Thursday, December 16, 2010

That was interesting

I came across a blog today that showed some neat painting of backgrounds for Samurai Jack. Personally, I really liked that show even though I didn't get to see a lot of episodes. It was neat how often they told the stories without a lot of dialogue. I can't say I learned a lot from watching it, but it was interesting just to watch since I don't know much about professional level traditional painting.

So here ya go, I'll share it with you all. Enjoy.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Been Missing

I haven't made a post since I moved to Toronto. Sorry about that, but there has been a lot of adjusting to do and so I haven't had much time to draw actually.

My internship position goes well, I'm two weeks in and I can honestly say I'm learning a heck of a lot. It never ceases to amaze meat how much work goes into making an animated series. There are so many steps I just didn't know about and so many little things you have to watch. My supervisor is really cool, I love how much she is will to explain to me. That reminds me, I didn't realize how much I had forgotten about Maya till I got this position. There are so many technical, simple things I just forgot where they were or just forgot entirely what to do. I alway try to remind myself to ask even if I feel like I'm going to look like an idiot because I did warn them I didn't know anything about layout for 3D, needless to say, they haven't complained yet. I hope this week goes even more smoothly, I would like to get less retakes since it would be a sign I was improving.

Since I haven't been doing much art, I don't have a lot to post, but I have been going through old sketches of mine and just playing around with colouring them. Also, yesterday I drew up something and tried to be more painterly and sketchy with it at the same time so the line work was done on the same layer as the painting so some of the colour overlaps the line work. It's been something I wanted to try for a while. I hope to play with it more.

Oh, and I bought a new sketchbook since I lost my other one. This new one is where I plan to do water colour work since I decided I really would like to pick that up again. I just find it very stressful to start a painting since I feel like I have no idea how to water colour paint... Ah well, practise, practise.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Links to cool places

Hey

For a change in pace I have some cool links to various art places. Thanks goes out to A-2 for not only chatting with me for like, 3-4 hours, but also linking me to these cool blogs. What a champ!

First, this little video I found inspirational: http://characterdesign.blogspot.com/2010/07/pascal-campion.html
Sure, there isn't anything really technical going on there, but it left me that warm and fuzzy feeling.

Next is this funtastic wealth of background images from animated shows: http://animationbackgrounds.blogspot.com/
Which I only had time to glance through, but saw some Warner Bros. stuff so I immediately think it's gonna be cool. You can definitely feel the fact that these layouts were for staging characters in front for animation. I hope to find more time to look through it.

Now, I think most of my colleagues will know this link, but heck let's just share it again: http://theartofglenkeane.blogspot.com/
It kind of speaks for itself, it's the art of Glen Keane. Ya, I should spend more time reading through this too, the guy is pretty frigging amazing.

Finally there is this blog, which by the way updates practically every SINGLE DAY. Yeah, I don't know how he does it either, but the guy is amazing. You may know James Gurney from his work on Dinotopia, but his posts here vary into a wide rage of topics: http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/

Anyway, other that that I have been drawing, but meh, this should keep you busy for a while.

Later

Monday, October 4, 2010

This Week

I didn't really have time to draw, I was stressing over animation applications. I did get a test sent away today though so let's hope my efforts bear fruit.

Hope everyone is doing well. Later!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sketches this Week

I'm in a hurry. Last one is a work in progress, I'm dreading the tiles so it might end up like a small pool of water, go lack of confidence, go. I think she is singing... I also think she might be able to see the future. Hey, all of these are chicks... I don't know how that happened.






PS- I'm going in for an animation test this weekend coming... wish me luck. =D

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sketches this Week

Slightly late.

I had a birthday to attend on the weekend and that meant a lot of travel time. As a bonus, I drew while on the train. That would explain how disjointed the images were. Since the train was in motion, I couldn't see anything for more than a couple seconds and most of what I could see was tops of roofs soooo there ya go, pipes and metal things on roofs. Other things are digital work. One I forgot from last week and the other I just really like that jacket. Designed it myself, I dunno about the colours though... but it reminds me of Dune. =D




Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sketches this Week

Okay, they aren't all from this week, but they are still never before posted. My poor Deviant art is neglected...

