Thursday, July 28, 2011

an orange day

This is a study using watercolor media, I was trying to achieve some of Frazetta's style. Photo is not so good, I lost alot of the texture sorry about that.

Character Drawings

 Some character stuff done between painting and work. Super stoked for school to get back up and running again. Cheers!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Concept Art

Character concept "Leioku Takeda - The Final Relic"

Sorry it has been so long since my last update. I got married and went on my honeymoon. Not to mention that somewhere in there I finished my finals for my second semester at TAD and I am currently in Kansas City attending the TAD summer workshop.

I am constantly looking for the big picture. That picture is where will I go with my art, how can I get there, and how can I ensure that I take care of my family. That's a lot to think about when I am still learning how to draw, paint and compose.

I'll let Michael Jordan make my point today

Michael is widely considered to be the greatest basketball player to ever play the game. The man worked everyday to become as good as he was and even when he was a professional, he failed. What made him the greatest is that he never gave up and never stopped trying to better his craft. I know it is a sports reference video but it applies directly to art. The struggle and road to become a professional artist is the same as the path to become a professional athlete.

So I write this because this video gives me the motivation to go out there and fail. Fail hard so that I can learn something. Have a goal in mind and to do whatever it takes to get there. To go out there with every intention of succeeding. I am not in this game to be mediocre.

Let's keep going. Let's keep climbing and embrace your faceplants. Get right back up again and laugh about it. Recognize what you learned by that failure and move on.


Here are bunch of drawings and paintings from the 2 months. 

Thanks for looking,
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Digital Painting Practice

Here are some little practice balls of texture done in photoshop. Canyon rock, frog skin, dried mud, tree bark, reptile scales, leopard fur, marble and hammered iron.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Frazetta Grayscale Copy

I just finished this B/W master copy by Frank Frazetta. It's titled "A Fighting Man of Mars". It's the second of three Frazetta master copies I willing be doing before we start the next semester. 

Check my blog if you're interested in seeing the first one.

Crash Site Oil Painting

(Whoops, posted on fb and forgot to put here!)  This is an oil painting about 16" x 24" which I started at IMC a few weeks ago.  I ended up tweaking colors a bit digitally, and made some changes in the foreground, but it's still pretty much traditional.  The challenge was trying to keep it loose to make it more dynamic.  However, I'm afraid all the elements, foreground and back, have the same "consistency" which probably flattens the piece too much...

It was a lot of fun though, hopefully I can bang out another one before next semester starts.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A.B.Frost Mastercopy

Hi guys! Thanks so much for sharing your works, everything here is great to look at and admire. Here's what I've been doing recently. Made some mistakes but learned a lot more about searching for shapes to copy as opposed to copying lines.

Monday, July 18, 2011

July 18 - KC Workshop Week 1

Small Update.

I have a ton of stuff to talk about and a ton of artwork to show, but I am super busy with the workshop so I will just show the piece I have been working on the past week.

The big post with lots of images will probably come in 2 weeks. I try to keep this blog fairly high quality and I am just throwing up a couple of images on my sketchbook. You can check that out to just see some art.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Master Study of one of Frazetta's pen and ink.

Master Study of one of Frazetta's pen and ink. this one took me almost 10 hours to finish it all. Im happy with the final results. finally Im understanding Frazetta's techniques.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Little Nemo Inks

Here are the inks for the first of four pages I've started this week to wrap up Marshall and George's Visual Narrative class, more pages and colors on the way!

EoW 168

Concept Environment of the Week. Check out more of my sketchbook at Ninjac's Sketchbook

Flavor Text: The last tree on Earth is contained within a sacred glass house high within the city skyline. Triple layered carbon-filament woven glass protects the tree from the massive amounts of pollution and radiation that have blanketed the planet over the past centuries. Large gun ships patrol the surrounding area day and night. One docking bay allows supplies to enter and samples of micro organisms to leave through a highly sophisticated decontamination chamber. Trained at an early age in biochemistry and dendrology (study of trees), only the Priestesses of Gaia are allowed to enter into the glass house. Once in they are a permanent resident, becoming one with their new home. They care for and cultivate the environment with the assistance of the most advanced filtration technologies, until death. It is one of the highest planetary honors and only a select few are chosen amongst the millions of women who compete for the position.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

First Post..and Gladiators!!

After visiting the the place all roads lead too, you can't help but have it inspire to draw some gladiators. I want to combine some Samurai elements tomorrow. Also, using 100 percent opacity black chalk brush in PS yielded some interesting marks and strokes. It was a fun and direct approach, which was very fast as well. Same mentality as a ballpoint pen...sort of. Totally a million errors, haven't started Figure class yet. :P

I will be starting fundamentals this upcoming semester and then focus on Illustration. It's an honor to be among so many hard working and passionate people. I really can't say that enough.