Friday, July 21, 2017

Afros

Having fun creating demos through online sessions. Here's something I did this week while working with a student in Greece. I'm exploring afro hairstyles as my personal theme for the visual development class. This brother would be into the black national movement of the late 1960's / early 70's. Painted in Photoshop very spontaneously.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Catching up again

Howdy there lovely people and thanks for checking in. Man it's been going strong at my school as we're at full capacity both in class and online. Time has been demanding the past few weeks but I've accomplished a lot and things are stabilizing nicely. I'm getting a few moments where I can whip up a demo usually online. So here's a few that I've created lately as part of the lesson. 

Thank you kindly for checking in and following my blog in light of my absence.  You're marvelous and special. Good luck to everything you do. Have fun with your art and all things creative!.




Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Buddha Lady

This is a class demo in progress. I plan on finishing it in black line soon. We were discussing Buddhism and I got the idea of a female Buddha type character so I came up with this image while drawing with students.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Demos from online character design

Hello there friends! It's been so busy I fell behind on everything once again including sharing some art with you. I had to travel and attend to various responsibilities and free time was at a premium. I was able to get back on track recently with some demonstrations I created for a couple of my online students. Here's a sample of the lessons I was parsing out.

This student was having problems getting started with their concepts utilizing the construction method I was teaching. So I went through the process to illustrate how to go about it.

Start with a foundation ...


Use the foundation to build out your design ...


Once your have your design established you can eliminate the foundation sketch. It did its job ...


Add some shadows from an overhead light source to help describe form ...


Another demo involved getting my student to break out creatively and really push the concept and the design. This is what they had to start ...


By creating a construction based foundation you can set up your approach ...


Push the foundation sketch and let the character emerge ...



Now that you've got the anatomy established it's time to explore clothing ...


Add a shadow level to enhance the dimensional form and you're in business ...


Thank you for your patience and for continuing to check in! It's always a pleasure coming here and posting art.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Color tint and line

I drew these concept sketches in black line a few years ago when I was developing a project for a friend's newly formed game company. The project unfortunately never materialized. Recently I used some images for a lesson in tonally tinting hand drawn content with digital color during an online session.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Different kind of wizard

Hello there and I hope everything's great with you! It's nice to post some recent stuff. Going through a very busy period as of late but made some time to create mostly as a result of demos. One of my students came up with a suggestion that I draw a wizard pig character so I created this rotation during a session in character design.


Later on in subsequent sessions I took the idea a step further with straight ahead drawings in ball point pen to have fun with concept design and to keep my skills sharp. Drawing with a non-erasable medium is great practice.


Saturday, April 01, 2017

View from my office studio

One of the things I'm most thankful for in life is a very simple pleasure that brightens my heart whenever I come into work. No matter what may be going on all I have do do is look straight ahead out the window I'm facing and enjoy this view...


What makes this special is what I'm looking out at on any given day. Here's a zoomed in shot with a description...


Every time I gaze upon this vista I'm humbly reminded as to how fortunate I am.

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Clouds of El Nino 2017 - Burbank

Every 15 to 20 years a weather pattern emerges in the Pacific Ocean that brings heavy rainstorms to California. In the old days the Spanish called it "El Nino" because it was noticed around Christmas time when the rainy season gets in gear. Following many years of drought conditions we got hit with quite a few hefty storms one after the other the past few months. The building I'm in is the highest point in central Burbank and after the storms passed through sometimes I'd go to the roof and get a few shots of the cloud formations. Now that El Nino season is wrapping up here's a few photos to remember it by,,.

Looking to the west...





Looking to the northwest...



Views to the north...



Looking to the east...


March sunset through the church steeple...


Thankful for the rain!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

This week's art

Good thing I started having sessions online. Things are never too busy for me to create. I have more opportunity to focus. The onsite classes in Burbank tend to be more demanding of my time in other ways. Still had a chance to create.

I started a new approach by which I'm having online students art direct what I'm doing. After I review their work I do a demo and they help to hone in on a subject and mood of the composition and other things. Then I go from there for the time we have left. These are works in progress and will have another pass in upcoming sessions. Everything was done in Photoshop with the head turn as the exception.

Monday...


Tuesday in the Burbank class...


Wednesday...


Thursday...


Friday...


Enjoyed myself and we learned something too.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Phone photos of LA and Hollywood - Dec 8 2016

Sometimes I find myself in unique locations. Last year in December I was at the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. This is a very special place. Presidents stay there when in town. As fortune would have it I wound up on the top floor of the hotel. Around 32 floors high. There's a revolving restaurant at this level that offers great panoramic views of the city. I took a few phone photos while I had the chance and would like to feature them here.

This is the view from the Bonaventure's revolving restaurant. Takes around an hour for the floor to make a complete rotation.


Here's what downtown LA looks like from there...


This is the tallest building in Los Angeles...


Here's what the street looks like at its base...


 This is the view towards Hollywood...


Here's a zoomed in shot of Hollywood. You can make out the sign on the hill. The light colored structure towards the right of the sign is the Griffith Observatory. On the other side of the hill is the city of Burbank.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Latest demos from online sessions

In what turned out to be an extraordinarily busy week I found an opportunity to churn out 2 demonstrations while I worked with online students. The first is a drawing of an incidental  character I came up with when first developing Crash Bandicoot way back in 1995 during the Willy the Wombat days. I did this very quickly in a matter of a few minutes in Photoshop as time was running out during the session.


The second one below was started during the class and I found time to continue working on it this evening. What began as a very basic and simple approach to coloring turned out to get more involved than I originally planned but it was fun none the less. My student asked for something kind of dark and grim and menacing so I fell upon a werewolf type of character. It's been a while since I came up with one. Enjoyed myself after the madness of this past week. Gets crazy sometimes but it's all good and everyone's happy it seems.


Edit: This is how far I was by the end the online session...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Latest Demo Sketches

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.