Monday, February 18, 2013

Inspiration: Shadow of the Colossus

First of all...this is not my art! I was unable to find a specific artist's name, so I'm going to assume that the following images are the intellectual property of Team Ico and Sony Computer Entertainment. These sketches are pieces of development work for Shadow of the Colossus (2006). I finally played this game over the winter and it was absolutely fantastic...  a massive collision of great storytelling, stunning visuals, and thrilling gameplay. I love the designs for the Collosi because in a way each beast is a creature, a character, a piece of architecture, and a level in itself. The design must be both beautiful and functional. Get inspired, folks: 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

117B Classwork: Your Choice Render

My digital painting is improving little by little. I definitely managed to confound myself with this image though. It was hard to keep the various textures, photo artifacts, and smoke effects from getting out of hand in this image. It was a struggle to acurately capture these elements without over painting and without making the finished product a hodge-podge of different approaches. Overall a fantastic learning experience. 

My attempt

 Photo Courtesy of National Geographic

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The End of the Winter Sketchbook

Let there be cheering and much rejoicing! Let there be feasts and festivities! I finished my winter sketchbook last night! Cheers to a shiny new spring sketchbook! Some selections from the last few pages of my old sketchbook before I retire it permanently to the shelf: 

 A dream

 Hipsters at HoBag

Majestic Shepherds 

Bonus: Roommates drawing roommates...

Monday, February 11, 2013

Master Copy: Another Sargent

Another Sargent copy. Still experimenting with making photoshop painting look like... well, paint. I like this fellow. He has a nice expression. 

The Gondolier 

Master Copy: Sargent

Right now I'm trying to experiment with new brushes and a variety of textures. This is an hour and half study I did from a John Singer Sargent painting. Sargent is still kicking my butt but I am really enjoying this new approach. 


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tuesday Night Figure Painting

2 Hours

Tyrus Wong

A friend of mine recommended that I check out Tyrus Wong... and I did! Tyrus Wong has a really fascinating story. He was working in the film industry in the 1930's, an era when very few minorities were allowed such an opportunity. Disney made a bold move by hiring Tyrus to design backgrounds for the film Bambi. Although he was only credited as a background painter, Tyrus Wong designed the entire look of the film from the ground up. Until Tyrus was brought on, the studio was struggling to make their characters read against the dense detail of the forest. Tyrus brought simplicity to the forest while retaining its spirit. Check out some of his awesome work below:

Friday, February 1, 2013

117B Classwork: Monument Valley Digital Study

Eating my vegetables. Paint, paint, paint...

Monument Valley