Monday, September 29, 2008

Little Red sketch

Hello. I'm thinking about painting this sketch digitally.
Pencil on paper (and a bit of Photoshop).
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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Head step-by-step

Hello folks, this is a quick head drawing tutorial I put together for my students.
Hope you enjoy it.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Testosterone attack!

Hello folks. These are some sketches from a fighting championship DVD I was watching.
Sorry about the quality. The pages I used were bigger than my scanner's scanning area, so I had to take pictures and put them together in Photoshop.
Pencil on Bristol paper.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Quick step-by-step

Hello folks! How are you doing?
As you can see I didn't have time to finish up that personal piece I was working on. I'll finish, I'll finish, I just don't know when... yet. But I'll post it as soon as I finish it.
In the meantime I wanted to update the blog.
This is a step-by-step I prepared for my students. I noticed that some of them were having difficulty to draw because they start drawing without measuring, without planning ahead, etc.
With this sketch I started with the overall gesture, then the block-in, adding details and correcting where necessary and last but not least adding the values. Pretty simple but still they find a way to complicate things.
Please keep in mind that this was done pretty quick, it's just a sketch. I had no intention to spend more than 20-25 min. with the whole thing.
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Thursday, September 18, 2008

More Death Doodles

Hello folks, I was sketching these at work today and I thought it would be a good idea to post it and get a little feedback.
They're from my comic strip project.
Thanks for the support.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Work in Progress

Hello folks, how are you doing today?
I decided to post a personal piece I'm working on. Although I'm not a big fan of posting things in progress.
I mean, it's nice because one can see the artist's process, but in my case, my process is kinda messy. It's not very "pretty". I have a vague idea about what I want to show but my head keeps spinning until the last stages of the painting.
Well, anyway, I hope you enjoy the process.
As you can see on panel 1, I started with very loose strokes to define some shapes and I didn't care much about color at this point. I only knew I wanted something warm and - at this stage - I thought I wanted the spaceship to be the focal point.
On panel 2 you can see that I decided to shift the focal point of the picture. It went from the ship to the creatures fighting one of the things coming out of the ship. That happened because I decided to work on the foreground and a thought came to mind. Damn you "What if..."! Also I defined the background a little more and worked a little on the main mountain and the ground.
On panel 3 I tried to vary the shape of the foreground monster-thingy because I still didn't know what I wanted exactly for the creature at this point. I added some bigger figures on the foreground, changed the shape of the ship, defined the mountains on the background and messed up the main mountain on the middle-ground.
On panel 4 I defined (better yet, fixed) the main mountain and I'm still not sure about the shape of the ship. Maybe I'll turn it into a more organic form, following the same 'style' as the worm-like creatures (which I now like, except for the spikes, I'm thinking about getting rid of them altogether). Then I defined some of the figures interacting with the creature and decided to vary the size of the bigger figures on the foreground, they felt too symmetrical before. I Also made the sky on the left side lighter because I want the focal point to be the struggle between the figures and the creature. Later I'll add some more layers of atmospheric perspective to knock back the ship and the mountain a little, they feel like they're getting too much attention at this point. I'll also introduce some tiny figures fighting the small creature on the right side of the picture. Oh, yeah, nevermind the colors, I'll be tweaking them towards the end. That'll be fun.
I'll be posting some more panels of this work in progress throughout the week and hopefully I'll finish it up by the weekend.
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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Once you're out of the zone... There's no turning back

This is a quick digital sketch done in Photoshop.
I was trying to get out of my Safe Zone, experimenting with new brushes, textures, and even drawing/painting style.
I was getting tired of the same old stuff. I felt the need to be bold.
It's not that great but it was quick and free. I kinda like the way it turned out.
It's fun to experiment.
See ya next update.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Fooling around with Pastels

Hey folks, these are some quick sketches done with hard pastel sticks.
I asked my students to start to work with color in order to loosen up a little.
But first I had to tell them how I wanted it to be done, and I had to do some sketches to show them one of the many possible ways to go from there.
Hope you enjoy them (although they're kinda rough, very very sketchy).
Thanks for stopping by and for your support.