Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Square Shape Language

I added cockpits today. It made it easier to see what I was laying down. I really need to dig into the joint making, that seems to be holding me back some - at least when I'm trying to visualize the mechanics of the legs. I need to step away from the hydraulics for a bit and focus on the shape as a whole. On the early passes I think I was missing the large, medium, small distribution. I'm happy about the mileage, but I think slowing down and focusing on what I'm making is going to take me a long way with my next attempts. The cube drills are starting to me more fun but I see no reason to post those as it would be as exciting as watching an athlete stretch as opposed to doing their thing on the court.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Practical Application

  This 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

This one is a turd. It prompted me to try again, the results being what you see above.

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 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.