Saturday, February 27, 2010

Day 64

Draw jam with TK with topic Spirit (the comic), I tried some really extreme angle with lots of foreshortening, but probably didn't really pull it off that well.
Still lots of fun to do!
Click on the image to see it bigger for detail.

DSC 63

So today's sketch actually done in the chillstream. Topic was Kitsuna, some fox/woman mix character.
I really thought of "story" in the pose, like she's caught by surprise...

Friday, February 26, 2010

DSC 62

There was a contest to win a Bobby Chiu painting today. A one hour challenge to draw a 2000 year old creature.

Day 61

Hey, I noticed there's more people following my blog! Thanks! Well I have to apologise for some crappy drawings then :D But those bad drawings are the most important ones, don't forget Disney's great quote "We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us so the sooner you get them out the better".
Today I did some memory sketches again using posemaniacs, pick a pose using the random poseviewer. Observe it and then recreate the pose in your sketchbook. This time I drew a little frame first in the corner of my page to help me break down the line of action and proportions a bit better before going in rough. Definitly got some better results this time around. The next and shoulder I always find a real difficult thing to draw, especially from bird perspective, there are just so many connections (the head, the shoulders, arms, breasts, spine...they all journey to that one center).
In grey you can see my memory drawings, and then next to it the pose drawn from reference.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Day 60

I was working untill the early morning hours yesterday after coming from an inspiring talk by Richard Baneham (supervising animator on Avatar), Tom Moore (director and creator of Secret of Kells) and2 more guests who directed the short Granny Grimm's Sleeping Beauty. All of these guys are graduates from my college and are nominated this year for an Academy award. (special effects - feature film - short)
They kept putting the stress on "story", to really push story in all your work. Anyway yesterday's sketches I did were character concepts for our group script project.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Day 59

Same exercise as yesterday! It's a hard one! Actually I changed it up a bit where I allowed myself from the third drawing to exaggerate the pose and turn it into a more stylized drawing. Some succesful and some not.

This one definitly turned out best, a lot better then the references drawing anyway which I screwed up :D

Monday, February 22, 2010

Day 58

Wohaaooo! I've been gone for a week from this sketchbook!
I was really worn out so I took some time to get some sleep and recover some energy.
But it's time to step back into action!

The best way to learn new stuff is not to make pretty pictures, and to prove it here are some awfull looking images :D Using posemaniacs I looked at a pose for a coupleof seconds and then tried to draw that pose in my sketchbook leaving room for another sketch beside it using the reference.
I think it's a great way to see what your weaknesses are! And great training for your memory muscle too!
I'll try and do tis for a few days and see if I get any better using this method.

greyed out are the sketches drawn from memory and then next to them the drawing from reference (posemaniacs)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Day 56

Tomorrow I have a party so I thought I'd do my sketches this night. And technically it is already friday! These are sketches for a character design I have to do on our group script. His name is Graham, he's a romantic soul who lost his wife when she died of cancer, he could never really deal with this so he always looks at the stars through his telescope in the hope to find his wife. As a result he became a heavy drinker.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Day 53

I couldnt find any motivation to do studies today, but TK was drawing supergirl, and that seemed quite cool to do, so here's supergirl!

The first image lacked lots of stuff:
- Weight of that character she is holding on top,
even though she is supergirl...
- No expression in her face
- Story..why is the pig/dog there??

So this is the second image:

Monday, February 8, 2010

Day 52

So today another digital..again endresult was not important at all. this one was much better then yesterdays attempt anyway, but the key really is to work from simple tonal shapes.

Here's the workflow:

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Day 51

Tried something different today..
did a digital tonal painting using a large paintbrush for as long as possible,
and then go in with a finer brysh to add detail.

1) large oil rough bristol brush for sketch

2) using the same brush I started to place lighter and darker tones

3)I then started to put in midtones and blend some areas

4) Blend in some more and where I started to loose shape I went in with a hard brush to create a solid edge.

5) With a much smaller brush (oil round bristol) I started to paint the face,
and blend some more areas. I then adjusted the levels of the image to get more of a contrast...

This is obviously far from finished, but the aim of this exercise wasn't to get a pretty picture but to try out different things...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Day 50

50 days of sketching one hour? nice one!
Well can't say today will be a memorable post, I want to work on some character designs before I visit nightmare land. But today I just did a bit of markmaking, not so much focussing on the drawings.

Warmed up with 60 second sketches on posemaniacs...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Day 49 is taxing...especially working 4 nights straight on college nights, when do I do my assignments? At 1am I guess :D

Day 48

poor day, just did some studies of the forearm which sometimes gives me trouble, especially the connection to the wrist/hand