Thursday, November 26, 2009

Project: Learn how to draw good



In an effort to work a little bit on drawing less flat, graphic stuff, I was copying poses from the 1920 Jekyll and Hyde with John Barrymore.

I'm trying to get more of a range of expression into my Jekyll design. :|

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I said no! please don't exist


At this time I would like to call out the school printer on its scheming schemes to make the colors on my storyboards look atrocious. They are. Not to say they look brilliant on the computer screen, but when printed out they look like they were painted using only primary blue and maybe some bright magenta. :(

I don't think I've ever posted boards here before! Well I finally got to posting them on my portfolio site:

So here they are :O

I went to the CTN Expo today! Conventions tire me out so much. 8| I'm not really built to be in big crowds each day, and I'm terrible at approaching people at booths at all, much less to shove portfolios rudely in their faces. If Reyna hadn't been there to shout down a retreating story artist, no way would I have talked to anyone at all. XD Although even without trotting around the showroom I got to swap portfolios with a lot of my classmates. :3 Having a bunch of Calarts people there made the atmosphere less scary for me....

But I did manage to get my confidence up enough to show my portfolio around! I got some good critique and surprisingly I felt my design portfolio got more critique than my story portfolio ffffffftwhut? D:

I'm gonna go ahead and attribute the lack of soul-searing criticism on my boards to beginner's luck. :| Granted, the only consistent critique I got for design was, "well, for our studio you'll want to have more characters with volume and less flat, graphic ones". I was like "ffffffffff I was TRYING for the past few months to work on that" and then I remembered that my largest design project for the summer was my Japanese sumi-e designs, which is like the flattest thing I've ever drawn, and I was like "oh".

The dumb thing is I don't think of my style as a terribly flat/graphic style. D: But I dunno, we had a great design lecture on Wednesday that focused on character design with an emphasis on strong draftsmanship so I dunno MAYBE I can work on improving that next.

Because hell knows my attempts to draw Icarus show off my shortcomings in draftsmanship. :|

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Frankenstein's knitting club


A cute idea turned into a weird looking layout. D:



I think my problem with Mr. Hyde is that I'm too obsessed with how cool a character is to draw him properly. I end up doodling poses without putting any real thought into them, and then I have to make up the rest of the picture to fit.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

BURD



Over the summer I had a brief sprint of designing a whole lot of birds, and I ran into a sort of wall where I just couldn't think up any more shapes--not that the ones I designed were so outstanding in shapes that they used up all the possibilities.....

But anyway, I was not terribly happy to get assigned birds for class, but I'm relatively satisfied with how these turned out. I'm not sure if I've improved much since the summer--I'm still having hella problems drawing owls. I don't know what it is with them. They come out looking all stiff when I try to draw them.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Knit knit knit


Somebody visiting this blog must think I only draw in black and white doodles, making sketches primarily of a certain scraggly old guy, again and again.

This is not true.


I have actually been working on some drawings such as this:



but today
because it is Thursday
and life drawing is Thursday
and that zaps energy
today
I drew a certain scraggly old guy

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

He believes in a beauty


Quick Dionysus character design (as a girl). Dionysus is a girl because our model for figure drawing this week was a girl and I was being lazy. *cough*

Bjork's song "Venus as a Boy" is like my favorite song right now and I DON'T KNOW WHY. Maybe it's because I'm sick, but the odd mixing of Greek/Roman stuff and Indian sounding music is pretty right now.