Thursday, August 26, 2010

Art & Fear

Hey guys, I've been kinda busy with RECKLESS and since I can't show y'all anything yet; I'm trying not to leave the blog empty or alone. So, I thought I'd let you in on what I'm reading currently. I've actually read this book before, but I'm RE-reading it coz its just THAT GOOD!
ART & FEAR by David Bayles & Ted Orland is by far one of the most inspirational and informative books I've ever read! Its only 118 pages and yet this small book is such a SATISFYING read! What's it all about you ask? Well, in a nutshell:

"An artist's survival guide, written by and for working artists. The authors explore the way art gets made, the reasons it doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. This is a book about what it feels like to sit in your studio or classroom, at your wheel or keyboard, easel or camera, trying to do the work you need to do. It is about committing your future to your own hands, placing Free Will above predestination, choice above chance. It is about finding your own work."

Trust me when I say, if you are committed to pursuing your passion in art either professionally or even for personal reasons. You MUST read this book. It really helps you see past your excuses and get past your obstacles and helps you be the artist you want to be.

Here's an excerpt (one of my favorites):
"The sobering truth is that the disinterest of others hardly ever reflects a gulf in vision. In fact there's generally no good reason why others should care about most of any one artist's work. The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork is simply to teach you how to make the small fraction of your artwork that soars. One of the basic and difficult lessons every artist must learn is that even the failed pieces are essential."

It sincerely made a big difference for me and improved the way I approach my art now. Go ahead and pick it up. It's a quick read, and I'll bet you'll be RE-reading it soon after you finish. Just click the link above. And enjoy!

Monday, August 23, 2010

What do you mean they're out of donuts!?

Quick sketch of the day... 5 - 10 minutes. Theme: "What do you mean, 'They're out of donuts'!?
I've been doing these quick sketches recently as little warm up exercises... I just pick any random theme and go for it.... whatever comes to mind, anything goes! Enjoy.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Quick sketch: Procrastination...

Procrastinators Unite!... tomorrow... Just a fun quick sketch.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bite Sized Tutorial: Leading Lines_1

Hey guys, I figured since I can't talk about RECKLESS much right now, I'd give a little tutorial. That way I'll be able to keep posting stuff and y'all don't have to wait too long 'til the next post.
So today's bite-sized tutorial is about composition; specifically about leading lines. Some of you may know this and some may not, either way its something I've always found really interesting and fun.
So here we go: Leading lines are used a lot in most strong compositions. Whether its on film, animation, or comic books. Learning how to use them will make a world of difference.

Below are 3 examples (Screen shots from the AMC show: Breaking Bad). The first is a wide/long shot of the protagonist in a desert. Natural landscapes are easy to use for leading lines if you just use a little creativity, but in this case when the camera is looking down on our protagonist who is feeling helpless they chose to use the RV to lead your eye to our protagonist.
The next shot is a medium shot of our protagonist. Notice how the lines of the desk and ceiling and window direct your attention to our protagonist; he's not in the middle of the shot but just a little off center to make the composition interesting.
The last shot is a close up of our protagonist. You can see how the natural landscape is used here to lead your eye straight to the gun and our protagonist. Some of these leading lines are obvious and others more subtle, but either way they work. Next time you sit down to watch a movie or a tv show, grab your sketchbook and turn off the sound. Pay attention to the composition of the shots and how leading lines are used in all different types of shots. I mention turning off the sound because you can focus better, without being distracted by the show and if you're watching Breaking Bad, then you'll get sucked into it because its a GREAT SHOW with amazing character development and as you can see, great shot compositions.
Well, that's all for now, I hope that was helpful and I recommend you practice sketching shot compositions while watching TV. (All Breaking Bad screen shots are used strictly for educational and study purposes.)

Monday, August 2, 2010


Hey guys, I've been busy working on RECKLESS and I"m making progress & having a blast. I'll share more RECKLESS artwork and thoughts whenever I can, but for now, enjoy this warm up caricature of yours truly!