Friday, June 29, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

bear on vacation...

I've been trying to redesign the grumpy vampire idea from long ago and I was having a hard time, when I drew something that looked like a bear and I just went with it.

I'll do some more exploration on this character in the future, probably an illustration.....

Also, its my 100th post.....sweet!!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Rise and Shine!

   Its been a long time since a post so here is a quick color comp. My lack of organization is the main culprit for the lack of posts, but in related news, I decided to go back to the Animation Academy for a character design class and will, hopefully, post more soon!

(PS.) I found these totally awesome links that you should check out, ASAP!!

This is a really helpful painting tutorial by none other than Bobby Chiu

Here is the link : Creature concept in Photoshop

I had never heard of this character designer before but he is really talented and if you want great examples of model sheets then here it is.....

This blog has a lot (literally page after page) of model sheets/expression sheets from Secret of the Kells, Arthur Christmas, and a couple of others...The best of all are the expression can't help but smile when you see the characters come to life on the page!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

grayscale montage!

I've been slacking on posting but here's an experiment I did awhile ago. 

sketchbook pro
For this piece I decided to use sketchbook pro entirely. I've recently found painting in Photoshop tedious and, for me at least, it usually takes the fun out of coloring. I think part of the problem stems from not knowing how to paint traditionally, other than some experience in watercolors. I figured if I would use sketchbook pro, which is a simpler program, I would be forced to change my approach.

I was able to paint these pretty quickly, which is what surprised me most, due to how simple creating custom brushes is. The only minor problem I encountered was when I saved the file in photoshop and then saved it again in sketchbook pro. (I only used photoshop to merge layers because sketckbook pro isn't very good when it comes to layer management, in my opinion) In the final image, if you look closely, you can see small ripples of paint all over and that happened after transferring the file back to sketchbook pro.