Inktober Entry #3

For the prompt from the 5th of this month, “build.” I referenced this weird thing. It’s still the 5th of October somewhere in the world…

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Inktober Entry #2

Yay I did another one

 

Now I have to get on another call lol 😛

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Inktober Entry

A student of mine suggested I do Inktober this year and I have no real reason to say “no,” so here’s at least one entry:

I meant for it to only take me half an hour… then I found myself still drawing after an hour, then I was like “this needs more contrast…” and then stopped at 1.5 hours because I need to be doing other stuff 😛

This was a pretty impulsive drawing though today’s Inktober prompt was “bait,” so I rolled with it and scribbled something together I guess.

I forget what a good influence my students actually are for me. When they put out something every week or every day, I feel inspired (or really guilty as an artist who has students who sometimes work way harder than I do lol).

Yeaaahh, I’m procrastinating on other projects right now 😛 I was totally planning on finishing this in half an hour but then I got a little OCD and was like “no no, I need to add some other stuff…”

Hooray for publishing more artwork.

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Student Animation: “Santa Cause” by Roshan

Here’s a new animation recently completed by my 14-year-old student, Roshan:

Our first class together was just over a year ago. For the first few months, our lessons consisted of some animation exercises.

He started his “Santa Cause” animation last December on his own, and then I helped him work on it once every other week for about half of this year. I think he has a very particular sense of humor that he puts into his work, and what better way to demonstrate it than in animation?

I’m so proud of Roshan because he had an awesome idea for an animation and followed through with it to the finish line. I think a one-minute animation with this much drawing is tough for anyone, and I’m so happy that he has worked this hard and long on a project like this and actually completed it. These kinds of projects usually require patience, persistence, hard work and a sense of grit to produce.

I truly had fun helping Roshan with this project. Every time I opened his updated animation file during our video calls together for our lessons, I would look at the progress he made. I’d always forget how incredibly hilarious his work is, and then I’d laugh all over again at the work he had done.

I hope you continue to make more awesome hilarious animations, it’s been so much fun working with you Roshan!

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Small Pixel Animation Gig

Earlier this year, I created some pixel animation for a client, Michael Smith from iTribe Social Inc. that was then compiled into a cool video:

 

I just did the pixel art/animation, basically. Michael has been really nice and easy to work with. I always feel cool and hip when working on his projects 😛 probably because I mostly provided cyberpunk pixel art for him.

I do want to make more cyberpunk-y artwork but I’ve been caught up on other projects lately >_> Well, at least I’ve been productive 😀

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Hooray for more finished work. Well, hooray for an update hahah 😛

Thank you, Michael, for the fun projects and for being such an awesome client!

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Owl Animation quick update

It’s been a while since I’ve updated, and I felt like I should post *something* to show I’m not dead!

Here’s a quick screenshot of what I’ve been working on lately. I’ll present it in full when I’m finished!

This year I got into Krita. It’s truly an amazing piece of free software, and I believe it’s the easiest all-inclusive program where you can digitally paint and animate stylistically, including with chalk-y, painterly or sketchy styles, and even pixel art!

So far, the majority of my students whom I’ve introduced the software to have been really enthusiastic about it. The brushes included in it are very customizable and it feels like it’s doing half the work for you to make your artwork more stylized and polished.

And here’s a quick gif prototype-ish thingy:

I feel like my students have really been motivating and inspiring me. I’ve been pretty stoked about this project, and got some of my students hyped about it so sometimes they ask about it. If I haven’t been working on it, I feel kind of guilty, in the same way that they would feel guilty if they tell me they have no new work to show for my classes (to which I say most of the time “that’s totally okay!” if there are no major deadlines :P)

Since I haven’t been using flat colors and the animation is actually textured, it’s going to be taking me a lot of time. I even want to animate a bunch of little objects and the lighting, not just the owl, to really bring this whole scene to life. The older version of myself would have been like “but it’s too much work!” but then I think, “What would I tell my students though? Should I really be showing them that it’s okay to be so intimidated and then too scared to take on a worthy task?”

So now, I want to signal to them that they really should not be intimidated, that every extra additional minute they put into making an animation look more developed, colored and polished, is completely worth it, and people will love it. Viewers are so much more likely to click on a thumbnail of a colored animation than an uncolored outlined one. All the time you put into a confidently executed animation will give back to you later in the form of other people’s appreciation for it, years down the road.

Happy art-making!

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Sci-Fi Concept Art

I’ve been wanting to get into the science fiction genre of illustration, but it’s tough since I haven’t put in as many hours into stiff structures and mech-y parts. I’ve put in way more time into the fantasy genre, not to mention mostly female figure illustrations.

I was again trying to replicate some Peter Mohrbacher. Coming up with cool colors, lighting and interesting composition is challenging.

 

Since GIMP hasn’t been as cooperative with my hardware these days, I actually did this one completely in Photoshop. The smudge tool lags a whole lot, so I just kind of try to manually blur/blend things with the brush or just filter it out.

Some day I hope to be nearly as good as the artists I admire.
Cheers to more finished work!

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