Wednesday, November 25, 2009

kate dillingham

was told to try not to draw people with jellyfish anatomies. so i drew her. found her photo on (where i find lots of my chick refs!) gotta work on anatomy still.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

breaking and entering

ok, so since it's pretty much the end of summer vacation, and since kells says my final drawing can be in black and white, i'm going make this line drawing my final. i worked on it a little more since the one i posted yesterday looked flat. i thickened the lines in the foreground and added damage to the wall on the left. as an attempt, i also started laying down some flat colors. i'll keep at it. i hope everyone had a nice summer. disney bought marvel comics today. i failed the assignment didn't i?

Sunday, August 30, 2009

b n e

the drawing is finally done. the damn thing is done. except for color. now it needs color........DAMMIT WHY DOES IT NEED COLOR?!?!?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

brain heads

just a few designs for the main character for my new story "Brain."

b n' e (w.i.p.)

pressing on.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

b n' e

the beginning of the redrawing of the sketch.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

breaking n entering sketch

really quick sketch i did using the photos i took last wednesday with mad's help. unfortunately i forgot to take photo refs of a hand holding a camera so i had to wing it.

Monday, August 17, 2009

more breaking and entering thumbs

some thumbs for the pic i picked. when i think of some of them, i see them as a scenario from a beavis and butthead episode. my faves are 2 and 3. but i think 2 has more of an impact so i'll stick with it. number 7 i might do another time and make an actual birthday card out of it. it'll read, "droppin' by to wish you a happy birthday!"

Thursday, August 13, 2009

breaking and entering sketches

i made a couple of characters for a possible story and thought about using them for this project. the first two thumbnails were some ideas involving the guy saving that damsel in distress. the third thumbnail is supposed to be a bunch of kids breaking into a skatepark. and the fourth one, well, see for yourself.

Friday, May 15, 2009

note to self

think about incorporating a graphic design sense to future works.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

my head hurts.
my eyes have bags that are deeper than my jansport.
they itch too.
this day-old stale taste of coffee is stuck in my mouth
like a socially awkward child stuck in his bedroom.
both of which disturb the public when released.
both of which become more bitter in time when kept inside.
and with all the time that has already passed
all i have to show for myself
are the same old things.
the same failing health.
the same recycled artwork.
the same shirts, hoodies and tattered jeans.
the same habits.
the same thought process.
the same work ethic.
the same everything.
i want to be more.
it could be worse
but it could be better.
i may look, feel and smell like i've done a lot
but realistically
i've done nothing.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

sculpey, love bread and cheerios

the liz lomax workshop was fun. tried to sculpt dennis dittrich but made frankenstein instead. that same day was my mom's birthday. so i baked her a cake. using sculpey. then painted it with acrylic. when i presented it to her, she asked me to sculpt her a plate, in which i did. yes i used my toaster oven and yes i'm still using it to cook frozen pizzas. last saturday my sis went grocery shopping and when i was packing the food, i found a heart on the bread. it was the most eye pleasing thing i saw all day i took a snapshot. then i ate it. sometime during that same day i played with a box of cheerios. enjoy.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

photoshop tutorial drawing

how i spent my april fools day.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

upcoming works

my first post in a while. i gotta get on the ball. anyways, i've got quite a few things in the works.

right now i'm working on a self portrait for my painting fundamentals class. if it turns out as good as i want it to be, i might use it as a portfolio piece. if not, then at least it'll be a small step towards improvement.

later today, when i wake up, i'm going to my two best friend's house and ask them if they can strike a few poses. if they agree, i'll take snapshots and use the photographs as refs for my five page comic strip for my advanced illustration class. and, just like the self portrait, i'll use these as portfolio pieces if they turn out how i want them.

for my painting fundamentals class, i'm going to reproduce a james jean painting. since i'm gonna be very busy with the above mentioned projects, i'm going to paint a simpler painting of his rather than one of his usual epics. i'm going to attempt to reproduce the cover for issue 5 of Fables. it uses less colors and imagery than most of his other works.

there's a whole bunch of other stuff i gotta do but i'll save it for another time. this message is already long enough. don't worry i'll post some pictures. eventually. and no i didn't forget the character designs for storytime with uncle dd.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

i want to burn this planet.

there is no room for self expression.
nor time to prove oneself.
just critisizm
and a lack of satisfaction
from everyone.

Monday, January 12, 2009

the watchmen page 1 bastardized

ok well today i started drawing my picture for this winter break. i laid down some lines just to get everything into place. then i started to get into detail. i sorta went through a depression phase today. i was trying to draw it and it wasn't coming out as good as i wanted it so i started to feel like i will never make it in life. the one thing that i'm good at other than coming up with a billion and a half ideas is drawing and i'm not even that good at that. then i began to overthink and actually believed i would fail at every aspect of life if i don't get myself together. no skill, no career, no fame, no woman and no respect. so to make myself feel better i watched burn after reading, laughed, and went back to the drawing. still gotta work it. the pic is a lil too big for my scanner so i'll either scan it on wednesday when i go to campus to help dittrich or i'll just take a photo of it. oh and this what u see here is just my edit of the first page of the watchmen. i'll stop typing now because i've made yet another wall of text and my dog is resting his head on my leg, crying and begging me to walk him. hope you guys enjoy it!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

