Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Derp Nation

This little number was a sketch that went a little overboard. It's mostly a piece I drew when I was venting.

Back story of this drawing would be that I decided to take a page from my younger self and draw whatever you felt to feel better. Whenever I remember the things I used to think, it frightens me of what I might have done. I'm not exaggerating when I say that art had saved my life. I still have some of the sketches from when I was sorting out issues and whenever I flip through them, I just want to give her a hug.

Anyways, I know that people don't give a damn about feelings when there are deadlines so I tried to cure this funk with some old medicine.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Elemental Magic

At 9:30am today, I was trudging in the cold to the NFB building for a Special FX Animation Workshop by Joseph Gilland. Admittedly, I had decided to go to the "workshop" on a whim since it was only $15 and the guest is an ex-Disney animator. Although I had expected it to be more of a "How-to" workshop in a room with chairs arranged in a circle instead of a lecture in a theatre room, it ended up being very entertaining and informative.

We started off with drawing our preconceptions of fire, water and explosions. The three drawings in the middle are what I started with. The doodles around them were hastily copied during the first half of the lecture.
The next picture was drawn when Gilland demoed his thought process. Gesture, then detail. Hmm, that sounds familiar...
Of course, I wasn't really happy with the pictures above, but I think something clicked when he decided to show some animations by his past students. Especially after he showed Onni Pohl's Frequency Morphogenesis. I drew the top picture after seeing the video and if you scrutinize, you may notice that my image was inspired by the "Water Woman" in Onni Pohl's video.
After that, I began sketching multiple splashes and fires that I liked.

In the end, I was quite happy with the lecture and what I learned. I'll be sure to put it to good use!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

He's not amused

That this isn't a caricature. This was supposed to be one but I'm not that strong at caricaturing and I was getting frustrated so I ended up saying, "Fuck it" and decided on making a pretty picture. Honestly, I'm surprised at the outcome. I managed to bust this out in about 4 - 5 hours with it looking pretty decent. But oh man it's so obvious that I can't paint hair.

Oh and guess who it is! Gordon Ramsay.

Fashion Police -Japan Division-

Just recently, my class had to design a character for the show Kim Possible. At first, I wanted to create a "weeaboo" aka a person who liked Japan a little too much. But, the girl morphed into what I have here. Actually, the design of her had a huge evolution. I originally wanted her to have a big lolita skirt but it just didn't fit at all. So, I "cheated" a bell shape of the skirt with her pose. Also, the girl had a lot more props but I wasn't feeling confident enough to properly include it.

Anyways, her name is Lilienne Eastwood, an operative of the Japanese fashion police. Yes, there are fashion police in Kim Possible. I was visualizing an episode where Kim had another run in with Camille Leon or the Fashionistas and meets my character along the way. She's a very sassy but cheerful girl who can kick butt. This also explains my choice of pose. I wanted Lilienne to look strong with a wide stance but be very feminine as well.

Overall, I enjoyed the project and the outcome. I'm very happy that my mastery over the pen tool in Photoshop finally came of use. No live trace for me!!

PS- Anyone get her name? Vivienne Westwood! One of my favorite brands.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Test test

Another drawing I did while trying to procrastinate from doing storyboarding homework. Lately, my interest in speed painting has spiked to a new high. I've been trying to teach myself the art of it for a while but I can never really get it. But! I actually like this doodle.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Hello grave, looking mighty deep there

This is the second assignment I've done for Digital Tools class. With this, the teacher has high regards for me. Oh boy.

Of course, there are mistakes and shadows which could have been darker and longer but I'm quite happy with the result. When I drew the layout, I really liked the turnout so I wanted to give it a paint job that would do it justice.