Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sketches And Excitement

I did these character sketches the other night. I didn't really plan them.
I just drew and then there they were.

I like them. I think they might live in that hotel I talked about a couple of posts ago.

The Conference is going to have an amazing keynote session with 8 top notch 
animated film directors such as Pete Docter and Chris Sanders.
Holy crapcakes. I'm going to geek out so hard.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Maquette Sculpting

Today I decided I wanted to try my hand at sculpting. REAL sculpting. 
None of that Sculptris nonsense. (I also do that) Sculpting digitally is fun,
but I like having something tactile and getting my hands a bit dirty.

To start, I amassed some supplies.
Including the most important supply for any of my creative endeavors: snacks!
I used that sheet of tinfoil as armature wire because I'm too unemployed to have real wire.

After about an hour this is where I was.

Then I upgraded my setup, using an old drum practice pad as a rotating stand
so I didn't have to keep picking up the sculpture and jacking up the armature.

I added clay in small increments, and used my knowledge of anatomy 
to build up the musculature and such.

  I used bulldog and gorilla anatomy as reference.

 Then I improved my setup even more!! I used some books to elevate my workstation 
to keep myself from hunching over too much.

A face began to take shape.
 I made a support out of a D20 and some random foreign currency from my desk.

And this is where it stands after about 3 hours of work.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

House Painting.

 I didn't actually paint a house. I just painted a house.
 A nice bike ride led me to this house and I sat by the side of the road to paint it.
I got more strange looks than I ever have before doing this painting.
This one lady slowed down to about 5 miles an hour and rolled by 
making direct eye contact with me. It was weird.

 And here's two random sketches that I particularly like.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Yesterday was Monday. I drew these things yesterday.

Just some random doodles.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Damn you, technology.

I had a bunch of drawings that I wanted to scan, but my scanner is in a really bad mood today.
It wouldn't let me turn off the auto crop thing so a lot of my drawings were cut in half.
Eventually I just gave up and decided to post what I had. 
You win this round, technology. 
Weapons made from car parts.

Monster doodles done while watching WWE Smackdown.

More monsters and Randy Orton being put through a table.

 Some cars and Good old Vladimir
Some randoms. I've starting sketching a lot with prismacolor chisel tip pens. They're pretty sweet.

And I love this guy. This was one of the rare drawings that went exactly how I wanted it to.
I got the exact attitude and style I was going for. 
Go me.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Some things I drew.

I felt like putting together a post of a week's worth of doodles because why not, right?

This last one is the first sketch I've done for a story setting I came up with.

It's a massive hotel/apartment complex built next to a massive highway. The highway stretches from horizon to horizon in length and width and there is an endless stream of cars at all times of day. The complex is to house the toll booth attendants when they are off duty. Shifts in the toll booth last for weeks because some people have to go miles away to get to their spots on the highway. The building has been built up bigger and bigger over many decades as the toll people have children and travelers move in permanently. I'm imagining the scale of the bathhouse in Spirited away and the junkiness of Tekkonkinkreet. I've found a lot of small stories in this building and a couple very big ones.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Here's some sketches from the past couple of days.

The buildings on the right are in South San Francisco, I had about 
twenty minutes to kill, so I sketched those. All of the animals in this post 
are from a local PetSmart. Once again, I had time to kill, so I went inside 
and skulked around the back of the store and drew.

This structure is some sort of old processing plant or something in Petaluma.
The society finch had an awesome hairdo and looked like some kind of
stoner character from the 70's, but I didn't do it justice.

All of the fish were incredible fun to draw, especially the Fancy Guppies.
And i don't know if I've just never watched hamsters before, but those things move so 
absurdly quickly and they don't stay I one place for more than like 30 milliseconds. 
They are the most frustrating animal I've come across to draw.