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Sketches

2 sketches from down time at work. Also I took the sketches and photographed them with my phone and used a photo editor to mess with them, leaving me with the last 2 black and white ones.

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Dead Western

Painted THM

THM stands for Top Hat Man.

Anyway, Just did a quick render over the original sketch. I might go back and finish him up or see what else i can do with him.

another guy with a top hat! Sketch

Number 2 pencil and a fine tip sharpie.

aliens vs. predator™ (render)

hey folks, it’s been awhile so here’s a sketch and rendering of an alien in homage to the new aliens vs. predator game coming out today. i looked at a bunch of alien images and made up my own composition.

i decided to encompass what i would do with markers in photoshop.  it’s a very quick and basic render and all you really need to know is how to use the paint brush, eraser, selection tools, and layers.  this took a little over an hour.

scanned in my sketch. copied the background layer and made it its own and set it to “multiply” so that the color layers in the next images can go underneath it with the lines still there. kind of like a render sandwich.

set in ONE color under-layer (below the multiplied sketch layer).  used the selection tool to select the areas i want to color first. hopefully your lineweight is strong enough so selecting won’t be a pain.

created another layer and added a medium (darker) color to add contrast. here’s a neat trick i learned at work. go to the first color layer, by using the rectangular selection tool select the area of what you want to select, then set it to the “Move” tool then press left and then right on your arrow keys. magically, your color layer is selected to the utmost accuracy. pretty neat right?

and finally adding a final layer with dark tones to give it even more contrast.  i have 3 color layers by now and i just messed with the opacity on each layer to get the contrast i want overall.

enjoy!  – alessandro

Some Guy

Random sketch while i was in class.

Dynamic Figures

Hey Guys,

I’ve been super inspired by Spencer Nugent’s Sketch-A-Day and I’ve taken it upon myself to do the same thing! So here is the first one I copied some stuff from Burne Hogarths Book “Dynamic Figure Drawing” Used a pilot razor point 2 on trace.

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Stone

A quick thumb and refined thumb. I’m planing on taking it further.

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Random Musings

I could say I’ve been busy which is partly true after getting a second job but, for the most part I have been lazy. And, looking at the time I could be spending on doing more creative things, I end up chosing something unproductive and unrewarding. Then I go into a cycle of regret and loathing that I question myself if I even have the passion to create anymore or if I was just looking for that steady job to pay my filthy habits. There are many books that have been read partially or have been unread, many drawings and sketchings that haven’t been finished, and many ideas that haven’t seen the light of day on paper. Perhaps all creative people go through this cycle of aspiration and laziness.
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The Shrine Movie Artwork

Hey Guys,

Well I know I’ve been MIA for too long! So I thought I’d share what I’ve been so busy with during my sketch time! I’ve been helping my friends who are producing a feature film this summer. They asked me to work on a teaser poster for the movie and develop a logo. The movie is called “The Shrine” Here is the synopsis of the movie:

“After a young American backpacker goes missing in Europe, a group of journalists link his disappearance to a remote Polish village called Alvaina. Upon further investigation, the journalists discover that Alvaina has a history of bizarre cult activity revolving around human sacrifice. Hellbent on revealing the truth, they travel to the small village to uncover the story first hand. But after the discovery of an ancient stone statue hidden within the town, they quickly find themselves pursued by a mysterious and vengeful group of locals. Forced into the gruesome reality of true survival horror, the journalists soon realize that Alvaina hides a much darker secret than they could ever imagine.”

So I thought I’d share some of my process…

Quick Ideation Thumbnails

Quick Ideation Thumbnails

A few days in I sent them this “Comp” Artwork along with a bunch of reference images of old gargoyles and roman ruins etc. also reference images of fog as in the movie the statue is surrounded by fog. The idea was to be looking up at the statue like an observer that took a photograph of this thing. I wanted it to look like anyone could have come across this in the woods and taken a photograph. Realism was my inspiration.

Comp Artwork

Comp Artwork

This was composited with Photoshop. I had a picture of a maquette of the statue that I used to help with the poster. The next image is the result of a HUGE photoshop file where I composited pictures of trees, 3D renders of the statue and base and did alot of digital painting. It was alot of work but a lot of fun! There were many iterations to get to this but here is the final.

Final Poster

Final Poster

Thats the story of the poster. I’m going to do another post that goes through the logo design that actually proved to be more challenging than the poster itself! A movie title is a brand after all!

the hurt locker

great movie.  would recommend sitting farther back for this one if you get motion sickness.

fyi, i love drawing armoury-type stuff.  drew this iconic scene using a papermate pro fit pen on 98 HP printer paper.  added some photshop color to give the sketch more pop.

the hurt locker movie site

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Side or Profile View

I have to admit that Tomasz Migurski really reinforced this idea when he saw my sketeches. Sometimes it is better to start from a side or front view of a drawing. It makes it easier on the brain and allows us to think about and break down the components of a design. Once we are comfortable with the design we can tackle it in perspective using the side and front views. Also try drawing with a really dark pen to boost your confidence in committing to your lines. This sketch was done with a fine pilot pen and Sharpies.

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