Saturday, December 22, 2007

Ugh....I Can't Believe It's All Over.....

Okay, I know Babs disliked this one (she hates my legs here) but I still like it. This was a life drawing of legionary from Legio X Fretensisis.

And I'm now officially DONE with the Academy of Art University! ....Seemed like I started only yesterday......so anyone got a job for me?.......yep, finally a free man.....and utterly BROKE. Wonder if I can get my old job at B&N back? I could be LORD and MASTER of BARGAIN BOOKS again!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Off to OZ.....

My new entry at Painting Potluck, this week is OZ themed, so I had to draw Dorthy. Yeah I'm a massive geek who's read the books, what of it! As much as I love Judy Garland, she's just too much a damsel in distress. Why do they do that to girls in movies? It SUCKS. Anyways, Dorthy is suppose to be considerably tougher (she grew up in Kansas for crying out loud - have you seen the size of the flies there? Freak'n HUGE), not to mention somewhat more clever.

I really tried to avoid Enrique Frenadez's excellent "Wizard of Oz" comic in my design.
This time I did clean-up traditionally and.....well it kinda sucks......something was lost from the original sketch. Damn it. If I have time this week, maybe I'll try to do a digital clean-up for some more practice.

Yeah.....I just had to start sketching ideas for a vaguely pin-up version of Glenda, the Good Witch of the North (which is all WRONG in the movies! - she's two characters damn it! - Still iconic though).

Monday, December 03, 2007

Miss Havok - Bomber Girl

Here is my final (well sort of...) of Miss Havok. Hope you all enjoy. Again, I had designed her years ago, and since then she has been sitting in my sketchbooks.....all of which burned in the fire. So hey, perfect opportunity to draw her all over again....and besides now I can draw women far better than then....
This was the bomber I had designed to go along with her and the rest of the crew....all of which I should redo at some point.....The bomber, is a combo of the B-24, 25 and of course the B-17.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Miss Havok - Today's Work....

Excuse me for posting Miss Havok so soon, I'm just trying to remind myself that I am making progress.....despite the AGONY of Clean-up work in Photoshop.....actually I just don't like clean-up.....or maybe I'm just tired. What I realize now is that I would really like to learn to do clean-up with a vector line, so much cleaner....but that pen tool is a torture device in the third ring of Hell.

Well I won't be touching her tomorrow (Wow, that sounds kinda perverted 0r dumb), as I'll be writing my THESIS paper......yah......

The Lost Legion - Part 1 - The Centurion

Another work in progress here. These are some of my development sketches for the Centurion , in command of "the Lost Legion" that I've been working on along with Minerva's Legion, the Unkown VII.This is where I left off on the design. I've a sketchy turnaround in the works, but the final design for ME....is going to require a lot more hours and sketches to really hammer it out. Just never enough TIME during assignments......damn. Oh well, I suppose that's how it is in the "Working" world....never enough time.....
As to costuming for Republican era, I think it is always tougher than Imperial times for the Legions.......all that damn chain mail, lorica hamata, still haven't found the best way to simplify it without it becoming scale mail. And don't even ask me about the Caligae sandals.....


I looked at a lot of Darwyn Cooke work this time around, but most of my own inclinations came though I think.....

Friday, November 30, 2007

Miss Havok - A work in progress....

Digital clean-up takes a lot longer than you think......jeeeeezzzzz. I need a break, and get to some of my other long over due work that's sitting around here, but I wanted throw something up other than those burnt ruins.

I've done this pin-up girl before....I think during my undergrad days, but she burnt up along with all my work from then, a lot of good ideas that were badly drawn from those days. I thought I'd revisit a few of those old sketch ideas.
So here's the state I got to for today.....
And here is the sketch from late last night....I stopped around 2am I think....

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Remains After the Fire....Part II

Well kids, here it is....what remains of out deluxe kitchen, the pantry fitted out with rolling racks from The Container Store.....and we even got the set up on SALE.....fitting along established cheapness that runs though the family.

Oh and please note the remains of the treadmill that are resting on the kitchen sink. Very modern art.....which proves that most modern art is CRAP.
Aww....the old player piano! Man years ago that old thing used to work, sooooo many X-Mases ago.......how many times did we do half ass repairs? Yep, another project that's gone.....

Oh! At the top right of the pic you can see the remains of my drafting chair.....which I just fixed! Well before I left for SF again.....
Finally I will never have to listen that damn jackass from the repair center lecture me about taking care of the appliances! Get bent Sears Home Repair!

Interesting thing to note: The hot water heater actually STILL had water in it! .....Come on! That's just STUPID!!!! or at least ironic!
And finally the old wood burning stove that we huddled around many MANY FREEZING ASS COLD NIGHTS. I can't believe I spent ALL last winter cutting all that fire wood, and barely, JUST BARELY! made a dent in that HUGE pile of wood with the chainsaw. AND WHAT HAPPENS? Giant fire comes racing though and takes all that wood away in hours....At least here's one winter without me dragging my ass out into the cold desert air to cut wood, so I can heat the living room in that drafty old house....

no more leaky roofs....
no more waking up with ice formed in my water glass....
no more door that leads to nowhere...
no more bats in my room...
no more rats stealing my tinker toys.....
no more stubbing my toes on fireplace....
no more home.....

