Tuesday, March 3, 2015

I LIVE: Sitrep

Hey, I'm here. What's going on? 
School is busy. In fact, I should be patching up the holes in a 3D pelvis, then rigging and weighting the model. But I had a few thing lying around I wanted to post. 
So yeah, school. I've been busy doing paintings, which is something that I don't really like to do. I feel like rather than studying the color theory aspects of the medium (acrylic, in this case) I'm just fighting the tools. Because of that I dread it. It should be an effective exercise but it's tough to push through. 
That's been life in general, lately- just kinda tough. For me, there's a lot of fear about the future: Can I make it as an artist? Am I really getting better? Is what I'm doing getting me to improve the fastest?
I try to just relax and keep taking steps, but I wonder if I'm being proactive enough.
Time management has been another hard thing. Last week Kaitlin and I bought another calendar (we couldn't find our first one, probably got lost in the move!) and started mapping things out with the hope that it would help us use time more efficiently. Since I just started work over at Boostability, time has been even more important. 
It's overwhelming, so much so that my typically endless motivation to do art has been all over the place.
It would be easier to embrace the chaos if I could know it was all adding up properly and would mean work upon graduation, but I guess we'd all like to see bits of the future and it's not likely to happen.
Anyway, I really should get around to my homework, but I just wanted to  say it's probably time get back into a regular posting routine again. For starters I think that I'll do one post a week, maybe on Sunday nights. Hopefully that will get my art muscles feeling better again.

Head studies from class:

(Hmm, it seems like I'm ending up on the same side of the model on a regular basis. Time to move to the other side of the classroom!)

Then I've got some doodles from the last few days. This first one was from this morning and it just felt so good to do. I haven't been drawing for myself at all this semester and I think it's important to do some fun stuff aside from the grunt work so you can apply the things you're learning and actually see how far you've come.

These were some studies from people I saw at the mall last Thursday (2/26/15). The guy on the top and left, anyway. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I Turn 25 Today

Your prize is some things I drew.

I went to a lecture by Sam Nielson on Friday, these were some People I Saw Today (and no, he wasn't smoking).

And then a couple guys I doodled in class today. I'd like to take them further, but we'll see:

School continues to keep me verrrrrrrrry busy. I was talking to classmates today about how I never really draw for myself right now- It's all homework. It was nice to doodle out the above two guys [Even though you were in class? - Ed.] and relax a bit. My goal is to get another planner (I've lost 4 in the last 4 or 5 months) and write out my life so I have time for all the things I need to do.
So yeah. I survived 24 years. Now I'm 25.

Friday, February 13, 2015

I'm a Thief (and I'm Slightly Sorry)


Last night UVU's Illustration Club met to discuss portfolio stuff to apply for the BFA program. It was whatever. Anyway, the club has been doing a new activity where members draw on printer paper with the eventual goal of compiling all the drawings into a sketchbook we can sell. I never really participate since I have to run to class soon after club starts, but last night, with maybe 5 minutes left before I had to bail I looked in front of me and saw a blank paper and a chunk of 2mm red pencil lead and thought, "What the heck, I'll throw something together" and this is what I scribbled out:

I thought it was way cool! But I realized that I couldn't give up this sketch without scanning it to show you all, so I looked around guiltily and stuck it into my backpack. Zoom!

I was sitting in class and feeling really good and remembered it was because I had drawrn a cool drawnrwning. I opened my bag and removed the sketch and found that I hadn't just stolen my sketch, but I had also stolen Dylan's sketch, too! The blank piece of paper I had drawn on? It was blank on one side. Dylan's sketch was on the other side! Sorry, Dylan! I'll bring the paper back to school and return it to the Illustration Club. Ha!

Then some drawings from the last week I didn't totally hate:

(This model? I drew her head too small for her body. Blast!)

