Sunday, January 18, 2015

Atelier Studies

These are from the end of 2014 - going back through to get passed on Head Phase 1 now that the guild system is implemented at Watts, plus it's been helpful to revisit this stuff and see how much better I am after taking some of the higher courses.

Conte on newsprint.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Back to the grindstone

As it's become painfully aware each year, holidays are terrible for me when it comes to productivity and keeping up with stuff. So like clockwork, at the start of a fresh new year I need to play a bit of catchup and get back into the swing of things.  So let's start!

I just came back from a trip to London and Paris for the holiday with family, and it was a blast.  Prior to the trip I picked up Graphic L.A., so throughout my time there I was trying to incorporate some of those thought processes in the book into my landscape sketching while we walked about.  There's some successes here and there, and some flubs, but I like the exercise and I'll probably continue it.

Done with ballpoint, pentel brush pen, and markers (kept to one value at first, then opened up to a light and dark value.)

Thursday, October 9, 2014


Been doing inktober, so I'll probably post drawings at the halfway mark of October.   BUT! In the meantime here are some recent things from the easel! Head studies!  One of these is a study of Francis Vallejo.  It's probably the one that looks obviously a cut above the rest because I'm borrowing his eyes instead of relying on mine. Also, it says "After Francis Vallejo" on it, so...yeah.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Nasutoceratops Available NOW!

Finished paint job done by the ever talented Martin Garratt

Finished paint job by Martin Garratt

I'm so excited to finally announce that my Nasutoceratops model is now available as my SECOND resin kit!  This time the guy is in 1:15 scale, which gives him a whopping 13" in a neutral pose (the above pose, which the model is in, is about 10" from the two farthest points")  I've been really happy with how this came out, from the initial sculpt to the final finished paint job that was done for it.

Like the T. rex, you can purchase the kit either unfinished and unassembled or finished over at Dan's Dinosaurs. This is Dan's 7th exclusive model for his site (with my rex being no. 6!)  I can't wait to get my copy in the mail and go to town on it!

Unfinished Nasutoceratops model
Finished Nasutoceratops model

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Digital Sketchbook pages

I keep a digital file that's pretty much a digital sketchbook that I use to try out some different photoshop stuff, doodle ideas, and just generally fulfill the same purpose my physical sketchbook does for me.  This stuff is from the past several months, so some of it has been seen elsewhere, but others I haven't posted before!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Cast Studies

While I've been on the hunt for a cast of a bust to draw from in person, I've been doing studies of marble busts from photos taken by the MET and put up on their online archive.  It's been a great boon since the lighting in them is very good and accentuates the forms of the statues incredibly well.

Right now I'm finding I have trouble depicting the soft forms of female heads, and I suspect most of it has to do with my edge control - Jeff Watts pointed out that I'm leaning towards mostly hard edges for my mapping and all that, so I need to become much more conscious of my edge variance and work more soft, firm, and lost edges into it to help bring the drawings to the next level.  So that's my goal for the time being!

Monday, July 28, 2014

More feature studies and a self portrait drawing!

Here's some of my remaining feature studies, plus a shadow map self-portrait! Lately my studying is involving cast drawing so I've been looking for sources to get some of those at a fair price.