View Full Version : MARKLIN's Artwork thread

03-17-2009, 06:51 PM
Hi, i noticed that everybody is showcasing all of their sigs and other artwork and i thought that it would be a shame to let all my artwork just lie around on my hard drive. So therefore i now open Marklin's first official artwork dump.

All pictures are in order of creation, with the newest first.
WARNING A lot of pictures, people with slow internet may need to be cautious...

my DeviantART page:

Digital art:

This is my photoshop version of the cat drawing i've also posted, i made it using a tablet i borrowed.
http://fc05.deviantart.com/fs45/f/2009/120/2/d/The_Dragon__s_orb_by_theMarkliN.png A new photoshop painting made using the tablet, this time starring a hairy dragon and his dragon orb!


Another animated sig, but this one turned out really well. I wanted to capture a helghast propaganda feel and i think i managed that pretty well. =)
This is my first attempt at an animated signature, as you can see it doesn't run that smoothly :grr:.
My sig of the week round 11 entry, and I'm really satisfied with this one, it looks much better than i hoped it would. When i started creating it i thought of it more as a desperate attempt to get an entry into the latest sig of the week round...
Edit: 1st place in the sig of the week contest!
These are two Ratchet and clank signatures i made for Uzman
A WATCHMEN sig i made for walter kovacs
My Sig of the week round 10 entry, with the theme technology.
Edit: It came to 2 Place!
Jay, my first sprite sig! It doesn't even look remotely as good as some i've seen but i still think it's pretty good for being my first try.
Sig of the week entry 2, version 2
My second sig of the week round 9 entry.
My war themed sig of the week round 9 entry. Took around 4 hours to make and had almost a 100 layers when i was finished... I merge them way to seldom.
Edit: it came on second place!
A warhammer orc, or greenskin as they also are called. It's filled with different effects and renders which can make it pretty hard to discern the render but otherwise i'm pretty satified with it.
This beauty(?) was at first supposed to be a background for a sig i wanted to draw (with my mouse) in photoshop. but the drawing turned out horrible and only the background clouds looked somewhat good, after deleting the front layers and adding several weird blending options, filters smudges stamps and so on, i got this...
Basically it's made through smudging some C4D renders and then adding some lines and some stars, basically...
Different versions of this signature:
C4D renders and then lots of different effects added to that, and of course i added some lines with dots on them after that.
Clan tag made for the Killzone clan on the forum.
My first sig! Made the renders myself, i took a screenshot, cut the sackboy out, made it black, cut those cool holes out of it and added some creepy sackghast eyes.


Both made singlehandedly from scratch by me, no renders or stock :).


"Drawing hands" inspired by Eschers work with the same name. But here the hands are on a wacom tablet instead of paper :D. The right (lower) hand is supposed to look like that, it's a very weird way to hold a pen but that's how Escher drew it in the original.
This one got totally ruined by the scanner :grr:, it's not supposed to be that dark and you were able to see the right eye... BTW that's our cute little cat.
My cat again, this is my favorite of all the drawing i've made.
At the summer house my grandparents own.
My cat again! this was my first attempt at drawing her so it looks pretty weird in some places.
Made in art class, that's not me who's portrayed.
a bat, it's supposed to be upside down, it's the text that's wrong...
A bloodthirsty vulture.
This is the head of a trolloc, which is one of the many wicked creatures the dark one has at his disposal... Fan art i based of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, the second best fantasy series there is (LOTR is slightly better).
An Arrakoa, from when i played wow a long time ago..


Any feedback or constructive criticism is very appreciated! :)

03-17-2009, 07:11 PM
Those are really, really good! My favourite one is the Green Skin, you really need to make a tutorial for that. Actually..... my favourite one is the Blue Chaos because there are some really amazing effects on it. Actually........ Abstract Nebula is pretty awesome. In fact...... I love Abstract Green.

Well, they are all amazing well done. Apart from the bottom one mainly because I don't like fractal effects. Also, I'd put a bit of space in-between them so they are all fully visible.

03-17-2009, 07:29 PM
Make a TuToRiAl! I!? I don't really consider myself experienced enough to do that, i mostly look around at other peoples tutorials and steal ideas from them... :blush: or i just go crazy and add lots of random effects i don't remember afterward...

03-17-2009, 08:16 PM
Really good sigs you have there. :)

My favorite:

03-17-2009, 11:59 PM
Yeah some of the stuff you do makes me want to switch to photo shop from corel photo paint, but it's expensive!

