. In my mission to sharpen my storytelling skills and also to improve my line and color work, I've started making my own web comics. It started as an exercise but the more I did them the more I got taste for it .Mostly these are short, funny ( I hope) and (I hope) relatable stories. It is a good exercise for my storytelling skills, but these also help me exit my tunnel vision sometimes. See this as a laughing therapy. Hope you guys enjoy them: ( also my "inktober 2017" commission  will be coming soon) . 
If you have not done it yet follow me on social media on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/artworkanimation/ and @Zulfugart on Twitter, to see more web comics and some of my other work! Hope you guys enjoy them:

dinsdag 28 maart 2017


Yes I've finally did it! I made my own webcomic! Which is a another milestone for me!!
So it's been a while since my last entry. Keeping a blog is harder than it looks. 2016 has been a kind of weird year for me if you will and I needed some time to find the right words. I guess "weird" is definitely one of them.  For those who don't know I've opened an online shop, where you can buy products with my designs on them. Just go to: https://shop.spreadshirt.nl/zulfugar/?locale=nl_NL

I also coached a few groups of  Multimedia and Design students here in Groningen, giving them some pointers on freelancing (or at least the advises which I've got). Some of my work even got published in Photoshop Magazine, which is always awesome and a few of my strips made it to the news sites.

However there comes a time in artist's life when I guess a kind of anxiety takes over and you lose your momentum. Being a "green" freelancer artist is very demanding. There are a lot of talented people out there sometimes it's just hard to keep up! So I've started practicing a lot on my anatomy lately and I mean really a lot. I've received three anatomy books which I study daily. And practice. You'll see one  of the examples here:

But the other thing I'm most proud is my webcomic. So first of all, it was meant as an experiment to see if I can actually  tell a simple, silly, funny story without any text and just by pictures, It initially started as a storyboard for an animation. However animating this would take a lot of time, which I simply did not have, so I turned it into a webcomic with some simplistic design.( or a storyboard if you will) I think it suits the theme and the comedic nature. This is not meant to be best comic ever or something like that. It just a try-out, so don't expect a DC or a Marvel quality pages here. I just wanted to do a fun little side project. Anyone who knows me also knows I love comic books and those superheroes movies and series. And no,  it's not based on any personal experiences ( okay maybe only a little). So without further due! Enjoy. (Also let me know if you liked it ( for my intial, kind of comic) and if I should continue, make more of these.


woensdag 22 april 2015

A "New Making Of "

First of all , my apologies for the lack of updates, but I’m back with yet another “making of post “.  
this portrait started  as series of thumbnail sketches. Just to see what kind of poses felt right for the person I was illustrating. At first I wanted to go for a more "Tron" like feeling, but ultimately decided to make him more like Superman, who is in the process of revealing his outfit /transforming.

After I got my pose I needed to  finetune some details, like face and background.

 The inking part was done oldschool with some fineliners and pens. After that I’ve scanned it into Illustrator, finetuned some lines and wen straight into Photoshop for some coloring and SFX . Again I like to combine oldschool drawing with digital work.

The background is actually the logo of his company!

maandag 30 maart 2015

Vinyl Cover

So here's a project I did a few months back. A newly established music company was looking for designers/ illustrators to submit their designs/ illustrations for the  LP -packages they were going to send to their subscribers. This packages would contain a vinyl disk with the music chosen by a curator ( someone famous from the music industry) and a letter with some insight into his choices. Unfortunately my idea did not make the cut, but I can post it here for you all to see

First of all I wanted to make sure that the cover of the package was personalized to the curator, with an illustration/ portrait which tells a little bit of his background. In this case I've chosen Rick Ruben ( Def Jam Records, who produced albums for Jay-Z, Kayne West and  Slipknot) as an example.  I didn't wanted to use colors but let the texture of the package fill in my inks as it were.

 The curator (Rick Ruben) would get more refined look, while everything behind him, would get softer (just to suggest some depth). I drew him first on paper, inked thee portrait then scanned it into illustrator. I also added some whites but removed them during the process Turned my lines into vectors. I placed Jay-Z & Kayne West more in the background with  gray colors. As a final touch I added New York city in the background. You'll find some screens below:

maandag 9 maart 2015


Well hello there! It's been a while since I've posted another blog. But do not worry! Here's another "making of"of a concept/sketch  for a tattoo that I've designed for someone. Mind you, it's not the final and this design will be altered by another artist. And yes, those are butterflies and no I don't feel any less manly! It started with some simple thumbnails sketches, which I then scanned into Illustrator. As you can see I was looking at some references on Pinterest, just to see how it would fit on the body. After digital inking  it went straight to coloring. At first I wanted to make it a more surreal/ Giger -inspired but ultimately the client wanted them to be more colorful, no vines and a little spread out. I also wanted t crate some sense of depth. So here you have it my first concept tattoo design:

maandag 26 januari 2015

Illustrating A Cover

Another day, another  "the Making of Post":

So a colleague of mine asked me to illustrate the cover for her internship report. Because I only had two days, it would be very simpel, but effective and also black & white.  I wanted to give her a more calm expression and this time no masks. It started with a few thumbnails sketches. After that, it was choosing one an then sketching it big, scanning, and digital inking. Again the challenge was combining my style with hers. Less macho, more tranquility :). So here are some shots.

zondag 18 januari 2015

Zulfugar.nl is finally online! Another Behind the scenes look!

First of all my new portfolio website is finally online at: www.zulfugar.nl! ( if you're viewing this from my blogger) If you're viewing this from website then welcome to my official portfolio! I promise I'll tryn to blog more regularly! It was kind of hectic time for me. It was a long time coming but it;s finally here! And I'm glad! A very big thank you for "Atelier Mintis"( www.mintis.nl) for all the hard work! But I'm back with more updates and another behind the scenes look.

So this portrait was all about the Film Noir feel. The lady wanted a Sin City feel to this piece. A lot of inspiration came form Eva Green's character Ava Lord from Sin City 2. Also it was a challenge to combine my style with that from Frank Miller's Sin City graphic novel. As always it started with a few thumbnails in my skethbook. Just to get the composition and the references right. This time I did not make a big sketch on paper but went into photoshop directly. After that it was inking with vectors then back into Photoshop for some coloring. This time I didn't have to color the whole portrait,
but only her eyes and her lips ( Just like Eva Green's from the movie) Here are some progress shots. The whole portrait will be up on my website this week.