Monday, April 30, 2012



Gesture Drawing at the Races

Since we couldn't fit an actual horse into the room, except for all the ones we were sitting on (art student joke hawhaw), we drew the jockey instead:

Palm Beach

For Will's class, we had to design a beach dwelling constructed by castaway French children during the 16th century...random!
Anyways, such seemingly random stipulations always make for fun combinations of ideas, and I ended up designing a couple different palm-tree-tents made from broken ship piece-parts.

The first one was inspired by the shape of the Eiffel Tower (which worked with the story until I realized that the tower wasn't around in the 16th century...)

Will's helpful feedback was that both the ship's wheel and the crow's nest were acting as focal points, and battled for primacy. The eye didn't know where to rest on this design.

To fix the problem, I chose to focus the eye on the crow's nest, and used upward-facing triangles and the smooth lines of tattered sails to help the eye skim over the bottom of the fort.
(Oh and also not finishing that part of the drawing definitely helps it look less interesting...haha)

And here's a sketch of the tent on the beach...complete with the castaway's abandoned lifeboat in the foreground. This one has yet to be painted, but who knows when that'll happen...


My dad loves to say "Rockin!"
So that's the title of this post.

These are some rock sketches I did to warm up for the Dino Dig layout posted earlier. I had no idea how to draw rocks...and then I came across the Animation Backgrounds blog...and found some amazing reference. After some copying, these are some of my shape ideas for the rocks in the cave.