Monday, January 30, 2012

Figure Drawings

Some 5-minute poses and a 40-ish minute pose from my figure drawing class from the past couple of weeks. It's a pretty challenging class since it focuses more on sustained figures rather than gesture. I'm still learning a lot about drawing in correct measurements... like that your fingers and a ballpoint pen are not exactly the most accurate tools of measuring. Challenging, but it's a good challenge, and I remain optimistic!

Done in Nupastel and vine charcoal.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Flyers - Week 11

Whew, it's getting harder and harder to keep up with my flyers! I'm actually a couple weeks behind in posting only because the stuff I have is still super sketchy and I want to refine it! One of the goals I have for this year is to make some more refined drawings and sketches, especially with color.

Anyways, this flyer was inspired by Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba, in Orlando (right in Downtown Disney!). I've seen the show twice and my favorite act in La Nouba is "RĂªve Rogue," a ballet where dancers fly through the air on silk. I thought it was a pretty unique way to fly :)

Just a sketch with my Prisma Color pencils.
Drew it while listening to this over and over again. You will, too, should you listen to it. And watch it. It'll blow your mind.

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Still doing film work! The story takes place on the edge of a canyon where a giant plume of clouds rise. I need to work on the clouds some more, but those rocks were super fun to paint! And I got to use all those photos I took from Arches and Canyonlands National Parks as reference (hence why I stuck an arch on the horizon). It's great being able to paint something that I've had some experience with; makes it all the more real when I paint it. That's why it's important to get out there and be inspired from the real world: Your art will breathe a whole new life!

Here's where my inspiration came from! This was taken from the end of the Island in the Sky plateau of Canyonlands. The Park is divided into three "districts" by the Colorado and Green Rivers that run through the canyons. This is looking into the Maze district, which is only accessible with 4-wheel drive with extreme off-roading. It's a convoluted set of canyons that used to be a hideout for a lot of bandits and thieves, including Butch Cassidy. Island in the Sky is easily the most accessible district and most visited, while the Needles (off-screen to the left) is a little less accessible, but not as crazy as the Maze.

Now you know (hopefully) more about Canyonlands then you did before you read this post!


Friday, January 13, 2012

Cannon Design

Just a cannon design for our upcoming student film of 2013! Obviously, still a lot of flaws, but for having five days' notice and also having to do research and sketches and designs... I think it turned out pretty okay. I was inspired by WWII, trains, Epic Mickey, Howl's Moving Castle... the idea is that this cannon needs to be built from random objects welded together and had metal sheets placed over it. Overall, very fun :)


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Flyers - Week 10... And Drawing Exercises!

First off, I need to preface this flyer. For one, it was inevitable that a superhero would make it into this series. And two, I found this cool drawing suggestion: Take a drawing of yours from years ago, and redraw it! This super gal was the first character I made up when I decided that I wanted to do art for the rest of my life. I made up crazy long stories about her and her superheroine friends, fighting monsters and villains, meanwhile still going to high school. Heck, I even dressed up as her for Halloween one year! I was a lot of fun and nostalgic revisiting this first creation of mine :)

Here's the redraw exercise I did before I drew the Flyer version. It was a pretty awesome way of seeing how much I've improved (11 years will do that), but also how much the "essence" of my drawing has stayed the same. However, I'm also starting to see habits that I've kept for the past 11 years, and now I'm working on changing them!
Here's another exercise: Redraw a screenshot from a movie. It was also inevitable that I would draw something from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." May I just say that this scene was AWESOME. Yeah, yeah, different location, but DANGIT Alan Rickman rocked. And Daniel Radcliffe had some really great, subtle expressions that I want to try to draw sometime. I love doing expressions, but it's really hard to get a look of "mixed" emotion. Overall, the characters' interactions and reactions were super close to how I envisioned them in the book, and delicately played. Thumbs up, guys.

Enough ranting... I just really like the way this sketch turned out! And for some reason, I felt super comfortable with drawing in three-dimensions with this sketch... perhaps I should do screenshot studies more often!

Copic markers, Staedtler pens, Crayola color pencils, ballpoint pen, and pencil