dippin' dots

so i played around with photoshop elements today. did what i could with it. first i laid down a flat skin tone for the girl in blue. i tried to render the skin but kept failing. even tried opening it up in corel painter essentials but it was more of the same. so i left it to what u see now. i'll still work on it. just need pointers on how to render skin. hint. hint. funny thing happened after i laid down the color. when i made the photograph that i traced her from visible again, since the opacity was so low, she looked like she got a really nice tan. i actually made someone look better. afterwards i tried my hands at several photoshop tutorials. one of which worked. the first one was an attempt at rendering wood. failed. the second one was an attempt at making a starry sky. failed. the third one i took a different route. when looking up tutorials, i looked up ones that were done using photoshop elements rather than cs3 or 4. and that's when i found the tutorial for dots. while looking at some of the more recent covers of the comic book "runaways" i noticed christina strain uses the dots filter quite often. i always wondered how that could be pulled off. so when i saw the tutorial, i jumped at the opportunity. the instructions asked for a photograph so i pulled out one of my female reference pics. after the tutorial, i noticed the pic seemed a little incomplete so i played around with the different blending modes for each layer till i got what u see now. i think it was a good exercise and though i would not likely make another pic like this again, unless it's a practice, i still think the technique can be put towards other things such as what christina strain does. i also thought it was fun and hopefully i can utilize it in something else one of these days. lemme know what ya think!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

so i was given access to draw ball 1.

draw ball 2 is left open for the public. but draw ball 1 is for ppl that the moderator thinks is good enough to draw on. so i guess i'm good enough. all i had to do was draw something and if the moderator likes it then i'm good to go. but odd things happened while i was drawing. what i was drawing was the backside of one of my female references. and as i was drawing, i noticed red lines appearing on the right cheek. eventually those red lines went on to form lips. i drew a question mark next to it and the lips were erased. so i get rid of the question mark and continue drawing. things were normal until my background colors disappeared. i wondered if i was allowed to draw on draw ball 1 so i wrote "am i in?" but i didn't get a reply from any moderators. so i kept drawing thinking maybe there was a glitch that got rid of my background. then suddenly a good heap of skin tones disappeared from my figure. i wrote another question thinking it was the moderators but still no reply. so i shut down that window because i gave up on the drawing and tested out draw ball 1. and waddya know i'm allowed to draw on it. but i was so worn out from the other drawing that i didn't have it in me to make another one as good as that one. so i did a really bad line drawing, wrote "meh" and left the site.

Friday, January 2, 2009

shooping around

was just tracing one of my female reference pics. i'll color this. and keep the blue lines. and if the lines on her legs and feet seem extremely thick and questionable, don't worry i'll fix them. i just wanted to quickly get the contour in, as thick as they may be.

oh and i completely forgot how to make custom brushes. i knew it for a while and actually did it before but it suddenly slipped my mind. help me refresh my memory.


it is really hard to get anything done when i'm constantly being distracted. people always bug me to do things that are completely irrelevent to what i want to do. one day i'll decide to put everything aside and focus on drawing but unfortunately i'll be told to do practically a list of chores that would eventually wear me out and by the end of the day, i'll be struggling to work up the energy to at least pick up a pencil. i think one of my resolutions this year should be to take a stand. that way i wouldn't feel so pressured.
anyways, i think the first two drawings are self explanatory, as bad as the first one is, and the bottom one is a rough draft of my big project. i'll have to move a few things around in the preliminary and final piece. i'm thinking i should color it with either gouache or watercolor or both and then try my hands with digital. before digitally rendering it though, with the traditional medium, i want it to look finished enough to work as a piece of its own. for references, if i can't find stuff online, i'll ask my friends to strike a pose or five. i paid a lot of attention to the composition. i wanted to not only make the piece work with the placement of the objects but also with transitions of color (you can't see the color yet because it's all in my head!!!!!) as well as trying guiding the eyes throughout the page and keeping the viewer's attention inside the piece rather than leading the viewer from one end to another and then showing him or her the way out. or even worse, getting the viewer's attention on one thing and not moving at all. and one worry that i have is the size that i want for the pic and the size of my scanner. when i do more sketches, i'll explain myself some more because not only will you understand what i want better but also, i don't want you to suffer anymore with this wall of text. lemme know your opinions please!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

it's been about 5 or 6 days since my last post.

don't worry kids, i'll upload stuff later today. i've just been both busy and lazy. don't get me wrong, i've been drawing. but i really didn't feel like scanning them in. really long process. but later, when i wake up, i'll show u guys my new stuff from the old year and current one.

btw, happy new year guys! hope you all enjoy every waking moment of it. live it up, accomplish your goals and be happy!

i've decided on what i'll do for my big project. it'll take some time to do so i'm really gonna have to focus. i'll upload my preliminary later. it's really rough so don't expect anything dynamic. but i payed a lot of attention to the composition. i'd explain it now but it's really late, i'm tired and it would also be really hard to follow along with if there isn't a picture to view. all i can say is that i sorta borrowed from james jean a little. in terms of composition and methods that is, not subject matter.

i think i might also post some observations that i've made while staring at james jean's work for hours on end. i think what i've encountered is something you'll all find interesting. that is if ya'lls aren't already aware of them.

anyways, again, happy new year, have a good one and i'll come back later. so, later!