For a while there I was going to the local coffee shop and sketching what I saw outside the window or off the terrace. It was nice. Yes, I still have that green sketchbook A-2 gave me, I never seem to be able to keep stuff to one book or even to a book. Usually I'll just grab what's around and draw on that. I don't mind though, the sketches are mine and it's not like I have to format or display them. The one with colour was just me trying to get back to doing something in colour, I have been doing a lot of rough sketches then leaving them. A lot. Ummm, the creature in dark red/pink, that was from when I came home this week and felt very frustrated so I whipped her up. Just played around with the shading today, but I hope to finish it and focus on values so there shouldn't be any colour. Colour seems to distract me a lot so I've decided I should think more about light and value. Perhaps I'll get off my lazy butt and do more finished work. Oh, forgot, the tree trunk. I did that yesterday because I realized I had no idea exactly how to draw bark or trees as they enter the grass. It turned out better than I expected.







On a completely different note, the other day I ran into a fantastic blog by the wondrous James Gurney. I suggest you all check it out. He seems to update his blog every day, which blows my mind. It's nicely set up and talks about a variety of different things, which is fun. It made me realize how lacking in interest my blog is, but hey, I do what I can; I'm not gonna compete with his organizational skills.

See ya next week!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Haha weekend, what?

Ya, totally missed last weekend as far as posting what I've been drawing. Aw well, still been working on animating so I haven't done much.
Just punched this out before bedtime. Took somewhere between forty minutes to an hour. Made me feel so much better though since I haven't coloured anything in.... weeks. Eck.


It's incomplete, but like I said, I just had to do SOMETHING. Hopefully better things to come this weekend.

Later!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Oooops

Was I suppose to post something this week? A heh heh too bad. Too tired.

Maybe next week.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Gone Camping

Sorry, no sketches, gonna be gone camping all weekend and I've been focusing on animation so I haven't had time to draw as well as work and animate. I plan to take a bunch of pictures from the camping trip so they might end up on Facebook if I remember.

See you all next week.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Sketches this Week

Wh0a!

A friend of mine came down and visited me for the whole long weekend! It was great, I felt like I got a lot started, even if I don't seem to have a lot finished. It was fantastically motivating to have another artist over I could immediately call on for opinions. I even started a new animation piece. Below are some sketches I finished. I must have filled up at least four pages in my sketchbook too, but I'm not in the mood to scan them in this week:


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sketches this Week

Yeaaaa.

My sister decided she was moving out this weekend so I don't have a lot of time for sketches. Instead, check out the WIP files for this art I'm still finishing. Does anyone have tips on how to paint marble floor tiles?







Saturday, July 10, 2010

Sketches this Week

Hey again,

This week has been... interesting. Yesterday I spent almost all day trying to figure out what inspired me and coming up pretty empty handed except for admiring Amano's inkwork. Problem with that is, I wanted to make a watercolour piece so that doesn't help. I'm finding I am more interested in techniques than subject matters so there are all these things I want to try, but nothing to try them on. I want to do some serious work, but I can't seem to find a topic I really want to put that much time into. It's very frustrating and I'm not sure what to do about it.

Anyways, here's what I've sketched with this week:





Last one is pretty much me drawing stuff from my Amano book. I actually have had a huge fear of drawing anything Vampire Hunter D related since I like it so much so this was me kind of working through that. Bottom left girl is just me playing with inking though.

See ya next week.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sketches this Week... and Stuff

So it turned out A-2 couldn't come down for the whole weekend this weekend, but we made the most of today. We spent a surprising 5 hours at the closest Tim's then hit the Chapters to peruse some books we had discussed.

Talk was pretty random, there was a lot of nostalgia and I'm gonna miss how much we think alike and say the phrase the other one was thinking. Still, I suppose we could try to do that over the net, but it just won't freak people out the same. It wasn't very surprising that most of the talk was about art and we swapped a few artists we liked, promising to email one another their sites to check out. I thought we would get time to sketch, but I never got pen to paper, not that I mind, we talked a lot about plans for pictures and concepts, even the idea of getting the monthly challenges back up. Overall I think it was a good and productive time that reconnected my love for all things art and animation. Few things are better than having someone engaging to talk to.

