Wow, I just had an amazing week in Wellington at the Marama workshop. I've only (barely) lurked on the boards until now, keeping tabs on a few threads. Now that I've met so many awesome people I feel I have to jump in here a bit more seriously.
Highlights from the workshop -
- The Massive Black guys. All totally down to earth people, more than willing to chat about art and anything else, and with mindblowing skillz to boot. I have to be honest and say I hadn't even heard of most of these guys before I arrived, but now am a giant fan of them all.
- Life drawing! I haven't been able to go to any in about a year so it was wonderful getting back into it again, even if I had to use A4 paper. The models were amazing, and diligently held their poses.
- Jason Manley's colour theory talk. It totally blew my mind - I learned far more than should be possible in that small period of time. Now to look for it in the art (and life) around me...
- Poring through Wes Burt's sketchbooks. The tonal strength in his sketchbooks makes grown men weep (I've seen it)!
- Watching Whit paint digitally from life. Nuff said... Was great talking to him as well.
- Winning Thunderdome! The comp rules were to draw a self portrait, and I somehow managed to pull a first! The other entries were simply fantastic, so I was surprised and ecstatic to win. The loot was a painting easel signed by the guys, a brilliant portrait done by Carl Dobsky at the workshop, a few t-shirts and a couple of Massive Black DVD's. Cheers guys!
Pics of my entry and the prizes -
A bit about me - I live in Auckland, New Zealand. I graduated animation school two years ago, and have since started a small animation studio called Rhubarb Zoo with my good friend Dane Jacobs. You can check out our stuff here - www.rhubarbzoo.com, our basic goal is to produce our own creative work, and maybe convince a few people that animation isn't just for kids along the way. At the moment we're cooking up the story for a serialised web series that we'll be releasing once a month once preproduction is finished, but that's a good two years away.
I love to draw/paint and really badly want to improve my work. So far I've only really done colours digitally, and am about to jump into learning to use acrylics. I have miles to go with everything, but especially colour, tone subtlety and backgrounds at this moment. Please crit away on what you guys think I should be working on, and I'll start adding my two cents to the other threads. You should also jump in if I met you at the workshop to let me know who you are (I'm in the unusual situation of having to put an alias to a face rather than the other way around)
Here's a random assortment of stuff I've done from the last year to start the thread off (starting with a few pages from my portfolio), but you can find a bunch more on my blog http://pinfluxsketches.blogspot.com/ -
I actually won my ticket to the workshop with this piece on the NZCGI forum in New Zealand, interpreting the concept of 'time' with this illustration - I wouldn't have been able to come otherwise!
And finally some stuff from reference -
That's all for now... see you guys around!