03-18-2009, 12:06 AM
Yeah some of the stuff you do makes me want to switch to photo shop from corel photo paint, but it's expensive!

*cough* Limewire *cough* *cough*

03-18-2009, 01:25 AM
really awesome sigs! my favorite has to be Neon Chaos!

03-18-2009, 01:44 AM
wow dude you have sick skills....i love that first orc sig

03-18-2009, 02:32 PM
Thanks for all the positive feedback! I really appreciate it.

*cough* *cough*
Agree, *cough* *cough*... :rolleyes:

I've updated the thread with a lot of new drawings and with my newest sig, It's a sig of the week entry with a war theme, hope you like it, i would really appreciate any feedback you can give me on that one!

03-18-2009, 05:52 PM
Awesome drawings man, you have some awesome skills. I also really like that war signature, make sure you upload it to the gallery.

03-18-2009, 06:35 PM
THANKS! i had no idea that you needed to upload it to a gallery :blush:, if it hadn't been for you then i'd probably have forgot it completely :blush:.

03-18-2009, 06:52 PM
No problem.

03-18-2009, 07:01 PM
Heh, yeah I was looking for it a little while ago in the gallery and didn't see it - I came here to tell him the same thing.

03-18-2009, 08:47 PM
Updated with my second sig of the week entry, though i don't know which one of the two versions i'll upload to the gallery :grr:

Edit: chose the one on the wall.

03-18-2009, 09:16 PM
amazing artwork I like the parrot drawing and my fav sig is KZ2 assault sig i love the blood splatter detail

03-19-2009, 03:19 PM
Thanks, i like the parrot too (even if i should have made the eye better) but i think the assault sig is a pretty interesting choice.
BTW: doesn't anyone want a sig? i'm a little tired of making hundreds of sigs i newer have the time to use and just lie around in this thread...

I've also updated the thread with a new sig, not my best but still pretty good.

03-19-2009, 03:27 PM
Hey how did you do that one on the wall/black and white? Was that just a pic you found and contrasted it to black and white, or find edge tool, then traced it to make it uniform, added your name? Did you draw the whole thing? Are these enough questions for you?

03-19-2009, 03:53 PM
Nope, that's not enough questions.
neeed more queeestions to feed my hunger for knowledge about what other people don't know...

I just took random soldier guy from google pictures and made some (most) outlines with the polygonal lasso tool and then i hid the soldier and added some more in the empty places to make it look better. But the bullet is made completely by me :D.

03-19-2009, 04:24 PM
great job, now I'm going to expect one like that every sotw contest lol.

03-19-2009, 06:20 PM
Marklin, I have a hunch that you may win a quite few future SOTW's.

03-19-2009, 10:22 PM
HeHe... [insert grinning devil sackboy smiley here]

Maybe, but this week was a little extreme, i have been sick and couldn't go to school. And sig making is the perfect way to fill endless amounts of spare time, it's fun and it takes a lot of time.

03-19-2009, 10:31 PM
Wub bat and 2nd kitten. Awesome work.

03-20-2009, 09:34 AM
Thanks, but what is Wub?...

BTW Does NO one want a new sig?.. :(

Updated with a Gengar signature.

03-22-2009, 07:00 PM
God, you're actually one of my favourite sig-makers on this site. I abosolutely love all of your signatures, and how they all give spectacular effects that credit the already beautiful renders.

I don't have a favourite of your signatures, just because it's so hard to choose one that I like better than another. Keep up the great work, and stick with the green smudged brick walls. O_O

03-25-2009, 07:27 PM
Thanks ghost! It really means a lot coming from you!
the thread is now also updated with my latest sig of the week entry, enjoy. :)

03-25-2009, 07:43 PM
The Gengar and Tech sig are really awesome, Marklin. Wub=<3

03-26-2009, 04:26 PM
Thanks dawesbr!
OK, Wub means heart/love but what exactly does it stand for?

BTW: updated with another sig, a Watchmen sig i made for Walter Kovacs.

03-26-2009, 07:07 PM
Art just comes naturally to some people. Shame im not some people...

You are great at drawing and graphics. :)

03-26-2009, 07:16 PM
That watchmen sig is awesome, shame there are too many of them.

And as in, "I wub your work" is "I love your work" is "YOU'RE TEH ****"

03-28-2009, 04:07 PM
Nice art! I wish i finished Digital Arts in college...

