Saturday, October 29, 2011

Post-poned Spring Cleaning!

I already finished my third composition for school but decided to post it on Halloween because it seems more fitting. Meanwhile, I've been looking through my computer and cleaning it up. I usually tend to leave URL addresses on my desktop to keep them and visit them later but my desktop was really cluttered. Here is some work that I made roughly a year ago during my second time taking character design. Looking back on it now, I remember being really proud about all the work I was creating.

I'm still debating posting the work I have from my first semester taking character design..... I really don't know what I was thinking. Most of the work looks silly but I guess I was still learning.

P.S. My character design teacher was Charles Zembillas, (Designer of Spyro the Dragon, Crash Bandicoot, Jak and Daxter, among others). He is a really talented and motivated guy. There are few teachers at CSUN that I can say really taught me about art like he did. Almost every class, he would have a story to tell us about his past experiences as an artist, as well as a teacher. Going to his class was very inspiring...being in a classroom with like-minded people really motivated me to draw and try to get better. He would sit down with each student and talk about their work and give suggestions on how to improve it and always say something positive. In addition to being a teacher at CSUN, he also has his own private school. I highly recommend taking a class with him if you live in the Burbank or Los Angeles area. However, the last time I talked to him, he mentioned starting an online class where you can basically take the class from wherever you live.

Here is the info....The Animation Academy

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Breakfast of Champions!

Here's my second composition for school. I like this one a lot more and had a much better time completing it compared to my first time. There's some perspective errors and a tangent here or there, but I really liked the feelings I got from looking at much that I didn't pay attention to the mistakes and decide to leave them.

The young boy in the chair was initially going to be in a robot costume but I tried to relate to my life and I loved the ninja turtles growing up and still do.

Monday, October 17, 2011

How can you trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders? The man can't even trust his own pants.


I just finished watching Once Upon a Time in the West. I started wathcing it a couple of days ago when I saw it on netflix and decided to finish it tonight ..... or should I say this morning. I was inspired to draw some western characters while watching it and here they are. This is my second time watching it and its still as good as the first. One of the things I like about Leone's western films are the soundtrack. Morricone does such a good job at capturing the moment and making it feel that much better.

I tried to stay loose and didn't try to spend a lot of time coloring them either. I like the simple approach to coloring that I used in a previous post and I tried to go for that again. I also tried to draw a girl character, which I rarely do just because I'm so bad at them. They never end up looking sexy or cute, just wierd. The part that I always end up messing up is the face, either the lips or eyes.

Some ideas on paper.

Photoshop, 2B and 6B graphite

Here are some ideas for a short film I'm planning on doing. I don't want to say too much because quite honestly, I still don't know much myself. I don't really have a story yet, but I definitely know that I want to make a comedy and its going to be about the daguerreotype.

green polychromos, purple crayola color pencil

Here's also a blob creature I created. I think its kinda generic, but it was just sitting on my desk, so I thought I might as well post it. 

P.S. I drew it on a manilla folder and it didn't scan too well, but the paper was surprisingly very smooth.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"Don't Cross the Streams"

Here's some development work for my first composition assignment.

"We're Gonna Go Full Stream"

Here are the other two characters from my first composition. The composition was based on a poem by Susan Mitchell, The Dead.
Here is the link to the poem, if you're interested.

Heres the final composition.

Monday, October 10, 2011

"Time of the Season"

Here's a character from a school assignment. I didn't like how the composition eventually came out so I don't know if I'll end up posting it. I did enjoy designing this character though.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Cowabunga, Dude!

Here is a small drawing I did before drawing my new header image. Both pieces are part of a composition I'm doing for my composition class. I remember, as a kid, wearing a Raphael costume that my mom made, it was pretty sweet. I even remember having some make-shift sai that my mom made up too. It amazes me how much time she must have spent making this. I just hope she knows that I loved it.
I hope to create some more Halloween inspired drawings this month.

P.S. I tried to keep both drawings loose because I tend to try to make my drawings so clean that they loose some of their energy and I tend to spend way too much time on them.

"He began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling."

This drawing started out as a young kid set in the 1950s, but he quickly developed a Lord of the Flies-esque personality. I don't think hes very evil, but he definitely doesn't do his chores and if you listen carefully, you can hear the cries of millions of ants, a tell-tale sign of their imminent demise.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011