Monday, 30 May 2011

Pooka, Pooka & Pooka

Finally I got my act together and put these the right way around, so here you are! Pooka character designs from the beginning (actually I have some ones that I need to post up from my sketchbook, they were my initial sketches) Then I decided to go ahead with the project, so I started this sketchbook.
So there's a couple more to come after this.
Starting to characterize... 

 Sometimes I revert back to realistic drawings when I need to get the feel of a pose.

 I also try copying other artists characters to try and get a feel for how they do it...
The wolf is Carter Goodrich's.

 I even tried left handed drawing.

 Tried out lots of different pens, paints, pencils

 I tried to go as far as I could from my normal style.

 I love typography, so I messed about with that for a good while.

 Stumbled across a nice mix of colour  (its different in real life) and went with it in Visual Studies

 Then tried to figure out what makes Pooka look like she does. So I experimented with where on the face I should place the eyes, what shape her head should be, ear to head ratio etc. Then went onto expressions.

I'm not as far along with Mica's development, so this is just a page of trying to draw characterised cats. I like the square head the best, or the one in the bottom left, 2nd row up.

I was coming to a dead end and just wanted to play that day, so I drew whatever. Discovered Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch) and drew one of his tigers.

I'm rather fond of how round Mica the cat is on this page.
(Note to my buddy Mica, it is NOT because you are round, because you aren't. 
This is merely comical)


Sunday, 29 May 2011

Rubbish Work, Some Joy & Brain Dead

Its been a really really rubbish day at work.
But here is an offering that makes me happy.
I have named him Arkanzulu.
First attempt at digital in like forever.
Thanks to a friend who helped me sort out the key functions on my graphics tablet, and helped me find the lost window of brushes on photoshop that may well change my life.

click on the images to show the correct colouring

Something else that changed my life tonight, and not for the better is having watched 'Brain Dead' by Peter Jackson. So gruesome, pretty awesome.
I watched it before but erased it from my memory.


Saturday, 28 May 2011

London Sketches, Owls & More Owls

I went to London about a month ago now, wow! that month flew by fast!
I really can't believe how time seems to be slipping through my fingers at the moment.

So yes, here's some sketches from London, if I get around to it I might post up some photos too.

Think I need to start putting some more colour in my sketchbooks again! They've gone all monochrome!
Ok, I sorted through some London photos, and here you are!
Including photos of images from the 'Images of Nature' gallery in the Natural History museum London.

 My person fave, the heron

 Me, in my natural habitat (terrible photo!)

The palm house was my absolute favorite, I thought I had died and gone back to the rainforest

Right! Next blog post we'll finally get down to the story of Pooka, and some of the character development work I've been doing.