Posts Tagged ‘ design ’

Use the force…

Hello all,

Its literally been light years since our last post.   With the recent formation of a workshop/art studio, I now have some space to reconnect to the work I love.  Last night I was lucky enough to go to my brother Joey’s art show @ Backspace Retail in Sonora, Ca.  Seeing him create beautiful work and share it with friends, family, strangers off the street..gave me that feeling of reconnecting with the art roots inside me.  So naturally I went straight one of my greatest sources of inspiration…star wars and yoda! Check out the step by step process I took to create a few pieces that are now hanging up in the workshop!  Enjoy!

Lord Kensington

Here @ Kensington we are proud of our rich history and heritage that stands the test of time from generation to generation.  Kensington was originally founded by The Honourable William Edwardes Kensington the 4th, also known as the Baron of Kensington or Lord Kensington.   As a very eccentric and avid lock collector, Lord Kensington was a very important figure in the County of Middlesex.   In 1868 he was elected to the House of Commons for Havefordwest, and held the Security Seat until 1872.  Lord Kensington never lost sight for his love of  collecting mid-evil locks, widgets and all sorts of gizmos.   Apart from his political career he also held the honorary post of Chief Lieutenant of Redwood Shire.    In 1873, Lord Kensington invented a mechanical tamper proof, tumbling device for the Earl of Limrick, to lock down his expensive computational instruments and gauges.  He filled for his first patent that very same year and he turned his love of collecting locks into much much more.

New Blood: Introducing Tony Ton

We would like to introduce a new contributor to the Lineweights website, our good friend Tony Ton.  Tony has a great eye for design and loves to sketch!  Welcome Tony, looking forward to more sketches to come!

 

daily doodles

On a rainy day like today, nothing like little sketches to keep the imagination flowing…

Motorcycle Sketch Demo- 1968 Benelli 175cc

I have been meaning to sketch out my motorcycle (my grandpa’s old bike) for some time now.  I started with just a simple papermate fine point on marker paper with the sketch below.  Feeling out the shapes, silhouette, proportions and placement of each part.  There is lots of room in the engine area, because Benelli used this frame for 4 different size engines (125, 175, 250 and 360cc!).  Click on each image below for the step by step demonstration!

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A throw back to Prof. Dave Fleming

When I originally started SJSU, I was declared in Graphic Design.  My first semester in the major I decided to take an Industrial Design class as one of my electives.  I was pretty excited to get into the class, since we would be learning how to “sketch like the star wars artists!”  Dave Fleming was the professor for the class, and I heard murmurs from other students that we were really fortunate to have him!  Each day, Prof. Fleming would bring in new and exciting materials to learn to sketch with.  We would gather around his desk, every other class session, to watch him sketch.  I tried to take as many notes as I could, but it was not only hard to keep up, but many times I would just watch in awe. (read more below)

Right from the beginning we were tossed into the pool, expected to know how to swim.  Our perspective training was basically a one week recap, from there, we went full bore into all sorts of materials, lighting, shadowing, coloring, textures, etc.   We got lots of encouragement and inspiration from Prof Fleming, and he always had lots of saying to carry us through the semester.  It was tough to keep up, but once the class was over, I was really thankful for what Prof Fleming taught the class.  On the last day of class Prof Fleming came up to me to give me my grade and he said…”you know, I would really think about changing over from Graphic Design to Industrial Design…you have the eye for it”…from that point forward my life was changed forever.  Thanks Professor Fleming for all the encouragement, education and inspiration!  Check out his old school work below… and his most current paintings here.. http://www2.cruzio.com/~fleming/

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!

Smart Car.

Pretty straight up…time to draw a Smart Car!  They have such cool little personalities,  it makes it easy to capture the character like feel that these cars have.  Used a ultra fine point Sharpie and Pentel Sign Pen to bold up the out side lines.  Keep it loose and free… Enjoy!

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Cousin’s Sketch Series- Part 2

In the series I am working on for all my younger cousins, this sketch (scanned in progress, not shown finished here) was done for my little cousin Sofie.  She loves rivers, streams, waterfalls and cool hidden natural places.  This composite sketch was done using The Art of Pocahontas as inspiration, its a large sketch…11×17, so I scanned it in 2 parts.  I have 6 more sketches to go in the “Cousin’s series”, each one gets a sketch for their birthday this year 🙂

Sofies sketch

scribbles

This is a technique I use to loosen up and try to break the monotony when designing. We tend to fall into drawing the same shapes etc. To break out of that I use a piece of scrap paper, a piece used for calisthenics is the best, and draw random scribbles. The scribbles will start to look like objects or have a certain dynamic that is appealing. From those scribbles, I usually pull out lines and shapes that give interesting proportions or objects. Doing this usually frees me up and at times I’m able to pull good stuff, but it doesn’t work all the time.

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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!

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

Gotham City Library

Here  is the first sketch in a series of sketches that I am working on, based on photographs I took in New York City.  We only had 4 days in NYC Manhattan, so sketching time was limited.  But I did take a ton of photos, capturing little scenes I wanted to sketch out.  This one is the beginning of the NYC Library…scenes all over town like this made me realize why NYC was such a huge inspiration to Comic Book artist since the very beginning.  This one is for you Gotham.

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