Sunday, December 2, 2007

Update



Glad you guys liked the last two sketches. I'm always trying my hardest to get better both artistically (what I'm saying, the emotive) and technically (the craft). It's so, so very hard I feel to do even one let alone both well. Been working slowly in some of my off time on my story Carnivale de la Sangre. Here are some color sketches where I'm trying to find my way. I went about this story really weird. So it's my own script but I'm still having a hard time visualizing it. For some reason when I write I come at things from a character's emotional perspective, like what is felt and said ... not exactly what is seen. I didn't notice this until I sat down to visualize this project. So anyway, I'm having a hard time solidifying these 'feelings' into actual places to paint but I'm making progress. Some of these images are more successful than others but each has something in it that is a marker for what I want to achieve at the end of this.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Lunch Special


As in I drew this while at lunch with some coworkers the other day. Not like I want to eat him. Sicko.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Harbinger of Doom


Ya right, by the time you see her coming your way you missed the harbinger and skipped to the doom. Better run. Evening doodle. I think I was inspired by Mignola. I've always liked his work but never purchased any Hellboys. My boss was like, what?, and let me borrow the one where it goes through Hellboy's origin and his faceoff against Rasputin. Good read, very cinematic. I just got back from lunch with some coworkers/bosses. We did the 'jungle cruise' lunch trek today where instead of taking the sidewalk up the street to the deli we cut behind the business park. This route takes us off the beaten and paved path and requires some crawling through bushes and scampering up and down hills. A friend of mine who used to work here used to do it in high heeled boots. She's very multi talented!

Cyborg Faries


Or something. I swear I'm working on my comic. I'll have some sketches to show soon. It's a hard process for me so sometimes it's nice to take a 30 min break and just doodle what comes naturally, what's easy for me. It's sort of a release when I'm focusing so intently on solving art and story problems that keep the creative output slow. This is a page I filled up over the last week when I needed breaks.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Quick-o-doodles



Two quick doodles because I needed a break from working on my comic. Just some skeezy characters maybe up to no good. Well, at least one of them. The color rough you might recognize from a sketch I posted months ago. I shrunk it down to the size you see here and toyed with some color on it.

School time


I go through these periods where I do lots of studies, whenever I get hung up on something and realize that I'm not going to find the answer somewhere deep inside my brain. It's like giving up and going back to the manual to be enlightened. Maybe 8 months ago or something I did these color studies from somebody else's good photography. I wish I'd been more careful in drawing these out and made some nice forms so that these were a little bit nicer to look at but I was only really concerned with the color and value dynamics when I did these.


About a month ago I did some horse drawings, just after I finished that sketch I posted a while back with the dude and horse outside the old castle. Some of these were studies and some were drawings of my own using what I learned in the studies. The painted up one started as a lineart study that I went back to and painted from memory/imagination. That right there was confirmation that studies like these are well worth my time. When you feel the information sticking and empowering you to create from your imagination it's like flying. It really is.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Self Portrait



Yesterday I participated in ConceptArt.org's international day of self portraiture. The only rule was that it had to be started and finished yesterday, sort of a snapshot in time. Ten years ago I did a self portrait at the end of high school where I had myself as sort of a synthetic being overgrown with plant life so I decided to visit that theme again. I'll try to dig up that old portrait. It's big so there are only like two places it could be in my house.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

My little princess


It's been almost a month since my last post and I have nothing to show except a simple portrait I did of my daughter the other day. My time's been spent helping my brother with a project, family stuff, and watching the news to see if we were going to have to run away from our home as huge scary forest fires ran over it. I live in San Diego and the entire county was almost burned down this last week. Fortunately I live in one of the two oasis' that the fire didn't reach before the winds and humidity changed, enabling firefighters to get this thing under control. Now, as things are returning to normal it's a chore to get my head back into my comic. I'm working on it tonight a bit finally, as soon as I finish this post. With that I think I'll get to work.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Carnivale of Blood







So like I mentioned a few posts back I got serious about working on my short comic. The script has been finished for just over a year now but the work I did for it back then sucked so bad I ran away like a baby girl. I'm definitely at a better spot this year but it's going to be a rough ride as I push through this. But I'm just being honest. Art isn't easy for me but I sure do love it! Who doesn't like a good challenge? So the short (9 pages) story is titled "Carnaval de la Sangre". I started sketching out my characters and a bit of the world they inhabit two weeks ago. I did pages and pages of sketches for the characters before I got to the look that I'm sharing now. Like pages. Especially the vendor. I struggled bad on him but I'm feeling good about him now. The little girl I didn't do too much work on actually because I'd had this little girl I created as Alice about a year and half ago that I posted way back on my blog that I really needed to use in something. I just loved her but I was never going to do anything with the Alice character. So her design just stemmed from that and was very quick. There is one more character to design but it's not human and will take some work and then there's the world and a few key props and then story design and color comps and so much exciting stuff!! And then the final comic and it will all be done. Most of my fun is in the development of a property so I'll be spending lots of time developing this one before the real comic-y stuff ever gets touched.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Scribbles





This guy cracks me up: Video, Audio1, Audio2. You'll notice some of the jokes repeated in the different performances but the new jokes in there are worth it ... Ladies.

