Final Selections

My sister Heather and her boyfriend Alex both dressed up as Sherlock Holmes and Watson.  The original photo was already very interesting, so I felt it easy to push the quirkyness of the image.

My sister Heather and her boyfriend Alex both dressed up as Sherlock Holmes and Watson. The original photo was already very interesting, so I felt it easy to push the quirkyness of the image.

I really enjoys the couple relationship this sketch had as opposed to the rest of the sketches I done. It’s visually more interesting than just a couple standing next to each other (like Amber and her boyfriend). I f i were to change anything, it would be the stiffness of the lines and make them more loose and gestural like i did with my warm up sketches.

My fellow Animator, Shelby with her crazy awesome contacts. I loved this image and was itching to sketch it out. A bit more real than I would've liked to do but I like the contours of the sketch .

My fellow Animator, Shelby with her crazy awesome contacts. I loved this image and was itching to sketch it out. A bit more real than I would’ve liked to do but I like the contours of the sketch .

I loved Shelby’s contacts in this one, the original photo made me think of an anime drawing. But I don’t typically like to draw them myself, so I tried to take my own spin on anime. I like the little subtleties like how the shoulder fades off from the contour line, I really don’t know why, but it’s just very appealing.

My good friend Bannon posing with his pimp coat and huge sunglasses. Brannon is a character on his own, so i knew this sketch was going to be fun to do. I get an Aeon Flux style when I look at this sketch.

My good friend Bannon posing with his pimp coat and huge sunglasses. Brannon is a character on his own, so i knew this sketch was going to be fun to do. I get an Aeon Flux style when I look at this sketch.

This was my first sketch that I really liked as a finished sketch. I can’t even explain exactly why, but it looks and feels done. And I don’t feel like it needs any changes . I think it’s a great mixture of a sketchy stylize approach to realistic content.

Sketching Facebook photos helped me not only sharpen my skills for illustration and sketching but also helped create a network for my art to grow. People I never met or even knew saw my sketches and sent me photos to draw. I could easily use this creative habit to gain exposure as a freelance artist. Although I’m majoring in Animation, sketching will always be a necessity in developing model ideas, storyboarding, and anatomy. I remember Charlotte even advising animators to draw hands and feet everyday as a practice.

I do want to continue developing a creative habit, I see how powerful this can be for me in my profession. I will most likely experiment with both sketches and other ideas to try and develop as creative habits.

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New sketches

This week I didn’t spend as much time as i would’ve liked to invest in my creative habit, but I took the ideas and advice in consideration when I drew these. I wanted to push a more stylized depiction of the Facebook photos of my friends. I didn’t want to make a photo realistic sketch, I wanted a more aloof approach and characterized aspect to these new drawings.

My animal warm up sketches turned out really nice, actually better than some of the Facebook sketches I’ve done earlier. i really enjoy the decisive lines and gestural nature i had approach with it. I think my favorite out of the new batch would be the sketch of Heather and Alex in Sherlock costumes. i started to head in the direction of that looseness I was aiming for.

I think it’s really important to sketch different kinds of things to get a well balanced perspective when drawing for animation sketches.

rough gestural  sketches of human figures

rough gestural sketches of human figures

rough warm up skecthes of animals

rough warm up skecthes of animals

Maranda, Stepehen Snake and Marey sitting on a tree

Maranda, Stepehen Snake and Marey sitting on a tree

Heather with Alex dressed up in Sherlock Holmes costumes and  Amber and her bf.

Heather with Alex dressed up in Sherlock Holmes costumes and Amber and her bf.

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More Sketches

This weekend has been really crazy. I haven’t had a whole lot of free time to sit down and sketch but i manage to squeeze in a couple sketches each day. Alot of my friends have been sending me photos of either themselves, family, and even places. I really like the oddball photos thrown in the mix like Brian did, with the inside of the church, or Jimmy skateboarding. Some people have bugged me about when I will sketch their photo, i politely tell them to be patient, but after some thought I’m thinking about “stylizing” their photos on a more comical fashion.

