Saturday, July 19, 2014

Looking for Mona Lisa

At times I search for an enigmatic image in my mind of somebody that would fit the bill. It's fun for me to explore Mona Lisa. This is what I came up with tonight.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Character design studies - Female form

I've been practicing drawing the female form and adapting it to design concept. It's a good exercise as well as a lot of fun of course. Here's some of what I've come up with recently.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

Madonna and child

I was doodling the other day and came up with this. Not so much a depiction of Mary and the baby Jesus as it is an allegorical representation of the sacredness of motherhood. I've always been interested in Byzantine art and imagery of the eastern church and I let some of that influence come through in this drawing. Thanks for checking in.  

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Recent stuff - Head concept designs

The past few days I've had a chance to take a break from what I've been doing and get into some random concept sketching. Some of these drawings I did with my students and some during private time. Blue pencil with black line in a few of them. Good practice delving into a variety of ideas. Enjoyed myself and I hope you find these images appealing.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Cubby bear night

The other evening sitting in on the Character Design class at my school I used the opportunity to teach multiple lessons. Among them a head rotation and also some basics in tonal rendering and texture.

I asked my students how long they thought it would take me to do a simple head rotation for the design I had in mind. I did this in 15 minutes while interrupted twice.

Here are a couple more concepts for the character I was developing. I have an idea emerging as to who he could be. The drawings are in blue pencil and I plan to finalize them with black line at some point.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Exploring the inner werewolf

Sometimes you've got to get in there and let the beast roam free. Here's a couple of blue pencil sketches I came up with recently. It's my intention to finish them with graphite and black line. Meanwhile these are the raw drawings. How many ways are there to design a werewolf? We'll never know unless we try...

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Drawing a Wolfman, jack!

I like drawing creatures and I especially enjoy drawing werewolves. The other day in the Visual Development class I had a chance to work on a demonstration while students were doing their assignments. The idea was to focus on textures and rendering techniques as well as the concept.

Here's a 3 stage sampling of the demo. First we start with a sketch using good ol' Col-erase blue pencil...

Then we progress by building up the darker tones and line through the use of a graphite pencil...

Lastly we top it off with fine point black line pen to further bolster darks and linework giving the composition a finished touch...

If you're working the image comprehensively then you should be able to stop at just about anywhere in the creative process and still give it a feeling of completion. That's the lesson for today! Thanks for checking in.