Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hey, More Sketches!

While I continue my deliberate absence from Internet Social Media (so as to avoid distractions that eat my time), I'm still sketching stuff. Here's three that I finished in the last week:

Scout/Recon VTOL:
Alien Scoutship:
and Patrol Shuttle:
All done on paper with pens and markers. The first two were done by taking a couple of the tiny tiny thumbnail spaceship sketches that I did quite a while ago, which are only maybe an inch across:
(click for actual size, 72dpi)
Scaled them up to fit 8.5x11 in Photoshop. For the Scout, I grayed the drawing back to 50% and printed it out, then traced over it with 10% marker on good marker layout paper; for the Alien, I changed the drawing to a light blue line, faded it back super-light, then printed out on regular paper. From there I did more work with 10% marker and then went to the Pilot pens.

For Patrol Shuttle, I took a 10% marker and just made a bunch of random squiggles and lines on a sheet of paper. Then I took a 30% marker and went back over it, picking out shapes and lines that caught my eye. It stared looking like some kind of vehicle so I rolled with that and eventually got this.

These were fun! I'm gonna grab a few more of the tiny sketches and keep going. I've got a lot of them that I think look pretty cool.



Monday, October 04, 2010

Another Sketch

In today's sketch, looks like I'm channeling my teacher Feng Zhu; here's the Missile Corvette:

Long hood + short deck = muscle car, so "corvette" (also a coastal defense ship smaller than a frigate but larger than a cutter) seemed appropriate.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Frustration? Draw, Draw, Draw.

I've been kinda frustrated lately, artistically, creatively. I'm not doing enough of my own stuff; my comic has stalled and between my commercial work and taking care of our son (which is pretty awesome, but of course it's time-consuming) I just have been antsy and struggling in my mind.

If you're an artist, you can't struggle in your mind. You have to work it out on paper, or whatever medium you're most - or sometimes, least - comfortable with. For now, I'm going back to root, familiar things:  concept sketches on paper with pen and markers. Figure I'll share, ya?

Sci-Fi Tank:


Twin Fusion Test Ship prepares for launch:

Super Slot Racer:

All done with Hi-Tec C pens, Prisma and Copic Wide markers, white Prisma pencil and gouache for hilites. Old school style, no Photoshopping except to sharpen as they're rezzed down. All the warts are there.

Trying to do one of these every day, but practical concerns kinda make it every couple of days. Are these design genius? No, they're feeling very "student" to me, but they're a decent start. Gotta dump all the crap out of my head to get to the good stuff, it takes a while.