Cleaning House (adding animation)

I’ve just revised my website- I tweaked the bio, deleted the ‘news’ section (as this blog has replaced that), added SHARE buttons and created an animation section. I’d put it off, as revising my website (in my head) is laborious, time consuming, and generally overwhelming. But much like cleaning my house, once I’d done it, I realized how quick and easy it was, and wondered why I’d lived in squalor for so long.

Take a look! click here!


Roller Derby ~

I was asked to create an image for a roller derby player. She’s a gun-slinging, roller derby playing mother of three. You know, your typical south Louisiana girl. Did I leave out zombie fighting? She will be fighting some zombies too. At any rate, I rather like the initial sketch, and it makes me think I should hit the gym a bit more. Here it is:

I’m generally not a guns person, “No weapons at preschool”. So in order to get this character down, I drew while playing ‘Red Dawn’ in the background. I hadn’t seen ‘Red Dawn’ in ages. I remember loving it- “Wolverines!”- but has anyone seen it in a while? It’s pretty messed up. It’s full vengeance¬†and fear . Have I changed? Has society? Was the mindset of America that crazy during the cold war? The kids were told to stifle their grief and turn it into anger. So messed up. But ‘Red Dawn’ and stills from Tomb Raider helped me make this roller derby girl.


Tortuga Tattoo

A returning client asked me to create an image for her tattoo. She is great- she knew just what she was looking for and was able to communicate it and had examples of similar images. She wanted a tribal-esque land turtle, and wanted to see a variety of color combinations to help her decide.

I started with a basic pencil sketch:

turtle pencil sketch and then traced my own drawing, creating a more graphic interpretation:

graphic land turtleLastly I imported it into Illustrator and traced it out, making edits along the way to make it cleaner. Once it was a vector image it was pretty easy to mock up a few different color combinations.

turtle finalsShe loved it and will get it done in a few weeks! So looking forward to seeing it!

Imagine a Child

Imagine a Child

Whoa! Another animation! I was really excited to be a part of this animation. I got to develop the character and do all the cell images for the animation. Daniel Perez, animator extraordinaire, put it all together and directed and animated it. Megan Lardner was the producer. Click on the title above to view the video!

POW! Right in the kisser.

Recently someone told me I am an angry person. I don’t believe this to be true. I think that sometimes anger is justified and it’s ok to get angry- nay, in some circumstances, you SHOULD get angry. Are we doormats? passionless drones?? IS THERE NO JUSTICE IN THE WORLD???

Besides, I only draw punches in the face, I don’t actually throw them.

So here is my latest piece in stages. And yes, I plan on finishing up the other, more involved boxer piece. It’s on the resolution list.

First, the pencil sketch

Next I do blankets of basic color on the face.

Then I add some other blanket colors… the shirt…

… the gloves…

I start to detail, adding highlights and shadows, warm tones and cool tones.

Detailing the highlights of his necklace, because a guy who deserves a good solid punch in the face wears a silver necklace. Plus it helps to show motion.

And then a few finishing touches and it’s done.

The Process

I’ve finally gotten a client who didn’t have a non-disclosure agreement. However, I think his story is great and very sellable, so I won’t talk about it publicly. I will however talk about my process.

So first, I was mistaken about the target age group and presented him with this rough sketch:

Penelope Rough Draft

The Client let me know that it was WAY too young. I had missed the mark. He was great about giving me a better description of what he envisioned, and so I produced this rough which he was pleased with:

Penelope Rough Draft 2.5

As you can see the characters are for a much older audience. I also cleaned up the text using Illustrator. I didn’t want a freehand look to the words, but more of a blockish poster look. From here I took it to color. I generally work dark to light, dropping in the overall shadow color and texture first.

Penelope in Progress

I put in the base colors first, and then layer, layer, layer. And then I add more layers. Once I get it to a point that I like and feel ok committing to, I’ll consolidate my layers so that my file isn’t ginormous, but all the initial layering of thin opacities help create a more painterly feel.

Penelope in Progress 2

At this point it’s starting to take shape, but it’s in it’s midway stage. And here, is the final, which hopefully the client will be pleased with: