Thursday, December 20, 2012

Its been a good first semester

Just today, tomorrow, then I will be done with my first semester of TAD. I have to say I learned a lot, have had good classmates, and wonderful teachers to push me. I can't wait for the next semester to start so that I can learn even more. Luckily though with this break, it provides lots of opportunity to jam in what I learned in school (especially the areas I had lots of trouble with).

So figure drawing is done. I still have lots that can be improved on. I'm still unsure if its the material or way of thinking. Quite a few had similar problems where its hard to change what you made when using nu pastel. I know that better materials don't make better art. So what I might want to do is start looking more and putting down less. 

The other thing I need to start working on is a focal point. I'm doing the whole study thing correctly but my drawings could be so much stronger if they looked interesting. 

20-25 minutes

Another 25 minute one.

2 minutes each.

Linear perspective class was definitely the one that taught me alot of rules I did not know. This final definitely came out better than any drawing of a room from imagination that I've done in my life. I put in some good time with this one like all classes. But after looking at it for a long time, I just see a lot of the flaws. So I decided to finish and just move on to the next thing.

Rough final. I like the lines
My attempt at cleaning this drawing up. I don't know
if it completely works.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

One more week to go

I'm on my second to last week here at TAD for foundations 1. I have to say its been a journey and I have only just cracked at the first part. 

The final version to my sketchbook project about impact. I did two different versions because I wanted to try different compositions, value structure, story. Originally I was going to push this further into maybe a comic but I think I will flop while I'm still ahead. Critique had a comment about unoriginality where humans try to use a resource created by an alien for their gain. I was looking more into the psychology of humans how they will abuse, be distrust worthy, and steal any friendly companionship making them the monsters. But eh whatever, I'll come up with something else.

Diggers looking for some bones to munch on.

Scientist hopes to use the crystal the diggers make and possibly
reverse death.


Tried a different approach, I want to get better with ink.

Photography had to do with depicting my studio. This was a tough one because I didn't want to just take a picture, I wanted to think about this a little bit. So I put the cup in there to kind of show the need to have it as if its a tool. I swear I cant get the energy needed sometimes to work without it. The second idea came from showing interesting lighting. I experimented and found a nice result. The picture looks like a warm glowing sun however its a 60 exposure at night. The light is from the streets outside.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

I need to get back on track

Time for a bit of an overload. I think coming back from break has made me a little sluggish. Its also a bit of a hassle sometimes. Never the less, I have lots to show. On a side note though, I think starting this week I will do reviews of books/animation/objects I have that might be useful. Not to mention restart up my tumblr. While I think of those ideas, take a look at all the stuff i have in this post.

The first on the list is the photography assignment of missing. I had a lot to show but I think this is one of my favorite. Its funny, most of my staged photos looked not as good as just a random sign I found. Sometimes its hard to realize that trying really hard does not always mean good results.

You can't just stage this. Maybe thats why its successful.
Keep an eye out for everything. I must carry my camera everywhere.

The sketchbook assignment was to find something that was impacted. I have to tell you its hard when I seen so much over the summer and not much now. But what I did findwas ComEd's construction going on. There was a patch of ground dug up. The next part was imagining what did it. I found that a back hoe probably created the problem, but I could go into the realm of fantasy. So my story is an alien that searchs for bones to be absorbed so they can become more individualized and attract a mate.

I tried to improve upon the process from the last creature assignment. These were late sadly, so I can only go on by a personal critique.

Thumbnails to start out. 

This time I tried more iterations with details.

The first rendered iteration, good but not great.

I took the basic concepts from the image above and rework the silhouette.

This had a lot of cool rhythm.

Second rendered iteration. I'm getting there.

Over the weekend, I did some figure drawing past the assignment. I feel like doing this is definitely helping at my observational skills at least via a picture. I would definitely like to mix this with observational skills from real life. However while my measurements and details are getting better, I start to lose the basic light/shadow groupings. This is probably what i'm going to focus on for the rest of the semester. Its been brought up in critique for almost the past month. I'm trying but I think I need to just really focus on only that.
2 hours total using nu-pastel.