Monday, January 29, 2007

"The Duke" & Some Art Books

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.


Monday, January 22, 2007

3 Billy Goats Gruff

*colors by Peter King

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!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

24 is Back, and so am I.

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.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic

Quick sketch I did of Reed Richards the head honcho of the "Fantastic 4". Fun sketch because he can stretch himself crazy, which I bet keeps his wife Sue Richards ( the Invisible Girl ) pretty happy.

Speaking of Sue Richards, she is being played in the big screen sequel of the Fantastic 4 by
Jessica Alba....She definitely gets at least one thing to stretch for me, which keeps me pretty happy.

The first movie had some serious flaws, but a new trailer for
Fantastic 4: The Rise Of The Silver Surfer is now online, and this one actually has me interested, so we'll see.

Oh, and if you really wanna check out a ballz owt superhero flick trailer then click HERE