Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The cool thing about having downtime is the opportunity to take your skillset to the next level. Young aspiring artists always ask me how often do I draw. The truth is quite a bit. I still make sufficient time to enjoy a well balanced lifestyle (i.e.: groceries, laundry, cooking, movies, talk-time with family, etc...). But I also make a concerted effort to keep growing. That might entail studying tutorials on colouring, concept art, doing research at my local library, other artists works, increasing my portfolio base, and in most cases, lighting studies.
So, as I find myself at another crossroad, where I've seen two 4-issue series put to bed, and a pleasant wrap up on the U.S. zombie film WARM BODIES, I can now focus my studies on the 'light' arena, and what better way to usher in than to watch an entire season of 24. Hands down one of the best LIT shows in recent tv history. Singles, doubles, and even triple light sources can be found throughout the series. I'm looking forward to getting my hands dirty on high contrast work and this is as good a place as any.
Process: Quickly drawing in faces on multiple angles on a clean sheet of paper. Pop in the dvd and freeze frame my chosen shot. Map light source onto my models, sometimes matching the model's angle to the one onscreen, sometimes flexing my brain power and translating the dvd model's light source on a completely different angle (ex: The model on tv is facing me, however I extrapolate the LS and place it on my model facing a 3/4 downward angle. Scary, but fun).
It's even more fun when you get a few artists together and enjoy the process. Much like life drawing.
Let the FUN begin.
A full-on black and white sketch of Ghostbusters #5 already in solicitation for January 2012.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
G-FORCEWhen I was a kid, attending pre-school in LA's east side district I recall quite vividly watching tv in the foyer area, where the lot of us waited ever so patiently to be whisked off by our parents. A method I assume the caretakers used, very cleverly I might add, to keep us rambunctious tots from running about half dressed, half hopped up on sugar treats, and instead sit quietly for the inevitable trip home.
SPEED RACER was a definitive crowd pleaser (for 3year olds), and later on, in the same vein as those anime favorites I grew to love GOLDORAK, and eventually the incredible G-FORCE, aka Gatchaman, aka Battle Of The Planets.
The animation and storytelling was always mind-blowingly cool! Took almost 4 decades to get a decent sketch out of me as my hommage to the cartoon. Above features a Work-In-Progress currently on my computer. Hope you enjoy:)
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Having a great time working and learning from 1st and 2nd Units on the production team of WARM BODIES. Storyboarded dozens of scenes and immensely enjoying watching them being played out by our very talented cast members and crew. Zombie heaven!
Found this pic online and thought you might like to see the our handsome/gorgeous lead actors.
Cheers and beers:)