Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Storyboard Revisions: An old "El Tigre" Test...











Several years ago I was once a "fancy-pants-intern" (really, that's the title they give you) at Nickelodeon on the "Mighty B!". Aside from steal donuts from various production kitchens - I asked for storyboard revisionist test at each show (then I stole more donuts).

Since then I've really been working on a lot of fundamentals - so much that I never really mastered in school - and even now it seems like the painful lessons just keep coming (don't even ask me about color).

For a while now I've been meaning to revise a lot of old test material. In-between all my other stuff, I've been re-working my old test (that whole strategy of work on something else so you don't get bored with the stuff you're suppose to be doing). One thing that has really changed - working digitally. When I first did this test - I used post-it notes and a light box. Photoshop, Sketchbook Pro and Storyboard Pro make a world of difference - ESPECIALLY WITH ALL THOSE FREAK'N SMALL PANELS! - Trying to keep characters in scale at such a small size would drive me nuts....now not so much.

By now all the shows have aired - so I doubt MTV/Viacom (which own Nickelodeon) will show up and break my knees and fingers if I post these now.

Then again - maybe they will show up....

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sketches from Studio Second Street...




Before I head back to SF and get submerged in the endless work and deadlines - I went to visit, very briefly, some old friends at Studio Second Street. It was nice to just relax a bit and sketch (there was a band playing for us to draw). I meant to go back later to catch up with everyone - but some how there's always something else to do....probably more portfolio work to be done....which is never done.

Maybe this year I'll get to sketch more often at Union Square once I'm back in SF...

Friday, January 14, 2011

Digital Turnaround: Goth Girl

My original sketch.

Eight layers later....

Almost there! Just 25, 30, 55 layers to go! Yah!
I realized a few months ago that I have yet to try creating a traditional five-point turnaround digitally. This is one of those ideas that should have come to me much much earlier....but I was probably thinking too  much about the Roman Empire....or girls....or how poor I am....whatever.

One of my goals on the semester break before I go back to the lab - was to get this turnaround really going and hopefully finish it. It drives me nuts how SOOOOOOOooooo many students at the lab keep going about turnarounds in the wrong way. They always want to start with the 3/4 front view - which is perhaps the coolest and hardest pose of the five. The way I was taught - you start with the PROFILE, then to the FRONT - THEN build the 3/4 FRONT.....and I tell the kids that over and over....but no one listens to me....

You know the best part of doing a turnaround digitally? No mountain piles of tracing paper....although 10,000 layers suck too.....

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sketchbook: Centurion Primus Pilus - Corbulo

From one of my Really Damn Big Moleskin sketchbooks.
Slowly fixing and finishing files from my computer troubles of late. Along time ago I did a "thesis project" about a Roman Legion. It turned out so SO badly - but it was at the time a good way to learn to draw. Years later - I'm some what pleased with the results...sort of....

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Another Legionarie...

Still working on "painting"... some day it all make sense....maybe...

Old Sketch New Sketch...

Years ago I had done some sketches of a Marilyn Monroe cartoon character (based mostly from her outfit in the film "Niagara"). Recently I came across the page - and absolutely hated them. So I had to re-draw them.

Of course in the course of working on this and other pics - my computer took a dive. Turned out my memory was bad - which is why I kept going into Kernel Crisis....a fun time for all. Part of the additional fun was finding out that a lot of my images got some weird corruption. On this pic it took all the blue strokes and turned it this lime-yellow. ....Yah, I'm lucky like that.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Fool'n Around in Sketchbook Pro

I started out sketching Obi-Wan Kenobi in Sketchbook Pro - and some how it turned into a picture of me.....Oh well. Done with the Sketchbook Pro pencil and chisel tip marker....