Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Quick Studies

You can go through a lot of paper in one workshop, so I like to cram my pages up. Here are some example of that. I will post more of these in the future.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Landscapes Sketches

Thanks to everyone for all the feedback on the last post. I really appreciate it.

I like to think of my sketchbook as a visual journal. Looking back at my drawings I can remember everything that went on the day I drew each image.

I find sketching landscapes very therapeutic and relaxing. It is always my goal to do more. These were all drawn in different areas. I used prismacolor pencils on all of these.

An old railroad bridge in Pacheco

A view of the Pacheco Cemetery

Walnut Creek. These were done in the neighborhood near the Lindsay Wildlife Museum.

Temescal Lake Recreational Park. The Oakland Hills are in the background.

Brionies Recreational Park. There was no one on this road for the longest time. I was about to finish the sketch when a Jeep came rolling by, kicking up some dust. I decided to draw it in.

A cowboy parked his trailer right in front of me and took his horse on the trail.

San Ramon Park

I sketched this at the Martinez Marina. This is a great place to draw and paint. The city of Martinez is a beautiful place. John Muir, the famous naturalist and author, knew what he was doing when he settled down in Martinez, California.

I was really captivated by the shapes of these trees. I had to draw them.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Snow White Frames

Shown here are 20 of the Snow White frames ; I illustrated over 70 frames total. I decided to post mainly establishing shots and back views of the characters. I'll save the rest for the premier.

Thanks to the folks at Green Screen Games for giving me permission to post these.

These frames are not in any particular order. I had a lot of fun using color and value to create a certain mood for each frame.

Here's an example of my thumbnail process for the opening frame of Snow White's castle. This is the stage where I think about designing an effective composition which will lead the viewer through the image. I do as many thumbnails as it takes, till I get what I am looking for. Sometimes I'll place a little star on the lower right hand corner of the ones I am considering. Once I finally decide on a particular composition, I take that drawing and refine it. After that it is ready to be painted in Photoshop.

Before and after shots of Snow White's castle. The evil queen did a lot of redecorating, that's for sure:) I enjoyed making the castle and surrounding areas evil and decrepit.

The good king and queen longed for a child. I wanted to create a sense of hope as they looked out of the window.

Exhausted, Show White sees a cottage in the middle of the woods. Again there's a sense of hope as she leaves the darkness and walks towards the light.

Snow White and the prince are married a top of a hill overlooking the prince's castle. I used the river in the background as a directional line that leads the eye back and forth to the wedding ceremony and the castle.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Snow White Characters

I worked with Green Screen Games to produce an interactive children's book for the Nintendo Wii. I illustrated the story of Snow White. These are some of my character designs.

The Game/Storybook is scheduled to come out this October. It's called Story Hour Fairy Tales. I will post a couple of the frames I created later down the line.

I did these using a regular graphite number 2 pencil in my sketchbook. I like to cram my pages with characters, that way I am forced to design the character to fit a specific space. It allows for some interesting shapes and poses.

Snow White

The Evil Queen

Some of my designs for the 7 dwarfs

The Huntsman

The Prince

The good King (Snow White's father)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Drawing Them Draw

Decided to draw the students drawing in class yesterday. These are a bit more refine compared to the Emergency Sketches below. I was more relaxed this day.

The head shots on the left are a couple of boys I saw on the Bart train on my way home from the city. At one point I thought one of the boys caught me sketching them, but it was never confirmed. They must have been in their early teens (12-13 yrs. I'm guessing). Their constant movement, along with the bumpy train ride, made them hard to draw. This is the challenge of sketching people in public.

I like to cram each page in my sketchbook. I usually have the pages filled, front and back. I don't like to waist paper. I'll turn the sketchbook in different angles to try and fit a sketch in.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Emergency Sketching

Took my mom to the hospital today. Not a very fun place to spend the afternoon, but I made the best of it.

Didn't get a chance to bring my sketchbook. I found and old daily planner stashed in my car, borrowed a ballpoint pen from the receptionist, and I was good to go.

I felt sorry for this old man, slumped in a chair reading a magazine, with his breathing machine.

The lady on the right has very interesting proportions to say the least.

This woman nervously waited as the technicians drew blood from her new born baby. I could hear the baby screaming in the next room:(

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Quick Studies

These drawings were done with a brown colerase prismacolor pencil in my sketchbook.