Anyways, can i request a sig creation?:)

03-29-2009, 11:54 AM
I wish i were old enough to begin digital art in high school :p:D...

Concerning the sig request i would be grateful if you could tell me if there's anything specific (color, render, etc) you want in the sig. Otherwise you might end up with a pink sig with my little pony renders and flowers in the colors of the rainbow in your inbox...
You also may need to wait until next weekend as i will be pretty busy this week, but next weeks off so then i wil have as much time as i want to make sigs.

03-29-2009, 11:56 AM
Dude, pleeeeeeaase make some tutorials for these sig's, I'm desperate to see how you make them.

03-29-2009, 04:00 PM
Hmm. I'll think about it. First i will have to create a sig that i like enough to make a tutorial about... Then i need lots of spare time... That means that it will have to wait either until summer or if i am lucky until the Easter holiday.
In the meantime i recommend you to have a look at sigtutorials.com, they have many high quality tutorials (which are what i have used to learn everything i need from).

Updated with newer version of tech sig of the week. (only some minor changes to the text and color of the sig, the old one can be seen in my gallery.)

03-29-2009, 04:16 PM
Ok, am looking forward to when you make it.

04-01-2009, 08:03 PM
BiG update!
Two new Ratchet and clank signatures which i created for Uzman.

04-01-2009, 09:22 PM
Wow they are awesome :o I love the second one loads :o

04-04-2009, 09:25 PM
You have some really cool stuff here, And you incorporate some great effects into your signatures!

not a half bad drawer either!

04-04-2009, 09:58 PM
I am actually drueling over your signatures now! How did you get that scan line effect on that ratchet and clank sig?

Can we have a few tutorials? Even if it's just a brief one, going through the stages that you go through for making a signature?

04-05-2009, 10:54 AM
O.o lots of feedback, THANKS everyone, it's really appreciated!

I will try to get a tutorial done this week :).

Scan lines are made using a pattern you have made, to create the pattern open a new 3x3 document and make 3 black/other color dots going diagonally from one of the corners to the other and the rest transparent, which corner depends on which way you want the lines to go. Then go Edit>Define pattern (at least i think it's edit...).
To apply the pattern you chose the right layer, it must have something in it as the pattern is applied to the already existing parts, go to Layer>layer properties or just double click on the layer symbol, then go to pattern and choose your pattern.
To get the effect in the ratchet sig i put some of those leaves you get as a basic brush, then i motion blurred them, deleted the parts over the render and applied the pattern.
To get the effect i used in the orc sig i think first applied the image did some selections with the rectangular marquee tool and just applied the pattern. If that doesn't work i must have made the selections and then layered them via a copy and then applied the pattern to that.

Hope that helped!

edit: I have updated the thread with my latest sig of the week entry!

04-05-2009, 12:15 PM
wow great stuff you got there man.

04-05-2009, 01:19 PM
Ah! I get. Thanks Marklin!

04-06-2009, 05:33 PM
Thanks greygoose.
I'm happy that i could be help you olit. :)

I've updated the thread with my first attempt at an animated signature!

http://www.rad.edu.stockholm.se/bastapingis/pokal2.gifI won the latest sig of the week contest (round 11, theme clothing) with my golden mask signature!!

04-06-2009, 06:39 PM
That's pretty awesome Marklin. You did that in photoshop right? Here's my first attempt at an animated sig.


04-06-2009, 06:51 PM
Those animated .gif files causes major lag on mah computer... (I've got a stupid computor yeah :/ )

04-06-2009, 07:04 PM
Your sig is better, i never managed to get the fading darkness right, it doesn't run smoothly :grr:.

Hehe, maybe i should remove it from my sig, otherwise i'll be spreading major lag to everyone with stupid computors.

04-06-2009, 07:22 PM
That's your choise :) Unless mods say it's anoying (of wich i doubt they have stupid computers <__> )

04-06-2009, 07:40 PM
I changed to another one instead, this one has about half the number of screens so it should cause less major lag (hopefully).

Also updated the thread with the same sig.

04-06-2009, 08:52 PM
Wow, half the number of frame's and runs smoothly. That's rather amazing.

I seem to be checking this thread regularly now.

04-07-2009, 07:29 AM
Well, not as smooth as i would want, but still smooth enough. If you look closely you can see that the text moves with a little too much space between the frames and that it lags when it changes bat to it's original position.

BTW, i think i'm going to make a tutorial on how i made that sig, is that ok for you or do you prefer that i'd take another sig?

