Monday, April 25, 2011

Drink and Draw!

The Canvas Art Bar & Bistro in NW Portland has a great event every Monday. Drink & Draw. Good drinks and food while the Bar supplies a model dressed in cool costumes. A must for anyone who has been jonesing for a figure drawing session.

New High Score

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Rumor Mill

A series of sketches I did for my friends collection of Umbrella Academy character sketches.
This is The Rumor.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Evolution of a Pin up

First I start with a rough figure drawing. It actually starts rougher than this. But this is the earliest saved version I have. In this stage I am trying to get the pose I want, and the general shape of the figure.

After I have decided that I like the shape I try to slowly work in some of the detail, and add a bit of weight to the drawing. Here I have started playing with adding the helmet. I have a really difficult time drawing hats, and helmets.

A big jump here to giving our heroine the rest of her gear, pfd, and her skirt. The helmet is getting more dialed in, and a few lines represent her rash guard and shorts. This is where I start to add details like her face, it takes a bit of experimenting to get the proportions right. I've also started to add a touch of shading, to establish a light source.

My next step is to outline the drawing, this cleans it up, and allows me to give it the slick look I want this piece to have.

I continue now with adding line weight to the outline, and my heavy dark areas.

I have a few kayaks around the house, so I use my new favorite as a reference for this illustration.

After I have completed the drawing to a cleaned up state, I change it into vector art so that I can easily manipulate the colors.

Some of the only restrictions I had with this illustration was I could only use 3 colors, including a background color. Here, I've tried to make three colors seem like more than that. And I've added a touch of shading, to further convey a light source.

Lastly, I add my text. I'm not as strong of a typographer as I am an illustrator. But I'm reasonably happy with the results here. In this stage I also utilize a few geometrical design elements to give the illustration a bit more pop, and more of a complete design feel, instead of just a drawing. I wanted it to convey a 50's pin-up feel. I think I got it pretty good. I hope you've enjoyed seeing this illustration evolve!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Patrol Z unused page

The final draft of the first unused pg. of Patrol Z

Patrol Z roughs

I like to show the process of my drawings. Here are the digital roughs I did for the project that evolved into the Patrol Z campaign used by WELD Media

Friday, April 8, 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Patrol Z - The Motion Comic

This is the final product for Patrol Z

Patrol Z Storyboards

I had the extreme pleasure of working with Weld Media recently on a project near and dear to my heart. It was both comics and outdoors related. I was commissioned to create the visuals for the world of PATROL Z. A team of young adults who use their knowledge of technology and love of the outdoors and being active to increase awareness among their peers and get kids outside into nature. It is a unique idea to combine the fast paced world of technology with the values of being at one with nature. An idea I am proud to have contributed to.