Thursday, March 31, 2011

Storyboards: What Happened Next Exercise - The "Girlfriend" Award...

One of those cool storyboard exercises that I keep meaning to get around to. The idea is pretty simple - find a random picture on Google, Flickr, Photobucket, etc - then board out what happened next in the picture.

While searching though a bunch of images on my hard drive, I found a random pic of a girl with an award ribbon - and went off  from the there.

Maybe I'll get off a second pass.....

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit - Model Sheet Build Up via Reverse Engineering

For the class I'm taking part in we are all building a maquette of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, the precusor to Mickey Mouse. To help out I built a set of model sheets to help everyone in class build the maquette.

This was kinda of an interesting reverse engineering job. The original maquette came from one of the Disney stores. I took several pictures for reference, then drew the whole thing into Photoshop. In took some 21 layers - but eventually I got much measuring and comparing....

Academy of Sciences - Animals Drawings!!!

Earlier this week I went, as part of a class, to the Academy of Sciences here in SF. Along with all the screaming, germ infested children - there was a bunch of dead/stuffed animals (and some dinosaur skeletons) to draw.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Film Noir Project: The Femme Fatale Design

This has been a long time coming...and still a bit of a work-in-progress, but every character design is. I've been slowly, very slowly, re-starting a film project that got grounded. This time I'm trying to get all the ground work laid before to much starts. I did this sheet to aid in my boarding of the project, which is going into it's fourth draft now - hope to post that some time as well. Otherwise, still trying to get painting down, both flat and rendered stylings down.

If anyone is wondering - I based the Femme Fatale on Jane Greer - particularly Jane Greer from "Out of the Past" - one of my favorite film noir.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Gladius, Spatha and Pugios - Roman Weapons Prop Designs

I know - big surprise - more Roman stuff! Been meaning to finish this for a while - and thanks to my pal, Adam Dix for reminding me of clipping masks it got a whole easier. Hopefully I'll get to some more of these - I always seem to find various examples of the gladius to study.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Master Studies: Tom Oreb and Marc Davis

I know a lot of artist are uncomfortable with "copying" - but I've always seen it more like training. Recently the class I've been taking on the side at my job at the animation lab - assigned doing a breakdown of a master's work. I went with two of my favorites - Tom Oreb and Marc Davis. I did both of these studies with Photoshop. I was going to add my own version of the Infamous Red-head from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride and a turnaround of the Tom Oreb's (I think it's Oreb's) Briar Rose - but once again I had more work going on than I thought.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Really, really, really, really, late, late Valentine's Day Joke.

SO....I'm really late posting this. Too much crap (work, freelance, work, teaching, work....) going on.

And yes, I have a lot of issues with people not forming a PROPER line at Starbucks.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Five Years Ago...and Today!

Recently things that have been going on have been making me pause and think back. That's actually hard these days - time before the fires in 2007 seem really distance. There are few things that I can actually look at from those time - but a few days ago I found some old drawings. I had been looking for images that had been posted on this blog in the past - instead early drawings of Maribelle. I remember how much work, help, and reviews just to get those old drawings to work - trying to over come the distortion problems I had back then. Photoshop back then had been this irritating affair - I could never get the brush to work the way I wanted it to. The only way though it turned out to do a lot of drawing...Funny how that's almost always the solution.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Battle Sketches with Angie...

During the last gesture drawing session with Angie - she did a sequence playing out two characters. Later I took the sketches into a rough pass in Photoshop as storyboards. I think it needs a few more shots to really complete the sequence - an establishment shot, and a final resolution.

Gesture Drawing - Week 6?...uh yeah, Week 6.

Mega-Upload! ....This is what happens when you get slammed with a ton of work...and I was really picky on what to put up here. Lots of sketch'n....and I have some four portfolios I got to finish and send off soon. Damn deadlines.

During one of the models breaks I did a quick sketch with a China Marker - later I threw it into Photoshop. She's one a character design I'm working on for a Film Noir Project....some day I'll put the boards up for it.
China Markers RULE.
At one point we were using model sheets of the little girl from the Pixar short "One Man Band".
I find Angie and one other model here at the Academy to be the most challenging to draw. They have really unique faces. During every Costume Carnival I try, in vain, to get a good sketch of Angie's face - but it always falls short from my expectations.
Aside from Matt - Angie is probably one of the most dynamic models I've worked with.
Yeah - Angie held this for TWO MINUTES. I would have passed out.

The above set is all of one of the best models here at the Academy - Angie. How she or Matt can take and hold these dynamic poses - especially when Angie does some of these martial art moves - blows me away. I suppose they have gym memberships...

Took the below sketch to a light box - did a quick re-sketch - and then dropped it into Photoshop.
The original, in class, sketch - done with brush pens in about 3 minutes.
Connie as a street girl in Paris.

This next set is of Connie - one of the more imaginative models here at the Academy. She has a lot interesting and suggestive ideas....She often plays characters that are much younger than she is. I'll have to dig though the set some more - there are plenty of great poses of her that are closer to her real age - but I end up with a lot of young gal poses it seems.
At the beginning of class I try to always have a model sheet to do some warm-up sketches from. This week it was Tinkerbell.
Here, once again, I took a sketch and revised it in Photoshop.
This was the first sketch - above is my second pass at the pose.

Same idea here - the one just above was the first sketch - then the second pass.

Mr. Magoo as a Men-in-Black agent.

For a bit we were drawing the model as a bee.
One of the better story ideas of the day.
Indiana Jones as a bee. At the suggestion of a student - the model went to get a whip from the prop room. Somehow it took him 15 mins to get it when its only a 5 min walk.
Later on, I think I mentioned this in a previous post, I got frustrated with the model - so I changed his sex to distance myself from him.
Took two sketch to the light box.
Then Photoshop!