Posts Tagged ‘ art ’

Dr. Seuss

I wasn’t lucky enough to have taken the same class that Jon, Alex, Dan and Cres took when they sketched out those dope “creature sketches” that Jon just posted.   I was fortunate enough to have the very same teacher throughout SJSU ID; Prof. John McClusky.   The connection that many of us had with him, was something that fueled the fire to strive beyond the norm.  Good, well informed design was only one of the many passions we picked up from John….Movies, Concept/Entertainment Design, Concept Artist, Sci-Fi, Infinite Futures and much more.  This sketch would be very ….Seussian…in one of Johns great qrit’s!  Thanks so much for the many inspirations John!

I sketched this around the same time JC sketched this creatures…guess it was one of our many late night sketch jam sessions!  Dude, how about that for our Lineweights “events”…Sketch Jam, Sketch Jam…

Dr. Seuss has always been one of my favorites and very influential as a young kid trying to learn to draw…Thanks Theodor Seuss Giesel!DrSuess

Enjoy!

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SF Zoo Sketch Crawl- Review

We wanted to share with everyone the wonderful work that everyone that came out on June 14 @ the SF Zoo.   Sketching animals that are moving around, at a pretty good distance can be quite a challenge…but so many people did such fantastic work! Also, check out the photos that our 2 wonderful photographers shot all throughout the day!  Thanks again all, and please share it with every person on this big happy planet you know!

Oh, before I forget….would anyone be interested in getting this work in a MINI BOOK form?

Who didnt get a copy of our first SKETCH BOOK?  Hit us up, we will hook you up with one!  They turned out awesome Jon!

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In Memory of Michael Jackson

These sketches were done in loving memory of Michael Joseph Jackson, the King of Pop.  The gathering of people I see on  TV, the Internet and in every other area of life…speaks so strongly to the fragility and love we all share as humans.  Micheal stood for much more than music and dancing to so many people….unity, peace, happiness and equality…(the music and dancing did help thou :).  Even with all the difficult periods in life he faced, people  still stood by him.  The joy and memories he brought to so many people across the globe will surely be missed but also remembered.  I still remember getting my copy of Thriller, which was my first fill lenght album.  I listened to it over and over and over…  Thanks for the memories MJ, and peace to the Jackson family.

In Memory of Michael Jackson

david carradine tribute: a portrait sketch demo

Rest in peace David Carradine.  Like Jon mentioned in his tribute sketch, we lost a huge inspiration to many and a hero to all.   I decided to work this sketch in a demo format, sketching and scanning at each stage to show the progress.   I used just simple trace with black verithin-prisma.  You will be missed…

Step 1: This initial sketch is done with basic straight lines.

(A). You start by breaking the page down with lines that extend off the page.   These lines are the dominate composition lines, that help to dictate the main shapes and force of the sketch.

(B).  Next you use Medium length lines  (built off of the extended lines from A.) to help rough some of the bigger shapes, head, hands body are usually roughly formed.

(C).  Using smaller lines, you help complete some of the rough shapes and help to begin the detail elements of the sketch.

Basic line break down

Step 2:  Using the sketch from Step 1 as an underlay, here we begin a new sketch by blocking out the basic shapes.  Circles, triangles, cross section lines and roughly blocked out lines.

Primary shape sketch w/ beginning detailsStep 3:  Using the sketch from Step 2 as an underlay, we start a new sketch using the underlay as the “framework” to hang the more gestural/ expressive line work.  Here we are looking to shape most of the final details, begin to build hierarchy and contrast in the line quality and look for value shifts.  As the building of line work continues, its important to sketch “inside” the lines…using the cross section lines as reference, you can shape areas like the cheek, nose, mouth, eyes, etc.

Shaped Linework and initial shadingStep 4:  Here we have taken the sketch from Step 3, a little further with shading, cross hatching, feathering, etc.  Using different techniques to help build in value, keeps the sketch alive and dynamic.  Working with those different uses of the pencil, you can sepreate skin from cloth, etc.   Finishing the light details on the face and hands, help to finialize the sketch.  The last few details, I like to rough in a background, to help the portrait step off the page.  Hope you can get something from this technique I was taught in a Figure Drawing/Painting class.  Enjoy!

Final Sketch

Maker Faire- San Mateo, Ca

Sketched these out while working over at the Maker Faire last weekend.  Love the Maker Faire, its like a steam/cyberpunk party mixed with a circus!  This was the 4th year I have gone/worked at the Maker Faire, and it was a lot of fun this year!

Maker Faire

New York City Street Art

Here is post #2 of the NYC Series I am posting.  In this edition, I looked through tons of photos that I took walking the streets of Manhattan.  There is Street Art/ Graffiti/ Murals, all over NYC.  Its pretty easy to see how the Art Scene in NYC flurishes, so much of it is out in the open and for all to see.  There seemed to be a trend amongst alot of the graffiti I came across in NYC, more thoughtfulness and playfulness.  The monkey sketch on the Left is painted on a Childrens Learning Center (grantted its on one of those metal roll up doors…the childrens learning center was in the Projects).  There is alot more inspiration to come for the NYC Series so check on back! Enjoy!

 

NY Street Art

Femme 2

Hey Fellas,

Here is another portrait, this time from a pic. I found it hard to capture the likeness of the pic, any pointers? Other than that I also couldn’t get her to look at the camera/viewer, any tips would be appreciated. I was going to use this as an underlay  as I started with a verithin on trace paper, but I ended up just working it up with prisma. I may try to simplify it again on bond paper. Let me know your thoughts and critics guys, as always please be honest! its the only way we will all get better!

Femme

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