Thursday, March 31, 2011

Jaguars & Zebras

Here are a few studies that I've done for my animal drawing class.  These were drawn from photos and not from life, but I tried to draw them quick as if I was drawing them from life.

Clothed Figure 3 - Weeks 7 & 8

Slowly getting better. Week 7 is on the right and week 8 is on the left. We had a group discussion in class on our strengths and weaknesses so our instructor could get a better idea of what to help us on. It also felt good knowing that everyone is struggling with one thing or another. In a room full of illustrators I often feel intimidated because I'm more animation based. I don't want to make perfect drawings. In fact there are days that I just want to scribble all over the place, haha, but then I wouldn't get good marks in class.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I'd Climb A Tower For You

Here's my work in progress so far at my attempt to digitally paint my sketch. It was a nice little break from my usual work. I haven't painted in a while. I'm working on adding a town in the valley, but now that Spring Break is over, I'm not sure if I will get around to finishing it - so here's what I've got.

Friday, March 18, 2011


“You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes.”

Walter M. Schirra, Sr. quotes

I know my mother would agree with the above quote and I would have to approve, but not on behalf of myself, but on behalf of my brothers. Being the oldest in my family, I have watched my brothers turn into fine young gentlemen from the moment they were brought into my life. Pieces of me I can see in each of them, but each of them holds unique gifts that only they posses that I can only be inspired by to live up to. They speak with their eyes and their hearts. There is compassion in their voice and it lifts you up with wings of support that you know will never let you fall. If I could be more like anybody in the world, it wouldn't be a dead man, it wouldn't be a celebrity, it wouldn't be my most inspirational artists or friends, - it would be my brothers. If I could be as genuine and emotionally strong as them, perhaps I'd be a better man. If there was a disease eating me a live inside my body, would I still smile as if nothing was wrong? I try to live everyday like it is my last, but I know that I do not do it as well as my brothers. In a world where chivalry and romance is a dying art, it lives in them because they are gentlemen. They are my brothers. They are my inspiration. They are my heroes.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Clothed Figure 3 - Weeks 3 - 6

Here's a few more drawings from this semester from my clothed figure class.  I'm starting to get back into the swing of things.  It's hard to change styles and methods when you get comfortable with the way you enjoy working.  I guess that's what school is for.  This class is definitely pulling me out of my comfort zone.  I just hope my grades don't suffer to much from it.  You can see the differences even in the drawings above.  The woman in the apron/dress are more recent drawings using the teachers approach and the woman with the jacket with her back towards us in the middle is a mixture of how I like to draw and the way we're suppose to in class.  What's frustrating for me is that I like to draw fast with a lot of lines and rhythm and I can't do that here.  I have to be precise and exact.  I do feel like last week was the most successful and I'm going to use the same approach this week.  Hopefully it works out.