Well, it’s been way too long and I hope to be more consistent in posting from here on out. 😉 FEARLESS!
Hope that April has been wonderful so far for you. Last month, a friend of mine and I headed off to the Atlanta Zoo to spend a chilly day sketching the animals. Thank the Lord, it was cool enough that the animals were out and about, but not so cold we couldn’t feel our fingers drawing them. After a few minutes of catching the animals on paper though, we would laugh between slightly chattering teeth and move to more sunny areas to recharge with solar heat!
The giraffes were jaw-droppingly beautiful. Occasionally, they would gallop which is amazing to see in person. As for the other animals, I sincerely enjoyed drawing the lions. They were such funny, lazy bums – obviously enjoying the view of the inside of their eyelids rather than the people watching them.
Here are a few of the sketches from that day. Hope you enjoy them! Thanks everybody and have a great rest of the week!
One of the most beautiful art forms in the world is drawing. It has such fluidity and motion, and almost seems to breathe.
Recently, I went down to Atlanta to hear a few people from Pixar share about their experiences with the company. (I survived I-85 – thank the Lord! Glad to be alive!) While I was waiting to enter the auditorium, I met several other students from SCAD. It was a joy to hear their goals in animation, production and visual development. One of the biggest things that made an impression on me was that they too absolutely loved the beauty of drawings. It was wonderful to be in such a community of artists!
As I continue in visual development, the character design works by artists such as Jin Kim and Carter Goodrich have been such inspirations. They know exactly how to bring out the emotions and quirky uniqueness of each character they get to create and know. Each personality has a history, likes, dislikes, convictions, vices and qualities. That is what I want to bring out in my work.
Here is an example of one of my characters. I don’t want to give a name for him or synopsis, but rather his personality to show through – who he is, and all of the above.
Thanks everyone for your support! Let me know if you have any tips on character development! All the very best to you and God bless!
Here is something very cool! Several years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Penland School of Crafts. During my time touring the campus, I had the chance to see several artists at work creating glass masterpieces. It was amazing!
Wondering how the lines stay white in my paintings? Drawing gum! It dries blue and acts as a resist, keeping the areas white while I continue to paint. When ready, just peel away the gum and there you have it! Happy painting!