Modeling a punk duck

Here is an original character I came up with sketching for a class one day.

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Carrier Mage sketches

Carrier Mage energy swirling

These are some sketches I did a while back. I was exploring depth, foreshortening and posing of human form.

It turned into a sort of energy mage/sorcerer. Details »

The Self Inside

self inside sketch

I had an animation idea that I put down in a sketch for further exploration.

I also did a quick value study as well as a basic color overlay.

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The Art of Shinjo Ito in Florence, Italy

Wandering through Florence one night we saw this from the road:

I took a gang of shots and even attempted to bracket my shots and create a HDR image.(more on that later) We came back the next day and saw that the show was in town and proceeded to find the gallery because it looked like this would be dope! Details »

Sketches of David

We spent an afternoon in Florence @ the Galleria dell’Accademia and I spent most of that time sketching Michelangelo’s David. Great afternoon. We met a family there, a young girl with her parents. The father was an architect. Originally, he came out of school as an engineer, but went back to follow his passion of being an architect later in life. He had a great story of following your passion and seemed to be at peace there with his daughter and patient wife who kinda hung around on the sidelines.

He and his daughter were there sketching and observing as I was. Curiosity got the best of both of us and eventually we were near enough to see what we both were doing. The daughter, about 8 years old, struck up a conversation with me and I showed her my sketches and she showed me her sketchbook. She was quite good. There were even some images in there that she and her father did together. They would pass the sketchbook back and forth until they had created a character or scene. How cool is that! Sounds like great fun and I would love to be able to share something like that with my child some day.

At one point we were the last folk in the gallery, just us and David.

La Badia in Orvieto, Italy

La Badia di Orvieto

I was enamored with this abbey upon first sight. I drew this from the high school shoolyard in Orvieto. Walking through the city that morning, I saw a gate open. My curiosity got me to peek around, seeing as how I was sure that would be a great vantage point to sketch from that day. I spent a bit of time making this sketch and some photos. This was the last sketch in my sketchbook. And I nearly lost the whole thing! Major tragedy to lose a empty sketchbook, let alone a filled one! I pulled a new sketchbook out of my bag and thought I put the filled one away. I left the schoolyard feeling all good, and continued on my way.

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Character development sketches

These sketches explore character development.

This sketch also explores using value to represent form, using a more painterly approach.