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April 4, 2011

Daily Sketch – April 4th, 2011

Things quickly went wrong with this Monday morning sketch. While I had fun with it after awhile it was initially a rough start to my week. ~30 minutes


April 3, 2011

Daily Sketch – April 3rd, 2011

I’ll likely continue work on this one a bit, as I think it might serve as a good rough for a painting. First step would be to feminize that hand on the girls shoulder.  In comics illustration those ‘x”s are typically used to denote areas where the inker should paint full black. Here I’m just making X’s. ~45 minutes


March 31, 2011

Daily Sketch – March 31st, 2011

If you’re curious as to why many of the figures are kneeling, crouching, and overall sort of scrunched up (OR missing part of their legs) it’s because I’m working on a very small sketchpad and trying to fit an entire figure into the ‘frame’. I only bring this up because it’s just occurred to me. ~60 minutes


Daily Sketch – March 31st, 2011

Still trying to get more dynamic poses down on paper.


March 30, 2011

March 29th – 30th, 2011

I meant to go back to this one and more clearly define the chicken/snake creature she’s fighting. The big dark blobs on either side of her is marker bleed-through from the opposite side of the page (you can see the reverse image in the drawing above). I like how the face turned out.


March 29, 2011

Daily Sketch – March 29th, 2011


March 28, 2011

Daily Sketch – March 28th, 2011

Ugh not a good way to start the week. While I would welcome the opportunity to blame this on one of my pens starting to run dry, really that center face just went to hell quickly and despite my best efforts to invoke a Charlie’s Angel’s thing here, it didn’t save the overall sketch. Stupid Mondays.


Linear Dead Space

A great deal of my enthusiasm for video games can be traced to my overall belief that they have the potential to someday communicate narrative-based experiences better then any other form of popular media. And while multiplayer, co-operative play and the internet at-large have radically changed how people share in the gameplay experience, it’s with an interest in the evolution of storytelling that I continue to study, play and create games. With that focus in mind, this month I’m at long-last jumping into the broad world of Dead Space.

 

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I’ve tried to get into the survival horror genre, but the gameplay mechanics have always bothered me; my characters feet act as if they’re made of lead while their arms are overly sensitive and I always wind up pointing the gun / knife / chainsaw at the sky instead of at the advancing zombie. What little I played of 2008’s Dead Space Dismemberment Demo allowed me to navigate just fine, but I still couldn’t figure out how to actually kill anything. Choosing to keep my distance from the horrifying creatures that scuttled at me from dark corners I fought back with a handgun, but shooting the body had no apparent effect, head shot’s were difficult thanks to the enemies skillful dodging abilities, and I died frequently. On top of this there had been no introductory text or movie to explain what was happening. Frustrated, confused, and thoroughly creeped out I deleted the demo after two attempts.

Several years on and the world of Dead Space has grown to include comic books, two movies and a planned novelization. When gameplay footage for Dead Space 2 was released late last year I found that people were somehow freezing enemies before strategically hacking off their limbs. This looked like a decent strategy. I asked a friend if this was an option in the first game.

“You mean stasis?” He asked.

“I guess yeah. Freezing the enemies, shooting their limbs off before they jump all over you.” I said.

“Yeah, thats stasis.” he said. “That’s how you play the game.”

So. Apparently I had avoided a game that 1) was firmly embedded in one of my favorite narrative genre’s (space horror), 2) busily expanding it’s storyline beyond games to include comics and novels, and 3) was by all accounts awesome.

This oversight must be remedied. To that effect I’ve made some calls, knocked on a few doors, and finally this week have acquired the following horde of transmedia entertainment;

  • Dead Space – the comic mini-series (issues 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 of 6)
  • Dead Space: Downfall (feature length animated prequel to Dead Space the game)
  • Dead Space: Extraction (a rail-shooter prequel to Dead Space the game)
  • Dead Space (the PS3 game)
  • Dead Space: Aftermath (feature length animated sequel to Dead Space the game)
  • Dead Space 2 (the PS3 game)

This weekend I’m jumping in, and will be moving through the narrative in as linear a fashion as possible.

 


March 25, 2011

Daily Sketch – March 25th, 2011

Likes: I think the legs and posterior turned out fine. I like the highlights in the hair as well, though most of them had to be applied with a white pencil after I initially went waaay to dark with the pen.I also like how the shoulder muscle is interacting with the back.

Dislikes: Whoo. Well the arms and back are much too long, the elbows are not good and I only have a vague idea of which muscles in the back would be doing what. Also that hand is a mess, though I wasn’t really focusing on that too much.

Overall I need to get more specific with the musculature.

 

 

 

 

 


March 24, 2011

Daily Sketch – March 24th, 2011


March 22, 2011

Daily Sketch – March 22rd, 2011

Not a fan of this one. She was supposed to be running. Instead she kind of looks stumbling drunk.


March 21, 2011

Daily Sketch – March 21st, 2011


Daily Sketch – March 20th, March 21st, 2011

Still playing with drawing wet hair. I like how this one turned out – the hand on the right was an absolute disaster for a minute there but I think I turned it around.


March 18, 2011

Daily Sketch – March 18th, 2011

I get a huge kick out of line art, and for that reason mummies are one of my favorite things to draw. This was completed with a Staedtler pigment liner pen (0.7) for the dark lines / values, a Pigma Micron pen (0.1) for the fine lines, and my ever-present Prismacolor Premier marker (cool gray 30%).

 


March 17, 2011

Daily Sketch – March 17th, 2011

Fish woman! I like drawing wet hair, which is something I need to 1) do more of, and 2) get better at.

 


March 16, 2011

Pharmacy auto-interface concept

This is a test post, you know, just to try things out. The above image was completed in Adobe Photoshop using a Wacom tablet. Part of a portfolio piece depicting a fully automated medicine shop. I didn’t end up using this particular version, but instead went with…. this one;

And I liked the character so much I decided to alter the image again to use on my website’s front-page.

 


March 14, 2011

Daily Sketch – March 14th, 2011

meh. I kind of like where I was going with the shoulder pads on the lady in the lower left but this was not a stellar Monday morning sketch.


March 4, 2011

Daily Sketch – March 4th, 2011


March 3, 2011

Daily Sketch – March 3rd, 2011


February 23, 2011

Daily Sketch – February 22nd, February 23rd, 2011

Character development for a project I’m calling Carter Electric. More updates to come on this topic.