Wednesday, November 19

Here's a heaping helping of new and like-new sketches. It's been a while, but it's nice when there's a seemingly endless supply of inspiration. Without further ado:

Upper Left: A sketch of Agent Pendergast and Liuetenant De Gosta from the second book of the Pendergast series: "Reliquary". Pendergast gets completely into character while his friend is a bit more apprehensive about turning transient.
Right: Ghost and specter sketches that found life around Halloween.
Bottom: A pretty maiden and her potential "prince" or stable boy, whichever you please. They don't quite go together though, it's the eyes, and lover boy looks like Zac Effron.

Some sketches from a new idea I had about a steampunk-esque world that exists within wormholes. The inhabitants travel from world to world through space-time. Originally it was a time travel game, but it wasn't as imaginitive. I'm still getting used to and learning about the subculture, so don't come stabbing me if it doesn't match your image of steampunk. If this were a game I'd like it to be an adventure game that involves creating objects and using ingenuity to solve puzzles.
Upper Left: Derigible-ish contraptions that our main characters fly around in. I played with an idea of the cockpit being a bathtub.
Lower Left: Our hero and inventor-adventurer extraordinaire. He's of Asian stock, about 12 years old, and loosely (I mean very loosely, as in he doesn't have any resemblance anymore) based off of this guy. Very inquisitive and creative. His ingenuity knows no bounds when it comes to tackeling an obstacle, whether it's unlocking a door or finding a new way to fry eggs.
Bottom Middle: A mayor-type character. I'm not sure his exact function, but he was fun to design.
Bottom Right: Our hero's best friend and the second main character, though he's about 8 years old. He's definitely my favorite. If he had a voice it'd sound South African and very much like an eight year old. What he lacks for in wisdom and grown-up knowledge he more than makes up for it in sheer brain power. Unfortunately for his parents, he is smarter than they are. He's typically found all over the place and loves climbing on things, hanging upside, and running around barefoot. Favorite phrase: "Du-uuh." I imagine he'd move and make faces like young Tarzan from Disney's version.
Upper Right: Our hero's parents. His dad is an accountant and his mum is a school teacher. I don't much like the mother's face, I need to work on female eyes. Her's seem too heavy, as if they wouldn't animate well.

The boys of Soulstone (for those who don't know, the same story as Nasira; see previous entries in blog). I'm not really going to go into who they are, as some of them really need work.

Nasira Egyptian style. The top left is an icky sketch, did not turn out well. Bleah. The upper right is Nasira and her step-mother (she is Nubian); the two were very close. The bottom left is an 11 year old Nasira and her two half-siblings. I love the baby, I just want to pinch her cheeks! The lower right is a quicky sketch of the kids welcoming home their father.

Character studies of Nasira. I'm so particular about her face. It's a bit ridiculous.
Isn't it amazing how truthful people will be when their throats about to be cut? Just a random sketch, I don't know who the guy is but apparently he has information that Nasira wants. And what Nasira wants Nasira gets, providing physical violence is a means of getting it. The other sketch is of a Brother of Attla. Attla was a Greek god who was "unmanned" (ie neutered, fixed, lost his kebabs) by a Greek goddess. Somehow that became a sign of fertility and the followers of said god and goddess would sometimes enter into such a frenzy they would "unman" themselves. So here's the crazy, eunuch followers in my version. They're not trustworthy and don't like women. And yes one of the requirements is to emasculate yourself in front of an altar and all your already cajone-less brethren. At least they all have great singing voices.

Wednesday, July 2

Finally another post....So Game-Artists is having some new 3D battle that's all about bugs. While I know I won't ever get around to creating a 3D version, here's my 2D. This is the June Bug F'eerce and his Crimson Steed. Yes, fear him because he's fierce!!

Hahaha oh bad, bad puns. I crack myself up.

Sunday, May 11

A lot to upload.......again. Not to mention a lot of fun news about what I've been up to!
That is Don Hahn, Producer of many Disney films. I went to see him and Roy E. Disney present several Disney shorts, including the new Goofy short. Awesome, awesome night, even though I didn't get to meet Disney.

The kid is kind of based off of my friend/co-worker Gavin.

Working on some ideas for one of my favorite personal characters. I don't have a name for him yet, probably because I haven't looked into it yet. If you know of any fun African names (like tribal, and the older the better) share them! I've been trying to flesh him out for a long time, and watching Disney's Tarzan again last week gave me a lot of inspiration. The character doesn't all. He makes no sounds as he has no voice box. So a lot of pantomime and imitation. The Tarzan influence comes in the way he moves and fights. It's going to be fun coming up with more ideas for him.

I didn't draw this, but I had to post it. My friend Amy hijacked my sketchbook temporarily while we were at an event in Beverly Hills (will explain below). Amy loves Giselle and Amy Adams. We have an inside joke about why Giselle isn't in the Disneyland parades. There was an "incident" involving Amy and stolen dresses.

