Thursday, July 18, 2013

Bishop

Another older character sketch I finished over the past month and a half. I would redo this one too, if I had the chance. I think I'm fine with the outfit, but I never really figured out the color scheme to my satisfaction.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Maria: Part II

The second half of the Maria series - a continuation from last week.



Not much to say about this one, except that I really, really enjoyed designing the color scheme on both of her outfits. Most of the time I take a 'whatever looks best' sort of approach towards color, as I really like to experiment. With Maria's, I had a very distinctive look in mind. I'm pleased with the way the helmet turned out. 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Maria: Part I

I've been doing a lot of character concept art recently. I think out of all forms of illustration, its the one I enjoy the most. Characters still take me longer to finish than I would like, but I've been using my open schedule and non-stop writing as an excuse to sketch out the things I see in my head. Below, Maria.


Maria is an older character design, from about a year or two ago. She's part of a two-part series. I didn't get around to coloring her until now.


I have a long standing obsession with robots and AI, and Fritz Lang's Metropolis is one of my all time favorite films. I think that's what inspired the Maria design, although if had to go back and change anything, I would definitely redesign her outfit. I went through a phase a couple years back where I drew all my characters like eye candy. I'm not sure if it was because I wanted my characters to look like that, or I was normalized into thinking that that was the only acceptable way for them to appear.

Either way, it's something that's never sat right with me.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

July Update

Ugh. It's been awhile since I posted - over a month, I think. It feels longer than that - like I've been living in a deep, dark hole for the past several years, and I'm only now crawling out into the light. Though to be honest, that's actually not far from the truth.

I've been cloistered away in my apartment for the past month and a half. Ever since convocation officially ended, I've spent all my time searching for a job, and when I'm not searching for a job, I'm drawing characters and writing stories and wallowing in this anti-social, self-pitying vat. They warn you about it, in school - everyone warns you about the first few months (or years) after graduating, and how miserable they can be - but you don't really pay attention to it until it happens. I'm still trying to adjust to change. I'd be lying if I didn't say it was a struggle.

Even though I've been a social hermit for the last little while, that doesn't mean I've been totally inactive. I've started up several projects simultaneously (never a good thing, to be honest), and recently my concept art was featured in ZE5T - a blog dedicated to showcasing new and upcoming local artists.

There's not much else to report right now in the way of features - at least, none that I know about - but I will be posting my latest work over the next couple weeks. Here's a few sneak peaks of what's to come.