Sunday, April 30, 2006
Monday, April 24, 2006
Anyway, I played around a little in Photoshop. This was the result. I am really excited about this. I think I have the hand-eye thing down pretty well. Now, I have to practice on the other tricks both it and Illustrator can do.
I am hoping that this will be a nice compliment to my "old school" drawing techniques.
Sunday, April 23, 2006
I was playing around with my colored pencils and wanted to try different things. The three leaves on this Poison Ivy drawing are all done in different ways.
1.) The top leaf was done with the lights being applied first and the darks added on top.
2.) The right leaf was done with the darks being applied first, then the mediums and finally the lights added on top.
3.) The bottom most leaf was done with the darks first and gradually getting to the lightest color. The final touch on this one, however, is that I used the Prismacolor blending pencil (#1077) over the entire leaf.
Saturday, April 22, 2006
I started this the same time I did my other robot; however, I had decided to finish the other first. Although I wanted to finish this one, I wasn't sure how I wanted to do it. After careful consideration and a "just do it" from Cathie. I decided to move forward with a new technique I had never used before.
First, I sketched the entire robot. Next, I outlined it with my 005 Micron pen. I added the details at this time as well. The next step is where I was worried about the outcome. I colored the entire thing with Sharpies. After getting all of the green and browns done, I went back over it with my colored pencils for the finishing details such as shading and other colors.
Again, the concept for this design came from a variety of sources -- Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Star Wars, and The Black Hole to name a few.
I am actually very pleased with this and cannot wait until my next drawing where I plan on doing more of this technique.
My vision for this illustration came from a number of different robots I have been introduced to over the years, but it probably most resembles my favorite robot from the Disney movie, The Black Hole. I guess you can say this is sort of like a younger version of Old B.O.B.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Also, please take time to read her other works which are linked from her blog, The Bean Counter.
Monday, April 17, 2006
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Saturday, April 15, 2006
The background is based on my tattoo. I re-drew it since I did not have the original any longer. I colored it, scanned it, and played with the layout in Illustrator. After getting the layout correctly, I finished the coloring in Photoshop.
Next, I saved all of the original Son of Moto GIF's to my laptop. I changed the colors in Photoshop to the ones in my final design. After learning a little about CSS from my sister, I was able to fix an issue I had with my site and change the background and text colors. Thanks, Melanie.
The last step was uploading the new graphics to a public web server and making all the final changes in my template to where the files are now located. I saved it and then republished it.
Friday, April 14, 2006
In the end, I chose this one. Hopefully, it needs no explanation. Enjoy and have a great weekend!
Thursday, April 13, 2006
I haven't done a Flashback in a while and I don't have a doodle for today, so I will post this.
I remember my art teacher, James Sabol, as being pretty laid back. One class, he said to find an object anywhere in the classroom and draw it. I went into the back supply room and there was an old skull in a box. Since I was going through my alternative mod stage (which was especially controversial since I was at a Catholic School), this fit the profile.
Here is the outcome. Pretty poor quality and scan job since it has not been preserved by any means for the last 15+ years, but here is none the less.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Was Grimace merely a zygote who developed into another more popular purple monster? Did Hamburgler finally get locked up? Was he framed? And what about the Fry Guys? Are they now known as Moffets? Oh, and that chicken thing. Not sure what her name was but did she transfer to Purdue? For those who may be too young to know these characters, they were once Ronald's friends in McDonald's commercials. Now long gone.
It saddens me that my children will not know the characters I learned to love (and fear) during my Saturday morning cartoons? Which "old school" characters do you miss?
Monday, April 10, 2006
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Anyway, please feel free to let me know what you think of the banner. Both positive and negative comments are welcome.
One last thing, I will leave you with a quick doodle of a green apple I did while my boys were eating their breakfast.
Friday, April 07, 2006
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Anyway, I was doing my weekly disk cleanup and defrag of my hard drive today and felt this was an appropriate thing to draw. No, this is not the actual drive I did these tasks to. I am a geek and have computer parts and cables everywhere. This just happens to be a hard drive that is corrupt and sitting on my desk. One of these days I may try to do some forensics on it and see if there is any worthy data to keep on it. Until then, it works as a great paper weight. ;)
Monday, April 03, 2006
This is my USB Flash drive. It was actually a take-away gift from a vendor seminar I went to a couple of months ago. You have to love it when they give the good things out. I also got a travel mug that is obnoxiously thin and tall.
This second doodle started out as the top of the building outside of my office window. I did this while I was on a training call -- a two hour training call. Since I was not particularly motivated to do work things today, this quickly became a random doodle. I must stress that the building across the street DOES NOT have castle windows, although it would be pretty cool if it did.
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Here is the final product. I feel that it turned out exactly as I wanted.
Saturday, April 01, 2006
Last night before I went to bed, I drew a real rough draft to get the concept on paper. This morning, I planned on working on the version for IF. I started drawing the clock, however, it didn't feel right. At that point, Father Time popped into my head. After I had him done, I wondered if this expressed Spring enough. I felt it needed something else; hence, the addition of Mother Nature next to him.
I am submitting the pencil drawing. I am debating on whether I should ink it and color. I may play around with it and see what happens. If it looks good, I may post that version.