Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Practical Application

  I've been doing a ton of extremely uninteresting drawing for the past week or so. Draw a box ... cut boxes out of it ... make new shapes ... repeat. It took a few days before I finally got it. I finally understood what those exercises were about. With this understanding it became apparent to me that I had about a thousand more ahead of me before I get to where I want to me.

Tonight I took a slight break because I wanted to put this new information to use. Seen first is a mech that I really don't like. I drew it fudging knowledge I believed I had. I'm not fooling anyone. It's a turd.

  This second set is my attempt to follow some direction to get a result that is a little more grounded. It's still not where I want, but it's miles ahead of the garbage I was knocking out a few weeks ago.
What is lacking: • that answer to what - what does it do?
                           • reference to influence and ground the design.
                           • indication of place. not an environment per se
                              just something to help further a narrative.
                           • and other stuff

Friday, August 19, 2016

Mech Silhouettes

  This is what I've been doing all week. Silhouettes. As many as I could do. My goal was 1000 but this being the last day, I just don't think I'm going to make it. The first three days were rough and I really wasn't all that pleased with the results, but I'm glad I did them just so it would get me closer to my ultimate goal: being a better designer.  After today I will be posting all of them. It will take me a while to scan them but when finished I'll post them all.
  Until then I present you with this -

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Grey Alien

This is my first attempt at joining the Daily Spitpaint group on Facebook. The topic was I chose was grey alien.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

post-it bash

I've been doing a ton of studying this week and have not been able to post as I would like. I did a little sketch on a post-it note (on the left) then rearranged it to create the creature on the right. It's not the most successful piece but it was nice to wind down doing it. I'll have a rather substantial upload on Friday.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Mech sketch

Quadrupedal - mech - evangelist.

Friday, August 05, 2016


There was a time that I had hoped that the new transformers movies would be open to experimentation with their characters. Namely the seekers. The cone headed jets were my favorite as a child. The concept behind this was that as they were scientists they were addicted to knowledge and information. They were so addicted in fact that it warped their figures and made them these haunting figures. The more they discovered and created the more their fix was met.
I also just found this. I drew it shortly after the announcement of the second transformers movie.

So I Bought a Scanner

The sketches I was doing directly on the computer I was not fond of in the slightest. They were disjointed and incoherent and a multitude of other things and I didn't know it because all I was thinking about was the number of silhouettes I was generating and not the content. Of course I didn't know this because I needed to fail and get frustrated before I was mad enough to go seek out the answer. I bought a number of Gumroad videos and settled on one that I felt I could benefit from the most. John Park. Look him up and judge for yourself.

That said I went about doing the first couple of steps in his program. The idea is simple. Now knock out a ton of shapes in a short amount of time. He said make one page. I got a little carried away.

The first page are squares with stuff inside them and legs holding them up. One is a teapot... with legs holding him up. One I cheated and did on the computer. All the following pages were done lighting quick. I'm not going to make posting a landslide of sketches like this a habit. I just really enjoyed making them and want to share.

Thursday, July 28, 2016


Last night I made an attempt at doing the mech thumbs but in doing so I came to the realization that multitasking is not conducive with concentration. What I ended up with was a bunch of gibberish. I even went in with clarity - 'My theme is this and I will draw it this way." I was also assembling furniture and throwing out a ton of stuff. The end result was frustrating. I should still throw it up even though I don't like it.

I also love drawing creatures. So after all that I drew a slug.


After some thought I've decided to post my work from last night. I made the one I liked most biggest but I harbor no illusion that it's very different from the robot architect. That said, here it is -
I also fucking hate the other six.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Mech Jam 2

Some successes some not so much... I did brush upon the beginnings of what could possibly be the starting of a routine when it comes to reliable, fast iteration. I just need to maintain this habit of thumbnail generation. I also think I need to incorporate a theme to this stuff. I have noticed that it's far too easy to let my mind wander and get side tracked while making these. One more thing - story. When I was sketching and making up a story as I went along it was a lot easier to 'see' what I was doing.
Also here's a Mech Architect.