09 December 2006
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04 August 2006
hey, so here is a copy of a photo of model Rusty Joiner done in painter9. took forever to get his face right (i never drew him out first or anything, i just painted and changed as i went :S.. not the best idea LOL). i don't know how long this took, maybe like 20+ hours.
07 July 2006
what do you guys think?
02 July 2006
done in painter9.
23 June 2006
just a notice that i added some links on the right-hand side to artists that i admire.
*jeff george is a coloured pencil artist. you'll be amazed at how realistic his stuff looks and what can be done with coloured pencil.
*donato giancola is a fantasy illustrator who works in oils. his stuff is unreal; his flesh is really well painted as well as all the sci-fi machinery.
*todd lockwood is a fantasy illustrator. he used to work in oils; now he works in painter. his style has translated really well, keeping the lush look of his art.
*dermot power is a concept designer. he's done concept work for all four harry potter movies, batman begins and charlie and the chocolate factory. check out his "film visuals", they're amazing.
*ryan wurmser is a painter. i love his portrait and figure work.
that's it for now. i'll add to the list as i think of more artists i look up to.
14 June 2006
i have yet to watch the BBC version but the american one is great. you guys should definitely check it out!
12 June 2006
08 June 2006
30 May 2006
some worthwhile quotes:
"At Pixar, the movies are director driven. What I mean by that is that the stories that the directors choose, they write and they come from their own heart. We're the only studio that's like that. All the other studios are executive-driven. The movies are picked by executives in development and directors are assigned to them."
"Tire store to a car is like a men's shoe store, right? I don't know if you noticed that when Luigi had McQueen try on the tires that there's a patch of asphalt in front of the mirror so you can see how good the tire looks on the asphalt. We have fun that way in really thinking through this world."
"[E]very boy is born into this world with his own set of sound effects. Right? Cars have a very different sound than a motorcycle, bombs, machine guns, flying like Superman, and all those sounds, and lightning and thunder, right? I had the tape rolling and I said, "Owen, what was your sound for thunder growing up?" and he started going, "Kachow! Kachow! K-k-k-chow!" I was sitting in the room laughing so hard. I would have never thought of that!"
"[T]he merger isn't going to change Pixar at all, because that was one of the parts of the deal. Bob Iger recognizes how special Pixar is and it's culture, and it's really protected. It's going to stay exactly the same. "
"Disney has been sort of an executive-driven studio for a long time, and I believe in having the stories come from [the directors], whether it's something they wrote and they like and it comes from their heart, and surrounding them and being honest with them when things are working and not working."
28 May 2006
art director for The Incredibles and Toy Story,
production designer for Finding Nemo
story writer for Monsters, Inc
director of For the Birds, among other things.
check out all the clips, they are pretty informative. he talks about how it's not about the technique of the drawing, it's about the emotion; that's the only thing people will respond to. learning to see is more important than learning to draw well. make movies for yourself, not for the audience.
24 May 2006
hey guys, here is my first "serious" painter piece.. although i did it mostly as an exercise in realism. i'm not really counting the painter pieces i did for michael hitchcox because i didn't really try on those... plus, i never really found the brush i wanted.
this is a painting of my friend kelly. as for likeness it's pretty good, only her eyes aren't as far apart as they are in the drawing.
any comments? they would be much appreciated...
some worthwhile quotes from the article:
"My older brother Jim, who passed away six or seven years ago, was a brilliant interior designer who studied Japanese design. What he loved about their approach is that they'll design something and then they take away until they can take away no more. We have adopted that same philosophy here in our films."
"'You know, what I think makes sense in fashion design is to take a really wild fabric and then make a classic pattern or piece of clothing with it. Either that, or you take a classic fabric and make a crazy pattern with it.' [Jim] said if you design things that way, there is something familiar for people to relate to. But if you do both - take a crazy fabric and make a crazy pattern - people can't make any sense of it."
"Let me tell you a funny story. I took the family to see this film one weekend - I'll go to see almost any film that's good for the whole family. And so we're sitting there watching this film, which I won't name, and there are long stretches that are just not very entertaining. My little son - he was probably 6 at the time - was sitting next to me, and right in the middle of this dull section, he turns to me and says, 'Dad? How many letters are in my name?'
"I must have laughed for five minutes. I thought, Oh, man, this movie has lost this little boy. His mind has been wandering, trying to figure out how many letters there are in his name. So I told my wife, Nancy, what he said, and she started laughing, and then the story went down the row through my whole family, our four other sons, and we're sitting there as a family giggling and laughing.
"And I thought to myself, If ever a child anywhere in the world leans over to their daddy during one of my movies and asks, 'How many letters are in my name?' I'll quit."
the bit about japanese design is very useful for filmmaking, i think, and the second bit about always keeping something in your character that people can relate to is really important too. hope you guys take the time to read the article; it's a very good read.
23 May 2006
18 May 2006
if you haven't heard of the show i suggest you go download an episode.. it's like a show straight out of piotr beliecki's mind!!
16 May 2006
hello?! when i first saw it, i was like "RIP OFF!!!!!!!!!!".... either way, they do look pretty similar. so i'm going to take some credit for her win :P
i don't know why the poster challenge's publicity seems to suck, but it's such a great contest, and the finalist from each province/territory gets a free trip to ottawa with one parent/guardian for canada day celebrations. when i was there i got to present flowers to adrienne clarkson, and i met jean chretien. it was cool.
on another note, i've been driving around town and going everywhere trying to find all the CARS diecasts.. some bitches at mattel thought it'd be funny to make a set of 16, then make 8 of them impossible to find. arg. i'm missing wingo, king, sarge, lizzie, and the two packs of stanley+red and boost+snot rod.
so anyway.. here is my year two final lifedrawing portfolio.
ps. took forever to load these--after my first 5 were uploaded the next images were really stubborn in actually showing up even though blogger said they were uploaded.. is there something i'm doing wrong??
(update: fixed the broken links)