Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Summer Drawing Day #27 & #29

I apologize for not updating for the last few days, Monday I didn't make too much progress.... and Yesterday I got really sick that I didn't draw a single things.
For Monday, all I mostly did were traces from the boot camp book, just to get back into figure drawing:
For today, I managed to go to Berkeley despite the little rain shower we had in the morning. I managed to do some gesture drawings of people in a restaurant called Blondes Pizza, which is a good pizza place to go to.
Sadly, I seem to have a problem drawing people, since people are always moving about and whatnot. I will keep working on it though, I might try doing some tonight.
And good news, I just got my computer battery today, so no more low battery troubles.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Summer Drawing Day #26

Today there was a Sports Card & Collectibles Show at Serramonte, so I went to that just to do window shopping. The funny thing was that the mall wasn't official open until 11am, but they left the doors unlocked for people to get in. I ended up drawing a leaf for about a half hour to pass the time (upper left):
The bottom right is a still life I set up with a pen set and a leather journal, all done in pen. I'm not too proud of the perspective I got with the pens, but it's still something accomplished today.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Summer Drawing Day #25

Tomorrow in SF downtown, there's going to be the Gay Pride Parade. A good place to go to support gay/lesbian couples, a bad place to drive through.
Anyway, since I drew my original cartoon villains, I figured why not draw the original cartoon heroes I used to think up day after day. Here's the original drawings of them:
And here's them today:
Honestly, after drawing these little guys again, I kind of wish to make a comic based on them... I had fun redrawing them.
Tomorrow, I hope to get back into real life drawings, possibly figure drawing and cubes if possible.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Summer Drawing Day #23 & #24

Just a little heads up, my laptop battery is at it's limit and needs to be replaced. I just ordered a new one, but it won't be coming until next Wednesday or Friday. So in case I don't update in the next few days, you'll know why.
Anyway, yesterday I managed to get most of the classes that I wanted to get, the ANI classes are still in question. Plus my dad came home that day, so I spent most of my time with him. I did manage to get in some new character designs late last night, they're based on old cartoon characters I thought up of back in middle school (here's the original drawings):
And here's them today (what I did yesterday):
I don't have any original drawings of Maximum... one I lost somewhere and another is on a poster back in high school health class.
As for today, all I did was their mugshots. I say mugshots because they're suppose to be bad guys, even though they don't really look like... This is just mainly to get an idea on how big and tall each one is compared to an average human (which is about 7 1/2 heads tall, usually).
I also inked them just to get a clear picture past the rough sketching I did. Based on what I did back in middle school, I'd say it's a bit of an improvement.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Summer Drawing Day #22

Today was a fun day, it was tiring, but really fun. Anyway, before we all managed to meet up together, I drew something from outside Hard Rock Cafe:
I'm still working on drawing people from life, as you can probably tell. Once the group got together, we got lunch, better to draw fishes with a full stomach than an empty one. Here's what I managed to get:
These weren't too good models, they kept moving... I might try practicing drawing a picture of a jellyfish before trying the real thing again.
The starfish was a little better, plus I tried drawing out the tunnel for fun, the perspective and arrangement seems completely off now that I look at it.
These were the fish I managed to get down while in the tunnel, personally I like the top fish, it was good at holding still, at least until it slipped off and swam away...
So, this is pretty much my progress so far, I might try working with still life sometime this weekend. I can't say too much about tomorrow, because that's when I finally get to sign up for fall classes, which is going to be REALLY STRESSFUL.
Before I go, I want to thank my nine colleagues who came to the Aquarium event today, I had a wonderful time hanging out and drawing, and I hope you all did too.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Drawing Day #21

Okay, so today I did a little sprite comic, Ways To Talk To A Girl , this is mainly for the guys and any SonicTH fans out there. Anyone is free to look at it, I'll just leave it up to you.
And later today I did some observation drawings at Stonestown while waiting for a special friend:
The upper left is a leaf plant of some kind, I tried using cal state cool for it. The bottom right is a person who just stopped to stare out for a few minutes... The bottom left is just a column, just wanted to practice with the rings to make it appear more solid.
This is just a perspective practice I did with one of the other many columns, didn't have too much time to add value or extra details liked I hoped to do.
So that's pretty much it for today, tomorrow I'll be going to the Aquarium with my colleagues; we may draw some fish, people, perspective, or just a little bit of everything.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Summer Drawing Day #19 & #20

Last few days been mostly practicing drawing what I see, out in public.
Yesterday, I went to up to Grand View Park. Up there I drew the Sutro Tower and a little house down below:
Not my best of course, but good practice sketches...
Today because it was so hot, my mom took me out for summer cloth shopping. I had to rest a little in between and got a chance to draw a pair of shoes, or sandals, I can't tell:
Funny story, I put my sketchbook down for a few minutes to try some sandals, and a little girl running around   drew the incomplete circle underneath my drawing (why she did it, I do not know).

