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.