Saturday, August 01, 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Crash - Portrait of the Bandicoot

A couple of months ago I started a class demo and thought I'd use Crash as the subject. I was working with acrylics on illustration board emphasizing how the mastering of traditional skills is beneficial even if you work digitally. This is as far as I got with the underpainting phase during that session...

With some free time last night I completed the composition in Photoshop using the same technique as I would have with acrylics. Turned out to look pretty much like what the analog results would've been. It was fun doing this and I hope you enjoy the art.   

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A couple of recent sketches

I managed to get these drawings out in the past few days. Nothing spectacular but it's better than nothing at all. They came about as demos while working with students in class. Both were created with ball point pen. Lesson being that a non-erasable medium helps to build confidence in one's draftsmanship skills. Also some guidance in tonal rendering and a little Photoshop color on the second one to liven things up. I'm determined to get back to creating on more of a full time schedule. Hopefully that day will come soon.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Crash and turn

Hello there everyone and a special greeting to the many Crash Bandicoot fans who frequent my blog. As I've mentioned previously my schedule and free time have been caught up with a lot of different things that pull me away from creative productivity lately. But I did have a chance this evening to punch out this 4 pose turn of Crash in the classic mode with some minor design variations. It was done as practice and also as a class demo on how to do a character rotation. Best regards to all and thanks for checking in. Hope you're doing well. 

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Crashing in...

Hello friends! It's a busy time and I have my hands full with the growth of my school. It's all good only it takes me away from posting as much as I would like. It also takes me away from drawing and art in general but I'm working on it! Meanwhile here's what I came up with a few days ago while helping a student understand how to draw straight ahead with a ball point pen.

Wish it could be more but at least it's something new and I'm keeping my Crash chops up. As always thank you again for checking in and I'll be following up again soon.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Monster heads

Hello everybody! Fighting for opportunities to get some art done and here's what I came up this week as a class demo. Things are really picking up at my school and it's taking a lot of my time in a good way. Still I'm determined to turn the corner and get into a full time creative mode. Hope you are experiencing happiness in life and thanks for continuing to check in with my blog. I've got more art on the way.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Spy vs Spy

Another little window presented itself for some in-class sketching as one of my students in the advanced session of Character Design suggested a James Bond-ish type of subject for a demo. 

I followed it up in the next session with a female version of a secret agent kind of character where you're not certain if she's just an attractive lady who's interested or maybe she's something more.

Put the two together and you have a story in the works...

Friday, May 08, 2015

Scootin' ArtShark

Here's a sneak peek at the next ArtShark for the upcoming email newsletter for my school in Burbank along with a look at how the graphics developed. ArtShark is the long standing mascot for the Academy.

How it will look on the header...

Here is the reverse process starting with the final colored design...

Flat color with colored line and no dimensional shading...

The line was colored after the flat color was added to the image...

The final line drawing was scanned and cleaned up digitally in Photoshop...

It began with the original concept sketch...