Friday, October 21, 2016

Crash Bandicoot - Soccer Short by lillemann / GeniDude

Here's something that a visitor to my blog posted in the comments of my previous post. This is what lillemann came up with. GeniDude on YouTube. Using the drawings from the little Crash strip I published here for the World Cup 2 years ago he made an animated video. Take a look...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Vampire Girl

Hello there and I hope you're well. I had a chance to do an acrylic demo in class tonight. 

Yes I do indeed enjoy painting. Digital is nice but this is the real deal baby.  We go back in time to a scan of the composition once the initial tint was applied to get rid of the white of the surface and seal the pencil line. This is on heavy duty illustration board.

In the beginning there was the primal drawing.

Much fun and everyone had a good time.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Crash Bandicoot - Painting by street light

Well I was asked at the last minute to help out at the first annual Music and Arts Festival tonight at Johnny Carson Park in Burbank California where everyone is happy. The park is tucked between Disney Studios and NBC on the south side of town. They wanted me to do a painting demo at the booth for the Burbank Art Association which has been in the city since 1850 and I was the president 2 years ago. Great honor.

So I packed my painting gear along with some acrylics and tucked it all into my traveling bag and hopped on my bike and rode off for the night show. They had a band playing with great music and canopies with a lot of different arts organizations there. At our place we were painting for the people.

I had about an hour before it wrapped up so I got my stuff and started sketching out something on heavy duty illustration board that had animation register holes punched in it. Then I slapped on the pigment. I was painting by street light as it was already getting dark when I got there. Plus the shadow from the canopy blocked what light I could get. Very challenging conditions. Had a nice group of people around getting into the music and enjoying themselves as I did this...

Exploring Ogres

Here are a few lecture demos I created from working with online students this week. I was explaining how to develop some ideas for a specific kind of character. In this case an ogre. In the first sketch I used some comparative anatomy between our species and neanderthal to show the difference in skull morphology. I had something of a neanderthal in mind as I started to develop a design. These drawings were done digitally on a Cintiq.

By the third image I was combining some animal design elements and pushing simplified graphics. A lot of fun plus my students appreciated the lesson.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Spyro Portrait

I've been swamped and it's good to finally be able to post some new art again and sat hello. Here's something I finished this evening. A class demo in acrylics for my visual development students. I thought I'd give Spyro a little love and attention by painting a portrait of him. This took 4 sittings. About 45 minutes to an hour each time. It's as far as I got. I've also included the underpainting to give an idea as to how it progressed. I hope you enjoy it. This was a lot of fun. Thanks for checking it and good wishes to you! 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Portrait of a special pooch

For a dear friend's birthday I was at a loss as to what to get as a gift so I painted a picture of her dog. Acrylics on illustration board. I used a photo that was emailed to me before as reference along with my own interpretation of the subject. Something different and fun to do.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Drawings from class

Hello to all! This week I collected several of the drawings I did for my students in class. I took their assignment concepts and instead of going over them I drew next to their composition. So here's an exhibit in chronological order. These are from online and onsite students. Taking the exact character and pose they were striving for and helping them by example to nail it with solid drawing and design. 

It's a challenge going from one style and approach to another. Working through a wide variety of individual and unique concepts. Teaching like this really helps an artist to lock it down with their own skills.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Catching up

Hello there and thanks for checking in with my blog. I've been busy busy busy folks. My school is buzzing along and now that I conduct online sessions that aspect of it has taken up even more time. It's all positive and I'm not complaining other than I wish I had more opportunity to dedicate to personal creativity. In any case it's all good as they say. 

I am still experiencing happiness and joy for the Crash Bandicoot fans over the recent news of the revival of the character as a Skylander and also the remastering of the first 3 games.

I've had a chance to do a few things lately. This is an image I came up with while toying with a new software called Mischief. It allows you to create vector based digital images. Amazing stuff as one can create within an infinite canvas. No matter how much you zoom in on the picture the pixels will never break up as with bitmap based programs like Photoshop. You can export the visible image as a jpeg file.

Earlier a long time friend of mine who is a masterful artist at the major studio level stopped by and we had fun coming up with the look for a new character. He described what he was looking for and I tried a few versions based upon his concept.

Thanks again everyone and I would like to especially thank you super cool people for all the page views I've been getting even though I haven't been active as of late. I'll try and get back to a more frequent schedule.