And by the way Valve, you guys are geniuses. Seriously. Take a look if you haven't already at these new character introductions for their game Team Fortress 2: Engineer Trailer, the rest.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Scenic Route





It's been longer than usual since my last post because I just haven't had anything to share. The last couple of weeks I've opted to read instead of draw in my spare time and got through the first book in the Otherland series by Tad Williams and the seventh and final Harry Potter book. Otherland was great. It was so fresh to me and really got my imagination going. I'm very excited to finish the other three books in the series, at least I think it's three? The last Harry Potter book was just amazing. I've enjoyed the series but haven't loved it simply because each book follows a very predictable formula. The kids attend school for a year while trying to solve some new mystery but nothing of real consequence happens until the end. Sort of Hardy Boys if you know what I mean. I'm not saying it's a bad formula, just that it bored me, particularly the drudgery of each school year. Now the last book was crazy different. Forget school altogether. It was epic. Everything that happened had so much meaning, such consequence. I don't think I would have felt what I felt though without the other six books. The last book really made me appreciate the rest of the series. It tied everything up so satisfyingly for me. What really struck me was how thought out the last book showed the series to be. Things that I had thought unimportant and disconnected turned out to be key to everything. It really blew me away how attached I had become to the kids. I felt sad when I put the book down, like I was never going to hear from three friends again. Boo hoo. Oh well, such is the way of a good book.

Oh ya, I dug transformers and my favorite parts were towards the end where you really saw the robot's personalities. I wish we could have gotten to see their characters through more of the film, more story from their perspective. Their story was far more interesting than the humans. The humans should have just been along for the ride, the sidekicks. Hopefully a sequel goes the way of T2 and makes the robots the main characters.

Oh ya, I wrote a short story for a short comic (like 9 pages or something) a while back that I'm gonna start working on now. It's going to be a learning process unfortunately so prepare to be unimpressed.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Busy 2 Weeks


I've been super busy for the last two weeks with family stuff but things are looking like they are about to slow down now. It was a good two weeks though. I did however find some time to sketch amidst the business I'm happy to say. Tomorrow I get to see Transformers finally and I have to say I've been looking forward to this for a long while now. We'll see how it turns out. Comic-con was lots of fun as usual. I grabbed a sweet french/spanish comic and talked with some inspiring artists. Very fun!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

A graphic novel? What?



Ya, don't hold your breath. I'm still working on learning some things better before I make it. This was just another sketch.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Old Grizwald


Back on that old ship you had to be good with a blade. Every one of us was. None was better than old Grizwald though. He was quick as lighting that one.

Going to the comic con this thursday! Woohoo!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Sewer Sentry


This guy demands a toll to pass through these sewers. Hope you can pay because the alternative is not very pleasant. I'm very busy right now but still working hard and I'll have more sketches to show shortly. I can't wait for the comic con next week! New artbooks!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Character ...


I'm always trying to create character ... to really create a person on my paper, someone who is aware of me drawing them, someone with life ...

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Motley Crew


The last three days I just warmed up with a quick character doodle using the previous day's as inspiration for the next.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Autopilot


A spaceship doodle. Nothing fancy, just keeping the hand moving outside of work. Office Space was on comedy central tonight and it had me cracking up all over again. That movie takes such perfect jabs at 'corporateness' for lack of a better word, or a real word for that matter. Huh, I just googled the word and it looks like it might in fact be a real word. English is a bizarre language. I just ran the spellcheck on blogger though and it flagged it as a fake word. So who's right? I'm guessing blogger and my gut. Google caves in to peer pressure.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Sentry



I took one of those little sketches I posted below and painted it up. I happened to snap a progress shot just after I finished setting up the painting so the curious can see how something like this evolves when I work without direction.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Ashley Wood Style Swipe


Just as I finished this drawing in my digital sketchbook I decided to swerve into Ashley Wood styling for the finish. I feel a little uncomfortable showing something as influenced as this sketch so just pretend that Mr. Wood did it, with his left hand and while dead drunk (right hand if he's left handed).

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Quick post


Just sneaking in a quick post. Another sketch as I continue my efforts at storytelling.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Movie musings ...


I saw The Fountain today and really appreciated it. I'm fond of heavy topics like death and the afterlife. I've never been one to be able to ignore the big questions. I've neglected many things but certain things just eat at me until I give them proper attention. I'm very thankful for this tugging. Without it I'm afraid I would be lost. I thought the film did a beautiful job of showing the loss of fighting death particularly when there is still life to tend. I imagine that any man who loves his wife will connect with this film on some level. It was so sad to watch him throw away his last days with her but at the same time I completely understood his fear and what drove him to make the sad choice. I like stories like this that feel almost like a poem, where the rational of the piece eludes you at first leaving you a bit confused but at the same time there's something there totally connecting with your soul. And then, when all said and done you find the pieces have fallen into place. I feel like I participated in a story like this. Anyway, I'd recommend it. The only thing I'd change, and this would be done begrudgingly because it was beautiful, would be to change the concept of his spaceship to something a bit more recognizable. I'm afraid that I wouldn't have gotten that that was a spaceship and thus the far future if I hadn't read that somewhere before watching the film. My wife didn't get it until I told her after the film and I'm not sure how anybody could've perceived it as a spaceship without some help. Maybe we're just not very bright. But I would've done something very subtle to suggest that it was a manmade vessel. Ok, I'm out till next time.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Garage Sale

I did these two sketches in between groups coming by our garage sale yesterday morning. The turnout was a bit crappy and I ended up donating a good chunk of our old stuff to a charity after the sale. At least things are a bit more organized here now and somebody can use what we didn't have room for. That's all I have time to write though. Things to do, places to go.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Step 2




I think I mentioned this but I've been systematically studying different aspects of illustration for the last couple of months and recently I've started working on creating a full scene. It's a lot for me to juggle and I keep dropping the balls but as one of my bosses told me "I think you just have to try it". There's no figuring it out until I fail enough times I guess.

Friday, May 11, 2007