Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Digital image manipulation project pt. 1

We essentially have to create a character and a scene then collaborate with someone else to bring their character into our scene/our character into their scene

My character! Not too much imagination, as I draw him ALL THE FREAKING TIME, when I can't think what else to draw.

Colour is from photoshop, with a nearly-broken Intuos3. No specific shading or directional light as yet, as putting that in now will probably destroy the look when he goes in the scene.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Freak show - circus and oddity poster type studies

I thought I'd never see the beauty in typography. Super wrong.

Ringling Brothers Present: The Astounding Goat Girl - Alive!

Freakshow project - Goat Girl

I'm playing more with the actual poster layouts, components, typefaces (all hand drawn, as I refuse to do this one digitally, being something of a 'Victoriana' project. This was a speedy trial in acrylics to see how elements could be laid out, what works, what doesn't etc. etc.


Two separate doodles from random shapes in acrylic and pencil in my sketchbook that I combined for absolutely no reason at all. Quite like it, though.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Hansel Adler - Das Erstaunliche Bayerische Telekine

More freakshow poster concept stuff. This is Hansel Adler, who (according to his currently metaphorical poster) survived a fire in his home in Bavaria due to his strange telekinetic powers. Of course this is the same level of bollocks as these things always are, he is just a badly burnt German kid who uses strings to 'float' objects.

Basically one of those things that occur when there's no inspiration so you just start painting in acrylics and see what shapes appear, and then bung in some pencil. 

Do excuse me if the German is wrong, it's from a translation programme.

Freak show project - Miss Goat Eyes

Superfast study for a half-baked freak show idea, a girl with the eyes of a goat.

Acrylic in A4 Moleskine. Mmm Moleskine.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Variegated sketchdumpery

Bits and bobs from recent projects. The first is one from the 'Text as Image' brief, based around reinterpreting letterforms into images depicting visual onomatopoeia. I've posted bits before from that but I don't think this one is up:

The next project, being the first of the semester was both one of the most interesting and one of the most hideously boring projects I've ever done. Great creating a character, but hard slog to create images that somehow tell you everything you need to know about them. These bits are only sketchbook work, so don't expect to glean any information on them. All you need to know is that the first is a small girl, quirky, weird, but who ultimately fizzled out and had nothing interesting to bring to the table, so I moved on to a contrary office worker - ostracized and desperate to make friends, but always feeling a deep loathing towards people interrupting his plans.

Le Petit Femme (pencil, ink in wash pen, and watercolour)

Grumpy office guy flipping out (pens of various kinds over a photocopied version of the original inks)

Grumpy office guy in Venice (you can just about see him on the bridge). It had always been a dream of his to go, but he hated it because he spent his entire time avoiding the other tourists.

A somewhat regal looking quick acrylic sketch of him.

And an attempt at a re-imagining that didn't really stick, also in acrylic, and literally one of those paintings taking about three minutes.

And finallah - something not from either project, just a sketch from the pub for the ongoing 'keep sketching, it's a really good thing to do if you want to be an illustrator' project. I plan to do and post more of these, I just need to find the time to go out and look about. Mid-day pub denizens scare me somewhat.