Friday, July 12, 2019
Saturday, June 29, 2019
A couple of months ago someone in the comments of one of my posts I was asked if I'd draw Coco Bandicoot. Recently I had a chance to try. It's been more than 20 years since I drew the character. In fact I haven't dawn anything with Coco since the time I designed the character.
Once I started drawing I found that she had changed. I was drawing her as an older more mature character it seemed. When I realized this I tried to get back to what she was like originally and I ended up the session with a look that was more on model.
I really enjoyed this and I hope you like the sketches. Black line ball point pen on blue pencil.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
You may recall this past April 10 when I posted a drawing that I intended to paint. Here's the link to the topic. This turned into a class demonstration on the basics of color and in painting the old fashioned way which helps in better understating of digital processes. On June 23 after several weeks of short work sessions I finished it.
Late last year at our old location I sketched a composition on punched illustration board used for painting backgrounds for animation production. I wasn't happy with what I did so I set it aside to work on it at another time. After the move I attempted to revive the work and see if I could salvage it. My intention was to render a pencil drawing of a character inspired somewhat by the silent movie star Clara Bow.
Here's what I came up with...
I was facing a problem as I embarked upon the first step of coloring this. The image was drawn in soft graphite pencil. If I were to lay down my underpainting in the manner I usually do which is to use sweeps from a broad brush I'd lose the image. The watered down pigment would wash it away. I solved the problem by making a pad of tissues and then lightly dabbing the board with color. Here's the result...
Once acrylic paints dry they create a plastic seal over the image. So no matter how many layers I applied on the board's surface the drawing would not be affected by the subsequent brushwork. Now I could get busy bringing the painting along to completion by first laying in some darks by using transparent washes.
Once that step was done I began to lay a foundation for her flesh tone with a suggestion of a light source. By mixing white into the pigment the color becomes opaque and we start to get some coverage to block out the background texture.
Next I spent a little time blocking in the whites of her eyes.
With that done we get a feel for the balance between the light tones and the dark. Also we get a sense of the character coming to life. This was followed by more modeling of her flesh tones. This step involved adding some blush to her face and slightly accentuating shadows.
I went on to add the subtle red tints in her face to her upper torso.
Now it's time to go back into the darks and really bring them out. Contrast between tonal values is a very important aspect of working in color. Healthy contrast between tonal values really brings a composition to life and is necessary in giving the work a sense of completion.
Adding highlights to the hair and a finishing touch to the eyes and lips finally brings the painting home. So after nearly 12 weeks of short work sessions the last 2 of which were with a small group of painting enthusiasts meeting at the Academy on Sundays here's the result...
Now I can share the painting online and at local art shows here in Burbank once it's framed. Also since I kept a record of the progress of the work I can use it for educational purposes and in publishing as is the case here.
The painting measures 10 1/2 x 7 7/8 inches (about 26.7 x 19.7 centimeters). My original intent was to give the image a feel of a silent movie film with slight tints of color. Hopefully I've achieved that goal through the impression it gives you.
Thank you for checking in and following along. I'll be back soon with more creative fun!
Friday, June 14, 2019
I was invited by a local school just down the block from my own school to participate in an event where several different organizations would set up a booth and interact with their students. Brighton Hall in Burbank is famous for nurturing up and coming acting talent. Janet Jackson attended the school at one time along with many other celebrities when they were kids.
I participated for a while on May 18 2019 and had the chance to draw a few pictures of a couple of the video game characters I'm known for. Primarily Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon.
This is the first sketch I came up with. Crash is kind of asking himself what he's doing here. The line next to his ear is from the wind blowing the paper while I was drawing.
This next image I'm not too keen about as I've done better drawings of Spyro. It was my way of greeting visitors as they came by the booth.
As I was getting more comfortable I started having a little more fun with Crash.
I drew a few quick sketches of Crash for some of the kids there. This was done on May 21 to give my own students an idea as to what I was doing at the Brighton Hall event.
I started this sketch of Spyro at the May 18 event but didn't finish. I took the momentum back to class and completed the drawing as a demo for my own students.
Thursday, May 23, 2019
I had a chance to come up with some new ArtShark art. It's been a long time since I've had fun with the character that's the official mascot for my school. So for educational purposes here's some images that show the process.
This is the original sketch...
Next I darkened the image in Photoshop to isolate the line. Looks strange but it's a necessary step...
Afterwards I cleaned up the line so there's a pristine image to work with...
Next I added basic color to the composition...
Continuing on to the phase where I color the line to soften things up...
Then I added a light source and shadows...
Here comes a few finishing touches...
Finally I added text and the school's brand to give the image a theme... and there we have the finished image ready to go!
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Hello folks how are you doing? Yes I'm still here! Been extremely busy as that's pretty much the way things are as of late. No complaints as it's all positive and I have been creatively active. Yet I'm afraid that the overall activity is hampering my ability to stay on top of things communication wise.
That said let's get on to some fun!
This past January while embarking upon the task of moving my school to a new location I received a very nice letter from a group of students in an art club in Richmond Virginia. Here's the letter and the context of what they wrote...
"We are an art club of students from 2 schools covering your work and respect you greatly. We have tried to collect all you have done and admire you most for your versatility and imagination.
Could you autograph this card for inspiration and others to come? Thanks for teaching us what others have not."
Included was a stamped self addressed envelop with two 5 inch by 3 inch (12.7 x 7.7 centimeters) tabs of paper. So instead of just mailing back my autograph I decided to send a couple of little sketches of Crash and Spyro.
I hope this got to the art club while school is still in session. Thank you guys for your great letter and also for your patience with my reply. Cheers!
Monday, April 15, 2019
Here's a few additional demo drawings from class lectures recently. I was attempting to show my students ways of developing concepts and then prepping those ideas towards production. Primarily in the form of rotation models of the characters. The idea was to start with a cute little character and then transition it to something other than what you began with. In this case into a Frankenstein monster king of direction.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Here's some additional images I came up with in class while conducting sessions at my school. These are from both levels of Character Design. The beginning class is Character Design 1. The advanced class is Character Design 2. If the designs are complex or feature proportions consistent with the human body it's CD2. The rest are from aspects of CD1.
The new place is very accommodating to increased creative productivity which allows me to engage more in demonstrations than I normally would. I work with students on their own assignments first. When my students are doing well that frees me up for demos. The better my students do the freer I am in class to create examples.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
It was a lousy sketch a few months ago. Drawn with pencil on a piece of punched illustration board used for painting backgrounds for animated films. Now that I'm clearing up the mess after the move to a new location I decided to rework it and I think it's okay. My intention is to color this using acrylics as a class demonstration. We'll see how it turns out.
Saturday, April 06, 2019
Hello there ladies and gents! I hope you're doing great. As you may know from previous posts I've had the daunting task of relocating my school earlier this year. I was finally able to complete the job in late February and the ensuing effort has been to organize. I've gotten things to the point where a semblance or normalcy is forming and as such the opportunity to get back to something of a creatively productive routine.
As such I'm happy to be posting again and would like to start with some odds and ends. My schedule has been busy but I am fining opportunities to draw during class. Almost everything I've been doing since the time of the move has been class demos. These sketches originate from sessions where I'm explaining things to my students and having fun in the process.
I'll be around with more soon. Thank you everyone for stopping by and for continuing to follow my humble little blog!