Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sorta steampunky

(click for higher-res)

This is either the best or the worst thing I've drawn in a while.

I swear, this started off just as caricature practice. I wanted to work on drawing faces, but once I was done with the head, I started on the collar... and I really like drawing clothing now so I started on the vest... then I made an awesomely big arm and was gonna cut off his lower body, but legs can be kinda fun to draw... and I thought, I oughta start adding backgrounds to my pieces (Rad's suggestion)... so I went ahead and did this whole thing.

I tried copying multiple artists for this piece. The body proportions I got from the wonderful characters of Team Fortress 2, I love how their arms don't taper into tiny hands (which I see far too often). The line quality and coloring style I got from Sonny Liew whose work I discovered from the Flight series. And finally, the city in the background was inspired by... well anyone who has drawn neat cities, really. Artists like Kazu Kibuishi and Juanjo Guarnido do amazing jobs, but I referred mainly to Jake Parker and Rad Sechrist (also Shorby's awesome pictures). Note that this was an ATTEMPT to imitate their styles, but, uh, can't say it was completely fruitful.

At least I can add this to my completed pieces!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

First 5 seconds


Unfortunately that means I won't be able to work as much on my personal projects, since I'll be busy with school work. But I got pretty neat classes, including my INTRO TO 2D ANIMATION CLASS YEAHH!! I'm pretty psyched to animate all semester.

I actually just finished my FIRST EVER hand-drawn ANIMATION!! (It's only 5 seconds.)

I'll post the results once I compile everything, but I really like what I got so far. I mean it LOOKS like it could move well...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hi-ho steel

Everyone needs a horse with a bionic head.


Picture references can be found on my Flickr.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Time To Refuel

Quick sketch! 

(Does 45 minutes count as "quick"?)

I should probably link my reference material.

DUDE YOU, did you know today was my last day of summer?! BECAUSE I DIDN'T until I remembered like an hour ago.

This summer was... awesome! Letsee if I did everything I wanted to do (according to my Summer Resolutions post, which I haven't looked at since I typed it...)

  • Red Bull Soap Box Race - Yes
  • Renaissance Fair - Yes
  • Road Trip - Yes
  • New website design - Uhhh yes, and detour'd yes.
  • Make business cards - Yes (they turned out awesome)
  • Two comics - Um... 10% yes? I started working on my first one but only got a few pages thumbnailed. It takes a lot longer than I thought it would (and I thought it would take a long time), even with the simple characters I got.
  • Retrobud - Nope
  • Machine of Death submission - Nope
  • Vacuum my room - AH I'll try to do that today.
  • Animated short - Nope. I halted production about a few days after I announced I was going to do it. I think I'll take Intro to 2D this semester first...
  • Other random drawings - Yeap! Not too many, but some is better than none.
  • Read some HP Lovecraft - Oh yeah... nope.
  • Movie nights - Had a couple, YEAH!!
  • Concept Design Academy - Yes (took up a lot of my summer I think)
  • XC Retreat - Yes
  • SD Comic-Con - Yes

Out of the 16 bullets on that list, I completed about 10 - and with a vacuuming today, that number may very well turn into 11. Granted I did do a bunch of other stuff other than just those on the list (I didn't even mention work), but of the things I posted at the beginning of summer, I think I did a good amount.

I done good.


Must... prepare... brain... for... classrooms...

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Propeller Guy

I've been trying to do more studies this summer.

I want to learn how to draw people and clothing better... and I also want to learn how to draw cool enginey stuff. So why not combine the two!? (This was fun, I think I'll do more like this later.)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Original header

This was my initial idea for the header, but I think it was too unnecessarily gruesome.

But if it's any consolation, the lam is NOT eating the arm. The backstory was that the lam just appeared wherever horrible things happened, and people always assumed it was the lam's doing. He's pictured here eating a chicken drum stick, even though the visuals imply that he's eating a person...

The concept would take too long to explain so I just changed the header to what it is now.


After having a ridiculous amount of websites over the years, I've decided to keep the blog portion of my site on this here blogspot. There are a lot of advantages of having a non-stand-alone blog, and my website was looking like a blogspot anyway.

So my former hub,, will now be turned into a portfolio website. I think I'll make it a little more professional too. (I think.) (Maybe not.) My old posts will remain on Kevin Lam Draws for a lil bit.

So here's to new beginnings! For like the 5th time!