Sunday, November 30, 2014

Father Christmas

So this is an old drawing that I decided to add some color too.  The drawing turned out looking very much like a 19th Century illustration, so I decided to go with it on the color.  I call him a "Father Christmas" rather than Santa because I always thing of Santa as being all red with a short coat... if St. Nick has a longer coat and there's some green involved then to me it's a Father Christmas.  Does anyone else have those sorts of associations? 

Father Christmas

So this is an old drawing that I decided to add some color too.  The drawing turned out looking very much like a 19th Century illustration, so I decided to go with it on the color.  I call him a "Father Christmas" rather than Santa because I always thing of Santa as being all red with a short coat... if St. Nick has a longer coat and there's some green involved then to me it's a Father Christmas.  Does anyone else have those sorts of associations? 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Apologies for being a politically marginalized retard

I didn't have to feel baited by being classified aggressive.

I didn't have to go on a long winded,  multi-thread blah blah about global warming.

I will never again use the TAG blog to talk politics.

Period.
I'm taking the Blue pill. That's the right color isn't it?

Duotone effects painted in with alpha mask channels


One vertical. One horizontal. 3 pixel thickness line. I need to make a 2 and 1 pixel line.
Really like the effect from brushing the "duotone" in with a chalk brush.
Kinda self explanatory, right? You can see what I did.
I built 1 and 2 pixel lines. I could cause some moire by blending different weights together.
So I won't do that.
Pretty happy with the experiment. This will be the ventriloquist story tones.
Update. No fake duotone for a couple of reasons.
Moire gets too ugly and the translattion from psd to jpg isn't reliably registered for the art. Making it moire - more ugly and uncontrolled.
Might still do the idea of prepared textures I paint into it with the alpha channel That's a basic game art idea.

Apologies for being a politically marginalized retard

I didn't have to feel baited by being classified aggressive.

I didn't have to go on a long winded,  multi-thread blah blah about global warming.

I will never again use the TAG blog to talk politics.

Period.
I'm taking the Blue pill. That's the right color isn't it?

Duotone effects painted in with alpha mask channels


One vertical. One horizontal. 3 pixel thickness line. I need to make a 2 and 1 pixel line.
Really like the effect from brushing the "duotone" in with a chalk brush.
Kinda self explanatory, right? You can see what I did.
I built 1 and 2 pixel lines. I could cause some moire by blending different weights together.
So I won't do that.
Pretty happy with the experiment. This will be the ventriloquist story tones.
Update. No fake duotone for a couple of reasons.
Moire gets too ugly and the translattion from psd to jpg isn't reliably registered for the art. Making it moire - more ugly and uncontrolled.
Might still do the idea of prepared textures I paint into it with the alpha channel That's a basic game art idea.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Able to melt 200 Billion tons of Ice in 3 years

Or the equivalent 1 million aircraft carriers of ice.

Commission pencils done. Now I'll do the color.
 Cleaned up

Tom sez:
Bringin' it back to comics 'cause all roads lead to Kirby.
Kinda like this Ellis?
A world naval force made entirely of ice, ready to fight Klagg!
Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving everybody!



Colors. WIP

Able to melt 200 Billion tons of Ice in 3 years

Or the equivalent 1 million aircraft carriers of ice.

Commission pencils done. Now I'll do the color.
 Cleaned up

Tom sez:
Bringin' it back to comics 'cause all roads lead to Kirby.
Kinda like this Ellis?
A world naval force made entirely of ice, ready to fight Klagg!
Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving everybody!



Colors. WIP

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

CTN EXPO 2014 Recap

You can call me recovered from this weekend's CTN (aka "Cartoon Talent Network") Expo. What was it like? You can get a little flavor from the artist exhibitors pages. Here is mine, and here is the whole roster of artist exhibitors--including one Jefferson Resolme Ranjo, who was an inexcusable no-show (tho' he kindly meet me and Joe for a great dinner at Don Cuco's after a long Saturday of overtime sketching at the Diz Studio).

The show was like a version of Comic Con that catered almost exclusively to those either working in, or wishing to work in the animation industry. Which felt like waltzing into a buzz saw... lots and lots of talented people, most of whom sat behind their table with a great deal more reason to be there than me....

Y'all remember my pal Joe Sanabria? With his great website of paintings and portfoliation? Well, Joe got a table and asked me along. I'd never been to CTN and for some reason (probably long-ago photos spied on Facebook of what looked like a chill Burbank street-fair), I thought the event would be a fairly low-key hangout.

First indication of the error of this perception should've come when I got the bill for our table: a nose-bleeding $755 dollars. Gulp.

It's a three day affair that takes up every inch of the Burbank Convention Center and will cost you something like $150 simply to attend--and reservations were required (tho' not extra $$?) for many of the talks/seminars (Glen Keane, fer instance...). But there were lots of gratis entertainments to be had, particularly in our neck of the woods, which was adjacent to both the old-fashioned 2D animation demo station (where major living masters of the artform like Eric Goldberg and Andreas Deja did live animation demos), the 3D modeling/painting/animating demo stage, and the live model sketching stage. Not far from us were the Copic marker folk with their own demos, too--tho' I missed seeing a single one, including one by one of the famous female art designer from Star Wars, Terryl Whitlatch....