04-07-2009, 01:07 PM
I want to know how you did that O_O.... btw... i can't read it... is it supposed to be text? srry :p

04-07-2009, 01:28 PM
You are not supposed to be able to read it, it's in the alphabet used by the helghast!

Actually it's pretty easy to do, but i don't know if it works in gimp.
In photoshop you go to windows>animation and a animation window will pop up, then you just need to copy the first frame, move the text down a little(i moved it 8 pixels down / frame, which turned out a little laggy), and repeat. There are 4 characters which I duplicated, moved and merged so that i got 8 characters in a row, then i just moved the whole thing down until the same character that was farthest down in the beginning was almost there again. Then just make it repeat itself infinately and you're done.

04-07-2009, 02:49 PM
ok cool... i've never tried to make an animated image before... Still want to make one though :/

04-07-2009, 10:39 PM
Well I'd prefer a tutorial on your Golden Mask one or Ratchet and Clank. Because I already know how to do animation. :l

04-07-2009, 10:54 PM
That one?
Sure, that one was even pretty easy so i wont have any problems trying to remember what i did. But i have to say i like the helghast one better, the animation was the easiest thing to do, there's so much more to it (which will make it ridiculously hard to try explain everything i did :rolleyes:). So Ratchet it is.
BTW, i have decided that i will try make a real tutorial instead of just roughly explaining how i made it, this means screenshots of settings and of every step in the progress.

04-07-2009, 10:58 PM
Cool, looking forward to it. Thanks.

04-08-2009, 05:36 PM
Edit 3: YAY i have finally published it (after some problems with photobucket that doesn't allow me to upload such large images :mad:). I posted it in a new thread but i have updated this thread with a link too.

EDIT: I have updated the thread with my first piece of digital art using a wacom tablet i borrowed!

05-09-2009, 06:31 PM

Added another digital painting i made and a link to my newly created deviantART page!

(sorry for the double post, but it has been ages since i posted the last time and i just wanted to give the thread a little boost to see if it would revive itself. Maybe i'll come back if it does :D)

05-09-2009, 08:31 PM
And you said I made sigs of win?

my stuff is worth nothing compared to your work... (how the bananaz did you manage to make that dragon? O_o)






05-10-2009, 07:23 AM
WoW! I really need a tablet.

05-10-2009, 09:24 PM
Yay, responses! :D

And you said I made sigs of win?

Yeah, and i still think you make sigs of win. IMHO some of the best sigs in the whole forum. :)

my stuff is worth nothing compared to your work... (how the bananaz did you manage to make that dragon? O_o)

You shouldn't compare sigs to photoshop paintings :P, I'm sure that with a tablet and a lot of patience you could do things just as good.
Thats how i made the dragon, and the cat too. I think the dragon took something between ten and twenty hours and the cat about 8...

WoW! I really need a tablet.

Get one! They are really great, it feels just as if you are drawing with pen and paper but at the same time you have all the wonders of photoshop at your disposal.

06-11-2009, 11:45 PM

09-04-2009, 11:48 PM
Just uploaded a new picture i've been working on this summer. =)

And now i will return to the cave i came from and not return for another 4 months! =D Bye

09-05-2009, 12:55 AM
Beast. :D

It has been 4 months? Really? Or was it an exaggeration?

I hope you stay this time. Your artwork is pretty amazing! :D

09-05-2009, 01:46 AM
Beast. :D

It has been 4 months? Really? Or was it an exaggeration?

I hope you stay this time. Your artwork is pretty amazing! :D

He said he won't return for another 4 months :P

09-05-2009, 01:59 AM
He said he won't return for another 4 months :P


I was hoping for sarcasm! :(

09-05-2009, 02:26 AM
Man I miss him in the sig contests, always great stuff - and we could have used him in the exchange :D But alas, four months marklinless yet again.

Still hoping it was sarcasm.

09-05-2009, 02:29 AM
Well he did go offline pretty quick after he said that...

09-05-2009, 12:35 PM
Man I miss him in the sig contests, always great stuff - and we could have used him in the exchange :D But alas, four months marklinless yet again.

A truer word could not have been spoken. I haven't seen this thread before and bow to his awesomeness! The tablet work is simply incredible and makes me want one *thinks PC world..hmmm*


09-05-2009, 12:46 PM
those are really briliant

09-07-2009, 04:12 PM
I never thought there would be so many replies! Thanks guys!

