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

 

 

Updates…More to Come

So…while I’ve been really lazy about updating this blog, I have not been lazy as far as my sketchbook goes.  Here is a small sample of what I’ve been doing, and I promise to update this thing more often!

 

Pen sketch of some guy who looks like Jeff Bridges but I'm not sure if it really is Jeff Bridges lol.
Pen sketch of some guy who looks like Jeff Bridges but I’m not sure if it really is Jeff Bridges lol.

 

Some life drawings from a few weeks ago.
Some life drawings from a few weeks ago…

 

Taking after Feng Zhu's School, I began doing some studies of various subject matter, beginning with bugs: these are some Beetle studies...
Taking after Feng Zhu’s School, I began doing some studies of various subject matter, beginning with bugs: these are some Beetle studies…

 

...and some studies of the Asian Giant Hornet.  These were somewhat time consuming to do due to the insect's many parts.
…and some studies of the Asian Giant Hornet. These were somewhat time consuming to do due to the insect’s many parts.

 

My Story Continued….

I eventually narrowed down the angel robe design to these few: aside from the monk/priest influence, I was also inspired by some of the characters in Destiny and some Sith and Jedi designs (of course).
I eventually narrowed down the angel robe design to these few: aside from the monk/priest influence, I was also inspired by some of the characters in Destiny and some Sith and Jedi designs (of course).

 

And here is the pretty finalized Angel sketch. I plan to add some decoration to his robe along the lines of what I showed in the thumbnails…

 

 

Here is the Color Key I selected to continue working on for my Forest Encounter Scene....I made six in total,but I really liked the saturated leaf colors against the white snow and brightly illuminated angel figure.  More updates to come!
Here is the final color key I selected to continue working on for my Forest Encounter Scene….I made six in total,but I really liked the saturated red leaf color amongst the dark trees, white snow, and luminous angel figure. I’m really enjoying working on this ambitious storytelling project, so more updates to come soon!
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