Sunday, May 29, 2011

Character Reference - Gondophores

How to Sail the Monsoon Wind to India

Final finished the How to Assignment from Art Center. Click on the photo to see it larger.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Inspiration - 100 Color Sketches

I am looking for some influences for these 100 Color Sketches. I want them to look good and stand on there on. I started to think of vintage posters.

I love how this Glacier is reduced down to some basic shapes.

I am inspired how this shadow area still reads as a hillside.

Matisse seems like the perfect inspiration for this assignment.

I like this one a lot. Reads well even thou there are very few colors.

I love the colors in this mountain.

These colors here are stunning.

This is a photo I took of Diaz Lake. I started to play with simplifying in photoshop.

Head Drawing w/ Mark Schwartz

There was no cartooning today with Tom Shannon at the California Art Institute so I sit in Head Drawing with Mark Schwartz.
These are my 5 minute drawings. They need a lot of work. I am not good at this yet I need to work on it.
This is Mark's overlay on my drawing. I like the way he teaches. I learned a lot.

This is my drawing of Mahlo. I think it looks a lot like her. It's one of the best head drawings I remember doing. Ofcourse with out Mark's help it wouldn't be at this level.

Quick Sketch

Went to Tim Gula's Quick Sketch on Wednesday.

This is a 5 minute demo Tim Gula did for me. I love it!! These are my drawings not half as good as Tim's.

This is another demo by Tim

These are more of mine.

100 Color Sketches - First 15

I am working on this Assignment in the Virtual Academy Program:
Time required:
The work you do on these assignments that will give you a strong color sense. Unfortunately there are no quick fixes. Very few painters really master color to this degree. The good news is that if you put the effort into it, your paintings will really stand out from the crowd for their color.
What to do:
Paint 100 6x8in (15x20cm) color studies outdoors over the course of the next three to six months. Notes ♦ Keep the studies to a few broad flat areas of paint as if you were making the painting out of about seven to ten pieces of colored paper that you have cut out and stuck on to the canvas. ♦ Do not spend more than one hour on each sketch, and try to improve your speed to get as quick as 20 minutes for each sketch. ♦ Number each one on the back from 1 to 100. Tip ♦ Use your digital camera to check your values if you are having problems with your color. It is most likely that you are having a value problem. Cautions ♦ Get one of your earlier studies reviewed by your instructor before you do too many studies, to ensure your are on the right track. ♦ Count the patches of paint. If you have more than ten, try to simplify the design and reduce the number of patches.

I did these at the LA Arboretum May 27th.
Paintings #1 through #4 (These are too complicated with too many shapes)

These were done in Village Green between May 19th and May 26th.

Paintings #5 through #10
I like this first one

This is not reading well.

I think this one is more on track.

This is one of my favorites so far.

This is not reading well.

I did these May 20th at the Los Angeles Arboretum.

Paintings #11 - #15
I think this is working.

I like this one.

This is one of my favorites.

I am indifferent to this one.

I feel like this one looks like there is a corn dog in the foreground.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Casting the Characters - Hymn of the Pearl - Chapter One

Working in the tremendous feat of my graphic novel: "Hymn of the Pearl." I did a rough layout of the first Chapter (around 30pages) now I want to do character designs for each of the characters and refine the roughs. This is what I have come up with for the main characters so far.

Zohreh is the Brothel owner in Sarbug. Greedy as all get out. She probably was really cute once.
The treasurer advises Gaspar. In the end of the story he is revealed as the Queen's Lover.

The sorceress is the Queen's advisor. I am using to Indian gypsy's as reference.

Queen Rantha is an aging beauty. I may put a little weight on her.

Minisha is the old soldier.

Kama is the beautiful prostitute that Gaspar falls in love with. But she's not as good as we think she is.

Gaspar is the young spoiled prince. We hate him the the beginning og the story but love him in the end.

Abhay is the young soldier and family man. He is the one all the girls fall inlove with.

Abdagases is Gaspar's spoiled sadistic brother. We hate him.