Monday, September 27, 2010

In before October

Back with some sketches, a drawing done in flash, and the walk cycle I came up with for that robot.

I tend to forget alot of times that doing some quick sketches from reference is a really good way to get the gears going. I haven't sketched in photoshop (or in a raster/pixel based program for that matter) for a little while up to this point, so these were helpful for getting my hand to steady on the tablet a bit more. The judo throw is from reference, though everything else came after and was from imagination.

This was mostly practice in process; I did a rough sketch, laid in the structure, then started blocking in colors and adding details. As I worked though I quickly began to dislike my color choices, pose, and proportions, so I just wrapped it up so I could move on. It is a full body shot but I feel that this is the only area that came out well. EDIT: Forgot to mention this was done in Flash.

And last but not least, here's an attempted walk cycle for the robot. I was really stubborn about how his feet should move (no bend in the feet themselves) hoping it would add to the character. Unfortunately I went with a more standard walk so it ended up not coming out exactly as I wanted (if I were to go back and do it again I'd make it more stompy I think). Once I finished the legs I just laid in basic motion for the rest of the body, figure I can mess with the timing and spacing later on should I feel like it. Fun practice working with symbols either way.

Friday, September 10, 2010

A long time comin'

So 4 months almost to the day, eh? Been a looooong time; I am back with something though! Been quite a varied 4 months, got my first taste of some freelance work among other things. I learned quite alot and I've been trying to apply those things I learned to my personal work. I HAVE been doing personal art the last 4 months (observational and sketchbook work as usual, as well as working my way through Preston Blair bit by bit) I've just been quite lazy on scanning (plus I figure gestures and studies get boring to look at... not that that doesn't mean I shouldn't dump em all on here every once in a while). ALL GONNA CHANGE THOUGH, got some sketchbook drawings as well as two things I've done in Flash.

Now, assuming you aren't reading this in an RSS reader, you've likely noticed the new BG and banner. I don't have a blue shirt with a fist on it, that grey-brown of pants, nor am I that round in face or smug in expression (and I'm almost positive that sort of swirl in the BG has been done many, many times), but I was pretty happy with it. I'll post up the image by itself shortly.


This little grey guy with the glowy eyes is a robot I made in Flash. The thing with him, however, is that he is made up of symbols within Flash and I plan to animate him sooon. Figure it's good practice animating with symbols and it'll be nice seeing what I can do with em.

And the BG image. I kinda like the fast render version in Flash, might export that and put it up later.

MORE TO COME. Also, sorry I apologize if anything is difficult to read, still working out which colors work with this set up.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

some digital paintings

This first one was part of an illustration I was trying to do a couple months ago and didn't keep up with pretty quickly on. I blocked out the main shapes but only did some actual rendering on the hands. I like the way they came out, though it's not necessarily the direction I really wanna try for at this point.

And this next one is just a quick self portrait sketch I did; was only about 30 minutes up to this point I think. I tightened it up a bit more after this but I didn't like the way it was going. The drawing doesn't look so much like me (I kinda look like I'm looking up and I think I exaggerated my jaw a bit), but I like the line in this.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

some doodles in flash

Just some small things I've done here and there (all the little animations were from today) in flash recently. I'm sure I've said it before but I've improved so much from working with other people, specifically 3 or 4 people I've seen a bunch more in the past months. I won't mention names (THIS TIME) but I just wanted to say thanks as always!

All the animations below were done straight ahead, which kinda explains some of the screw ups (no real bounce and the pelvis sinks in the walk, the legs don't perform the same way in the leg jump thing that stick out to me). Also gifs don't seem to support animation done on 1s; really only effects the ball with the green legs this time, but annoying nonetheless. Ahh well, can't really complain in the end.

Friday, April 9, 2010

what happened to march?

Hey, looks like it's been a month or so hasn't it? Oops, not sure what happened in March; I've been doing alot of studies and those are rather boring so I won't upload those (haven't scanned em so that doesn't help). I have been starting some things though, got a couple works in progress and hopefully some good things on the horizon.

This blog is officially over a year old too! Weird ya know?

Here's a quick animation I did over the last couple days. Been itching to animate a gun shot with a big puff of smoke (not sure why from a small pistol but hey), so here's an attempt. The fall at the end could be better, but I'm liking it's going so far.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

quick update

My scanner's been kinda picky lately (probably my fault) so I haven't been able to scan any recent sketches. Here is a small collection of gestures: half imagined, half from observation (the bottom 4 being imagined). Nothing too exciting but enjoyable nonetheless. A great learning site I came across recently is , which is a collection of artists contributing personal tutorials and such. Really helpful things, was thinking of this tutorial by Brian Wong in particular. Also check out , his stuff has been hugely inspiring to me as of late.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

work sketches n such

Here's some sketches of recent, mostly done while I'm on break at work. Love/hate relationship with them (as I'm sure most people have with their work), parts I like and parts I know could be better. Excuse the random quotes on there (ie boom kaka boom), was listening to A Tribe Called Quest while sketching.


And the next one is a quick self portrait and some more sketches on newsprint. Love working on newsprint because I think subconsciously I know I don't have to make it look that great since the paper isn't of the best quality (no slight to newsprint of course). Also my nose is a bit flat in that sp and it doesn't really look like me.


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Enjoying doodling in Painter again, haven't done it for a while. So one more, kinda sorta related to the day (just added a heart really).

Kinda cheated with that hand (just roughed out the shape then scaled it down), but fun practice anyway.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

have a good one

Likely some perspective/clarity issues, but pretty happy with it overall.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Haven't really been at my computer a whole lot lately, wanted to post these up a few days ago but wasn't ever really able to. Better late than never eh?

Sorry for the image size on this first one, didn't realize until just now how large it really is.

Monday, January 18, 2010

gestures, bg sketch

Some gestures done using the timed pose viewer on (except for a few on the flash page) ; did a page in my sketchbook, in photoshop, and in flash. I'm only showing the PS and flash ones because I figure they are more or less the same sorta thing... and this way I don't have to make the effort to scan the page in :P Also a random background in flash, with and without blue line... probably animate something simple over it if i can. Lots of inspiration/studying of Jake Parker's work, specifically his Inktober works. Sorry if the image sizes are too big as well.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Here we go, 2010

I've been making a point to do more anatomy studies n such this year (lots of Hogarth lately) but I figure those aren't the greatest posting material. So here's a bunch of sketches I've done lately, usually between pages of abdomens/pelvises or when I'm on break at work. I need to get more finished work done... maybe some work with a bit more personal meaning to it too? We'll certainly see!

Sorry for the fuzzy edges as well, this sketchbook is a bit bigger than the area of my scanner.