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The Point of Loss by Kmadden2004 The Point of Loss :iconkmadden2004:Kmadden2004 2 1 Weekly Sketches: John Wick by Kmadden2004 Weekly Sketches: John Wick :iconkmadden2004:Kmadden2004 5 0 Weekly Sketches: Batman by Kmadden2004 Weekly Sketches: Batman :iconkmadden2004:Kmadden2004 8 1 Weekly Sketches: Lenny + The Kid by Kmadden2004 Weekly Sketches: Lenny + The Kid :iconkmadden2004:Kmadden2004 1 0 Weekly Sketches: Black Panther by Kmadden2004 Weekly Sketches: Black Panther :iconkmadden2004:Kmadden2004 7 0 Weekly Sketches: Nomadic Shaman by Kmadden2004 Weekly Sketches: Nomadic Shaman :iconkmadden2004:Kmadden2004 1 0 Weekly Sketches: Picard by Kmadden2004 Weekly Sketches: Picard :iconkmadden2004:Kmadden2004 4 0 Weekly Sketches: Fallen Angel by Kmadden2004 Weekly Sketches: Fallen Angel :iconkmadden2004:Kmadden2004 4 0 Weekly Sketches: Spock by Kmadden2004 Weekly Sketches: Spock :iconkmadden2004:Kmadden2004 5 1 Weekly Sketches: Goblin Guard by Kmadden2004 Weekly Sketches: Goblin Guard :iconkmadden2004:Kmadden2004 2 1 Weekly Sketches: Hastur by Kmadden2004 Weekly Sketches: Hastur :iconkmadden2004:Kmadden2004 6 0 Weekly Sketches: Hoverbike Cop by Kmadden2004 Weekly Sketches: Hoverbike Cop :iconkmadden2004:Kmadden2004 0 0 Weekly Sketches: Galactus by Kmadden2004 Weekly Sketches: Galactus :iconkmadden2004:Kmadden2004 3 0 Weekly Sketches: Black Lightning by Kmadden2004 Weekly Sketches: Black Lightning :iconkmadden2004:Kmadden2004 4 0 Weekly Sketches: Hunter of Deep Ones by Kmadden2004 Weekly Sketches: Hunter of Deep Ones :iconkmadden2004:Kmadden2004 2 0 Weekly Sketches: Batgirl by Kmadden2004 Weekly Sketches: Batgirl :iconkmadden2004:Kmadden2004 5 0


Captain America, sketch. by JohnTimms Captain America, sketch. :iconjohntimms:JohnTimms 265 13 Tutorial How I make the stone by Closz Tutorial How I make the stone :iconclosz:Closz 7,956 118 Lineart Tutorial by Sakuriik Lineart Tutorial :iconsakuriik:Sakuriik 791 29 Ellipse Tutorial by seangordonmurphy Ellipse Tutorial :iconseangordonmurphy:seangordonmurphy 945 103 Value Sketches_Jan 2015 by MichaelBills Value Sketches_Jan 2015 :iconmichaelbills:MichaelBills 145 5 Batman by frogbillgo Batman :iconfrogbillgo:frogbillgo 5,587 359 Putting out fire by Sun-Seeker Putting out fire :iconsun-seeker:Sun-Seeker 1,118 66 Wooden Frame PNG by LoofaDog28 Wooden Frame PNG :iconloofadog28:LoofaDog28 3 0 Mech_Hangar by moonworker1 Mech_Hangar :iconmoonworker1:moonworker1 843 30 Jungle Scout by Hideyoshi Jungle Scout :iconhideyoshi:Hideyoshi 473 18 Gravity: A Flash Comic by an-tan-y Gravity: A Flash Comic :iconan-tan-y:an-tan-y 86 23 The Avengers by chriscopeland by EricGuzman The Avengers by chriscopeland :iconericguzman:EricGuzman 545 30 DC versus Marvel by MannixFrancisco DC versus Marvel :iconmannixfrancisco:MannixFrancisco 716 138 Rain Brushes by koolkidd77 Rain Brushes :iconkoolkidd77:koolkidd77 1,028 298 Bubble Brushes by Tazni Bubble Brushes :icontazni:Tazni 560 116 Trinity, Starpoint Gemini 2 by sittingducky Trinity, Starpoint Gemini 2 :iconsittingducky:sittingducky 3,444 276


For better or worse, 'Weekly Sketches' will resume next week... I hope. 

My flow's been disrupted lately by a combination of flu and some very sudden work commitments, but I'm just about getting my equilibrium back now.


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Kieran Madden
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United Kingdom
Oxford-based illustrator and video editor.

