Thursday, December 24, 2009

1 day left...

Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year and I gotta say I'm SO EXCITED!!! I hope everybody has a great Christmas and an awesome New Year!!! Be safe and I'll see y'all next year!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Man! Where did October and November go? Well I've been a busy little bee for a while now... for some reason the fall and winter seasons are EXTREMELY busy for me, no complaints here - its all good busy. Anyway, enjoy this little E - Christmas Card & have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Awesome Lunch!



Lunch today was so awesome!  I sat outside enjoying the cool breeze in front of Tino's restaurant, had a delicious lamb gyro, and did some gesture drawings of people walking by... lunch doesn't get more relaxing than that!  These are some 10-15 second gestures.  

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Somethin' Brewing on the Pegs!

Hey guys & gals!  Well I finally got somethin' brewing on the pegs!  Woo Hoo!  I've been exploring all kinds of concepts for a while now (something to challenge me animation-wise) & I've found one that I think will be entertaining and full of personality!  I'll keep y'all posted on this and hopefully put up a video of the animation when its complete.  Have fun drawing/animating!  Long live Pencil & Paper! 

Monday, September 7, 2009

More Ranch life drawings...



These are some other quick sketches... I did a study sketch of just how the horses legs are structured & flow into the hoof.  And of course they had some BIG "gobble-gobble" turkeys... man! I can't wait for November... Turkey legs and dressing with cranberries... YUM YUM!  Have fun drawing! Long live pencil & paper!

Ranch Life Gesture Drawings...





For those of you who thought I fell of the face of the earth... I'm Back!  I wasn't really gone just super busy...anyway, I had a chance to visit a horse ranch with a bunch of guy's & gals from the studio to draw us some horses & other ranch life.  We had a blast drawing these majestic & gentle animals.  I gotta admit animals (once again) are not my strength so here are some gesture drawings I did.  These range from 30 secs to 1 minute for each drawing.  I'll be back with more soon... Long live pencil & paper!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Draw Night!


Okay... so we'll still be continuing the HULK color tutorial...not skipping it, but for now I got some Draw Night sketches I wanted to post.  We tried out a new coffee shop that had a laid back atmosphere and a variety of colorful characters to draw.  Here are a few I did that I was happy with.  If you don't already go to a draw night once a week... I highly recommend that you find one or start one - even if it just starts with you alone for a while.  It's a great exercise for creativity and really encourages you to try new things/experiment more.  Remember to have fun though!  Long live pencil and paper! 

Thursday, June 25, 2009

HULK Color part 1

Hey guys and gals!  So, lets continue with our mini-tutorial/process:  After I've inked my drawing (which could also be done digitally) I scan him into Photoshop at 300 dpi/resolution for the purpose of having a quality image in case I'd like to print it.  However, if you plan on publishing your art I'd recommend that you scan in your art at least 600 dpi/resolution!  Moving on...once in photoshop I seperate the line art from the white background; this can be done in a number of ways, but what I use mostly is the wand tool.  Select the white background, then go to your Select menu and choose Similar, then choose Inverse.  This will have only your black line art selected now.  Next, hit Command + Shift + J (or if you're on a PC its, Control + Shift + J) - now your line art is on a separate layer above the white background.  You may have some line art or a kind of gray "ghost" image left behind on the white BG...simply select all on your white BG layer and delete; so that you have pure white.  Next, create a new layer in between your Line art layer and your white BG layer; this will be your COLOR layer.  You'll use this layer to lay your flat colors.  One reason I do NOT put colors on the same layer as the line art is to maintain the integrity/quality of the lines.  Another reason is so that I can colorize the line art if needed much easier when on a separate layer; and on a printing note - If your colors are on the same layer as your line art, then they only go to the inner edge of your line as opposed to actually being halfway UNDER the line on a layer below.  The reason for this is when your art gets sent of to the printers (most printers use CMYK color process; different color plates) So if for some reason those plates were to shift ever so slightly in any direction (which does happen from time to time) there will be a ugly looking white or whatever color is underneath showing through the edges of your diligently laid colors, now all ruined.  So, use the pencil tool or the lasso tool and make you selections underneath the line art and fill in the colors half way under the edge your line art. You won't be sorry if you do.  For the above image I've already put down the flat colors I need; I start with very dark flats because I work from dark to light as I layer on my midtones and highlights.  That will be the next step...stay tuned! 

