Saturday, January 12, 2013

Revisiting my Riding Hood story

My Red character still looks very European, so I'll finesse it once I get several more designs down. Watched a friend do a speed paint digitally and I decided to utilize his techniques. Re-doing these designs, and the story would follow the Little Red Riding Hood from Grimm's, but it'll take place among a grander story I've come up with.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Collection of Tutorials, Guides, Tips and Tricks

A collection of websites and tutorials I've found across the web and saved up. I've found a good amount from this Tumblr user: Eyecager and decided to write a post with a little tidbit of what I found on each site. I've been wanting to do this for awhile, and will add more as I find them. These personally have been amazing to me, but I haven't been able to share them as they were collecting digital dust in my bookmarks bar.

Anatomy References for Artists - "Your one stop source for human anatomy references for 3D and traditional artists. If you desire to learn human anatomy be sure to check "Drawing Figure for All It's worth" By great anatomy and drawing teacher Andrew Loomis. You will find here great photo references for modeling and texturing your 3D characters in Poser, 3D studio MAX, Lightwave, Maya or any other 3D package."

Dave Rapoza - A freelance illustrator who worked among Riot Games, Wizards of the Coast and other publishers. This Youtube sites features some digital illustration tutorials as well as interviews among industry professionals.

Enliighten - A website with a host of materials on digital rendering and Photoshop techniques. Alongside the tutorials are a collection of the artists brushes he used in the videos. The author of the website is the concept artist Daarken.

Feng Zhu Design - "The focus on education has always been a big part of Feng’s career. Back in 1998, he created one of the first free online concept art tutorials under a website called artbyfeng. This site generated a massive amount of public interest and eventually led to the production of the popular Gnomon analog instructional DVDs in 2003.
Design Cinema was created by Feng to continue his interest of sharing free online tutorials and industry knowledge. These bi-monthly episodes cover a broad range of topics
from digital painting to portfolio preparation. You can find our channel on youtube under FZDSCHOOL. Please subscribe!"

James Gurney - This daily weblog by Dinotopia creator James Gurney is for illustrators, plein-air painters, sketchers, comic artists, animators, art students, and writers. You'll find practical studio tips, insights into the making of the Dinotopia books, and first-hand reports from art schools and museums.

Landscapes in Pastel - An enormous blog dedicated to teaching readers on how to paint landscapes in pastel. The blog is divided into chapters, from materials to values to lighting and colors.

Nathan Fowkes - Concept artist with a background in Disney, Dreamworks and many other major studios. This blog features a lot of his work that delves into traditional as well as digital art. There are introductions to his portraiture, color keys, composition and much more at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art. 

Paolo Rivera - Welcome to The Self-Absorbing Man, a personal blog featuring my artwork and creative process. I post on Mondays,Wednesdays, and Fridays (if not more). Your comments and questions are welcome on any post, old or new, and I hope you'll become a regular reader. Thanks for visiting. 
       A guide to finding and making resources for your art

Proko TV - A Youtube channel focusing on how to draw fundamental forms of the human head through basic geometric forms to full renderings. The videos last from 4-10 minutes and covers a wide range techniques. It's like an Andrew Loomis book, come to life. The artist is Stan Prokopenko, an artist at the Watts Atelier at San Diengo. - The main website, where you can purchase DVDs for heftier content.

Muybridge Pictures and Clips - An enormous collection of Muybridge's photos for animation. All are organized very neatly, large resolution images, and a Quicktime movie file for download. An amazing site, as well as several other tutorials relating to different disciplines in Animation.

Quick Tumblr Links:

Draping the Male Figure

Fabric Folds Tutorial by Erik Gist

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Months overdue

Long overdue character designs. I think it's quite obvious that I am more of a character guy than an environment. Mostly because I'm too scared to go for an environment all the way. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Forest Iterations

Since I"m not very familiar with environments, these are my earlier iterations. I had some guidance from my professor on subsequent ones and I also looked at how people did their environments. I just wanted an environment with trees, and a bony looking tent. Then I scrapped it.

I "pushed" this piece another 10%, gave it a little oomph to it as it still felt like there was a lack of contrast. Professor Ellen again helped me with it. I will upload a LAST iteration once my finals are over with because I can't concentrate on it.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Forest Stream

Never completed an environment piece before only because I was too scared to approach these kinds of paintings. A lot of guidance from my professor, Ellen Over, helped me finally complete it. I'm pretty happy with it so far.