Monday, May 22, 2006

The Inspirational and Uber-talented Sam Michlap









I'm oh so happy to announce that my buddy and colleague Sam Michlap has a blog!

Sam has been in the industry for about 20 years and he is by far one of the most amazing and talented guys you ever want to meet. He's a designer, painter, Art Director, Production Designer and cabinet maker extraordinaire! He's honest, direct, passionate, and above all has the greatest heart! I'm just plain damn lucky to work and know him.. He's made me a better artist cuz he keeps me reaching higher and for that I am forever grateful. Thank you Sam!!! And now you all can see what I've seen all along, the amazing and beautiful work he produces. Okay Sam, when's that book coming out!!!!!!!

Question ...

Just wondering, but does anybody using Blogger know how to fix posts so that when someone views an image to enlarge it, it doesn' automatically download it? A buddy of mine just started a blog and when you click on the image to enlarge it, a popup window appears and starts to download. Nothing wrong, but I imagine this can be quite a annoyance after awhile. BTW, he's using a mac. Does this matter? Any and all suggestions would be greatlyl appreciated!!!!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Matrix - 1840

A night at Starbucks...




What I've been doing lately is catching up on sketches and drawings I owe good folks to. I go to the nearby Starbucks, order my usual Venti Americano, and doodle. I really have no thought at all when I begin. Lately I sketch one element, like a figure, or a tree study, and I usually build out from there. It's a way of spilling out a concept and just draw for drawing's sake. Looking at these sketches again tells me that I could definitely push the focal point a bit more, especially the gladiator drawing. If you see the sketch with a blurred eye, you see a strong negative space in a circular form just between the two sparring warriors. Could definitely close up this space more with tone or light detail, so as the focal point is more on the warrior on the left. More to come...

Monday, May 15, 2006

Heads a Plenty...



Exploring various head shapes, some breaking silhouette, others exaggerating form and scale.

Friday, May 12, 2006

The Amazingly Talented RoxxyKristen...




I am so pleased to introduce RoxxyKristen. She is just freakin' amazing. One of the best character designers out there and a budding production designer to bootl. This girl is goin' places FAST!!!!!!! Please check out her blog roxxykristen.blogspot.com and be amazed!!! And yes, me likes the cookie too!! (check out the blog and you'll see why.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Y Otra ...

Scribbles ...




Again, more quick thumbs exploring compositions. Here, just exploring how to stage/render a poker game. Studies in posing, groupiing, gestures, etc. The other sketch are studies on design. What if a simple house was "junked up" with factory-like pipes and steam stacks.

Quickie thumbs ...




These are very quick thumb compositions I've been doing at my nearby Starbucks. Just throwing the concepts down. They all need another pass to tie down better compositions and staging. More to come.