Some rough value studies of exising painting and a loose sketch of the beginnings of a character design. I've been working away and cleaning up and updating work on my website. It's been quite a lot of work. I will post some work from that soon most likely, though I'm not I'll posting as regularly as I was before. There seems to be the inherit dilema with concept designers and production artists with blogs in that so much of we do stays secretive and behind the scenes making it so much more difficult to have anything to post or promote. Ah, a problem to ponder for another time....
Here is a work in progress study from an exising painting.
The challenge with this seems to be working with overcast lighting that doesn't really give you a strong lightsource to define three dimensional forms with. Usually, when faced with this, a lesser artist could run into the problem of having everything look flat and 2d dimensional, not mention loosing the "instand read" of a piece.
This was an animation I had been working on for a class that ended a little while back. I had originally posted the storyboards and character model here and here but had to simplify it considerably. There were few minor things I would have tweaked had I not gotten caught up with work. It's nice to be versatile and expand the skill set, not to mention having to make your concept come to life yourself. Enjoy...
Ron Hayward was a figure drawing model at the College for Creative Studies(CCS) whom I found out died a few months back I believe. While many people knew him from taking classes at CCS throughout the years, I don't know how many people took the time to talk to him. In my limited interactions with him and from what I heard from others, he seemed very intelligent and articulate. I was only able to get brief fleeting glimpses of from what I had heard was quite an adventurous and fascinating life.
My condolences go out to his family, friends, and the students and faculty at CCS
Hey, hope everyone had a great memorial day weekend. I've been keeping quite busy juggling a few things moving into a new apartment, finishing up some classes, new work stuff, finding furniture for my new place, and still trying to set up an internet connection!
This above peice was unfinished painting straight from life. I started painting it around sunset when the light was changing super fast and having to try to salvage what I could from memory. Nonetheless, it's good to paint from life. There's a bunch of color subtely you are able to pick up that a photo might over simplify or darken.
I do enjoy the composition of this piece, with the strong right angular elements combined with the green organic bush in the background topped off with a dab of strong golden sunlight at it's crest.
Some simple value sketches. The top I was experimenting with trying to do a bit of an aerial composition, and added the foreground element with the character standing on top to make it more interesting, although given more time I thought I could have made a more stronger composition.
The middle was a study from an existing film frame.
On the bottom I was working a little bit with overcast light and using local value to define the major compositional shapes, as oppose to having a strong directional light or artificial light to define form. I was also experimenting a bit with trying to elicit a more calmer or serene composition. I'm not exactly sure how successful that was, but it was adequate for a exploratory study.