Sunday, June 28, 2015

Resolution (SUMMER '15 #4)

Okay. Class is done, I have no more excuses! This week I finally get to start my 3D class and paint the billion sketches I have lying around and start finishing my summer goals.

This week my buddy Thomas posted some more stuff he did based on old sketches of mine and they're really cool! You can see them here and here.

As for me? I had to finish my sketchbook for figure drawing and take care of finals. As soon as they're graded and returned to me, I'll upload some of my figure studies and other junk. I don't have any painted or finished work this week, BUT THAT SHOULD CHANGE!

Here's what I've done since I saw you last.

Taking Thomas' idea, I redid an image I drew awhile ago. The first image on the blog! You can see the original here for comparison.

All that techno looking stuff around his mouth was inspired by the suits in Starship Troopers, by Heinlein. The book talks about how the soldiers have a huge array of buttons and switches in their helmet they activate by shrugging their facial features and moving their tongue and stuff, probably because their big meaty combat suit hands were holding tons of weapons.

Next I've got a collection of dudes. 

Next, some swordsmen. The guy on  the left has optical cameras on his suit. They constantly have lasers coming out to aid in target acquisition. When one of the beams is tripped by a foreign object, the suit relays information into the wearer's HUD and nervous systems and he can react instantly, slicing at the point as provided by mathematical algorithm. There are corresponding optical devices on the back. This way, he can't be caught by surprised from behind, and can just chop when his suit tells him. The guy on the right has a similar thing in his shoulder pads.

A Pyromancer.

Here's a warrior guy. I'm really excited about this one, and am adding to the list of things I MUST paint ASAP.

I'm pleased with this one, because it looks kinda Hanna-esque. This is another one I'm excited to color because it's pretty simple looking overall.

This is another wizard guy with a flamberge and a few, poorly detailed knives around his waist.

The rest of these are kinda whatever.

So yeah. No colored or finished work this time. I'm doing poorly on that goal! BUT- School is over, I have free time again, and I'm almost done with the 2nd sketchbook. So all is not lost! Look for me sometime this week, I should have something nice to show you. 

Enjoy what's left of your weekend!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Why Bother? (SUMMER '15 #3)

Firstly- I made some changes to how the blog looks, and implemented an infinite scroll function. I've had some issues and so I made any link open in a new tab. It's horrendous web design but I'm still trying to work out how to keep the scroll without breaking stuff. If you have any problems or hate it or love it please let me know!

So, because I gave you those more finished pieces the last couple updates, I became terribly behind on my homework for class. I didn't really realize how much work the class was til I drew it all out and realized I was doomed if I maintained the pace I was working. All I do after work is draw for Figure Drawing til I go to bed. I'm going to make it, but barely. Class ends on the 26th, and after that I should have more colored stuff. In the meantime you just get the sketchbook stuff I do in transit and sitting waiting for class to start. 

I have every intention to demolish my goals (I have a folder full of sketches waiting to be painted and my 55 hour 3D Zbrush/Maya course waiting be initalized), but this class is far more difficult than anticipated. On the plus side, I am getting close to finishing my second sketchbook goal. Nice!

I like the guy on the upper right of this. He's like the Ghost of the Soviet Union or something.

The thing that bothers me about the guy in the bottom right is that his magic, broken sword couldn't possibly fit in the sheath.  Hrrm.

This lady! I've been seeing her on the bus more and more frequently. She lives at an old folks home several bus stops away. Anyway, When I drew this sketch she was just chatting like crazy at the bus driver. Midway through the trip she swapped her plain glasses for ones with star rims. Right before she wheeled off, she said, "See ya tomorrow, darlin!" to the bus driver. I like riding the bus. I like how much personality and story is crammed into one space. So many interesting people.

When I was drawing the guy in the upper right Kaitlin was like, "He looks like a science teacher!" I said, "Science? More like DIE-ence!" He'd be a rad villain. In case there are any questions, the guy in the bottom right has a giant scythe as a weapon. We're looking at his back (he's looking away from us).

The elvish warrior guy on the right falls squarely into the "Want to finish this but don't have time" folder. Also, the guy in the bottom right is a perfect example of why I should use reference. The drapery is simply embarrassing.

Again, bottom left? Drapery? It's like I'm not even trying. Terrible. But I think the idea is cool, stupid cloth notwithstanding.

This guy has a long sword. That is all.

So yes... I'm having a hard time keeping up with my goals, but that should change in two weeks when my class ends. Until then, I'll keep drawing when I can! And next time I should also have some figure drawings to show you.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Every Other Week? (SUMMER '15 #2)

Yeah, it's shameful. This figure drawing class I've been in has been keeping me busy. I haven't done any 3D this week, despite having a chair in my brain that I'd really like to get started on. I finished one of my sketchbooks, so we can check one of those boxes for my Summer Goals, but I should be working on my figure drawing sketchbook and every time I work on other things I feel guilty. There's just too much to do! But yes, that was my big accomplishment for the week. Freakin' sketchbooks.

Jeez. Colors look WAY too hot on this first one. Were they that bright before I uploaded them? 



This last one made it in cuz Thomas gave it his stamp of approval. 