Sunday, February 8, 2015


I think this may have been the longest I've ever gone without updating. It's been a busy semester. I have this acrylic class and it's just consuming my soul. I'm trying to get it through my head that really applying myself in that class will help me in so many other areas of my art, but I feel like I'm working on so many things. I did a character for this contest here (Link), but just in case I win (I wish) I can't post the image I did til later. That's what I've been working on for the last week. Anyway, things have been busy and stuff I have been drawing has been feeling flat and boring. I need to get organized and find a way to get homework done well so I can use my leftover time to work on art and hang out with my wife. Here's some recent things I don't completely hate, just hoping I can get myself together. Yeah, I guess I have a lot to do, but no, I haven't necessarily managed my time as well as I should have. Also, I'm trying out a program to shrink the size of the files I'm uploading. If the quality is too bad, please tell me so I can just go back to doing what I was doing before. Okay, I'm going to bed.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Special Anniversary Post: 2nd Year, Sometimes Awkward, etc.

Another day, another dollar. It’s been another year! I like to think I learned a few things. I didn't post as much, and that was due to that one time back in that one month (Was it September?). I always felt pressure to get something up every day and because of that I felt like I had to be perfect all the time so you’d keep following me. And by the way, that post was August. The one I was talking about. Just barely. ANYWAY. All I was saying is that I wanted to wait until good things happened naturally so that I could just upload stuff for fun without feeling the need to impress the entire internet. I think it worked out for the better, although sometimes my posting habits got away with me and I insisted on posting tons of stuff just the same. I hit my goal of 500 total blog posts, which is nice. What else happened this year? Oh yeah. Kaitlin and I finally got engaged, then married. That is nice. Pretty much nothing else happened. Look, guys, it’s the 25th and this isn't due for a coupla days but I won’t have time this week cuz school is consuming my soul and my life. So I’m doing it now. But I was up til midnight (which is unheard of for me!) last night working on Global Game Jam 2015 and I’m tired. It’s 10:05 PM right now.
Images. Oh, I guess I could do some updated stats (with the stats from last year in parenthesis):

Total posts: 510 (286)
Total pageviews: 24295 (11724)
Total comments: 1225 (484)
Total followers: 30 (24) [This one is also hard to measure because it says I have 45 people following via Google+, I'm not sure what that means]
Total coolness improvement: ±#yolo % [I'm not sure what this means, either]

Two years of this madness. Maybe someone will hire me and then we can all move over to my Tumblr page, which I've been keeping secret from y’all. But NOT YET! The time for the Great Migration is not yet upon us.
Thanks again to everyone for supporting me and coming and looking. Frequently I post puke, but you come to play with me anyway. HOW PLEASANT.
As far as what I picked, there were some where it was hard for me to decide now! I picked things for varying reasons, but constrained myself to one per month.


I picked this just cuz I thought it showed growth when compared to now. So there’s not a big complicated reason. But I think I’m better than this now. I hope so, anyway.


Gah. This is kind of embarrassing. Again, I picked this one to show growth. I think I was using reference for these people from the internet. It’s kind of shocking. I don’t know if my improvement in this area came from a trillion hours of practice or just teaching myself to slow down and put more time into things, but this is pretty hideous. That frog man getting blasted down at the bottom is also kinda funny (but don't ask me what Urethram Panoosi is, I have no idea what that means).


It’s ScarlettJohansson. I think? There’s not really a likeness, which is embarrassing, but I think this touches on February’s issue. I had a class with Richard, and the work he had us do really forced me to spend more time on things. Did I really improve or just force myself to pay attention to details for once? I’m not sure but it sure looks quite a bit different than what normally happens on this blog.


Some scribbles, basically. What’s weird is that I can see some pencil under drawings happening down there. I was pretty stiff. If I had loosened up I might have been able to let things move a little better. I figured that out later, but in the meantime I struggled to throw lines over a loose pencil sketch.


This is kinda fun. It’s riddled with problems, but sometimes I lose some of this spontaneity- it’s something I think I have to consistently focus and work on. The Slurpee Guy appears to have two elbows in his left arm, but the characters have a surprising amount of personality. So I guess I learn multiple things from this: I had some artistic weaknesses that I’ve worked on, but I also had some good ideas I still need to work on.