Current Residence: Oxford, UK
Favourite genre of music: I likes what I likes...
Favourite style of art: Illustration
Operating System: Mac OS X
MP3 player of choice: iPod
Favourite cartoon character: Beaker... okay, he's a muppet and not a cartoon, but nothing comes close to him!
Personal Quote: "As you go through life, you must be either oh-so smart, or oh-so pleasant. For years, I was smart, but I much prefer pleasant. And you can quote me on that." Elwood P. Dowd - Harvey (1950)

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Short answer: Whim.
Long Answer: A Whim.

Proper Answer: There's really a couple of reasons why I've started doing these.

Number one is, as somebody who works predominantly as a digital artist, I've been feeling myself getting increasingly complacent over the last couple of years, ending up in a place where all I'm doing is hiding my shortcomings as an artist instead of working to overcome them. In a nutshell; my professional education in art really stopped when I left school, and I mean "school" school, not art school (and even then, I'm sure if you ask my teachers from back then they'll tell you I wasn't really any good). For various reasons I wasn't a good student as a kid, and things like life drawing and technique really skipped me by. So a lot of what I do now is basically self-taught, and I feel like I've been skipping lessons lately. I wish to improve on my brushstroke, my technical issues with proportion and perspective are a can I've been kicking down the road for waaaay too long, and the general look and feel of my work have been doing nothing for the general neuroses I already have surrounding my art, which brings me on to Reason Number Two...

Looking at my galleries and portfolios, both here on dA and on other places, I've felt more and more unsatisfied with my illustrative work. I feel I'm not challenging myself enough in that area, and that most of what I produce in that department just lacks... for want of a better word... style. This is something I really wish to hammer down on and figure out this year, especially as I want to try and develop my work into sequential art more. I'm just finding that more often asking I'm asking myself what exactly do I want my artwork to actually look like and say about me? I want to experiment more with these sketches, and some of what I'm going to post here are probably going to be utter crap (but what else is new?), but I'll even post the craps ones here because... I'm a glutton for punishment, I guess.

(All that plus I may be doing some Artist Alleys this year, and I really need some stuff to sell, so here's hoping I can kill two birds with one stone here...)

The way these weekly sketches will work is this:

  • I'm aiming to do two A5-sized sketches each weekday, and spend the weekend inking them.
  • Of these two sketches, I will do one that is a character from a pre-existing IP (characters from comics, movies, TV shows, books, etc) and one that is an entirely original creation of whatever takes my fancy at that time, or something a random art prompt generator can prod me into doing
  • I'll continue to post the sketches in weekly batches.
  • Time permitting, I'm also hoping to do at least one A4-sized sketch each week.
  • If I'm feeling particularly confident/cocky, I may even try to do one or two A3-sized sketches (but no promises).
Feedback would be appreciated, even if it's just to say "It's crap" (though, it would be more helpful if you could explain to me how and why you think it's crap), otherwise how the hell am I supposed to get any better if nobody will tell me what is and isn't working?

Anyway, sorry for the long post here, and for the influx of sketches today. Thanks, all.

Love, light and peace,
  • Listening to: Fear Fun
  • Reading: Dracula
  • Watching: The Good Place
  • Playing: Resident Evil 7
  • Eating: Stir-Fry
  • Drinking: Ice Tea



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Bengtzone Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015
Still active?
Kmadden2004 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, yup, still active, just been a little busy with work I can't post here, so I haven't been checking in as much as I used to.

Hopefully I'll have some new stuff to post over the next couple of months.
Bengtzone Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015
Early Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!
666Darks Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday :D
Kmadden2004 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
666Darks Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :D
Deemonef Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:party:I wish you a wonderful and really happy birthday:hug:
Kmadden2004 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers :)
Still waiting on those FemShep posters! Please.
VermX Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Hi there! May I ask if you're taking commissions by any chance?
crov Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx 4 favin.
Kmadden2004 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem.

Thanks for the thanks :)
WinterThe-Masquerade Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
I'd like to make a request. Could you make a poster for the The Tyranny of King Washington in the same style as your Mass Effect 2 poster, please.
Kmadden2004 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hmmm... I'll give it a go.:D

I'm a little snowed under with work at the moment, though (plus I still need to actually play the DLC), so I probably won't be able to put anything together for at least a couple of weeks.
WinterThe-Masquerade Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
No problem & btw The Tyranny of King Washington is, in my opinion, the best AC since AC2.
opeyuvadown Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Your stuff is awesome! If you haven't already, please consider uploading any fan art you may have to our fan art site, Fan Art International: [link]
Could you make a Femshep version of you're Mass Effect posters. PPLLLLEEEEEEEAAAAAAAASSSSSSEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kmadden2004 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's on the to-do list ;)
Demias123 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for watch :D
Kmadden2004 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem.

Thank you for the thank you.:D
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