Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Fun animated tidbit.

I did an illustration in 2nd year uni that was basically a tram advertisement for opera in Melbourne., and I really quite liked it, was probably one of 2 pieces from the class that turned out like i was hoping.

But i never did anything with it because it was just an illustration and I didn't have a print folio. I found it again recently and decided that with a bit of animating, it could be a nice second or two in my showreel (and give me a bit more animating practice with the Puppet tool in AE).

So here it is, i'm quite happy with how it turned out, even though it's only about 3 seconds long! The next step would have been to add a whole 3D set to it and have some more action happen, but I have other things to focus on...

Friday, August 15, 2008

Two quick things

I started painting a picture of some kid i found in a magazine, but it was looking yuk and i realised I didn't want to do it!
They always look bad when I start out (I wonder if this is the case for great artists, or if they know ways to do better foundational stuff, because it's quite discouraging for me until it all suddenly starts coming together much later on).

Anyway, i then decided to try something without a reference, and for some reason a cook came into mind... didn't want to do a female since i've done them recently, so i just drew a bit and tried to be vaguely anatomically minded, though I know it's a long way off. I tried lighting the opposite direction than I normally do, and to make a textural brush to paint with.

Overall I don't really like it, but it was quick and I don't mind. Colors are pretty bad too, i wanted dulled but not in the same way my pics always seem to be, but this turned out like the usual!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Another painting

I was afraid that after having one painting success i would just suck again, but i think this one is still better than my old stuff so i haven't completely regressed.

such inane subject matter... i use fashion photos a lot because they are of people, which interests me, and they are always lit well. But it is a bit boring drawing generic_girl_27 or whatever. There's something appealing about the colors and makeup and all that but overall, "eh". Admittedly I'm not doing much to move away from the fashion-y feel. I will try doing more illustrative/cartoony stuff perhaps.

I don't like the hair on this one either. I always do it last so it's when i'm starting to get bored. I almost left it completely flat-color which may have worked better, as a kind of graphic approach.
OK, i just decided to change it, so here is the new, flatter, blue-ish hair. I like it more. When you compare the two, the lighter one looks pretty washed out because there are NO really dark values. But it didn't look that washed out to me until i compared them.

Thursday, August 7, 2008


I felt like doing a digital portrait after a long time of not doing any (because they were looking crap and i was frustrated by them!).
I started this one and it wasn't doing any better, and i stopped, but then tried again today and i feel like i got somewhere. Not sure if i "learned" what i was doing wrong, my skintones still look a bit murky and getting the balance between smooth and textured is hard, but i like the result at least.

Fluoro hair is because i painted normal hair but didn't want to spend the time refining it so much, and it was taking focus off the face which i think was more successful, so i just blend-moded it and modified it a little.