EXPLOSION!

11 05 2013

So, uh… Hi there.   I’ve been apparently too lazy to post here and again I’m trying to re-introduce to the blogging theme. I will hopefully be linking to more things in the near future when interesting and use that as a way to get my ideas and inspirations across.  For now, I’m going to throw a ton of images up of what I’ve been working on!

First is one of about 13 images done for Boating in Boston, http://boatinginboston.com/, I was hooked up with them earlier in the year to produce scenes based on property they proposed to renovate and use to rent boats in the greater Boston area. Awesomely every single property they asked to take over they were rewarded. Lots of work for them this summer, but lots of great times too. I was really glad to have gotten this project as it’s out of my normal wheel house of design.  I think my vector looking design went well with this, keeping it uncluttered and creating a nice atmosphere of this particular boat house. The numbers represent items that will be renovated or modified and were included in the 100 page proposal.

Proposal work for Boating in Boston.

Proposal work for Boating in Boston.

Sadly this next image wasn’t chosen by Penn State. With my previous work for them I got a crack at their fliers for their spring football event “Blue White Weekend”  I took some photos they provided me and tried to give it a BIG feeling, putting the players and Coach in the foreground with the stadium reduced to its least common denominator, and added the fireworks and text. I think the text reads great, thin but legible and popping out from the blue “field”.  Alas the school went with a design similar to last year’s, which was a relatively basic photo-collage.  Sure I was bummed, but this is definitely a step in the more complex, working with more text etc, so it was a good product I think, just not what they wanted.

Blue White weekend

Blue White weekend

Manimals are still going strong. This is one that worked well with the wacom, I think for the most part I got the proportions right, and I’ve started adding background. The shadows aren’t perfect and the wall paper feels supremely flat for now, but more texture should clean it up well. I might darken it a bit too and have it be more of a spot light on the fellow, but for now it’s working for me pretty well. I might also keep line drawings and block coloring and use this one to play with different lighting effects to get more practice with a made up environment.

Manimal

Manimal

http://munchanka.blogspot.com/ –  Austin Madison has been a new blog I’ve been following. Shockingly he’s a Pixar artist, not shocking he’s doing it, he’s quite good, shocking that I’ve taken to following another artist from there. Lots of the work he puts up is personal sketches and drawings but he shows what you can do with a solid base and lots of time spent drawing dinosaurs and super heroes. (this is his banner below not mine, I hope he doesn’t hunt me down for using it)

AustinTranslation

Back to basics.  I’ve taken to using http://www.quickposes.com/pages/gesture  for 90 and 120 second pose practices. My female figures have never really been top notch so I’ve taken to going through a score or so 90 second practices at a sitdown to start up.  Eventually I’ll feel better about it and keep the genders mixed, but the women need more work now. It’s always weird how evocative the female poses are, often with legs just splayed out and I keep thinking I have no idea how to work that pose into anything usable in the real world, but proportions are important so I draws em anyway.  Middle right was me trying to use a thicker brush instead of going with my usual number 2 pencil feel… I would call it quite the fail!

Yeah heads up there are boobs

Yeah heads up there are boobs

This is a practice I’ve seen on so many blogs and in lots of books so I’m using it now too. As part of warm ups is a quick, no more than 15 minutes recreation of a movie still. Right now I’m sticking with animated to get more of a color practice as well, but this is from Kung Fu Panda II, the evil Peacock. Shape isn’t perfect but I’m glad I got the feel of it pretty fast. I used a smoke brush from an Anthony Jones( Robotpencil.org ) dl, and it made a nice quick job of the background.  Eventually I’ll use it for references for things like the previous Manimal.

Lighting

Lighting

UMAMI: So our internet was bunk recently so I was getting some projects done that I had started but not completed. This is the current incarnation of a Peanut Sauce label for the Umami Food Truck and Eatery here in Fort Collins. Bomb food and great staff. Martin and  Chelsea make some mean grub but are great to work with.  They’re soon to Mason jar up the sauce, which is delicious so this got to be my jump into labels. It’s a little taken from older labels with a simple border, few colors and bold text.  Obviously if you read the ingredients my net was down so soon a version with the proper, gluten free, ones will be done soon.

Peanut Sauce

Peanut Sauce

Last but not least is another Umami one. Martin and Chelsea were in Nicaragua recently so I made them a drawing for when they got back.  I’ve been working on animal anatomy and the food truck has a second unofficial mascot in Reba, the black lab. So I put Reba with the Umami Octopus in a small, 4 by 11 or so print and matted it for them.

Happy Ninjas

Happy Ninjas

Not loooving the final on Reba but it’s at least better for realism on the pose.

So, much more to come hopefully. Thanks for remembering I exist!

S out

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