Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I have in my drafts folder a rather lengthy blog post detailing why exactly I've been away for so long, what I've been up to, and what the future holds for me. This is obviously not that post. It's still gestating in the drafts folder, while I chip away at the work that has been occupying almost all of my time.
Instead, please accept a few car sketches. While I'm no longer drawing or painting as much, I try to keep myself as practiced as I can possibly can, and take at least 15-30 minutes in a day to sketch or draw something. I don't sketch cars or vehicles a lot, so I thought I'd expand my visual vocabulary in that area.
I promise to do my best to write more soon.
Posted by Ryan at 10:37 AM
Monday, February 11, 2013
Been a while since I've drawn anything so I felt the need to bust out something just for fun. A ronin that took a little less than an hour? I painted the face in a little bit but then got tired of it. Shades of Toshiro Mifune, though I didn't start out with him in mind.
The signature on the lower right is something I wanted to try out. It's my last name spelled in Korean, though I've sure my handwriting must look atrocious. I wrestled with the idea of signing my name in Korean, but the truth is I'm not clever enough to really come up with anything original, so I'll happily appropriate another culture's writing for now.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Aissa was judging Project Citizen last Saturday in the University of Makati. I listened to some of teh student pitches then decided to take a look around the campus to see if there was anything worth sketching. The campus itself is pretty impressive for a city university. except for the fact that mayor Binay had his paws all over it, in the form of stylized Bs on all of the staircase and window grills. Candidate for worst epal? Anyway this giant tree in the middle of the campus caught my attention, because it was obviously spared during the midst of constructing the University. It's stands out beautifully, if a little lonely, in the middle of the campus.
Sundays we alternate between my folks and Aissa's. Last weekend was at Aissa's, and I've recently taken to walking around the Aguirre street area, looking for interesting things to sketch. The South has a surprisingly large foreign community, with many Koreans and Japanese but also Europeans as well. This leads to very unique restauratns like this Japanese barbecue place, which wouldn't look out of place on the outskirts of Osaka or Kyoto.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I'm writing this post with a rather bittersweet feeling, because I'm now officially off the Trade Frontiers Project. With me back on Prison Architect there our schedules just didn't work out but I wish Chris Brind and co. the best for their game and I'll make sure to post about their Kickstarter project once it's announced. I had a lot of fun with this piece, as surprisingly it's one of the few science fiction artworks that I've ever made. I was thinking about turning this into a tutorial piece but frankly I'm just too lazy to write a decent tutorial so I'll just go step by step and talk about my thought process along the way.
This was the first rough sketch I made based on the large thumbnail from the previous post.
I colored the original sketch blue to make it easier to trace over it with cleaner lines.
I make two important changes here. I noticed that the sizes of my images (namely the signal officer and the docking ship, did not help convey a sense of perspective and size very well. I moved the officer to the center and enlarged him and made the ship a little smaller as well to highlight the distance between them.
Laid down flat colors.
Painted some texturing.
More texturing, and some shadows. Getting near the end here.
Final image. The last big change I made here was the decision to turn the yellowish planet into a blue one. Firstly because yellow heavenly body is too commonly thought of as being a sun, but also because the warm yellow color was very eye catching and there was a lot of tension between it and the signal officer. by turning the planet blue the eye naturally gravitates towards the officer, then diagonally upward towards the ship and the planet behind it. I also pushed the second ship farther back into the background to furhter highlight the distance between the objects in the image. And that's it! You can see a larger sized image at the start of this post, hope someone finds this useful!
Thursday, January 17, 2013
After all the preparation (in form of spaceship sketches) it was finally time to head into an actual illustration. The Brief given to me was for an image "showing an alien world with a space station in orbit and a couple of "trader" ships going about their business." I sent in the the rough thumbnails above for approval.
My client liked number 4, with the astronaut (actually I envisioned him being a signal officer, as you might see on an aircraft carrier) directing the ship in. But he also like the more circular landing bays as well. I made some more thumbnails trying to integrate the two ideas and then created a larger, more polished thumnail to use as a reference for the final image.