The sketch above I did was for a dictator like boss character, and they wanted him to have some "Kim Jong-Il and Castro"...Because the setting was sci-fi, I threw a little "ED-209" in there to help the lil' bastard get around...It runs on farts too.
This weekend I wanted to see "Ratatouille", but didn't get to go..But I will. I did however get to see "Surf's Up" the other weekend and I really enjoyed it. I mean, Penguins are played out, but then again I guess there's always room for more than one penguin film..I mean weren't there like 8 Vietnam flicks in the late 80's and early 90's?...Anyway, it was a better overall picture than Sony's last outing "Open Season", as it had more enjoyable characters and story. I will say this that I really do like Sony's overall art direction, both in "Open Season" and "Surf's Up". The environments and character designs in "Surf's Up" were really impressive, and damn did the water look amazing.
Been heads down on our latest PSP title as well as ramping up for a new project, but I've been trying to get this lil' piece done in between. It's of course Yoda, and I haven't finished the full color, but wanted to post up the progress I've made...In reality just like Luke gave up trying to lift that X-Wing out of the Dagobah swamp, I might do the same with this.
OK, I've had discussions with my fellow geeks on this point, but didn't it seem that Today went from using his "backward speech" only slightly in "The Empire Strikes Back" to every single damn sentence in the prequels?
Here is another lifedrawing, and yes ladies we don't just draw nekkid women, but also dudes..And yes, they're nekkid too. . I had a male model in class who was a dead ringer for old Saint Nick, ( he didn't have a sack full o' toys, but indeed had a sack ) and I'll scan it in...Maybe even make it my Christmas card this year.
I know. " Too Much Info" but here is one of the sketches I scanned, I went with a more gestural sketch and actually used charcoal for this. I usually as an animator always use pencil, but once in a blue, I will try something new and get some nice results.
Went through and started to scan some of the lifedrawings from my portfolio and various sketch pads, so I'll start posting them up once in a blue.
I remember the first time I started doing life sketches in school and when I brought my sketchpad home, my uncle was like "They don't have any clothes" and I still hear that statement today whenever you talk about "nude" models.
I think the only other occupation that can relate to seeing a nekkid person in a professional context are doctors....I mean, don't get me wrong when an attractive girls walks in, your like "Wow, not bad" but then when that pencil hits the pad, your more concerned that you drew her feet like crap, then what her nipples look like.
Hope you all had a good Memorial Day weekend, filled with BBQ and cold beer!. It's been awhile since I've posted any sketches, so here is a chick...With gloves.
I decided to post the pencil sketch as well, because I ain't thrilled to death with the color, but in the pencil version I think I went a bit too forced ( perspective wise ) with the hands. As Jerry Seinfeld would say "She's got Man Hands!"
The weekly "Inspiration Thurday" is hella late this week, so it got kicked to Monday..I don't think my 3 regular readers are in any uproar over it, but deadlines and such got in the way.
Anyway animation is such a quick process, and in animation there are many techniques that take place in that 1/24th of a second to fool that you never really notice..One of them is the Blur.
One of my animation teachers Doug Compton showed us this great Warner Brothers cartoon called the "Dover Boys Of Pimento University", check it out:
After watching it, we went back on a few scenes and he went frame-by-frame on the old 4 Head VCR ( we're talking 1993 here) and we saw some of the images below ( which happens at 3:29 in the cartoon)
We were all pretty awed, as you never really focused on these crazy frames, but they are all over the film, and in many other ( especially Warners) cartoons.
When I worked on 2D games, I would use blurs for toony action, as it gave a good look, and cut down on the number of frames you would have to draw, in the 3D games I've worked on, we were able to get this effect in some of the anims we did for "Over The Hedge" PSP, especially with the speedy hamster Hammy. So it is definitely something that can be used for animation of all mediums.
It's been a lil bit since I've posted, and a weekend has come and gone. The big deal this weekend was that "Spider-Man 3" opened up, and it made ass-loads of cash. I haven't seen it yet, mainly because this weekend was also was Cinco De Mayo, so I was too busy drinking Tecate's and eating fried foods lathered in cheese, which made my Spidey-Sense tingle all the way to the Banjo!
Even though some friends of mine said it was "alright" I still plan on catching it next weekend, and hopefully at IMAX...But until then I did up a sketch of ol' Spidey, which was actually a lot of fun, as he lends himself to awesome animated poses..As much as Spidey has been in movies and media, my first and fondest memory of the "Wall Crawler" was when he appeared on "The Electric Company". Web sling your way down memory lane HERE
Sorry haven't posted in awhile, but been busy, busy. I am on a new project at work, and one of the reasons is because one talented animator and good friend of mine Jason Newkirk a.k.a "Notorious Newsquirt" is leaving Amaze after 10 years!