Friday, June 12, 2009

HULK Inks!

So, I thought I'd show you guys a tiny peek into my process...(more tutorials/process stuff coming soon).  After I'm done pencilling the character (this can also be applied to drawing comic book pages) I'll ink the pencil drawing RIGHT ON THE ORIGINAL!!! AAAAAAAAAH!  I know this can be kinda intimidating for some of you out there.  If you're worried about ruining the original pencils or want to keep them - here's an option for you:  Slap a new sheet of paper on top of the original pencils and use a lightbox to ink OVER the original.  But I usually like to ink over my original pencils (it gives it more character)  plus I"ll usually scan in the pencils at a higher resolution for keepsake.  NEXT, I'm always searching for the next best inking tool out there... everytime I'm at an art supply store.  What I've been using lately (and really enjoy) are the Faber-Castell PITT artist pens; small, medium, brush pen, HOWEVER!  If you like to use "brush pens" I've found one thats WAY BETTER than the faber-castell brush pen.  I'm sure you've noticed that the point on the brush gets dull over time (very much like a sharpie tip).  Fear NOT!  There is a better solution:  Pentel Color Brush Pen(black #101)!  This baby actually behaves like a REAL BRUSH!  and keeps its point!  It takes a little practice at first especially if you don't normally use a brush to ink, but once you get that hang of it  - you can really move fast!  With the above drawing I used a combo of the Pentel Brush pen and Faber-Castell Pitt pen (small) for fine lines.  Well, hope I didn't bore anybody with this little insight.  Next:  On to Photoshop for COLOR!!! 

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

HULK SMASH!!

Hulk SMASH!!  Or just stand there... I guess the Marvel comic character that I always love to draw is the Incredible Hulk!  I love the simplicity of his design and the mass of it!  I really enjoy the classic Jekyll & Hyde feel to the character as well...never gets old.  For those of you who are "process- junkies" I usually use prismacolor/COL-ERASE pencils; this one is carmine red.  They really flow smoothly on paper for me and don't slow me down.  The other cool thing about them is that they don't smear like soft lead pencils do.  Long live pencil and paper!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Foul Ball ???

The rest of this is left up to the audiences' imagination!  You decide what happens next!  Fill in the next panel...

Friday, June 5, 2009

Sweet Victory!

Here's to taking the first idea that comes to mind and just running with it on paper!  Sometimes it works and other times it doesn't and that's okay because you can learn from it and get better!  This is just my personal opinion:  Everybody deals with "creative blocks"/"writers block"/etc...  whatever you wanna call it.  But honestly, I think what most people call "writers block" is just a lack of confidence and/or experimentation - to take those little ideas (that at first seem so stupid or cliche') and working them out ON the paper and see where it takes you...try to infuse something personal into it.  You've heard the phrase that every story/plot has already been done...so what, but what has NOT been done is that same plot with a FRESH/PERSONALLY INFORMED point of view.  Nobody, can live your life except you, SO, nobody is gonna have your point of view.  The trick (really no trick, just practice)  is to execute that idea in such a unique way that it becomes something people call "new".  Long live pencil and paper!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

It's MISTER BLOUX to you!

