Hi man. Nice ride.
I like it - i like it all!
You got the talent man!
I just posted a mindpopping image yesterday, so it was fun to see yours.
Again, really good stuff!
I LOVE your marker sketches. Wow.
That's about it.
Keep 'em coming...
sketches from the zoo today...
Watched and sketched from the first gnomon Ian McCaig DVD last night.
It was very inspiring. I used to do indy comics but I always got hung up on story. I always felt like I needed to get every aspect of the story worked out before starting to draw... So I would often get stuck in the story phase unable to move on. He uses a very visual approach to telling stories... letting the process of sketching help keep the story moving in directions that are visually interesting.
I've decided to start trying out this technique to tell the story from my dream. The story about the walking cities. The main character is a little blind girl. I though it would be interesting to give her two streamers that she can whirl around herself to see (she can hear the sound change and feel the friction when they slide across an object). This could be fun to work with because it can really add a lot of visual energy but the shapes the streamers take can also tell you allot about her mood and emotions. They can move in playful arcs or droop and drag behind her or even lash out in jagged angles.
I'm looking forward to sketching her tonight...
I can't wait to see the process! That sounds like a great idea, too.
Looking forward to your updates...
yup, i wanna see too !!
But i noticed, when you do imagination painting, you often loose a lot of your energy of the sketch... So maybe be careful on this, on really having the big mass of value and color layed down, then maybe little blending... I dont know , only a thought, cause your sketches really rock...
Holy shit - what a great idea! Can't wait to see what you come up with.
I particularly like the animal studies, btw - great sense of character.
Keep it up!
Didn't have much time last night... but here are a few kid sketches
from The Wendling sketchbook (I'm not used to drawing kids so I
need to do some studies to figure out the proportions) and a few
really simple stick figure gestures to experiment with what kind of
rhythms I can create with her streamers.
I don't know about those gesture tests...
The first playful and the sad ones read really well, but the rest are really pretty generic. I'm kind of thinking, "angry? well, if he says so..." maybe use more extreme angles or make it more chaotic. Witchblade/Darkness comics might have good references for this kind of thing.
But those kids are great!
two new paintings from class last night...
And more Wendling sketchbook studies (thin pen) and some quick character
sketches from my head (thick pen)... I played around with the idea of having the little
girl wearing a helmet so she could breath fresh air (the surface is very
polluted) but it seems too cold and distant. I kind of like the one in the
bottom right because it looks more expressive - it seems like the more
a character looks like a stick figure the more you can do with their body
language. The main problem with that one is that it looks too old and that it
also feels fairly alien.
from drawing club last night...
I just got a new tablet PC so I've started using it as my new sketchbook.
really awesome sketches
i love the looseness. keep posting
Awesome last work ! what tablet pc did you get ? are you happy with ?
it seems to be a wonderful tool...
Do you think you would use it also to make your personnal stuff ?
You have some really beautiful sketches Mermuse. I'm really lovin that whole blind girl concept you're developing.
There is nothing wrong with using a photo to help you see things.
No one complains about life drawing,
so take a photo.
its easy, and will improve your piece greatly."
life painting from this morning...
Ryu- I got a Toshiba Tecra M4. I love it. I was really getting
tired of trying to work with the laptop/wacom tablet combo
as a digital sketchbook... it was too limiting in when and
where I could sketch and paint. The tablet PC solves most
of those problems. My only complaint is that the battery life
is really poor (a little over two hours) but I've found that I can
pull out the cd rom drive and put a secondary battery in that
slot so I'm going to try that.
I think I will start doing my personal work on the tablet... I'm
still trying to figure out how to work digitally but still have the
organic quality of traditional. The last set of drawing club
sketches are digital and I think they are getting closer to
a quick study from Ashley Wood...
and some more quick studies for the blind girl concept...
The green ones are from my head and the rest are based of stuff in the
new Wendling sketchbook. I've been trying to find a strong visual clue
to show she is blind. I kind of like the idea of her having a thick mop of
unruly hair that is always covering her face or I could have her be
Awesome stuff. Everything is great! Who are your main influences/who do you study from?
quick compositional studies from class...
and a quick color study from a photograph of a
still life in a Kevin Macpherson painting book.
krAmEr- influences? Um... I guess right now Claire Wendling
is one of my favorite artists. There are a lot of artists that
can render people and animals well but her characters seem
to have the spark of life... she captures a lot of personality
in her characters.
