If you've spent any amount of time in the geek world, then you'll unavoidably become familiar with some of cartoon's and comic's most famous Good vs Evil relationships. Many of us know the villains just as well as our heroes. Spider-Man had his Green Goblin, Batman his Joker, the Ninja Turtles their Shredder and The X-Men their Magneto. Despite the main villain holding their own in terms of characterization, a lot of times, what most people will agree on is that the reason many of these heroes have become so popular is due to their gallery of villains. Not only was there the Joker for Batman, but he also had an extremely large gallery of foes. As interesting as your heros are, a large cast of interesting, unique and different villains will bring so much more out of the hero than by themselves. Each villain should provide a new facet of challenge that will continue to round out the hero.
With that in mind, I've spent the last few months brainstorming and doodling ideas and potential characters just so I have a large gallery to choose from. Even if some of these are never used, its still really fun to just make up the character and backgrounds of potential bad guys. Above is a design for a band of villains that may find themselves showing up soon.
Its the "bad" in our lives that sometimes enhances and reveals, often times beautifully, the "good" that we have.
"Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them."
- Robert Jarvik
Here is an interesting Charlie Rose interview with John Lasseter and Steve Jobs, both visionary pioneers, back in 1995 as they discuss the computer generated animation process and their company, Pixar. I'm not a huge Apple person, but there is no denying the impact Steve Jobs has made in this world. Check out the video below.
I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that downtown San Diego has a great art gallery of original sketches, paintings and other works of the legendary Looney Tunes animator and creator of Bugs Bunny, Chuck Jones. Drove down this past weekend for a short inspiring visit to this gallery and loved it. Its always great to see these works up close, you get to see each pencil stroke and every shade of color. The man lead an incredible career and kept the most creative company. Dr. Seuss is a known close friend of Chuck Jones, and some original Dr. Seuss art can be seen here as well. I highly recommend a visit.Chuck Jones Galleries
The San Diego Skyline: What if I told you that my city was the best?
This is probably as close to architectural art as I'll ever get. I've never been a fan of the preciseness of architecture, but this was actually kind of fun. Did this piece for the upcoming new Tailwind website.
When we look at and recognize faces, we will often take for granted just how specific and unique each face is. The slightest change can completely alter what we naturally register as the face of someone we know. Most of the time, we won't be able to identify what that change is, but we just know, "something isn't right."
When drawing these portraits of my friends for their website, I was surprised how little it takes to make a face "not right." Of course, unless you know these guys, you probably wouldn't be able to tell me whether I did a good job or not, but whether or not I was accurate in capturing their faces, I walked away from this drawing appreciating the uniqueness of each person's face.
Be happy and proud of your face, it is special and uniquely YOU!
These guys are my friends, but I think I've stared at their faces longer than I ever want to again...
Been wanting to draw this image in my head for quite some time now. I think its brutally true that art can be heavily tied with emotions. After procrastinating for so long, I guess all I needed was a long hard work day, a glass of Old Fashioned, and I cranked this out in no time. Here's to happier smiles in the future.
I really love the idea of this website. It's a great example of art and photography mixing together wonderfully.The lighting effects also enhance that nostalgic feeling we all enjoy. Mix that together with colorful and happy characters and you have a very creative and emotional project.
Most of the time an idea will pop into my head randomly at the most inconvenient times. Usually I try my best to doodle out the idea as soon as I can on whatever I can. This, more often than not, means I'm roughly sketching out a quick doodle on whatever scratch paper I can grab. From there, I'll fold and shove that sketch into my pocket so that I can scan it in electronically at a later time. Then the fun part comes where I'll clean up and refine the sketch as well as add color.
The finished design then goes into my bank of characters to use at a later time. How much later? Uh...let's just say I like designing characters more than telling stories.
I stumbled upon Monster Engine awhile back and have continually found it fascinating. The idea of the site is simple: take the incredible creativity and imagination of a child and refine it with the skill, craft and talent of a grown-up artist.
What the artist, Dave Devries, does is he takes the drawings and sketches of children, and then "fleshes" them out with his own painting and art skills. The results are really fun to look at and continue to solidify the thought that children really do have the most amazing imaginations.
If only we could always keep and retain that sense of wonder and imagination, I think life would be a lot more interesting. Oh well, at least we can try :)
For more, be sure to check out the site. Go Monsters!
I have a special fondness for Pixar and their movies just like the majority of the public, but I have to admit, the idea of Cars 2 did not sparkle with magic the way all of Pixar's previous works did. Although, due to their history of amazing films, I think the critics, deservedly so, had extremely high expectations for Cars 2. And because this extremely high expectation wasn't met, the critics were extra harsh in their critique and rating of the movie.
Despite this, I think Pixar has proven its record in the past and will continue to do so. If you even have the slightest doubt that Pixar still has it, which you shouldn't, check out the new teaser of their next film, Brave.
I was privileged enough to visit the Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA this past weekend! I wasn't too sure what to expect from seeing his body of work since his style is a lot more dark and creepy then I'm used to but, I actually learned quite a bit. It was pretty cool seeing his progress and development from his early high school days to his present masterpieces. I got to see what art looks like when the artist is completely confident in his style. Burton definitely defies all rules of traditional shape and looks and that's what makes his stuff so unique. If I was to draw a head, it would be circular, but Burton would probably draw an upside down trapezoid shape. One could learn the mentality that artists have the freedom to define their own rules.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is still my all-time favorite Burton film :)
Inspiring and provoking. I wish I could've taken some pictures of the exhibit though...
Saw this article and thought it was a beautiful blending of design and business. Art sometimes is criticized as not having practicality and purpose. I think it all comes down to what your definition of practicality or purpose is. A little design and creativity never hurt anyone, right? I thought this was a great implementation of art in everyday life. I especially like the beer belly design on the right.
I fulfilled a life dream last semester by taking my very first official art class at a local college. Although my interests lie in more computer generated art and design, this fundamental art and composition course was really something I needed to start off with. It wasn't always what I wanted to learn or draw, but it opened my eyes to a lot of new mediums and styles. I also doubled my knowledge of art supplies. I spent my fair share of time walking up and down Michael's, trying to figure out what a tortillion was. Below are some of the fruits of the last semester for Art 102 Drawing and Composition I.