Hi my name is Caz Lock and I'm a Retoucher and Illustrator based in London with a passion for animation and gaming.
I’ve been doing some retouching practise the last couple of days. I wanted to experiment with a variety of skills and found some beautiful images for a John Lewis spring fashion special by retouching studio Stanley’s Post, which were a big source of inspiration.
This is still a work in progress. I want to add some more flowers in the water and in the background. I’m also toying with making them fall however I’m not sure if that will unbalance the image as the flowers are quite big. I might go back again and play some more with the grading as it’s quite similar to another series of photo’s in my portfolio, although the blue/green hues against the reds of her hair and skin do suit it well.
I’ve retouched the skin, removed bracelets, fixed the collar bone, made the eyes slightly wider, fixed the roots and tidied the hair, cut out flowers, added lens blurs to them (some still need fixing), removed some naughty bits in the foreground (bottle cap) and added a load of colour grading. Phew!
The original image (top) is by NastiaOsipovaStock on DeviantArt, the flowers have come from a variety of places. I need to go back and find the credits for those.

I’ve been doing some retouching practise the last couple of days. I wanted to experiment with a variety of skills and found some beautiful images for a John Lewis spring fashion special by retouching studio Stanley’s Post, which were a big source of inspiration.

This is still a work in progress. I want to add some more flowers in the water and in the background. I’m also toying with making them fall however I’m not sure if that will unbalance the image as the flowers are quite big. I might go back again and play some more with the grading as it’s quite similar to another series of photo’s in my portfolio, although the blue/green hues against the reds of her hair and skin do suit it well.

I’ve retouched the skin, removed bracelets, fixed the collar bone, made the eyes slightly wider, fixed the roots and tidied the hair, cut out flowers, added lens blurs to them (some still need fixing), removed some naughty bits in the foreground (bottle cap) and added a load of colour grading. Phew!

The original image (top) is by NastiaOsipovaStock on DeviantArt, the flowers have come from a variety of places. I need to go back and find the credits for those.

I’ve just started reading “Understanding Comics” by Scott McCloud. I brought it on my visit to the Comics Unmasked Exhibition at The British Library, which is REALLY good. 

I’m most of the way through the second chapter and I already feel like I’ve had my mind blown. I’m already starting to think about the art of comics in a new way. This book is as good as Scott’s other book “Making Comics”, the best thing about them is that they are both so meta! I really want to learn more!

I’ve just started reading “Understanding Comics” by Scott McCloud. I brought it on my visit to the Comics Unmasked Exhibition at The British Library, which is REALLY good.

I’m most of the way through the second chapter and I already feel like I’ve had my mind blown. I’m already starting to think about the art of comics in a new way. This book is as good as Scott’s other book “Making Comics”, the best thing about them is that they are both so meta! I really want to learn more!

Work in progress for my Sailor Moon fanart.
I’ve finished the flat colours on the last of the Sailor Senshi, Sailor Moon. I had to make some changes from the original sketch, as I received criticism that she looks strange compared to the rest of the Sailor Scouts as she was so symmetrical. I’m hoping she looks better now with the tweaks I’ve made.
I need to add shading to them all. I’m still a little undecided as to how exactly I’m doing it, especially as I’ve been told the flat versions look good as they are. I will add shading though as they all look a little odd without noses!
Stay tuned for more updates.

Work in progress for my Sailor Moon fanart.

I’ve finished the flat colours on the last of the Sailor Senshi, Sailor Moon. I had to make some changes from the original sketch, as I received criticism that she looks strange compared to the rest of the Sailor Scouts as she was so symmetrical. I’m hoping she looks better now with the tweaks I’ve made.

I need to add shading to them all. I’m still a little undecided as to how exactly I’m doing it, especially as I’ve been told the flat versions look good as they are. I will add shading though as they all look a little odd without noses!

Stay tuned for more updates.

Work in progress for my Sailor Moon fanart.
I’ve finished the flat colours on Sailor Venus as well as Jupiter, Mercury and Mars. I’ll be uploading the flats of Sailor Moon as I finish them too.

Work in progress for my Sailor Moon fanart.

I’ve finished the flat colours on Sailor Venus as well as Jupiter, Mercury and Mars. I’ll be uploading the flats of Sailor Moon as I finish them too.

Work in progress for my Sailor Moon fanart.
I’ve finished the flat colours on Sailor Jupiter as well as Mercury and Mars. I’ll be uploading the flats of the other Sailor Scouts as I finish them too.

Work in progress for my Sailor Moon fanart.

I’ve finished the flat colours on Sailor Jupiter as well as Mercury and Mars. I’ll be uploading the flats of the other Sailor Scouts as I finish them too.

Work in progress for my Sailor Moon fanart.
I’ve finished the flat colours on Sailor Mercury now too. I’ll be uploading the flats of the other Sailor Scouts as I finish them too.

Work in progress for my Sailor Moon fanart.

I’ve finished the flat colours on Sailor Mercury now too. I’ll be uploading the flats of the other Sailor Scouts as I finish them too.

Work in progress for my Sailor Moon fanart.
I’ve finished the flat colours on Sailor Mars. I wanted to try something different to my normal style which is why I’m not keeping the line art in the final drawing, this is something I never normally do. I think I might do the flats for all the characters before I add any shading because I’m still debating how I get the effect I want with it.

Work in progress for my Sailor Moon fanart.

I’ve finished the flat colours on Sailor Mars. I wanted to try something different to my normal style which is why I’m not keeping the line art in the final drawing, this is something I never normally do. I think I might do the flats for all the characters before I add any shading because I’m still debating how I get the effect I want with it.

THROWBACK THURSDAY!

With the new rebooted series of Sailor Moon airing in Japan on Sunday, I’m feeling a bit nostalgic.

Sailor Moon was the anime that really got me into anime when I was still at school. I used to be obsessed with it and draw fan art from it all the time. If it wasn’t for Sailor Moon I doubt that I would be working on a comic, or even draw in the style I do today.

So here’s a couple of SUPER old pieces of fanart circa 2000/2001 and a new piece I’m working on when I need a break from my comic!

This really make me realise how far I’ve come!

A small snippet of what I was working on yesterday. I don’t really want to show too much of this as it’s a panel for my comic and I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise. These are both heavily cropped so there’s no spoilers. The girl is the main character from the comic, Miaka Kimura.

The page this panel is from was also described as the most emotive drawings I’ve ever done. Which I’m pleased about as it’s something I normally either don’t attempt and struggle with on my other illustrations. I was also really unsure when I was drawing the panels how the emotion would come across.

I’m really excited about drawing more pages and I’m slowly starting to get into the swing of things. I’m hoping the speed at which I’m making pages will start to speed up now. I’m aiming to get the comic online before the end of the year, hopefully an October/November launch if not earlier.

We went to the British Museum on Weds. I’ve been so many times and yet we stumbled across the King’s Library, part of the museum I’ve never been in before. The King’s Library has objects in from the Enlightenment, which was an age of reason and learning that flourished across Europe and America from about 1680 to 1820.

These stuffed birds were part of the exhibition. I absolutely love stuffed birds, the colours and feathers always intrigue me. I took some photo’s for my reference but thought I would share them.