Often when I work with students I spend much of my time going over their art or explaining methods they can use to make further progress with what they're doing. Then I find a window usually by request to create some demo art and such was the case today. The blue line sketches are from my Character Design 1 class at an onsite session in Burbank showcasing ways to come up with effective concepts utilizing very basic shapes. The color sketch was created in Photoshop very quickly for an online session. I had fun coming up with an alternative version of Shrek.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Hello there !! A belated Happy New Year to everyone! Hope all is well with you. Sorry for the long delay in posting and also in responding to recent comments. I've been going in so many directions it's been crazy. Good but crazy. Let me catch up by posting a couple of photos that Crash and Spyro fans in particular fans might appreciate as well as movie fans in general.
This past New Years Day I was at the top floor of the Sheraton Hotel on the Universal Studios lot and shot these photos. The one below is the main high rise office tower at the studio. It was on the top floor of this building that Naughty Dog was located in the late 1990s. I worked on Crash 3 and maybe part of Crash 2 there. Not sure but I know I was there for Crash 3. Top floor corner conference room on the other side of the building. This is the view towards the west with the San Fernando Valley in the distance.
Here's the view looking north. That's the main Universal lot at the bottom of the photo with Burbank California spreading out along the foothills. Gives you an idea of the panorama I enjoyed when I was working there. The long white building at center left is where Naughty Dog was for Crash 2 and also Insomniac's offices were there as well. Both on the upper floors. That's where Spyro was born. The spotty debris at the top of the photo is from the window.
I'll be following up soon with more art to feature. Thank you for checking in. Wishing you well in all you do!
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Spent a special Christmas Eve doing what I enjoy most and that's kickin' back and creating art. This started as a quick sketch demo for an online student a few days ago. Thought I'd put something together for the many Crash Bandicoot fans who frequent my blog. A little something from me to you.
Friday, December 23, 2016
I had a lot of fun doing this. It started as a quick sketch concept demonstration for a Visual Development student that I teach online. With each progressive session I worked on it a little more refining the composition and if I had extra time on my own I'd work on it some more.
Here's the final art as I imagine this being Spyro the Dragon's first flight through the air as a youngster. A confident little tyke from the start. It's my Christmas present to all the devoted Spyro fans out there who love the character and who frequent my blog. Merry Christmas! Wishing everyone joy and happiness and creativity with all you do in life. May you soar to new heights in the New Year!
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
I've got a pretty good crop of online students now as 2016 marks the year that I started teaching this way. In addition to my on site classes in Burbank that is. This approach has given me an opportunity to work with individual students and spend a little more time doing demonstrations in Photoshop. Here's what I came up with last week. I took a blue pencil drawing which was a demo from a couple of years ago and manipulated it digitally to change the line color to black and used that as a base for rendering simple color and gray tone. I used tints and then built up a more opaque application on areas such as the cheek, nose, forehead and the tip of the ear. The original drawing follows the digital version below.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Hello there! It's been a while since I posted something. Not for want of doing so. It's been one of those phases where I get real busy with things that distract me from creating art. In any case I had a chance to do some sketching this evening with my students and I thought I'd work up a concept for one of my favorite characters from my days when I was an avid comic book reader. This is an interpretation of Conan the Barbarian. I'll be drawing him more in the future at some point so this is a start. Thank you again for following my blog and I hope that everything is going great in your life.