Monday, June 30, 2008

Illustration Friday - Fierce

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Been bludging from IF for a while ... my bad.

NOONE GETS BETWEEN ME AND MY CUPCAKE
Photoshop.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Robot Sumo!

A little sumthin' sumthin' I made for the launch of "Secret Handshake" on Tuesday night. Made in about 2 days of relaxed Flash MX'ing.



Flash and After FX (Music made in Garageband ... sorry ...)

Friday, June 20, 2008

Life Drawing - Thursday Nights at Jiotto

Why is it that everytime we get motivated to do something productive outside the house the weather is horrible? And going by our poor run of luck with the whole zoo thing, I decided to call the place to make sure Life Drawing was still on last night but there was no answer on the landline or mobile ... but we made the small trek anyway ...

Arriving at our destination tram stop, I was mildly surprised to find that YES, life drawing was on for all at Jiotto Studio in Collingwood :D

These sessions are untutored but I felt pretty good about it. Poses were 2, 5, 10 and 20 minutes. Slow to start but I managed to get into the flow and I'm pretty happy with my 20 minute ones (except the middle one with the bobble-head and midget feet ...)
I like working small as opposed to the giant A1 I had to use in my tutored classes. But then everything is also easier when it's smaller ...
(Forgive the crappy lighting, I couldn't be bothered to scan and stitch so I took no-flash photos of my sketchbook instead ...)

The model was a tall (giggly) 30ish female.

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Graphite, biro and felt tip.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Speed Painting 101

(If an hour and 10 minutes can be called 'speed' anything ...)

I've been excruciating negligent of all things creative and all things bloggy recently.
Inertia breeds inertia eternal.

I spend a lot of time websurfing and getting inspired by all kinds of artsy and craftsy sorts while at my job but once I get home all I can think about it the things that I can't do, the skills that I don't have. I see all this work by people my age or younger and feel that no matter how much work I put in I'll never get to a stage that I will be confident in my abilities or even mildly satisfied (and things like THIS make me excited as well as making me cry).

Such excuses. And so on and so forth.

I need to be a better drawer. I would love to have skills in painting and watercolour and be a well-rounded artist but the bottom line is that drawing is my strength and as it is, my skill is not good enough.

Having never gone to art school, the internet (and my partner!) are now my tutors. I need to work through values, colours, perspective. I need to understand how to transfer the image in my head onto paper or screen.

I need a good kick up the butt.

Trawling through CGTalk Forums I came across this tutorial which in turn resulted in this value study from a photo I took somewhere in Vietnam:

Photoshop CS2 with a Wacom Graphire 4.
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I am reasonably pleased with how it turned out (if we focus purely on the values and not on the perspective/proportions!) but I feel that it took me far too long to do ... I was going to render it properly but kinda lost the plot at this point so I had to let it go ...

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Channel 31 Competition Entry

I've been way slack on the drawing front.
Meanwhile Juan and I got free grog and cheese cos we came 3rd in the C31 tv ident competition :D

Here it is in all the glory YouTube will allow:


(Click HERE and choose "watch in high quality" for more satisfactory animation joy)