Here's some different dirty laundry for a change.  Meet Bloux (bloo), he's our family fish (beta - if you wanna get technical).  I found him munching on something today cause he still had a piece sticking out of his mouth...don't know what he's munching on...I don't think I wanna know.   I thought I'd sketch this guy for a nice change of pace...I'll be honest, animals are NOT my strength.  I can draw human/anthropomorphic characters, but animals can be a bit of a challenge to me sometimes = which means (wait for it).... I NEED to draw/observe MORE ANIMALS!  That's right folks!  Everybody needs to work on their craft in someway REGULARLY!  The best way to be a well rounded artist/animator is to eat lots of snacks late at night before you get to bed!  J/K!  Get it?  "well rounded"  Tee Hee!  (I know that was stupid)  Moving on... Draw things/places/people that you haven't drawn before.  And DON'T just draw watch you see...take some time to REALLY OBSERVE your subject and its personality!  Even places have a personality or mood...try to observe that and infuse that into your drawing!  Long live pencil and paper! 

Monday, June 1, 2009

Comin' Atya!

More dirty laundry!  Yippeeee!
Well, I kept noodling with this one until I got to a place I could call finished.  I goofed up a few areas, but decided to just keep moving forward so that I could actually finish it.  Sometimes, you never really finish a drawing/sketch or even a portfolio piece...you just have to get to a point that you can call "done".  REMEMBER:  PERFECTION IS YOUR ENEMY!  Perfection will keep you from ever getting anywhere or ever finishing anything!  All that is required of you is YOUR BEST and that is something completely different.  "Your Best" will constantly be changing as you grow and learn more.  So next time your working on a project and you've got a looming deadline (which doesn't give you any room to breath) REMEMBER, just do your Best where you are at now and learn from it and keep getting better!  But that will ONLY happen with your pencil ON THE PAPER REGULARLY!  Have fun!  Long live pencil and paper!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Draw Night part 2

Hey guys and girls,
 back with a sequel for Draw Night!  
Here are a few more of the "characters" I drew sitting across from me.  It really helps to have a group of friends/other artists that you hang out & draw with to bounce ideas off each other.  Most freelance artists/animators work in a vacuum...so it gets kinda lonely after a while and you start to question your work more and more...SO, it helps to break out of that vacuum and share what you got with other vacuum dwellers and get their input/insight.  I really feel that if you want to grow/get better as an artist/animator; one of the key things to do is expose your work to a fresh pair of eyes and sincerely listen/observe their feed back.  Now, some feedback you might need to take seriously and improve on.... while other feedback you simply set aside on a shelf and think about from time to time... and of course there's the feedback that you just trash right away... BUT the way I handle feedback is to listen and ask myself those tough questions...if I can answer them honestly and sincerely (and you know when you're being true to yourself) ONLY THEN can I put the feedback in the appropriate places;  be it the shelf, the trash, or apply them.  Hope you guys aren't too bored with this stuff, I just thought it might be kinda helpful - I've met a lot of other artists who don't know what to do with honest feedback.  Have fun and keep drawing!  Long live pencil & paper! 

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Draw night part 1

Back again...  here are a couple of "characters" that were around during Draw Night.  I love to observe groups of people and draw from memory the few that catch my eye.  Its a great drawing exercise to study/observe people in public and try to soak up all the details that make up their unique personality ( no longer than 30 seconds to 1 minute) then just let it all pour out onto the paper as fast as possible!  Keeps you loose/fresh and gets you out of any bad habits you may have if you practice it regularly.  Kinda like, how life drawing and gesture drawing help break any routine that you might be stuck in.  It cleans the palette and gives you a fresh start.  At least, thats how I feel about it - everybody has their own thing.  HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO GET OUT OF ROUTINE/BAD HABITS
Try life drawing/gesture drawing - doesn't have to be a life drawing class.  This can be as easy as going out to any public area (shopping mall, local park, or ESPN its great for drawing figures in movement) and draw as fast as you can, DON'T stop to critique/edit...JUST DRAW and KEEP DRAWING!  Critique AFTER you're done with your drawing session.
 Another tip - Try changing mediums/tools;  I usually draw using COL-ERASE color pencils, they are really soft pencils and just FLOW onto the paper!  Great for character design, gesture drawing/sketching, & especially ANIMATION!   But, I'm sure you've noticed I switched to pen and markers just for a change of pace, its fun.  Sometimes new tools help get you out of any creative ruts or make things fresh again.  
 And finally (although there are hundreds of tips) Draw something you have NEVER drawn before or don't normally draw - for me that's animals.  I'm so used to drawing people/characters that I (for no reason at all) forget to draw animals;  they're so much fun to draw and can be a great challenge too!  Anyways, I don't want to bore y'all anymore with this stuff, so get out there and draw cause the only way you're gonna grow and get better is with your pencil ON the paper!  Have FUN!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Some really dirty laundry!

