Saturday, February 02, 2019

Character Design Challenge - 03

Another bit of covert fanart. #drawthisinyourstyle, this time using @porkbellyramen's submission of a moto girl getting her gear on. I wasn't all that happy with the forced perspective in the full piece below, but I think if there's enough abstract in the design with bolder graphic shapes, things that are more literal and fragile in a drawing like perspective or anatomy can be overlooked or forgiven.


Sunday, January 27, 2019

Character Design Challenge - 02

Realistically, this was my #4, but whatever. The full sized version below was my second take on @joriouxdraws' #drawthisinyourstyle submission. Most everyone's take was pretty much keeping to Jo's illustration, so I figured on doing a fuller scene with background and a little bit of atmosphere.


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Character Design Challenge 01

Pretty sure these were the first attempts at #drawthisinyourstyle over on Instagram. It was a cool character design by Max Ulichney, and was a challenge to try to figure out how to take a design that starts to cross over into that UPA style of flat graphic (especially this guy's hair) and making it more three-dimensional without losing the original intent or feel.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

70s and 80s Shopping Mall Americana

Random character designs I did awhile ago. Some of these ended up used for a larger piece (below).

Pulled as many memories as I could from high school movies (sorry folks, too young for this time period) and my older siblings' yearbooks, as well as a documentary on Youtube I ran across about the Oak Park Mall (Kansas) during the early 80's. Tons of feathered hair and thermal jackets:



Sunday, December 16, 2018

Sunday, December 09, 2018

First Gen Nintendo Mashup - Part 1

Another potential print for next year's Forget Me Not: Art Against Alzheimer's charity art auction, run by former Allan Hancock animation alumni Mr. Brandon Tokunaga.

Guest appearance by world traveling photographer @karasushirow, who requested herself drawn as Samus. Her atmospheric and introspective photos of Japanese provincial towns and countryside are also featured in the show, so give her stuff a look.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Chimera Girl Run Poses



Several pages of me playing animator once again and trying to figure out how a quadruped gallop would work in human form. Not necessarily key frames or inbetweens either, just playing with shape silhouette dynamics while thinking in terms of of the next frame or pose if it were hand animated.

Don't remember where chronologically these drawings were made, but below is a letterbox beat board that got closest to a clean pose.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Cosmonaut Girl Revision and Redux

So to switch up the whole characters standing around theme, here's a sci fi character, standing. And looking at something. Revisions of an older piece from back around 2012 or so, including a redraw on the original piece (below). Is difficult to keep the facial geometry simple the more colors and textures that get added.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Post Halloween Environment Design

This got a higher-than-average number of likes over on Instagram for some reason. Played around with having a larger drawing as if it were shot through a long lens to see if I could cut in closer to the characters and get decent or interesting compositions without having to rely on a) action poses and b) wide angle perspective tricks. Individual close-ups below:


(Cheated this one with a blur filter to give it some atmosphere.)

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Dirty Harry vs Michael Myers version 2

Post-halloween update. Second version drawn from scratch. Not a draw over, no reference, for anyone wondering if I cheat it.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Halloween Illustrations and Character Designs


Some post-Halloween illustrations. Above: Old prop design from a series I worked on, which got the color treatment. Below: Some witch character designs, turns and exploratory sketches. Consistency with character design and turns is a bit of a dragon chase, in that it can be done, is a good ability to have, but can ultimately distract from the key things in drawing (fluidity, spontaneity, dynamic balance) while coming up with concepts.
Of course, it can go the other way with a one-off drawing in a dynamic pose looking great... until it comes time to replicate that from another angle or in an overall design. Guess it all depends on how far you're willing to allow the visual language in a given world to stretch.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Animation Hellhole Memories Part 3.2

Side by side comparison of day / night lighting treatment. The first one is how I tend to remember it since it was late afternoon or sunset when we'd stop by either Chopstix or the next door Gamestop or coffee place (also since gone), before we all drove back to our sleepy suburban towns for the night.

- Cleaner cropped version from the last post:

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Animation Hellhole Memories Part 3

Several pieces that are still in the rough stages, revolving around my scattered memories of the cheap Chinese place we used to hit after animation class over at Allan Hancock, way back during the pre-CalArts days. It's long since gone, but like the old animation classroom or the courtyard next to it there's a bit of nostalgia and comfort for those places which colors my memories. Hence the inclusion of 8 or 16 bit characters and time traveling supermodels in these pics.

No photos that I know of exist for any of these places other than the few I have or of what there is online showing what they've become the meanwhile. Which in some ways makes them more special, not least of which is that it forces me to create the rest of what I can't remember.

In any event, sketch pages showing my thought process. In Pinterest form.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Animation Hellhole Memories Part 2



Colored versions of the Allan Hancock Animation Hellhole crew playing Worms: Armageddon at my old place, and the Calarts Cube 5 crew playing Halo at the ever leaky Woodglen Venture apartments.

Below are more WIPs / beatboards of the Allan Hancock College days. Some liberties were taken with the cast of characters, in case anyone was wondering if I went to school with a salamander, capybara, Samus, or a witch. Which is still uncertain with at least a few of those, truth be told.
But again, the whole exercise was to try to recreate the Fine Arts Department from memory alone, especially the courtyard outside of Buildings E and F, since there's next to no reference for this other than Google Maps and my own hazy recollections.

There are more images and details posted over at my Wordpress page.