Sunday, June 30, 2013

Random thoughts

Just about everyday, new ideas pop into my head. Often times, the ideas are scattered and make little sense until they have time to mature. This girl is nameless at the moment but she may be 6 or 7 years of age, living in a distopian time and still somehow retaining her innocence. What I mean by innocence is this story's government is very top-down and kids have incredibly short childhoods filled of wonder, exploration and use of imagination. I picture this city operating under a permanent dark cloud cover fueled by the depression/apathy of the masses. Kids like this girl still retain a high degree of untarnished hope/optimism since they haven't succumbed to the government hypnosis as of yet. The hope, love and  open minds of these really young kids pose a significant threat to the powers that be as this allows them to have access to a special gift useable only by those with a clear mind and pure heart. (Perish the thought that one person take a stand against corruption.)

Saturday, June 29, 2013

He's a tea drinking dragon

Some more thoughts on my dragon character. I thought it would be entertaining to make him a tea drinker, maybe have an English or British accent. The concept is still in the early stages so he could easily change a lot by the time he reaches the final color stage.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

New character in the works

I've been toying with the notion of a web comic detailing about my experiences as an artist. It would have more to the story than just what I've seen and would have little nuggets of wisdom I've picked up on my life's journey. This dragon character is meant to be a support character to my alter-ego, albeit a very snarky, sarcastic support character. In the process of figuring out his design as well as how he's meant to interact with other characters.

Monday, June 24, 2013

More planning of Tom's farm

Sometimes when I set out to create a composition, I must try several different ways of positioning things, changing details, changing sizes and so on. The idea of any composition is to achieve maximum appeal and communication. It's almost like trying on clothes to create a new outfit to wear. Once in awhile one will have to try different clothes/designs for hours to weeks before finding the best fit.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tony in watercolor

I got my hands on a set of watercolor paints and thought I would try them out on Tony. Not bad for a first watercolor painting if I do say so myself!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tony is still bored with life during shape study

Sometimes when developing a design, it helps to do a quick shape study to see where shadows and light fall. This information will help in further steps such as grayscale rendering and eventually full color.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Bored with life

Tony here is a new character I'm fleshing out. He's an unfortunate soul that has accomplished much in life, at least according to society, but is quite unhappy and unfulfilled. The job bores him, the environment sucks his energy, the money doesn't matter and neither does the window office on the 30th floor of the office building he works at. Something's missing and it's created a vicious cycle of apathy. His secretary has planned a trip to snap him out of this apathy way out in the countryside. The story I have planned will follow his journey to re-discover himself with the aid of someone unexpected.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Possible interiors for a living room in Tom's farmhouse

There are so many possibilities to try for any room. These are only a couple of ways that the living room could be laid out in Tom's farmhouse.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Revisiting an old character

Every once in awhile, it's fun to re-draw characters that I made years ago to see how my skills have changed. I first drew this guy back in my senior year of high school. His name is Nyo, half human, half fox demon and he's a very shy teenager living on his own in a world called Agea. Being sickly and weak as child has left him with lacking social skills but he is very bright. While he couldn't really play outside, he read all books he could get his hands on, which led to him becoming a teacher in a nearby town. (Regrettably, the collection of my work is fairly large and disheveled and would take hours to go through so I don't have a sample to offer from several years ago) :P

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Tom's alpine farm

Tom and his wife, Alice, live up in the mountains in Oregon. These are simply a couple of directions the scene could be laid out.