It was a real struggle to find a style that worked for this model and theme.
The compositional studies are really nice and I really like the way you draw women.
"absorb what is useful, discard what is useless, and keep what is essentially your own." - Bruce Lee
Bojee's Monkey Brain
I've shifted into a different phase lately. Right now I seem
more interested in concept then concept art. I'm really
interested in the ideas but not as interested in doing finished
illustrations. Lately I've found that the smaller and looser I
sketch the more I enjoy it and the more life my sketches have.
The story with the blind girl has come to a halt. I tried to develop another story with a child as the main character before and that didn't work either. Part of the problem is that I'm not used to drawing children and the other problem is that I'm not sure if she really is a child or if she just acts like one. The character I have in my mind is called Piper. She is a character that I developed in an acting for animators class a while back. Every time I try and draw her as a child it doesn't feel right. Now I'm beginning to think that she may be an adult or even some strange monstrous creature that simply has a split personality that is this strange spooky little girl that is able to see a different world then the rest of us.
I guess the real problem is that I'm not really a story teller. I like the intuitive ways in which stories evolve as you tell them but I don't like that a finished story becomes a static /dead thing… it stops evolving. I'm less interested in linear storytelling and more interested in creating a universe where someone can create their own story and where every ones experience is different. So I’ve decided to leave the story of the little girl and go back to the fantasy sports game. In the end I prefer games because they do all the things I wish stories did. I came up with about 5 different races that I really liked so now I just need to start developing them a little more.
The original goals for the game were supposed to be large cairns (standing stones). I liked the idea that there would be a large "crack" sound when the skull (ball) would hit the stone so it was obvious when a goal was scored. Over the weekend I had a stronger idea. I'd always struggled with how to make the cairn visually interesting but this weekend I had a vision of the goal as a huge gong. The frame holding the gong would be about the size as a soccer goal and the gong itself would fill that whole space. I can just imagine the overpowering vibrations that would flow over the players and spectators every time a goal was scored. I also thought a larger drum could work but the framework that supports a gong makes it more visually interesting.
The bird sketch is a study from a sketchbook I picked up this weekend called "line dancing"
more sketches from the "line dancing" sketchbook... I really
like this artists work.
As far as the fantasy sports game goes...
I'm starting to learn a engine named Vassal which I'll be using to make the game. Since the goals are no longer stones I need to change the name. It used to be called touchstone (a play on touchdown) but now that name doesn't work.
Visually I see the game board as having a strong black and white contrast with splatters to give it the feel that lots of mud and blood fly in this game. It reminds me of when I was growing up and our soccer fields would get slick with rain or mud so we would play mock rugby (we didn't really know the rules so we just made it up) and end up coverd from head to toe in mud.
I also want to play off the musical quality of the goals. So far the only game name I've come up with that I like is Muddle. Muddle; A game of blood, mud, and music. I'm still not sure about it. It sounds kind of violent and messy and it would also represent the rather chaotic music created by the process of playing the game. I envision the crowd as using instruments to cheer and show support. so the opposing fans would be each have their own little jam session going to support their team and each would be trying to overpower the other. This adds a whole other level of muddled chaos to the game.
I had an idea of how to get the old stone goal idea to visually work. I would design the field based off a Japanese stone garden with a larger stone at either end and cool radiating ring drawn in the sand coming out from each goal. I'll have to think about it some more because the gong goals still seem more interesting.
quick paintings from class last night...
drawing club last night
The quick little paintings are inspiring me ~~~ I do all of my little drawings and then I do these huge paintings ~~~ I think I will take your lead for a while and do dozens of little roughed in paintings.
Wow. Real nice stuff. I never found your book til today, but I'm glad I did.
These are AMAZING! Keep it up man!
This is a quick study from a street sticker... don't know who the original
artist is. Anyone recognize this artist’s style. I'd love to see more.
I need a little fresh inspiration so I've been looking at graffiti and stickers.