Ok...so the subtitle of this blog is "dirty laundry" right?  Well, have I got some for ya...here's Spidey!  Now, I already know that its a horrible drawing and that the anatomy is off and so on and so forth.  But I thought I'd share it anyway, since this blog is called "dirty laundry" here's some of mine.  You don't usually see artists put up their BAD drawings, so I thought it was kinda nice to have a change.  To all aspiring artists and animators out there: don't let me or anyone else fool you...we ALL go through and make TONS of bad drawings everyday...its normal and its part of the learning process;  AND it never stops because you never stop learning & growing as an artist.  Nuff said!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Haven't painted in years...Finale!


Hey guys...you're probably wondering, "What's with the painting?!"  Well, I haven't painted in over 10 years...I missed it so I thought I'd give it a try and have some fun with it.  AND I DID!  I love oil painting . . . the only trouble is the waiting period between different stages.  But with this one I didn't have to wait at all cause I did this all wet paint and mostly using the palette knife; just kept moving the paint around the canvas with my knife...
What I had originally envisioned for this painting was completely different, but I think it turned out whichever way it wanted to in the end.

Haven't painted in years...continued



Haven't painted in years...


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

50th Post - Captain America!

Hey guys and girls, I'm back again.  Believe it or not this is my 50th post!  WOO HOO!  I know its nothing to celebrate, but those of you that have hung in there with me know its a big deal;  and I really appreciate all of you being patient.  I'm working towards keeping the blog updated more frequently.  Anyways, here's another warm up of Captain America!  I love drawing the chain mail/armor or whatever its called. 

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Wolverine!

"What 'er you lookin' at bub?!"
Here's a warm up doodle...I usually try to do them before I get started...it helps to loosen up and get the creative juices flowing! Or just get whatever is on your mind out onto paper; kinda like unclogging the creative pipes so you can flo!  As far as the Wolverine Origins movie goes... yes... I saw it.  We had a great time watching it and laughing at it pretty much the whole way through.  Don't get me wrong, I'm just as much a fan as the next fanboy, but this movie was ridiculous!  Adamantium bullets?!  Really?!  Anyways, it had its good moments, but overall it was another example of the hollywood garbage they put out every year!  It had potential...too bad they didn't take advantage of it.   After seeing that crappy display...I was really missing the classic 5 foot 3" cranky hairball smoking his stogie!  So, here you go.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

More Bats!

 Well, after the move (while unpacking) I was rummaging through some older sketch books and found this...I can't think of a better character to put in front of a red sky.  I was just playing around with dramatic lighting/contrast and the red just really made it POP!  I used a faber-castell brush pen for this cranky fellow.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bats on the brains!

Hey guys and gals!  I'm back AGAIN!  The BIG MOVE went well & everything else went smooooooooooothly!  Until I get back into the daily grind (setting everything up) - here's a warm - up doodle!  I finally got my scanner to cooperate with me!  Baseball bat seemed to do the trick...yeah right!  They don't make things like they used to, so unfortunately, baseball bats can no longer be used to fix machines...sigh...I'll miss those days.   I"ll be back with even MORE dirty laundry!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter/Resurrection Day!

Happy Easter everyone!  I hope y'all had a great Easter holiday!  And as fun as the bunny and eggs may be, its really all about the resurrection of Jesus Christ!  New life and a new beginning for EVERYONE of us!  And best of all its a free gift, you don't have to earn it, simply receive it!  
God bless!  These were some quick graphics I did in flash, I felt like doing something abstract and go for the mood - simple and to the point!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Balancing Life & Art

Hey guys and gals!  I know, I know, I've been away for a while again BUT I've been seriously BUSY - I got a new gig in a new town and trying to balance it all and throw packing & moving on top of it!!!  AAAAH!  Action & Adventure!  Right!  Well, all is going GOOD.  Just wanted to keep y'all posted (in case anybody out there was wondering).  No worries, I'll be back ASAP with more dirty laundry VERY SOON!    