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Summer Drawing Day #18

Today, just like I said yesterday, I got to do some character designs on a character I'm currently working on. Her name is Eclair, and she's suppose to be a hedgehog...

For these, I was mostly working on expressions and a little bit of gesture, plus I inked one of the poses for inking practice. Her look is still a work in progress, I need to look more into actual hedgehogs and american cartooning (because Japanese anime-like drawings can give one the boot in the American animation business).
I do plan to also do more character designs in the future, because this is kind of one of the things I want to get into if I plan to have a career in animation. And as one of my art professors told my class one day: "If you want to do something for a career, do it EVERYDAY."

Friday, June 17, 2011

Summer Drawing Day #16 & #17

I think I'm going through a mid-life crisis, along with a bunch of distractions... I'm just really concerned about my consistency in drawing and just about everything else happening around me. I keep questioning myself whether this is something I really want to do with my life, and if it is, can I really make it to the pros? Right now I feel like I'm falling on my own two feet, and I can't get myself up. There's so much that I want to do, but I'm too afraid to try... I'm afraid to see myself fail, like with everything else.
Today I tried job hunting for a summer job, even though it seems hopeless and pointless now. My parents told me that it is important to go through things like this, to just try even though there's a huge possibility of failure. It made me think of a comic joke from Dilbert "What's the point in succeeding if it feels good to fail?" (or something like that). Even so, I think the main point of all this is to just try. Whatever you do, give it your all, and if you fall, get up and keep trying. So, that's something I'm going to try to apply with my drawing now. Just like my job hunting, even though there's a chance it won't turn out good, I'll do it anyway... Because this is probably the only few chances I'll get where I won't be graded down for failure.
Anyway, moving along. Here's a perspective drawing I did yesterday:
Not my best of course, need to get back to cubes and everything.
And here's the only thing I drew all day, a parking meter:
Today was my mom's birthday, so I had to find present for her last minute (because she already has everything one can possibly think for a present), and I ended up going on a stream for a few hours which was a bit of a distraction...
I was hoping to get into more character designs today, so that may be something to look forward to tomorrow. And I know this is off topic, but writing this blog keeps reminding me of Julie Powell from Julie & Julia, all the stress and pressure she had to go through and express over "pointless barking," AKA blogging.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Summer Drawing Day #14 & #15

Can't say that I've made that much progress over the last two days, trying new things can really reveal one's flaws...
Here's something I did yesterday, it's suppose to be a white rose from my mother's garden
It was a little difficult to do due to hot weather and bugs. Though as an artist I shouldn't really be complaining.
Here's what I did just today by the beach, it's suppose to be a coke bottle among some plants you normally would find at the beach
I thought this would be good symbolism on what is still happening to our beaches and environments, if I can make it a little clear and more detailed.
And theses are just practice gesture drawings from the boot camp book, traced.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer Drawing Day #13

Today I didn't get the figure drawing I was hoping for... I did manage to do a little still life and practice perspective while waiting for a friend.
I kind of like how the lamp came out, the perspective could use some improvements (my opinion at least).
On the bright side to all this, I got to finally see Hangover 2, which I personally think is a good movie, just as good as the first even.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Summer Drawing Day #12

My dad came home today from a business trip, plus my cousin just graduated from Stanford and dropped by my family's place, so been a bit distracted and busy. In between, however, I managed to do a drawing of a little vase:
I really like how the vase turned out, the flowers were really tricky to get...
I also got a little life drawing today, still incomplete since the model was unable to hold still long enough
Sometimes you just have to get lucky with the people you pick to draw.
Hopefully I'll be able to do more life drawings tomorrow before seeing Hangover 2! WOO!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Summer Drawing Day #10 & #11

