Saturday, May 31, 2008

Now That's Just Silly



Trying to do a figure without references. Dumb dumb dumb.



Well, to be honest, I sort of like it, for now.

Err... the final figure is going to be clothed. I just wanted to draw boobies need to draw the figure to get the drapery right. Yeah.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Stop That



Done with this imitation. (In the tradition of art students copying the masters, I'll have you know.)

Also did another bunch of thumbnails today. Woohoo.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Just Leave It At That?



Very tempted to just stop here, with the flowers and the drapery still loose.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Looks like they made it

Phoenix appears to have made it to Mars. Yay for more Mars pictures.

That Thing Today

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Good Luck Phoenix

Phoenix Mars mission page

Eurovision 2008

Yes, I know it's over. Still, I feel a need to share.

Participants that either didn't make me cringe, or made me cringe in a good way:

Azerbaijan - Only in Europe could this happen. They get points for audacity, but honestly the lyrics are really annoying.

Finland - They rock. A bit too serious, maybe, but they rock.

Greece - Inexplicably, I found myself liking this song, as long as I didn't listen too closely.

Ukraine - Best of the ordinary. That is, compared to the crowd of boring disco-crud, this is actually pretty catchy.

You'll notice I didn't actually like the winner.

Stumble, Clunk



When fumbling around with one thing unsuccessfully, I work on something else.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Finally



I'm not linking to a bigger version of this, because I plan to actually do this right and post it some day, and I don't want most of my potential readers getting dribs and drabs through my blog before they see the "real" thing.

Anyway, I have had this idea for a story for a terribly long time, and today I sat down and finally thumbnailed the first episode. This is exciting, to me if nobody else, because it's the first time I've managed to get thumbnails for every page in a story, instead of petering out and giving up. There's no guarantee it won't change, but at least I have something concrete to work with, now. A great feeling, it is.

Trouble with Hands



In the last picture, the hand on the right has some nice dynamics going on, mostly due to happy accidents. I think I managed to mess most of that up here. On the other hand, the form is a bit better, now. The problems with the last version were that the hand was chunky and had fat fingers, making it seem somewhat masculine. Also, the colors seem off in relationship with the rest of the picture, which makes it almost look like it's someone else's hand.

The color problem is not entirely solved here. Possibly I won't manage to solve it. The shape of the fingers is a bit better, I think, but the index finger is too long to the first knuckle. Hands, like faces, need to be very carefully proportioned. (This has always been a problem of mine, since I'm generally either too careful-- too stiff, that is-- or not careful enough.)

Anyway, on with the practice, and hopefully progress.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

But Still



Still fooling around with swipes, though. This one, again, after Whitaker.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Cover Me





Diving in, now, on a couple of ambitious projects I've been wanting to do for a long time, but never had the confidence for. This should be entertaining. Sort of like watching the Hindenburg burn, full of poor, helpless pixels.

These are preliminary sketches for two completely different projects. For the bottom one, I intend to do two other versions (sharing very little except the back-story). If it works, that should help fill out the portfolio a bit.

As is typical in my preliminaries, things are a bit all over the place as far as proportions and composition go (that falling woman needs to be redone, I'm already thinking). On the other hand, I always think my prelims look better than the final, probably because a prelim leaves so much to the imagination.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

And Another Thing

Following up on that last post mentioning Massimo Carnevale, don't forget to visit his Flikr™ set, especially his lovely collection of covers and sketches for Y the Last Man (e.g.). I love that guy's style.

OK, Stop

Friday, May 16, 2008

Pre-Final



Almost done with this. I just need to clean up the background a bit and maybe fiddle with her hand a bit more. There is plenty wrong with it, but I doubt spending the time and energy to fix it would be educational.

Hopefully I will be able to start focusing on the original stuff I want to do, instead of obsessing over these "exercises". I learned a fair bit, I think, but maybe I could have learned as much doing something more generally interesting. :-/

Ah, also, the animated version:

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A Tribute

This is a wonderful animation, made as a tribute to the artist's father:

Mathieu Labaye's short-movie [...] tribute to his father Benoît Labaye, suffered from a multiple sclerosis at 29 years old. Benoît Labaye had been confined to a wheelchair since age 40 and died at 55 years old the 04.22.2006, as a result of a pneumonia.


It starts slow, but it's worth it, I think.

Northlanders, and Slogging

The cover artist, Massimo Carnevale, is unstoppable.

Closer to home, chapter fifteen in my so-called novel has been a dreadful slog. I've gone through four or five versions of what happens next, and I think, finally, it might be OK. I'm hoping that I'll be able to pick things up now and actually approach the ending. OR maybe I'll get bogged down again in another endless slog. Decisions, decisions...

Oh yeah, I'm still trying to paint pictures of fashion models, too.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Can You Spot It?



Last night I did a bunch of tiny, tiny changes. Ended up darkening under her eyes a bit too much, I think, but overall I think it improved it. On the other hand, I think an unbiased viewer would find it almost imperceptible.

I also tried to line up some background elements that were wonky, but it's still not quite on.

Here's the updated animated GIF, by the way.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Today I Learned...

How to make an animated GIF file in Photoshop.



Not actually finished this distraction yet.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

080510



More fooling around. I think I may have managed to fix her hand (to my satisfaction, anyway). Moved on to the more detailed pass.

Friday, May 09, 2008

080509



And this is a thing I'm doing as practice and as a distraction, while I also try to spend some serious time each day working on things I will not post, at least not until they are done. Either my eye is getting better or I'm just lucky, because I can sort of recognize the model, here, if I squint enough. (She's a Japanese fashion model, and somewhat well known, if I'm not mistaken, at least in Japanese fashion model circles.)

Hmm... need to do something about her thumb.

080508





A few sketches (2-3 minutes per pose) taken from the video below (found via Warren Ellis). Just stopping pretty much randomly gives endless sets of interesting poses to draw, which is a tribute to the dancer and director. (But it also fits with my view that human bodies are almost never boring in their movement. Thus why drawing from life is so much more effective.)

Monday, May 05, 2008

Insane

As Irene Gallo said, Jeremy Enecio is insanely talented. I knew the moment I hit his front page I would be linking to his site. I see a bit of Sam Weber and a bit of James Jean in there. Maybe even some Phil Hale.

Strange, because I had seen some of his work before, in particular this piece, which had been shown on Drawn. I thought "good," at the time, but it's other pieces of his that make me think "great," now. The first piece was a "speed painting", so maybe I just wasn't being fair.

Anyway, very pretty. Go take a look.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Retry Number Something



Had a disaster. Changed references. Changed the lighting. Got something I sort of liked. Looked at it a few minutes later and saw all kinds of problems. Struggle struggle struggle.

Might as well finish



I spent another hour doing a rough job of the drapery, which is actually the bit that interested me in this painting to start with. I think it turned out OK, given that it was relatively fast and the size of the pixels I was working with. Probably some of the best wrinkled cloth I've ever done, anyway. The hand, not so much, but you win some you lose some.

I noticed a few distortions as I finished up, of course. Oh well. Also, it looks better the farther you stand away from it:

Saturday, May 03, 2008

After Whitaker 2



Another clumsy and unfinished imitation. I feel like I'm learning something, though.

(Painter, approx 2.5 hours)

Friday, May 02, 2008

Sketchbook 080501



Some sketches in my large sketch pad, doodled this afternoon as I thought about what I might try to do for a new painting.