Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Giant Moleskin Sketchbook Post! - Part 1

The first page!

A strange second page!


Official intro page - with Girls!

More Girls (please note the various themes) - with "other" stuff.

WAY back in my ol' CSULB days I had done an illustration project for Mark Twain's "The Innocents Abroad" - in the end it all burned in the fires of 2007. Here I started re-sketch/re-visiting the ideas.

Point-less Hot Chick.

Two page spread of Girls...again, wide variety of thematic ideas at work.

Various sketches for Scheckey and Maribelle for a new "Daring Monkey Adventure" comic book.

Another two page spread - it got a little clipped.

Maribelle has changed a lot over the years - and so I constantly work at improving her model.

A friend showed me some old Jim Lee X-Men cards - which just lead me to try the scene myself.

The rest of the old 90s era X-Men - the old Blue and Gold Team days...comics were weird back then too.

A friend of mine (Adam Knight) posted a pin-up of a cowgirl - so naturally I had to try myself, because I clearly do not draw enough Girls.
This has been a long time coming - and it's a mess, but what sketchbook isn't? Every year or so, I get one of those Giant Moleskin sketchbooks. Why? I like to draw big - and it can be used as a shield or offensive weapon in the street.

I tend to use the Giant Moleskin sketchbook differently from my regular sketchbooks. With these sketchbooks it's easier to use them for almost near illustrations - rather than say quick studies, plus they last a little longer than my spiral bound books - so longer drawings, with various markers isn't impossible.

At some point (in the distant future where humanity has been taken over by Apes...) I'll get around to finishing some of these up - such as what I did with my Centurion Corbulo...Just one day at a time...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Granny Turnaround & Model...

Oh - the horrors of aging...Perhaps a little extreme....

This is based on a little old lady I once helped in my ol' bookstore days. She went from being a "nice" ol' lady to a complete Sociopath. In retail you learn to fear the elderly.
Been a crazy few weeks already here at the lab. Here's a really quick turnaround I've been working on - part of the character design re-fresher course I've been doing. It's so much easier to do these digitally in Photoshop - no sheet after sheet of tracing paper - but there can be a lot of layers....A digital file still weighs less and easier to carry than a bunch of tracing paper though.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Random Morning Sketch...

In addition to my "day" job at the lab, I've been teaching an intro course to Photoshop. Usually while waiting I sketch out some girl. Here's one that I finished up.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Gesture Drawing - Week 3

Out of frustration - I sketched Sleeping Beauty during the break in class.

This was best sketch of the day - the figure was about 2-3minutes - the rest took about 2 more minutes.
You ever get one of those models you just can't stand? That was this week. I know it's a morning class but that's no reason for the model to show up and YAWN during every pose. And I know modeling isn't easy - but yawning, and disappearing to go check your email over and over - is just unprofessional. At first we were drawing the guy as a bee - and various bee "themes". Some of those sketches were "okay". It was easier, for me, to just completely change his sex and then some better sketches started coming out.

During his one his pro-longed absences I started and finished a sketch of Sleeping Beauty. I find keeping some model sheets with me in class as helpful. If I ever get stuck on a story idea - I can use the provided character - and trying to get a rough sketch as close to model in 2-3 minutes can be really challenging. Briar Rose from Sleeping Beauty has got to be one of the most challenging Disney Princess to tackle - there's a lot of poor imitations out there. Briar Rose is full of these sharp lines and angles that are smoothed out with graceful curves - that's what a lot of people seem to always miss. I think I did alright, but I'm not exactly ready to go out and knock out Marc Davis.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Gesture Drawing

Some quick 1 minute drawings suggested by the model's outfit.
My ol' pal Matt has got to be one of our most athletic models...

More 1 minute gestures....

This was my strongest gesture/story sketch from the session - so I add tone to it later in Photoshop.

Matt can't sing....

Later on we had Matt taking multiple poses for the same scene.

 One nice thing about working at a school is being able to keep taking classes as I hammer away my skills. This time around I thought I'd go back to gesture/character design class. Most of these were done on animation paper with a Faber-Castell Pitt pen. The only problem I have with the pen is the tip becoming frayed so quickly - but that may be how I'm using it.