Sunday, December 20, 2009

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

The other day I was watching the MST3K episode of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. I started doodling this guy in Photoshop. I'm continuing to work on it, but wanted to display some progress with it. So far I'm happy with what I've done.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Caricature Class

This fall I took a ten week caricature drawing and painting class at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Arts (LAAFA). It was a really enjoyable class and I feel like I was scratching the surface. John Quinn was the instructor and he's a super talented guy. One thing that I did realize while taking the class is that I still have a lot to learn with painting. I signed up for a Color Design class starting in January at Art Center. I believe this class will help me out with my painting skills and I hope to take John's class again sometime later this year.

So here are some of the pieces I made in the class:

This was the last drawing of my first day in the class.

These two are from the second day. I feel like I was definitely improving.

I was really struggling exaggerating this guy. This was the last drawing of the night. I know it looks like a Hirschfeld drawing, but I'm really proud of it.

Another drawing I'm proud of.

This was a tonal drawing, just using black and white conte.

This was my first painting in the class and I feel like the most successful of the four I made. Probably because I was using a limited palette.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Card

I created our Christmas Card this year. Here's some of the development I did just for the card. I'll post the final card as soon as I start mailing it out (I know I'm such a tease)

Early thumbnails. Originally I was going to set it in a winter scene (the people surrounding the thumbnails are just doodles).

I had an epiphany and set it on the sunny Southern California beach instead. This is still rough, but it's coming together.

Rebecca suggested changing the snowman into a sand castle.

Here are some rough drawings of just the kids in the card. The boy is a caricature of me. The girl is a caricature of Rebecca. The boy building the sand castle is a caricature of our roommate, Shep.

This is my final rough. Stay tuned for the final card... or maybe just look in your mailbox :D .


Last week was my last day of my caricature class at LAAFA (my instructor, John Quinn, is considering calling it "Creative Portraiture" the next time he teaches the class).
I learned a great deal taking that class and I'm thinking about taking it again in the future. Here are some sketches I did outside of class, but were clearly influenced with what I had learned. I plan on posting some of my better drawings and paintings that I created in class on my blog within the next week.

Christmas Posts

Here are a bunch of heads I created for my Dummy character for the short I'm reworking