Wednesday, November 30, 2011


remember when I used to sketch all the time and upload stuff? yea that was forever ago. So here goes some stuff thats been in my neglected sketchbook.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Attack the Block

Another one of those lunch time sketches with some work at home.  Two weeks after watching the Attack the Block, I randomly started listening to the sound track.  I was looking for some good jams to paint to, and I remember the mood from the movie had this fun, modern, serious vibe if that makes any sense.  From what I could recall it had a bit more of a "thickness" than the Drive OST.  I pulled it up and was working on a different  lunch time doodle, which I should be posting up soon, and then immediately started sketching this one out.

What was fun about this one that made it different was that I was inspired by my boy Kalen Chock, and his planned method he used when livestreaming this latest Halloween piece.  He planned for things ahead instead of rushing headfirst into the piece, and tripping on it like I do the majority of the time.  I tried to think more of my process and went back to a more fundamental approach.  I found things being easier to work on and modify. I could keep things a bit clearer, and better organized.  This would have provided me with more flexibility if I so chose.  I also got to experiment with different poses for the characters, and also got to see what they looked like when they occupied different parts of the screen.  It was great to get back into that sort of mindset, where as of late I was getting attached to my pieces right from the get go.

  1. A quick and loose sketch where I drew each character onto their own layer, accompanied by a fill layer underneath.
  2. I begin to use that fill layer as a mask to begin choosing my colors and laying them in.
  3. I add some shading and some quick light sources.  A 2 pt scheme with a warm and a cool back lighting.  I start thinking about how the shadows and things are going to add a bit more drama.  I usually try to include the face, and so I won't turn heads at specific angles.  I used this as a way to start making conscious decisions against that.  My 2nd favorite character is actually turned away from the camera so it doesn't seem so posed.
  4. Things were rendered and defined a bit more, as well as the mood, and angle pushed slightly more.  I wanted to keep this quick, and so I had to fight myself from going in and rendering everything.

The tunes...

The trailer...

Friday, November 4, 2011

Batch of old and new

Just cleaning out some old drawings and paintings and thought I would post em up.  Some of these are a bit more recent but I dont think I will be working on them anymore, so lets get em high for people to see.  It's weird how during the years I have held on to old paintings that I think I am going to finish, and stunt my own growth by not proceeding.  Shit if I've done it once, I can do it again, better possibly the next time.  This is my attempt at sorting my thought process out with that and moving forward instead of holding on to old ideas...gotta make room for the new ones!

Anyone else encounter this type of mindset or problems?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Spreading the Word!

Well many of my art friends have been doing some great things lately, so I figured I would put together a post and point some people in their directions since I think sharing forward movements in art like this is a very important thing.

Today I got to catch my buddy Kalen livestreaming today.  So if you want to see the awesome Halloween piece he busted out today, you can peep it and the process here.

Secondly some friends from work have started a 7 day trial of consecutive daily posts.  They are doing a piece a day, so go check their marathon of madness at the following links.
And also my friend Reggie Roquemore, better known as Point-Alpha just launched his first web manga David. He has been working on this for a while and its great to see him put so much hard work, dedication, and passion into this.  I personally find sequential art like this so incredibly difficult, and he did an awesome job.  Go peep it!

Well I hope you enjoy and in an upcoming livestream I will be discussing some interesting art topics such as crutches, habits, and artistic decisions.  I hope everyone had a happy Halloween! 

Gunner Bot

Just a little exercise piece to try to break the normal proportions of characters.  My actual time to draw has been super scarce as of late, and when I sit down I am playing catch up, and it takes me longer to warm up.  I end up drawing the same thing over and over, formulaic if you will.  This is very discouraging, since I feel that there is more growth for me to have and I am not experimenting enough like I did a few years ago, and even more so years before that.  So this was done mostly using a flat brush, and just trying to break habits, and  it was quite refreshing if I do say so myself.  It's great that a quick lunch doodle can feel so good :D

The shapes are basic, and I had to struggle a bit to leave them that way, since blocks and cylinders aren't really all that interesting.  Sometimes you got to get the boring out, cause it's blocking the way of the interesting.