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Lunch sketches...

I find myself drawing more often on my lunch breaks...I gotta admit that in the past every once in awhile I used to feel like drawing was this "work" that I had to do and didn't want to draw on my lunch breaks, but I feel the exact opposite now.  MAN!  I get so energized and refreshed when I draw at lunch - it keeps that FIRE/PASSION/FUN GOING constantly!  So, give it a try, it may take some discipline, but once you get in the habit of drawing everyday - you won't want to miss a day of drawing!  Cause you'll almost immediately see the improvement or what you need to work on to get better.  Either way,  its all progress as long as you don't give up and quit!  Keep drawing and have fun!  Long live pencil & paper! 

Drawing from life continued...


Some more life drawings:  here are a few squirrels that I drew, HA HA HA - just kidding.  One of my favorite animals to draw are GRIZZLY BEARS!  I really can't say why, but they're just SO FUN to draw!  Maybe its the massive round forms and shapes that makes it fun - I don't know... I drew these at the zoo.  I find drawing from life is so much more important than just drawing from photo reference most of the time... there's something that you just DON'T get and MISS when drawing from photo's.  I realize the convenience of photo's and I use them myself, but If I can - I will usually try to draw from the real thing!  Nothing beats it!  Have fun drawing and animating!  Long live pencil & paper!

Drawing from life!

Hey, out there!  Hope everybody is doing good!  Back with some more dirty laundry.  There's a quiet pond near where I live, that I've gone to for years...its a really peaceful place to go and take a walk and just refresh.  I thinks its important for everyone to have a place like that, whatever it may be for you.  Anyway, I've always enjoyed observing the geese and ducks that live there and how they behave with each other.  Its really cool.  So, here a few gesture drawings/quick sketches I've done.  I must admit that I spend most of my time drawing people and not so much animals.  Which is strange for me because I LOVE to observe animals and watch how their thinking is displayed by their movements and actions;  you can really see that they have personalities just like we do.  Hope I'm not boring anybody to death out there.  Anyway - I've got more animal drawings to do.  Keep drawing.  Long live pencil & paper!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Whataburger wait...


Good day to all and to all a good day; or something like that?  Anyway,  the other day I walked into a Whataburger and sitting there waiting for his food was this guy.  It was one on those situations where I left my sketchbook back at the studio and was kicking myself for it!  So, without making it obvious I took a few quick observational glances and later that night I just let it all pour out on the paper!  I wish you could have seen him, this guy was OOOOZING with personality!  Man!  This character design doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of the real thing!  Keep drawing and animating!  Long live pencil & paper!  
 

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Co-workers!

Sometimes your co-workers can give you inspiration for a cool character design or just a fun caricature... I try to observe the subjects personality even more than just the likeness.  Long live pencil & paper!  

Observation!


I'm back again!  Okay, so today we have some observational sketches!  I think one of the most important things to keep up with consistently is life/observational drawing.  Especially in animation and illustration.  It keeps you fresh and gets you out of any ruts you may have gotten yourself into.  It totally loosens you up and gets your mind OFF of "style"  which is something most younger artist are so focused on.
Most importantly, it keeps you from repeating yourself.  These are a few sketches from lunch at Luby's, its a great place to go for drawing older folks.  The third sketch is something I did while waiting to get my tire repaired.  I try to take my sketch book wherever I go.  You never know when that great inspiration will strike you!  I've still got a loooooong way to go with life/observational drawing, but I'm gonna keep on trucking!!!  Remember to have fun while you draw!  Long live pencil & paper!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Table Buddies!

Here's a couple of stooges from work.  They happen to share a large table so, hence: "Table Buddies".  Enjoy!