Nov 19, 2011

'Tis the Season

One of the great joys of my life is being able to share my talents with others, and this is especially true during the holiday season.  Check out this "gem" from 2006:
Working in retail during the holiday provides a lot of interesting challenges, but it's also a great place to share my abilities with others in the form of gifts.  Here are some Create Your Own Vinylmation figures that I painted for the Disney Store management team last year:


I also painted a couple of things for some special Cast Members.  There was a special Giants Donald Duck for Jimmy:
 And a Tinkerbell for someone whose name I don't recall...
All of the Cast Members also got to design their own Secret Santa stockings.  Mine featured Casey Jr.:
Impressive, I know.  So this year, I had to figure out a way to top myself.  I realized quickly that the only thing better than one character is five characters!  Then, I just had to figure out a clever layout. I was about to declare such a notion impossible when BAM!  What if I drew five characters on some fake animation paper?
KA-CHOW!  All I had to do now was figure out the five most important characters in the Disney catalog.  I had to have Casey Jr., naturally.  Flynn Rider and Finn McMissile were obvious additions that had to be included.  My love of the West and Tom Hanks meant Woody needed a spot.  And my extreme admiration for Glen Keane and love of Tarzan filled the last spot. [and yes, I know Glen did not animate Young Tarzan.  Get over yourself, animation buff!]  So, I sketched down my thoughts in my sketchbook, using some reference, of course.
 Then, I drew them for real on some vellum.
A little Prismacolor marker on the back for Woody and Finn.  For Flynn and Young Tarzan, I actually colored them digitally and printed it out on a transparency to give a "painted cel" feel.

Then, I glued it all down onto my stocking, added my name and some decor with Nupastels, and voila:

Nov 12, 2011

Pareidolia

You know how sometimes you can stare at bathroom tiles or other patterns in a certain way and see a face or other object within the random patternous abyss?  Well, my top-notch, award-winning research team has discovered that this phenomenon is called pareidolia.  I see different things on my bathroom floor tiles all the time (usually dust and hair) and figured it'd be a fun exercise to take what I'm seeing to a more finalized point.  Mostly, though, I'm just stealing the idea from my classmate, Shirong.



Nov 11, 2011

Clothed Figure 3 - Weeks 10 & 11

Raise your hand if you saw this coming: an additional two weeks of figure drawing from Timothy Gula's Clothed Figure 3 class!  It's been several weeks now since Mr. Gula sat down and drew on my pad, which means that he sees me "getting it"...but also means that I can't add anything to my Gullery™. :^\


Nov 7, 2011

Jack and the Netherlands

So, here's something pretty different:

Not long ago, I was contacted by Delana Arnold, a resident of the Netherlands who stumbled upon my Jack and the Beanstalk artwork.  She was working on a project of her own for school where she had to animate the story using After Effects and 3D layers and asked if she could use my drawings for her project.  Naturally, I was flattered and 1000% allowed it.  Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to help her out with any new drawings, so she had to seek out other sources for some characters and story moments that I didn't get to.  Regardless, the end result is nothing short of amazingly awesome!  Sit back, relax, and thoroughly enjoy...


Pretty darn neato, huh?!?  Be sure to post some YouTube comments about how your breath was taken away!

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Video created by:
Delana Arnold
DeeSign Multimedia
www.dee-signmultimedia.com

Nov 1, 2011

Advanced Perspective - Week 8

In honor of Halloween, this week's theme was Horror.  The weekly perspective theory was "looking straight down", which is basically just a fancy way of saying that your vertical vanishing point is within the confines of your picture plane.  Hmm, or maybe the latter is the fancy way.  In any case, here are the results: