Friday, December 3, 2010

Emotions and What's the Catch now available!

Just got my copies of the two books that I worked on earlier this year (work in progress links are here, here, here, here, and here)More links as to where it's available and so, soon. (but my kid just woke up so I have to go for now...)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Chrsitmas Card 2010

Good morning, here are some ruffs for this year's family Christmas card...
Santa shushing a T-rex, what could be better than that? Other than the t-rex looking really lame, of course.Better t-rex, now to fix my man, Santa.
Final line drawing...with presents! My son saw and yelled, "Santa!" 'must be doing something right.Under painting, first pass.
Detail: in progress.
more in progress. Almost done now, would have been done if I remembered to save BEFORE my son found the off switch on the power strip to my computer. (This week's lesson: SAVE OFTEN)Almost there...almost there.
...Aaand here is the final. What do you think? The plan (at least) will be for each hard copy card to be personalized for the kids of each recipient. Want one? Do I have your address? Send me an email so I know. Merry Christmas! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Perspective Drawing: One Point Cube




Drawing a cube is the most basic way of describing concepts of One Point Perspective (1pp). See Perspective Drawing Basics for more information.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Perspective Drawing: Basics

From my class handouts, hope it is useful to you. Click on images for larger version.



Next time; one(1) Point Perspective notes, stay tuned...

Monday, June 21, 2010

What's the Catch? Part 2

Hi! Well, all the images have been created for this project. The last stages of edits and redos are among us, so this thing ("What's the Catch: How to Avoid Being Influenced and Manipulated") should be ready for press very soon. Here are some more images from this project. The cast page, with just some of the charactersappearing in the book. All of the books in this series have a cast page but this is the first that really gets to feature more than just a few characters. this book was fun because it allowed me to work many different races and still stay relative true to the clothing styles of contemporary high school students. There were limits, I couldn't get too mod or gangsta or goth and I couoldn't explore some other styles but the publisher did loosen the reigns a bit for this book.
The cover. I came up with a lot of ideas for this including a chalkboard touting the "Catch of the day" but it wasn't working with the interior concept or copy.
Kids saying "no". Oh the possibilities, but deadlines allowed just the above and the two that follow in the end.





This got edited out as it didn't quite work with the concept.





The above illustrates the concept of giving something or somebody an inch and then having to give up a mile. If you let a camel stick his head in your tent, soon it will find its way all of the way inside, leaving your with no room or no tent.
Following those who claim to be leaders.

(A quick color attempt. All of these b/w spots are giving me color envey.)
This illustrates the idea that people tend to follow those who are on display or have material things of higher value. The publisher notes suggested a peacock struting around with a bunch of peahens fawning after him. Actually the peahen usually gets to choose from the group of adoring peacocks who all struggle to get teh best spot for the peahen to see them display. If you've ever seen this behavior at a zoo or elsewhere, you'd know the peahen doesn't appear to care at all for all the attention the crazy males are showing her.
The human version is below but, alas, was cut from the book.
The three shoppers. they are basically hanging at the throuoghout the entire book.They were supposed to look like they have been hooked and were ready to buy whatever it was that caught their fancy-pushing eachother out of the way to do so, but it sort reads like they are responding to a Chippendales show or something.

Nothing like drawing a kid crying...
...if you're fool enough to try to take away ahis favorite toy.
Black Friday...the moments before the doors to the stores open.
Volunteering at the soup kitchen.


being shown the pricey stuff by the sales staff...

...to make the sale with the cheeper stuff.


If you want something, ask for the moon, when the person you ask freaks out, ask for someting tiny instead and it won't seem like a big deal and you'll probably get what you're looking for.
Think before you buy.
And you won't get hooked. Thanks for stopping by, more images soon.