Saturday, July 31, 2010
So there was a sweet book sale at the library yesterday. A stack of books 1 foot high--US$1. Among the booty I collected, Medieval II: Total War for PC; a companion book and companion record to a slide series on Greece (no slides though...). Bonus: the record is narrated by Vincent Price. I also picked up this random book on Oman, circa 1970. Since I was bored, I decided to do some sketches from it:
It was fun and interesting to draw different types of people I've never really studied before.
Also, random Havelock drawing:
I've been using a Micron 05 pen a lot lately, mainly because my favored Micron 03 pen is pretty much used up. However, I wasn't getting the types of results I wanted in my inking. The tip is just a little too big.
For this drawing, I decided to try something new. I used my favorite pen of all time to do the clean-up--a Zebra F-301. It's actually a ballpoint pen, but I've been using it to sketch with for about a year now, so I have good control with it. It's what I used to do the sketches above.
Anyway, I like the results. I've never been a fan of the super-clean, super-tight inked drawing. The sketchiness I get with the Zebra as opposed to the Micron is more my style.
Also, I'm playing around with color:
Personally, the first one is my favorite, but I was hoping for some opinions.
I added some shading to the last one.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Some of them won't ask for the usual bipedal human type anatomy, and you do get some challenge if you're trying to deal with Quadrupeds, Insect type creatures, or maybe even Tripeds in motion!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I've also been dying to get some animation done for the blog and I thought she should be simple enough to do something with in such a short amount of time. Well we all know how our perception of how much time we think we have differs from how much time we actually have but I managed to come up with something rough. I started out trying to animate her directly on the computer but I wasn't too happy with the brush strokes. The one thing that I love about the initial sketch were the blatant pencil lines so I did some keys on paper!
I animated the other character on the computer because when I compared the hand-drawn to the roughs on the computer I ended up liking the pose on the computer better. I should have had that image open while drawing on paper but I'll do that next time.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
However--every once in a while, a song will come on that doesn't make us want to stick our heads into the baler. One such song is this:
Possibly my favorite song of all time--The Hollies' Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress.
It's the story of an FBI agent infiltrating a speakeasy back in the days of prohibition. Just when he's about to call in the "DA man" (District Attorney) to bust the place, a long, cool woman in a black dress takes the stage...
The magic of this song is that no one is exactly sure what the true lyrics are, which leaves room for a bit of artistic interpretation.
My idea is a film noir style short film, with the main character using the adapted lyrics in a classic dramatic voice-over.
It's got all the elements of a great noir crime drama--
Guns...G-men...beautiful, dangerous women...
What more do you want?
But don't worry...I'm leaving plenty of room for some great gags only the medium of animation can pull off.
*Think Tex Avery's immortal wolf in Red Hot Riding Hood.
Below are some early designs for the three characters mentioned in the song specifically--the woman, the narrator, and Charlie:
...and here are some sketches exploring character and inking styles:
(I suggest muting beforehand...it was the best video I could find).
...and these books:
Friday, July 23, 2010
Doing a series of thematic fighting poses involving the use of legs.
2D drawings are always better.
I think I'll come up with another theme for next week, just not sure of what yet however.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Mr. John Allison is great at backgrounds and also a great inspiration to me. His webcomic and posters have great backgrounds.
So this is the piece I am working on (unfinished obviously) and I am not sure if it will ever get done for more reasons than one. Right now, it appears to be too big for my favourite Sketchbook Pro to handle. Too big and too many layers. But I will see what happens with it.
The gift I gave Christina and Michael for their wedding.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Like I said it’s still in the beginning stages and I don’t have a clear idea of where it is going as of yet. I do know that the piece will center around alcoholism and I want to have a really rough style. I want to show some paint textures but as I’m doing these other ideas are coming to my head and that might change. I’d like to keep it under a minute. I think that will be a good challenge to be able to tell a “story” in such a short time.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I've also been pretty into Charles Schulz lately. His sketching technique is incredibly charming, so I'm currently trying to unlock his secrets by drawing charlie brown as much as possible.
Monday, July 19, 2010
So here's another sketch I did in Flash. I'm still not comfortable working completely digital, I still prefer pencil and paper, but I'm trying to branch out. A couple of weeks ago, I went to see a friend's band play, and I wanted to try something that captures the energy of the show. If you are curious about the band, check out Bridges Out on Facebook.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
They're sooo different than men.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
All those curves and that female attitude.
They're sooo different than men.
I have such a hard time trying to draw them.
What? What did you think I meant?
In this drawing, she is in her "adventure attire." I still have to design some fancy clothes for her to wear at the beginning of the story, but that will take some time. I'm not so great at fashion design. I'll leave that stuff to Derek --> http://www.derekcardigan.blogspot.com
Also, in the interest of stepping it up a notch, I'll now include some sweet action poses of the four main characters in my story:
Again...I'll admit to using Star Wars for inspiration. However, one of these poses I came up with all by m'self. Can you guess which one? I bet you can't.
You know what? I'll even throw in some sketches while I'm at it, just for fun:
That's all I got.
So BRING IT!!
Friday, July 16, 2010
Hence, we were advised to embark on a project to build a Marquette (sp?) of the character we had in mind, so naturally, I picked the character I've been working on for years once again.
What we had here was a WIP of how it went.