Hockey Helmet

Inspiration comes from so many different places, things you see, events in your life….especially when hockey playoff season starts!  Haha! Sketched these, and many other pages out, before going over to Easton Bell for an interview….worked on a few more after the Sharks won a crazy game last night OT.  Gotta work on sketching human heads, get that proportion down….none the less, pretty fun to sketch out!

Assignment #8…sketch breakdown

This was our Assignment 8 for Dom’s class (he let me be his sidekick to help him out this semester)…we basically had them take an existing product and break it down to its fundamental primitive shapes, and then had them closely study its overall form and sketch it out in perspective with orthos…most our students only had photos from the web to reference so it was a bit challenging…the ultimate goal for this assignment was to understand how to see past all the small details (logos, finishes, etc) and really hone in on the proportion, the build up of primitive forms,  how to sketch a simple product with those primitives  in multiple perspectives, and working/referencing the orthos…

Dom will be posting up the upcoming demo’s soon, we just gotta scan em in…so here are quick snap shots of the building process

Always start with roughed out orthos to understand the overall form and proportions

play around with perspective with rough thumbnails

study the subject matter, its design, primitive forms and subtleties

now that we have the supporting material we can start to sketch it out…

Printer Sketch

Really quick printer sketch… bic ball point black/red on bond paper.

smart truck

What if Smart Car…..made a truck?  While I was working the other day, I stared out the window at a Smart Car and thought….wow, it might be cool if they made a cute little truck.  Make it a bit longer, add a really short bed, could be pretty sweet!  ….no no, not a Isuzu Brat….a Smart Truck! 

Happy St.Patrick’s Day

Top o’ da mornin to yah!…actually afternoon…my wonderful co-worker asked me to sketch her a leprechaun and so i did…this is my first mobile post shot on me iPhone…man, i could so go for a irish car bomb right now! who’s in?!!!

Pre-ID Days

Long before ID I got to work with a few good fellas on a project that didn’t get a chance to take off. We did do a series of comic strips for the initial idea and was about to work on a Flash animated version but then people got full-time jobs, went back to school, or started families. I still keep in touch with these fellas from time to time.

The first character I call, Hoot Sensei, an owl who teaches self-defense using Aikido. The early concepts of Hoot Sensei was a pretty generic old short character that could kick your ass. But that was too generic so after a few more iterations I thought about giving him a Steven Seagal look but still keeping that old wise and humble character.

The second character was a challenge. Puffin’s are hard to draw. After doing many studies and drawing puffins for weeks, I got down to work to create Paco the Puffin who is a, how do you say, pretty flamboyant hair stylist.

Wannabe Tagger

At some point in my life I did try to do graffiti. It is the most hardest thing to do. Here was one of my failed attempts.

star wars @ DMV

While sitting @ DMV for 2+ hours I had lots of time to doodle.  Star Wars always seems to come to mind, so I sketched out some of my favorites!  Only used an extra fine point sharpie, on recycled bond paper that I found @ DMV.

office sketchies

it’s always good to have a sketchbook handy. very therapeutic.

– alessandro

Life is fast

YO! everyone. I try and draw trans every now and then. Its a fun and good way to get some mileage in. Inspiration was Anthony Printis is a few of these drawings. Especially the truck. Drew that when I was at bae working on the JLTV.

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

Happy 1st Birthday Lineweights!

It has been ONE whole year since our first post here @ Lineweights!  We want to thank everyone who takes valuable time out of their day to check out some of our work.  We have big things planned for 2010, so please stay tuned and hope that you continue to enjoy Lineweights!  Happy Birthday Lineweights!

Circles Inside Squares

Recently, Jon and I were asked to teach the Visulaization 1 class @ SJSU Industrial Design.  It is something we both aspiring to do someday in the future…and that future is now.  We are now 3 weeks into the class and the students seem to be responding really well, and bring a positive attitude to class everyday.  Hopefully from their point of view we are able to connect, communicate, educate and inspire.  I felt like the Circles Inside Squares demo was a great spot to start with our new posts for the class (as several other components that we have taught already appear here on LW’s).  Enjoy!

First, sketch this out on a sheet of paper, cut it out and fold it up into a 6 sided cube.

Now, using your cube…sketch out what you see.  Play with Perspective Views, View Angle, Eye Level of the cube…and then freehand the ellipses on each showing side of the cube!