Hey I almost forgot! Check out the remains of my old wire mattress bent across the wood burning stove! You got to admit it is freak'n COOL!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Remains After the Fire....Part I

Well, third time is charm, I hope, with this post. So here are pics of what remains of home. The pic above is of what remains of my books. I stored my most prized, important books in my back room to avoid that damn leaky roof in my room.....you got to love the irony.
This was once one of my drafting tables. Yes, I was so cool as to own, not one, but TWO, drafting tables....although it may have had more to do with the fact that I never throw anything out. Oh and more white ash piles.....which were more of my books....
Here's a view you could never have had before....straight though the living room and into the kitchen, and out to animal's bins! In front is the ol' Wood Burning Stove....the bricks for fireplace are all over the place. Amazing that a whole wall of brick and concrete mortor was reduce to rumble. Hey MORE WHITE ASH! Guess what that was kids! ........ Yep that's right more of massive book collection....See what happens to all your hard work and effort at the hands of RETAIL AMERICA can get you? ...... A whole lot of white ash..... oh well......

MORE TO COME!!!.....sort of.....

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Intrepid Reporters!



Yep, more stuff that's in the works!

Lately I've been revisiting a lot of old and long untouched ideas from.....jeez High School days....crap, I'm getting old.....and broke.

The cool thing is that I'm finally getting to expand this "His Girl Friday" idea of mine.

Just need to get to expanding the character's experessions and acting.... which is a lot of work.....big surprise there......

Oh the Editor is a gorilla, one blood hound reporter, a curious and VERY bossy cat, one otter for copy/type setting, and of course an intrepid squirrel and his bud, a slick lizard.....

The Guys.....

Since I did the Girls.....I had to do one of the guys. Same as the Girls, the sketch started with the animal, in this case, a dog - clearly worried about the sort of room mates her owner has. This one is my first revision at the idea, giving Mr. Kissey Face more space by changing it to a vertical composition. Still I don't know.....I think I prefer the one below, simply for the consistency with the Girls....hmmmmm.
Anyways, more posts to come.....still revising a ton of crap....

The Girls....

I started this a while ago, and I'm still working on it.....Believe it or not, this started as a sketch of the cat, then I added one girl, then another.....and at some point it stop being about a cat. I ended up thinking of all the horrible stories I've heard about girls and their room mates, stories that make most of the guys I've dealt with look tame!

So a few more revisions and maybe I'll have something worth while for my portfolio.

Friday, November 09, 2007

I Have a Logo???

Have I ever mentioned that I have a LOGO? .....No? Well I do.....never really thought about using it much.....maybe I should clean it up and do a finished version....

Thursday, November 08, 2007

The Kids!!!.....another lost sketch.....

I have been doing some revisions and addition to these kids, which I will post sometime soon. This is another sketch that everyone seems to like, and was also destroyed in the fire....

Miss Maple

I still don't get why everyone loves this sketch (which by the way was also destroyed in the fire), but they do. I've tried to do revision of Miss Maple.....but they always SUCK.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

More Stuff that I really really should finish...


I just realized that the original drawing of my adventure crew is completely destroyed! Burned in the fire, along with ALL my sketchbooks! DAMN IT!

Okay so I'm going to post as much of my work here that I still have on my hard drive before something else happens.....

And some day, some distant glorious day....I will get back to work on these characters.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

After All That....



I've been digging though my hard drive in hopes that I had some of photos from my travels. This is all that's left of all those trips.....damn. Every scrap of paper, book, and all my notes on Egypt, the Roman Empire, Greece, the Middle Ages.....gone.

The whole experience is like the Eternal Parking Ticket of Doom.

At some point I'm going to have to go back now.....so who wants to go along?

Friday, November 02, 2007

More Works in Progress....





I seem to be forever trying to finish these sketches....Well the deadline is this December, so something is going to have to give. And it is about time I get a new scanner for myself, since I lost mine in the fires....I hope to get to one of these sketches to finish in watercolor.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Roman Forum and Fort Thumbnails!





Yeah! More posts! Finally posting my Roman Forum and Fort Thumbnails! Been going back to watercolors to do quick color roughs.....I should do more thumbnails....and maybe actually finish something....

More Girls!......And yet they still won't talk to me...




So some more girls from the sketchbook! More Revisions in PROGRESS....yeah, yippy and so on and so forth....crap where does the time go?

A Girl and Her Dog....



This came from my Sketchbook, and this is the first revision.....the girl needs some more work....everyone seems to like the Dog.

Hey ....Wait a Minute....




Actually I do have some new stuff! Yeah that's right, batting a thousand here. Okay, so meet my intrepid newspaper REPORTERS! More to come! I'm working on the whole news room, a la "His Girl Friday"....Yep....I'm an old movie geek...

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Everything is FUBAR!!

If anyone is wondering this whole month I say is totally FUBAR. House burned down in San Diego.....gotta list everything I had at the house....and my stomach is still acting weird, the bits of insomnia, that damn bar across the street....and now I've got to get a scanner again....FUBAR. Everything is FUBAR.....And what the HELL is Briana doing up stairs? Is she moving furniture?

Yeah, yeah....I'll post something new soon.....SERENITY NOW!!!!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

One Hell of a month....

This has been a busy month of NOTHING! Okay, I've new test for a revisionist position and there's still the whole SF housing problem.....but, I swear nothing is getting done.

Hope September is better.....I'm also tired of the heat.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Late Night Sketches and Comic-Con....






Well back from Comic-Con, and I'm totally exhausted....I should go out and get some exercise, but instead I stayed up with my brain on overload. Sketched late in the evening, and I'm determined to finish these sketches.....not to mention all that other stuff that my portfolio needs......

And today it the start of my 28th year.....oh dread.....Hope things finally come together for me this year.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Sketch Book Post!



Some random pages from my current sketch book.

Crap that I really should finish....



Well, here is are several sketches I should take to finish ......someday.