This is the color version of my quick digital marker sketch for my article on running. I used custom brush variants in Adobe Photoshop CS6. The article was mainly on healthy lifestyle choices but also included a detailed progressive breakdown of this concept sketch from the rough to final color.
Digital marker sketch; Photoshop
Just a quick note of congratulations to everyone who contributed to the success of the World Congress of Play, especially Richard Gottlieb who continues to be an invaluable resource to the toy industry.
I am amazed at how many extremely talented people make up this industry and the openness in which they share their experience and insights. This has been, and will continue to be a great force of positive momentum to inspire both professionals and students to play hard and dream big.
It's been a some time since I've shown anything related to my commercial work which is primarily concentrated on design projects pertaining to film and television. It's prohibitive to show much of what I do because of contractual agreements, but these two sketches for the Marvel property Ironman II are generic enough for publication on my blog.
For most of my visual development work I use Prismacolor pencils and blend with my finger on vellum while plucking out details with a kneaded eraser. I try to keep everything simplified and tied together using light and shadow. Everything is usually roughed out in light pencil (sometimes non-photo blue) with multiple tissue overlays and then gradually built upon developing the final tonal sketch. For this project, due to deadlines, I put in just enough detail to get the point across.
Copyright Lucusfilm © 2009
These are some quick pen sketches I roughed out for a design assignment on the animated series CloneWars. This was a fun project for me to work on because we developed the conceptual ideation studies all the way to finished concept art. Many great designers have been involved in creating the StarWars universe so for me to get a chance to play around with such a rich assortment of characters and concepts was awesome. The artists on the team are amazing. I can't show the final sketches because they are in the production pipeline but these three examples give a gyst of the type of work involved in regard to the rough preliminary stage of posing the characters and working out the initial ideas and details.
SARAH JOY—CHARCOAL PAINTING © 2012
I walk all the way up the stairs to collect "my stuff" and then walk all the way back down the stairs while the dog is running circles around me perfecting the best unseen circus act in the world. I finally get my gear into place and take a seat to focus the camera when the dog decides it's just the right moment to sneeze all over me. I thought I was allergic to her but it turns out she is allergic to me.
Finally, I take the shots and go back up stairs to download the files to see what I have in Adobe Light Room (insert commercial endorsement here). Because of my amazing camera skills (LOL) I have little to retouch and realize it's time to go to bed. After moaning about all "my stuff" mixed in with "Sarah's stuff" I realized how blessed I was. I really can't put into words how proud I am of Sarah Joy.
SARAH JOY—DETAIL © 2012
It's really hard for me to paint or draw people that I love—it goes beyond the technique of light and shadow and anatomical features so Sarah was no exception. I still remember holding her for the first time thinking she'd break if I squeezed too hard. I remember her chasing me around the house as we played hide-n-seek. I remember seeing her in her Homecoming dress and was overcome by her beauty and charm. How do you capture all of that with charcoal?
Anyway, with all that said I have to say I love my daughter beyond words. She not only has taken captive the tripod but has also taken captive her daddy's heart. When I look at her I see Cathy in her eyes and I also see God's love in every area of her life. I hope a little of that shows in the painting. I pray for her future husband who is somewhere right now growing into the man she will eventually fall in love with. I pray for her children who someday will be raised with the same measure of faith. No matter what Sarah's life brings or how much she achieves I know she will always be my baby girl and that my stuff is now and always will be her stuff.