You can go ahead and read about the awesome opportunity he is leaving for at his blog by clicking HERE
As a proper sendoff we decided to do up a caricature as a CD cover, and frame it with a gold CD, like some big time recording artist. It is a great play, because Jason loves music, and he loves all types of hip-hop. So I went on ahead and drew him up, rocking the Mickey Mouse boxers and the animation disc chain.
Newk and I along with two other artists shared an office 10 years ago when Amaze first started, and it was a great time, we had one CD player in our office and we'd pick a CD and we'd all listen to it...Jason had eclectic tastes, from "Zony Mash" all the way to Michael Bolton's "Secret Passion" opera CD, and even throwing in "John Tesh" for a round ( and I think each of those CD's were only played once ). All in all, he is a good guy, and in 10 years there have been a hell of a lot of laughs, late night crunches, and good times.
all images are copyright of Warner Bros...So don't sue my ass, I did pay for the book!
Figured I'd start a new post called "Inspiration Thursday" where I'll post either examples of art, blogs, books or animation that I have used as reference and inspiration as an animator and artist.
Gonna kick it off with these amazing backgrounds from various Looney Tune cartoons. These images I have been studying these for some background sketches ( which I'll post soon) that I have been concepting out. They come from the "Draw the Looney Tunes" book, and believe me there are a tone more like it.
What I really liked about these pieces was how they follow all the perspective rules ( as seen in the 1st pic ), and yet they still added their own unique angles in the details to keep it from looking to rigid. Also the dimension that some elements have, mixed with flat almost billboard like objects as well. Also the colors to convey a mood, as seen in the 2nd pic is just like the artistic lighting that films use.
So enjoy the work of the "masters" and hopefully I'll post my stylized "titty bar" soon.
Well the above character sketch was another concept I had done for an potential project. The basic gist was that all these characters all had to represent hip-hop and rap, and have some type of "future elements" as well.
Each link below is for each of the other characters I previously posted:
One funny thing is that in the post about the "Lil' Shorty" I linked to a pic of rapper "Lil, Kim" . I get at least 8 hits from image search hits to my site for that one pic. Most come from the UK, where it seems the Brits want a gander at her assets...Even if they are bought ( guessing from record sales)
I have been trying to get some animation to post through youtube, but I have been running into problems posting it. If anybody has a way of doing it, drop a comment by, because I'ts been a pain in da ass!
So you guys will have to just look at another drawrin' today, and this time I did a take on the man who shot Greedo first Han Solo. Overall I am pretty happy with it, but it still looks "off" from Harrison Ford, I think I probably should have gone more "toony" and less charicature, but I did like the pose and all, so I though I'd post it up anyways.
I found Star Wars actually done all in ascii text and for fun you can check it out HERE
Got back to doing some sketching, and decided to make an attempt at a pinup gal ( which is based on a Rose McGowan photo). I always found getting the features of a chick's face ( unlike the obvious butt and boobs ) just right. I think the above was one of my better attempts.
Speaking of chicks, I had the displeasure of watching about 5 minutes of Halle Berry's "Catwoman" movie, and man was it beyond terrible. The direction and the acting, from both Berry and Sharon Stone was awful. I can honestly say that the best work each of the two actresses has done has been when they were nekkid ( and one even got an Oscar for it ).
I think the most awful thing was the network that had Catwoman on it was AMC which stands for "American Movie CLASSICS".
photo by: Danny Ngan...and yes, those are panties As posted earlier, our band the "Drunks Of Hazzard" had our show last Thursday and it was a hella good time! The Jewelbox Theatre was the perfect venue for us to spew our rude, filth ridden lyrics...All to a toe tapping beat!
We gotta thank everyone who came out on a school night, as the place was packed with family, friends and new fans of the Drunks, was awesome to see a full house of drunken folks. Gotta give big props to Chris Brockett and the Tweezer guys for helping put on a great show.
Also another co-worker and fellow blogger Jack Brummetwrote up a fun review of our show
"Chris Brockett and The Wasted Bullets opened up a show on Thursday night at The Rendezvous. Chris played a short set with some of his own tunes and some great covers, including a Johnny Cash cover in which he was joined by the Drunks of Hazzard. Brockett was nervous about his guitar playing, but it didn't matter. His voice sounded great, and he put on a moving, and oh so humble show. I hope I can see him perform a longer set soon. Keep it coming, Chris!
