Saturday, April 12, 2014

Planar head studies and some more sculpts

Moved on from doing skull studies to studying the simple plane head. Incredibly helpful to learn all that stuff finally instead of just winging it.  This was all spread out over roughly a month, and now I'm focusing on head abstractions and eventually a more complicated planar head.

I've also been trying to incorporate what I've learned from this stuff into the zbrush sculpting. As you can see, a certain show is back on...

Friday, March 14, 2014

Zbrush Portraits and Thoughts on Finishing

As a bit of downtime between work and atelier studies, I've been doing some zbrush sculptures to see what information is sticking and what's not. Thankfully it seems like the stuff I've learned so far is lodging itself firmly in my memory!

Features are iffy here and there on some of these, and that makes sense since I haven't done extensive studies of features yet.  But I have noticed the planar head studies paying off big time, I've become incredibly mindful of proportion and placement, and even some quirks that help out with fleshing out a head. I'll have to make a post about that soon.

I think I may be preemptive and work on some eye structure studies soon, because I've noticed myself really trying to grok how that assembles, but I'm defaulting to gut instincts on it instead of how it really looks and comes together. Looking at modern and classical sculptures' approach to eyes made me switch out my eyes three times - you'll notice that there's three varieties of eyes amongst this group, with the last being the most recent/accurate to what I want.

Something I have noticed in regards to sculpting these heads and dinosaurs, and when I think about it in regards to my 2D stuff it's the same thing - progress on a piece works a steep curve. When you first start on a project you make GREAT progress, that's why it's always exciting to block out gestures or thumbnails or rough in shapes in clay. But about midway in the curve you move from block-in to refinement and iteration, and from there on it's a finishing game.

You see what I mean? Basically you start to feel like you aren't making as much progress as you did initially, even though you're putting in the same amount of time. Eventually, if you're smart enough, you get a feel for when you're experiencing massively reduced ROI, and you consider the project done.  Sometimes a person quits earlier than they should, and sometimes a person goes for longer then they should, and risks making the work too labored. Only real way to get a feel for when it's right is to do it enough times.

One last picture. This was a hand study I just "finished." I put that in quotations because truth be told it's not near what I felt the finish should be for it, but I just ran out of steam on it. It's not a failure in the slightest, I actually pulled away a lot of great information from it that I can incorporate into my next hand study, and by doing so I can get further along the curve before I start to feel the spinning wheels effect.

Monday, February 24, 2014

New stuff!

WOW. So a bit like clockwork I trail off on posting during the holidays then need to get back into the swing of it.  So here's some news and art in order of oldest to most recent:

My first resin kit is now available!  I was incredibly excited when Dan of Dan's Dinosaurs contacted me asking if I'd be interested in producing my T. rex model as a resin kit.  That was a big goal of mine when I started to do sculpting fairly regularly, and within the span of 7 months from seriously starting it I accomplished it.  You can pick up the model at either finished or unfinished.

I'm currently finishing out my next dinosaur release, Nasutoceratops.  I'm right now finalizing my pose choices, and it should be released in the next month or so if all goes smoothly.  Here are some fancy renders of it with a paintjob! First for my models, was quite pleased.

I'm currently enrolled online at the Watts Atelier! It's exciting to be able to finally set myself on the path of learning how to paint traditionally, which has been a long term goal of mine for quite some time. These are some early skull/head studies, but there's more to come and I plan to document most of my growth.

Annnnd speaking of heads, here's a recent head study.  It's clear that my skull studies are already paying off a bit, at least to me.

So here's to a new year of growth and progress! Expect more to come!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Amargasaurus now available on Shapeways!

Currently very busy with work, atelier classes, and a move into a permanent house, but I wanted to mention that the Amargasaurus models are now available on Shapeways in 1/40 scale and 1/72 scale!  You can view them by visiting my shop (link is in the right hand column.)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Something I dug out of my hard drive two weeks ago...

Found this to show to a friend who asked about it - I did this waaaay back in April-May of 2008 as part of my Senior Project for SCAD.  The poem was written and narrated by my friend Ben, while I laid out the storyboards and designed characters, settings, and props.

I even did a maquette for the main troll in this, and I think it was one of my first attempts at sculpting in Chavant.

It's rough in a some spots here and there, but I think the general feel is pretty good still, and some of the sight gags got a chuckle out of me after looking at this again. If I ever wanted to revisit it I'd love to do a new pass on the boards and see what could be improved.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Finished penciling the short story...

I squared some free time away recently to finish up penciling this short story and make a few tweaks to some of the panels I wasn't pleased with.  Now to letter and ink it!

Click on any of the images to see a larger version.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Playing Catch-up...

Realized that it's been ages since I've posted anything on here, so here's what I've been doing lately - This big guy is about to go into production real soon, so I'll have more details when that's available.

And here's some recent doodles and two more comic pages.  Just two more to go!