Anyone starting to notice a pattern? The updating tends to come every other day... mostly due to lack of progress, consistency is something I really need to work on.
Yesterday I tried doing perspective around my neighborhood, which is actually a horrible place to practice if you're still learning perspective
I wanted to do more, but I got scared away by something that I will leave unmentioned...
I did work on hands from Bammes Artist Guide to Human Anatomy
I do plan to do real hands, once I get the hang of drawing the hands from a text book.
For today, all I mainly did was life drawings in downtown:

The guy on top was a good model since all he did was stare at his computer screen without moving so much.
So that's pretty much it for now, hope for more progress sometime soon... And before I forget, a while ago I set up a deviantART account right here where I display the works I think are my personal best, in case anyone is interested.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Summer Drawing Day #8 & #9

This is something I did for both yesterday and today:
It is a copy of the cover picture of Eldest, from the Eragon Series. I just felt like drawing a dragon and figured this one would be a good start. I personally like how I handled the face, though I had a lot of trouble getting in the scales correctly...
And just for laughs, here's a little something about what blogs really are:

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Summer Drawing Day #7

I'm going to be completely honest, yesterday I didn't draw a single thing, spent most of the day watching movies and youtube. Today, however, I did manage get some work done. I tried practicing drawing eyes at first, then spent the rest of the day coming up with two characters. Which were based off of these two figures:
The boy is Jeremy Stuson (based from comic strip "Zits") and the dog is Chance (based from movie Homeward Bound). These two were originally my brother's, who came up with the two characters and personalities when we were little.
Anyway, I managed to come up with a simple design for each of them based on my interpretation. This one is Jeremy (along with practice eyes):
And this one is Chance (with a practice cube):
Their looks are subject to change, that is if I plan on actually working on these two in the future. I am also trying to develop a cartoon drawing style that is less anime-like, so I'll keep working on that.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Summer Drawing Day #4 & Day #5

I apologize for not updating yesterday, honestly I haven't made as much progress as I wanted to in matter of figure drawing... Here's the practice sketches I did yesterday, 6/3.

The top two look too stiff to me, compared to the third one I did from the boot camp book
And here's what I did today.
The one in the upper left was drawn from life... not really what I was hoping for. The bottom right was done from the boot camp book, I personally like the gesture, it just needs improvement in structure and form...
I do plan to keep working on figure drawing, and hopefully make some improvements before the beginning of next fall.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Summer Drawing Day #3

I originally wanted to do more figure drawing today, but instead I ended up drawing a teddy bear bookend for a couple of hours, which looks like this:
I personally thought the papa bear turned out pretty good, maybe because I spend more time on him than his poor little daughter. After I drew this, my mom asked me to draw two doll figures, shown below:
We both thought they looked a lot like Olive Oil (from Pop Eye). I was thinking about coming up with a story with these two girls, they would make good animation characters. 
So that's it for today, hope for more drawings tomorrow.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Summer Drawing Day #2

Today I managed to turn in my job applications and resumes, while at the same time looked for more job openings. However, in between, I managed to get some life drawings of people in downtown.
 The one above was done in the food court, thankfully she didn't seem to notice me.
This one was done on the muni street car when the muni just stopped for a couple of minutes.
I am still trying to improve my current figure drawing skills, since it is a major thing to know for the A/I program and it is one of my many weak points... That's why I did a few gesture figures from the Boot Camp book (these were copied, not traced).

I do plan to refer back to the text book and work on making improvements, so there will definitely be more life drawings and practice figures to come (depending...).
So, until tomorrow, have a good night, and be on the look out for rain tomorrow and this weekend.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Summer Drawing Day #1

Before I start, let me just thank the few people who have read and followed my blog so far, it really means a lot to me.
Anyway, today's weather forecast didn't really help me find much time to draw. Because I'm also currently job hunting, I spent the whole morning looking through downtown, San Francisco, for any job openings. I managed to find a couple, which really kept me busy (filling out the applications and other information). Plus I ended up hibernating for 2 hours afterwards.
My main drawings today revolve around perspective, as you can see with my cube drawings...
Not the best, I know, I still need to get back into cubes and perspective, especially for the next upper division class I'm sure many of you are familiar of. Aside from the cubes, I managed to get into a lot of details with the GAMECUBE!
Perspective is one of the many things I wish to improve on this summer, so be on the look out for more cubes and perspective drawings.
For tomorrow, I plan to turn in my job applications, so hopefully I'll be able to stop and do some gesture drawings. So until tomorrow, have a good night.