Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Untitled (Branching Narrative)

At the time - November 2008, I think? - I had been reading Scott McCloud's books on comics, and the idea of a branching narrative sounded nifty enough to try out. With that idea in mind, I took the tail end of a roll of printmaking paper, broke out the ink and newly-acquired bowl nib, and started hashing this out. It's fraught with terrible drawing and lettering alike, and the use of rectangular panels near the curved edges fights against the piece's physical form oh-so-distractingly, but there are some moments that I still kinda' like. A few months after finishing it up, I submitted it into the 2009 Annual BFA Show at CSU East Bay, where it received favorable wall space near the gallery entrance. From what I remember hearing, it was generally well-received, too.

I've still got a few jumbo-sized pieces of that printmaking paper roll left over, but I haven't the foggiest idea of what to make with them. Any suggestions?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Because Elves are Boring

The deadline for ArtOrder's pinup challenge was yesterday, and it looks like I was one of very few who didn't draw or paint a human, elf, or tiefling. If you look closely at what I posted over there, you may notice that I forgot a few shadows and highlights, which certainly caused for much gnashing of teeth later on! They have since been added, as the version posted above provides evidence for. Aside from that, I'm quite pleased with how the dragon's eye turned out.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Skull Owls

The skulls presented here are considerably different from the study I posted a week or so ago, but most of these differences are intentional, such as in the omission of the bone that connects the beak to the rest of the skull and in the stylization of the eye sockets. There are a number of anatomical mistakes that have crept their way through to the final image, to be sure, but nobody's been too distracted by them thus far (hooray!).

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Skeletal Studies

I've been studying up on animal anatomy, particularly on those of quadrupeds and birds. There are some size relationship issues here and there, such as in the spacing between the dog's ribs, but overall I think I'm learning a good deal from doing these.