The Drunks of Hazzard are Fraser Thompson, Tony Ravo, Eric Gingrich, and Mike Chavez--artists, designers, and a programmer in the game world. You can find some posters of their gigs here. This band is a gas to watch and hear. And for some reason, you get thirsty listening. After their Thursday night gig, my stomach hurt from laughing so much. Each of their faces are a unique mirror of the music. Tony Ravo and Fraser Thompson mainly front the band. Fraser, in particular, is a joy to watch. His frantic facial expressions and wild limb movements while he plays and sings (most lead vocals and lead guitar) are worth the price of admission. His face can be puzzled, amused, and demonic all at the same time and watching him bounce around the stage only amplifies the music.
I have seen the Drunks play four or five times, but this time they were the most rehearsed I'd ever seen, and they broke out six or seven new songs--most as sick and hilarious as the great old tunes. The audience was convulsed in laughter. I want to try and post some of their lyrics in the near future. If you live in Seattle, try to show up at one of their sporadic gigs. And, hey, Drunks! Isn't it time to put out a CD? I could already name 12 songs that deserve inclusion. I have some low-quality boots of them, but I need an actual CD. Thanks, Drunks!"
Hope you kids had a pleasant Valentine's Day, hope that the flowers and candy got you a bit of "action"...And if you were alone, well hopefully you gave a final glance at the Anna Nicole Smith Playboy ( that one small term outta give me about 30 extra hits a week ) before you hermetically seal it to be preserved through the ages.
Well the sketch above was one of a few concepts I did of Giants a few years back..You can guess what he has in his hand, I'm sure that some of you will think of the cute, and others the obscene :)
The website superman-with-chimps has shut down, so they stopped their online contests. But even though the contests are done, you can still go by and check out all the previous submissions.
I had started the above illo in case they were going to have another contest, I wanted to something a bit "toon-ier" with Supes. Of course it's the classic "shirt rip" and I dug my line art and pose, but I just kind of ran outta steam on the colors...and didn't even attempt a background.
So the above sketch is of "The Duke" John Wayne, nothing to meaningful here, I'm just trying to keep sketching away.
So within the last couple of weeks I've added to my art library with the following latest additions..Oh and by the way, I strongly suggest joining Barnes and Nobles' membership program. It's free and you get 20% off on all "Adult Hardcovers" which is pretty much what each "Art Of Book" usually is.
The Art of Open Season: Didn't like the movie as a whole very much, but I did like the style and this book is really packed with great sketches, especially character design. It's really inspiring, as they included various designs from different animators on each character, and the background paintings are very Warner Brothers in style. It is one of those new "interactive books" which means it contains lots of extras, and keepsakes. I have a Bruce Springsteen book, and it works for that, as they give you replicas of gig posters and backstage passes, but for this book, the most you get are cheesy postcards, and stickers based on the characters, so the format isn't that great for this book, unless your 5.
Draw The Looney Tunes: Not a bad book overall, it is supposedly the "bible" they gave all the character artists at Warner brothers studio.It's not so much an animation book, but an overall basic drawing manual. It describes proper layout and drawing theory, and as far as animation it covers the basic "Preston Blair" bases of line of action, dynamic posing etc. I know the title says draw the "Looney Tunes", but the basic character featured is Bugs Bunny, so it's a bit limited. The book does feature full color pull-outs of really nice Warner Brother back grounds, as well as velum cleanup overlays of some rough drawings. Overall if your a professional artist, you won't learn many new tricks, but as far a visual ref and inspiration, it's a pretty decent book.
The Art Of The Incredibles: I waited on this for awhile, but finally grabbed it at Barnes and Noble ( yup 20% off too ) and it's a really good book, full of pre-production art. Each character and main environment from the film has a series of sketches, and even paper collages that were used in the early design phase. Overall, it was a smaller representation character-wise than the Open Season book, but still very inspiring, and interesting to see the retro-style that went into the overall film.
The above sketch was a character concept I did for a game a few years back. We wanted to portray the "3 Billy Goats Gruff" as the characters from the "3 Stooges". The game design changed in pre-production, and these 3 lil' bastards ended up getting cut, but it was still loads of fun to sketch.
On a side tangent, I guess the 3 Stooges were always found to be funnier by men than women, and Stanford University actually did a small study about it, (when they weren't busy finding cures for cancer and how to remedy global warming) and basically the summary of their findings was this: "women were a lot faster to decide something wasn't funny in the first place. Too, the women's brains were more active in language processing and executive function than the men's were. This meant that women analyzed the joke more than men did. The scientists theorized this indicates men start out thinking a joke is going to be funny while women don't"
So there ya have it. Another mystery of the universe solved!
Was back east for a week visiting my family back in "Joisey", where weirdly the weather was pretty nice...Funny enough it was 70 degrees when we landed last Saturday, and here today in Seattle my nuts have retreated into my small intestine, because it's been cold and snowing...Global Warming maybe?