It has been 4 months? Really? Or was it an exaggeration?

Yeah, about four months. I may have posted one or two posts one boring afternoon or something like that but i've never really been active for about 4 months. =(

The tablet work is simply incredible and makes me want one *thinks PC world..hmmm*

Less thinking and more ACTION! GoGoGo!

Man I miss him

Aaawww, actually i've missed you guys too...
None of the other forums and sites have been even half as fun as this one. :cry:

Actually no that i think of it i would like to be more active here again, sadly i haven't been playing lbp for a very long time, but i have an almost finished level that has been nagging me for some time now... And i would like to do some sigs again!
Is the sig of the week contest still running? =D

Also that sig exchange thread looks really fun!

09-07-2009, 05:27 PM
Is the sig of the week contest still running? =D

No, it stopped for not enough entries or something.

09-07-2009, 07:11 PM
Oh, that's a pity. =(
But i guess i could enter the signature contest when the current round ends.

09-07-2009, 10:54 PM
Keep your eyes peeled for SotW, I may revive it at some point, maybe changing it to Sig of the Fortnight or something. I've already got permission, I'm just holding off for a bit though.

09-08-2009, 02:31 AM
Love your work. Especially your current sig :)

09-08-2009, 07:06 AM

Great, hmm, maybe i could be judge this time around... hehehe... =D

09-08-2009, 06:12 PM
Welcome back Marklin, I've been walking a fine line of being a lurker here over the summer, haven't touched LBP for months. But I still like this community, lots of creative people here.

Nice digital paints, I've been getting into digital art lots over the last 2 months. Haven't updated my sketchbook in a while, but I just added you on deviantart :) most of my stuff goes there.

09-08-2009, 07:25 PM
Keep your eyes peeled for SotW, I may revive it at some point, maybe changing it to Sig of the Fortnight or something. I've already got permission, I'm just holding off for a bit though.

This. It pleases me.

09-08-2009, 08:08 PM
Yeah i saw you had, you are getting better than me at that too :mad: =D. (I'll blame it on that you are 4 years older than me)

Btw that is an old deviantart account, i decided to start over with a new account (also i hated the old name).
My new one is called StrangeWorlds.

09-08-2009, 09:52 PM
Ah don't worry, you have plenty of potential, and there will always be someone better than you. There are hundreds of people who I'm envious of, but getting anywhere takes time. Let them be a big motivation rather than an obstacle :)
You still beat me at photoshopping avatar/sig skillz ;)

09-13-2009, 04:04 PM
New update!
This time it's a picture of a panda i made for my little sister's birthday.

09-13-2009, 04:10 PM
New update!
This time it's a picture of a panda i made for my little sister's birthday.

Thats the best Panda, ever!

09-13-2009, 06:40 PM
Saw your new stuff on deviantart. Great job. Nice warm colours in the panda one.

You should join up on http://www.polykarbonbbs.com/

I joined up at the start of the summer, and finding it a very nice small community of artists. All levels of skill, you'll find a lot of help there with critique and feedback.
Plus lots of fun things like sketch exchange and collabs.
My username is Billov over there btw.

09-18-2009, 12:17 AM
hey marlin do you mind if you can make me a display picture? :)
just something thats black lettering or white background

and the dp saying TitlerClan... :blush:
its for my xfire clan... hehe...

09-19-2009, 11:55 PM
Thats the best Panda, ever!


hey marlin do you mind if you can make me a display picture? :)
I'm sorry but i don't think i have the energy for things like this right now, I haven't even been able to produce one signatures for the sig exchange...
But why don't you download gimp or something like that and try to do it yourself? :)

You should join up on http://www.polykarbonbbs.com/

Hehe, i think i am already member of to many sites, so at the moment i don't think i will be able to handle another one. I am planning to become a more serious DA user, i hope to get some feedback on my art from there, or at least more attention. You have probably noticed that there isn't really much happening on my page at the moment ^^.
But maybe when i have accomplished that i'll join. :D

09-21-2009, 06:46 AM
nice although i notice in some of them you followed tutorials still great work though

09-24-2009, 08:01 AM
Of course i've followed tutorials, how else are you supposed to learn? But i am proud to say that at least 70 % are made without tutorials.

09-25-2009, 03:11 AM
Yeah, there's nothing wrong with tutorials. I still to this day follow tutorials when I see a good one with techniques I haven't used, though I try to add my own steps in.