 Our booth presentation looked a little flimsy compared to those tables surrounding us, tables staffed by either A. ambitious young recent graduates or near-graduates from prestigious animation/illustration programs, or B. famous-ass animation people. But I hoisted my FUME banner and let my Teen Ellis fly....

In the end we did OK--but nowhere near recouping our cost. I get the idea at a show like this is to NETWORK, and thereby garner new work...fingers crossed. We did have lots of people come by and stop and look at the work, a fair portion of whom plunked down cash to take a book home with them. Maybe I'm naive--no, I am naive--but that remains the essential test to me, the whole point of the excercise of unfurling yr rug in the bazaar and bartering with the public--you are hoping to get people to desire your stuff enuff to pay money for it. And whenever that bar is passed, no matter how small the stakes, I feel grateful and a little ecstatic.

Some of the drawings I did over the three days, many shared on Facebook (and Instagram!) already:
Michael asked me to draw him with Woody Guthrie--but when it turned out he was a big fan of my pal Peet's band "The Mountain Goats," I forced him to accept this. He was OK with it.



Sara wanted Beethoven! At top is Xavier, or "The X-Man" as we called him--a former co-worker who is, among other things, French.

This young lady was so very nice...so very, very nice. And I drew her about to be devoured by Evil Adele. It wasn't even s'posed to be a fat joke! Apologies to Adele, and Vivian (who was so horrified to see this perversion of her innocent request that I did a make-up drawing...and critiqued her storyboards).

Josh was a super-cool guy who eschewed my offer of drawing him with a favorite musician and instead requested...Wally Wood! I instantly thought of Ellis's pic posted here a while back, with machine gun. I tried to draw Josh in a spacesuit, but it came out looking like a deck hand in Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Josh has great taste in comics and exhorted me to do more with the Black Flag stuff...the only person this whole show (and all the others except ONE guy at APE) who responded to my Black Flag art! (and I forgot his glasses--same with Vivian above).

Speaking of Ellis and guns...this young chap's name in Ellis...Ellis Lu. Sweetheart of a guy who went to Stuart Ng's to buy my sketchbook on credit when he learned I couldn't take plastic...brought the book back (which already had a Chubby Cheeker vs. Frankenstein drawing in back) so I could do a sketch of him. One of the few where I remembered to put the glasses on a bespectacled subject. I always try to draw a person sans eyewear first, THEN add it on.... but I usually forget. Proof that I look past the superficial....

These were the two funniest guys of the whole weekend. Bought their books with the very last of their cash at the closing bell--paid full price, too, God bless 'em. Did Benny's on top in about 90 seconds as the security guards were trying to usher people out of the hall. And Daniel...this photo doesn't do the resemblance justice, but DANG he looked like a young J.R. Ranjo--with a Beatles haircut!!
(paging the Teen Ellis...!)  Told us his girlfriend had just done the cut. He CRACKED UP at both the drawings. They're pals.
Oh, one other cool thing that the organizers set-up but that didn't really fly: a pre-printed convention sketchbook filled with ads for each artist/company exhibiting. It was a nice 8.5" x 11" spiral bound thing. Most pages were just ads, but some of us did a clever thing and designed our ad with a pre-arranged empty spot where we could either sign or sketch a little personalization in for any fan willing to take the thing around and gather autographs...a great idea, except A. they ran out the first morning, so few people got them, and B. most were handed out to those who showed up Thursday to get their badges, and few bothered to haul it back.

We had a fun ad, designed by Joe--whose brilliant idea it was to not only so a comic strip, but to leave an entirely blank frame, and to set out heroes in space....


Three people had the books, but had no intention of having artists sign or otherwise deface the material...I had to demand they take the book out of their freebie CTN EXPO bookbag and let me draw in it. This one was typical...who doesn't love a space monster caricature?

Overall a good time. Met some real nice folk. I might just bite the bullet and sign up for next year...who's with me?

CTN EXPO 2014 Recap

You can call me recovered from this weekend's CTN (aka "Cartoon Talent Network") Expo. What was it like? You can get a little flavor from the artist exhibitors pages. Here is mine, and here is the whole roster of artist exhibitors--including one Jefferson Resolme Ranjo, who was an inexcusable no-show (tho' he kindly meet me and Joe for a great dinner at Don Cuco's after a long Saturday of overtime sketching at the Diz Studio).

The show was like a version of Comic Con that catered almost exclusively to those either working in, or wishing to work in the animation industry. Which felt like waltzing into a buzz saw... lots and lots of talented people, most of whom sat behind their table with a great deal more reason to be there than me....

