Friday, November 18, 2005

Forest Creature

Here is a forest creature idea I came up with. It is the last of the three character designs I am putting up tonight. Anyways, I hope you enjoy. It should be interesting to try to create a creature with all the vines in maya.

Root Snake

Here is the second one. I wanted to do a snake mainly to work on the vines, but also to try animating it to slither like a real snake.

Fat Fellow

I haven't posted in a while. However, here are three of the five characters I made today. I am going to be building these guys in Maya to beef up the video game portfolio. So I only did a front and side view.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Professional Comments

Your values help to receed the background, but I thought your staging here could use a little help. When trying to create a first, second and third-read, you have create a visual line in your composition that will help the viewer connect the dots from one to three. Right now, the flow between your first, second and third-read doesn't flow well enough, and I find myself looking at each item on the composition as though it were a separate object.

I think the silouette on the second-read character gets a little lost. I've included an example on how to make it better. When sillouetting your second-read you need to hide it a little, but hint at portion of the silouette that is recognizable enough to the audience that it will catch their attention. In this case, the hand reaching out will help your audience find the second-read easily. Also, the perspective on the arm was too low and too foreshortened. This made it appear as though the character was pointing behind the winged creature, instead of at the creature. Make sure the connection is complete by making sure the character is interacting with the target area.


Thursday, November 10, 2005

Sketch Club Utah

Wal Mart makes it easy to find characters. I didn't do as good of a job as I had hoped, but I will keep trying. I will be trying to start a sketch club here in Utah as soon as I find someone else to sketch with.

Sketchbook characters

Here are some more random characters that came out of my sketchbook. I was just experimenting with shapes and these two happened.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Sketch Club

Taking my lead from the Sketch Club, I decided to try the exercise. I saw a lady that stuck out, and then did a sketch later. I think I am going to keep up the practice. It is a fun way to get myself to remember features and shapes. So, here is a little tip of my hat to the sketchclub.


I have a lot of pages like these. I have trouble with hands and feet, so I doodle my own. Obviously I am right handed. I thought the more macabre hand had a lot more character than the other sketches. I guess it comes from pushing the natural a little. I tried to emphasize the knuckles and it just happened.


An idea for a composition I had that I tested with a sketch.

More Pirates

Just some more character doodles that came into my head and onto my paper.


I was sketching and watching Pirates of the Carribean at the same time, so I naturally had a pirate appear in my sketchbook. This was just done out of my head though probably influenced by what I was seeing. Obviously I also have babies on the mind.


Another character sketch. I am trying to get used to my marker and pen set, and this was a test sketch to try out my caligraphy marker to see how well it would work.


Just a character sketch I did that I like. Technicaly not the best, but I thought it was fun.

I'm Important

Another random sketch page. I'm the ant. At least that is how I see myself most days. Screaming for recognition in front of the masses. But really just being another ant in the hill.

Typical sketch page

Well, my fans asked for it. So, here it is. I am going to swamp you with some sketchbook pages tonight. Here is the first. This is a typical sketchbook page. Especially when I get new pens and I want to try them out.

Sketch of girl

This is a sketch of the girl. The first time I do a sketch of something it seems to have a lot more of a spark. That disappears as I try to recreate it. Anyways, here it is.

Video Game Illustration

Well Marcelo, this is what I did! I tried to make the cat creature in front of the moon the main read. The character in the foreground would be the secondary read. Then your eye should follow the structure of the land and be trapped in the center background in the middle of the spiral and the tower should be the third read. The character worked out so much better in the sketches. I will post a sketch in next also. But as I work and try to recreate sketch characters, they lose a lot of life. You mentioned this once as things becoming "stale". I'll figure it out and beat it someday. Anyways, what do you think? You can click on the image to see a larger version of the image.

Friday, November 04, 2005

More Pandas

More of the same. Here are some sketches of him starting to get a personality. I need to push his expressions more. But this is the beginnings. Eventually I need to do orthographic views and maybe even a character sheet of just actions. But I am searching with my sketches right now and trying to find this character.

Lesser Panda

Here is the beginning of the site. Here is my first posting. This is a sketch of a character I am working on. It is a lesser panda. I took references of real lesser pandas and I drew them for a while. Then I tried to push it into a character. I will be going to the zoo on monday to do life studies of real Lesser Pandas. Let me know what you think of this sketch.