Wednesday, November 02, 2011

More Sci-Fi Environments

Finally had some time to finish the third page of these! Had to cut it into 3 pieces:

Here's what the whole page looks like in one piece, in case you're curious. It's drawn on 14x17" Canson Newsprint.

Been pretty busy with client work and baby care. Tomorrow I'm working on character designs for an animated project... hopefully I'll be able to do more of these soon.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sci-Fi Environments

Got this one to where I could post it - as usual, paid work gets done before personal work! Another big page of environment sketches, broken into two pieces:

The bottom one of the first image looks a little generic but that's not always bad. I like the other 3 more, though. The vertical one I'm giving the lofty title "Cititram Approaches the Imperial Museum of Space Flight & Exploration." The hexagonal pattern in the sky was where I did a quick rough of what a giant dome ceiling would look like - maybe this is on Trantor. But it's not worth the time to lay out an accurate geodesic dome on paper, since I can make one in 3D and layer it in. Anyway, getting better. Starting another page immediately. 

I guess once I have enough of these I'll put up a poll and let you guys pick which one(s) I should go to paint on, what do you think?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Environment & Ship sketches

Last few days I've been sketching on paper to reset and review, as I continue my quest to drastically improve my personal portfolio. First a few environments:
Then 3 quick ships:

There are problems with all of these, some more obvious than others Just trying to set problems for myself in all the many aspects of concept work - design & design language, drawing technique, composition, work output per time available, and more. As I keep doing these they'll get more ambitious in terms of technical difficulty and also trying to really focus on doing better, more interesting design. So as I keep going I'll be addressing the problems I see in these and trying to improve.

I'm doing these on 14x18 Canson newsprint with a 30% Cool Gray Prisma marker and my HiTec-C pens; these are all on one sheet which is too big for my scanner. I'm using the low-quality paper because it helps me remember to relax and just draw and not be too serious or tense about it. It's just a sketch, and I've got my scanner to capture anything that comes out really well.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New concept painting

About 2 hours total work in Painter and then Photoshop. I used a couple of different techniques, first some custom-shaped brushes in Painter, then comped in one of my other recent paintings to add texture, color, light and random shapes to try to "see something in the clouds." That technique is from Feng Zhu's recent YouTube tutorial. In this case it turned into an android or maybe a large mech (I didn't put in anything to show scale) in some wreckage.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sketch Plus Scalzi

Hey, long time no blog! Here's a new sketch I did recently, working from John Scalzi's novel The Android's Dream (with his permission of course).

Glar-Class Destroyer ideas - pen on paper
It's a couple of ideas of a spaceship described in the book called the "Glar-Class Destroyer," a ship that in the overall Galactic course of things is a mid-level military vessel, but which related to Earth's starfleet represents an overwhelming, unbeatable threat.

The larger drawing is how the ship appeared in my head when I first read the book. The smaller drawing resulted from me looking at the first one and saying to myself, "hmm, that's pretty cool, but y'know, I think it could look more dangerous, more sinister. It's supposed to be striking terror into the Earth ships that might have to confront it." So I tried another pass looking to make it much scarier. I think it works, it looks much more likely to try to devour you when it attacks. I'd be pretty unhappy to see that pop out of subspace if I were playing Star Trek Online or something.

If you follow me at all, you know I've done some work for John over the past few years. All that work has been done over the Internet and by phone, with us never meeting in person. Happily, John's on a book tour for his new Fuzzy Nation novel and made a stop here in LA, so I was able to go to his appearance at Barnes & Noble and finally meet him. Since I'd just done it, I gave him the original of this drawing! Here's pix, so you know it happened... heh!

it's a handshake deal
"It came from inside my brain!"
Was great to meet John! Hope someday to be able to hang out for a while longer and get some Double-Doubles (Animal Style of course)! (photos by Mrs. Z)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Walking Scout Vehicle

Trying to get back into a sketching rhythm:

Walking Scout: pen & marker on paper
Just a quick little vehicle thing, following the Doug Chiang/Feng Zhu process.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Modeling a Sukhoi-17 in Blender

Here's a couple shots of the model I've been working on, an old Soviet Sukhoi-17 attack fighter:

Su-17 flat color render

Su-17 partial texture render
I'm pretty happy with this model, it went pretty quickly. I have some good reference, some really comprehensive 1/72 scale model ortho drawings that I found online, so it was pretty easy to build "tracing" over those images. The texture paint is a very quick rough out using my first try at UV Unwrapping, which I need to learn more about. The particular method I used stretches the pixels along the top and bottom centerlines, so I need to figure out a better way.

OK bedtime. I'll update this again soon.