A New Character & A Little Taste of Hong Kong

Some original character designs for today: This unnamed girl is the main character in a post-apocalyptic, sci-fi/fantasy story I plan to tell...I have narrowed her look down to these three iterations, the one on the left being my favorite so far, as it fits the most with her rough and tough backstory.  I do plan on developing the other two a little further to see where I can take them, however, and if they can work in the context of my story. To be continued....
Some original character designs for today: This unnamed woman is the main character in a post-apocalyptic, sci-fi/fantasy story I plan to tell…I have narrowed her look down to these three iterations, the one on the left being my favorite so far, as it fits the most with her rough and tough backstory. I do plan on developing the other two a little further to see where I can take them, however, and if they can work in the context of my story. To be continued….

 

In addition to those, I've been doing some architecture sketches that will probably inform my post apocalypse world while building visual library.  So here are some sketches of some buildings from Kowloon City in Old Hong Kong.  I am particularly interested in this densely populated architecture, as it doesn't seem to far off (with a few tweaks) from my vision of a dystopian future city.
In addition to those, I’ve been doing some architecture sketches that will probably inform my post apocalypse world while building visual library. So here are some sketches of some buildings from Kowloon City in Old Hong Kong. I am particularly interested in this densely populated architecture, as it doesn’t seem to far off (with a few tweaks) from my vision of a dystopian future city.

 

Kowloon City, Hong Kong Sketch II

 

Visual Library Studies: From The Ocean to the Garden…And Then to the Apocalypse!

Sorry for no post last week, it was pretty hectic and I didn’t get to do as much as I would have liked in the ol’ sketchbook.  Anyway, here’s some of what I’ve been up to lately:

Great White Photo Study
Great White Photo Study

 

Some plant studies, including a Bonzai tree on the left
Some plant studies, including a Bonzai tree on the left

 

Some studies of semi post-apocalyptic clothing for a character design of mine.
Some studies of semi post-apocalyptic clothing for a character design of mine.

 

...continued.
…continued.

Visual Library Studies: Iguana Painting & Prehistoric Beasties

Value Study of an Eduardo Pena landscape painting
Value Study of an Eduardo Pena landscape painting

 

Green Iguana Study
Green Iguana Study

 

Utahraptor This is probably the closest dino to the Velociraptors from the Jurassic Park movies (real Velociraptors were about the size of a medium-sized dog) and of course it has since been discovered that these dinos, along with many others, had feathers covering much of their bodies.

 

Spinosaurus Another Jurassic Park favorite, Spinosaurus was represented pretty accurately in the movie as one of the largest-and possibly the largest-of the carnivorous dinosaurs.

 

Ankylosaurs A group of armored dinosaurs, some of which have clubs on the ends of their tails for defense.

 

Visual Library Studies: Bats Cont’d & Cold Blooded Critters

Continuing my visual library building and painting practice, I took this flying fox sketch from last week and painted over it based on a photo ref.  It took some time to capture the translucency of its wings in the daylight.
Continuing my visual library building and painting practice, I took this flying fox sketch from last week and painted over it based on a photo ref. It took some time to capture the translucency of its wings in the daylight.

I was excited to move on from the mammal studies for now, as I’ve covered many common mammal groups.  This week I focused on reptiles, trying to capture three major groups of them with my studies: the lizards, crocodilians, and turtles.  I decided to save snakes for another time since they are so unique in their body structure.

Green Iguana One thing I observed in all three reptile groups was the hip bone configuration: the legs are splayed out to the side, causing them to move from side to side as they walk.  This differentiates reptiles from dinosaurs, who have more birdlike hips that allow them to get their feet under them and move in a straight line with less wasted movement.
Green Iguana
One thing I observed in all three reptile groups was the hip bone configuration: the legs are splayed out to the side, causing them to move from side to side as they walk. This differentiates reptiles from dinosaurs, who have more birdlike hips that allow them to get their feet under them and move in a straight line with less wasted movement.
Saltwater Crocodile Built quite similarly to lizards, but with extremely powerful jaws and tails.
Saltwater Crocodile
Built quite similarly to lizards, but with extremely powerful jaws and tails.
Green Sea Turtle Turtles had the most difficult skeletons to study, since their shells are fused to their ribs and obscured the view of other bones.  However, I could see the similarities between them and other reptiles in their basic skeletal structure.
Green Sea Turtle
Turtles had the most difficult skeletons to study, since their shells are fused to their ribs and obscured the view of other bones. However, I could see the similarities between them and other reptiles in their basic skeletal structure.

4/3/15 Sketchbook Update

Back again with some new sketches…been a super busy week, so not as many sketches as I would like, but I’m doing what I can with the time I have, I’ll get back on track next week!  Anyway, here’s what I got:

Some studies of the golden-crowned flying fox (did you know that they had wingspans of up to 6 feet! It's like a movie monster!)
Some studies of the golden-crowned flying fox (did you know that they had wingspans of up to 6 feet! It’s like a real life movie monster!)

 

A paint study of one of the horses I sketched last week...
A paint study of one of the horses I sketched last week…

 

The ONE value study I was able to do
The ONE value study I was able to do: “After The Battle” by Artificial Design (Daniel Tyka)

 

...and finally some thumbnails I did to try and apply some canine/wolf knowledge from my updated visual library.  I did some designs for Fenrir, the mythical wolf.
…and finally some thumbnails I did to try and apply some canine/wolf knowledge from my updated visual library. I did some designs for Fenrir, the mythical wolf.

3/26/15 Sketchbook Update

Today I have included some composition value studies along with my usual animal studies.  The paintings I have studied for the most part have very simple but well crafted shapes in their compositions and I would like to incorporate more interesting shape language in my own work: shapes that draw your attention at a gut level…Anyway, here is some of what I’ve been doing the last week:

Another Tron Legacy study, I think I spent a little too much time on this one...Not that this movie was a masterpiece, but I'm still excited that there's gonna be a Tron 3!
Another Tron Legacy study, I think I spent a little too much time on this one…Not that this movie was a masterpiece, but I’m still excited that there’s gonna be a Tron 3!

 

A value study of an intriguing painting, I liked the shapes in this one, so I tried to limit myself to only 4 values.
A value study of an intriguing painting, I liked the shapes in this one, so I tried to limit myself to only 4 values..

 

A value study of one of my favorite current concept artists: Bastien Grivet.
A value study of one of my favorite current concept artists: Bastien Grivet.

 

Value study of "Winged Perch" by Concept Artist and Illustrator Christopher Balaskas.
Value study of “Winged Perch” by Concept Artist and Illustrator Christopher Balaskas.

 

...and one more study of an unknown painting, really trying to focus on separating out shapes with only a few values.
…and one more study of an unknown painting, really trying to focus on separating out shapes with only a few values.

 

A close-up facial study of the African Wild Dog
Back to the animal studies: a close-up facial study of the African Wild Dog from last week.

 

Horses
Horses

 

Cattle
Cattle

 

White Rhinoceros
White Rhinoceros