Sunday, September 24, 2006

A bit more color (if you can see it)


It's so much easier to start with a complete value study before even dealing with color. Once you are happy with the lights and darks, you can create another layer for adding color and not worry about messing with the values anymore. This may be the oldest trick for a lot of people, but it's pretty much an epiphany for me!

Also, Mark gave me some tips.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Two more blogs

It's hard to keep up with so much amazing art on the internet nowadays:

Benjamin Plouffe
Robin Joseph

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Wii Tennis

This is much fun. Check out Miyamoto and three other dudes playing tennis with the wiimote back in E3.

La mujer gata

Meng, Nara and I choose a topic for the week and sketch it. Last week's task was to redesign catwoman. Here are some attempts. I want to post as many drawings as I can as a way to track my progress and try to improve my drawings. Here's catwoman as a cyborg!In other news, I applaud Nintendo's radical and fresh perspective on gaming in general compared to rivals Microsoft and Sony. I had said before that they were trying too hard to be different when they announced the Wii, thinking that the sole appeal of this console was that "it was so different from everything else that it's bound to sell". But it's clearly more than that. Nintendo's approach is not just to be the polar opposite of the competition (and hoping to sell by just doing that), but rather it designed the Wii to encourage the average person (and not just the hardcore gamer) to give it a try. Furthermore, the many multiplayer games that will be released in the future will provide a great opportunity for communal gaming, which to me, is its greatest appeal. I mean, come on, I'm already challenging people to play Wii sports when it comes out!

I'm sorry PS3 but you're expensive. I could buy 120 cheeseburgers with fries and a coke from In-N-Out with that money.

That's right. I preordered the Wii.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Thursday, September 07, 2006

My dream, my belt


Last night I had a dream.

In this dream there were huge, beautifully multicolored birds. These birds were tied to strings, which I was holding on to. Suddenly the birds took flight and they effortlessly took me up with them. It was one of the best dreams I've ever had.

When I was drawing my belt, however, I remembered that I have it no more and I was saddenned. This weekend, while going through security at the airport, I had to take it out to go pass the metal detector. I realized two days later that I had left the one belt I own in the bin where I had put all my stuff. Happily for me the fun didn't end there, as I was selected to be thoroughly searched when I showed my boarding pass. Nowadays this procedure is slightly more... in depth. The official first asks you if you want it done right there, or in private. After I promptly answered that I wanted it done right there, he proceeded to, you know, pat me in different places. But he let me know in advance: "Now I will go over your back", "now your legs", etc, which was good of him, I guess.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Temple of the Seven Golden Camels

Most of you have probably seen this blog already, but if you haven't it's definitely worth checking out. It's Mark Kennedy's Temple of the Seven Golden Camels, a blog where he writes about everything from staging principles to character design to storytelling. It's not something you just want to skim through -take your time and read it from the very beginning. It's a treasure chest of information!

And now I'm off to Virginia!