Friday, January 27, 2012

"Hey, you got Noir in my Sci-fi!" "Well, you got Sci-fi in my Noir!" Also, postcards.

Inspiration goes around, and comes around. A little while ago, my dad, a writer and science fiction enthusiast, told me that he saw my drawing of the running robot
this one
and it inspired him to start writing a story about a robot private eye in the future. I haven't read it yet, but a month or two later, I was brainstorming up some ideas for my Illustration Portfolio 1 class, and was inspired to do a sci-fi/noir/pulp fiction painting featuring, you guessed it, a robot P.I.
The painting is still a work in progress, here's what I have so far, pencil drawing on gessoed hardboard (masonite). Gonna paint it with oils.
If you're wondering, that's an "E-cigarette" hahaha.
I took some reference photos for this piece with the help of my friend Ian Anderson, who is in the same class. No relation to the lead singer of Jethro Tull.
A mock-up of the composition, refined with help from my professor, Lisa. That's my hand there in the leather glove.
I also just got done with my six postcards based on random words. The rules for the assignment were to pick 10 words at random from Molly's envelope o' words, then pick any 2 to be the theme of your first card, then pick another to add to one of the previous words, rinse, and repeat until you've got 6 combination  of 2 words. Then you illustrate 'em all as 4x6 postcards for self-promotion, or to enter in the Muskegon Museum's postcard salon. I got the words bird, diving board, tractor, teacup, bathing suit, doorknob, rain, debate, brother, and vacuum cleaner. Pretty weird bunch of words, but the assignment is meant to be challenging. I didn't end up using every word because you're allowed to re-use previous words. Here's what I ended up with:
Rain + Bird, or "Rain Bird"

Bird Debate

Bathing suit + rain

Bird + Doorknob (Rapping at my chamber door)

Bathing suit + teacup

Diving board + teacup
 These are all pen and ink with watercolor on hot press (smooth surface) watercolor paper. For the most part, they're drawn from imagination, but I used some reference for the birds and their markings.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get these done in time to send to Muskegon, but I did send the postcards I did last semester. Refer to my last post if you wanna see a couple of those.

That's all for now, stay tuned for updates on that robot painting. See ya!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Busy busy busy!

No time for my usual overly verbose mind-vomit today, I must have about a million projects all coming due at the beginning of next week.
But even so, here's a couple of my postcards, which are on their way to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the annual postcard salon!

Dead Robot and Deermother, definitely not your mama's postcards! Pen and ink plus watercolor on 4"x6" watercolor paper.
I'm also currently working feverishly on 6 more postcards based on randomly selected words for illustration 4. I'll be sure to show y'all when I'm done.

WUNDERLICH! Git off yer ass and back to work!

Well, folks, gotta obey the boss, see ya!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Drawings from winter break, and lotsa words.

Done with my second-to-last first week of school, ever! This looks like it's gonna be another interesting semester, I'm taking graphic design for the illustrator, illustration 4, illustration portfolio 1, and "visual rhetoric". I'll probably be posting some of my initial sketches for projects soon.

I've also decided to update my blog at least once a week, every Friday (or something. as you can see I'm not doing too good so far.)

Over break I went on vacation to Key West with mom and dad, and we drove there... let's just say I had plenty of time to draw.
this is my dad, driving. He hasn't seen this yet, tee hee.

We stopped in Florence, Alabama along the way to visit my aunt, uncle, and cousins, AKA the Crenshaws, for a few days, and we had a good time together, as usual.
The first thing I did in Key West was rent a bike and ride halfway across the island to the only art supply store: a little craft store called "Ben Franklin Island Crafts" to get a new small sketchbook, as my old ones were damn near full up. For some reason I find this quite amusing.
maybe sometime I'll put up some of the many photos I took. Spent the rest of break in Ann Arbor (my hometown) All in all a good time.
 this one started when I asked my friend Sarah what to draw. After a pensive moment she replied: "A bunny dragon!"

And lo, Will created a bunny-dragon, and it was good. Thanks for the Idea!

Started this on the Friday before break, when we were hanging out and drawing in a coffee shop, then continued work on it in the car the very next day. Drawn with various sepia and colored microns, including a brush-tipped one. I don't know if I like how I handled the shadows. also, one ear is all funky.

  A couple drawings from my Key West sketchbook, a tiny little thing that I had filled up entirely by the end of break. This guy is an eccentric rogue tank driver in the post-apocalyptic future. He drives a one-man tank that's battle-scarred and beat-to-shit on the outside, but has a ridiculously plush interior like something from Pimp my Ride, complete with chilled champagne, white leather seats, built-in humidor, and fuzzy dice. Just a little idea I had kicking around in my head on the car ride, possibly influenced by the character "Oddball" from Kelly's Heroes, especially in the facial hair department.
I drew him a few more times, too, playing around with different helmet and uniform designs. Even drew some tanks, which I need more practice at. I think the helmet in the first drawing looks too much like a fighter pilot's.
The gun he's carrying is based on the FN p90, a compact personal defense weapon designed for use by vehicle crews, etc, and is used by the military on the show Stargate. I like to add a bit of realism to otherwise futuristic pieces, I think it makes them more believable.

Also, kids, don't follow this guy's bad example of gun safety! Keep your booger hook off the bang switch (finger off the trigger) until you're ready to fire. The people around you will thank you for not having holes in them and their stuff where there previously weren't.
I've been experimenting a bit with ink, trying to find a style that preserves some of the energy, dynamism, and a little of the "sketchy" nature of the initial pencil drawing, which is easy to lose. Not that super-clean and precise ink work is terrible, I'm just looking to add another "tool" to my proverbial artistic "toolbox". I like the way it looks so far.
I even went over some of the loose "finding lines" with ink.

A zombie walker and a fellow bad guy. They're your typical post-apocalyptic raiders, but they use semi-trained zombies like bloodhounds. I had a lot of fun drawing the guy's jury-rigged anti-zombie suit.
And yes, that is a zomb-ass in the lower right hand corner there. I don't know why I draw zombies naked so often, I guess since they're (un)dead they don't care too much for decency anymore. It also provides contrast to the clothed living humans, and gives me plenty of room to go to town with all kinds of nasty gore and decomposition.
The latest in post-apocalyptic fashion. I'm thinking about starting a series of works that both celebrates and lampoons the various tropes and cliches of post-apocalyptic fiction. This guy would probably exist in the same world as the zombie walker and the tank driver.
Now, I've actually strapped a couple animal skulls to my face (for reference photos) and let me tell you, it's no party. I used a deer skull with huge, heavy antlers that were cumbersome as hell and the thing smushed my nose flat. I suspect that cultures that use skulls as masks cut away some of the bone in back to make room for the wearer's facebits.

That's it for now, stay tuned, 'cuz there's more where that came from, and elsewhere. I've got some "postcards" from last semester's final illustration 3 project that I'm currently working on cutting to size, etc to get them ready for a show at the Muskegon Museum of Art.

Keep on creepin'!