Junes? There’s some nice foreshortening happening here. I knew it was something I struggled with at the time so I made a conscious effort to work on it. I think that mentality led to what happened in July…


Ah, yes. This guy. It’s funny- I see it now and there are things I want to fix and tweak… His quadriceps especially. But this piece, for me, cemented even more in my mind that my personal destination (should it be possible to even arrive) should be “Artist”. I had the idea and asked a friend for some help with some of the painting, and things just clicked. I remember just sitting on my bed, looking at the finished image. That’s the first time that I've ever felt so much satisfaction from something I created. It was a good feeling, and pushes me forward to create more. For me, this is my picture of the year- a new beginning with endless potential. That being said, I'm gonna be going through and fixing those darn legs of his.


This guy was mostly picked because he has a cool right hand (his right!). He also has a wide assortment of Liefield-style utility pouches. Too many, in other words. (Parenthetical thought: It's kind of terrible how this guy and the post from July have like the exact same post minus hand position. What in blazes?!)


I picked this because it was an important shift for me- forcing myself to pick 3D back up. I’m taking a class now that should act as an excellent refresher, but I like that despite not remembering everything well I still managed to throw together something cool. I think it’s cool, anyway.


I feel like I learned a lot the last half of 2014. I feel like here the importance of a nice, loose under drawings underneath some well-defined shapes finally started to click in my brain. I think this character is better for it. All I remember is I had an outrageous fever while I drew this. Hmm. Maybe the trick is to inflict illness upon yourself? Does that make you good?


A continuation of the previous idea, I really liked this character. He had a nice face and sword and belt. It’s nice realizing that sketching a bit before committing to lines is a healthy and effective way to do things.


Again, workflow and commitment. I started with a basic sketch, took it into Photoshop, and worked it until I was done. His hands are cool, the sword is cool. I wish I had better and more consistent results, though. It’s like sometimes when I’m painting things just click and I power through it like it’s no big deal, while others (like that bearzerker I’m currently lolly-gagging around) just don’t work. I wonder if it’s a comfort zone thing? Like I do tons of armor-wearing guys, maybe I’m more familiar so it goes easier? I don’t like that. I want to push myself more.


Back around. There weren't a lot of posts this month, but I picked some drawings I did from life to contrast against the ones I posted earlier. I think I've learned something there.
It’s a comforting feeling knowing that perhaps some growth took place. 

I’m just letting you know that I’m not content to stop here, though: I’m pushing myself further! This month I joined the online art community Polycount and I’ll be working there (especially when I get going in 3D) to really improve and take my game to the next level. Hopefully by this time next year I've really grown, it would be nice to apply for sweet internships for the summer of 2016! Questions? Comments? Good advice? Bad advice? Leave a comment, we’ll have a chat.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Coupla Sketches

I don't have a lot to share but I thought I'd just drop this off. I have a couple things going on right now on top of school, it's kinda busy. That guy on the left? He looks kinda like these guys from December 18th. I should have some cool stuff soon. I know that I posted that Bearzerker a bit ago... I am working on it. I promiseeeeeeee

Sunday, January 18, 2015

I Should Be Working On Other Things


One of my New Year's Resolutions is to have a solid group of work I can use as a portfolio, including both 2D and 3D stuff. That's all well and good, but I need to actually finish something to make it happen. So I should be working on other things. I just drew some sketches today and thought I'd share with you. I may have to start a rule for myself where I can't post UNLESS I also have a finished piece to show. I hope it doesn't come to that! But that's actually a good rule. Maybe that's how it's gonna be? It's not like I shouldn't be finishing something every week. URGH.
Okay, I need to go draw/paint now.

Up first is some stuff for my head rendering class. I was glad they actually looked Asian. Success.

Next I have some jumping guys.

(This next one has some tangents but I was too lazy to fix it in Photoshop. I mean, just look at where his hand hits his foot! Jeepers)

Then I have some floating people.

Harry Potter fan art? I never thought I'd see the day! SHEESH. A Voldemort!

Then the rest of the stuff. Whatever.