Y'all remember my pal Joe Sanabria? With his great website of paintings and portfoliation? Well, Joe got a table and asked me along. I'd never been to CTN and for some reason (probably long-ago photos spied on Facebook of what looked like a chill Burbank street-fair), I thought the event would be a fairly low-key hangout.

First indication of the error of this perception should've come when I got the bill for our table: a nose-bleeding $755 dollars. Gulp.

It's a three day affair that takes up every inch of the Burbank Convention Center and will cost you something like $150 simply to attend--and reservations were required (tho' not extra $$?) for many of the talks/seminars (Glen Keane, fer instance...). But there were lots of gratis entertainments to be had, particularly in our neck of the woods, which was adjacent to both the old-fashioned 2D animation demo station (where major living masters of the artform like Eric Goldberg and Andreas Deja did live animation demos), the 3D modeling/painting/animating demo stage, and the live model sketching stage. Not far from us were the Copic marker folk with their own demos, too--tho' I missed seeing a single one, including one by one of the famous female art designer from Star Wars, Terryl Whitlatch....

 Our booth presentation looked a little flimsy compared to those tables surrounding us, tables staffed by either A. ambitious young recent graduates or near-graduates from prestigious animation/illustration programs, or B. famous-ass animation people. But I hoisted my FUME banner and let my Teen Ellis fly....

In the end we did OK--but nowhere near recouping our cost. I get the idea at a show like this is to NETWORK, and thereby garner new work...fingers crossed. We did have lots of people come by and stop and look at the work, a fair portion of whom plunked down cash to take a book home with them. Maybe I'm naive--no, I am naive--but that remains the essential test to me, the whole point of the excercise of unfurling yr rug in the bazaar and bartering with the public--you are hoping to get people to desire your stuff enuff to pay money for it. And whenever that bar is passed, no matter how small the stakes, I feel grateful and a little ecstatic.

Some of the drawings I did over the three days, many shared on Facebook (and Instagram!) already:
Michael asked me to draw him with Woody Guthrie--but when it turned out he was a big fan of my pal Peet's band "The Mountain Goats," I forced him to accept this. He was OK with it.



Sara wanted Beethoven! At top is Xavier, or "The X-Man" as we called him--a former co-worker who is, among other things, French.

This young lady was so very nice...so very, very nice. And I drew her about to be devoured by Evil Adele. It wasn't even s'posed to be a fat joke! Apologies to Adele, and Vivian (who was so horrified to see this perversion of her innocent request that I did a make-up drawing...and critiqued her storyboards).

Josh was a super-cool guy who eschewed my offer of drawing him with a favorite musician and instead requested...Wally Wood! I instantly thought of Ellis's pic posted here a while back, with machine gun. I tried to draw Josh in a spacesuit, but it came out looking like a deck hand in Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Josh has great taste in comics and exhorted me to do more with the Black Flag stuff...the only person this whole show (and all the others except ONE guy at APE) who responded to my Black Flag art! (and I forgot his glasses--same with Vivian above).

Speaking of Ellis and guns...this young chap's name in Ellis...Ellis Lu. Sweetheart of a guy who went to Stuart Ng's to buy my sketchbook on credit when he learned I couldn't take plastic...brought the book back (which already had a Chubby Cheeker vs. Frankenstein drawing in back) so I could do a sketch of him. One of the few where I remembered to put the glasses on a bespectacled subject. I always try to draw a person sans eyewear first, THEN add it on.... but I usually forget. Proof that I look past the superficial....

These were the two funniest guys of the whole weekend. Bought their books with the very last of their cash at the closing bell--paid full price, too, God bless 'em. Did Benny's on top in about 90 seconds as the security guards were trying to usher people out of the hall. And Daniel...this photo doesn't do the resemblance justice, but DANG he looked like a young J.R. Ranjo--with a Beatles haircut!!
(paging the Teen Ellis...!)  Told us his girlfriend had just done the cut. He CRACKED UP at both the drawings. They're pals.
Oh, one other cool thing that the organizers set-up but that didn't really fly: a pre-printed convention sketchbook filled with ads for each artist/company exhibiting. It was a nice 8.5" x 11" spiral bound thing. Most pages were just ads, but some of us did a clever thing and designed our ad with a pre-arranged empty spot where we could either sign or sketch a little personalization in for any fan willing to take the thing around and gather autographs...a great idea, except A. they ran out the first morning, so few people got them, and B. most were handed out to those who showed up Thursday to get their badges, and few bothered to haul it back.

We had a fun ad, designed by Joe--whose brilliant idea it was to not only so a comic strip, but to leave an entirely blank frame, and to set out heroes in space....


Three people had the books, but had no intention of having artists sign or otherwise deface the material...I had to demand they take the book out of their freebie CTN EXPO bookbag and let me draw in it. This one was typical...who doesn't love a space monster caricature?

Overall a good time. Met some real nice folk. I might just bite the bullet and sign up for next year...who's with me?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Shh!

Stuff I did for work this weekend.  Cute farm animal concepts.

Shh!

Stuff I did for work this weekend.  Cute farm animal concepts.