Before & After Sketches

This week, I've had a few different projects going on. Number one was to find some inspiration! After being in school for four years I am feeling a bit like a robot. While on one hand it is a good thing to be able to finish projects on time and to standard, without the guidance of an assignment, I'm feeling somewhat lost. On my quest to find something that would inspire me to draw, I began thinking about some of my favorite movies, animations, and artists. One subject that has always been a popular topic with me is Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are". I retrieved my beloved copy from the shelf and skipped right to the page that boasts my favorite monster, the page where Max meets a sea dragon. I was heartbroken that he wasn't featured in Spike Jones' film that was released last year, so I began recreating the scene for fun. I'm hoping to color it sometime this weekend. Where the Wild Things Are, as well as a handful of other favorite children's books from my childhood (and adulthood, shhhh), always help to rekindle my imagination. Sometimes it's difficult to get in touch with your inner-child, when your pet cat could become a lion that shoots laser beams from his whiskers, and throwing a blanket over a chair meant you'd just created the most impenetrable fort known to mankind. If you want to think creatively, you can never, ever let go of your imagination.

Below I'm posting some before and after images of some quick sketches and paintings that I have created in Photoshop. I think my personal favorites would have to be the sea frog/newt and the rooster. The rooster was a character design done prior to one of my animations. As far as the sea frog/new goes, I'd really like to place him into a water environment. However, I think he needs a more animated pose, so I might recreate it. And I'm not entirely set on his coloration just yet. I'm thinking something more along the lines of a turquoise or green might be more appropriate. We'll see! Share your thoughts, what color do you see him as?

Into the "REAL WORLD!"

Pssssst, guess what?


By the way, that's me with the dino cap. I'M FAMOUS! For the first time in I don't know how long, I have the option to do what I want in life. What an incredibly liberating feeling! It's also remotely terrifying. I'm currently attempting to set up our dining room into a pseudo-studio, and I'm beginning my quest on discovering how to merge art and animals and make that my life. I've found some incredibly inspirational character designers located in California by the name of David Coleman and Joe Weatherly. I am going to order a couple of their books/DVDs and study on my own time. My lease is up in the fall, then it's off to who knows where for me. Grad school? Maybe so. California? Maybe so. Time will tell.

Anyways, back to the art. I have a whole mess of things to post here, but let's get down to what the people really want.. the nudes. *wink*

This is a digital painting done in my fall 2010 Figure Drawing III class over the course of a few sessions. I was at last allowed to experiment with digital! No more charcoal hands, woohoo! Alas, it is over now, but I was pretty pleased with the result. There are still some spots I plan on touching up, but without having this particular model on hand, I no longer have the luxury of adding in accurate/fine detail.

I'll be adding some new stuff soon, my last semester was sort of a slow time for art as I was prepping for graduation and my soul was slowly dying during my senior seminar class, but I made it! Happy New Year to everyone, I am excited to see what it will bring my way.
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