Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Birthday Mosh! Gig Poster

More practice making gig posters/flyers. I tried to have some fun with this one. I have had this image of my friend hardcore dancing in my head since summer, trying to draw it right... I felt like this was the perfect time to finally nail it down. There are a handful of tiny things here and there I might do differently if this weren't for fun - but overall, I am happy with the way it turned out.

I am mostly happy with getting comfortable and more familiar with the process from paper to photoshop. Huzzah learning!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Holiday Gig Poster

Quick design I made up for my friend's holiday show coming up here after Christmas. I have been getting inspired lately to start touching base with something I've always wanted to do: make quick gig posters. I have been to lots of local shows in my time, and have seen lots of local band promotional pieces... they definitely don't stand out or grab my attention. I don't see how hard it'd be to change that! In the future, I'd love to do quick commissions for anyone who is interested.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Facebook Sketches

Being on break is fun. Drawing for fun is fun. Drawing for fun...?!?!?!
I clicked around Facebook and realized how great of a tool it can be for drawing.
Here's the best from what I did today:

Wondering if I should just post these (and many more to come!) on the blog from my Cafe Sketch class... ah, well. I plan on keeping up with this, drawing friend after friend. When I felt too weird just picking friends to draw... I would have some system, say, the first person that comes up on my newsfeed, I'd use one of their photos for reference, and then I'd click on a "like"or comment from there to find a new subject, and so on. 

I'd say the point of doing these would be to get better at capturing character, making caricatures - I've noticed that in my Cafe Sketch class, I wanted to add more personality to my life sketches. I figure this would be a good exercise to start digging up some of that personality!

Space Dog Can't Breathe Final; Animation II Project Reel

Here's what was due the last day of Animation II: the final rough of the acting/emoting project, and a demo reel/Animation II project/process smash-up. Stoked to make a 30 second short in Animation III!!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Space Dog: Rough Pass Pt1

Here's what I've got so far as far as a start to roughs for this final assignment in Animation II. Much more on the way. We'll see how far it can get by the end of the day!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sketchbook Fun

For the second to last day of Illustration Concepts/Practices, we had our last sketchbook assignment due (1 thing from life + your choice). We had the entire class to take one of the sketchbook assignments from the year and pull it into photoshop to create a finished piece. I had a lot of fun with it and am inspired to do things like this more often. Here's my friend Andrea and a bunch of trippy monsters smashed together singing random lyrics from random songs I was listening to at the time:

The photoshop version essentially involved painting in three colors and throwing a water texture down.
My favorite its the salamander-looking guy standing in the middle.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Meet Petey (2D Puppet/Rig)

Today has been a love and hate battle with this beast! I worked on this for about 5.5 hours, and had an unfortunate time losing all the progress I had made! Though I was furious, it might have been for the best: when I returned to this a few hours later, I was able to apply everything I had learned about Toon Boom's network system, keyframes, and puppeting capabilities. This project is a quick intro to the idea of a puppet/rig, and all we have to do is create a simple rig and execute a simple action. I chose to have Petey SQUAWK! And I hope to make a sound effect myself, if need be. Shh.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Animation II Character Rig Idea


Our next project in Animation II is a quick project involving a character rig and a simple animated action. I did a few sketches of a silly little creature, named him Petey, and decided I will be making him SQUAWK! This will be my first character rig, so I am really interested in seeing how it turns out.

Cafe Sketch Final

Life Drawings | Make Your Own Book

For my beloved Cafe Sketch class, we had to chose at least 30 of our best sketches from the year and push them into one final book. With your order, you get this nifty little book preview. Voila!

The rest of my Cafe Sketch sketches can be found here:

The Best of Cafe Sketch BOOK!

Day #25: Franklin Park Conservatory

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Multi-Plane Background

Pass "1" after a handful of passes. This is what the interior of my brain looks like during finals week. I would like to add this to my walk cycle when I'm finished with it. The project called for lots of pegs and fumbling with the network in Harmony - things I haven't worked with very much, and things I feel much more comfortable with now... I'm looking forward to adding background camera movement to my future animations. Here's my stupid-huge Photoshop files:

Monday, November 26, 2012

Illustration Band Project In-Class

In-class exercise/comp design for a tour bus and CD cover! We were encouraged to do more than just slap our already used ideas and images down. My "theme"... I suppose I chose rhinos, because if I were on a highway, it would be pretty interesting to see a rhino running next to my car.

Day #24: Ice Skaters

Illustration Band Project Process 2

 Sketches/comps! A little bit more of my process of making a few designs and slapping them down on tees for class tomorrow. We had to make three different designs and give them some varying looks with 4 colors a piece for class - after critique, we'll decide which one we'll run with and what direction to start taking it.

I tried to make three very different designs: one is heavily based on reference (, one is loosely based on reference(, and one is totally random and obnoxious, like a handful of band tees I have ran into in my lifetime.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Pokemon Challenge

The Illustration Student Collective has had this Pokemon-challenge going on, and entries are due at the end of the month. We had a list of all the original 150 Pokemon, and a handful of us signed up to draw one a piece. The response of members was impressive and fun, and here's my take on good old Marowak. I like to think of it as, "Marowak on Crack"

This was lots of fun, and I especially had fun with textures and paint layers on paint layers on paint layers - it was a good warm-up to the rest of the semester. The break was great, but now it's time to crack the whip and finish this semester! Last year, I never got on Facebook - I am probably going to do the same thing this year, too.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Illustration Band Project Process

As we round the corner to finals this semester, our Illustration class is tackling a big month-long project involving an imaginary band. We drew a genre out of a hat, and then went to a random band-name generator to create our "client" (without choice - emphasizing, "you don't usually get to pick your clients). I got "indie" and "Careless Motel".

First we did a collection and handful of thumbnails for a logo - then we narrowed those down into 6 black and white examples. Next, we tackle the idea of a t-shirt design - I have three ideas down, an intricately structural drawing of a motel, a more graphic motel-sign, and a very random one (not complete yet). I went to town on the motel sketch as well as the one that isn't pictured, but I kept fumbling over and over with the sign sketch (below) - I'm totally fine with it, since I am thinking of making the design more shape-based and simplistic.

We also had to write a "buyer description" - that was fun! I named him Winston Lindenberry.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Attitude Walk Pass 2 & 3


Another rough pass and a final (for now) pass at colors/linework. There's a handful of things I am ready to work on before the end of the year show, but until then, I have this! I am working on a continuous background that should be done this time next week.