Sunday, June 24, 2012

Blue with purpose

I was thinking. What's the best way to deal with two situations at once. Share my art on my personal art blog and help get Crash Bandicoot going again. Let's do both!

Here's some class demonstrations from 2002. Would you like to get started painting but you're not sure how to begin? Take one color of acrylics or watercolor. Something like Prussian Blue or Midnight Blue or Ultramarine. Paint a simple monochromatic tonal study of your work on a good quality paper. It'll look great and you're on your way to mastering some of the most important basic issues of color. That is tonal relationships.

You can also add text to your design. Something along these lines. And your blue artwork has purpose!



12 comments:

Gabriele Fiasconaro said...

You're doing a lot for Crash Bandicoot, all the fans are appreciating this. Even if I don't like the Crash games after Crash Bash I would like to see a new game, and maybe I have somethig that you will enhiy, but we have to talk about this in private. Unfortunately I can't find your e-mail.

Charles Z said...

I'll do more art to promote the return of Crash. This is a very busy week for me so I hope fans can be patient. Email is a problem as well. Once I clear things out it'll lighten up.

E.A. said...

Hey Charles. When you get time, help me figure out a way to get my own artwork to you via a private channel. It'd be much appreciated. Thanks, and I keep looking at these awesome designs. Crash Bandicoot or not, they always inspire me.

Charles Z said...

Thanks Enoch. We'll get it worked out.

last coon said...

What do you think, Charles, Crash will appear in the game PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale?

Charles Z said...

I think he should be in the game, don't you? I looked at the site and in the area where they ask who they would like to see in the game everyone is saying Crash Bandicoot. They're also asking for Spyro and even Jak and Daxter.

http://www.playstationallstarsbattleroyale.com/

Charles Z said...

Something else I noticed. Fans leaving comments at the Battle Royale site are asking for the original version of Crash.

Gabriele Fiasconaro said...

I think that the only real Crash Bandicoot is the one from the PlayStation one. The on eyou designed and then someone changed him because...I don't now maybe because they didn't like his old design.
What do you think of the Crash Bandicoot redesign we have seen on the PlayStation 2? Most important Twinsanity and Crash of the Titans.

Charles Z said...

Personally I prefer the earlier versions of Crash. He first started to change when Naughty Dog tried to please Sony Japan. They tried to make the character design something that the Japanese market would like. By the time of Jak and Daxter they were doing the same thing only very early in the development of the project. I guess they learned a lesson from Crash cuz when they started to get Sony Japan's input they didn't like it and stopped showing them work in progress.

last coon said...

My point of view about Crash designs. I really love how it was in CB1-3 and CTR. In Crash Bash it looked too simple, especially after CB2-3 (the design in this games is my favorite however I love it in the CB1, too). The next designs (in WoC, Twinsanity, CTTR) is not bad, but only not bad and nothing more. Crash in Twinsanity looks like stupid teenager. Honestly, I hate it. Crash in CNK is very good, it is last crash design that I love. Titans... titans is not crash game.

Gabriele Fiasconaro said...

I saw some concept arts on the old Nughty Dog Crash Bandicoot site, Willy Wombat was the first model for Crash Bandicoot right?
But why ND decided to change the character? What's wrong with Willy that japanese didn't like?

Charles Z said...

When I first met them and started working with ND there wasn't anything. My feeling is they got the concept for what became Crash from an image they saw in my portfolio when I was being interviewed for the project. ND doesn't tell you everything and they also have a history of misrepresenting the history of things or leaving it out altogether.

Crash was at the beginning called Willy the Wombat. The reason why the character's name was changed came from an incident when I was at a store in the area one night and saw a little figure that was called Willy the Wombat. I called ND the next day to tell them there was already a character with that name. That's why they changed it, and for the better I'd say.

In Japan they have a certain way of designing characters. ND wanted to make inroads into the Japanese market so they changed the look of the character to conform to what Japan is partial to.