Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Weekly Speedpaint #2

Here is my Tuesday speedpaint for this week, brief was simply 'wet'. I am generally happy with the overall tone but less happy with the mark making. I was happy when it first started and I was blocking in with big strokes but I am a little disappointed at the general untidiness of the final work. I think I got stuck using just the one flat brush for the most part and that didn't help. Oh well, live and learn ;p

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Return of the speedpaint

We have just resurrected our weekly lunchtime speed-painting sessions at work. The brief for the first one was simply 'Tanks'.
This is what I came up with in the 1 hour deadline:

Friday, 17 February 2012

Mechanica 01

I decided to take a break from all the anatomy stuff and return to what I consider to be my roots. When I first started to really enjoy drawing when I was a kid what I loved to draw more than anything else was spaceships, robots, and tanks. It sounds very clich├ęd especially in my line of work but I have a real affinity for industrial and vehicular design. More than any other art it totally immerses me when I am doing it and I find it incredibly enjoyable and therapeutic.This piece was definitely a case in point and I enjoyed it immensely. I love getting stuck into designing something that not only looks really cool as a piece if industrial design but also is recognisable and functional.

This is my take on the big cranes you see moving shipping containers at the docks. The pivots at the top of the legs would enable the legs to spread and accommodate heavier/longer loads and the wheel units would all have independent steering. I also wanted it to be able to carry multiple containers so I designed then to be able to interlock for economy of transport.

I should also point out that this image was done entirely freehand without any use of Maya. In that respect it was a bit of an exercise to prove that I could still cut it without the aid of 3D packages.

I hope to do more work similar to it and If I get as hooked as I did when I was younger I might need an entirely new blog devoted to it!!!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Character sketches 03

Some more quick character sketches for you.First one was about 15 20 mins including the colour and the second was about 1 hour with colour.
 Reference images were from a great site called 3D.SK which is an excellent resource for character poses with models of all shapes and sizes in an almost inexhaustible array of poses including lots of fantasy and action poses with a wide variety of weapons. If you want the lovely high-res it does involve a paid subscription but it's worth it in my opinion.
Here is a link:

Friday, 3 February 2012

Character sketches 02

Here are a few more character sketches I have done recently, just for practice. I have been trying to concentrate on varying the overall shape of the faces to try and avoid ending up with generic character studies. With the men I also looked at varying the age and weight so as to get a better understanding of how the face changes through the addition or lack of fat and how the muscles change through age. I should point out that I didn't use any photo reference for these pieces although I do tend to constantly reference my anatomy books while doing this kind of work.
If anyone is interested, the three books that I couldn't like without for anatomy work are as follows. I have included links to Parka Blogs (where available) for reviews of the books. From there you can link to Amazon etc for purchases:

Figure drawing, design and invention - Michael Hampton

Atlas of human anatomy for the artist - Stephen Rogers Peck

Artistic Anatomy - Dr Paul Richer