Monday, January 31, 2011

Finished Illustration... for now

Well, I struggled with the final for this one, msotly because I wasn't sure which way to go. I decided to stick with "cute and whimsical", though, after the fact I am not sure I made the best decision. Oh well.

Here are the thumbnails as I sort of felt out what I wanted.

The digital illustration.

And then, because Is till wasn't happy with the final results I switched media to gouache.

And that turned out even worse, so UUUURGH!

Turns out it's the whole design I dislike. It's missing some... zing, or something. I might have a chance to revisit her this week, and try to flesh out something a little more impressive. 

Or maybe I'll just try to do better next time.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Costumed Figure Drawings

Here are the drawings I did in class for my costumed figure class last week. They are all done with an ink pen, brushes and India ink on multimedia sketchbook paper. I love this model (It was the same from from my very first blog post), she is always a treat to draw!

It always takes me a while to warm up. I didn't experiment as much with the shapes in this one, and I think I should have, but I am just so pleased with her natural shape language that I stuck with that. It's a comfortable area for me to work in. Next time I fully intend to really stretch myself and see if I can come up with something really unique.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Hey guys. here are the final illustrations for the last two weeks of costumed figure drawings. I have to do all of my finished illustrations in a style, and they need to be consistent and portfolio-ready.

All of the blacks/inks are done with ink pen/nibs and the colors are in photoshop with some homemade ink textures over top. I lscanned the thumbs for these but I can't find them so no process this time, sorry.

My concept was that they were two secret agents forced to work together. The guys is more a fun-loving macho man and the chick is all business butt-kicking. Cue sit com.

I'm re-doing the guy later, and removing that weird background element (the brick thing).

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Here is an Alphabet animation

The timing is a little off on some things,e specially the ending. But I ran out of time so OH WELL.
More posts to come either late tonight or sometime tomorrow.
Why is this text small and why can't I change it? Ugh.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My Eyes are Bigger Than My Drawing hand

So I bit off way more than I can chew this term and as a result haven't really been able to stay on top of anything properly, much less do drawings. I haven't had time for warm-up drawings around massive AfterEffects animation projects, 35hours of work, watercolor paintings/thumbs and revamping my portfolio pieces. I am not really positive that I was ready for this Portfolio class only because I don't have any really finished pieces, at least nothing portfolio-quality. (I kind of don't even know what I want to focus on!!!).

So all of that is mounting and I am way stressed out.

I will keep posting things as they come but I can't guarantee they will be super exciting or fun or even frequent. I am going to have to go back to sticking with two classes a term after this, even though it pushes my graduation date back even farther. >.<

Thanks for your support!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Hey look an animation!

Here's the finished video. I plan on going back and making it better at some point (higher res video clips, slow down the panda-flight pacing, clean up the animations, add some more layers in the space and udnerwater scenes).

Music written and performed by thomas Slater.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Animation time

This is what I've been working on in AfterEffects for the past 5 days. I'm hoping to finish the thing by 5pm today so I can work on my other homework (likes painting things!) which will yield more interesting blog-type things. The assignbment is to make a video that acts as a self-portrait, using at least 30 different "elecments", two transforms one ach element, and music. The finished video will be posted here as well! later. When it is finished.


The aniamtion isn't turning out the way I wanted because I didn't have enough time to plan out a theme, so it's sort of a hodgepodge of personal thoughts clumsily adhered together with a sort of me-riding-a-panda-through-things theme.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Costumed Figure Day 01

Monday night was Costumed Figure drawing. I'm taking it again as an Independent study with a focus on developing a style and putting together a series of finished, unified works for my portfolio. We spent the first day drawing from projected images. I am switching to ink/watercolor next week and will continue to work with them through the term.

This is not from the class, it's just some brainstorming
for Jackie Chan's Year of the Rabbit competition

The rest are from class.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Small things

I have been drawing every day, it's just hard to find the time to scan and piece together everything for the blog. Apologies.

Here are some thumbnails for environments I did in a coffee shop he other morning. I need to work on more environments, hard core.

And here are some figure studies from ( Set to 30-seconds. I am way out of practice with my figures yikes!!!

I've got some things from class to post, too, tomorrow. Then I have a comic to make and some watercolors to work on, and after work I have to install After Effects so I can get cracking on homework. This term is going to kick my butt.

I'm terrified but also excited.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Back On The Bandwagon

Okay folks, I'm back. I didn't do a lot of serious work over the break (I had these great plans to do so many things and I didn't do ANY OF THEM BAH!) but I am also no longer an emotional mess, so I'll consider it healing time. I did doodle a lot, and that's what I'm posting today. I've misplaced about 3 pages of greeting card and painting brainstorming, and I'll post those when I find them.  I forgot to scan the paintings I did for friends for Christmas so that's a flop. oh well.

Firstly- EMO DOODLE TIME (there were a few pages of these but I'll only subject you to one because I care about your sanity)

UGH! Glad that's over with.

And that's it so far. I am SUPER STOKED to start school again, oh man!

I am still working on Nimble Norman, though the actual writing process is taking way longer than I expected. Hope to have it completely finished and written by the end of the month so I can move onto the thumbnails and sketches in Feb-March.