Analytical Sketching: Sum Up

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This Thursday will mark the finale of my latest course at Syn Studio, Analytical Sketching. Essentially, it revolved around building up objects and figures from lines and geometric shapes. It really helped me to build upon my basic skills, and I noticed a significant improvement in the ‘3D’ appearance of my comparatively flat sketches. We only ever used pen and markers, which forced us to commit fully to whatever marks we put down. Since then, I think I may have touched a pencil once or twice. Of course, I was already a pen fan to begin with! Here are a few highlights from throughout the 10 weeks. Continue Reading

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Pen Stuff: Danbo Doodles

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For the better part of the past two weeks I’ve been trying to rid myself of a concussion, and for the most part I’ve been doing absolutely nothing. As the doctor put it; “just lie back and enjoy the twittering of the birds”. Under normal circumstances I would probably attempt to come up with something at least mildly witty regarding the consequential insanity that comes with the twittering “birds” outside my window, but as my head is still a murky stein of sludge (redundant, I know) I’ll spare what interesting commentary I may have and offer up some doodles instead. Danbo Doodles! Yes, that lovable little japanese cardboard box creature featured in so many desktop wallpapers, including mine. In my current art class I’ve been working purely in pen and gray marker, and these tiny sketches follow the same formula. I actually love using pen (I believe I mentioned that before…) and the additional depth added by the grays is a treat. Danbo is a great subject to work with too, as it’s so simplistic yet forces the practice of perspective (kind of) and drawing straight lines. Anyhoo, here are a few quickies for your viewing pleasure. Continue Reading

Creature Design: A New Orr Kid

A few weeks ago I started a project based on one of nature’s most creative specimens; orchids! Each little critter is based on a species of said plant family, and as a start I created two (which have since been updated a tad). Today, I present to you the third of the bunch; Phalaena!

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This Orr Kid is the most unique thus far, setting itself apart not only by its lithe figure but its ability to roll up into a ball, camouflaging itself as a poisonous berry common to its native habitat. What appear to be wings are largely useless for flight and it mostly glides with the help of its tail and loose skin, which is webbed at its hindquarters. Helping to conceal the Orr Kid when it’s curled up, the showy appendages can also make it look much bigger than it actually is when they are extended. In addition to its massive ears and strategic facial features (including fur that will stand on end), it can give off a horrifying appearance when distressed. Its feet are equipped with tacky hairs and claws that help it cling to most any surface, and similarly to other Orr Kid species it has unique antennae that help it taste and smell.

Here’s a picture of the flower that spawned the idea:

Blue Orchid by garden-share.com

Blue Orchid by garden-share.com

Character Design: Digital Fun

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It’s been a while since my last post (a sudden surge at work + Easter will do that…)! Started two new courses at Syn Studio this semester; 3D Fundamentals & Character Design. Both are purely digital-based, so expect more of that medium from now on. Nothing much to show 3D-wise for the time being, but here are a couple of quick concepts I created during my character design class. The above started off as an ‘astronaut’, evolved into an alien, then finally took a turn for the… um… aquatic monstrosity, I guess. I experimented with the posterize effect at somepoint, hence the blocky shapes.

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For lack of a better name, here’s a ‘Crystal Goblin’, hunched over due to the weight he(it?) carries and the heaviness of its crystal footsteps. The design is a bit messy and could definitely use some polishing, but this is what I got done in class.

Thanks for looking, have yourselves a merry little day! :)

Sunday Sketches: Full Figure Poses

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A few weeks ago I attended my first Friday Figure Drawing Workshop at Syn Studio (a bi-weekly event that I’ve always missed out on due to school…). It was a great experience, and I definitely plan on attending them on a more regular basis now that I’ve completed my Digital Imaging diploma. Shown are a few 10-15 minute poses from that night.

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Mini Moleskin: Gesture Fest

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So there are times throughout the day that I find myself with nothing to do… It is at that point that I pull out my pocket-sized moleskin sketchbook and whatever pen I can find (I generally have a Pigma Micron on me at all times, but recently discovered Faber-Castell’s Pitt Artist pens… so smooth!), doodling whatever comes to mind. At the moment I’m focusing on my gesture drawing; for which the little pad ‘n pen is fantastic!
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