Brainstorming Sketches

Hey guys, I put together this collage of sketches that I've done in the past week or so for a new character I'm designing. I'll be doing a legit concept this weekend, hopefully. I've just been exploring some ideas while using my brainstorming as drawing practice. (Please pardon the fact I photographed these, I don't have a scanner handy at the moment.)  


Inkling Scribbles

I had an opportunity through work to use one of the Wacom Inklings for a bit. I did couple tests just to make sure I had it working, and finally ended up doing this sketch to see just how accurately the Inkling would read my crosshatching and line-work. All in all I'm pretty impressed with the technology, thought with my drawing style I'm not sure it's worth using. I could just as easily use a scanner. However, the fact it records everything in vector is cool and if the drawing was not as complex or finely shaded as the one I did the Inkling may work just fine. It should also be considered that while having the little Inkling device clipped to your paper you're somewhat limited with your hand motions because putting your hand between the pen tip and the page clip interferes with the recording. I'm glad I didn't buy one, but there may be people out there who would enjoy using this tool. On a side note, Zero Dark Thirty is an excellent film that you should watch if you haven't seen it already.





School is done. Well... almost. I'm finishing my last glorious class this summer and then I'll be done. I gotta say, I'm pretty excited. However, now that I'm finishing school I feel as though I'm entering a early twenties crisis. Something has to change or I think I'm going to freak out. Recently, I stumbled across the blog of Stapleton Kearns who says, "Pity the tyro landscape painter, fresh from still life class or naively clutching a promising photograph who tries to compete with a designer who will ruthlessly use his values just as he pleases, rather than respecting the capricious arrangements of styleless nature." This quote echoes a conviction I have experienced recently; that is to become a bolder artist and person. I do not only want to become ruthless artist, but I want to live ruthlessly. I don't mean that I want to cruel or inconsiderate to the people in my life. I want to be eager to try something new, to take risks and be willing to fail miserably, knowing that I'll learn on the way. In this vein, I'm beginning the journey of re-forging my portfolio so that new opportunities may present themselves. Over the next weeks and months I will be sharing the successes and failures of my journey as I hone my craft.

To start things off and because I wouldn't feel right posting without at least one picture, here is a speed paint of Jaime Lannister I did last week:




Character Design Thumbnails

Now that things are winding down for the holidays I'm starting to kick around some ideas for a new character project.  Here are a couple few thumbnails I've done to feel out the design.  Next steps, finalize character, lock down the look of the outfit, then paint up a hero shot concept.  Then I will be jumping into 3D sometime around the New Year!  

Independent Study

This week I'm just starting up an independent study on digital painting for my Digital Animation and Game Design degree over the summer.  Here are two 30ish minute gestures that I did in Photoshop.

I am hoping to improve my ability to draw quickly on the computer and rapidly develop concept art. (As well as just improving my understanding of drawing in general.)