Another day, another few hours pumped into it. I'm having a blast. Blew two hours tweaking the face, didn't like it so I changed it back. I like it better this way. I'd also like to shout out some thanks to my model on this one. She's worked some long hard thankless hours, and even though it was quite a few months ago, I hope she finds some comfort in knowing that those photo's are being put to good use.
Ah, homework. Twist my arm! Yeah, I'm having a blast. I've been thinking a bit, about how I'm going to make myself stand out from the pack. There are tons of chick w/ gun pictures in Imagine FX. They all have hooks, some better than others. Anything from a really cool and involved back ground, to a really cool and involved character, or even a really cool and involved technique. Frazetta said it first though, he just tries to cram his paintings full of the most drama that he can. Color, value, and composition drama, all pushed to the max. That was Frazetta's hook. I try and think of that when I'm doing thumbnails. That, and what's going to be the most fun I can have. Having a story in there is all win too.
So, these are from a clothed figure class. Five minute drawings each, we were just warming up that first day. Fun stuff all over. Our model was pro, and was doing interesting stuff all day long. That's got to be hard when you have 6 hours of class time. So, school is back in full swing. I'm scrambling for work, and I've got Thumbnails for a dream homework assignment due by saturday night for my online class. I've got the best idea for it, I've got the worst idea for it. See, I hate drawing other peoples concepts for homework. There is something in me that wants the high beams of my brilliance directed at the class, unfiltered by someone else's kick ass designs. Say, if I was going to paint a mob of super assassins for instance... I'd fret about how they would all need to be my super assassins. Even if the idea is just as awesome when it's done with someone else's super assassins. •I know what I'll do.• I'll call it an homage. Problem solved. It's good to know that most of my serious creative problems can be solved with a little vocabulary. Anyway, enjoy my saucy news print.
Crazy, I'm back in the Grad program at the AAU. I'm seriously excited about it. I haven't felt this level of enthusiasm since i was a freshman here in the first place. Something about realizing a goal that I've had for a long time I guess. Also, the iron is hot, the blog has been blogged in with sketches like crazy. Almost, gasp, to the point that I don't get comments any more. Meh, it's all good. Having a ton of work online is it's own reward. Here's a 'doodle' I did on painter, I really just got carried away with the hair here. Eyelashes too. It's small, but running around all day makes for a tired guy who needs to sleep. Also, online classes with famous Illustrators are fun. If nothing else, it gives me a worthy target for my 'forum mania.'
I spent a large portion of today painting. Molecules, not digital. I've been working with this super cheep student brand of liquitex acrylic paint. It's awesome! It's so weak sauce that it never obscures my drawing underneath. The super diluted with medium paint is just what I'm looking for, I'll admit that I felt so dirty when I started buying it. I mean... I'm a paint snob. I've got a palate of Lacscaux for Pete's sake. Anyway, here's one of my mini's that I did while I was waiting for paint to dry.