Thursday, April 4, 2013

Trying to improve!

 Practicing hard in an attempt to solve several drawing problems I face every day on the job. Drapery I always fake. Generic heads. Lousy hair. Generic clothing. Unimaginative lighting. Poor attempts at likenesses. Some of the usual suspects of most live action storyboarders!
I spent nine years doing shooting boards for TV commercials, and it was hammered into me to always draw bland, generic characters, so that the client wouldn't focus on any particular type.  And it's a hard habit to break. Everything nondescript and bashed out quickly can pay the bills, but it also can be soul crushing as an artist!

Freeze framing movies, trying out poses, drapery, lighting. This was "For Greater Glory", directed by Dean Wright, who I worked with a few years ago.

 Playing around with blacks. Something I definitely need more practice with.
 If I see some staging or camera work I wouldn't have thought of, I sometimes thumbnail it out and do an overhead, hoping it will come back to me in a similar situation.

Copying drapery from Al Dorne is a bit maddening. Every wrinkle has it's own sub-wrinkles.

 Hoping I can improve my hair drawing. Nashville is a big hair show.

 Here is something I have rarely ever done: drawing from photos! And I think my work suffers because I've hardly done it all these years. I'm vowing to do a lot more of this. Right away I was drawing new shapes and lines I'd never drawn before. I think I'm getting less generic characters already.

 I drew some of these pages in the cheapest sketchbook I've ever found. Velvety smooth thin paper from China, that used to be available at Big Lots, or the 99¢ Store. When I tried to ink over the pencils, the lines just went fuzzy.

 National Geographic Magazine is great for a variety of people from all over the World. Trying to pay more attention to different head shapes.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Storyboard book

I have been interviewed in several books over the years, but this latest one has the longest interview by far, and several sketches. Thanks to my friend Anson Jew (Sergio Paez) for asking me to participate! Once I update my storyboard website, I'll try to add a link there too.
It is called Professional Storyboarding, by Sergio Paez & Anson Jew, from Focal press.
Here is the link on Amazon:

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Tokyo Comic 1

A page from my sketchbook, that is from a short story I am adapting into a minicomic. I am sort of working slowly and in fragments, it seems.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I'm Back To the Blog

After a year of neglect I am back to my sketchblog. Apologies to my seven fans! It has been a crazy year, with most of it on Robopocalypse. I also spent a month living in the hospital while my daughter endured two surgeries (everything is fine now).
Lately I have started doing some comics in my sketchbook, just for fun. After doing these two I am now working on improving my lettering. Hopefully that'll be in the next post. These two are fairly somber, so I'm hoping to cook up something funnier for next time, although I am pretty darn slow at comics!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sci-Fi Sketches

Some old sketches I meant to post 2 years ago, but decided I didn't like them. Not sure why. Now I like them!
This was trying to warm up for a Sci-Fi film job.
I had intended to ink & color all of these, but ran out of steam.
I think I was inspired by Jorge Zaffino's excellent drawings in Chuck Dixon's Winterworld comic.
Also, I remember my dad & uncle Andy drawing old cars with tank tracks when I was little, and I thought that was such a cool idea. I should try some drawings like that...

Saturday, October 2, 2010

More ink

I drew some of these while watching movies-- "Pale Rider", "Blood of Dracula", and "Baby Doll". I think I drew directly in ink for all.

I wish I was better at this type of drawing scenes from our everyday life. Anthony Z is the master; I just humbly follow his lead...

"Blood of Dracula"! I think this was a Hammer film from 1958. Maybe I should draw more Halloween themed stuff and post it this month?

This was a frame I re-drew in ink, from a vampire movie I worked on called "Let Me In". After I saw it, I thought "why didn't I light the scene like that in my crappy storyboards?" I remember drawing that scene on the airplane back from New Mexico. I was drawing in a very light, tentative pencil line. I am trying to stop that bad habit...
Making weak drawings like that makes me feel ashamed like the frame below from Woody Allen's "Crimes & Misdemeanors"!

Some babe from TV. I kinda changed her into a spy girl from a 60's movie or something. I have never been very good at drawing pretty women. Gotta practice drawing the babes... Eric Ramsey is the master; I just humbly follow!

I actually got a sorta likeness of the great Karl Malden. I guess with a nose and hairline like that it shouldn't be too difficult.

Not a great drawing, but I am trying to force myself to "draw what I see, not what I think I see" (thanks Spark for that advice). In this case I was going to be timid about using black for the windows and doors. Not even sure why, but here I fought it!

Lovely Los Angeles, California skyline.

Trying to get a Noel Sickles type effect for the trees, using a pen rather than a brush.

The more finished drawing I actually penciled out roughly, then inked.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Back in Black

Well, I have badly neglected this poor sketchblog, but the good news is that the last post did get me hired on Spielberg's new film Warhorse. So I spent a few months being forced to draw horses from my head! I can't show any of that work, but here are several horses in ink. Some from my head, a few I copied from Toth or Kubert.

I really want to learn how to ink better, and use stronger blacks in my drawings. My friend Mike Vosburg talked me into trying out the Noel Sickles technique of spotting the blacks first, then finish with as few lines as possible.

Mike drew this at lunch in about 30 seconds, directly with an old sharpee!

Some of these I inked with just a double tipped sharpee. Some with a chinese inkdrush I got for cheap -- probably at Kunikoya (sp?) bookstore in Japantown, downtown Los Angeles.

Copied these from Toth's Zorro, I think.