Thursday, October 23, 2014

This year's Ohio Game Developer Expo has it's kickoff tomorrow.  I'm very excited for it.  This year we are holding it at COSI in Columbus Ohio, and it is going to be awesome.  Here is the link to the website with all of the information.

I am honored to have the privilege to speak again this year.  For those who can attend, I will be speaking at Noon on Saturday.  If you don't want to come and hear me, I still encourage you to attend.  There are going to be a lot of great speakers and exhibitors.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Life Drawing Studies

As I said in the last post, I am trying to get back to doing more life drawing.  Unfortunately, since moving to Ohio, I haven't had a lot of opportunities.  In Utah, I could find open life drawing sessions all over the place.  I could drop five bucks and have access to three hours of drawing.  I still have not found anywhere in central Ohio to go.  Instead, I have been turning to the internet.

-1 Minute Study
There are actually two youtube channels that I have really appreciated.  The first is the Croquis Cafe playlist from onairvideo.  Here is the link to it  They have live models that do one, two, and five minute poses.

-2 Minute Studies
The second is the Daily Life Drawing Sessions from New Masters Academy.  Here is the link to it.  It is similarly set up with the one, two, and five minute poses.  The difference is that the New Masters Academy uses photos instead of live videos.  They also have two, five minute poses instead of the single five minute pose from the Croquis Cafe videos.  The only problem has been that after the first video the sets are dark, and so you can't clearly see all of the model and lose parts into the shadows.

-5 Minute Study
Here are some examples out of my sketchbook.  I have been doing figure studies for a long time, but I can still see many areas that I still need to get better at.  On the bright side, if I can keep this up regularly, I will continue to see improvement.  I guess, in the long run that is what is important.  In the meantime, I will continue to work on my drawing and post here.

-5 Minute Studies

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sketching Again

Recently I have been working to go back and further develop my core skill set.  I have been focused on so many things for so long, I feel like I haven't been able to make the progress I would like to in a specific area.  I haven't stopped working in other areas, but I am trying to focus on and put more time into drawing, painting, and 3D modeling.  To that end, I am making it a point to find time to sketch every single day.
I have always had difficulty being steady at sketching.  It is an attention issue.  However, because I have been doing so much better at finally getting a daily exercise routine, I thought I would try this again.  After almost a month, I now have formed a habit.  I have trouble going to sleep if I haven't gotten my sketch time in.  So, I am starting to see improvements.  It has been a while since I could say that about my drawing.
A long time ago I started sketching with a ball point pen, and I can't seem to break the habit.  The reasoning was that I would fudge and fiddle with my sketches until they were great messes.  By using a ball point pen, it forces me to make decisions.  My indecision on a line now is usually limited to three or four, where with pencils I would go over it a few dozen times.  It also forces me to move on.  If I am not happy with a sketch, I can't erase it and keep fiddling with it until I am.  Instead, I just have to move on to the next one and start fresh.  It takes away the tendency to be precious with each drawing and enforces repetition and practice.

I still have a long way to go as an artist.  But I am pleased to see some progress again.  My goal is to keep this up so that I have much more solid core skills than I have had in the past.  I will start posting more actual sketches again (which I haven't done in a long, long time).  Right now I am trying to mix these types of doodles, with actual life drawings and anatomical studies.  That way, hopefully, my doodles will start becoming more structural and solid than they have been in the past.