Sunday, August 29, 2010

General Tranny Elf

Collab between me and Norab.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

First Cut Is the Deepest

Your satisfaction with your art, and happiness in your life depends on your expectations. Sometimes, high expectations actually impede your progress, so you must learn to find balance and be like water.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Hide yo kids, Hide yo wife

Does anyone want to buy a full size Ikea loft bed?

You're drawing life. Your drawings need to be alive.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Breaking 80

I've developed a perfect program for concept artists. Behold:

1. Scott Robertson to learn rendering from imagination and inner workings of light. Also trains your brain to see values.

2. Burne Hogarth's butt men to practice rendering complex forms from imagination.

Step one. Cut a hole in the box:

Step two. Put your junk in that box:

(it's like he's got two different lights on him. and neither of them works like a real light.)

3. Copying Charles Bargue's drawing course to practice rendering, and train your eye for classical design.

(really messed this one up. the foot is way too tall. It should really take more than 40 mins)

4. Life drawing. Duh.

If your aim is characters, then this course is for you. If you want a more wholesome experience, throw in some still life, plein air and master studies interchanged with the bargues and life drawing respectively.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Half-Assed Return

Clinton Street Baking Company impression. 40 mins = unfinished. Had to eat breakfast while doing it. Forgive me if these look dark. My monitor done uncalibrated himself.

It doesn't matter what method you use, what brushes or what tricks you try to pull to draw things that look pretty. It's all about how your brain sees the things in front of you. That's why a great artist will be great in any medium.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Daily Sketches!

I wanna be the very best... like no one ever was. But first I need to get values right.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Daily Sketches?

I'm still afraid of actually rendering and I don't know how to simplify plants and objects...Which is pretty necessary for environments. Stay tuned. Two hours.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Finding Motivation

I don't want to rise to the top badly enough. My drive is still in infancy. At this stage I still need external influences such as life drawing classes, contests, web activities and such to continue pushing and improving. It'll be tough to start the machine again once I get back from vacation.

When you get mad at things not going right, or somebody being a dumbass, you're really getting mad at yourself for reacting to external forces in a certain way.

Your organs, especially your brain could sure use a rest, albeit every once in a while.

It sure is a little funny how all the terrible content that Disney releases are in part what allows Pixar movies to exist.

...Daily Sketches?....Question Mark?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Everything Can Be Simplified

There is nothing remarkable about it, but I was learning until I got tired.

Monday, August 16, 2010


Should I keep going with concept art and get better at drawing or make a story portfolio and apply to animation studios for a job? I think the choice is clear..

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Belated One-Year Anniversary Report

The ones I did mid-last summer took about 40 minutes, as far as I remember. The ones I did yesterday took no more than 15.

Fine, I'll show you my other sketches from yesterday because I'm so proud of them.

Friday, August 13, 2010


Finally when I close my eyes I see pencil lines and not video game characters. I really can't stop drawing because I'm riding such an unexpected wave of getting better. Finally I understand how people can spend so much time doing this. If I weren't going down south on Sunday, I would have probably become the next Michelangelo.

Do your life drawing, kids. Grayscale = tens, Colours = twenties.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Brain Parachute.

My first plein-air painting, inspired by Dice Tsutsumi. More to come. For some reason the models didn't have skin on their faces today... It's that kind of Wednesday. ugh.

This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the life drawing i've been doing though. I'm just too lazy to scan it in.

Monday, August 9, 2010


Just some studies for now. What are the for? I don't know.... Maybe you'll see tomorrow. I nailed my all-star brush line-up today. I can pretty much do anything with the ones I picked. But we'll see.

Trying to stop looking forward and regretting the past.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Livula (Live Large)

Live like you have nothing to do and you will get everything done.

Picking dust up from the floor, waiting for the F train and cutting your fingernails are as much a part of life as painting, eating peanut butter ice cream sandwiches and playing Starcraft II.