Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Animation:Master 2005 Training DVD

About a year and a half ago, I was asked to teach a character animation class at Brigham Young University. I ended up teaching the class in Hash's Animation:Master, which is beautifully simple for animation, especially character animation. The only problem was that it was in a Mac lab, and A:M didn't exactly perform well on the Mac. So it was painfully slow and very frustrating for the students. Since they had never touched the software before, and I didn't want to waste time teaching them the basic fundamentals of how to use it, I began making tutorials that they could watch on their own time, so we would be able to focus on animation in class. I began the tutorials explaining everything as if they had never seen the software before. They liked them so much, they wanted me to make more. So I did. Many of them, the students never got to see, but it's what I wished I would have known picking up A:M. I have compiled the tutorials into DVD-ROMs now and they are available for purchase at my website:


Some Newer Figures...Continued

Some more...

20 minute Study - NuPastel on Newsprint

This was kind of interesting. This was the firest figure drawing I had done from a model in quite a while, and I was looking forward to trying to get back into "shape". Unfortunately, the model wore a "fairy" costume, complete with wings and a frilly flowing outfit. Couldn't see the forms of her body at all. So this was more of a foray into drawing drapery...a prety bad foray. NuPastel on paper.
This one I'm really not fond of, but I guess it's good to see the bad with the good, if there is any good. This model could not hold still if her life depended on it. She was very nice, but could not stop talking to us about her other modeling jobs, and once again, the dress was a frilly, almost Victorian gown with lace everywhere. Needless to say, this is not one of my favorites. NuPastel on paper. Posted by Picasa

Some Newer Figures

Here's a few recent figure drawings done at work. I finally got around to bringing my camera to work so I could take pictures. All images are on 18x24 paper.

This first image is graphite on paper. I now know why graphite is used on SMALL drawings. It took forever to get the darks, and I'm not too happy with it. The entire image turned out pretty good, but the hand on her lap is a bit small and unfinished. This image took 2 hours.

In this image, I was using conte, which I love for how dark it is, but at the same time I loathe for how hard it is to pick up with an eraser. However, I really liked the line quality I got with the conte.

This is a 5 minute gesture study. NuPastel on paper

This was a study where I just wasn't drawing well. The proportions are a bit off, the line is not what I wanted, and once again, I was braving the ever-daunting task of drawing with Conte. This was about 45 minutes.
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Friday, August 18, 2006

The Daily Sketch...Again...

I'm starting again. It's so funny how it never seems to stick. Life gets busy, work envelops you, and the first thing you do is drop what is making you a living. Weird. Here's a 5 minute sketch in Painter. Don't know what it is. I just shrugged my shoulders, and began drawing someone shrugging theirs. No reference used.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Some Oil Paintings

So here are a few oil paintings. Not quite as good as Dave McClellan's plein air, but I'm trying.

This is a painting of the cove in Shaver Lake, California that we go to every other year with my wife's family. It is 3'x5'.

This is a painting of Whale Cove, near Lincoln City, Oregon, one of my favorite places in the world. Only 2 weeks and I'm there! This is 12"x24" on canvas, and about 4 hours of work. I haven't touched it for about 2 months. Still needs about 20 more hours.

Some More recent Figures

Here are a few figure drawings that were from 3-4 years ago:

Old Art

Tonight I was digging through some of my old art in the basement and I found some trash...I mean jems. Here they are for your laughing, er, viewing pleasure. Some of these really crack me up!

This is a figure in Oil that's 3'x5'. It was my first foray into painting the figure from life. For 8 weeks, two times a week, I worked on this. Man, that hand is terrible. The sad thing is that I look at that and think, "Man, I wish I could paint like that!" Hence the need to get back into painting...beat my freshman self!

This is a piece that I did for an illustration class where we had to use photo reference. It's only about 6"x8" Acrylic. I learned very quickly that painting with acrylics in Utah is a race: Can you paint a stroke, mix a color, and get back to the canvas before it is dry. The face is mine...well...kind of. I have always loved The Hobbit, so I did this. I look at it now and cringe, but it's only up from here (hopefully).

More! More ART I tell you!

I know, I know, I've been slacking. Been a bit busy. I'll get some more sketches up in the next day or so. I'm trying to get into painting...again. Look at Dave McClellan's stuff in my links. The guy is an amazing painter. (Que the "Be Like Mike" music) I WANNA BE LIKE DAVE! (And Ryan, Adam, Todd, etc.

Aaaah. Corporate America!

Leave it up to corporate America to pay for 3 people to fly to your office, stay in a ritzy hotel, and come in to tell you how unergonomic your office is. Then you need a doctor's note to get an "ergonomic" chair. All that because they are too cheap to just buy you the $100 chair that would help your back and knees. Sheeeeesh.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Witch Drawing

Here's a random sketch that I was working on for an art challenge. I like the drawing, but I'm not going to post the painting until it's reworked. Needless to say, it's pretty bad. My painting and drawing skills have all been going to pot lately. I really need to get back into it.

New Links!

I just added a bunch of links of artists I work with that totally kick my trash. They are amazing artists and I feel that I can't keep up with them no matter how hard I try. I feel pretty inadequate around them, but I love working with them and learning from them. Check them out!