Congrats Joey!

I put together this little montage for my brother Joey, who just recently graduated Cogswell Polytech!   The school held a nice dinner for the graduates and had these comment cards at each table….Joey and I decided to sketch on them while we ate dinner!  Way to go bro, you did an amazing job in school and im so proud of you!  Time to take on the concept design world, i know that you are going to make mom and dad so proud!

Rough Tattoo design…..

been thinking of tattoo designs….Came up with this tonight. i don’t know what i think yet but at least I’m thinking!

I like the bird… i just don’t know what else to do.

Dead Western

Viz One @ SJSU…final day

We had such a great opportunity this year to teach Viz 1 @ SJSU and what a journey it has been! We would like to thank our class for all their hard work and dedication this semester and especially for weathering the tough critiques…they certainly poured out the mileage…just to remind everyone this is the first design course in our ID program, so there is still much to be learned and gained, and after their performance we definitely believe they are ready to kick ass in Viz 2…

This was their final…to redesign a housewares product…show us your understanding of perspective, construction, lineweight, rendering in monochrome (baby steps before color), shadows, and of course their first stab at redesigning something…here are some snap shots of what they presented to us…

We posted up their first day sketches (they were so embarrassed) and had them post their finals directly underneath to show their progress, or not.

To help them drive their designs and push their boundaries, we had them create inspiration boards, from steam punk to aliens that exercise really drove them.

From fun and whimsical to modern to speed and flow…

Construction, perspective, quick thumbnails for concept generation, and monochromatic renders (next term will be color and materials)

Again, thank you to our class…remember to keep on sketching over the summer, keep it loose, and never get complacent, always hungry-never full!

Lineweights New Look

Recently we were having a bit of trouble reformatting and reshaping what Lineweights would look like.  We finally, after a bit of digital wrestling with CSS…got it looking all shiny and new!  Hope you like it!

If you have any comments or feedback, it would be great to hear from you.  You can email us @ lineweights@gmail.com

Enjoy!

Teacher Evaluations Day!

Yesterday I had to step out of class for about 20 minutes, so that the students could take a Teacher Evaluation of the Vis class Jon and I taught this semester.  The semester has gone really well, and I think that we effectively passed on sketching knowledge….but there is something to be said when all those pencils are sitting and writing about your teaching performance.  Its like all weapons are now pointed at you!  Flipped through the Art of Star Wars and decided to sketch the ship I would need to break back into that classroom!

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.

Found some old prismacolor pencils…

I was at a garage sale last weekend and noticed this really cool box.  Walked up to check it out and I quickly realized that it was something really cool!  The “prismacolor” writing and funky color boxes on the side attracted my eye.   When I opened the box, I found 6 packs (of a dozen each) of Prismacolor pencils called a “half gross”.  Each box is marked “EAGLE: Thick Lead Color Pencils”…. I opened one of the boxes and found mostly brand NEW prismas!  The wood seemed really hard, and more like real wood.  The Typography on the side, was totally different, much more of the period they are from…im guessing the late 60’s early 70’s ( judging the colors, type and wear of the packaging).

You can cut the back of this packaging off, mail it along with .25 cents to order really early prismacolor markers!

I sharpened a few of them and noticed that the wood was much stronger, the lead alot stronger and really took a good point!

Decided it was time to sketch something out…a few of my favorites from Finding Nemo!  Go Sharks!

vw surfer dude

yo everyone, its been a while with all this madness with work and finals. Forgot about all that shit and decided to put that pen on wac…surfer vw dude.

Another day…another battle, bigger than the last….

Men are at war with each other, because every man is at war with himself – W

Quick sketch inspired by a painting by A.Wood…today  just felt like another one of these, just when you thought the week was over…

Dominique…the paper and pen connoisseur

A quick sketch of Domy…hows that there tooth on that canson paper? hahahah

Return to the ID Room…where it all began…

It’s always so nice to step into the old studio where you:  spent days and nights sketching and cad’d it up in, drowned yourselves in rockstar drinks, almost OD and die on redline, crashed out on the couch or table and woke with magoo all up in your face, got yelled at for bringing foam into, glued gi joes to the ceiling, discovered goatse and tubgirl (do not ask), puked all over the tables after a rough night of drinking, etc….

….Dom and I broke back into the room where it all started for us this past weekend (the old ID Studio @ SJSU) and were so happy to see sketches on the walls, messy tables, new couches (thank god), and the biggest time waster-the dart board…

Here are a few of the sketches on the walls…you guys make us so proud and keep on sketching…and thanks ID Room for all the memories!!!

another guy with a top hat! Sketch

Number 2 pencil and a fine tip sharpie.