Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Engine diver

These pieces are really fun for so many reasons (well, 3):

  • The subject matter is super fly. (Pun.) For this one I mixed Da Vinci wings with some modern plane and car parts, so it's like steampunk without the steam. Plus, fantasy is the greatest!
  • It requires a good amount of improvisation, so I really don't know what I'm gonna have by the end. I only decided to put Da Vinci wings near the end of drawing this. I'm also constantly thinking of what to add and where to put it. 
  • I get a lot out of it in terms of "studying" - I'm more familiar with engine parts, and I (think I) learn more about the human figure, specifically how the cloth reacts to the body (albeit there isn't much cloth stuff going on here).

And that's what I think about that.

Dino walk cycle

Getting ready for Day 2 of my Adobe Flash Workshop at CSUF on Tuesday... I finished this dino's walk cycle, although I didn't really bother to finish rendering it.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Clothes, Yet So Far

This one's my favorite.

Art to upload! REJOICEMENT COMMENCE!! I tried out my grease pencil.

I feel like I'm at a point in my artistic abilities where I'm just SO CLOSE to getting something good. I feel like I've been climbing out of a deep, dark muddy hole of mediocrity... and once I'm in the clear, maybe I can churn out some good work that I can really be proud of. But just not yet. I think I'm close, albeit this definition of "close" could mean I still have a couple years left, BUT I'M JUST ABOUT THERE...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Adobe Flash Workshop coming up!

Hey dudes and dudettes and dudeonians, I'll be teaching an Adobe Flash workshop on the CSUF campus this Tuesday (Sept. 20th) and next Tuesday (Sept 27th). It'll be in VA 185 from 7-9pm.

You'll learn everything you wanted to know about Flash! (Except Actionscript) (Well maybe I'll teach a LITTLE bit) (We'll see) If you can't go to the Cal State Fullerton campus, there's an 80% chance we'll be streaming it online for free. Find out more at the Pencil Mileage Club website!


(Btw, pronounced "doo-day-oh-nee-anz")

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

New Life Goal...

Goal: To have at least one adventure every month.

By adventure, I mean go somewhere I've never been to, or do something I've never done before. And if I go with other people, they cannot have already been there or done that.

It's such a simple idea but I'm SO PSYCHED to do it. This month I already have plans to go on a treasure hunt  in Long Beach, which should be pretty kickin, so right now sounds like a good time to start! Hopefully I can actually find something to do every month... yknow what, I should make a list. Yeah a list sounds good.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Chuck + Mini coloring tut

Chuck fanart!

The piece up there took about 2 weeks of procrastination until I could finish it (albeit I wouldn't tout it as one of my better pieces, but it's bloggable). I think sometimes I try too hard to get the likeness of real people that it ends up looking less like the person than if I didn't try so hard.

I gotta practice not practicing then? Wait that's not right.

Anyway, I wanted to talk about a new coloring style I used for this piece. I always wondered how animation industry artists colored their pieces, ie. the quick character pieces without outlines except in choice places. And, uh, I guess technically I could ask... but I haven't gotten around to that. SO, I've been experimenting. And I've come up with this one method. So here is Kevin's coloring method at this moment in time that could change, like, tomorrow:

Step 1: Sketch out whatever.
Step 2: Add lineart to whatever. Avoid inking large spaces of black.
Step 3: Color it like normal. Normal, as in lineart on one layer, color beneath it, use magic wand if necessary.
Step 4: Add another layer above the lineart and have it mask the lineart layer. (To mask: Alt+Click between layers)
Step 5: Color the mask layer, thereby coloring just the lines. Use the same colors as the color layer to color the lines, UNLESS it is NOT on the outer edge of the figure. In that case, color it a few shades darker for clarity.
Step 6: Clean it up blah blah and you're done!

I hope this helps someone out there, even if that "someone" is just me in the future. And if this seems like simple, common sense stuff to you, then, uh... TOO BAD! YOU READ IT ANYWAY!!