Thursday, February 23, 2006
I usually don't like to draw in sketchbooks...it's too intimidating but when a union rep came by cube the other day and gave me a free Animation Guild Sketchbook I couldn't let all that paper go to waste. Besides, some poor cow even gave its' hide for the cover. So now I have a stack of dead trees covered by a dead animal and bound in spiral wire that I feel obligated to put to good use...enjoy.
Friday, February 17, 2006
My pal Sean Szeles inspired me with the studies he posted on his blog from the movie "Once Upon A Time In The West" I chose to study from the only Sergio Leone movie I own on DVD.."The Good The Bad And The Ugly" When I intially started to draw from this film I planned on just doing caricatures of all the great faces in the movie. I quickly discovered that the actors were already pretty much caricatures themselves which actually made it more not less difficult for me to exaggerate their features. So besides the great faces the things I admire most about this film are the contrasts between cuts: 'Extreme wide shot directly to extreme close up' and the compositions: 'Background and foreground elements leading your eye to the subject' and 'framing the subject'. I tried to capture some of these techniques in my studies while still slightly caricaturing the actors faces. It's pretty tough going so far, but hopefully by the time I get to the end of the film the studies will improve. If anyone has any suggestions please don't hesitate to share.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Heya all, thought I'd share some drawings from the morgue. These are for a pitch I was putting together to take around and try to sell to some cartoon type networks. It's another one of those things that get shelved due to actual paying work and family life and what not. Looks like I may have a chance to develop it further as I'll have some time off between gigs during the month of May.
Friday, February 10, 2006
Well, I seem to be over my caricature kick for the time being. Thought I'd share some more cartoony type drawings. The first four are studies I did from Milton Steins Supermouse comic. I think they're from a Jim Tyer issue? The artwork in those comics is so amazing and these studies don't do them justice. Everything is so solid, round and organic with appealing shapes, expressions, and all around excellent drafstmanship. Great source of education in those comics. The last pic is an animation drawing for a cartoon I've been developing for Cartoon Retro called Rufus and Horny. Pretty slow going on that project but I have a ton of stuff stockpiled and will hopefully have some of it posted on Shanes site in the not too distant future.