The End of A Journey and the Start (and End) of a Study

I am about to submit my completed Artstation.com “The Journey” contest entry….I think I’ve done all the tweaking I care to do at this point.  I hope I win!

I think it's done...

Imagine the start of an epic journey…

Also I needed to work on painting with shapes and values, not using line work as a base as well as some practice with rendering light and shadow on clothing, so….I figured that this would be a pretty good picture to do a painting study from:
Original

Original

My Study

My Study

 

 

 

A New Journey

Here’s the 2nd update for this week:  I made big changes to my entry for the Artstation.com 2D Character Challenge, in both my overall story and the composition.  My previous composition ended up looking more like an environment illustration than a character-focused concept, so I ended up scrapping it altogether and keeping a few elements: the chimp is still going on a journey to space, the boy still has a stuffed chimp, only this time the little boy is going to space with his pet.  I pictured a dramatic scene with the astronauts walking slo-mo style towards the camera and looking off into the distance.  I have included a few iterations below:

The first try…

Cleaned up foreground with much better faces…

Cleaned up the lines some…

Added some garish base colors just because I felt like it…

And now some added values, mostly to capture the strong sunlight coming in from the left….to be continued!

Figure Studies

I apologize for the missed update from last week, but I have two posts today to make up for it!

Some figure studies below…

5 minute studies:

10 minute studies:

20 minute studies:

Just a Quick Update

I won’t bore anybody today with my fundamental studies…however I did do a little sketching for the Artstation Character Journey Contest, just to figure out how my characters might look.  Check them out!

Boy iterations and Tommy the unhappy Chimp…see earlier posts to see what the heck this is even about!

Artstation Challenge and More Fundamentals

So this week I entered the Artstation.com 2D Character Art Challenge: The Journey, seen here.

The idea is to make the viewer care, in a single image, about an epic journey that your original character is about to embark on.  So, my character is a chimpanzee named Tommy and his journey is  a mission to the moon!:)

My story: “So Long, Tommy!”
A little boy is excited to see his pet chimpanzee, Tommy off on his journey to space.  Tommy, however, is less than enthusiastic about his blastoff and is having second thoughts.  He can be seen far off screaming out the window, desperately trying to abort the mission now that he understands what’s about to happen.  The boy is oblivious to the chimp’s screams and waves enthusiastically, holding his stuffed chimp to comfort him in Tommy’s absence.

I started off with a moodboard to get an idea of where I wanted to go with this: While this is definitely a daunting journey, I definitely wanted a humorous feel for the piece, especially highlighting Tommy's horrified facial expression juxtaposed with the cute little boy's oblivious excitement...

I started off with a moodboard to get an idea of where I wanted to go with this:
While this is definitely a daunting journey, I definitely wanted a humorous feel for the piece, especially highlighting Tommy’s horrified facial expression juxtaposed with the cute little boy’s oblivious excitement…

So here are my initial thumbnails for this scene: the difficult part is capturing the opposing moods of the boy and his pet chimp, since they are so far away from each other…

So Long Tommy 1

These were ok...

These were ok…

This one I liked, but not enough of the boy is captured to effectively communicate his mood...

This one I liked, but not enough of the boy is captured to effectively communicate his mood…

This is the composition I liked the most, I'll just have to use some good lighting to highlight Tommy's face in the window, maybe tweaking some things here and there.

This is the composition I liked the most, I’ll just have to use some good lighting to highlight Tommy’s face in the window, maybe tweaking some things here and there.

And a quick sketch of the chimp stuffed animal.

Now on to the boring (but necessary) stuff.  In addition to filling many pages with lines and ellipses (yay!), I also filled some with some more perspective exercises from Scott Robertson’s How to Draw.  My line quality is definitely getting better, as well as my understanding, even though I’ve done most of these exercises before.  I’m just more focused this time.

Working the Fundamentals

So I don’t have as much exciting stuff to share this week, as I have taken some inspiration from both Feng Zhu’s emphasis on hardcore fundamentals as well as Scott Robertson’s How To Draw (please buy this book, it’s sooooo good http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1933492732?keywords=scott%20robertson%20how%20to%20draw&qid=1457811251&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1) and so most of the stuff I’ve been working on is pretty boring, but I know it will make my work so much better.  Mostly I’ve been filling my sketchbook with a bunch of straight lines and ellipses to perfect my draftmanship.

I have included my most exciting sketches from the last week below:

A few angles of a guy from life drawing class...

A few angles of a guy from life drawing class…

Some one point perspective boxes to work on my lines as well as the perspective....

Some one point perspective boxes to work on my lines as well as the perspective….

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...aaand if those boxes weren't exciting enough, here are some more boxes in two point perspective! : -0

…and if those boxes weren’t exciting enough, here are some more boxes in two point perspective! : -0