Friday, June 29, 2012

Duh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-NUH... BATGIRL!

Last week I had some problems with transferring files from class and thought they were lost to me. Luckily, when I checked the next period they hadn't been deleted! Hurrah!

So I present to you... Batgirl!

I digitally inked one of the drawings from Ch. Design. I think it turned out pretty good, but there are some things about the drawing I may go back and tweak (Arch the back. No, arch it further! Further, damn you!)

Then I decided to place her in Gotham. Of course, I wanted to use reference from the Harold Washington Library in Chicago. If I ever work this through I definitely will share.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Character Sketches

Really busy today so talk will be brief.

Here's some figure sketches from my Character Design class this past Monday!

Trying to push shape still, while also drawing poses and figures which I like.
There's far more bad than any good at all. But so is the way of getting better!

Have a great Wednesday!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Fracking worst day...

Today is not my day.

Last night I went to bed early with a headache. Woke up with an even worse headache. Go to class and work on thumbnails and roughs for an hour. Painter freezes and bye-bye work (I know, my dumb fault for not saving). Work for another two hours inking a sketch, working out a composition for a fun drawing of Batgirl atop the Harold Washington Library in Chicago just to get home and find that even though I transferred my files to my external, lo and behold, nothing came for the journey home.

So I had a cool inked version of one of the sketches below but that is to the nether regions of that accursed Mac.

Here's some sketches irregardless.

This was the one I inked. T_T

At least I'm going to a Kristen Schaal show tonight. Speaking of which.... need to get ready for that.

Have a great weekend, everyone!
And Happy Gay Pride weekend!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

In the Style of...

This week my summer semester at AAU started! This is my first semester of directed study (aka, working on mah thesis) so it should be productive. Well, it better be.

Today's post is a peek into one of my first assignments for a Character Design and Drawing for Animator's class. We were to draw 10 heads and 4 figures "in the style of" one of three given artists. I chose Shane Glines, or Cartoon Retro.

This was a pretty fun exercise and even though I don't necessarily think I've gotten his style down enough AT ALL, the observations I've been able to make while drawing in Glines' style have been great. He has beautiful shapes and lines, often put together in a way I don't normally think to do--straight lines into delicious curves? Why, yes!

First I sketched a couple directly from his to warm up and get a sense.

Then away to begin drawing heads!

That's right. I had to draw a man. Super difficult to do in his style, as whenever there are men they're SUPER simple and practically all straight lines. I tried to add some sexiness to my Glines' man in the style of his women. I think I need to re-work that butt-into-thigh a little bit tho... I like my men juicy but damn...

Now to refine and redraw for tomorrow's class!

Also, here are some of my favorite drawings of Cartoon Retro's which I've been staring at for well over four hours...

Now to eat some dinner and draw some more!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Remnants of RAW's "The Blend" Show

I know I already did a blog post about it, but the professional photographers going around at the RAW gallery show posted their sweet shots, so I felt the need to share.

Also, this gives me a chance to re-work a painting for next week's blog post.

It's a Misa! Photos courtesy of Spacecat and the RAW photographers.

Now that my wonderful friend has finished her visitation, I'll be getting back to the regularly scheduled Wednesday and Friday posts.

Have a great weekend and see you next Wednesday in the interwebs!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Oh, painting, How I hated Thee...

I've mentioned before that one of the things I tried working on this past semester whilst painting was staying loose. Another, even more difficult, practice was to keep working on a painting through the stages of "God, that looks awful", "Ugh, I hate this", and "What the hell am I doing?"

This is one such painting.

This was the last in-class painting for my figurative painting class. We had five weeks and it was to be our best painting of them all! Granted, I missed one class but even with four weeks this painting frustrated me more than any other painting the entire Spring semester. I re-started this three times. The only reason I didn't re-start it a fourth was because I was running out of time and worked through the hatred.

And I'm glad I did. Granted, the composition I still dislike. It doesn't utilize the space of the canvas and continually frustrated me. However, it's what I learned while painting that was worthwhile. Working through frustration and dislike of a painting or drawing is almost always beneficial because I learn what it is that's bothering me and try to work a way around it. Compositionally, with this one I tried accommodating for my terrible placement with texture and color in the negative space.

Working on this further and not starting over also allowed for me to develop the skin tones and plane changes more than I would have been able to if I scrapped it and started anew. I like how the breast and shoulder turned out. Also, I think I captured the cool light on one side and the warm on the other pretty well. I'm not sure had I started over that I would have had time for these nuances.

Do I love this painting? No. Is it my favorite of the semester? No. But I did learn a lot while painting, the best being how to deal with my frustration and work through it. This is super helpful because in case you don't know me well, I tend to get frustrated frequently and with ease. It's a work in progress.

Also, I'd like to note I didn't post Friday... sorry about that. Hence this Tuesday post. Also, I have a super awesome friend visiting me tomorrow and staying for a week, so I'm doubtful that I'll have time to post anything until next Friday.

Have a great week, everyone!