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Giving digital additive painting a shot:

November 22, 2010

Here’s my final for my Electronic Illustration class: a self-portrait to be painted using an ADDITIVE TECHNIQUE. As in, no airbrushin’ here, folks. Started with only black and white, used a little photo reference, set my brush to hard round with pen pressure on opacity, and went to town. The self-portrait had to represent a hobby or personality trait not shown in class, so I made absolutely certain everyone would know how big a music geek I am:

So, from left to right, that’s Thom Yorke (of Radiohead), me, Win Butler (of Arcade Fire), Kevin Barnes (of… Of Montreal), and Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips). A few other people were going to be put up there, like James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and Daniel Rossen of Department of Eagles/Grizzly Bear, but due to time constraints I just went with those four extra dudes.

And just for the record, I like a LOT of music, these guys were just the most recognizable (in terms of picking them out in a crowd) and the dudes I thought people would recognize the fastest.

As for the technique, I had a blast using it. I’m going to try using this little technique much more often, so keep an eye on this blog for more in the upcoming weeks. A friend of mine wants a Liz Taylor drawing, and she’d probably be a good candidate for this kind of rendering. WOOH.

Oh, and just cuz I like you guys so much, here’s a couple of those dudes above isolated and in sweet, sweet black and white:

Let me know what you think!


Cutout Animation, complete with purple noses.

November 17, 2010

Alright guys, coming up next is my final for Principles of Screen Design. We had two objectives: create a “countdown” by inter-cutting between two subjects, and keep the whole thing at 15 seconds on the dot. The theme everything revolved around was “Countdown to a Blind Date,” which could be… interpreted in many different ways.

We had to animate the whole thing in After Effects, so I decided to use Photoshop to make puppets on different layers, then edit it all together in Premiere. It was Adobepalooza for a weekend there.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the final product. I spent most of the weekend on it, and got it done just in time, which is always pretty sweet. Ch-ch-check it out:

My friend Scott Johnson (the guy who helped me out on the rocket project) lent me some of his valuable time yet again and helped me mix the sound. THANKS SCOTT.

And yes, there are some MORE purple noses. You can’t stop me from drawing purple noses, man. It’s my CALLING, I suppose. Tell me whatchoo think!

And now, a book cover.

November 8, 2010

Alright everyone, it’s time for an illustration post. I recently had a class assignment that focused on using collage digitally – and we had to make a book cover. Now, I’ve done a little collage in the past (check out the portfolio above, DO IT), and I’ve always loved the process. Books are also pretty cool, so this was a damn fun assignment.

I chose to do a cover for Kurt Vonnegut’s A Man Without a Country – I love drawing him, I don’t know why. So, I bought a bunch of fabric, cut up a bunch of cardboard, burned my fingers, and made this:

It’s the first time I’ve ever set up anything that I would need to actually photograph (namely the pins and rope), and I had a lot of fun doing it. I’d like to mess around with collage more, because making my lil’ Vonnegut was the highlight of this thing.

But what do you guys think?

It’s that time again. ANIMATION TIME.

October 7, 2010

Okay, here’s what’s been consuming my free time for the past week. An ANIMATION:

With rockets and astronauts, no less! Two of my favorite things to draw. Did that make drawing them hundreds of times over and over any less tedious? Not really. But it all came out relatively good in the end, so there.

The assignment was to animate camera moves, and make the short loop in on itself. I went ahead and looped it three times for your convenience, but if you were to just keep re-playing it over and over again, you very well could. And who would I be to stop you?

Also, as you can maybe tell, I made the sound effects myself (with some recording/editing help from my friend Scott Johnson). So you get to hear me making crashing/flying/hissing sounds three times over every time you watch it! This animation just gets better and better.

I’m still not happy with certain parts, but I’m not going to talk about those here for two reasons: 1.) You’ll see the problems I do, and I can’t have that. 2.) I don’t want to have to re-name this blog post SEAN WHINES ABOUT HIMSELF YET AGAIN, so I think I’ll avoid the whine parade.

However, if anyone has anything critique-ish to add, please do! I want to know how I can make this sucker better. A lot of love and tears went into this little bastard, so anything that could improve it would be greatly appreciated.

So yeah. There you go.


September 1, 2010

Just to let you guyses know:

I’ve set up a new Portfolio page in this here blog. I’ve got a page of Illustration work up, as well as a small page of Animation work as well. Just click that little tab in the top right to check it out. Oh, and tell me if everything is working okay. Sometimes the internets confuse me. They’re just a series of tubes, right?

Ghostbustin’ kitten (and friends?)

August 31, 2010

Okay everyone.

I’ve decided I’m going to do a few free commissions to keep myself on my artistic toes. I haven’t been doing a lot of art for myself (as you can most likely tell – see below), and with SPX on the horizon, it’s about time I got back to the goodness that is NON-SCHOOL RELATED ART.

So, to give you a preview, I give you… A GHOSTBUSTIN’ KITTEN:

The commission was actually for a kitten, or ghostbusters, but… Well, I’m lazy, and thought I’d consolidate. SO THERE YOU GO.

Animation time 2.0

August 26, 2010

For the past two weeks I’ve been steeped in the pungent swamp that is finals here at SCAD. I got a lot of work done, but in that time I haven’t really been “socializing” or “having a life,” or whatever it is you kids are doing.

So before I get back to that, here’s some of the fruits of my labor: my final dialogue assignment for 2D Character 1. The dialogue is from Nacho Libre (I think) and the character is from the Wind in the Willows, apparently. I’d never seen him before, but I thought the face matched the voice in a weird way.

Anyway, I’ll be headed home Saturday for a short two-week break before going BACK to school, but I hope to get a few personal projects done in that time. And when I do, they’ll totes go up here. So stay tuned, sports fans.