Yeah. Still working on not failing all my goals. REALLY REALLY need to use referenceeeee

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Just Give Me Two Weeks (SUMMER '15 #1)

Geez! Where have I been? Very busy! Aspects of this 3D nonsense have proven much harder than anticipated and I've been floundering in my attempts to paint the object(s) I've created. Also, the figure drawing class that started this week [as an inappropriately lengthy aside, I thought classes started on the 12th, but apparently they started on the 11th. I'm very sad I missed a first day of class, even if it is just the day we discuss the syllabus. I like to have near perfect attendance.] is looking to be more demanding  than I had planned on. I'll keep trying to chip away at 3D, but I don't know how far I'm going to get with the sketchbook for figure drawing looming over my head.
Anyway, here's stuff I did:

These first 3 images are what took me so long. The 3D sword was giving me tons of trouble. Coloring that junk in? Jeepers. I hope the next thing I do isn't anywhere near as painful. 

(I rendered the sword in Maya because I was overwhelmed and cranky. I'll try for a more elegant solution next time)

These next few sketches are images I'd like to take to a more finished state in the next couple weeks.

Then I have the normal scribbles.

I saw this guy on the bus on Friday morning.

I didn't see this guy, nor would I want to.

So yes... Two weeks in and I'm not exactly where I planned. But I have a finished painting and some good sketches to start from and a couple ideas for more 3D props. I still need to find a way to work from reference more (or just get out and draw from life more), but hey! I have the whole Summer, right? Some of these guys have the EXACT same face, or hand, or feet, or pose or whatever. I aim to avoid that in the future.

Hopefully the next update comes much sooner. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015


Note: this post outlines my goals for the summer. There's a lot of text. If that bores you, art will be towards the bottom of the post.

Hello. I missed last Sunday because I was making sure everything was ready for finals week (which went well [just kidding, I have no idea how it went, I'm just glad it's over]). Wednesday night I was coloring something but I didn't want to post it yet. 

Sorry for the absence, and welcome to May.

You'll remember that last Summer, I failed my goals in a fairly spectacular manner. I did, however, come away with a few things I really liked. This year I hope to come away with some rad stuff, but also meet my goals a little more. So first, here are my goals (transcription after the image): 

1. Finish the two remaining sketchbooks [from Spring 2015 semester], (one per month tentative): This goal has a slight addendum I need to mention... My friend Dallon gave me a sketchbook and it's huge. The dimensions aren't significantly larger than what I use, but it will be a challenge. As far as the school sketchbooks, one is maybe half done and the other just has a few pages in it (why did you ask us to buy a sketchbook?!)

2. Finish 3 (or more) pieces (color/painted):
This is just to get me to take sketches to a finished level of completion, perhaps finding a good workflow through which I'll be able to complete more art faster, rather than just posting sketches all the time. See also goal 8.

3. Render 3 Characters, one per month:
I know that my numbering is inconsistent, I should either fully type out the numbers or leave them as numerical characters, but I've just been scrawling these out as I think of them. BUT! I have a fairly intensive string of tutorials I'll be putting myself through to really make 3D a part of myself.

4. Make some props in 3D (Chair, table, sword):
More 3D. This incorporates stuff like UV mapping and texture painting, both of which are skills that I want to explore more thoroughly.

5. Be a good husband:
I asked Kaitlin what goals I could add and she suggested I add this. We both know I'm a good husband, but I think she wants to make sure that I don't forget and start smoking and wearing a leather jacket and greasing my hair and joining gangs.

6. Make sure it doesn't say "Student" anywhere online:
If I'm not a working professional by the time I've graduated, I'll be pretty cranky. This goal involves changing all aspects of my internet presence to reflect the fact that I want to be treated as a professional. I'm serious about this, and by the end of the Summer would like to have some strong portfolio work.

7. Try to incorporate more environmental aspects into work (architecture, plants, etc):
This goal is for my mother. She always points out that my characters are floating in space. It's essentially just a way to give work a more finished feel and work on perspective. I have some environmental stuff for you today! I'm already winning my summer goals!

8. No more B+W posts UNLESS there's also somefink [sic] colored:
Ah, this one's a doozy. I'm not allowed to post sketches or anything unless I've got something colored to show you! 

I'm also adding a 9th:
Use reference for everything and stop drawing out of your mind.

As far as post frequency here, I imagine I'll be posting all the time, but just in case, I'll always do a Sunday post to recap the week. Okay, that's all. 

Stuff from the week:

Colors are hard for me (by the way, I'm still working on that other image I told you Kaitlin and I were working on together) and so this might be a little freakish, but I'll be working on it!

Original sketch. You can see I severed his arm and shifted him a bit.

Environments!? Can it be!?

Some dudes.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Moving On (BONUS)

I really am coloring something. My wife is helping me pick colors for all the dapper threads the character is wearing. It's just kinda time consuming. BUT!
Here's some sketches from the week so far. Maybe I'll have something colored by Sunday?
I also have my Summer Goals set up, I'll probably fill y'all in on those Sunday as well.

I tried to be a little more detailed and thought out this week.

First up I've got a nude freakish guy, a guy with dumb hair but a cool knife, a floating head, and a lovable brute.

Then I've got a guy wearing a battle exoskeleton with a spike he uses for combat, a guy with a fish chainsaw sword, a robot with a floating head, a guy with a pointy hat and a stack of faces.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

I May Have Fibbed

Yeah, no color here today. I would spend some time trying to map out some basic color stuff but I have other school related art projects due this week. It's the last week of school, the following week is Finals Week, then Summer school starts! Joy. Actually it won't be so bad, I'm just taking one figure drawing class for the first half of the Summer. That should be fun. And then I have some goals I'm still trying to put together so I can be productive. In the last few weeks I've felt that old fire kindling again, a sickening desire to improve. Which is  nice because I really need to finish something! I haven't posted a finished(ish) painting for months now... But I think it's improvement that only two people here are facing to the right. One is also facing left. That's great news!