Yesterday I actually did draw something, actually I drew a lot of things, but only one was on paper so I've scanned it in to post here. I'm also including the magazine I picked up while at Chapters. I bought one copy for myself and one for A-2 as a parting gift; I told her I expected to see more pictures because of it, but I'm sure she draws plenty and just doesn't get it up on the net. Anyways, the book's focus is on anatomy and I adore it. It's a special issue from Imagine FX, but I think I mention that mag enough to everyone I know so I won't say more.


I actually played a video game this week soooo ya, tried my hand at some fanart. Probably will never finish it, but I adore Guilty Gear, I honestly do. I want Blazblu!!

'Kay, that's all I've got this week. Have a safe trip A-2!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Getting a Visit, also Update on Life

So, A-2 is coming down to see me this weekend and I am really looking forward to it. It gets lonely down here, you know? Anyways, hopefully we can sketch our little hearts out and I'll post the results of our efforts on Sunday night or something. The weather should be nice so there are plenty of places I wanna take her since she doesn't know the area that well.

In other news, I'm being switched to the day shift at work, which sucks because that means work 5 days a week instead of 4. Not looking forward to that, but I am doing an animation test so, crossing my fingers I'll get a call back on this one. Hope, hope.

Anyone know if there are studios hiring in B.C.? It's the only place I haven't scouted out yet.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sketches this Week

Ya, I'm trying to sketch a bit before work everyday. Not that I manage all the time, but w/e it keeps me going. Also, inspired by the web comic Hanna is Not a Boy's Name; it's wicked, I love the style. I tend to want to post the prettier sketches I do, but then I realized I shouldn't be so judgmental, my Deviant art is for pretty stuff (which is why I rarely update it >.>;;;).

Some classmates might remember those cheap recycled paper sketchbooks. Ya, I just found mine so I'm filling the remaining pages. This means pen works best. This also means simple is best because you can't get gradients or details on that rough paper. Or I can't anyways. My sketches aren't very random, mostly just me trying to be simple in clothing and poses. Also, that's my work gear.



Sunday, June 13, 2010

Oh, Paper

I miss paper sometimes, I really do. I'm trying to get back into traditional stuff, it feels more engaging. I have a roll of paper I found in my parents' basement and instead of letting them throw it out, I now use it to sketch on. Once it gets too annoying to unroll to a blank section I cut it off. The roll is pretty big so I should be at it for a while, but I like the fact that I can unroll a long piece right over my desk and just get to it.


For some reason, when I upload these they are rotated, so rotate them to the correct angle... in your mind.

Joy to weekends. I also plan to go out every Friday and sketch at the local coffee shop. It reminds me of Toronto, overpriced drinks and all.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

AWOL - sorry guys

Hey,

I know I've been missing for a while, but I have been sketching stuff. I got a reminder from a friend of mine telling me I should remember to post more stuff so thank you, you know who you are. Always cool to know people are looking at my stuff.

I got into this online comic called Hanna is Not a Boy's Name and I just love the graphic style the artist uses on the characters. I can't emulate it much myself, but I wanna try drawing focusing more on the total gesture and motion of the character then the details of the anatomy and realism.

Anyways enough of that. Now for some sketch stuff.






I paint sometimes, honest. XD

Monday, March 15, 2010

Weekend Scribbles - Cleaned

Took a few minutes to pick out the scribbles that I really liked from the weekend and colour them up real quick. Aren't they cute? I don't think the walrus looks diseased enough, but I don't know what I could add to it.


Weekend Scribbles

Had a friend of mine down for the weekend to draw and watch movies and have an all around good time. We got a lot accomplished art-wise including some fun doodles while we watched "Dune", okay, we didn't really watch it very much, but that's not the point. It somehow ended up being hilarious. Anyways the sketches are fun too and basically have nothing to do with the movie.

Enjoy.

They may be sideways and out of order from time to time, but we drew on this long roll of paper so we just kept pulling more over as we went along. That also explains why some is cut off; the paper was too wide for the scanner. She's red, I'm blue. Let the laughter ensue.





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