Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Layout, to be finished later

Turns out my base sketch over which I do my detailed drawings is truly too light for my silly little feed scanner to properly detect. The above image is quite preposterously photoshopped just to make most of the lines semi-visible. Well, hopefully that particular problem will be solved before too long.

Still, this is obviously just a page layout, roughing in the shape of the cells and the positions of the characters, objects, and text. The plan is to spend further days this week actually turning this into a proper, visible, colored page complete with text and some sort of header bar that advertises the character. We'll see how much of that I get done. At the very least, I'll have some sort of semi-complete product posted on Saturday, to meet my weekly requirement. Hopefully sooner, but I can never be too sure how much time it will take or how much time I'll have to devote to it. At any rate, I may just post the page's header bar (which will be designed separately anyway) as another bit later on this week. Perhaps tomorrow or Friday.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Some Kind of Octopus

Tearing my shell apart, letting the sea get in - you make my insides outside.

Well, I guess a photo will do for this as well. I'll update this image and many others as soon as I have a scanner - even some of the purely digital ones have been updated because I can't help but continue to perfect them when given the chance. I like the octopus, here, though. Satisfies my cephalopod obsession of the moment.

For want of a scanner...

Well, I completed another pencil drawing for this here blog last night, but for want of a scanner I was unable to post it at that time. I should be able to snap a photo of it to post by the end of the day. My feed scanner simply won't do it any kind of justice, as it is terrible at recognizing grayscale images. Long story short, I'll have the drawing up by the end of the day today, and hopefully a second drawing to go with it.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

On Transportation

I've always thought motorcycles are cool. Here's the proof.

The original is actually drawn about 3 inches by 3 inches. I used Illustrator to blow it up and to add the background. Nice and quick and easy.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Day Late, and Something about Money...

A little something I made for St. Patrick's Day. Unfortunately, I started doodling it at work, and didn't give myself the time to finish it when I got home, because I went to a friend's house to hang out for the holiday instead. But, I finished it today!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Final Product, late for want of a scanner

The title says it all. Someone has generously offered me their old flatbed scanner, but until then, I'm using a woefully inadequate feed scanner to bring this stuff into photoshop. Alas, I am not yet the master of such things.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Part One of a Larger Project

This is the logo and background for the next work I intend to upload here (hopefully by the end of the day, in order to fulfill my weekly obligation).

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Better Late than Never

So, I've truly done a terrible job of starting this thing off correctly. To remedy that, here I present the first work of art created expressly for this blog - the Beer Bear.

While searching for inspiration, I asked my wife what I should draw, and her suggestion lead to this. I'm certain this isn't exactly what she was thinking, but it works for me.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The 1st Week Begins March 7th, 2010

I've no artwork to post yet today, or likely this week, but I feel that having a proper post here is important, even if all I do is define my purpose for beginning this endeavor and establish the writing tone.

For the last several months, or perhaps as long as this last year, I've felt somewhat stagnant and unproductive. I've come to realize, or perhaps merely believe, that one of the great causes of this is that I've been letting my artistic talents languish. I've produced remarkably little since graduating with my Associates Degree in Art, and I wish to remedy that.

To that end, I shall post here on this blog 3 brand new works every week (with certain exceptions as follows: weeks with more than 2 days of military duty, weeks wherein I am ill for more than 3 days, or weeks containing one of the following holidays: Christmas, New Years, or Easter). Seems like a lot of exceptions, right? Well person-I-just-asked-a-rhetorical-question-of, as this is being presented in a public place, and contains my own art and products, potential employers would rightly look here and must know that I am reliable. It is almost inevitable that I should be prevented at some time from posting the self-required 3 works per week, and I shall always endeavor to provide ample cause, with a full post detailing the circumstances if it falls outside the above examples.

Additionally, this will be a learning experience for me, as I experiment with new techniques and styles and post the results of my efforts here. It will give me the power to review my work many months or years hence and see just how far I have (or haven't) advanced, and it will afford that benefit to all other readers as well.