Monday, May 13, 2013

More studies

Most of the drawings I do that aren't work related are studies aimed at making me a stronger draftsman.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Toys For Tots - How To Draw

For the Toys for Tots program at my local gym (Go Dave Fisher's Powerhouse!), I decided to give the gift of art. More specifically, a quick and simple how to draw lesson plus a sketchbook and crayons. I hope this is easy to understand...

Friday, November 2, 2012

How to Succeed as a Freelancer

The number one secret to succeeding as a freelancer is conducting yourself as a professional.

How does a professional conduct him or herself?

1. Communication. More than anything else, stay in communication with your client. This is especially important because you're likely working offsite, away from the client. If you cannot answer their calls or emails immediately, make it a priority to reply within the hour. If you're running behind schedule, let them know. Early.

2. Do good work. If it's not clear to them, it's not good work. If it's not what you promised, it's not good work. If it's vastly different from the level of quality in your reel/portfolio, it's not good work.

3. Be consistent. This applies not only to doing good work but keeping regular office hours. Start every day at the same time. Take lunch at the same time every day. And finish every day at the same time. And in those hours that you're working, work. No internet. No Reddit. No Facebook. No distractions.

4. Meet your deadlines. Work over time if necessary. Meet that deadline. If you're still going to be late, let them know as soon as possible. Do not wait till the last second. Your work for them is just one small piece of a larger puzzle. If you're going to be late, they need to know so they can plan around it. They're more likely to not hire you again if you're dishonest with them than if you're honest.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Tonal Study

Attempting to draw without significant reliance on the use of line. In other words, I drew most of this by only laying down tones.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Robert Fawcett

I'm currently inspired by Robert Fawcett and his insistence on trying to capture observed detail as opposed to formula.

In his book, On The Art of Drawing, he suggests an artist is better off drawing the model inside the environment rather than just the model because the skills used to draw a model are no different than the skills used to draw an environment.

And ignoring one for the other results in neglecting one's ability to correctly observe how line and tone interact as well as one's ability to design and compose pictures.

A previous (and awesome) teacher said the same thing to me.

I've got a long way to go.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Home Invasion

Here's a game I finished working on, it's due out for a beta release next month :)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Meet Ze Artists Los Angeles

If you want a hands on intense learning experience, this is the place to be in August.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Animating on Paper

The last time I tried animating my own stuff on paper was back in 2006. I couldn't even draw a stick figure well. I still suck at drawing stick figures (actually, I rock, I don't know why I said that), but here's my first ever completed scene that I've done with nothing but paper and pencil.