Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Pink Spiders

I'll be the first one to admit I don't know much about the Pink Spiders. It was a choice between these guys and Puddle of Mudd, and I knew the Pink Spiders at least had an interesting design aesthetic. I looked up a few of their music videos on YouTube, and all of their songs seemed to be completely centered around girls. And more than a little bit dorky, despite some serious rock star posturing. So this image is pretty much what I imagine their music videos should look like--a really nerdy version of those old 80's hair band videos where everyone does a double-take at some peroxide blond bombshell walking down the street in cut-off jean shorts. Not a band portrait per se, but pretty close.

I know I said I'd post some shots of my figure drawing stuff, but I've got quite a bit of painting to do for Professional Practice class. I'll get to that soon, however. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Character Design Part 3

Expressions homework. No real significance to the character, just something quick and easy to draw. These are probably getting a bit dull, so I'll post some experiments in figure drawing when I get home.

Character Design Update Pt. 2

This was a one week, multi-part assignment. First we had 2 days to pick a shelled creature and do an expressionistic representation of what they look like. Then we had to play with different shapes and silhouettes to find the most appealing design. Once we had the right silhouette, we were to create a cartoon character out of that animal. I thought a hot roddin' rockabilly armadillo would be an appropriate character, given their speedy nature and American Southwest environment. This one was a bit of a rush job, but a lot of fun to draw. I used to draw cartoon animals all the time as a kid, but I've been out of the habit for years. It would be fun to compare these last couple character designs to old cartoons I drew in middle school. Hmm... perhaps a future post?

Character Design Updates

Hello again, everyone. I've briefly returned from homework limbo and I'm prepared to update. To make up for my complete posting negligence, I'll be posting a few homework assignments from my character design class, as well as some sketches and experiments from my figure drawing class. I've also got a poster on the way. I'll post that as soon as possible.

This first assignment was to turn Jeff Goldblum into a cartoon animal, then do a full turnaround of the character. It was a challenge to maintain the likeness of a celebrity in 360ยบ, but I think it turned out well. The hectic pace of this class is tough on the nerves, but I can feel myself getting much better at doing turnarounds quickly and efficiently.

For those of you who missed out, two weekends ago was Illuxcon, a fantasy art convention held in Altoona, Pennsylvania. This was an event where illustrators and conceptual artists from the fields of videogames, movies and publishing could sell original art to collectors, as well as schmooze with fellow artists. Armed with free student passes, a few friends and I piled into a car and drove out there. Man, what an experience. For two days I watched painting demonstrations and lectures from top industry professionals, chatted up artists, and saw tons of original art. At night we hung out at the hotel bar with all of the artists; drinking, sketching, and passing around portfolios. This, to me, was the best part of the whole convention. I met a lot of great people and learned many tricks of the trade. They've already announced the deadline for next year. If you're into that sort of thing, I'd definitely check it out.