Sunday, October 25, 2009

And now for something completely different

My first 3D model! He's gone from a drawing on paper to a model in Maya over the past few weeks. I'm so proud of it! I ran into some interesting issues, and learned a lot. The penguin model we learned on definitely helped a lot. Thank god for my Maya basics book too.

I'll post more pictures once he's got some color to him. :) The idea is to do a short animation with this guy by the end of the semester. Here's hoping!

sketches and monsters once more

The first three are from a separate session from a few weeks ago, and the last three are from this past Friday. I really enjoy having female models. It's a big change of pace since we seem to get male models more of the time. My first sketchbook of the semester is almost full! I'm going to try and fill out a second, which means doing more life drawings instead of random doodling.

I had a bit of a Chinese monster phase, and this is the last of the monsters. I really like it, but I have no idea what to do with the guy. I was thinking of printing it off and transferring it to some watercolor paper to experiment with watercolors. Textures, colors, etc. I might if I ever get the free time.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Misc life sketches and doodles.

We had a drawing day in my concept class, and we watched V for Vendetta, pausing the movie on occasion to draw the still. This is the one I like the most. I really love her hair in that scene. If only I could have done this one in color. The lighting and the blues with the dust specks in it were great.

Some 5 minute drawings from SOCA (society of communication arts). The guy had some really great arms and legs to draw. So lean. I tend to enjoy these 5 minute ones because I get down just enough information to read that it's a person in that time.

One of the last drawings from a night at SOCA. I had 20 minutes with this one, and I slowed down a bit. I wanted to try and get a lot of line variation in it. I wish I'd had more time to get the values in places darker, but ah well.

Just a werewolf doodle I did for fun. I don't draw as many monsters as I used to, and with Halloween down the road here, I've been getting to urge to do so. No refs used, so I'm sure something here is wrong haha. I'd like to take human and wolf anatomy and try to fuse the two together though, and do an anatomy study on werewolves for fun.

More hands. I need to snag someone else's hands so I get more of them interacting and from more views. the pencil doodles were me not being able to control the compulsion to draw monsters. After beating Uncharted 2, along with my world religions class talking about Buddhism, I've had the itch to draw Buddhist like demon critters. None of these doodles are referanced from anything, just stuff from my own subconscious wanting out on paper. There's also the Buddhist wheel up there on the left. :B

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Togruta are the best SW race

You had to know it was coming. I can't keep the nerd out of what I draw.

My favorite race from the star wars universe are the Togruta. Twileks are totally over rated. I didn't use a reference of her race while I was drawing this, so I'm sure her horns aren't perfect. This was just a doodle that I used to play with different ways of shading using my Pentel brush pen and some grey prisma markers I borrowed off a friend. Conveniently enough, they were warm grey, so they look a tad reddish, which works for her race. :D

No references used, all from my head.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Oil Paint

This is my second try using oil paints to paint a person. The first wasn't as good, so I think I'm learning. It's a tough medium though. I think paint in general (save watercolor) tends not to jive with me. Which is all the more reason to work harder at it. I think the hardest parts are the smaller details, and the last few hours of work. The eyes and mouth, along with the nostril were the toughest part. It requires the steady hand I tend to lack. I'm pretty proud of what I've managed to accomplish though, given this is only my second attempt with the medium.


I'm keeping a sketchbook for my concept class, and here's a page from it I'm pretty fond of. Hands are a bit of a weakness of mine, so I've been practicing at them to get better. These hands belong to me, and my fingers are so bony, they're tough to draw. Which means I should do more of them.

About me

Hello, I'm Erin. I'm an art student here at Virginia Commonwealth University majoring in Communication Arts. My passion is concept art, and I like to make up people and critters in my limited spare time.

My second passion after art is video games, and it's the industry I hope to join. I see video games as an entertainment medium with huge potential, and one that while still young, is making leaps and bounds in advancements. I love the interactivity of the medium the most. Watching a movie or reading a book is really great, but getting to be involved and interact with the story being told seems like a very compelling vehicle to use to tell a story. Each person's experience with a video game will be different, and that makes it a very personal method in which to learn and care about a story wanting to be told.

Other than that, I'm just a generally huge nerd. I get excited over new game engines, polygon counts and cell processors. I play White Wolf RPGs, I like Star Wars, comic books and anime. You can find me on WoW as well as Team Fortress 2.

I hope to use this blog to share my school and personal work. Concepts I'm working on, things I'm learning, doodles and sketches along with works in progress. Thanks so much for taking the time to look!