But if it is Global warming the man who can stop it would be the dude I drew in the sketch above, "Jack Bauer" from the show "24" which had it's big 2 day-4 hour season premiere, and man was it ever kick ass! I have only a small selection of TV shows I check out religiously, one is "24" and the others are "Smallville", "House" and "Heroes". Problem is now both "24" and "Heroes" are both on Mondays @ 9, and I don't have Tivo or Digital Cable, so because "24" isn't big on re-runs during the season, I'm gonna tune in to see how Jack saves the world in one day yet again..This year he was released from a Chinese prison where he was tortured for 2 years to start his day.
Good thing he's the man to save the world, because if terrorists wanted to blow up a city on a day after I drank 8 car bombs the night before, I wouldn't be able to get my head off the pillow till bout 5PM.
Well we had ourselves one hell of a wind storm last Thursday here in Washington. 70 mph winds ran through our neighborhood, and when we woke up our power was out and some of our neighbors had the lovely evergreens drop through their homes. As of today my neighborhood is still without power, and it looks like we may get some back before the weekend.
My wife and I decided to " fuck this shit" on Saturday after the last of our hot water ran out, so we are now staying with some good friends, but I do have to tell you that I have the greatest appreciation for the invention of the lightbulb. This week has seen Thomas Edison rise above Alyssa Milano, Walt Disney and The Green Lantern on my list of the "Coolest People EVAH" list.
Overall all of my neighbors have been great, and we've all checked on each other and have helped out where we can, in fact I think my neigbor Jack had one of the most memorable quotes thus far when he wife asked about his special forces training that he had recieved when he served with the Air Force he replied to her " I told you, I recieved my special forces training for the god damn JUNGLE! What damn good is that gonna do when I'm freezing my ass off!"
In a typical "Seattle moment" when our downtown area was up and running one of the first places to get busy was the Starbucks, so my wie and I grabbed a coffee on a supply run. When we returned to our neighborhood people were like " Where'd you get that coffee?!" when I said that the Starbucks downtown was open, they darted into their cars and headed out.
Everyone has a great story, and I even think some urban legends will grow about how knife fights broke out over the last latte' in the Wind Storm of 06.
Hope you dig the pic I did of Jor-El...I had completed the sketch, and tried to segway the art into the story, resulting in the drawn out header.
Sketch of Bruce Lee for today, I got all "Rob Liefeld" and didn't wanna draw any anatomy or feet.
So Bruce is all dressed like he was when he kicked Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's ass in "Game Of Death"...Wonder if he could've kicked Larry Bird's ass? I'm guessing Larry would jump shoot a ninja star from 30 feet right into Bruce's skull.
Well the EMP ( Experience Music Project ) here in Seattle is running an exhibit called "The Music behind the Magic" from November 4th till September 9th.
I actually did some conceptual artwork with a creative company called Wonder Mine for some of the specific exhibits. A real talented ( and caffeinated ) guy named Ken Burns, was the man who created all the layouts and ideas for each area . You can actually see some of the concept drawings I drew on the website for the exhibit, which you can check out HERE
Credit for the coloring of the pics goes to fellow artist and blogger Jason Southwick, he really nailed a rough watercolor style using Photoshop.
I'm going to try and check it out sometime soon to see how much things look the way they were originally thought out...Plus I'm a sucker for Hillary Duff tunes ;)
Well here is the piece with the final character color and shading on it. Overall, it may not be "super" but I guess it "ain't too shabby" either.
Guess it is missing the ol' lensflare, but I decided to resist the cheesy temptation of adding it in, but if there are any suggestions of maybe what else can be added, or tweeked to punch it up then feel free to lemme know.
I'm by no means a whiz at Photoshop, and I am still really unfamiliar with all the cool tricks and doo-hikkies that are involved with the program, so I knew the most challenging part would be painting in the sunset clouds for the background.
For this pic, I didn't ink my drawing, instead I went over my blue pencils with a regular Number 2 pencil ( adding a bit of line weight ) and then I photocopied the sketch. I use this because it still keeps the drawing looking "alive" and rough, but it does clean it up as well.
As for the coloring, in the picture above, in the smaller illo, that was a photo of a sunset that a buddy of mine had taken up in Alaska..I brought it in, bumped up the contrast and brightness, and I used that as my center, and my color template to build around.
As I said before, I ain't too good in the Photoshop, but luckily I am surrounded my talented co-workers who are always doing amazing things in photoshop. One of them is fellow blogger OK, who I asked " Dude how do you paint nice, fluffy clouds?" He showed me the "Wet Brush" pulldown in Photoshop and he said just to set my opacity low and to keep building up the color.
To be serious I had never even known about the wet brushed, but they definitely achieved the effect I wanted...So I kept building up my colors, and eventually wound up with the finished sunset sky that tyou see in the larger frame above.
next step I'll post is the character coloring and shading.