I have developed a certain auto mechanic when I’m drawing. I typically draw the basic shape of the figure(s) and start with the eyes, then the nose and then the mouth, and move down the body. after a rough sketch I’ll use a gray marker and fill in the darks. Then finish up with a ball point pen.

All in all, I’m still experimenting with these drawings seeing which ones get the best reviews.

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Elesha, Jordi, And Shelby

Some more friends. I been using a mechanical pencil, ball point pen, and a gray shade marker. I’ve been switching up how I make marks and what i use the marker for. For instance lately, I used the marker for hair, and accessories like glasses and coats.

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Thursday Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday morning, I worked on a few sketches from Facebook. I enjoyed drawing the stuffed bear the most with Johnathon’s photo, and I really like how Brannon’s sketch turned out, with his fury coat.This time around, I warmed up with a few gestural poses.johnathon_sketch_web thursday_brannon_sketch thursday_warmup_sketch

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Developing a Creative Habit

Alright, so this week I experimented a little bit with ideas as far as what kinda of creative habit I could and want to do. And by the end of the week, I decided to sketch a photo found on my own Facebook page each day. There’s a site I use to warm up my gestures before each sketch. It’ll be fun and with a very tight schedule between work and school. I’ll be able to develope a good habit of sketching for about 20 minutes to an hour per day.

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My original idea was to make an abstract oil pastel painting using inspiration from stories told by people I know or just met. This piece below was inspired from someone i work with, Tinny. He used to kick a tennis ball around barefoot with others back in Canada. I found doing this everyday would undoubtedly be difficult with my schedule, so I tossed the idea.

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Reasearch

I really like this video. It’s strangely enticing with the transition of geometric shapes into more organic forms and reacts beautifully with the music. As I was watching this, toward the end, I could imagine the oil paintings I’ve made transitioning from one piece to another, either by swallowing into itself or blacking out and reacting to the music for examples.

This one was extremely mesmerizing, I literally couldn’t look away. The flow of the animation is extremely clean which will be something to look back to when transitioning between frames. Also i love how the actual animation subject correlates with the music.

The paintings below were found under oil pastel painting, and various styles of application using pastels that i will consider when heading into this project.

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I don’t remember the name of this practice but it involves using simple shape (circles) and overlapping them and creating different patterns inside each shape. I think this could make a very interesting animation.

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A Creative Habit

I was thinking of something that was practical but also fun and challenging to begin developing a creative habit. So after some internet exploring, and video watching, I came to one idea; Make either a daily video blog about whatever topics, or record a video featuring my stories. I could record something new each day or edit. The whole Youtuber style of exposure is completely different from what I’m used to and outside my comfort zone which is why I’m actually excited by the idea. Olan Rogers inspired this idea.

Olan Rogers- http://youtu.be/cZO9tMetxno?list=PL9237F46A2E68117A

My other ideas were more field related to animation and fine arts. I used to paint really non-objective colorful oil pastel paintings for fun back in high school and I imagined doing the same again, and somehow make all the paintings each day work as an animation by the end of each week.

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I also had an idea (not directly art related) to approach a complete stranger each day and listen to their story, and by that I mean genuinely listening to what they have to say. I’ve always been kinda shy and even paranoid when it would come to social gatherings. I’m a lot socially aware now than I’ve ever been and so I think this idea could help me out, much like my original vlog idea. Not only as a networking tool but for personal experience references.

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Last week of Production

During the final week of editing and production, I added more documentary photos to the production gallery page and created a poster image to help promote the showing for Tuesday. Aside from the blog stuff, we also talked about what was working and what needed to be either cut or changed in the documentary and news film after showcasing a draft reel to the group and a handful of others.

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Pipeline Progress

So this week I updated the production gallery page on the GNN website. I posted up pictures of the news room scene with the two anchors and also the out side shot with Joe as a field reporter. I also finished the GNN logo, making it spin was a little challenging to figure out but was actually a simple process to do. GNN_gif cast1 cast2 cast3

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