So, I've stayed away from it for years, but I am now trying to delve into the mysterious ciaos that is Tumblr. I will still be posting here of course, but feel free to follow me on my Tumblr as well. The stuff I post there might be rougher and less finished than some of the things I post here. More works in progress and funny gifs. Should be more soon so be sure to check it out!
I designed this character based off a description I received from my friend Emmett. She was described as a 13 year old swamp witch living in the Southern U.S. She is not very good at magic yet and has a bullfrog as a friend. You should check out Emmett's site! He has some awesome character design and animation!
Here is a sneak peek of our student film "Nautia". The storyboards shown were some of mine from when we were first brainstorming different story lines and characters. For more videos, sneak peaks, and updates visit our site. [vimeo http://vimeo.com/109030042 w=750&h=400]
Me and some of my fellow students (Laura Mansfield, Renée Taylor, Kaylee Shmiley, Matt Wydick, and Matt Singer) are working on character concepts for our made-up TV show called "Reaper Control". It would be a comedy about a struggling grim reaper who has been demoted to collecting the souls of animals. I am in the process of exploring some concepts for the dog trainer that would appear in the series.
So, in one of my classes this semester we are collaborating to create a short student film. We are not sure what it is going to be about yet, but we have been brainstorming. So far we have been interested in doing settings that are in outer space or under water. Given these possible settings, I've been doing some quick drawings to help come up with ideas.
For one of my classes I had to go through some of the gestures I have made and chose ones that were esthetically appealing. Then I took some gestures that were not as appealing and pushed the poses and the "straights against curves." The first picture is the one in which I revised my previous drawings.
So, last Semester I wasn't so great about posting regularly, but I was still turning out a lot of artwork. Here is some of my work from last semester. I do not consider myself much of a painter, but I liked using ink or black and white paint as a medium with which I could learn to use values more efficiently.
Last week, for homework in my cafe sketch class, we were supposed to take some of our old life-sketches that had small and hairy lines and redraw them in a clearer and more readable way. For more of my life sketches from this assignment and more check out my blogger site!
I know I said I was moving out to blogger, but I changed my mind. To make up for it I have new artwork to show! My cafe sketch class (a class in which we go outside and draw gestures of people) requires that we posts our sketches to blogspot. For this reason, rather than double posting, I am going to have a link available for anyone who wants to see my gesture sketches from that class. There will be a plethora of work flowing in from there, because I’ll be drawing an average of 150 sketches a week (I have to or I don't get an A). To see more work from that class click this link, or the photo below.
What else have I been up to? Last semester I was busy working on an animation of a zombie getting up in the morning. Pieces of that work (Its unfinished) and other animations will be posted tomorrow.
These are the first of many sketches that I have done from life over the past month. My commercial figure drawing class regularly went to the library to make gestures of the people there. We use a simplified tube-and-block version of the human figure to get the main gesture of the pose. It is important to be quick. You never know when someone is going to move, which is why it is also important to use memory to finish many of the poses.
Sorry that this is a day late. My internet connection has been horrible and won't upload anything. These are sketches from my sketchbook. In my animation 3 class we watched the Tom and Jerry short, "Mouse in Manhattan," and the Mickey Mouse short, "Mickey's Symphony Hour." Afterward, my teacher would pause certain parts for a minute or two and we would draw quick gestures of the characters. I have been told in a comment that I should write more in my blog rather than relying purely on images and video to get my points across. Therefore, for those of you who care to know more, I have written about the process behind creating these quick gestures below.
Creating quick gestures of cartoons is very similar to creating ones of people with a few noticeable differences. One difference is that while the human pelvic area can be simplified into a cube, a cartoon's pelvic area is almost always spherical. Also, while all people adhere to some general norms in terms of proportion, cartoons go by rules of their own. It is much like drawing children in that you must first access how many heads tall the character is to aid in your drawing. Probably the biggest difference between drawing live people and cartoons is that the poses of cartoons are exaggerated to extremes. When drawing, it is easy to sometimes make the mistake of underestimating the amount of exaggeration taking place. Drawing the line of action first helps aid in achieving the true stance of the pose. Also, noticing the placement of the limbs in relationship with each other helps. Hopefully I will get better and faster at doing these gestures as the year progresses.