Monday, February 22, 2010

Coraline'd

Nicole and I took in a viewing of Coraline over the weekend. I've been wanting to see this movie for ever and my brother was nice enough to let me borrow his copy.

The movie is amazing. The character design is fantastic and the scene in the garden was freakin 'incredible. I think it'd look even more amazing on Blu-Ray.

Anyways here's "other me", button eyes and all. I want to start reading more Gaiman material. We also watched Stardust that night...I love that movie too.



I'm going to C2E2!

Hi!!!

So the big news that I was talking about on twitter is that I was asked to be a part of the Inaugural Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, better known as c2e2.

It's a great honor to be a part of what should be an amazing convention!! I'll post more updates as I get them.

Here is the main info:

C2E2 - April 16-18, 2010 - McCormick Place

Click here for the FAQ.

Friday, February 19, 2010

headcases...


I really wanted to focus on features, expressions, shape for these sets of faces. Practice in any of these areas gives the drawing a sense of character. If you want your sketch to have some personality really push shape in certain areas like the chin, nose, or forehead. Sometimes it's good to draw a variety of heads and also incorporate those same practices into body types.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Analyzing the rough stuff


I admit I feel bad when I don't update on a consistent basis or I don't post more finished art pieces but I keep forgetting this is a "sketch"blog and its okay to post the rough stuff...no matter how much I dislike or like it. So with that in mind I thought I'd break down the process of creating a character and sketching out the design as I go.

So here's the setup: I thought it was a funny idea to have this sheep that was some sort of assassin or soldier and had an unlimited amount of guns in ammo hidden under his wool. So whenever he was in a jam, he could pull out an arsenal of weaponry like a treasure chest. One Sheep Army if you will. So I worked an initial sketch which is what you see on the top left of the page.

As you can see, the first attempt ended up with more of dog face character. I also drew the mop on his head to resemble that of a helmet with the straps undone. I knew the one thing I wanted to change was the face so after several attempts I found a simple watermelon shape for the head that resembled more sheep than dog especially with the nose and helmet head.

I also with this characters body to have a very definitive square shape. With the wool being completely square I thought it'd be difficult to show the character in any type of movement. So after playing around with poses, I found the best to show action poses with such a square shape was to outline the body first and draw the square shape to contour to it. So it shows how the square would bend and contort to the limbs and spine of the character. I tried that with some poses that you see here.. One in particular, the sort of belly flop dive, was approached in this way. I drew the the pose I wanted, and as you can see how the spine kind of arches as he's falling, I then drew the wool where it would bend accordingly. So you still get that square shape and you still have that sense of movement from the character. It will be fun to see how far I take this guy in terms of design and maybe even a story. But for right now I thought I'd share my sketch process with you. The design thats showed on the bottom right isn't final but its an improvement over the first sketch did at the top left.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Comics For Cures!

Hello, Just wanted to get the word out that I'll be participating in the SKETCH CARD BENEFIT AUCTION AND GALLERY SHOW FOR AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. It's sponsored by

BLUELINEPRO.COM - COMICSXP.COM - SKETCHMAGAZINE.NET



Click learn all about it!

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Pages to share.

I was working on a lot of new pages today for my book, mostly roughs and final pencils. However these aren't the pages that I'm sharing. Since I've started on my new book I haven't really tackled into my sketchbook which I've noticed is mostly used when I travel. I take it to conventions with me, camping trips, or if I'm riding shotgun I'll take it on the road. So I was surprised at the last two pages I did because it's been so long since I've doodled anything in there that it must've been sometime back in December. They are mostly head studies, but some cool ones at that. I need to start carrying this around more. Anyways here ya go:



Thursday, February 04, 2010

Fun With Sharpies: World's Finest


I found another piece of cardboard today. I grabbed some pen and black sharpie and drew Superman on one side. I flipped it over and drew good old Bats on the other. This was really fun to do. It makes me want to get some other rendering tools like white ink and prisma markers. I kind of like drawing on this thicker board. I should look into different card stocks to draw on as well.

I always get nervous drawing Superman cause of the fact that so many other talented artists put their own unique spin on it. But I've noticed that everytime I draw Supes, he is different from the last time I drew him. Which means I haven't really found a way of drawing him that I like and thats not biting off other people's versions of him. Well I like this last one I did and maybe I can take it from there.

Well, I've been working on getting my third book accomplished and it hasn't left me any time to draw other stuff. So this was kind of nice and most of all fun. Not that drawing my book isn't fun but I treat it as a job/work and I do have fun with it. But sometimes I need to draw just to draw. No books, no commissions, or freelance stuff. Just drawing.