Saturday, May 16, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

Post 364

Since the submissions are closing...and my mind just finally gave out...I tried to do some sketches tonight to no avail...I hit the wall....I decided to post my submission that I had done before the colored pencil version. Hopefully some sleep will renew my mind.

BTW, a few times this week I've had people ask me "You're smart?!?!" in such a surprised fashion following conversations about things I had done when I was a student in school. Like I won a science fair in middle school that went to state dealing with modules that transmitted sound using ambient light would interfere with transmissions. Or, the fact that I was number 15 in my class for a long time and still graduated within the top 6% even with sherking my last semester to work on a college art portfolio (which didn't even get me college credit with a perfect score!). I don't know if it's the fact that I'm an art teacher, but apparently people think that I'm lacking in the intelligence department. But it's both disheartening and highly insulting to see THAT level of surprise. I graduated with honors from college, I didn't take blow off classes. If I wanted to, I could have become a doctor, but I chose what I loved. Is it really that surprising?

I guess the moral of the story is not to make assumptions based on career title.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Post 363

What he said...

Nearly didn't make it for today's art update...but I did a quick digital sketch.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Post 362

Okay, got more stuff taken care of today, inching towards Friday, and ultimately SEMI-FREEEEEEEEEEEEDDDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM (in Braveheart voice)!

Did this pretty quick, I used to love the design of Havok back in the day when I was but a wee lad. Just plain fun design. I guess they probably changed it to avoid the similarity to Bullseye...but Havok does better with the look! Bullseye is a character with potential, but always seems to turn out lame and poorly utilized.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Post 361

Sorry, nothing special today. Not the most inspired piece, I know, but it's all I had in me this evening. If I thought that two weeks ago was hectic, that was nothing compared to this week. Putting together a field trip and an art show on short notice, been non stop matting and cataloging work, and putting out fires. Right now it's kind of hard to get any personal art done when I get home at the end of the day because I'm just drained. It's getting kind of hard to do these updates right now...but I promised myself I'd keep doing the daily update until either I hit 100 days worth, or something else went up online (a surprise for me that happened a few months ago), which was why I started this insanity...whichever happened first...right now it's looking like 100...and I'm really having a lot of trouble. If I can just make it to Saturday...I should be alright...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Post 360

This is looking to be another crazy week, so not too much talking. This is another one done of a friend in my moleskine.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Post 359

Y'know, normally I don't put up my designs for project rooftop before things go up, but this is my alternate view using prismacolor. Did this quickly this morning and sent it in to add to my primary design (which is using ink and photoshop colors). But I'm claiming dibs on this design. This is MINE PEOPLE!!!

I was having tons of trouble with this one. The past few competitions have been insanely iconic characters who have had nearly every costume design under the sun, so you constantly run into just copying an already existing design, or doing a full re-imagining, which is frustrating to no end! But I guess that's the challenge! I nearly gave up yesterday, but thanks to my friends, both named Joe (Joe Keatinge, and Joe Eisma), they forced me to get my head on straight, and stop caring about all that other stuff, especially public opinion, and just go with what I WANTED. Such a simple thing, and I'm able to do it with everything else, but it's so hard to get into that mindset for Project Rooftop for me for some reason. I wanted to impress, and stand up with all the big name folks as a little guy...try and pull off an upset. But this time I stopped trying to compete, and just redesigned it for myself, and for the first time I'm really happy with it. Whether I get torn apart in crit on this, I really like it...I'll give you a's that I did it as if I were doing an Adidas design for him! Which just happens to be my favorite design aesthetic...the trefoil!!! If you even remotely know me, you know I'm insane for that design element. The head plate is for bashing in skulls. Wolverine seems like the kinda guy that uses his head as a weapon, and yeah...I know his head IS a weapon, it's adamantium as well, but I wanted to move away from the traditional mask, and into something more easily concealable within the general public.

Anyways, check back in a couple months (hahaha, I kid, I kid Dean) when the competition results go up to see if any of the judges actually liked my design...but I'm happy, and that's what counts!