More work on the pirate-ninja game idea. Olena is the piratess captain. She's greedy, cutthroat, very bold, and loud. More likely to shoot a door down with a cannon then to climb through the open window type. I'm not sure what style I'm going to go for yet, but I want it to be something that lends well to animation. The unfortunate side effect of doing a character like this is that she's looking disturbingly like myself O.o It's just the curly hair, not the evil look in her eye.......really.
So Friday I got off of work at 4:00 to head up to Beverly Hills for the 12th Marc Davis Celebration of Animation. The theme was Drawing on the Future: Mentorship in Animation. When I saw the guest list I about passed out: James Baxter, Andreas Deja, Pete Doctor, and Eric Goldberg!!! Needless to say it was an amazing night. Each animator spoke briefly about how the Nine Old Men and animators of past influenced them. Then they showed a specific clip from one of the Nine Old Men that directly influenced a following clip of their own animation. Andreas was the first to speak and showed a clip of Maleficent (bare with me I can't remember all of the animators who did what parts) and then showed a clip of Jafar. Pete showed a clip of Baloo and Mowgli and then one of Sulley and Boo. James chose a clip of King Louie followed by a scene of Rafiki. Eric selected a portion of the Three Cabilleros and then the Genie's "Friend Like Me" song.
James and Eric were absolutely hilarious, especially Eric. He was so small I just wanted to put him in my pocket and take him home with me. We were lucky because we had front row seats (I bypassed the handouts in the lobby to claim what I could). Had we stayed right where we were at the end of the show we would have met all four animators. Even though security blocked off the stage, the animators came down the steps and met the crowd.
As it were I met Pete first (the dude is a giant) and then Andreas...Andreas almost walked away from me, but I perservered and followed him. So I managed to nab his signature and have a very, very brief conversation with him. In the lobby I managed to get James's signature, unfortunately Eric was not spotted (probably because everyone's taller than he is). My only regret is that I have nothing of interest to say to these guys, I get so nervous that my mind goes blank. Anyway, the following image contains my precious signatures.

The inspiration I've garnered from seeing Disney and now these guys has gone through the roof and beyond. I've been drawing all the time if I can, and have finally realized that even though I love my job and love working in the game industry 2D animation is, and always will be, my first love. Unfortunately I can't afford to go back to school, so I have to teach myself. There are few things in my life that I can really feel certain of, and this is one of them. I have to do it. Even if it takes me 10+ years to get to a professional level, I'll do it.

Saturday, April 26

Lots of stuff to upload! This is probably why I should upload the day I draw these things.

I was very tired that day at work....

Random crap..I like the little catapillar thing

Is that Cthulu's dog?

Layout idea for the temple that holds Nasira's body....long story.

Trying to draw ethnic specifics.....not working too well

Random old guy and trying to draw faces from memory at Disneyland

I love these guys. I'm trying to come up with a style for the Flash game idea I had. My brother knows programming in Flash, so we're going to work together on this one.

Thursday, April 3

The new sketchbook is magic. It has to be. I've drawn yet again, and I'm still pleased with the results...O.o

These are from yesterday. A different idea for minotaurs on the left - a bit more human looking. Seeing as my characters are really, really old they would have run ins with such mythical creatures. On the right is Raven (temp name till I find a good Mongolian one...that I can remember). She's Nasira's best friend, Mongolian, and very short. That doesn't stop her though. I couldn't help avoiding the petite, food lover sterotype. It just works so well.

Aww, it's Nasira's family...or not so awww if you knew the entire story, bwahahaha!! I made her dad look too holier-than-thou priest-ish. I want him to be stern and a bit distant, but not snobbish. Her mom is the suggestively drawn one, I think it tells a bit about her personality. Maybe that's the reason her husband's looking at her in disgust. Oh if she only knew what her errant ways would get her in to. I think she's my favorite sketch out of the ones I've done so far. On the right is Nasira's stepmother, and a not so toddler looking Nasira. I need to work on drawing least cute ones. Anyway, her stepmom is the one who raised her, and was the very wise daugher of a Nubian merchant. Needless to say she ran the household finances.

Note to self: research Nubian culture and Egyptian baby toys....

I've been going crazy trying to research the exact ethnic origins of Egyptians. You've got two sides, one saying they were purely Arabs, and the others saying they were purely Africans. Honestly it seems they would have been something in between, a rather open mix of the two seeing as Egypt was located at the meeting point of Africa and Asia. Historians seems to skimp out on what the earliest tribes are predicted to have looked like before the Phoenicians took over. Honestly I'm not really reaching back that far, but it'd be nice to know. Personally I'm going with my theory - that it was a reasonable mix. Most of the ruling class would most likely reflect whatever empire invaded during each time period. I think they typically had a habit of instilling their own royalty into such places. It's kind of like how the Russian Tzars were 90% German.

Wednesday, April 2

I finally got around to sketching again. I bought this neat little blank sketchbook from Borders. It must be magic, even my bad stuff makes me happy.
I've been mostly doing character sketches for my character Nasira. She's been with me since my early high school years, and has evolved immensly. Perhaps the only things she has in common with her original predecessor would be the curly hair and the immortality. Thank goodness, because she was practically a Mary Jane back then. Now she's her own character, who is giving me a tough time figuring her out. I think I'm learning to let her speak through me, rather than me forcing her personality out.

Basic sketches of her doing her know jumping out of aircraft without a parachute and annoying scribbled in people.

A timid attempt at facial expressions and open mouths. I noticed my current style doesn't seem to lend to very many emotions, or talking. Which is basically saying I can't draw open mouths. That's something I need to work on...

Which is why I decided to draw her in a disney-esque style....or at least that was the idea. I was watching 101 Dalmations at the time, so her proportions are sort of based on Anita. I think my note at the bottom of the right hand page sums up that sketch. I guess I was thinking of what she'd do if she saw a shiny pointy things use for stabbing in a store window.

Saturday, January 26

So this is my art blog, and I'm hoping to update this more than any other site......figure I'd use Myspace for personal stuff only. So without further ado: ART!!

I don't usually draw really sexy women, not my thing, but she was fun. She didn't start out as a hooker, but I drew her right leg too high and added the curb to compensate. Oh wells, her boots are awesome.