My Work in Progress

A sketchblog where I post a few of my scribbles from a variety of works-in-progress, usually from my rather random personal creativity outside of the daily grind. I occasionally, but not always, post the final artwork.

6/13/2008

Practice and other Oddities

The top post is one of the scenes from an animation short that I started working on when I went back to school, and then put away on the shelf, so to say, until I found time to work on it again. The elements were built of various watercolour paintings that I cut up in Photoshop, and then composited in Combustion (with some nice Z-space) with some of the set animated there as well. I've been thinking about this old project rather alot lately. For some reason, I'm always most interested in working on my projects when I have actual paying projects that I should be spending every minute on. Ah, well.

More male portrait sketch practice. I don't create many illustrations of male characters, particularly human males, in most of my personal artwork. For me, it's simply more interesting to create a different female character (generally human) because in some fashion it is another aspect of myself that I am actually drawing. In my own little mind, I live that character as I draw it...I know what my character is thinking as well as its motivation for whatever pose or moment that I choose to capture them in. Hmm. I guess I'm trying to say I like to draw my characters from the inside out, which is why I find it more of a chore, er, I mean a challenge to draw men. Plus, the human female form is much easier to draw what with all those nice curves. :) In the face, too. And then there's always the possibility of using my own self as a reference if I need one.

3 comments:

Kennon said...

Yes, you're not alone. Old projects become much more interested when you have to do work for someone else.

Great work!

tlc illustration said...

Yup, I feel the same way (always itching to do personal work when on deadline. Seeming to find many other things to do when free time occurs).

Thanks for visiting my blog. Am enjoying paging through your posted sketches - which I admire greatly.

They are talking about holding the Master Illustrator Workshop again next year (fingers crossed) - and it is truly worth going to. I'd say at least 1/3 of the attendees were working professionals - in a wide variety of applications from animation to book covers to concept art (I was the lone children's illustrator). The mediums varied almost as much. I paint primarily in watercolor but wanted to see Rebecca Guay's oil glazing technique (saw and *did* it). There were a number of digital artists as well - and Scott Fischer of the faculty does most of his work digitally now, so there was room for pretty much anyone.

I'll post more on it soon.

shiran-vazana said...

These are great... I love your style! Very consistent and carefully drawn...